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.....
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes Masculine Challenge
This is s fun challenge which I like to play along with

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....

Friday, 1 June 2018

CAS Mix Up June Challenge

The CAS Mix Up Challenge for June is 

Layered Embossing Powders

Hosted by Loll

There are lots of  fun techniques with tons of possibilities.

The design team and our fabulous guest designer Jane from The Purplejet Loves Crafts Blog 
have wonderful inspiration for you over on the blog.
There are video links too...

This is My Card.....

Use any technique that layers embossing powders and keep your card CAS.
Include some stamping and your choice....My choice is heat embossing.

I used my electric pancake maker and a craft mat.
This gives constant heat and the powders don't fly everywhere.

I started with melting clear UTEE and then had fun layering lots of 
different colours of embossing powders.
Some of them are Lindy's, which have a wonderful shine to them.
I used a cocktail stick to make some patterns and then very quickly pulled off the craft mat 
and stamped into the molten powders with a leaf stamp that had gold ink on it.
I left the stamp in place until it cooled and carefully pulled it off.
I was really surprised how well the stamp had stamped and loved it!
Of course if you weren't happy then remelt it and start again.....
I have stamped part of the background card with light grey foliage.
The sentiment has been stamped in green ink and then half heat embossed in gold.
The solid embellishment easily came off the craft mat and I used 3D glue to mount onto the card.

Such a fun technique and I have loads of 'experimenting' to use for future cards.
Pop across to the blog and be inspired by the amazing team and Jane....our very talented Guest.
Thank you Loll for this fabulous theme for this months challenge...

Crafty Hugs

Challenges I would love to enter.....
Craft Stamper - Take It Make it Challenge...Anything Goes and must include stamping
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes
This is a fun and friendly challenge blog....
Thank you so much for the shout out with my card...Delighted....

Monday, 21 May 2018

Rainbow Anchor....

My card today was inspired by........... 
The CAS Watercolour Challenge, which is Rainbow.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge , which is Masculine theme
Fusion Challenge, great photo inspiration and a theme of Harbour

This is my Card.....

The Anchor is a die cut and I have used Brusho's activated by water.

This was not the first attempt........
I found it incredibly hard to use all the colours of the rainbow on this small die cut 
and not to get 'muddy' colours.
I tried the brusho's on a large card and then die cutting the anchor 
but kept missing colours so for me the only way to do it was actually on the Anchor itself.

I finished off with layering the anchor, stamping the rope in grey 
and doing lots of dots with a toothpick.

And then it happened.....
I use Brusho's a lot and knew if I sprayed them with anything they would re-activate.
I wanted a little shine...So I thought a gloss varnish would not re-activate them..
It did! 
Still happy that you can still see all the colours of the rainbow 
but I felt all my hard work slightly diluted...literally.
Always learning and loving it x

Thank you for stopping by, it means a lot to me x

Crafty Hugs

I have a family member who has recently retired from being a 'Boat' Pilot 
and also had this in mind when I made this masculine card
Challenges I would love to enter....
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Penny's Masculine, anything goes challenge
Thrilled to be chosen as a rocker with my card - Thank you
Fusion Challenge - Great inspirational photo and a theme of Harbour

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

CAS Mix Up May Reminder Post

Time for the reminder post at The CAS Mix Up May Challenge,
which is using Gelato's or Crayons

This is my card......

I have used Distress Crayons, Stamping and my choice is Stencilling, embossing paste 
and Die Cutting...
I started with using a thin layer of white gesso through the stencil.
This produced a slight resist...
After taking the stencil off I went over the whole card with several shades of Distress Crayons
and using a damp wipe to blend. 
I wiped off any residue colour off the gesso with a damp wipe.
This is how I coloured in my background.
I popped the stencil back on, mixed a few colours of the Distress Crayons
and embossing embossing paste together and used this through the stencil.

The sentiment has been stamped and I have used Lindy embossing powder, 
which looks all shiny  and changes colour in different angles.
The die cut circle has been raised up on foam for a little dimension.

There are video links on the CAS Mix UP Challenge blog 
on different ways to use the Crayons or Gelato's.
Jenny from My Paper Epiphany is our wonderful guest designer this month,
pop across and be inspired by Jenny and the talented Design Team.

Thank You Bonnie for this fun challenge. 
I have loved learning different ways to use this new to me medium x

Crafty Hugs x

Challenges I would love to enter.....
Just Us Girls - Trend Week is Stencils

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Guest Designer for Twofer Challenge....

I was thrilled to be The' Unconventional Winner' at The Twofer Challenge 
with these two cards for the month of March.
As a result I was kindly invited to guest design this month.

I am lucky enough to be sharing the guest designing with the wonderful Linda 
from Life In The Craft Lane, so pop across and be inspired.

The Twofer challenge for May is Butterflies 
and I wanted to try and do something a little unconventional with my butterflies.
I have used the same die cut Butterfly on both of the cards......

These are my two cards...........

You must use the same stamp or die to make two different designs for two different occasions
and if the occasions are not clear, it would be good to state them in your post.....

My First Card..........

 I die cut the butterfly lots of times, 
water coloured with Lindy powders, activated with water 
and then cut the butterfly in half, omitting the body part...ouch....
The flower stem and sentiment have been stamped 
and I have used washi tape down the right hand side.
I finished off with gold paint around the edges.

My Second Card, which is an encouragement card......

I cut a pointed shoe shape out of thick grey board.
Popped it on my pancake maker for constant heat and used clear UTEE, 
black and platinum embossing powder for a layering effect.
I also used frantage glass glitter and mica bits.
I used a cocktail stick to achieve the effect I wanted on the shoe and on the butterfly.
For the skin of the foot I used acrylic paints.
Finishing off with stamping and heat embossing  the strong and encouraging sentiment ,
which I thought went well with the bold shoe image.
I had so much fun making these two cards.

There was some debate after finishing my shoe card...
To my mind it is a shoe
To my DH the butterfly is a necklace, over a black top/dress
Is it a lady in a white jacket, with a black shirt underneath
I would love to know what you initially saw when looking at this card
Thank you x

Please Pop across to The Twofer Challange and be inspired by
the wonderful and creative design team.....And..... to join in this fun Challenge.
Thank you Darnell for inviting me to guest with you this month...

Crafty Hugs

Challenges I would love to enter.....

With My Flower Card....
The Card Concept - Inspiration photo - Bold Bloom
What a fabulous inspiration Photo... My Style for this card is Clean and Layered....
Loved the large Bloom, the striking colour, which inspired my colour choice and the vertical blinds on the right, which inspired me to put the striped washi tape down the right hand side of my card
AAA Cards Challenge - Tic Tac Toe
I have gone with the left hand vertical column.....Gold, water-colouring and Flowers
Stamplorations - Theme Challenge - Things with wings....


With My Shoe Card......
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge - Things with Wings
Stamplorations - CUTplorations - Using a die and a Things with wings theme...
Joining in with my encouragement card....
Thrilled to be chosen as a rocker with my Shoe card - Thank you