Sunday, 2 October 2022

September Card Chain Challenge

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 Gail in Norway. This is my second post today because it is also the first Sunday in October so there is a new challenge over at we love stamping.

This month I used the option of things beginning with the letter Z and included some burlap on my card. I didn't go with the sketch as I used it last year for this card and knew that I would struggle to come up with something different.

I did attempt to use the colours though.



The first thing I decided on was to use burlap. I bought a roll from The Works a while ago and had yet to use it. Then I chose the flowers from my die collection and coloured them with alcohol markers. As I was trying to work out how to arrange them, I remembered the zig zag die that was waiting to be used too. I cut this in white and coloured with a green marker, then I removed a few of the strips in the middle and attached it to my card. Luckily those strips hold together quite well. I stamped the sentiment in Catherine Pooler ginger ink and added a few ginger coloured gems to the flowers to finish it off.


I used the ginger ink through a flower stencil on the insert and envelope as the final finishing touch. Oops no, that's wasn't the final touch, I added some droplet gems to the burlap.


I was very lucky to receive this gorgeous card from Joanne  in California:


Isn't it cute? She also decorated the inside beautifully.

If you would like to take part in the next card chain challenge, you have until 6th to sign up here

Supplies:
Cardstock: 225gsm white card for diecutting; Hunky Dory adorable scorable coated card for card base
Ink: Catherine Pooler ginger; Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
Stamps: Sentiment from Concord & 9th triple step blooming heart stamp set
Dies: Flower and zigzag by Creative Expressions; Sentiment strip Concord & 9th
Stencil: Stamperia

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We Love Stamping October 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:

**Anything Stamping in Autumn Colours**

Our guest designer is Faith from Daffodil Cards

My card is a simple one, but it is one of my favourite styles and I don't think I make enough of them, they are so simple and yet so effective. Well, I think so anyway.


I started by masking my panel and ink blending three colours by Catherine Pooler (listed below). Once I was happy with the blend I removed the masking from the side and stamped and clear heat embossed the flowers and the sentiment. To finish I added a few sequins and mounted it on a coloured card base.


The stamp set was a gift from the very special Loll from Stamping with Loll. Thank you so much for your generosity Loll, and for all the years that you inspired us through your CAS challenges. We will miss them, I learnt such a lot from being part of your team, thank you.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won at We Love Stamping and this month the prize has been kindly donated by AALL & Create, one of my favourites, so 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 2nd November

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Before I go I thought I would share a couple of succulent pictures from my garden. The cooler weather is making them go show off their wonderful colours.

This one is a Graptoveria Fred Ives, it is a brilliant plant, very hard and it multiplies freely. I have 7 pots of it.

This one is a Graptoveria Opalina, which is really easy to grow from leaf cuttings so I have a number of these too. These have to come in for the winter but the Fred Ives stays outside.


Supplies:
Cardstock: Bristol Board: Hunky Dory Adorable Scorable coated card
Ink: Catherine Pooler ginger, terracotta and apricot
Stamps: Penny Black Stitched Flowers (30-418
Other: Sequins

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Thursday, 15 September 2022

September CAS Mix Up Reminder

It is the 15th of September 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 stencils and I am honoured to be your host. I want to see you use gesso with your stencils. 

I chose to use gesso really because I wanted to learn to use it more myself and so I have learnt that you can get some really stunning effects. I have also learnt that if you want to use it with stencils it is best to buy the thick or heavy gesso, as it is easier to manage and doesn't leak under the stencil so easily.  If you pop over to the challenge blog you will find a number of links to different videos to help inspire you.



This time I have used gesso as a resist to create a different look. Technically my stencil is a mask so the gessoed areas are in between the numbers. I used glossy paper and dabbed gesso through the mask with a sponge. Once it was dry I sponged distress oxide ink over the piece. It is darker where the gesso is. I quite like this effect.


I cut the panel with Spellbinders hemstitched circles and mounted it on a piece of metallic purple card. I die cut the little flower spray and coloured the pieces with alcohol markers.  A simple sentiment finishes it off.


The panel is mounted onto a cream cardbase although it looks more green than cream in the photo above. I used enamel accents for the flower centre.

I have a second card for you today that came about from my playing with stencils and gesso:


This time I took some black cardstock and used gesso through the stencil. This is a turnabout stencil so I left it to dry before repositioning the stencil to create the other half of the heart.


