Tuesday 18 June 2024

We Love Stamping June Reminder

Today is the 18th so time for a reminder for the current challenge over at We Love StampingIt is a very special challenge this month as we are celebrating 15 years of this special stamping challenge.  This means that there are some very special prizes on offer.



Brenda has chosen our theme this month:
**Fabulous Florals **
or anything goes

I think I told you that I got a stampwheel for my birthday didn't I? Well, one of the first things I tried it with was my favourite turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th. Of course once I was on a roll I didn't just do 1 card, but 7. I really enjoyed doing all the stamping, but turning them all into cards took ages. I have decided to share them all with you here.

They are all 4inch square and use Catherine Pooler inks. I mixed up the backgrounds a little.


The mats were inked with one of the CP colours.


The inserts were stamped with leafy wreath from Stamps by Chloe.


The backgrounds are made with various coverplates


The sentiments are a mixture of hotfoiling, BetterPress and die cuts.


The edges were inked with one of the colours


I conclude that the Stampwheel is excellent for turnabout stamps. It remains a challenge to get them lined up properly, but once you have you can just keep on going!


Don't you just love all the colours? Which is your favourite?

Both my daughters gave me very special birthday presents this year so I made these into a set of notecards and gave them to my younger daughter as a special thank you for her special gift. I made another set with different turnabouts for my elder daughter. Perhaps I will share them soon.

Don't forget we are celebrating 15 years this month so do go and check out the special prizes on the challenge blog. The prize winner is selected randomly and in addition the DT will choose a top three for special mention.

Here is a glimpse of the fantastic prizes on offer:

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month, all you have to do is ensure stamping (including digi) is seen somewhere on your card front, it no longer needs to be the main focus. Please also mention the products used. It would be great if you could join in with our theme, but anythings goes is always an option if you are out of ideas. The challenge will close at noon (UK time) on Wednesday 3rd July.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I thought I would leave you with a picture of my very verdant looking garden. All the rain has definitely made it grow. I managed to catch it when the sun shone for a few minutes. I am very pleased with how it is looking at the moment. The roses smell amazing too, they will be gone soon, so I need to appreciate them while they last. In a few days all the while petals will be covering everything. June is definitely a special time in my garden.


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 

Sunday 2 June 2024

May Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Today is 2nd of the month so time for the Card Chain Challenge big reveal. This month 31 card makers took part and I sent my card to Viv in the UK.


From all the options this month I have used the colours, the theme option of friendship and the technique option of stencils.


I started by ink blending CP be mine and grape crush onto a panel of coated card (Papermill Direct). I really like how this card takes ink. Once I was happy with my panel I foiled the oval dots in gold (Spellbinders) and then the flower (PinkFresh Studio). You will be fed up with seeing this flower soon as this is the 4th card I have made with it. I was pleased with how the foiling took on top of the ink. I used the matching stencils to add more colour to the flower and then wondered if I could lift ink off with some water. The answer was, yes, you can. I just wish that I had thought of it before I used the stencils, but never mind. That's a lesson learned for next time. I used the stamp and grape crush ink for the insert and envelope.


The sentiment is from the matching stamp set and I heat embossed it in gold onto the same card, cut it with an oval die and matted it onto another oval that I had coloured with grape crush. I did the same with the main panel after cutting it with one of my Lisa Horton dies. I am very pleased that I have discovered a better way to keep my panel unmarked when it goes through my die cutting machine. I have quite a supply of thin acetate sheets that I used to used for presentations (before the days of powerpoint). The acetate is better than copy paper for protecting the card. My plates are very messy.

I finished it off with a few little gold gems.

I was very lucky to receive these gorgeous cards from Dagmara in Poland. Aren't they gorgeous? The Zebras relate to a very rare condition that she suffers from that I have been learning about. It is such a challenge and a constant worry for her. I am so pleased that she is able to get so much pleasure from card making and she is a stunning colourist as you can tell from the photo of her cards. Thanks for signing up behind me Dagmara. I have learnt a lot from you.


If you would like to take part in the next card chain challenge, you have until 6th to sign up here

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 

Celebrating 15 years of WLS

Today is the first Sunday of the month so time for a new challenge over at We Love Stamping
It is a very special challenge this month as we are celebrating 15 years of this stamping challenge.  This means that there are some very special prizes on offer.


Brenda has chosen our theme this month:
**Fabulous Florals **
or anything goes

Our guest Guest Designer this month is Betta. I hope you get a chance to check out her creation.

I decided to use the same stamp and stencil set that I used in my last DT card (PinkFresh Studio thankful for friends). I hope nobody minds. If I make more than one card with a new stamp set when I first get it, it is a good sign that it will become a favourite. I think this one is suitably different. You can see it here if you are interested.


I stamped the image and then used the matching stencils to colour it and then used some gold paint for some splatters. I do think I am getting braver with my splatters these days. I don't expect it will last!


I cut the panel with a Nellie Snellen die and mounted it onto a coloured cardbase. The sentiment (Spellbinders) is foiled.


