Saturday, 21 May 2022

A Cheery Little CAS Card

Today I am sharing what I think is a cheery little CAS card. I hope you like it.


I made my background panel by painting watercolour and a few splatters onto a piece of mixed media paper. I then spread Nuvo embellishment paste through a stencil, I haven't used this paste before and it has a wonderful silvery sheen to it that catches the light beautifully. My flower was stamped and cut using the matching die and simply coloured with my Zig pens. The sentiment by Uniko is heat embossed in white.



I am sharing it at:
Addicted to CAS #220 - code word Flower
Casology week 403 - Botanical
NBUS #38 - The flower stamp is NBUS




After mentioning my succulents the other day I had requests for pictures so I thought today I would share a picture of one of my cacti which flowers beautifully every year and this year is no exception. These pictures where taken a few days ago.


Aren't those flowers amazing?

Supplies:
cardstock: Mixed media paper; white stamping card; Hunky Dory adorable scorable coated card
Ink: Zig clean colour real brush pens; Versafine onyx black; Versamark
Stamps: Altenew wonder flower and matching die; Uniko simply said
Stencil by Funky Fossil

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

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

We Love Stamping May 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:

** For a Lady or Girl**

As many of you know, I love to grow succulents and they are keeping me very busy at the moment as the season changes and they come to life. I am busy moving them out of my conservatory, which gets too hot and into the garden, which is still very exposed and can be cold. I do fret about them! Anyway as they are filling so much of my time I thought I would use this wonderful succulent stamp for my reminder card. I stamped and heat embossed it in white before using a blending brush to add colour, finishing off with coloured pencils to give a bit more definition.


I have used pastel colours to keep it feminine and finished the card off with a few tiny gems.



Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month the prize is a Field of Dreams paper pad and stamps from Craft Stash 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 on Wednesday the 1st June.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I am also sharing this at:
The Four Seasons Challenge - Anything goes Spring
Stamping Sensations May challenge - Anything goes with the option of flora and fauna



Supplies:
Cardstock: White stamping card and coloured card from my stash
Ink: Catherine Pooler
Stamps: Brutus Monroe succulent border

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

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Guest Designer Allsorts

Today I am honoured to be a guest designer on the wonderful Allsorts challenge blog where the theme for this week is add some sparkle.

One of my favourite techniques is die cut inlay and I love cover plate dies so I combined those 2 loves with this card.


I cut the cover plate 3 times using yellow card stock, red glitter card and green glitter card and proceeded to inlay the pieces. Once that was done I cut the happy birthday sentiment from white card stock and staked it a couple of times.


I hope you can see the sparkle on the close up.


One of the fabulous things about this technique is you can make 2 for the price of one, so here is my second. Isn't it fabulous how different they can look by switching round the colours?


This time I stacked the sentiment with some black card stock to help it pop on the white background.


These cards do sparkle beautifully. I finished by using the die to make a stencil and decorated the insert and the envelope.


I am also sharing the second card at:



Supplies:
Cardstock: No shed glitter card; white and yellow stamping card
Dies: Creative Expressions background collection, layered leaves; Thank you also by Creative Expressions; Happy Birthday by The Greetery

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


Monday, 2 May 2022

Card Chain Challenge April Reveal

Today is 2nd of the month so time for the Card Chain Challenge big reveal. This month 34 card makers took part and I sent my card to Greta in Oregon. I was getting close to the deadline when I visited the challenge blog to sign up, so I signed up behind Greta without realising that it is only a couple of months since I last sent Greta a card. I don't mind at all how often I send a card to the lovely Greta, but I do try and send to someone different each month. It often doesn't work for me though. As anyone who takes part regularly knows, it is all about the timing. In the end it doesn't really matter as it is so lovely to exchange cards every month.

I have been really struggling with inspiration for my cards recently and haven't been posting much as a consequence so to keep my options open, I went for the themes of spring and friendship from the options list. I often try to do the colours and sketch too, but not this month.


I was lucky enough to win one of Uniko's 10th birthday prizes and so put in an order to build up my stock of amazing Uniko products. This stencil/mask was one of my acquisitions, I think it is fantastic. I started by inking through the stencil element with a blending brush, then I added the mask and added the orange and green. In order to give more definition I outlined the image with a fine liner green pen. After that I thought my background was very stark so I took a couple of stencils by AALL & Create and replaced the stencil using the orange ink to add interest onto the flowers. I then removed the stencil and added the mask and used the second AALL & Create stencil around the outside of the flowers. I finished by general blending some of the blue/grey ink around the flowers.


The sentiment was white heat embossed on the same card as the base and I finished off with a few teeny tiny gems. One of them was a tiny heart. Very sweet I thought.



I was very lucky to receive this gorgeous card from Julia  in MA:

I just love those tiny little die cut bees.

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

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bristol Board; pink card from my stash
Ink: Catherine Pooler Lemongrass, orange peel, hot tub and sage
Stamps: Sentiment: Concord & 9th
Dies: Lisa Horton lazy daisy panel
Stencils: Uniko fun flowers; AALL & Create #39 and #113

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

Sunday, 1 May 2022

We Love Stamping May Challenge

Today is the first Sunday of the month, so time for a new challenge over at We Love Stamping where you get the opportunity to show off your love of stamping.  This month the theme is:

**   For a Lady   **

I have been finding it hard to come up with ideas recently and was in danger of falling behind with my DT duties, so in order to come up with this card I sat down and went through all my stamps and settled on this pretty wreath, which came free with a magazine. I think it was one of the first I ever bought.


I stamped and heat embossed the wreath and made a rough mask for it from copy paper before stamping the background lattice pattern. I used a small blending brush to add colour and added detail with colored pencils.

