Sunday, 12 November 2017

Believe.....

So enjoyed making this CAS card, glitter and all.....
The Muse Christmas Visions Challenge is featuring Cornelia's fabulous card.
I was first struck by the vibrant colours of the red and green, the design layout 
and the bold sentiment with the green strip.

I used a 'new' stencil and red glitter paste for the poinsettia.
No mess and no shedding......
The green vertical lines have been stamped with the help of the Misti,
as my stamp was not long enough or wide enough....
The 'Believe' sentiment is also a stencil, using black embossing paste 
and loose black glitter.....My black glitter gel wasn't black enough,
so there is glitter mess everywhere!
I finished off with stamping the rest of the sentiment, popping on some sequins
and gold stickles to the centre of the poinsettia, like Cornelia's gold star x

Thank you Cornelia for the wonderful inspiration......
And to Linda for enabling me to 'buy' the gorgeous Poinsettia stencil x
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter....
The Muse Christmas Visions Challenge featuring Cornelia's card
Thrilled to have been chosen as a Muse Christmas Star...Thank you so much x
CAS Mix Up November Challenge - Stamping, Glitter and your Choice....
Keeping my card CAS - I have used glitter, loose and paste, stamping and my choice is stencils.
Country View Challenge - Stencils
The Flower Challenge - CAS
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge without the twist of Brown





Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Guest Designer......

Thrilled and Delighted to be asked to Guest Design 
for this Fun yearly event, organised by the lovely Loll....
Loll is always inspiring, always so helpful and one of the nicest blog friends....

Hop across and join in the fun...
12 Tags Of Christmas...
Your tag must be a mixed media Christmas Tag.
Any style or any size, which includes stamping, plus two mixed media elements, 
which can be techniques or products.....

This is my Tag.....
The background has been sprayed with several colours of Lindy sprays 
and stamped with gold text.
I used a stencil for the two black poinsettia and black paste.
The large poinsettia has been stamped, heat embossed and water coloured.

After adding a lacquer to it, the colours re activated and
I had to use a cocktail stick to re emphasise the veins and expose 
the gold embossing.
This created a lovely texture and quite a life like poinsettia.....
Yey .....to Happy Accidents....
The edges of the tag have heat embossed frantage around them.

The centres of the flowers are green Novo drops.
Again ....re-activating the sprays, so they where done quite a few times!
In the end I used black acrylic on them first and then the drops,
which thankfully worked.

I finished with some splats and hi-lighting with a gold and sparkly pen and brush.

I had so much fun making this tag and learning about what re-actives with what....
Thank you so much Loll for the privilege of guesting today....

Come and join in the fun 
and be inspired by Loll and the other amazing guest designers.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter....
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Challenge Anything goes with the twist of a Tag
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Tag
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge - Anything Goes and you must use a stamp





Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Sending Love and Hugs.....

Inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch....
to make my card.....
The guest designer is TaeEun and she was inspired to do an alcohol ink background
and that was good enough for me.....
I rotated the sketch and this is what I came up with......
I enjoy playing with alcohol inks and learning how to control them a little better.
I used several colours, with blending solution and a puffer.
The vein leaves have been stamped and white heat embossed.
I have not heat set on glossy card before, in case it bubbles 
but it played really well.
It took me ages deciding what to do with the 'end' of the sentiment strip.
Sequins, novo drops etc and in the end I stamped the end with the leaf...Happy...
I finished off with gold embossing powder around the edges of the card.
I enjoyed the sketch very much, as I thought it lent itself to the alcohol inks,
which I enjoyed x
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to pop my card into....
CAS(E) this sketch by Leigh Penner number #246
Thank you for the Honourable Mention x
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it - Anything goes and must use stamping

Sunday, 5 November 2017

What if I Fall?

Today's card has been inspired by Loll over at 
Here is a video link to The Splash Water Colouring Technique...
This technique would be great for backgrounds 
but I wanted to try it in a different way.
As soon as I saw, a new to me technique, I'm in....
I started by cutting a stencil with a die cut 
and then had fun splashing my distress inks, 
drying in between, which the masking paper did not like and kept creeping up...

 I popped the fairy mask on and hi-lighted the wings firstly with gold acrylic paint.
I then spread some gold  stickles onto my mat 
and using a paintbrush hi-lighted further. 
I always forget to use the stickles this way.
I stamped the crackle effect at the bottom of the card and heat embossed in gold,
finishing with stamping the sentiment in black first and then gold on top.

