Thursday, 21 March 2019

Balloons two different ways....

Today's cards are for The Twofer Challenge......
I have used the same Die cut Balloon for two different occasions.....
The Die cut is from Poppystamps and is a really old one.
The challenge requires you to use the same stamp or die or stencil 
and then use it for two different occasions, using the theme of Balloons. 
The Bear is called The sleeping bear but I have always seen it as he has had a good night out!
I thought the sentiment went well with The Hangover Bear....
The die cut heart shaped balloon has been heat embossed and raised up on foam to add dimension.
The 'love you' stamped string is from a different stamp.
A masculine card, in masculine colours for a masculine friend....
I have used the Balloon heart shape die to make 3D snowdrops.
I popped on a hint of 3D green and 3D white on the bunnies bobtails.
A card ready for Easter......
Two cards made with the same balloon heart die and two very different occasions.
Spring is definitely on it's way and I can't wait x.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
Poppystamps Challenge - Spring Clean - Using something old
Watercooler Wednesday - Karen's masculine Challenge - Anything Goes with my first card
Uniko - Spring with the optional twist of Easter with my second card
The Spring sentiment has been stamped with a Uniko stamp
AAA Challenge - One image without the option with my first card




Monday, 18 March 2019

Spring is on the way.....

I am so looking forward to Spring...

Here is today's card....

I am joining in The CAS Watercolour Challenge, which is water colouring on vellum...
A new to me technique.......
The flowers have been die cut onto vellum, water coloured with zigs 
and in-layed into the linen card stock.
I choose a bit of a fussy technique with the inlaying but I so enjoyed it.
Finishing off with the die cut white flower die 
and then stamping the Spring sentiment, which I love, onto vellum.
I popped a manipulated skinny frame onto the sentiment, which took me ages! 
I so enjoyed the technique and will definitely use it in the future. 
The challenge has made me a little more confident to use water on vellum.....Thank you.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
CAS Watercolour - Watercolour on Vellum
Uniko Challenge - Spring, without the optional twist of Easter
Cupcake Inspiration - What a pretty inspiration photo
The flower Challenge - Anything Goes



Friday, 15 March 2019

CAS Mix Up March Reminder ......

Popping in to remind you of the challenge this month at The CAS Mix UP
which is Faux Stained Glass........Hosted by the talented and creative Joanna.
Lots of inspiration and video links on the blog and the gallery is looking amazing.
It's our 3rd Birthday too, with prizes to be won.....

Here is my card......

I have used the Stained Glass Technique with Alcohol Inks, 
Stamping and my choice is Die Cutting and Heat Embossing
The background has been stamped with a flower bouquet in black ink.
For the poppy colours I have used alcohol inks.
For the stained glass effect I have used glossy accents and several layers of black die cuts.
The last black die cut layer has been heat embossed several times to get it super shiny.
Finishing off with the sentiments, two skinny frames and a cute mini heart....

Thank you Gundi (from Papierelle) for being our wonderful guest designer this month.
Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery....
Challenges I would love to enter....
Craft Stamper - Take it Make It Challenge - 
Anything goes so long as you use a stamp somewhere on your project
Watercooler Wednesday - Tristan's Occasion Challenge 
This is a fun challenge that I love to enter....
CAS on Friday - Embossing dry or heat
I have used Heat Embossing
Memory Box Challenge - Flower Power - Cards with flowers on them
The die cut poppy is by Memory Box
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes







Friday, 8 March 2019

Find Beauty in Chaos.....

I am Super excited and Thrilled to be the guest designer at The Craft Stamper 
with The Take It Make it Challenge this month....
It is always anything goes, so long as there is some stamping....
The Design Team always provide amazing inspiration.

This is my Creation for the front of my A5 sketchbook......

