Friday, 18 June 2021

WLCB June Reminder

Today is the 18th so time for a reminder that you still have time to join us at We love Chocolate Baroque. I am still feeling excited about joining this wonderful design team and getting the chance to use the wonderful stamps from Chocolate Baroque

***The challenge for June is for a hand coloured or paper-pieced image ***

As my first card was hand coloured my reminder card uses paper piecing. Unfortunately the stamp I used is no longer available, which is a shame I think. As you can see from the picture below I only used part of the stamp for my card but did stamp the whole thing on the back of the envelope. I started by inking my background with specked egg DI through the forest vines stencil. I repeatedly move the stencil around and used a different intensity of ink to get the shadowy effect. I did the partial repeat stamping by mounting my card on a larger square and then, using my misti, I positioned the stamp and then rotated the large square piece of card 4 times to get the 4 impressions positioned as I wanted them. I was pleased with how this worked.

I didn't need to worry about the background showing through as I was going to paper piece the flowers. I actually used 4 different patterned papers for the paper piecing but they don't show up that well, you can see them better on the close up picture below.

Once I had done that I felt that this 'flower' needed something extra so I added a die cut centre using 2 of the patterned papers and some of the orange highlight paper. My panel was mounted onto orange paper and then onto a grey card base.

I was a little disappointed that the papers didn't show up more and considered changing them but then I decided it had grown on me and stuck with it.

What do you think?

You have until 30th June to join us
I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery

I am also sharing this at:
613 Avenue Create #6 - anything goes with optional twist paper piecing

Cardstock: White stamping card; adorable scorable coated card; orange 160 gsm card; various PP
Ink: Distress ink speckled egg
Stamps: Chocolate Baroque Peony
Dies: Lawn Fawn stitched square stackables; Gemini by crafters Companion just because; Flower die by Docrafts
Stencil: Sara Davies signature collection forest vines

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Thursday, 17 June 2021

Simply CAS

Today I am sharing a card that I made a while back but for some reason I haven't posted it yet (I do have quite a lot like that), so I thought I would put that right today as I quite like it. Sometimes I look back on cards and don't like them much, but this one I am still pleased with, so that must make it worth sharing.

The flowers were stamped and coloured with water colour pens, cut out with the matching die and mounted it on a small square of gold card.

The sentiment is heat embossed onto the coated card base. I added interest by stamping the image onto a paper insert.

I hope you will think it is a simple and effective CAS card.

I am sharing this at:
CAS on Friday - Flowers

Cardstock: Mixed media paper; Adorable scorable coated card; 160gsm paper for insert
Ink: Stabilo watercolour pens
Stamps: Happy Hibiscus, Tonic Studios and matching die; Simply said by Uniko

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

June CAS Mix Up Reminder

Time for a reminder over at CAS Mix Up, we are using watercolour this month, our host is Viv of Viv's Visuals. She has chosen the them of flight and our very special guest designer is Joyce of Cards by the sea.

I have seen lots of butterfly cards recently so I thought I would join the club with one of my own.

This butterfly was stamped in black ink and then coloured with watercolour pens. Once I was happy with the watercolouring I re-stamped it and heat embossed with clear EP to give it a lovely shine, I then fussy cut it and mounted it on a piece of pearlescent vellum that I had dry embossed.

I wanted to frame it with black but didn't want the black showing through the vellum so I cut a frame with 2 square dies. The sentiment is heat embossed on a piece of co-ordinating card.

You can see the pearlescent shine and the embossing on the close up photo.

I am not quite finished yet, I have another card to share. This one was made first but I decided the background was at risk of compromising the CAS nature of the card so made another.

I do hope you have been inspired to join us this month, don't forget to use watercolour and keep your design CAS.

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery, you have until 24th to get link your entry up.

I am sharing my second card at:
Allsorts - week 628 Butterflies and Bugs

cardstock: hot pressed watercolour paper; white card base; pearlescent vellum
Ink: versafine onyx black; Stabilo watercolour markers
Stamps: Keiserkraft; Hero Arts; Uniko Background builder (card 2)
Dies: square & oval nesting dies by Waffle Flower

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Silver Wedding

Today I have a quick post to share a card I made for a friend who recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary.

This was very hard to photograph because of the reflections so my apologies for that.

I just love dies and recently got sucked into another sale, this time by Sizzix, where I bought the lace coverplate and the heart frame that you can see on this card.

I cut the lace from a pice of thin card to create a stencil and used brilliance silver ink through it onto a piece of silver paper for the insert and the white envelope

the cover plate was cut from white card and mounted on a metalic silver panel. The heart frame was mounted on vellum and the numbers attached

I am rather liking this lace die, so I hope it will mean it gets plenty of use.
My friend and her husband liked the card anyway, which is the main thing, and it was very easy and quick to make.

I am sharing this at:
Just Us Girls #588 - Trend week, no stamping

cardstock: Xcut adhesive metal effect sheets
Ink: Brilliance starlight silver
Dies: Sizzix thinlits intricate lace and geo frames; Number by Concorde & 9th; Sentiment Gemini by Crafters Companion

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Saturday, 12 June 2021


Today I am sharing a card I made after I was lucky enough to win a random draw from the very generous Bev at Uniko. I do love her stamps.

This card uses the Gerbera stamp set. I stamped the flower and leaves, coloured them with polychromo pencils and fussy cut them out.

The picture doesn't show it, but I have put a little sparkle in the flower centre with a sparkle pen, just to add a little extra interest.
The basket weave  embossing folder was cut to size and gently inked with distress ink.

The sentiment was heat embossed on the coated card base. I know I use this card for my bases a lot, but that is because it embossed beautifully, it comes in all kinds of different colours and it is a very good weight for a card base (300gsm). Just some of the reasons why I love it.

I am sharing this card at:
Uniko challenge 65 - Anything goes, unusually for me I don't have any die cuts on this card

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Cardstock: Adorable scorable; stamping card
Ink: Distress ink; Versafine toffee
Stamps: Uniko pure florals Gerbera
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities - Basket weave

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