The sentiment was done on the computer and the little gold dots made with a gold gel pen. I also added a few tiny gems to finish it off.


Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month the prize is a Field of Dreams paper pad and stamps from Craft Stash.  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 1st June.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I am also sharing this at:
Alphabet Challenge - B is for blooms

Supplies:
Cardstock: White stamping card; gold coated card; Hunky Dory Adorable Scorable coated card
Ink: Catherine Pooler shea foam, rose petals, shea butter, stone blue
Stamps: Wreath free with magazine; Chocolate Baroque studded lattice
Dies: rounded corner die by Nellie Snellen; stitched rectangle by Create a Smile

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

Friday, 29 April 2022

A Special Collaboration

Today I have something a bit different to share. The lovely Cat Craig of Cat Loves Paper suggested we each made a card using a frame die from Hero Arts which she kindly gifted to me. I have been following Cat since I first started using blogs to learn more about card making, before I even set up my own. Her cards always inspire me and I love her simple CAS style, so as time has passed and I now have my own blog the friendship has grown, plus we both have March birthdays.

Cat suggested using the frame and I suggested using a stencil. After much deliberation I sat down and made this:


In the course of making this it became a shaker card, not my intention at first, but I think it works. The shaker elements are little gold and yellow glass seed beads. My original idea was to use the stencil to create the background in the frame, but I couldn't make it work so I chose a piece of gold patterned paper instead. Then I realised when the frame and shaker element was done that I hadn't used a stencil! I managed to put that right by using this striped stencil and black soot DI. I hope it looks like wallpaper behind the picture.


The flower stamp and sentiment were also a gift from Cat, thanks so much for your generosity. I stamped it and clear heat embossed it and because the black was so bold and shiny I decided to cut the frame from black cardstock and paint it with some acrylic gloss medium to give it a shine too. The flowers were coloured with water based pens.


I hope you like it, do pop over to Cat's blog to see what she has created.

I am also sharing this at:
Double Trouble Challenge #108 - Thing one use metal die, frame it, thing 2 add flowers
NBUs #37 - stamp and frame die are NBUS




Supplies:
Cardstock: White stamping card
Ink: Versafine onyx black; Distress in black soot
Stamps: The Ton peony cluster
Dies: Hero Arts museum frame
Stencil: Colorbox stripes

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

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Just for a Change

I have just seen the new challenge at Seize the birthday, so I thought I would do a quick post to share this:


I made it for my granddaughters' 7th birthday, in order to be a bit different (for me anyway) I decided to try a fancy fold. I think this is called a waterfall card. I saw a demonstration for it somewhere but have no idea where now.


Anyway, in the end it was quite straightforward to make the base card and then I went through my large folder of snippets and die cut loads of different elements. Then I just stuck them in. The more the merrier I thought. There are numbers, flowers, balloons, leaves, hearts and butterflies. I also added a tiny tag that you can see in the picture below. The front panel was stamped with a hearts turnabout stamp. I made it a long time ago and stuck it in my snippets folder as I wasn't happy with it!



And the best this was, it folded flat and fitted into a 7x5 envelope. My granddaughter seemed to like it, so that's good.

I am sharing it at:

Seize the Birthday - #237 Butterflies or hummingbirds
Snippets Playground #426 - Everything except the base card are snippets




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

Monday, 18 April 2022

We Love Stamping April 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.

Easter Monday too, I do hope that the holiday has been a good one for everyone. I saw all my family during last week so have been able to spend the weekend in my craft room. I haven't been feeling very creative recently, so I am trying to get back to it.

This month our theme is:

** Favourite Stamps **


This rather pretty heart is made with a triple step stamp, which easily allows the three different colours to be used and it leaves the perfect space in the middle for the sentiment. Two of the steps and the sentiment have been clear heat embossed. These triple step stamps are much easier to use than the turnabouts as you can see to line them up.


This stamp set also has matching dies which I used to cut the heart and to decorate the insert that you can see in the first picture.


The background is made with two different cover dies. Sadly my own mother is long dead (33yrs), so I made this one for my ex husbands mother who I am very close to. We celebrated Mothers' Day at the end of March here in the UK. I am happy to say that she loved this card, even though it is quite pink, which is not really her colour.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month the prize is a Santoro album and images with coordinating die set from Craft Stash. 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 27th April

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I am also sharing this at:
The Flower Challenge - Add a heart


Supplies:
Cardstock: Hunky Dory Adorable Scorable; Nina solar white 110lb
Ink: Catherine Pooler, it's a girl, pixie dust and mint to be; Versamark and Versafine onyx black
Stamps: Concord & 9th triple step blooming heart stamp set
Dies: Concord & 9th triple step blooming heart dies

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

Sunday, 3 April 2022

We Love Stamping April Challenge

Today is the first Sunday of the month, so time for a new challenge over at We Love Stamping where you get the opportunity to show off your love of stamping.  This month the theme is:

**  Stamp of the Moment  **


My stamp was heat embossed with a pale blue embossing powder and then coloured with Polychromos pencils, before cutting with the coordinating die and mounting on a dark cardbase. Because there were some islands of white space that the die didn't cut, I coloured them with a black pencil in the hope that it would look better on the black cardbase. It kind of worked, but perhaps I should have been braver and tried to cut them out with a sharp blade.


I mounted the image on foam pads, added the sentiment on a white strip and finished it off with some bubble gems.


Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month the prize is a Santoro album and images with coordinating die set from Craft Stash. 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 27th April.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I am also sharing this at:
Seize the Birthday #235 - the anything goes option
A bit more time to craft - Anything goes


Supplies:
cardstock: White stamping card; Adorable Scorable mattastic card
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Tonic Studios heartfelt coursage and matching die

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