Sunday, 9 May 2021

Baby in the family

Today I have a card that I made for my cousin who has recently become a grandparent for the 4th time. I thought the occasion deserved a card so I made this, it was nice and quick to do too.

The die is a nested doily so it has several sections. I used the outer section to cut off the edge of the card and mounted it on a bright yellow mat.

The little baby and sentiment are from a magazine free gift.

I used the die cut from the central doily as a stencil to do the decoration on the inset (blue) and the envelope (white).

I finished it off with a few tiny little gems that you can see on the close up.

I am sharing this at:
CAS on Friday #204 baby

Cardstock: Adorable scorable 3 colours; 160gsm paper for insert
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Free with card making magazine
Dies: Claina Palmer nested doily

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Monday, 3 May 2021


I love the sky and when I saw that the code word at Addicted to CAS #196 was sky I knew I had to take part.

So I got out my watercolours and followed a process that I learnt from Sharone Stevens on skillshare to produce this lovely soft pink sky. Sharone is a really good teacher, her lessons are very calm, clear and easy to follow and I have been encouraged by my results from following along with her classes.

I used my gansai tambi watercolours and a size 6 brush with a wet on wet technique. The card base is hot pressed watercolour paper and I used masking tape to create my strip of sky.

I wanted to keep the design very minimal so I chose the sentiment stamp to reflect the expanse of sky and decided to just add a few birds. I really should have watercoloured them as well, but I decided not to tempt fate as I was sure I would mess it up and I thought this little flock of birds in the distance was perfect. I used grey ink so that it didn't detract too much from the soft pink sky or overwhelm it, which I thought black might do.

I live in the county of Suffolk which is well known in the UK for it's big skies. Here are a few pictures taken on my morning walks.

This one was taken at sunrise in December

The following 2 were taken on 1st May '21

I feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place and to be able to visit this river every morning. It is about a 20 minute walk from my home. I do love the early mornings, I will almost always be out walking.

I am also sharing this at Perfect CAS #14 - wings. I hope my little flock of birds will qualify.

I hope you like my sky, it was very easy to do. Mind you I did do it 3 times before I got the look that I wanted!

cardstock: Hot pressed watercolour parer
Ink: Gansai Tambi watercolour 036 Rose Madder Deep and 020 Black
Stamps: Free from different editions of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine

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Sunday, 2 May 2021

April Card Chain Challenge

Today is reveal day over at the Card Chain Challenge, this month 31 people exchanged cards so the reveal post will be a real feast. This month I made my card using the sketch and the colours.

I started by making the background to cut into strips. I got out my gelli plate and played about with some paint, ink and stencils. Once I was happy with the look, I carefully cut it into 4 equal strips that would fit a 7X5 inch card. Glueing them onto the mat evenly was the hardest part of making this card. I really struggle with keeping my lines straight and I hate it when they are uneven or crooked.

The flower die by Crafters Companion is the star of this card, I think.

I am expecting a card from GerJanne in The Netherlands, I know it is in the post but I expect it will be delayed by our Bank Holiday tomorrow so I am hoping I will get it on Tuesday. I am looking forward to that as I know she can turn her hand to absolutely any style and they always look fabulous. I shall add a picture when it arrives. 

It arrived on 7th May, here it is:

I love it, thanks GerJanne.

Cardstock: White stamping card; various, coloured scraps; 7x5 white card base
Ink: Distress and distress oxide
Dies: Pretty Posy double sided die Gemini by Crafters Companion; Hello from  Sunflower die set by Pretty Quick

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Saturday, 1 May 2021

May CAS Mix Up

Welcome to the May CAS Mix Up Challenge, it is a stencil month and our host is the lovely Susan. She wants us to use rainbow ink blending or colours with our stencil.  I had this die cut on my desk as it was a gift in my January Card Chain Challenge card from Jutta in Canada, I thought it would work well as a stencil background for my rainbow card (thanks Jutta).

You simply must check out our guest designer Michele at I card everyone, her cards are simply stunning. It is definitely worth taking the time to visit her, you won't regret it.

I used a piece of Bristol Board because it is really good for ink blending and sponged some white pigment ink through the stencil, before using the straight edge of a piece of copy paper to do my rainbow ink blending, there are a couple of video links on the challenge blog if you need some ideas. I was quite pleased with the soft look of the stencil using this technique. The pigment ink creates a resist so the resulting image is an exact replica of the stencil rather than of the negative space. It was an unexpected look, but I like it.

I die cut my panel and mounted it using nested square dies and then decided I wanted a bit of contrast so I mounted that on black paper cut with a scalloped edge die.

