Saturday, 22 September 2018


Today's card is inspired by
the Challenge at CAS Christmas with the theme of Wreath....
I started by inking up the scribbly circle stamp with three shades of browns.
Next came the sprigs and the leaves with three different stamps 
and three different green inks.
 Finishing off with stamping the poinsettia in red and adding a small amount of bling.
The J and the Y have been die cut and edged with the green and browns.
It's one of those CAS cards that now I know the shades of inks 
and the stamps required that I could make up quite quickly but at the time
.....not so much x.
I so enjoyed making this card 
and grateful to the challenge to give me the kick start that I needed x.

Challenges I would love to enter.....
Stamplorations - CAS Card Challenge

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Hello and Sending Hugs ....

Thinking about my blog friends and the weather around the world x

Inspired by the Twofer Challenge to make these two cards..

The theme is Leaves.....

Using the same stamp or die and make two cards for two different occasions.
I have used the leaf stamp...One card to say Hello 
and the other one to send hugs to a special friend.

First card......

I had fun layering the card with stamping, masking and partial die cutting.
Lots of shades of inks, which I inked up in the Misti and stamped individual colours onto the leaf stamp until I was happy...No water, just inks.
The partial die cutting was tricky and lets just say this was not my first card.
Finishing off with heat embossing brown and copper embossing powders.

Second card......

This time I used distress markers and water to ink up my leaf stamp.
One colour at a time....And then lightly spritzed to blend all the colours.
You loose the detail of the stamp but gain in other ways.....
After it was all dry I masked around the square and then blended the green ink 
and splattered with red/orange inks.
The small die cut heart has distress glitter on it, which I have never used 
and I liked it, in that it wasn't too blingy for this card.
Finishing off with stamping the sentiment in green.

I popped on the kraft strip to enter a colour challenge, which I missed....
I take ages to make a card and would have left it off now on hind-site x.
I do like it but it would be better if I wanted it more CAS.....
I shall be popping my second card into The CAS Mix Up Challenge , just for fun.
I have inked up my stamp with distress markers, stamped and my choice is splats and blending.
I loved making the two cards and had fun with the techniques.
Both challenges are open until the 24th and the galleries are looking fabulous.
Challenges I would love to enter....
CAS Mix Up with my second card
The leaf stamp is by Tim Holtz
Vintage Journey - Back to Nature with my first card
Stamps and Stencil - Anything goes also with my first card
Stamplorations - Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge
Stamplorations - Summer CAS Challenge

Saturday, 15 September 2018

CAS Mix Up September Reminder Post

It's that time again for The CAS Mix Up Reminder post

Bonnie is hosting and Chrissie is our wonderful guest designer.
This months challenge is inking up your stamps with markers.
There are video links over on the blog for further inspiration.....

This is my card

I have used Distress Markers and one Zig Marker to ink up the stamp, 
lightly misting with water and using my stamping platform. I did this a few times. 
Finishing off with adding some freehand detail,
stamping the butterfly and sentiment and splats using white gesso.
I originally stamped the oxoxox sentiment at the bottom left hand side, 
but didn't like it so I went over it with white heat embossing. 
Thank goodness for the stamping platform. In real life it looks OK x.
I enjoyed this fun technique and hope to see your creativity in the gallery x.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More- Make it Feminine
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Going with the Anything goes
The Penny Black Stamp I have used is is Lustrous....
Stamplorations CAS Challenge - Summer CAS Challenge

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Love and Hugs....

I have been away on a very relaxing holiday.........
I wanted to share this with you because when I was away I managed 
to keep on top of commenting, which I love,
even though I had very slow, frustrating and very intermittent internet.
I was so pleased with myself......
Since I've got back I am playing catch up!!
That's because there's the washing, ironing, shopping etc to be done!!

So here's today's card.....

I was inspired by the sketch at CAS(E) this sketch for the layout.
I rotated and did a horizontal card.
I masked and stamped the individual flower stamps 
and lightly washed the background ones in grey.
Using my Zigs I water coloured the main flower and also hand embellished with a gold pen.
Finishing off with die cut frames, stamping the sentiment in grey 
and heat embossing the butterfly in white.

Whilst I was away my dear blog friend Nancy helped me out
and I would like to say again, a Big Thank you for your time and thoughtfulness....x.

Challenges I would love to enter.....
Simon Says Stamptember - Using Altenew Products
I used three different Altenew Stamp sets for my card....
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge - Anything goes
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Marsha's Feminine ...Anything Goes
Delighted to have been hi-lighted as a Watercooler Rocker with my card....Thank you x
Although the girls are on holiday the fun keeps going ....

Saturday, 1 September 2018

CAS Mix Up September Challenge

The Cas Mix Up Challenge for September is ....

Ink up your Stamps with Markers.

Bonnie is our host this month.
Chrissie from Simply One of A Kind is our wonderful guest designer.
I hope to see you in the gallery this month with this fun challenge.

This is my card........

I have used Distress inks to ink my sentiment stamp, stamping
and my choice is heat embossing and die cutting.
I started by using the markers to ink up the large sentiment stamp 
and lightly spraying with water before stamping.
After it had dried I clear embossed with several layers of clear embossing powder.
 I then completely sprayed the card with flat black ink.....
Lindy's are usually shimmery but I wanted a matt black one on my card.
Using several cotton buds I removed the ink, that had beaded on top 
of the clear embossing sentiment.
I had never tried this before and it worked really well.
I finished off with die cutting and water colouring the flower die with the same distress markers.

I had fun with inking the stamp with the markers and then spraying with the black ....
There are video links for more inspiration on the blog 
and fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and Chrissie.
Hope to see you in the gallery x.
Challenges I would love to enter......
Stamplorations - Summer CAS Challenge
Although they are on a Summer break the fun keeps going on......Thank you x.
Stamplorations - Summer Theme and Sketch Challenge

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

CAS Mix Up August Reminder Post

Time for the reminder post for the CAS Mix Up Challenge,

which is Stencil Monoprinting....

Hosted by the talented and very creative Nancy.......

Fabulous inspiration awaits you in the gallery and
from the wonderful design team.
Our talented guest designer this month is Cathy from Cathy's Card Spot.
If you've time, pop across and take a look.....

This is my card......

I have used stencil Monoprinting, stamping and my choice is heat embossing and doodling.
I popped on two shades of Lindy pink magical powders onto the stencil and sprayed with water.
I then quickly flipped it over onto the watercolour card and pressed it down.....
Letting the powders do their magic.

After it had all dried I stamped and heat embossed one of the butterflies in white.
Then doodled in black and white inks around the butterflies
Finishing with stamping and heat embossing the sentiment and the edge on the left in black.
I decanted some of the blue Lindy spray into a water colour brush 
and lightly water coloured the background.

This is such a fun and unique technique often producing artsy backgrounds.
I am looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.
Thank you so much for stopping by....
Challenges I would love to enter....
Stamplorations - Anything Goes Challenge using their products

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Wonderful You....

I have been having fun with a stencil and Lindy Powders.....
This is my card.....
I sprinkled Lindy magicals over the stencil and lightly sprayed with water,
popping off the stencil quickly to avoid seepage....
When it was dry I popped the stencil back on and blended the stems in green ink.
I tried several times to use the powders for the stems but the seepage was horrendous!
I finished off with die cutting the sentiment, the squares and the flower bud.
AAA Card challenge and Uniko are friendship which helped me choose the sentiment.
Thank you for stopping by.

Challenges I would love to enter.....
Uniko - It's so much more friendly with two and I have gone with the 'Friend' theme ...