I have had this sentiment a little while and not used it
but when I got this new die, I thought they went so well together....
I was quite surprised that I only had some seepage, 
especially with the masking paper creeping up.

I had fun with this technique and thank you Loll for the inspiration to give it a try.
Crafty Hugs xx

Challenges I would love to pop my card into....
Stamping With Loll - Splash Water colouring Technique Challenge 
CAS Mix Up - Stamping, Glitter and my choice....
Heat embossing, die cutting, masking, stencil and The Splash Technique.
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge - Anything goes without the optional colour twist
The sentiment stamp is Stamplorations
Water Cooler Wednesday Challenge - Gail's Feminine Anything Goes
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge








Friday, 27 October 2017

MEMORIES.....

Today's Tag....
Inspired by the Challenge at PaperArtsy, which is Pearlescent....
It was good to be reminded about the more subtle tones of pearlescent....

The background of the tag has been stamped with versamark 
and brushed with several colours of pearlescent mica powders.
I had forgotten about using this technique 
and was reminded by the inspiration post by Hazel Agnew

The main die cut leaf has been stamped with Lindy sprays 
and the twine painted with mica paints.
The gold leaf has been stamped onto vellum and heat embossed.
I have also used mica powders on the die cut sentiment and leaves.
In places I 'lightly' mixed the mica powder and the glue so that it would add texture.

Loved how the mica powders looked on the kraft card......
Quite subtle....
Of course the photos do not show the subtle effect of the pearlescent 
or the true colours....
The photos make the tag look at a lot busier than it actually is....

Had fun making the tag and thank you so much for stopping by...
Crafty hugs
xx
Challenges I would like to enter.....
PaperArtsy - Challenge 15 - Pearlescent
Country View Challenges - Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues
Stamps and StencilsThe Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness and using a tag
A vintage Journey - Crazy for Autumn ColourThe colours of our Autumnal leaves are still fabulous around our home

Stamplorations - Tagplorations - All about Fall
Stamplorations - CutplorationsThe Die cut Tag and the background stamp are Stamplorations....Inspired by the Autumnal colours and the leaves





Tuesday, 24 October 2017

SMILE.......

Trying to watercolour ..........
I was experimenting with using a couple of leaf stamps, 
colouring them with several different colours of distress markers 
and then lightly spraying with water before stamping...
 To finish I hi-lighted with a white pen, glossy accents over the 
die cut layered sentiment and  also for the water droplets.
This technique is very new to me......
I shall keep practising because it was fun to do......
Thank goodness for the Misti!

The CAS Watercolour Challenge is celebrating their 1st Birthday....
Happy First Birthday 
and Thank You for the fun and inspirational Challenges.
The theme this month is Fall Leaves.....

Thank you for your continued support and finding time to stop by,
I really do appreciate it.....
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter.....
The CAS Watercolour Challenge - Fall leaves
Inkspirational - Photo Inspiration - 
The glorious colours of the leaves tumbling out of the basket
Uniko Challenge - Autumn/Fall - without the Halloween twist
Amazing colours of those leaves.....
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge with the optional twist of orange...







Sunday, 22 October 2017

Fallen Leaf.....

So many Autumnal beautiful colours on our trees....
Inspiring my card....
The die cut leaves by Poppystamps have been sprayed with lots of 
different colours of Lindy Mica Sprays, which are so pretty.
I die cut the leaves twice so that I could get the gold edging on them.
 The background leaves have been stamped onto vellum, heat embossed in gold
and fussy cut.
The background card has been stencilled with a wood stencil and embossing paste.
I finished off with splattering in gold, which I loved on the leaves 
but the sentiment looks like it has an infection!!
The best thing I thought to do at this stage was to walk away......

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter...Lots of great Autumnal Challenges out there.....
Country view Challenge - Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues
Leaf stamp and layering stencil by stampers anonymous
A Vintage Journey - Crazy For Autumn Colour !
I would love to join in this extremely creative and inspirational challenge 
Dies R Us - Leaves
Update....Thank you so much for the top three shout out....Great news x
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Double 'D' Challenge - Leave it to me and Mood Board
Update....Thank you for choosing my card as your winner...Thrilled and delighted x