Monday 21 April 2014

You are Special

I was inspired by the Clearly Besotted Challenge #10 Spring and recently got my purchased stash, which are so pretty so thought I would enter their challenge.
I have used the Pretty Petals Plus dies and stamps to make the card.
I also like the look when you use the negative space of a die 
so I thought I would try it with the stamps.
I used Kraft card and hand embellished a stitch line with a white ink pen
and raised it up on foam to add dimension to the card.
The bright colours of the flowers represent Spring!

I enjoyed joining in your challenge and I am loving your Stamps and Dies x

Crafty Hugs  x

A Little Note

I was inspired by the CASology challenge #91 this week
with the cue card of Note.
Update ... I got a CAS'ology Honourable Mention for this card
and I am so pleased x
I loved the sentiment from Clearly Besotted of 'a little note' and 
decided to do a' little' envelope with a 'little' message in it.
I die cut the envelope out of linen card to give a contrast against 
the main white smooth card 
and also lined it with red tissue paper to suggest love/romance.
I stamped the mini card with XO but left it so that you could pull it out 
and write something personal on it as well.
I also popped on three dots to add balance and further interest.
I embossed around the card as not to add any layers to the card.

I think the card is really sweet and enjoyed joining in the challenge x.

Crafty Hugs x

Saturday 19 April 2014

Spring Blossom's

Glorious Poppies
Happy Easter...
All flowers say Spring to me but I do love these Poppies from IndigoBlu.
They come in a stamp set called 'Poppy Meadow' and stamp beautifully.
I was inspired by IndigoBlu's  Challenge Number 14-Spring Blossom's
and made this card for the challenge.

I stamped the poppy with archival ink onto my card. 
I then stamped the image out again onto masking paper to use as the mask.
I masked off the vertical centre and brayered it with distress inks and over the poppy mask.
I also used the IndigoBlu Crackle stamp with versamark and white embossing powder over to the right of the card.
I die cut the small butterfly and coloured it with distress inks and some glitter.
I stamped the small closed poppy on the right after the colouring as I felt it didn't need masking and that seemed to work.
I so enjoyed water colouring the Poppy with distress inks and just followed the dark bits etc on the stamp. Very relaxing!
I hand drew black lines down both sides of the vertical colouring...always very worrying for me!!!
Lastly I stamped the beautiful sentiment in 'Grey' Archival but on hind site I shouldn't have stamped the poppy's stem quite as long behind it....of course I tried to mend it but only had a Black ink pen!!!
Next time I'll know better...
I then took inspiration from my garden (and the sentiment was still on my mind!).
I took this photo of my first anenome's and just loved the colours so tried again!

Just loving the colours but maybe try and get a more blue purple in as well next time.
The sentiment looks better as I did wipe off some ink from the bottom of the stem before I stamped it this time! I used Plum archival which worked really well.
I've also added a couple of dots from the butterfly in flight.

Anyway I just loved doing the cards and know I will be doing more in other colours.
I did so enjoy joining in the challenge.

Crafty Hugs x

Friday 18 April 2014

Hey There!

Chevrons and Woodgrain
I was inspired by the Retro Sketch this week Challenge #110
for the theme of the card and cascolours and sketches Challenge #70
for the colour theme of Black and Grey's
When I looked at the sketch my eye went from the bottom left up to the top so I had the idea to use chevrons and as a result of this and the challenge colours I made a Masculine card.

I used different colours of grey inks and a woodgrain stamp from Waltzingmouse to add interest and texture to the card.
I stamped and die cut the sentiment, both from Clearly Besotted Stamps.
I popped on foam pads to the woodgrain stamping as I felt the chevrons worked better on another lower layer behind.
I popped on some black and grey dots and black/white twine to finish off the card.
I loved the way the chevrons took your eye from the bottom all the way up and then the sentiment of Hey There! was waiting for you at the top.

Crafty Hugs x

Friday 4 April 2014

Hello-Round and Round

Hello-Round and Round
Today's Card has been inspired by the Lucky Dip Challenge at
 Less is more with the theme of Round and Round.
So I have made this card for their challenge.

I started by measuring and cutting out the round circles using a Spellbinders die out of white card.
I cut the word 'Hello' with a MFT Die-namics die set on black card.
I stamped the black distress splat and coffee stain using flourishes stamps and archival black ink.
The vintage cycle is a Clarity stamp.
I wanted more movement in the card so I hand embellished the black lines, representing the cycle moving.
The white card has been layered with foam onto the Kraft card.
I have tried to do a Clean and Simple card for this challenge.
I very much enjoyed doing the card and entering into the challenge.
Crafty Hugs x

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Special Day

Celebrate your Special Day
I was inspired by the JustRite Friday Challenge
to make a card from a sketch using JustRite Stamps.
You didn't have to use the colours or identical shapes 
of the sketch they provided just an overall layout.
Here is the card that I made for the Challenge
The background Rectangle is cut out of Kraft card, using Spellbinders Grand Large Labels.
I lightly dry embossed it with a stencil as I wanted a subtle background.
I kept the stencil on, masked the area off that I wanted and using VersaMark and white embossing powder, heat set it to achieve the horizontal shape in the provided sketch.

I cut the next rectangle using Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle Die, which was stamped with JustRite Diamond Filigree Background Stamp and heat embossed it in white.
I love these background stamps.

The next two rectangles were die cut using Spellbinders Small and Large Label Dies.
For the sentiment I used JustRite Vintage Labels Four Die and their Birthday Vintage Labels Four Clear Stamps and heat embossed in white.
I popped the Frame One D-Lite die cut behind the main sentiment.

The flowers have been made out of glassine paper and white heat embossed. The colour and texture of the glassine paper was exactly what I was looking for.

After layering up the card I popped on some pearls, twine and white hand embellished dots using a white ink pen. I thought the introduction of the pretty pink colour just complemented the card.

I have uploaded another photo of the card to perhaps see more detail.....

I really enjoyed doing this card.
It took me ages and I have tried new techniques, learning all the time x

Crafty Hugs x