Tuesday, 15 January 2019

CAS Mix Up January Challenge Reminder

Half way through the month already and time for some inspiration
on this month's challenge of  The Bokeh Effect.
The wonderful Nancy is hosting the fun challenge.
For more information, video's and inspiration from the Design Team,
Thank you to Viv from Viv's visuals for being our fabulous Guest Designer this month.
Here is My Card.......
I have used the Bokeh Technique, Stamping and my choice is Blending and Heat Embossing.
I started by stamping the foliage and the thistles.
I then sponged several different colours of  green distress inks and left it to dry.
Using a circle stencil and sponging, with white pigment ink, to do the Bokeh effect.
The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed onto vellum.
Finishing off with hi-lighting in white and a pop of gold for the thistle heads.

The gallery is looking fabulous.......
The challenge is open until the 24th.......

As I used a stencil and sponging I shall be popping my card into the new
CAS Stencil Challenge, which started this month by the Lovely Loll.
Come and join in the fun.....
Challenges I would love to enter....
CAS Stencil Challenge using sponging and keeping it CAS
Craft Stamper Challenge, Take it Make it, which is always anything goes so long as you have used some stamping

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

CAS Mix Up January Challenge

Here's to a Healthy and Crafty 2019 x
Thank you all so very much for your blog friendship
and your kind and encouraging comments.
I have appreciated every single one of them x


The CAS Mix Up Challenge for January 2019 is Bokeh....
Hosted by the friendly, creative and lovely Nancy....
Our wonderful guest designer this month is the very talented Viv from Viv's Visuals...
If you've never tried this technique there are video links on the blog for inspiration.

Here is my card........

I have used the Bokeh Technique, Stenciling, Die Cutting and Stamping.
I used a couple of Lindy sprays by unscrewing the bottles 
and dipping a paint brush in and water coloured onto wet water colour card.
I used a circle stencil and sponged white pigment ink and varied the 'whiteness' 
to achieve the Bokeh effect.
The flowers have been die cut twice and I have used glass beads and PVA glue.
I finished off with stamping the sentiment in dark grey ink.
The beads are really pretty and add a delicate bit of bling.

There is a new CAS challenge starting on the 4th January by the wonderful Loll
so if you enjoy using stencils on your CAS cards why not pop in and take a look?
Loll and her amazing design team will have lots of inspiration for you .....
As I used Sponging I will be popping my card into the CAS Stencil challenge x

My blog friend and fellow Design Team Nancy will be leaving the CAS Mix Up Team,
after this month and popping over onto the new CAS Stencil Team.....
You'll be missed Nancy x

Thank you for stopping by and I am looking forward to seeing your creativity in the gallery.
Challenges I would love to enter......
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge with the twist of the texture
AAA Challenge is asking for three of something and keeping it CAS
My three is the die cut flowers
Thrilled to have been chosen as a Winner.....Thank you very much





Sunday, 9 December 2018

Merry Christmas.....

I thought I would share a Christmas Card with you Today.........
I started by using Bistre Noir powder on gloss card, starch and the wrap technique.
I wish I had taken a photo of the card before cutting it up, as the effect of using just 
the one colour of powders produced just a unique effect.
 The die cut flower has been cut and layered many times.
I also die cut lots of the foliage part of the flower die and snipped away...
Popping on Perfect Pearls and glitter gel onto some of the leaves.
The texture on the background has been done with a stencil and embossing paste 
and a little glitter paste in places.
Finishing off with the layered die cut Merry sentiment 
and stamping and heat embossing the Christmas sentiment.

Thank you all so much for finding time to stop by my blog
and always leaving such kind, generous and encouraging comments.
I always appreciate each and every one of them x
It's a busy time of the year for us all and I didn't want to miss the opportunity 
of letting you all know how much I value your blog friendship x.

Wherever you are this Christmas and whoever you are with
I wish you Peace, Happiness and Health x

Challenges I would love to enter.......

Take It Make It Challenge - Anything goes but must include stamping.
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything goes and going with the option of Christmas

Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge - Which now includes cards and must include a stencil






Saturday, 1 December 2018

CAS Mix Up December Challenge

The theme for December is Emboss Resist....

Lots of scope for this fun technique.

The challenge is hosted by the wonderful Loll.
For more information and video links please pop over to the CAS Mix Up Blog.....

Please Note .....

The challenge will run  until December 15th to provide two weeks off for the Design Team......
Winning post will be on December 18th.....Thank you x

Here is my card.....

I have used Stamping, the resist Emboss Technique and my choice is Water colouring and die cutting.
I started by stamping the seahorse, using distress markers and the Misti quite a few times.
Once it was dry I stamped it with Versafine and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I touched it up with a Versafine pen to preserve the white parts of the seahorse and heated it again.
I then had fun with Lindy powders and water and blowing through a straw.
I was quite light headed when I finished!
I do have a puffer but I wanted a little more control over the splats....
The bubbles have been die cut and some white Frantage to finish.

