Sunday, 16 February 2020

Mixed media fun ...

This project is all about having fun ... I've been working on it for quite some time and I'm not sure where it is going or how much more I need to do.  It combines lots of bits and pieces ... drypoint etched prints that didn't work as a finished piece, some linocut prints that weren't perfect so I cut them up, old stamps, old book and music pages, gel prints. stamped images and lots and lots of sewing!  It is three inches tall by a yard wide (8cms by 92cms).  It's a difficult beast to photograph but hopefully these will give you a feel for it:


Die cut stencil ...

The good thing about wet and windy weather is that I have all the excuse I need to stay inside and craft!!  This is the second weekend that the UK has been battered by stormy weather ... it is starting to brighten up so hopefully the storm has passed!

Today's project is inspired by the challenge at CAS Mix Up where they want you to use a stencil made from a die.

I created a stencil using one of the Tim Holtz Wildflower dies.  I used my small gel plate to create the panel layering a number of stencilled layers using a selection of purple acrylic paints ... I let each layer dry on the plate before lifting the final print with buff titanium.  I love the texture you can achieve when using this technique.

I used:
Sizzix Tim Holtz Widflowers
Gelli Arts Gel Press Plate
PaperArtsy paints - Amethyst, Bougainvillea
Ranger Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint - Eggplant
Daler Rowney - Buff Titanium
Visible Image - Go to Words

I'm entering the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge



Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Love ...

Good afternoon ... today's card was inspired by the current challenge at AAA Cards the theme is to use up to one third of the card with the optional twist of including a heart.

This is the card I came up with:

The background has been stamped and heat embossed in gold and the heart has been die cut from a piece of gel printed card.  The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed as well.

I used:
That's Crafty! Texture Stamp Set #1
UNIKO Simply Said
Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart 
Versamark ink
WOW old Embossing Powder

The challenge details:


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Birthday celebrations ...

I popping by this afternoon to help celebrate UNIKO's 8th Birthday ... congratulations Bev,  i love your stamps (especially the florals!!).

To help celebrate I have created this card for the linky party.

I used:
UNIKO Pure Florals: Cosmos
Visible Image Go to Words
Versamark Ink
WOW White embossing powder


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Art Journal ...

A quick post to share my first completed art journal page ... I've started quite a few but never finished one until now!!

Compared with my cards this is really messy but in a good way (I think)!!

I'm going to enter the challenge at The Artistic Stamper where the theme is 'Words'


Lovebirds ...

Another day and another card ...

Softly coloured birds, two small hearts inside one large stitched heart ... not a complicated design but I am quite happy with it.

I was inspired by the new challenge at TIME OUT

Also the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More #375

I used:
PaperArtsy JOFY JM20 Lovebirds
X Cut Hearts
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hearts
Polychromo Crayons


Monday, 3 February 2020

Shining Star ...

As the weeks start to whizz by we've made it to February ... I was worried that time would drag once I no longer went out to work but it seems not to be the case ... strangely enough time passes just as quickly!!!

Today has turned out to be overcast and dreary ... it would be so lovely to see more blue sky and sunshine ... at least it is too wet to garden!  So an afternoon of crafting has been the order of the day - this card is for a special young lady:-

I used:
Sizzix Stars
Creative Expressions Stitched Wreath Collection
Creative Expressions Star Wreath
Clearly Besotted Superstar Stamp set
WOW Silver Embossing Powder

I'm entering the following challenge:


Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Pink Carnation ...

Good evening ... I've be lucky enough to spend the afternoon crafting ... after a morning of washing and ironing I decided to treat myself to just crafting.  I'd like to share one of the cards I created (you'll have to wait a while to see the others):- 

The colour is more vibrant in real life but I just couldn't get the photograph to reflect the vivid magenta

I was inspired by the current challenge at TIME OUT where the theme is to be inspired by an item in your wardrobe!  I decided to take one of the colours from a dress that I wore to my daughters wedding:

This shows the detail of the dress
I mostly wear quite muted colours and certainly rarely wear anything (especially a dress) as vibrant as this dress  ... I first bought a navy dress which would have allowed me to blend into the background.  With encouragement from my daughter I then bought this dress which was both colourful and vibrant ... there was no blending in with the background for me! 

The sentiment I added was exactly what  I needed to do to wear the dress ... I couldn't have done it without my family's support.

