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.... 

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 ...


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

CAS Mix Up August Challenge

The CAS Mix Up Challenge for August is 

Stencil Monoprint.....

Hosted by the wonderfully talented Nancy.....

The design team and our fabulous guest designer Cathy from Cathy's Card Spot
have wonderful inspiration for you over on the blog.
There are video's links too, to inspire you further......

This is my card....

I have used Brusho's with the stencil, stamping and my choice is heat embossing
I sprinkled different shades of Brusho's through the stencil 
and sprayed with water to activate them.
The sentiment and the grasses have been stamped with grey archival ink.
The butterfly has been heat embossed with white 
and the rectangle layer edged with gold heat embossing.

I flipped the stencil over, whilst it was still wet and this is my other card....
Not CAS but artsy and it's great to get two cards from the one technique.
 The sentiment was stamped in black first and then gold heat embossed on top,
which produces a subtle effect, so much so it looks very dark in the photo!
The Monoprint challenge is a fun one, which produces unique effects.
Pop across and admire the fabulous cards from the design team and the wonderful Cathy.

I am looking forward to seeing your wonderful creativity in the gallery.
Thank you so much for popping in...And I'm Loving my background Loll xxx
Challenges I would like to enter.......
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine Anything Goes challenge
Always  a fun challenge to join in
Stamplorations - Anything goes challenge - The stencil is a Stamplorations stencil

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
Stamplorations CAS Challenge 
Country View Challenge - In The Summer Garden
That's Crafty - Close to Nature




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.....
Watercooler Wednesday - All about Occasions Another fun challenge which I like to enter
Thank you for the shout out....Thrilled 
That's Crafty - Close to Nature
Country View Challenge- In The Summer Garden















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...
Thank you for the shout out.....Delighted x

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....