Sunday, 15 July 2018

CAS Mix Up July Reminder Post

Time for the reminder post for the CAS Mix Up Challenge

Fabulous inspiration in the gallery......
Such creative cards from the wonderful design team 
and our guest designer Susan from The catsinkcorporated.
Pop across and take a look.....

This is my card......

I have coloured my die cuts with lots of different colours of Lindy Magicals and water.
I have stamped the sentiments and my choice is free hand drawing and water colouring.
You can see the shimmer of the Lindy Magicals in this picture.
I love how you get unpredictable colours.
Even though the die cuts are small I kept going until I got an artsy and wild looking effect.
The stems have been drawn in with a dipping pen and distress stains.
The sentiments have been stamped with the help of the Misti.
I die cut the poppies and then snipped the heads to use as I wanted 
and individually coloured the small die cuts.

I have a designer paper that gave me the inspiration for the layout of my card, 
as of course I am never going to cut it up x.

Thank you for stopping by 
and I am looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations in the gallery.

Challenges I would love to enter....
Take it Make It Challenge - Anything goes but must include stamping

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Colouring Die Cuts

The Paper Players are celebrating their 400th blog challenge and I wanted to join in the fun...
Their challenges are always fun and the team is hugely creative and inspiring.

This is my card.....

For the background.......
I sprayed my white card stock with Lindy sprays in brown and copper.
The flower bouquet has been masked, stamped and heat embossed with copper.
The hidden die cut birthday sentiment was raised slightly with foam.

 For the Die Cut Butterfly......
I loosely sketched the shape of the butterfly onto the die cut. 
Using a pipette I dropped in three shades of the Lindy's and 
drying in between so that I would NOT get a blended effect.

Using coloured pva glue I traced the shape of the butterfly, first with gold 
and then hi-lighting in bronze. Whilst still wet I used a toothpick to get shapes and to blend.
The Lindys and the heat embossing is all shiny 
and the pva glues are subtle, which has added a lovely contrast and texture.
I haven't used them in years, so much so I had to use a pliers to get them unblocked.

The CAS Mix Up Challenge is using die cuts but my card isn't CAS enough to add it to the gallery but the challenge has given me the inspiration and confidence to do more with colouring die cuts.

The die cut sentiment, from PTI was gifted to me for winning a challenge, with these cards
by the kind, humorous and extremely talented Darnell....Thank you so much x

I had a fun and crafty few days making this card....
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by, I really do appreciate it.

Challenges I would love to enter.....
The Paper Players - 400th  Challenge - Celebration....
Watercooler Wednesday - All about Occasions Another fun challenge which I like to enter
Seize the Birthday - Without the option of sequins
Addicted to Stamps and More - Celebrating too..... it's their 6th Birthday and 300th challenge
Happy Birthday x

Sunday, 1 July 2018

CAS Mix Up July Challenge

The CAS Mix Up Challenge for July is 

Colour Your Die Cuts.....

The design team and our fabulous guest designer Susan Joyce from Cat's Ink Corporated
have wonderful inspiration for you over on the blog.
There are video's links too, to inspire you further......

This is my card....

Colour your Die Cuts and keep your card CAS.
Include some stamping and your choice...My choice is ink blending and splats.

I die cut the flower out of watercolour card.
This gave me the shape and confidence to free hand draw my flower inside the die cut.

I coloured my flower with a light wash of grey watercolour, charcoal pencils 
and black Indian ink.
I die cut a further five flower shapes to add dimension.
The leaves have been stamped, colour washed and hi-lighted with a black pen.

The background has been masked and blended with distress inks.
I finished off with stamping the sentiment, silver foiling in the centre of the flower 
and white splats. 

So many techniques to use to colour in your dies.
By using the die cut as a template enabled me to try, 
for the first time drawing my own flower.
I am looking forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.

Challenges I would love to enter......
Monochrome Magic - Fun challenge with or without the twist of purple...
I have just found this fun challenge and thought I would join in...

Sunday, 24 June 2018

When is a Tree not a Tree...

The Twofer Challenge this month is Trees....

You are to make two different cards using the same stamp or die for two different occasions.

These are my cards.....

I used a tree die for both cards.
One is a Thank you card and the other Just a Note....