You have until 24th to join us in this challenge. Who can resist rainbow colours and stencils? So I shall look forward to seeing you in the gallery. Don't forget to keep it CAS.

Cardstock: Bristol Board; white stamping card; black paper
Ink: Distress
Dies: Waffle Flower nested squares; Create a Smile Scalloped edges; Creative Expressions delightful daisies; Lawn Fawn thanks

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Thursday, 15 April 2021

CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hello and welcome to my CAS Mix Up reminder post for April.  It is mixed media this month, our host is Linda and the theme is paper piecing.

Once this daisy is fussy cut the petals are very fragile and liable to fall off so I found an old flower punch and cut it in black and gold to add strength and interest to the flower centre.

You can see the flower centre and the shine from the gold paper better in this photo.

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

This daisy comes in 2 sizes, I stamped both as I wasn't sure which to use so instead of wasting the second one I made this:

I have only ever done paper piecing a few times but I do rather like the look so must think of it more often.

Hope you like them. You have until the 24th to join us in the gallery. I shall look forward to seeing you.

Cardstock: White stamping card; black textured cardstock; Gold foil mat stack
Stamps: Clarity Stamp
Dies: Free with Die Cutting Essentials Issue 62; small flower paper punch; stitched square by Lawn Fawn

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Happy Easter

These stamp and die sets from Concord & 9th are definitely my new favourites. After sharing my monochrome cards made with them yesterday I have an Easter card today.

This set also has some sweet little individual images, I stamped one of them on the insert and the envelope

I don't normally send many Easter cards but this year I sent 1 to my 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
I have a few more of these cards that I might share on instagram as it is time that started posting more on there.

I am sharing this at:

cardstock: Nina classic crest; Concord & 9th parsley and dove
Ink: Catherine Pooler
Stamps: Concord & 9th triple-step blooming heart
Dies: Concord & 9th Triple-step blooming heart and plaid card front thick and thin

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Monochrome Cards

I have been getting carried away making monochromatic cards. I often struggle to choose colours and have realised that using different tones and shades of the same colour is really very effective, and very simple.
I hope you like these:
Card 1

This is also a one layer card with just the addition of 4 little flower gems to give it a boost.

Card 2

This time I cut the panel with a scalloped frame and added some sequins. I just love all the different shades of green you see in spring.

Card 3

This time I cut the heart with the matching die and popped it up on some blue craft foam and added background interest with the plaid die and some blue sequins.

I am also really pleased with my new supplies from Catherine Pooler and Concord & 9th.

I am sharing card one at:
Allsorts week 6178 - Option monochromatic

I am sharing card 2 at:
Try it on Tuesday - Hello Spring

I am sharing card 3 at:
Di's digi Challenge - Make it monochome

Cardstock: Adorable scorable mattastic
Ink: Catherine Pooler
Stamps: Concord & 9th Triple-step Blooming Heart
Dies: Concord & 9th Triple step Blooming Heart & plaid Card Front Thin Die; Create a smile scalloped edge dies

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Friday, 2 April 2021

CCC Reveal Day

Hello and welcome to another Card Chain Challenge reveal post, 35 people took part in March so I can guarantee that visiting the challenge blog will be worth it.

When I saw the product/technique options for March included paper piecing I was very pleased, as I had a paper pieced card all ready. I originally made it for my DT post over at CAS Mix Up this month but I didn't use it because the finished card really isn't CAS. That has happened to me more than once recently, I get my idea and go ahead and make and then no, it won't work for one reason or another.

My card went to Marianne in Crete. Unfortunately I think it is still in transit.

I didn't have to worry about masking this one as I knew I would be covering up the flower so I created my background with  stencils.

I stamped the flower again onto 3 different colours of patterned paper and fussy cut it inside the stamp line and then glued the pieces in place. I used alcohol markers in similar colours to colour the middle of the flower. To finish I mounted it on a piece of pink paper and stamped the sentiment which is from the same set then mounted it onto a 7x5 inch base card,

I am due to receive a card from Linda in Michigan that that one is still in transit too. The post is certainly strange these days as a couple of weeks ago the card I sent to Elena in Arizona in February was returned to me with a note saying it was not deliverable. When I checked that the address was correct Elena said yes, it was. So I put it in a new envelope and posted it again. I hope it arrives this time. That card will have crossed the Atlantic Ocean 3 times!

Cardstock: White smooth stamping card; gingham patterned paper
Ink: Versafine onyx black; various distress inks
Stamps: Woodware
Stencils: AAL & CREATE

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