Friday, 20 March 2020

Uniko Guest Designer

I am Thrilled to be the guest designer for Uniko, after my win last month with this card.
The challenge this time is to use Spots and Stripes.....
With an optional twist of using a stencil (s)

This is my card

After masking my card I blended a couple of hot pink inks.
More masking and lots of stamping, with the help of the trusted Misti.
I used all Uniko stamps but you can use any stamps to enter...
I used five different stamp sets, which I enjoyed combining together.
I heat embossed some of the butterfly with silver and used silver foiling for the leaves.
I used 'blue' glue for the spots on the leaves and whilst I was rubbing the silver foil over it 
I noticed that my nails had left silver foil stripes too....Win Win for the challenge! x.

Thank you Bev, Jane and the fabulous design team for choosing my card
and for the honour of guesting with you x.
I hope everyone is staying safe.......
Challenges I would love to enter......
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge - Anything goes 
Time Out Challenge - Birthday - Happy 6th Birthday to you and the team

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Splats and Embossing

Thinking of you all and Stay Safe x

Here is Today's card.....

CAS Mix Up Challenge this month is Acrylic Paints and CAS Stencil is Heat Embossing...
My choice for CAS Mix Up is die cutting.

I tried the fun acrylic pouring technique.........
The piece I did was not good, but once I die cut the splat from it I thought I could use it.

I used 3D Clear gel through the stencil and silver embossing powder 
and before it dried heat embossed it, which left a grungy, bubbly and dimensional effect.
I left in one piece of the fall out from the leaf shape die and popped on more embossing powders 
and heat set for a really textural effect.
Finishing off with more random heat embossing and stamping the text vertically.
I had fun with the acrylic pouring and heat embossing with a stencil.

Happy 4th Birthday to the wonderful team over at The CAS Mix Up 
and thank you for all your fabulous inspiration and fun challenges.
Challenges I would love to enter......
CAS Mix Up Challenge - Acrylic Paints
CAS Stencil - Heat Embossing - Thank you so much for the shout out x
Take It Make It Challenge - Craft Stamper - Anything goes so long as you have used stamping

Monday, 24 February 2020

Red and Black Leaves....

I am loving doing Leaves in different colours at the moment, so today's are Red and Black.
CAS Watercolour Challenge is a colour one of Red and Black
CAS Mix Up is to Stencil from Die Cuts....My choice is heat embossing and Die cutting

Here is my card.... 

I have used a few red colours of Brusho's and one of Lindy Powders, activated with water
and then wrapped in cling film and left to dry.
The ones on the left are on gloss card and the ones on the right water colour card.
Huge differences when you used different card.
I used the one on the right as it was 'Red'.

I die cut the leaf and stencilled with black gloss paste onto a die cut mat layer.
The Red leaf was die cut twice, so that I could individually cut some leaves to add dimension.
Finishing off with stamping and heat embossing the sentiment and a branch die cut for it to sit on...
Ironically I love how the photos have come out and they show the shine from the 
Lindy's (for once) and the stencilled leaves....
However.... I cannot get the photos to look like my actual card, which is Red....

Thank you Joanna and Marcia for the fun challenges.
Challenges I would love to enter....
CAS Mix Up Challenge - Stencil from die cuts......
Honoured and thrilled with my top pick - Thank you x.
CAS Watercolour Challenge - Red and Black
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge - Anything Goes so long as you include Stamping

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Blue Birthday Flower......

Uniko is celebrating their 8th Birthday and I wanted to join in the party....
I have used the pretty Uniko Peony stamp set and water coloured in cool colours.

Here is my card.....

I tried the no-line water colouring technique but as you can see I am no water colourist
but I had fun trying......
The stamp set also has a smaller peony flower stamp, so I made a tag too.
I finished the set off with a few drops of clear raindrops and a stamped sentiment.
Bev and her team over at uniko are always so inspirational and creative 
and here's to many more years to come...
Still Wild, Windy, Wet and Very Cold weather here, where I live in Scotland...
Staying in to Craft!.....
Challenges I would love to enter.....
Uniko's challenge this month is anything goes 
and I have gone with the optional cool Winter colours...
Super Thrilled with my Win - Thank you x.
The Flower Challenge #41 - Add Leaves
Delighted with my Honourable Mention....Thank you x.
Day of The Month Card Club - Send a card to a Friend Day
This is going to a dear friend along with the tag and a gift x.
Thank you for my second place win x
Seize The Birthday - with the option of show us your white space

Sunday, 9 February 2020

CAS Foiling....

