Sunday 27 September 2020

A card for a child

Today's card is for a child and I am sharing it at A Place to Start as that is what their challenge is this month.

This card is 7x5 inches and made with a sheet of 12x12 patterned paper from a block that I got from The Works some time ago. I cut the frame and then fussy cut a rocket that I coloured. The background is from a water coloured panel that I had in my stash.

The number is stamped, heat embossed in white and fussy cut.
Generally I am not very keen on making cards for children and don't share them very often, but I was pleased with how this one turned out so I decided to share it at A Place to Start September Challenge - create a children's card.

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Friday 25 September 2020

Happy Birthday Nancy

Today it is Nancy's (of Scandinancycreates) birthday and Loll has set up a linky on her blog to help us all congratulate her.

I hope you spend it doing something you love with the people you love.

I sent her this card which I am pleased to say arrived in good time.

If you visit me regularly you will know that I have been trying to get to grips with watercolour and after watching loads of videos I have made a series of cards of which this is one. I created the wash on the paper with the same colour that I painted the wreath. I just went for it and was reasonably pleased with the result. The sentiment was stamped with Catherine Pooler ink but the rest is hand painted.

I added a birthday message inside the card. Do head over to Loll's blog to help us celebrate Nancy's birthday with her.

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Thursday 24 September 2020

Things with Wings

Today's card is going to We Love Chocolate Baroque where the current challenge is 'Things with Wings" or anything goes. They are celebrating a new Chocolate Baroque challenge blog with several giveaways this month, here is a picture of one of the prizes to be won.

I was lucky enough to win the Honey Bee Chocolate Baroque stamp set last year so have used it on my card - perfect for the theme.

I started by stamping and masking my image on a card panel then I used my new Catherine Pooler mini inks and several stencils to create the background. I didn't really have a plan, I just went for it. Once I was happy with the background I coloured the image with alcohol markers and coloured pencils. I then re-stamped the image in black and decided to heat emboss it with clear embossing powder to give it a shine (sorry you can't see that in the photos).

I cut the panel with a scalloped frame die and mounted it on some bright fuchsia pink craft foam. You can just see it poking out is you look carefully.

I love pink and grey so decided to mount it on a grey base, I then spent ages deciding on the sentiment and whether to add one at all.  In the end it was stamped in black and clear heat embossed on grey paper. I have to say I am quite pleased with this one. I hope you like it too.

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Saturday 19 September 2020

Embossing with Dies

Today I have an extra card for the CAS Mix Up September challenge. I got a bit carried away making my design team cards and ended up with an extra one.

I embossed a Concord & 9th hexagon cover plate for the background of this card and cut 2 thin frames with Waffle Flower A2 layers dies and A2 betweens as I wanted a thin frame. The bluebell die was cut in white and coloured in pastel shades with alcohol markers.

I didn't want to add a sentiment strip so I stamped the sentiment directly onto the card. Don't look too closely as it did feather a bit because the surface wasn't flat. I am quite pleased with the end result and am glad I have used that cover plate die again as it was very expensive!

Sharing at:
CAS Mix Up - September, emboss with dies.

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Thursday 17 September 2020

A Technique I Love

This is just a quick post as I want to enter this weeks Allsorts Challenge, and it closes soon. They are celebrating a belated 11th birthday, that's very impressive and are giving away some amazing prizes so I though I must put in an entry. I don't know what I am doing with my time at the moment but I do know it just keeps disappearing and I don't feel as though I have achieved much. I do however, have a number of cards that were made a while ago and have been waiting for a suitable challenge to enter. I had a look through and found this. The challenge is all about something I love so I have chosen my favourite technique which is inlayed die cutting and have this card for you:

The Peacock die is from The Works (I think), I cut it from green metallic card and also white card. I coloured the pieces with alcohol markers and then inlaid them into the die cut. The background was created with an ALL & Create stencil and distress ink. I also cut the peacock from the background and inlaid the metallic one so the surface is flush.

I used the stencil to decorate the insert and the envelop.

I was quite pleased with the result, I hope you like it.