The first card is made from an alcohol inked background, 
in shades of greens and browns to represent 'Trees and the Forest'
I did a little manipulation of the die cut tree .......
One of them is in gold and the other in the alcohol inked background.
Some of the fall-outs are in gold and the others in the original background.
I finished off with stamping the sentiment in gold and then white to give a little 3D effect.
The layout of the second card was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) the sketch...
The card uses the same die cut tree, cut four times and made into a bow.
I have had the embossing borders for ever and never used them,
 so I started by dry embossing with one of them on the black card stock.
I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in gold and
finished off by popping on the gold bow.

I had fun with both of these cards and thinking out of the box a little.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.

These are the embossing borders.........
The Challenge I would like to enter both my my cards into......

The Challenge I would like to enter with my first card, with the trees and alcohol inks....
The tree dies is by Poppystmaps

The Challenge I would like to enter with my second black card with the bow....

Saturday, 23 June 2018


Today's card is a Masculine Christmas Card...

This is my first Christmas card of the year, 
inspired by the CAS Christmas Card Challenge, which is Masculine....
I used a stencil for the Stag's head, inked through it and then fussy cut it, 
as I don't have the die cut.
I layered and heated a few lime/citron embossing powders and clear UTEE for the Stag.

                      The background was done using the tissue technique and spraying with black 
and then hi-lighting the texture with liquid gold leaf...
The die cut sentiment and the snowflakes have also been achieved 
by layering many different embossing powders and heating.
I have used a die cut square to frame the elements and edged in liquid gold leaf to finish.
I am now obsessed with layering embossing powders 
and using my pancake maker for constant heat.
It's so much fun and the results are super shiny and unique
and a great way to use up all my stashed away embossing powders....

Challenges I would love to enter.....
CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Masculine
Thank you so much for the shout out....Thrilled x
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes Masculine Challenge
This is s fun challenge which I like to play along with
Thank you for the shout out....Delighted x
Just Add Ink Challenge - Add a Window/Frame
Thought my die cut 'frame' fitted into the fun challenge.

Friday, 15 June 2018

CAS Mix Up June Reminder Post

Time for the reminder post for The CAS Mix UP June Challenge,
which is Embossing Layering, Stamping and your choice....
My choice is Die Cutting.
The link below is where I got my inspiration from......
Embossing Powder Melt Art by Stampendous....
There are more inspirational videos and links on the ....
CAS Mix Up Challenge Blog....

Today's Card......

I used my pancake maker for consent heat 
and a rectangle piece of grey board, popped on top of a craft mat.

I layered up lots of different colours of embossing powders, some from Lindy's, 
which have a wonderful shine to them.
It's a great way to use up my stash of powders....
I also used Frantage and a toothpick to get the look of the waves and clouds.
Once I was happy with the many layers of embossing powders I quickly pulled off the molten powders and stamped into them using a text stamp, giving some texture to the beach area.

I die cut the Coastal Tree several times, sprayed with a shine spray 
and finished with the sentiment stamped in brown.

I left some of the embossing powders, on the beach area flow off the grey board.
I loved the way the text stamping added some texture at the bottom.

I have found this technique of layering of embossing powders highly addictive 
and there are so many ways to do this. 
Thank you Loll for the Fun Technique this month.

Pop across and see the wonderful inspiration from the team, the gallery
and Jane, from Purple Jets Love Crafts our fabulous guest designer this month...

Challenges I would love to enter......
Craft Stampers - Take it Make it Anything goes challenge and you must use a stamp

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Voice Of The Sea

I have been having fun, water colouring and layer embossing powders...

Here's Today's Card......

I started by masking off the water colour card and using several Lindy powders, 
activated by water for the Ocean.
The bling from them is so pretty.
I then had lots of fun layering and heating embossing powders on a craft mat 
and my pancake maker....This ensures the powders don't fly everywhere.
Once the molten powders where cold, 
I gentle peeled off the bits to create the texture on my card.

This is a great way to use all those embossing powders that I have stashed away...
I used blingy powders, which created a wonderful and unique effect.
The ship and the sentiment have been stamped 
and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I finished off with water colouring the ship with shades of grey.

I had so much fun doing this card and as a technique girl learnt lots along the way.

The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Ocean and
The CAS Mix Up Challenge is layering of embossing powders 
so I combined both of the choice is water colouring
I would like to say a big Thank You to Loll
from Stamping with Loll for kindly designing my watermark for me.
What a friendly and generous blog community we have....x
Thank you so much for stopping by I really do appreciate your time...

Crafty Hugs

Challenges I would love to enter...
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge - Anything Goes but must include stamping
CAS-Ual Fridays - Boys of Summer
The Artistic Stamper - Creative Challenge ....Colour it Blue....
Thrilled to be the winner with my card.....Thank you