Friday, 21 April 2017

Take Flight......

Let Your Dreams Take Flight.....
Here is today's card.....
The flowers and smaller dragonfly's have been stamped and water coloured.
The larger dragonfly has been die cut and inlaid back into the card.
CAS Mix Up challenge this month is stamping and Inlaid Die Cutting.
I have popped on wink of stella for a little bit of bling and
on the bottom right dragonfly some glossy accents.
The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed.
I finished with hand embellishing, using a black pen and
water droplets of glossy accents (that look a little yellowy in the photo!).
Learning all the time with water colouring 
and enjoyed how the colours blended together.
I used Distress ink pads and markers.
There where numerous attempts using different colours 
and different card stock before I got there!

I have a friend's daughter leaving home for the first time, with a new job, 
so this card will be heading her way x
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter my card into......
CAS Mix Up - Love this challenge of mixing CAS, Mixed Media and techniques
I have used stamping, Inlaid die cutting, water-colouring, glossy accents and hand embellishing
Stamplorations - Sketch and Theme Challenge
I am going with the theme of Stamps and Wings
Stamplorations - Things and Wings
Blog Hop and Linky Party
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge
Anything Goes without the optional twist

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Birthday Wishes.....

I bought this stamp ages ago and was inspired by a couple of challenges 
to actually use it!
This is my card.....

I have used the sketch and the photo for my inspiration
from The Fusion Challenge...
I love to join in at.....
The CAS Watercolour Challenge and used the colours of Green and Pink...
My choice of medium is Water colouring... and Zigs
The pretty flower stamp has been stamped and embossed in white.
I then played with the zigs to colour it in.
I wanted a delicate sentiment to complement the image, 
which took an ordinate amount of time to decide and to execute!
I finished off the card with delicate splats 
and layering onto grey card to represent the grey on the car in the photo.

I am glad, that at last I have used this pretty flower stamp 
and very much enjoyed the process of making this card.

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by my blog.....
Crafty Hugs
Challenges I would like to enter....
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge - without the option twist Rainbow

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Black CAS Card.....

Today's card has been inspired by 
The CAS Mix Up Challenge which is Stamping + Smooshing + a choice
.....Mine is Die Cutting....
The smooshing technique I have used is Alcohol Inks using red, orange and gold.
The orange doesn't show up in the photos...Sorry x
The die cut is a Poppy Stamps die that cuts the petals and centre out separately......
So the flower ends up being quite dimensional 
I enjoyed adding the black acrylic paint lines 
and the gold paint to the edges of the Poppy.
The background has been stamped 
and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, just like the sentiment.
 The gold Alcohol ink is fabulous in real life.
There are a few links to videos for the smooshing techniques on 
The CAS-Mix Up challeng blog....I used the acetate smooshing one.
There is a little more detail of the colours and smooshing  in this photo 
before I cut into it....Don't you just hate doing that?
Another fun technique and I enjoyed making a black CAS card.
The photos really do not do the poppy justice as the smooshing 
and AI's look gorgeous x
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x

Challenges that I will be linking my card up to.....
The CAS Mix Up Challenge which is Stamping + Smooshing + a choice
.....Mine is Die Cutting..and heat embossing......
They are also celebrating their First Birthday!!!!! 
Poppy Stamps - Go For Gold Challenge 
Update...I was lucky to get a win for this card....Thank you very much
AAA Cards - CAS using Die Cuts
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS Challenge
Happy Little Stampers - CAS Challenge - Die Cuts
Update....Thrilled to have been chosen as a fvaourite with this card...Thank you x
Happy Little Stampers - Die Challenge - Anything Goes with Dies

Monday, 20 March 2017

Love and Laughter...

Today's card is a CAS card.....
I stamped the large leaves with white gesso and then did a little blending on the card.
The gesso acted as a resist.
I then stamped the large leaf off set, which gave me the white surround.
I used a couple more foliage stamps in shades of grey.
I splattered, just a little with white acrylic ink.
I finished with stamping the sentiment onto vellum 
and heat embossing with platinum embossing powder.
I used mixed media card to give a little more texture.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
I am linking up my card to ,,,,,,,

Saturday, 18 March 2017


Today's card is a CAS Water Colour Card.....
I used a stencil for the water-colouring of the flowers
and used Lindy's Magical powders to water-colour with.
 As water-colouring is new to me 
I felt the stencil helped me with the confidence to give it a try.
The Lindy's magical powders played really well together.
Some have the mica in them, which adds a beautiful twinkle to the card.

