Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Watercolour Sunset

Today I have a card for Time Out Challenge 219, it is a photo prompt this time and it just happens that I have been practicing my watercolouring by painting sunsets. A few weeks ago, while I was on holiday, I bought a pack of Khadi papers that are made from recycled cotton rag. They are tiny pieces measuring 7.5 x 5cm. I thought I would use them to make tiny watercolour pictures and so far I have made 2. I love the look of the torn edges and think they make wonderful CAS cards.

I looked on pinterest for some inspiration but unfortunately I didn't pin the picture and I can't find it again, so apologies for not giving credit to the artist that inspired this. I used my Gansai Tambi paints by Kuretake.

It is mounted on some craft foam and attached to a dark blue/grey cardbase. The sentiment is by Taylored Expressions and is stamped in white pigment ink. I am quite pleased with it, I hope you like it too.

I hope that one day I will be able to do these without having to find inspiration from someone else.

It is ages since I last joined everyone at time out, so I am happy to be putting that right now.

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

Sunday, 7 August 2022

We love Stamping August Challenge

Today is the first Sunday of the month so time for a new challenge over at We Love Stamping. The challenge where you can showcase your stamps and your skill at using them.

This month our theme is:

** In my garden   **

I do love lilac and this year I bought my first lilac stamp, but didn't realise quite how large it was going to be. The panel on this card is 14x10cm and still I had to cut off the edges of the stamp, but never mind.

I coloured the image with polychromos pencils and added detail to the flowers with metallic pens and watercolour pens. This took me ages, I never seem to know when it is finished when I am colouring.

The sentiment is from the lilac stamp set and the lovely flower frame is from a really versatile and large die set by Tonic Studios. My only issue was that the frame is not a standard size, which meant I had to make my own envelope for it. It is 14x17.5cm or 51/2 x 7inches. It is very unusual for me to make such a large card, but I had to find a way to use that wonderful frame. It is from the same set that I used to make the Happy Days card you can find here.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this is a very special month if you are an AALL & Create fan as the prize includes and A5stamp set and a stencil. 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 one entry to join us as a guest designer for a future challenge.

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month, all you have to do is follow the prompt and ensure stamping is the main focus on your card. The challenge will close at noon (UK time) on Wednesday 31st August.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I am also sharing this at:
NBUS #41 - The lilac stamp and the frame are NBUS

Cardstock: White Stamping card; lilac 160gsm card
Ink: Versafine onyx black
Stamps: Pink Ink Designs, Luscious Lilac
Dies: Tonic Studios Verso, Happy Days Summer Frames
Other: Polychromos pencils

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

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

July Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Today is 2nd of the month so time for the Card Chain Challenge big reveal. This month 26 card makers took part and I sent my card to Kati in Germany. 

From the options I have used the sketch, the colours of red, white and blue, although I have made them pastel, the theme of friendship and the technique of stitches.

I started by cutting my panel with the frame die and then used the stitched deboss cover die before adding holes to enable me to do the cross stitching. The panel and card base are both made with pearlescent card.

I made the tiny flowers with dies and attached a tiny gem in the centre of each one.

I was very lucky to receive this gorgeous card from Dee in Kenya:

It is a real beauty, I love it, thanks Dee. She enclosed a selection of die cuts too. That is so generous.
If you would like to take part in the next card chain challenge, you have until 6th to sign up here

Cardstock: Crafters Companion centura pearl; white stamping card 
Dies: Lisa Horton tatty layers lazy daisy panel; Concord & 9th stitched stripe card front die; creative Expressions just for you

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

Monday, 1 August 2022

CAS Mix Up August Challenge

It is the first of the month so time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up, I do hope you will be able to join us. This month we are using mixed media and Nancy is our host. She wants us to use emboss resist with our on our mixed media CAS cards. Our guest designer this month is the fabulous Brenda why not pop over and pay her a visit?

I have used stamping, embossing, watercolouring and die cutting on this card.

I started with a panel of watercolour paper and stamped a background stamp with versamark and clear heat embossed it. I then took 2 colours of brusho paints, scarlet and lime green and spritzed the panel with water. I then walked away and left it to dry. I do love the effect. Brusho paints are just perfect for this technique because you get so many different colours. The little grains that might be different to the stated colour get trapped in the embossing and so you get this fabulous multicolour effect. I love it.

You have until 24th to join us and don't forget to visit the challenge blog to get more inspiration and some links to technique videos to help inspire you.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Cardstock: watercolour card; red 160gsm card; cream 350gsm base card
Ink: Versamark; Brusho paints, scarlet and lime green
Stamps: My Favourite Things, bundle of blossoms background stamp; sentiment Concord & 9th
Dies: Lisa Horton, tatty layers pretty tickseed panel

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

Saturday, 23 July 2022

A little Embossing

Today I thought  would pop in with a card for this months Let's Squash It challenge where we are being asked to keep it CAS. 

I had a look through my folder of cards that I haven't posted yet and found this. I thought it was perfect:

This was very quick and easy to do. I embossed my panel and cut it to size before swiping ink randomly over it in 2 colours. I also inked the edges in the pink.

The little heart was stamped and heat embossed in green and painted with my zig clean colour real brush pens.

The sentiment was heat embossed and the strip cut to size and the edges inked. i was quite happy with this one. Hope you like it too.

Cardstock: Hunky dory adorable scorable coated card for the base; white stamping card
Ink: Catherine Pooler
Stamps: Tonic Studios Happy hibiscus and matching die
Embossing Folder: Sizzix 3D texture fades lumber by Tim Holtz

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