Saturday, 22 July 2017

Beautiful Butterfly.....

Today's card .....
CAS Mix Up challenge is to use tissue paper, stamping and my choice.
I am learning that there is so much you can do with this medium.
The Aqua goes so well with the tones of brown.
The inspiration came from the first post and the pinterest board 
I used Lindy sprays for the background, with the crumpled up tissue paper.
After it had dried I heat embossed copper over some of the raised parts.

The butterfly has been stamped and water-coloured, 
with the Lindy's using a paintbrush straight from the bottles.

The butterfly was fussy cut and the frame with a stitched die cut.
A little stamping on the background and also the sentiment to finish.
A detailed photo of the beautiful bling from the Lindy sprays 
and the embossed heated copper
I have fun with this technique and combining the aqua with the browns.
CAS Watercolour Challenge is Butterfly, which also inspired my choice
of embellishment.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog..
I really do appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs
Challenges I would like to enter.....
CAS Mix Up challenge is to use tissue paper, stamping and my choice.
My choice is fussy cutting and die cutting...Thank you for the technique
I have enjoyed combining the aqua with the browns and copper...Thank you for the inspiration
Enjoyed using the Lindy's as my watercolour medium and using the butterfly image
What a lovely sketch

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Had fun over the past couple of days playing 
with embossing powder and sprays.
This is my card....
One of our neighbours is celebrating their 65th birthday so this is for him.
I started with Wow embossing powders
On the left.....
I used three different  WOW embossing powders and 
noticed that they look different over black so I ended up with four 
different colours.......Yey!!!!
On the right.....
A stencil, embossing paste, several Lindy sprays 
and also embossing powders.

For the thistles I used a stencil and embossing paste, coloured with Lindy Magicals.
The grunge silver hearts have been stamped with Wow stamps and heat embossed.
The sentiment has been die cut, 
out of the Wow embossing from the photo on the left (above).
I loved how the graduated embossing turned out.
The shine and texture in real life is really eye catching.
Had fun with this one and hope my neighbour likes it? x
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by my blog,
I really do appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs
Challenges I would like to enter....
Wow July Challenge - Multi Colour Embossing
The blue WOW pearlescent powder is great over the black....
The Male Room - Technique - Mixed Media
Plenty of Mixed Media on this card
Lots of texture on my card

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Live In The Moment..

Inspired by 
CAS(E) This Sketch for today's card
stamping, tissue paper and your choice..Mine is Die Cutting.
There are links on the blog about different techniques to try.
CAS(E) This Sketch  challenge totally caught my eye....
I have used several different colours of Lindy's sprays, for the tissue technique.
Some of them have mica in them and are really pretty and blingy !
I have enhanced the texture on the tissue with inca gold.
The die cut leaf has been heat embossed to add shine 
and the sentiment heat embossed in gold.

I loved doing, the new to me, tissue technique and combining it with the sprays...
Messy and fun x
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter...
The CAS Mix Up Card Challenge  - Thank you for the fun challenge
CAS(E) This Sketch - What a great sketch
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies
Stamplorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mon Amie.....

Today's card was inspired by the Challenge over at City Crafter,
where the theme is Black and White....

My loyal and good blog friend Ros from Ros-Mikeysmom Blog
has been on the design team there for seven years 
and this is her last inspiration post.
I shall miss her unique and creative style and wanted to show my support.
This card is for her...
Cas-Ual Fridays challenge is Tic Tac Toe so that was was inspiration too.
I started with the horizontal line at the top
I stamped the black horizontal stripes with my trusty Misti first.
The butterflies have also been stamped 
and masked to get the white heat embossing on the black.
I then popped on the spiky stencil, masked and black embossing paste 
and just before it was dry heat embossed white powder,
which gave a lovely texture to it.
I finished with stamping the sentiments.

At this stage it was all on one layer, which I was so pleased about.

However....the heat embossing and black paste made the mixed media card stock 
warp, so I had to go onto plan B!
I added the dry embossed grid layer and now it's the vertical line on the right.
 How lucky was that?
It is one of those cards that looks like I made it quickly but boy did it take me ages.
And...I loved doing it!!!
Just wanted to say Thank You for all the inspiration Ros x
Crafty Hugs xx
Popping my card over to the following challenges...
City Crafter Challenge Blog - Black and White
The vertical line on the right hand side...eventually x
Artistic Stamper - July Challenge is Black and White

Friday, 7 July 2017

Money Wallet.....

Had a fun couple of days making this Money Wallet...
I was inspired by the  Flag Day Challenge at Shopping Our Stash.
They wanted us to use the colours of our national flag...
Mine is The united Kingdom..Red, White and Blue...
I live in Scotland, which is Blue and White but it is part of the UK.

