Monday 27 June 2016

Congratulations .... is Today's card....
I have used the sponsors products Stamplorations over at CASology to make this CAS card.
Their challenge this week is Congratulations.....
I was inspired by the Card made by Shelly at Stamplorations CASEplorations June Challenge
I first noticed the gold ring and the delicate colours and flowers.
The 'