Sunday 7 April 2024

We love Stamping April Challenge

Today is the first Sunday of the month so time for a new challenge over at We Love Stamping
Each month a member of the design team will be selecting a theme to reflect their own individual style of crafting or favourite themes. On the remaining months we will continue as before with a general theme along with an anything goes option, as previously.

Alice has chosen our theme this month:

** Spring or Anything Goes **

I would like to welcome our guest designer Anne. I hope you get a chance to visit her.

As this months theme is spring I got out my Uniko tulip stamp set. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to do, but I chose a piece of hot pressed (smooth) water colour paper to stamp my tulips on. Then I decided to do an ink blended background with some soft background stamping so I masked my tulips and got to work on the background with various stamps and inks.


When I was happy with the background I painted my tulips with my Zig real brush water colours pens.


The sentiment was stamped and clear heat embossed. I then cut the panel with the scallop die and mounted it on a green mat that I had coloured with the green ink I used on the background. I think it was Catherine Pooler grass skirt. The panel was then mounted on a green card base (Hunkydory adorable scorable mattastic).


I keep wondering whether I should have put some sequins or gems on this. I think I will finally decide when I know who I am sending it to.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month the prize if from ALL and CREATE. Why don't you head over to the challenge blog to check it out? I have used ALL & Create stamp #362 (the splodges) on my background. The prize winner is selected randomly and in addition the DT will choose a top three for special mention.

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month, all you have to do is ensure stamping (including digi) is seen somewhere on your card front, it no longer needs to be the main focus. It would be great if you could join in with our theme, but anythings goes is always an option if you are out of ideas. The challenge will close at noon (UK time) on Wednesday 3rd April.

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. 

Friday 5 April 2024

Collaborating with Cat

Hello
Today I am sharing a card that I made using this butterfly stamp and die set from Uniko. I bought the stamp and die set and then inadvertently bought the die set again! That meant that I had to buy the stamp set again and that's how this years collaboration with the wonderful Cat Craig came about. I know she likes Uniko products and I was fairly sure she didn't already have this set, so I sent it to her. I can't wait to see what she has made.

Here is what I made:


I started by masking my panel in order to ink the oval and lightly inked it. I think my brush must have had some residue ink on it as the colour came out a little muted, but I decided it didn't matter. The inks used are Catherine Pooler from the date night collection. The blue is cummerbund which I used to ink the edges of my mat and to stencil the butterflies on the background (the stencil is by Funky Fossil).


The large butterfly was stamped in black and heat embossed in clear. I then cut it with the matching die and coloured it with the colours from the date night set. The smaller butterfly and the sentiment were also heat embossed. I also used the smaller butterfly to stamp the insert and envelope. I do love the detail on it.



I hope you head on over to Cat's blog to see what she has made.

I am sharing this at:
NBUS 61 - The butterfly stamp is NBUS

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

Tuesday 2 April 2024

March Card Chain Challenge Reveal

Today is 2nd of the month so time for the Card Chain Challenge big reveal. This month 35 card makers took part and I sent my card to Bonnie in Colorado. I decided to sign up behind Bonnie again as I sent her my card for December, but it never arrived. But, no sooner had I done that, the long lost card was delivered! It was posted on the 5th of December '23 and arrived on 6th March '24! I wonder what it was doing all that time. I am so glad it eventually made it to it's destination. It just goes to show that you should never give up hope.

My card this month used the colours:


This cover die by Crafters Companion is one I have had for several years. I really like the art deco feel of it and I decided it would work well for this. It is a while since I had used it and I had forgotten what a pain it was to cut. Funny how we forget those things. Anyway, I managed to get a reasonably clean cut and then spent some time with a sticky roller trying to remove of the little paper hairs.


Once I was happy with it I mounted it onto a piece of black card, coloured some of the tiny pieces with an alcohol marker and then inlaid them. although I do love inlaying diecuts I don't think I would ever attempt to do this whole cover plate. One little section was quite enough!


I found this smile die in my stash and cut it from white card and black card. The white was coloured with my alcohol markers and it was slightly offset on the black layer. I think I inadvertently used a shade darker on the sentiment. Hope it doesn't look too off. I didn't notice until after I had glued it down - the perils of having too much stuff on my desk!

I mounted it onto a coloured cardbase and made a stencil to decorate the insert and envelope. I enjoyed making this so much that I made another. I bought this die at the same time. It was slightly easier to do the inlaying on this one so I filled 3 of the semicircles. I decided to send Bonnie the pink one as her December card was yellow.


Which is your favourite. I think I like them both equally.

I was very lucky to receive this gorgeous card from Robyn in Australia. I love the vibrancy of those flowers, it is offset beautifully by the mint green and white. It arrived in really good time too considering it came all the way from Australia. I got it on the 18th. Thanks Robyn.


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

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

Friday 22 March 2024

Craftlandia Challenge 18

Today I am delighted to be joining the wonderful Mia as a DT on her Craftlandia challenge. I was very taken aback when she asked and, of course, it was impossible to refuse. So here is my inspirations for Craftlandia challenge 18.

The theme this month is Easter or anything goes.


I have made my Easter card with a stamp and die set by Concord & 9th called triple stamp blooming heart stamp and die set. It is the same set that I used for my we love stamping reminder card that you can find here. I have used the dies on the front of the card, but you can see the stamps on the insert and envelope.


I used the stained glass technique for this so I cut the heart die 4 times and on the bottom layer I coloured the little pieces and inlaid them back into the die cut. Then I stacked 2 more hearts on top and filled the reservoir with glossy accents. When it was dry I added the final layer. I do love the shine you get from this technique.


The plaid background is a Tim Holtz die that I cut from white card and inked with the same colours used in the heart - Catherine Pooler foundation colours of grass skirt, orange twist and rockin red.



Do head over to Mia's blog for more details and inspiration. I hope you will be able to join us. There are always prizes to be won.

Mia has very generously supplied the prizes for this challenge
Prizes (given by Mia):
Βραβεία (δοσμένα από τη Μία):


1st prize: / 1ο βραβείο:
Deco Star stencil

2nd prize: / 2ο βραβείο:
Tote bag with handmade bow

3rd prize: / 3ο βραβείο:
Handmade writing book cover

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Challenge Info (UPDATED in December 2023):
A new challenge will be posted in March 22, June 22, September 22 and December 22 (4 times a year).
You have until the 30th of month, 10 pm Greek time (9 pm Spanish time) to enter your creations.
Winner and Top3 will be announced on the 12th of the following month. Contact us within two weeks to claim your prize.
Winner will be picked through Random.org. Top3 will be selected by the design team.
Winner gets a prize and a badge. Top3 get a badge. All participants get a badge of participation.
You will not receive any comments for entering our challenge (not unless the members of the design team have time to).

All the details and the linky can be found here. I hope you will be able to join us, you have until the 30th of this month to enter.

I have been spending some time in the garden this week, unfortunately I haven't got very far with the work that needs doing, but I have been enjoying my tiny ornamental cherry tree and my camellia. I thought I would share some more pictures with you.


This one was taken in the sunshine a few days ago and the one below was taken yesterday under grey skies. It still looks amazing and is humming with bees.


My camellia is still going strong. I try to appreciate things when they are in flower as they are so fleeting.


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

Thursday 21 March 2024

Bird and Blooms

Today I thought I would pop in with a quick post to share a card that works for a couple of challenges. Of course, I should be using my time to catch up with other things. I am very good at doing things that aren't what I should be doing!


I got a BetterPress for Christmas and I think this is the first card I have shared using it. I was experimenting with different inks and this one was made using Versafine Clair rainforest pigment ink.
I think it worked pretty well.


The sentiment is foiled with green foil. I cut the panel with my current favourite die by Lisa Horton and used the same ink to ink the edges of the mat. It was then mounted onto a green cardbase. I decided to keep it simple with no colouring or embellishments.



I am sharing this at:
The Sisterhood of Crafters - March Challenge, use the colour green
Triple B March 24 - bird and blooms
NBUS #60 - this was the first outing for the Spellbinders BetterPress plate used on this card.



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

Monday 18 March 2024

We Love Stamping March Reminder

Today is the 18th so time for a reminder for the current challenge over at We Love Stamping. The challenge where we love to see you using your stamps. 

I have been away for a couple of days and have therefore got a bit behind with my visits. I shall try to catch up over the next few days, but in the meantime, here is my reminder card for the we love stamping March challenge.

Cathy has chosen our theme this month:

** Feminine **


This is the triple-step blooming heart stamp set by Concord & 9th and I am pleased to say that it stamps well. I stamped it with Catherine Pooler inks (apricot, wintergreen and lilac) and cut it with the matching die. The background is an Altenew cover plate that I cut in white and mounted onto my white card base. The sentiment is from the same set. It is stamped in crushed violet and heat embossed.


I think this card has a very feminine feel and as it is just under 2 weeks until Easter I thought I would take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Easter holiday.

Don't forget there is always a prize to be won and this month there are two prizes from Lavinia Stamps. 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 a top three for special mention. From now on any seasoned stampers (not digital) interested in being considered for a Guest Designer spot should add GD against their name when entering the challenge. We will select a guest designer form those names and the DT will still select their top 3.

I hope I have inspired you to join us this month, all you have to do is ensure stamping (including digi) is seen somewhere on your card front, it no longer needs to be the main focus. It would be great if you could join in with our theme, but anythings goes is always an option if you are out of ideas. The challenge will close at noon (UK time) on Wednesday 3rd April

I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery.

I am also sharing this at:
Daring Card Makers - spring is in the air


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

Sunday 10 March 2024

Happy Mothers' Day

Today is Mothers' Day here in the Uk, so I thought I would share this card to wish all the mothers a very happy day. I hope it proves to be a day full of love and sunshine. I won't see my daughters, but I have heard from them both. They are both mothers now too.

I have surprised myself with this card because it is so very busy and bright. It also took quite a process to make.


The background is a Crafters Companion turnabout stamp and I heat embossed the yellow turn. The flower die was cut several times from white card, a few petals were coloured and inlaid and the base (the die has an outline as well) was coloured yellow. The flower die was then stacked and the yellow petals filled with glossy accents. A top layer was added that had been coloured with the do si do ink colour. Few, it took a while!


The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed. Unfortunately the happy ended up a bit wonky, but it had to do.



We have had some sunny weather today. I have really enjoyed it, and here is a picture of one of my camellia flowers. The plant is in a pot by my front door. It always cheers me up to see it in flower. Isn't it beautiful? Spring is definitely here.



I am sharing this at:
Cut it up #299 - colours of spring
The Flower Challenge #89 - make a square card

Before I go I have an added bonus. I made another one.
This one doesn't have any heat embossing or glossy accents - that proved to be too much!


I think I might like the colours better though.



I am sharing this one at:
Die Cut Divas - anything goes


Wishing you all a very happy day.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today, I really appreciate it.