Saturday 15 August 2015

Congratulations ...

Wow, it's so long since I posted on my blog ... apologies to my regular followers.  I've been away visiting my parents in Lincolnshire and doing some jobs for them.  I've been back since Tuesday but my card making mojo has taken a holiday ... and I've been sidetracked refurbishing some furniture.  This morning I was determined to get back to my cards and enter a couple of challenges.

I watched a video recently with Jennifer McGuire colouring with bleach and remembered that it was a technique I used sometime ago with kraft card but had forgotten all about (I put it down to old age!).  So I thought I would have ago using distress inks ... this is the result:

I inked a piece of white card with spiced marmalade and festive berries distress inks.  Once the panel was dry I stamped the image with spiced marmalade and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then coloured (or rather un-coloured!) the flowers with bleach - I adhered this panel flat to the card and then added two raised pieces of card to add some dimension, stamped the sentiment and that was it!

I'm going to enter the card into the following challenges:

"Less is More" the theme for this week's is "Congratulations"
CAS(E) this Sketch #136

I used:
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries
Funstamps Clear Embossing Powder
Uniko Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum Stamp Set

I'm always surprised when one of my cards wins a challenge but equally delighted to be chosen. This week I've had a card ShowCased at "Less is More" - thank you to the designers that chose my card and for all the wonderful comments that visitors have left for me.  This is the card:



  1. Wow! Stunning card, the colours and technique you've used is fabulous and showcases this set beautifully. Congratulations too on your showcase over at LIM truly well deserved. Can't wait to see what you create with the Gerbera dies ;) Hugs Bev x

  2. Love this - brilliant effect. Well done on being showcased too.
    I was in Burgh Le Marsh - off again tomorrow to Tattershall for a day with Sheena Douglass.

  3. Beautiful card...your mojo is back obviously and in fine fettle!

  4. This is amazing! I love the look you created and the design is very stylish.

  5. A very effective technique, and thank you for explaining the process to remind the rest of us 'olders' of it again! Your card is stunning, with the raised panels adding that extra something.:)

  6. Gorgeous inlayed distress ink and bleach panel using your pretty chrysanthemum stamp. TFS

  7. Lovely card and very effective use of this technique


  8. This is lovely Elaine! Congratulations on your showcase at LIM


  9. Fabulous card, hope your Mojo returns (not that it looks like it is missing) XOXO Zoe

  10. Another awesome chrysanthemum creation Elaine - the bleaching looks fab!
    Thanks for joining us this week
    Less is More

  11. This is gorgeous! Fabulous technique and take on the sketch!

  12. Simply AWESOME Elaine! I watched Jennifer's video too but not given it a whirl yet! Your card has inspired me even more to give it a go! Love the colours you've achieved and stunning with the chrysanthemum set. Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Elaine!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More

  14. I too saw Jennifer's video and must try this. Great choice of colours and stamp for this technique, it looks amazing Elaine!
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More

  15. Wow it's gorgeous Elaine, well done ;) Viv xx

  16. I love the way you used negative space for our sketch this week Elaine!
    Thanks for joining Case this sketch

  17. I like everything about this card. The colours, stamps, bleaching and the raised outline. It's perfect. One day I'll give bleaching a go.


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