Once it was dry I put my stencil back and sponged ink through the stencil over the gesso. This way the colours are not affected by the black cardstock, the gesso acts as a brilliant primer.


you can see on the close up that I didn't manage to line up the stencil perfectly, which annoyed me of course! I have decided to share it anyway as it is a good example of how using gesso on a dark background will help your colours pop.

I am sure most of you have got a pot of gesso somewhere in your stash so why not get it out, find your favourite stencil and have a play with us this month. I guarantee you will be pleased that you did.


You have until 24th to join us and don't forget to visit the blog to get more inspiration and some links to technique videos to help. As I am hosting this one I shall be visiting every entry and am looking forward to getting some new ideas for using my gesso.

Things still feel rather strange here following the death of our precious Queen. Everything is very subdued as we all get used to it. There is so much change these days that it feels quite hard to keep up. I hope that moving into a new era with a new King might mean that things settle down a bit. Time will tell I suppose.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

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

Sunday, 4 September 2022

WLS September 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.

I have been away for the last few days on my annual trip with my 2 sisters and sister in law, so I am sorry if I am bit slow visiting everyone. All being well, I will be home on Sunday and will be catching up over the next few days. We are in Hereford, which is a really lovely town with amazing countryside all round it. Lots of hills, which, coming from Suffolk, I am not used to. It is also quite green here compared to my home county which is very brown and parched from the drought. Although there has been rain to keep things green, the river levels are unusually low. It is all quite a worry.

But, let’s get back to the cards. This month our theme is:

** Anything goes **


Today I have used something on my card that I have been meaning to do for a long time. I even have a pile of books set aside to use. Yes, it is a book page. I am not really sure why I have a pile of books set aside for this as I am very unlikely to use just one books worth in my card making career!


I started with my page and then took some inks and stencils and started adding interest to it. I think you can see that on the close up below. Then I stamped in black and clear heat embossed that geometric stamp. I filled some of the shapes with a brown wink of stella pen and mounted my page onto a piece of no shed glitter paper, so there is plenty of sparkle on this card.


The rose was stamped and heat embossed in black, coloured with polychromos pencils and fussy cut. The sentiment, from the same stamp set was stamped in black and clear heat embossed onto the coloured card base. The rose was left over from when I made this card.

I am quite pleased with this one, I hope you like it too.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month the prize has been kindly donated by Highlight Crafts and consists of 2 Vintage Inc stamp sets. Why don't you head over to the challenge blog to check it out? The prize winner 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 28th September

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Hunky Dory mattastic adorable scorable card
Ink: Versamark; Versafine onyx black
Stamps: Uniko pure florals - rose and background blocks arts decorations clear stamp
Stencils: The Range
Other: Wink of Stella

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

Friday, 2 September 2022

August Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Today is 2nd of the month so time for the Card Chain Challenge big reveal. This month 29 card makers took part and I sent my card to Gundi in Germany. 


This month I used the sketch as my inspiration.

And took it quite literally.


The background is made with a gelli plate, acrylic paint and a stencil. It also has a layer of that translucent glitter paint that I have used before. I rather like the effect.


I have used the stained glass effect to make the leaves. I cut the die several times, coloured the leaf elements and then inlayed them back into the leaf. I then glued 3 more leaves on top before filling the space with glossy accents. Once it was all dry a final leaf was glued on top to give a clean finish. I really love that technique but I need to remember that the glossy accents really alters the colours of the alcohol markers. They were much redder before the glossy accents was added.

I used the panel die to edge the green strip and added the sentiment. The happy is a die and days was stamped and heat embossed in white.

I was very lucky to receive this gorgeous card from Pia  in Norway:


I just love that colour and background. She also enclosed some lovely die cuts which I am sure I will use. Thanks Pia.
If you would like to take part in the next card chain challenge, you have until 6th to sign up here. Time to get making my September card.

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

Thursday, 1 September 2022

September CAS Mix Up

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 stencils and I am honoured to be our host. I want to see you use gesso with your stencils. 

I chose to use gesso really because I wanted to learn to use it more myself and so I have learnt that you can get some really stunning effects. I have also learnt that if you want to use it with stencils it is best to buy the thick or heavy gesso as it is easier to manage and doesn't leak under the stencil so easily.  If you pop over to the challenge blog you will find a number of links to different videos to help inspire you.