I had so much fun with lots of stamping, alcohol inks, acetate, my newly found light box
and a mapping pen and white acrylic paint.....
I started by loosely stamping the flower onto scratch paper.
Popped acetate over it and applied around 8 shades of alcohol inks.
I turned over the acetate and then used my mapping pen 
and white calligraphy ink and white acrylic paint on the other side.
I used splat stamps, crackle stamps and text stamps on white card stock.
Using the acetate overlay helped with the placement of the stamping....
I did the same with the back of my A5 sketch book....
I could have always just stamped and heat embossed in white but.....
My acetate was not heat resistant and I wanted to try out the technique 
of using my mapping pen on the thinner lines and 
white acrylic paint in a bottle for the thicker lines.
I always enjoy trying out new techniques to me.
I had so much fun and using acetate and my newly found light box certainly helped.
There is always so much inspiration and creativity over at The Craft Stamper blog....
Thank you once again for the opportunity to guest with you this month x.
Challenges I would love to enter......
Watercooler Wednesday - Kath's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
Thank you for the being your Rock Star this week
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything goes without the Option for me
I have used the Poppy Time Stamp from Penny Black on the front of my sketchbook

Friday, 1 March 2019

CAS Mix Up March Challenge.......

The theme for The CAS Mix Up March Challenge is Faux Stained Glass.
The challenge is hosted by the very creative Joanna.
Pop across and be inspired by the talented Design Team 
and our fabulous guest designer Gundi (Papierelle)......
We are also celebrating our 3rd Birthday..... 

This is My Card......

I have used the Technique, Stamping and my choice is Heat Embossing, Die Cutting and Stencilling...

The Large die cut Butterfly, from Memory Box has a solid part and a more intricate part to it....
Two separate dies.......
For the solid background die I used a few pretty colours of distress inks and water.
The more intricate die cut has been die cut 5 times and layered to achieve the Faux Stained Glass,
using Glossy Accents.
There are really good links on The CAS Mix Up Blog that explains the technique really well.
This photo shows the added extra background layer, which I heat embossed in copper to give even more dimension and to make the butterfly look like it was actually flying.....
The top layer has a couple of layers of heated copper embossing powder 
and I think this photo shows the effect of the Faux Stained Glass technique.
The stencilled flower has been done with translucent embossing paste 
and I finished off with white heat embossing on the tag sentiment.

I had never done this technique before but with the help of the video links I had fun and enjoyed it.

Hope to see your wonderful creations in the gallery 
and I hope you'll join in our 3rd Birthday celebrations x.
Challenges I would Love to Enter........
Watercooler Wednesday - Heidi's All About Occasions Challenge
Thank you for the shout out......
The Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge - Anything goes as long as you've got stamping on it.





Monday, 25 February 2019

Stencilled Blue Flower......

Having fun with a Stencil, pigment powders and my glue gun.......
This is the card I made....
I started by using Brusho's and Lindy's sprinkled through a stencil and spraying with water.
After quickly removing the stencil and letting it dry I stamped a text stamp.
Using platinum acrylic paint I painted around the white spaces left by the stencil,
as I knew when I used my glue gun I would be wobbly......
You can see in this photo what I mean about painting with the acrylic platinum paint before 
and then after the glue gun..........

After using my glue gun and letting it dry I used the platinum acrylic paint again to paint over it.
I have used perfect pearls to do this technique before but never my 'unused' glue gun.
The glue dried within 60 seconds, which was a bonus........
unless you had planned to use mica powders!!!!
There are pluses and minuses to using this technique 
but I so enjoyed using my uncontrollable glue gun for the first time!
I finished off with die cutting and heat embossing the sentiment.

I wanted to say a BIG Thank you to the friendly and helpful bloggers 
who helped with my recent email notifications problems....
The bottom line being .......start again my end and your end....
You are all so kind....Thank you x

I used the blues to join in The Stamplorations CAS Challenge, 
with the optional colour twist of using Cerulean.....
I was hoping with using the Brusho and Lindy's that I have used the colour.....

Challenges I would love to enter...
Although I use techniques I am mindful my card is CAS and I have kept a lot of 'White' space....
Stamplorations - Mixed Media Challenge - Anything goes but you must use a stencil
I have used a Stamplorations  Stencil and although a CAS card I have mixed the medias...
I have used a Stamplorations Stencil and their die cut 'Hugs' sentiment