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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Thursday 1 April 2021

April CAS Mix Up

The one thing you can rely on is the passing of time, so here we are on the 1st of April which means it is time for another challenge at CAS Mix Up. This month the challenge is mixed media and out host is Linda she has asked us to use paper piecing.

Don't forget to keep it CAS and use stamping, paper piecing and at least one other mixed media element. You will find video links and ideas on the blog.

I know that paper piecing can be extremely fiddly so I looked for a flower stamp that I felt I could fussy cut without too much trouble and decided to have a go with this lovely vase of flowers. I stamped it on vellum with Stazon ink and then stuck a couple of strips of two different washi tapes on some copy paper stamping the image on top. I cut the washi taped image out taking care to be inside the black lines. Once done it was easy to stick the pieces onto the vellum. I recently bought a whole load of washi tape from Under The Rowan Trees just because it was beautiful and I couldn't resist it. I don't often use washi tape on my cards so I am glad that I am changing that.

To add interest to the card and still keep it CAS I dry embossed a piece of white cardstock for the background.

I added a gold sequin with tiny seed beads to the centre of the flowers and secured the vellum on the white panel with foam pads hidden behind the washi tape. I took ages trying to decide how to add the sentiment and eventually thought I would place it over the vase as it meant it covered up the line where the washi tape is joined as it doesn't actually match. I don't think you can see that now unless you look really carefully.

I have used stamping, paper piecing, embossing and die cutting.

Our guest designer this month is Bonnie so don't forget to pay her a visit.

I do hope you find time to join us this month as it is a fun technique. I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

cardstock: Adorable scorable coated card, vellum
Ink: Stazon
Stamps: From the garden by Penny Black
Dies: Spellbinders shapabilities - crisscross

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