Our guest designer this month is the lovely Sue from Cards by Q. I hope you get a chance to pay her a visit.


I started this card by embossing my stencil onto a piece of card, this helped give some dimension and also helped with positioning the stencil to add the gesso. I actually really like the effect of the gesso through the stencil, it gives a really nice base for adding ink. The other really nice thing is that you can lift the ink off the gesso areas with a damp cloth if you want to create different effects. I used a cloth to lift off some of the yellow green and then added a little dark green to the leaf centres.


I cut the oval frame several times and stacked them and then added my image. The sentiment was stamped in the same dark ink and I added 2 little eyelets so I could attach my ribbon.


I am sure most of you have got a pot of gesso somewhere in your stash so why not get it out, find your favourite stencil and have a play with us this month. I guarantee you will be pleased that you did.


You have until 24th to join us and don't forget to visit the blog to get more inspiration and some links to technique videos to help. As I am hosting this one I shall be visiting every entry and am looking forward to getting some new ideas for using my gesso.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Supplies:
Cardstock: White linen effect paper; Bristol board; White A6 card base
Ink: Catherine pooler Lemongrass and spruce
Stamps: Taylored Expressions
Dies: Positively Papercraft oval die set; Lisa Horton tatty layers pretty tickseed panel
Stencil: Funky Fossil
Other: Art Basic heavy gesso; eyelets; ribbon

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

Thursday, 18 August 2022

We Love Stamping August Reminder

Today is the 18th so time for a reminder about the current 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 recently bought some A4 sheets of post it type removable adhesive paper and wanted to try masking with it. I cut a piece to A6 and used an oval die to cut out the centre. With the oval in place I used a stencil to create the background, I then removed the oval and placed the other piece on my card leaving the oval centre clear. I then proceeded to ink blend the background and then stamped the plants in black versafine Clair. I used a paint pen to put a few fine splatters in the sky and to draw in a moon. I used coloured pencils to add interest to the stencilled flowers.


The sentiment is die cut and backed with white paper.
Although  the masking worked, I wasn't happy with the edge of the ink blending so I cut an oval frame from black card. I think it worked. What do you think?



Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month is very special if you are an AALL & Create fan, as the prize includes an A5 stamp 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 on Wednesday the 31st.  August.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bristol Board; White stamping card; black card
Ink: VersaFine Clair nocturn
Stamps: Pink Fresh Studio wild flower sketches
Dies: Waffle Flower nested ovals; Altenew essential sentiment strips
Stencil: Stamperia KSDD072

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

Monday, 15 August 2022

August CAS Mix Up Reminder

Today is the 15th Aug so time for a reminder about our current challenge over at CAS Mix Up. This month we are using mixed media and Nancy is our host. She wants us to use emboss resist on our cards.



I have used stamping, heat embossing and watercolouring on my card.


I watched all the videos that are linked on the challenge page and decided to go with this techniques showcased by Jennifer McGuire.


I stamped the flower with 3 colours and then heat embossed it before painting over the top with black watercolour. Once that was dry I cleaned up the embossing and used a white paint pen to add a few splatters. The black watercolour did decide it wasn't going to stay where I put it, so things got a bit messy for a while.


The vase was stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut. I added the sentiment and matted the panel on 2 different coloured cards. The bottom one is a very bright yellow in real life.

I am not that happy with this one, but I can't quite put my finger on why. I think perhaps the black is overpowering and the flower is too small. Anyway, I decided to go with it. What do you think?


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

Before I go I have a card for this months CAS Christmas Challenge where Trina is asking for pine on our cards. I have made another card using one of my little Khadi papers. There were 100 in the pack and so far I have used 2!


I taped down my paper with masking tape and did a watercolour wash with 2 colours over the paper. Once dry I stamped the trees and Santa sleigh and finished with some white gouache splatters. The edge of the watercolour was a bit ragged so I drew a line around it with a fine liner pen. The black circle round the moon is part of the stamp. I used a circle punch to create a mask from post it paper before watercolouring but it wasn't quite big enough. I decided it didn't matter as I quite like the look.


The sentiment is white heat embossed. This is my first Christmas card this year and as it was really very quick and easy to do I think I might make a few more and use up some of those tiny bits of cotton paper.



As the Santa sleigh and pine trees are from a new stamp set I am also sharing this at NBUS #41


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