Monday, 2 September 2019

August CCC Reveal

Today is the day for the August Card Chain Challenge reveal.

My card went to Arlene in California.

One of the options this month was foil so I made this card:

I think I have probably cheated a bit as I used foiled card but I decided it didn't matter. The cover die is from Altenew and I made this card first and then used the frames left over from the inlaying to make these.

I do enjoy using this technique, it can be a real fiddle but the pieces from this die are a good size and it is very satisfying when it is done. The hardest thing about this was the heat embossing on the foil, I did it 3 times and none of them were perfect. My close up picture doesn't show the heat embossing, I wonder why!

This month I received this lovely card from Lucille:

Don't those pies make your mouth water?

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Be Happy

I am honoured to have been invited to be guest designer at A Place To Start the challenge theme for September is:
The "Lone" Crafter
"Anything Goes
 + Optional Twist:
Show Us Your Masking"

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Here is my card:

This is made with the pen sketched flowers stamp set by Atenew. The 2 flowers were stamped in versafine onyx black ink, I then created a mask by stamping the same image onto a post it note and fussy cutting the image so that I could stamp the leaves. I lightly coloured the flower and leaves with my Zig clean colour real brush pens.

I used washi tape for the boarder and stamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) below it. I used a stitched frame die and mounted on coloured card stock (adorable scorable) and finished it off with a few sequins. Here is a close up:

I am hoping that my humble card might inspire you to take part in this months challenge particularly as it is anything goes so what's to lose?

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Monday, 26 August 2019

One Layer

This week I have been determined to make a decent CAS one layer card and it took me more than 1 go as the first card I made ended up not really being CAS, so I started again and came up with this:

I have used the Altenew cube builder stencil and distress inks and added a bit of interest by putting a strip of gold heat embossing along the edge. Finishing it off with a gold heat embossed sentiment. I think this stencil might get a lot of use, I love it. You just have to remember to thoroughly clean the ink off between colours because you have to turn the stencil over to build the cubes.

This photo shows off the gold embossing:

I am sharing it at:
1. Addicted to CAS #166 One layer card
2. Less is More #402 One layer card + Stencils

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Saturday, 24 August 2019


Today I have been focused on getting 2 cards made for Twofer #19 with a nautical theme. I didn't think I would be entering this month but I kept thinking about it and when I came up with an idea I decided that I did have time if I put off something else that I really don't want to do!

Here are my cards:

The stamp of the sun over the sea is part of the free gift from Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 72. I thought it was just perfect for a watercolored sunset. I heat embossed it with silver embossing powder and then coloured it with my Zig real brush watercolour pens.

I die cut the panel and stamped the sentiment and then re stamped it in versamark and clear heat embossed it. The silver EP gives the sea a lovely shine.

Fo my second card I stamped the image in versafine black onyx on a spare oval stitched panel and then added extra 'waves' with a black fine liner pen. The sailing boat was made with my scan n cut. I mounted the oval on craft foam and stuck to a black card base after I had heat embossed the sentiment in white.

I hope you like them.

I am also entering the sailing ship card in Watercooler Wednesday Marsha's masculine anything goes, and the sunset in Casology week 350 Water..

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019


Today I have made a card to share at Stamping Sensations August challenge - things with wings.

As I was so lucky and privileged to win the May challenge at Stamping Sensations I thought I should make use of my prize for my August entry. One of the Chocolate Baroque Stamp sets that I won was called Honey Bee so my things with wings are honey bees.

I stamped and heat embossed the image in wow gold pearl EP on hot pressed watercolour paper and then coloured the image with my Zig real brush pens. I put a strip of post it tape across the card to keep a clean line. The sentiment was also heat embossed and to finish I die cut the panel and propped it up on some craft foam.

I was surprised at how quickly this came together and I am pleased with the end result as it is a bit of a departure from my norm. I also really like these stamps. I am new to using unmounted rubber stamps and I am liking the detail.

You can see the shine in this picture:

and the detail in this one:

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