These are the challenge details:

TIMEOUT Challenge #153

I have had a bit if a giggled today thanks to Pinterest ... if you use Pinterest you will know that they are forever notifying you of 'pins' that you might be interested in ... today they sent me a selection of 15 handmade cards that I might like ... so I popped along to check them out ... surprise, surprise all 15 were cards that I had designed and made!!!


Sunday, 19 January 2020

One layer ...

Good morning ...  the sun is shining and the sky is blue ... everything looks promising for a nice day. 

Yesterday I was inspired to create a couple of one layer cards but ran out of time to blog about both of them ... so here is the second card:

This proved to be a difficult design to photograph ... I stamped the card across the middle with a variety of flowers and leaves and then die cut 'Mum' out and then adhered the letters through the holes onto the inside of the card ... so when the card is closed the word is hidden.  I hope this makes sense!!

I used:
Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries and Dried Marigold.
Versafine Onyx Black
For the Love of Stamps - Floribunda
Simon Says Stamp - Sketch Ranunculus and Lots of Dots
Visible Image - Go To Words
Cardio Majestix - Sweet Birdhouse and Gerbera Garden
Dienamics Alpha Dies

I'm going to enter the following challenges:

AAA  Cards #157 - without the optional twist

Perfectly CAS #5


Saturday, 18 January 2020

Corner flowers ...

It has been a beautiful day today ... blue skies and sunshine ... a bit chilly but at least it hasn't been raining.  After a morning of chores I've spent the afternoon messing around with card and ink.  I've created a couple of one layer cards ... they certainly require concentration, no room for inky errors!!

This is the first:

I'm not sure about the sentiment or its position but once the stamp hit the card I no longer had a choice!!  It is the first time I have used coloured pencils on a card ... I treated myself to a set of Faber Castell Polychromos Colour Pencils at Christmas and wanted to see if I could successfully colour an image.  I'm quite happy with the result but I do need more practise.

I used:
STAMPlorations Dee's Artsy Impressions Blossom Sprays #1
Polychromos Colour Pencils
Versafine Onyx Black Ink

I'm entering the following challenges:

Before I finish I need to say a big 'thank you' to the team at Perfectly CAS as they honoured me with a TOP 3 award for my entry last month. It is so exciting to start the New Year with such an honour ... hopefully 2020 is going to be a more positive year than 2019.


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

STAMPlorations January Reminder ...

Two weeks into the New Year - I hope your year has got off to a flying start and that you are still holding strong on any of your New Years resolutions!!

It is time to remind you about this months STAMPlorations Theme and Photo challenge:

I am here to inspire you to join in with the challenge, my project is more subtle this time and is not a literal interpretation of the photograph - I've taken individual elements and combined them for quite a different look:

I used:
STAMPlorations - Bloomful and Mixed media elements
CUTplorations - Love; clustered hearts, art edges
Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet
WOW White embossing powder
Versamark Ink

I hope that you will join in with the challenge.


Sunday, 12 January 2020

Birthday and Anniversary ...

Today I've created two cards for the Twofer Challenge the theme of the challenge is Hearts - the key to the challenge is that you have to use the same product for two cards for two separate occasions.  This is what I came up with:


I stamped and heat embossed the background adding colour using distress inks to create a watercolour background.  I added a few splatters before adhering the heart with foam pads on top of some thread to add a little more interest and texture.


This one was created using a background print that I had created using acrylic paints and my gelli plate a couple of dies and sentiments.  I used the background die to cut the panel first and then adhered this to the card front before cutting out the heart from the centre - this created a window in the card.  I then adhered the heart to the inside of the card and added two sentiments - one on the front and one inside.

I used the following:

Sizzix Hearts #2 - this has been used on both of the cards

Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade
Indigo Blu - Honey comb background stamp
WoW White Embossing Powder
Gemini - Happy Birthday die
Gemini - Thorn Swirls
Ranger Archival Potting Shed Ink

As I said I'm entering the Twofer Challenge:


Monday, 6 January 2020

Hearts, stripes and bricks ...

A quick post to share this card created for the new challenge at TIME OUT challenges.

The card has been created using die cuts only.

I used:
Tim Holtz Wildflowers
Lawn Fawn Stitched Heart
Joy Hearts die
Cut and Make 'Love'
Brick die - I've no idea where this came from but it was accompanied by an embossing folder.

TIME OUT Challenge #152