The technique worked really well with this intricate stamp,
as it gave me a really good emboss resist.
It allowed me to use lots of water and  no leakage into the stamped and coloured seahorse
and it preserved the white inside the seahorse.

Pop across to the CAS Mix Up blog for fabulous inspiration from my team mates
and BozenA (Artbox) our very talented guest designer.
Say Hello too to the amazing Hideko (Papercraft Boutique),
who is joining the team this month........
Have fun with the challenge and I am looking forward to seeing your
wonderful creations in the gallery.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour challenge - Anything goes without the optional twist




Sunday, 25 November 2018

Fabulous Foiling....

Playing with Foiling to join in the PaperArtsy's challenge this fortnight......
The theme is 'Foiling'
This is my card......
The leaf is a real one from my garden, which I have stuck down, 
vein side up onto a texture piece of card.
When it was fully dried I stuck a piece of silver foil on top 
and painted a light coating of black acrylic paint, cover the whole piece of card.
When this was dry I rubbed it back carefully to expose the leaf 
and it's veins and some of the textured board and the silver foil.
I have edged the topper and card with a silver chrome pen.
The 'Fabulous' sentiment has been layered many times, with different colours 
of embossing powders and frantage, using my trusty pancake maker as the heat source.
Using what was left and a toothpick to move the molten powders around I made a vertical shape for the left hand side of the card, which I thought looked like a very withered tree trunk.
The silver tree ring has been stamped and heat embossed, keeping the tree theme going...

 On the introduction post for the theme I was inspired by VanDun's Design (left hand side) and made my piece on the right hand side, which I will make into a journal cover....in due course.
I missed the tissue theme at PaperArtsy and entering the challenge, so I have used it on the top .....
I also used the die cut frame for my last post.....to make a CAS Christmas card
I also tried foiling onto embossing paste and onto alcohol inks, again inspired by the blog posts.
I really had fun and enjoyed the theme this fortnight....
The PaperArtsy blog has wonderful and very creative ways to use foil and 
the blog posts have been fabulously inspirational and I have learnt lots...Thank you x
Challenges I would like to enter....
PaperArtsy's challenge Topic 20 - Foiling
Thank you so much for the Lucky and random win 
The Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge, which must include stamping
Watercooler Wednesday - Kath's Masculine Challenge-Anything goes
I rocked the Watercooler challenge with my card - Thank you so much for the shout out x





Thursday, 22 November 2018

Foiling and Christmas Greenery

Happy Thanksgiving day to my American Blog friends....

I was inspired by two challenges to make today's Foiled Christmas card.....
PaperArtsy's challenge this fortnight has been Foiling....
Tons of inspiration to be had, from very creative crafters over on the blog.
I have enjoyed learning different ways to use foiling and I am enjoying the posts.
CAS Watercolour  challenge this month is Christmas Florals and/or Greenery,
which inspired me to make a Christmas CAS card.

The gold frame has been die cut several times to add dimension .
I crumpled up the foil first to add a little vintage look to it, before adhering it 
to the frame, with a double sided sticky sheet, which I also die cut.

The foliage in the background has been stamped onto the card base 
and the holly in the foreground die cut and water coloured.
I used the die cut shown and snipped into it for the holly.

I finished off with some white acrylic splats, little red novo drops for berries 
and stamping the sentiment in black ink.
The die cut holly and the gold foiled frame has added depth and dimension 
and I so enjoyed making the card.
Thank you for finding time to stop by 
and for all your kind comments, which I really appreciate.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
PaperArtsy's challenge Topic 20 - Foiling
CAS Watercolour  challenge - Christmas Florals and/or Greenery
Stamplorations CAS Challenge without the optional twist


Thursday, 15 November 2018

CAS Mix Up November Challenge Reminder.......

Half way through the challenge and time for some more inspiration.
Bonnie is hosting the fun challenge, which is Embossing Folders.

For more information, videos and inspiration pop across to The CAS Mix Up Challenge.....
Thank you too to the very creative Cornelia for being our Guest Designer this month.....
Here is My Card.....
I have used an embossing folder, Stamping and my choice is Layering Embossing, 
Stencilling, Pearl glue and Die Cutting.
The relief on the left has been done with a stencil and modelling paste.
The dry embossed rectangle has been hi lighted with pearl glue around the edges.

The Sentiment has been die cut and heat embossed with many layers of embossing powders.
I then used the pearl glue to fuse the Love sentiment onto the rectangle to look as one....
The rose has been stamped and lightly water coloured in pink and then fussy cut.
Finishing off with the pearl glue around the stamped edges.

I Loved the challenge of using an embossing folder 
and hope to see your wonderful creations in the gallery, which is open until the 24th x.
Challenges I would love to enter........
Stamplorations CAS challenge without the optional twist