Today's card was inspired by The CAS Stencil Challenge, which is Foiling.....
There are lots of videos and inspiration over on the blog as how to do this technique.
I used a Tim Holtz stencil and lightly blended some grey ink.
I popped through clear gel paste and waited overnight for it to dry.
The silver foil was activated with my laminator.
The flower was stamped and fussy cut, after splashing water colours on it.
My colour choice was inspired by The Paper Players colour challenge.
Finishing off with clear glaze on the flower and stamping the text.

I so enjoyed using foil with a stencil 
and it really has the wow factor when you peel the foil off.

The weather today has been wild, so a day in the craft room has been wonderful.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Challenges I would love to enter.....
The CAS Stencil Challenge - Foiling
Wow....Thank you for my top pick this month ...I am thrilled.....x
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge - Anything goes so long as you have stamped
Watercooler Wednesday - Heidi's Anything goes challenge with a feminine twist
Thank you for the shout out x
The Paper Players - Colour Challenge

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Hearts and Cabbages

Darnell and the wonderful and creative team over at Twofer are celebrating their 
second blog anniversary and the prompt for the celebrations is Hearts...
Create two cards with two different designs and for two different occasions 
and use the same die, stamp or stencil....

This is my first card.......

Using a cabbage I stamped a card with pink inks.......
I then stamped the dress image and fussy cut it out.
The background flourish on the card has been stamped with versamark 
and adding Silver Mica Powder with a dry brush....
I so enjoyed using a cabbage to stamp with.....
I have used  a die cut as a stencil for the hearts and then foiled them.
This card will be used as an encouragement card....

This is my second card

Using the same die cut as a stencil 
I foiled in the same tone as the blue background card for a tonal effect.

 This is the die cut I used as a stencil.
It was so difficult getting a good photo of the sentiment so I stamped the sentiment again 
on a white card so you could see what I think 
is a beautiful valentine sentiment for my DH x.
 The two cards together.....
CAS Stencil is also celebrating an Anniversary and it's their first....
I kept my second card CAS to join in the celebrations....
Their prompt is to use a new stencil and as I die cut my own's a new one...

Happy second blog Anniversary to Darnell and the team and Happy First Birthday
to Loll and the team over at CAS Stencil and here's to many more years to come...x
Thank you all for the fabulous inspiration x.
Challenges I would love to enter...
CAS Stencil - Us  a New Stencil
Watercooler Wednesday - Marsh'a Masculine challenge - Anything goes
With my second Valentine's card for my DH....
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge - With the option of using anything metallic

Monday, 30 December 2019

Good to be back....

The great thing about being away is coming back to see all your amazing creations....

As I wasn't around to wish you all Happy Holidays
I thought I would post my Poinsettia tag to end the year.......

I used two colours of Brusho's, starch and cling film for the poinsettia and made a few backgrounds.
 The Poinsettia was stamped three times, heat embossed in silver 
and fussy cut out, to achieve the layering effect.
I die cut lots of dies and melted embossing powders, 
using my pancake maker as a constant heat source.
The background tag has been stenciled with black paste 
and sprayed with Lindy black sprays.
I cut out the number 25 from the stencil 
and hi-lighted it with a chrome pen, along with the word Merry.
The starch, Brusho's and cling film produces unique and unexpected results.
A Non Traditional colour of Poinsettia and one very textural and contemporary tag.

Thank you all so much for your wonderful and generous comments throughout 2019...
You are all so kind and I appreciate each and every one of you.
Here's to a Healthy, Happy and Crafty 2020 x.
Sending love and hugs.

Challenges I would love to enter.....
A Vintage Journey - Holly Jolly Christmas - Anything goes and mine is in A Mixed Media Style
Thrilled with my Pinworthy shout out....Thank you x
Stamplorations Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes so long as you use a stencil
Day Of The Month Card Club - Poinsettia Day
I found this challenge via a dear blog friend Cornelia's blog.....Thank you.
Delighted with my  shout out....Thank you x