Three tiny gold gems finished it off. Simple.

Don't forget we are celebrating 15 years this month so do go and check out the special prizes on the challenge blog. The prize winner is selected randomly and in addition the DT will choose a top three for special mention.

Here is a glimpse of the fantastic prizes on offer:

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month, all you have to do is ensure stamping (including digi) is seen somewhere on your card front, it no longer needs to be the main focus. Please also mention the products used. It would be great if you could join in with our theme, but anythings goes is always an option if you are out of ideas. The challenge will close at noon (UK time) on Wednesday 3rd July.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Here is another I made using the foilplate this time:

I will be back later today with my card chain challenge card. Guess what set I used? That's 4 cards so far. I really like the foiled image, I hope I can get my foilpress to work next time - it is still playing up.

I am sorry if I haven't been visiting everyone much this week. Life has been busy and now I am feeling very tired. I must be getting old, I don't seem to have so much stamina these days. Anyway, I will try and catch up soon.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 

Monday 20 May 2024

Happy Birthday Allsorts

Today I am sharing a quick card that I made recently with a new BetterPress plate from Spellbinders. As Allsorts are celebrating a special birthday, I thought it was the ideal time to share it. I can't pass up the chance to win one of the amazing prizes on offer either!


I pressed the image onto hot pressed watercolour paper with Betterpress mulberry ink and painted the flowers with watercolour pens. I also used a Gelly Roll sparkle pen on the flower centres and the buds to give a bit of sparkle (sorry the photos don't show that).


I inked the edges of the mat in the same mulberry ink and mounted the panel onto an orange card base. A few sequins finished it off. I used transfers to add the foiling on the insert.


I am quite pleased with this one. Simple and effective. I also really like using my press plates for foiling and have made several foiled cards with this one. The only trouble is, my Gemini Foilpress is playing up. I think the connection is loose and it often doesn't want to heat unless I fiddle about with it. I think too much pulling the hot plate in and out of the machine has compromised the connection - not sure what I will do about it. It appears that the machine is no longer available in the UK.

Here are a few more cards made with this press plate:
This one is foiled in gold with a gold metallic watercolour background


This one was pressed onto textured paper with Brilliance pearlescent ink (rocket red gold). I used my favourite embossing folder for the insert and envelope.

The other colours in this photo are pearlescent lavender and pearlescent lime. These inks work really well with the Betterpress and have a great shine. I have made 8 cards with this plate so far - pleased with that!

I am sharing the first card at:
Allsorts #781 - Happy Birthday Allsorts
Seize the Birthday - anything goes
NBUS #62 - my second entry this month
Addicted To CAS #258 - Code word Flower. I hope my embellishments don't compromise the CAS nature of this card


 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it. 


Saturday 18 May 2024

We Love Stamping May Reminder

Today is the 18th so time for a reminder for the current challenge over at We Love Stamping. The challenge where we love to see you using your stamps. 

Lynn has chosen our theme this month:

**Vintage or Anything Goes **


As I said at the beginning of the month, I find vintage a real challenge and have decided that if in doubt, make it brown! I hope it works. I have used a set called Thankful for Friends by Pinkfresh Studio that I recently bought with my birthday money. I splashed out on the stamp, hotfoil plate, stencils and matching die. I have just used the stamps and stencils on this card. You will see this set used several times over the next couple of weeks. Hope you don't get fed up with it.


I stamped the flower in a dark brown Catherine Pooler ink (macchiatto I think) onto kraft card and I used the stencils and a blending brush to colour it. I am pleased with the effect from the white pigment ink. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. I used my go to Lisa Horton scalloped edge die to cut the panel and mounted it on a mat after I inked the edges with the same dark brown CP ink.


Actually, before I did that I used the ink to add splatters. I am trying to be braver and use splatters more on my cards as they terrify me, but I also really like them (when others do them). I used the foil plate as a mask because I didn't want splatters on the flower - that worked well at least. After mounting it onto a kraft card base I added a few gold embellishments.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month there are 2 prizes. 1 from Lisa Horton Crafts consisting of a coordinating embossing folder, die and stencils and two dies from Highlight Crafts. Why don't you head over to the challenge blog to check it out? The prize winner is selected randomly and in addition the DT will choose a top three for special mention.

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month, all you have to do is ensure stamping (including digi) is seen somewhere on your card front, it no longer needs to be the main focus. Please also mention the products used. It would be great if you could join in with our theme, but anythings goes is always an option if you are out of ideas. The challenge will close at noon (UK time) on Wednesday 29th May

Finally we have a special treat in store for our June challenge as it will mark 15 years since it began. The name has changed once or twice along the way, but it is still the same stamping challenge. Thanks to Brenda for all her hard work to keep it going. To mark the occasion there will be a special bumper number of prizes, so don't forget to call by. The challenge begins on the first Sunday in June.


I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I am also sharing this at:



I have been away on holiday for a few days so I am a bit behind with my blog visits. I will do my best to catch up over the weekend.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it.