I came by the challenge via 
I had never used the flag stamp before, 
although I had it for some time...
This is my Money Wallet.....
I stamped the flag using distress inks and water.
The aeroplane and sentiment where stamped and heat embossed.
I die cut the beating heart line and layered it up for dimension,
popping blue foam behind.
This is the inside......
Smooshing with distress inks, die cutting, stamping and stenciling.
I kept the left hand side light so that I could hand write a sentiment x
I wanted it to look like a travel tag...
I have a neighbour who is shortly joining British Airways 
as a steward and tried to work with that theme as well x

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by...I really do appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter.....
Shopping Our Stash. #310 Flag Day Challenge
Update...I was lucky to get a shout out for my creation...Thank you x
Craft Stamper Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes
The Male Room - Add Texture
Simon Says - Red/White and or Blue
Penny Black and More - For The Boys

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Gift Bag and more.....

I started with a gift bag, which led onto tags and a card......
My inspiration came from Stamplorations/Cutplorations photo..
I focused in on the red paste icing, the candles, celebration
and the black and white lace effect on the cup cake holders.

The red flowers have been stenciled with coloured embossing paste, 
using two different sizes of the flower stencil.
The sentiments and candles have been die cut and layered.
The black and white lace strip at the bottom has been stamped and heat embossed.
I have used quite a few gold sequins to cover up my extra blobs of red paste!

I then wanted to make a tag for the bag....
 I wanted to play with the different effects of the paste, layouts etc.
My inspiration to play with this technique came from The CAS-Mixup Challenge 
which is embossing pastes and gels...
The tags have been die cut and I made a small black frame as well.
I enjoyed playing with the translucent paste
 and the opaque ones to see the difference.

I now have a couple of spare tags to put on the actual presents.

 I made a CAS card to go with the set.
The tag on the card is smaller than the tag on the bag.
I masked the white lace effect, stamped and heat embossed.

The completed set ...
That's all I have to do now is find a present that fits the bag!!!

It took me awhile but I enjoyed it and had fun x
Thank you so much for finding the time to stop by.
I really do appreciate it...Thank You x
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter....
Tag die and candle die cut from Stamplorations
Two sizes of the flower stencil from Stamplorations
Update...I got a shout out for the set...Thank you x
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge with the option of masculine colours
Tag die and flower stencil is Stamplorations
Mixed Media Monthly - A year of choices - #32 for me - Put a stencil on it
Anything Mixed Media goes...Except a card
Must use a stencil..Two sizes of the bold floral stencils

Monday, 12 June 2017


Today's tag was inspired by a colour challenge 
I played with a couple of stencils, translucent paste 
and Brusho's for the background.
The sea horses have been stamped and water-coloured 
with zigs and hi-lighted with mica powders.
The shell has been stamped and sprinkled with Bistre powders.
The sand is paste, micro beads and coloured with Lindy powders.
The coral has been die cut from several colours of Brusho card.
The ribbon has also been coloured with Brusho's.
I had such fun playing with techniques and enjoyed making my tag.
I had a chuckle after I had finished, looking at the stenciled anchor, 
which looks like it is heading for the seahorse's head!!!!
Thank you for finding the time to stop by...I always appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter my tag into....
Rubber Dance....   Colour Challenge - You don't have to use their products to enter
Stamplorations - Mixed Media - Anything goes but you must use a stencil
I have used two stencils for my background, the anchor and a circle one
Update..I got a Top Pick for my Tag...Thank you x
Design by Ryn - Anything Goes
Seahorse and shell stamps
Update ... I had a lucky win with my tag from Ryn...Thank you x
Amazing inspiration from their blog
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Touchy Feely

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Hugs and Kisses

Another card from my crafty day on Thursday....
Today's card.....
I love playing with gels/pastes and stencils so the challenge over at 
CAS Mix Up is right up my street....
Stamping/Embossing Pastes/Gels and your choice.
 I used a flower stencil and sponged on gold paint.
Once it was dry I moved the stencil a  little 
and then scraped through embossing gel with glitter in it.
I am not good with loose glitter.....
I die cut the Hugs sentiment in gold and ivory and
stamped the 'and kisses' sentiment in gold.
The gold around the edge of the card is heated embossing powder.
The photos look like a yellow gold but IRL looks a little softer.
I made this card for my BIL and SIL's Wedding Anniversary x

I had the pleasure of attending a fabulous workshop with the
amazing Jo Firth recently.
We played with her new Paper Artsy stamps and made a gorgeous canvas. 
Whilst there I also bought this gorgeous flower stencil,
also from the JoFy collection, which I love x

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by...I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs xxx
Challenges I would like to enter....
Stamping...Embossing Gel....My choice/die cutting and heat embossing
Just Add Ink - Anniversary Challenge 
Photo inspiration - Sparkle - Lots of sparkle on my card
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge Anything goes without the optional colour twist