After the card was dry, my intention was to 
stamp over the water-colouring with the co-coordinating stamp....
I had used the stencil the other way around so I couldn't!

However...I felt the card was quite loose (for me) so I was happy x

I lightly water-coloured the background with grey 
and splattered with pink magicals.
The sentiment is stamped in graduating tones of green with the help of the Misti.
The die cut rectangle has been popped up onto foam.

The inspiration to make the card came from the... 
The CAS Water-colour Challenge, which is Spring
I am thrilled to have been given an outstanding design shout out for this card-Thank you x
and The Rubber Dance Challenge - Everything Spring
Crafty Hugs x
I would also like to pop my card into the following fun challenges...
Penny B Saturday Challenge - Bright and cheerful Colours
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Happy Thoughts........

Another fun couple of days creating a mixed media tag....
The inspiration for the colours is from The Rubber Dance Colour Challenge
 The background has been stenciled, stamped and splattered.
The main flowers have been stamped and smooshed with stains.
Instead of spraying with my trusty sprays, I poured some of the stains out,
 onto my craft mat, smooshed and played.
The flowers have been fussy cut.
The circles behind the flowers have been stamped and then die cut.
I finished off with hi-lighting with a white pen 
and stamping and embossing the sentiment.
I had so much fun creating this tag and lets just say it wasn't my first attempt!
The black splats did migrate, so that's something else I have learnt.
Learning all the time and loving it!

The stencil in the background and the sentiment stamp is from Stamplorations.
I have used The Textured Flowers and 
Round in Circles Stamp sets from Rubber Dance.

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by...
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to link up to...
 The Rubber Dance Colour Challenge - Magenta, Yellow and Turquoise Colours
You do not have to use their products to join in x
Thank you for The Shout Out x
Stamplorations - Mixed Media Challenge - Anything goes but you must use a stencil
I have used The Leaf Prints 2 Stencil but you can use any make of Stencil to Join in
Stamplorations - Cutplorations - Inspiration Photo - Garden Party
My Tag is all Flowery and Summery ...Thank You for the Win x
To join in you must use at least one of Stamplorations many products 
but you can use any brand of die cut

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Infusions Fun ........

Fun Fortnight playing with PaperArtsy Infusions powders...
I have always enjoyed playing with other pigment powders 
but I wanted to try The Infusions. 
I bought a few and have had so much fun trying them out.
I was inspired right from the start, from the first post with 
Shari Caroll using glazing mediums.

I will show you some of my efforts first.....
I used the Flower Head stencil, with the infusions powders, 
that where activated using clear gel.
Once the gel was dry I used different colours of Infusions, 
with lots of water for the background.
Gel was also used, in places through a circle stencil.
I added some micro beads and  more infusions which produced some fun results
as the colour seeped through the beads.
I used the circle stencil and clear gel again in some places to act as a resist.
I loved how the powders gathered around some of the edges.
I used acrylic paints and infusions for the flower heads.
Using  much less water to activate the infusions gave a very different look.
Clear gel again through the flower head stencil, micro beads 
and then painted over with acrylic snowflake paint, 
which gave a fun and different look to them.
With the stencil kept on, I activated the powders with water..
.The photo on the right.
Using the stencil I flipped it over to achieve the result on the left.
The photo on the right....Powder over the stencil, take it off and then lightly spray with water.
The photo on the left....Use Versamark to stamp the image, dust with the powders
and then lightly spray with water.
inspired by  Kim Dellow 
I have used the infusions through the stencil on the photo on the left,
 which was then activated with clear gel, which also seals in the powders.
After it dries sprinkle the infusions on the background and activate with water.
Swatches showing some of the gorgeous Infusions.
You get different results with different card,
 varying amounts of water, gel and glazes.
I wondered if I needed anymore pigment powders and I have concluded I do!!!
The infusions are different in that the walnut in them re-acts so differently
 every time and you can have so many creative,
 often surprising and fabulous results....
Such fun colours and an explosion of colour before your very eyes.
I have had lots of fun and learnt lots along the way.
I am going to do more layouts and pop them all into one book.
Thank you for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
I will be linking my layouts into the Paper Artsy Challenge - 
I have used Are You Cerise, Sleight Blue and Golden Sands Infusions 
for my experimental pieces x