Monday 27 March 2017

Reverse stencil ...

After a busy weekend with my parents in Lincolnshire ... I decided to take some time out this evening to create a card even though I should be ironing!!!

I created the focal point by inking the reverse of a stencil using distress inks, I then spritzed it with water before placing onto a panel of water colour card.  I let it sit for a few seconds - mopping up any escaping ink with a piece of kitchen roll.  Once the panel was dry I stamped the flowers with the coordinating stamps.  I die cut a square from the panel - leaving lots behind for another card! I also die cut two frames - one black, one white - then combined all of the elements, added a sentiment and considered the card finished!

I used:
Distress inks - squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, dried marigold, ripe persimmon
STAMPlorations - Daisy Dance Stencil and Bloom sketches Stamp set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Dienamics - Stitched Square dies

I'm going to enter the following challenges:

"Less is More" #321

AAA Cards #86

STAMPlorations March CAS Challenge

STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge


Tuesday 21 March 2017

Daffodil ...

Another week has whizzed by and it is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More - this week it is all about CAS possibly my most favourite style.

Here is my card:

This card is all about the flower!!  I stamped the daffodil using Mustard Seed distress ink before heat embossing with clear powder.  I find heat embossed images easier to water colour as the embossing acts as a barrier to the water.  I then water coloured the image using more distress inks - I also ink blended another piece of card to create the mat and the die cut stick frame.  I adhered the flower with fun foam behind it to add some dimension.

I used:
STAMPlorations Boxed Blooms
WOW Clear Embossing Powder
Distress inks - Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed
Poppystamps - Stick Frame die

I hope that I have inspired you and that you will join us in this week's challenge - do visit the blog and see all of the design teams fabulous cards.


Saturday 18 March 2017

More washi ...

You may know that I am currently obsessed with making custom washi tape ... and today it has proved to be very, very useful.  You see it is theme week at "Less is More" and the theme? ... use washi tape!!!

This time I made a sheet of washi using Stick It and tissue paper which I stamped randomly with shades of green.   I die cut a stitched rectangle out of card and then die cut the random dots.  It was at this point that I had made the process very difficult because I then die cut the dots from the washi tape and tried to line it up with the dots on the rectangle ... not very easy!  I did manage it in the end! (along with a few choice words!)

I used:
Distress inks - twisted citron, mowed lawn, cracked pistachio
STAMPlorations - Mixed Media Grunge, Mixed Media Elements
CUTplorations - Stitched Rectangle
Lawn Cuts - Hello
Sizzix Tim Holtz - Mixed Media Dies
Stick It adhesive


Monday 13 March 2017

Birthday leaves ...

Good afternoon!  Yesterday I coloured some modelling paste for a card I was making and coloured far too much - so I created another background using the same stencil.  I thought I would use it sometime and much to my surprise I used it today!!

Once I had created the background it just seemed to make sense to add a die cut flower and a small sentiment.  To make the flower I smooshed some distress ink onto a piece of card - I love this technique as it coloured the flower but with added texture and interest.  I also did the same with some distress ink to die cut the ink splat from.  I added a brad for the centre of the flower and popped some foam tape behind to give a little more dimension.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - Loll and her design team are celebrating the challenges 1st birthday.  I love this challenge as it gives me an excuse to tip my toe into mixed media but in a CAS kind of way!  This month the theme is:

I used embossing paste, stencil, smooshing distress inks, stamping and die cuts.

Inkspirational Challenge #130


Sunday 12 March 2017

Something different ...

I've been working on a number of projects recently around doodles of lines and circles.  The whole idea kind of began when I needed something to do as a distraction from thinking ... I've quite a lot going on at the moment and it has been difficult to switch off.  One evening I created this:

This is hand drawn on Khandi paper using a uni pin fine line (0.5) pen.  I then took a ghost monoprint created using a Gelli plate to create a postcard to send to my son:

Still in need of distraction I decided to see if I could continue to develop this idea and create an 'embroidery'.  Whenever I have a printing session with acrylic paint and my gelli plate I always print at least one on calico ... so I took one of these prints and created this mixed media piece.

The print was created using three colours, three layers and a number of handmade stencils and masks.  The circles were then added with embroidery silk in three colours.

I'm going to enter this mixed media piece in the STAMPlorations challenge:


With thanks ...

Time for this week's contribution to the challenge at "Less is More" - it's time for the one layer challenge and this week the theme is 'Leaves'.  My first thought was to go for Autumnal colours but that would just feel like wishing the year away ... so instead I went for Spring.

I had planned to inlay the die cut 'thanks' back into the card but it just didn't seem to work ... so it turned out to be quite a simple card.  I used modelling paste coloured with distress inks through a leave stencil to create an ombre effect - I had already die cut thanks from the card.  The photograph does not do justice to the colours.

I used:
STAMPlorations: Leaf Prints Mini - ARTplorations stencil
Distress Inks: Mustard seed, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn
Reeves: Modelling Paste
Lawn Cuts: Thanks die

I'm entering the following challenges:

It is appropriate that I have created a 'thank you' card as I need to thank the lovely team over at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge they picked my card as one of the outstanding designs in their February challenge.  Thank you so much - I really appreciate the honour.  This is the card:


Tuesday 7 March 2017

Golden delight ...

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, this week's challenge is:

I hope to inspire you to pop along and join in with the challenge.

It is a very simple design ... I just thought that the beautiful flower should be left to shine!

I used:
Happy Little Stampers - Especially for You
STAMPlorations - Smile and Sitched Rectangle dies
Distress Inks - Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Embossing Powder


Saturday 4 March 2017

All about teal ...

Exciting times ... I'm this week's Guest Designer over at "Less is More" ... the invitation was part of my reward for winning the monthly prize in January ... an invitation I just could not refuse.  The "Less is More" challenge is one of the first that I entered and I am most confident when creating CAS cards.  When Sarah sent me the details I was really pleased as it is colour challenge week ... and the colour one of my favourites - Teal!  I hope my card inspires you to join in with the challenge and remember to check out all the brilliant designs from the Design Team.

Here is the design that I came up with:

Why is it that when you have loads and loads of rolls of washi tape you never have the right colour or pattern for your project!!  So my first step was to create washi tape using tissue paper, lots of stamps, ink and various widths of double sided tape ... I now have even more washi tape!

I used:
Indigo Blu - Poppy Heart Dinkie Stamp
Stampin Up - Bermunda Bay and Coastal Cabana Inks
                    - Gorgeous Gunge Stamp set
Crafter's Workshop - Chickenwire Reversed Stencil
Poppystamps - Stick Frame die

Thank you to all the Designers at "Less is More"