Happy Birthday Allsorts Challenge

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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Sept CAS Mix Up Reminder

It is reminder time over at CAS Mix Up , so this is to let you know that you still have plenty of time to join us. This month it is mixed media and the theme, set by our host Jenny , is to emboss with dies. This is such a good technique and really helps you get more from your dies.

The die I have used for this one is by Joycrafts. To get this effect I dabbed versamark embossing ink on the die before running it through my die cut machine with the embossing matt. Then the red embossing powder was scattered on the impressions. You often get powder where you don't really want it so I used a dry paint brush to carefully brush it away, I then heat set it. The little hearts are from a set by Crafters Companion. I actually stamped these with a red die ink and then heat embossed with clear EP. The panel is mounted on craft foam.
I originally stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a card strip and then cut the strip wrong, so I gave up with that and put the sentiment under the panel. At first I thought I had messed it up but actually it has grown on me. What do you think?
I do hope you will join us this month, I look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

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Sunday 6 September 2020

A Handcoloured Image

Todays card was made a while ago and I have been waiting for an appropriate time to share it:

The stamp is called charmed wildflowers by The Ton. I stamped it in a pale ink and then coloured it with Polychromos. I decorated the envelop and insert with the small flower that is part of the stamp set. you can see the envelop in the picture above.

I don't consider myself to be very good at colouring but I hope to improve with practice. I did quite like the soft look that the pencils gave the image. This one was sent to Jenny of My paper Epiphany for her birthday.

I am sharing it at:
Allsorts week 588 - use a hand coloured image
Colour crazy challenge week 35 - Anything goes colouring challenge

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Wednesday 2 September 2020

August CCC Reveal

Today is the day for the August CCC reveal. I really love taking part in this challenge as you get to receive a wonderful handmade card which could come from anywhere in the world. This month I sent my card to the wonderful Cat. I have always loved Cat's cards so it is an honour to send her one of mine. Each month you get some options on the blog to inspire your cardmaking. This month I chose the colours, vellum and paper piecing.

This very intricate die is from Crafters Companion, I cut it 3 times in medium weight white card stock. The first layer was mounted onto some 'taupe' card stock (it is more of a sandy yellow than taupe but it was as close as I could get), then I inlaid the little pieces (frustrating and fiddly, which is why I only did 3) after colouring them with alcohol markers. The second layer was then attached and the coloured sections and the little squares were filled with glossy accents and left to dry. You can see the shine on the picture below. Once it was dry the final layer was attached.

The sentiment was originally cut from a shimmery gold card that was very similar to the base card and even with a vellum shadow, it didn't really show up so I found some teal card and added it on top. I use a waste diecut (this one can be a challenge to get a clean cut) as a stencil to decorate an insert and the envelope.

I hope take the time to visit the reveal post , as I can promise you that you will see some pretty amazing cards.

I was so thrilled to get this card from Janis in Idaho. I was so pleased because she saw that I love succulents and made me a specials succulent card. How great is that? Thank you Janis.

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Tuesday 1 September 2020

September CAS Mix Up Challenge

Didn't August just fly by? It is 1st September so time for a new challenge at CAS Mix Up. This month it is a mixed media challenge and our host is Jenny. She has chosen embossing with dies as our theme this month. There are a number of different ways that you can emboss with dies and there are some links to videos to help inspire you on the challenge blog.

Our very special guest designer is Mac who never fails to create the most wonderful cards. If you aren't yet familiar with her cards I urge you to check her out.

On to my card and after much to-do over the creation of my cards, nothing changes with that! I present you this card:
This was made with the succulent cover plate die by Neat & Tangled. My other hobby is growing succulents so you will see them appearing in my cards from time to time. I dry embossed the image onto some matt dull green card and then traced the succulent outline with a silver Gelly Roll sparkle pen.

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed in silver, a few sequins added and the corners rounded. I love the sparkle from the sparkle pen.

Her's a close up:
I have actually made 4 cards using embossing with dies so I might share the others on separate posts as the month goes on. I hope I might have inspired you to take part this month as it is a great way to get more out of your dies. I shall look forward to seeing you in the gallery

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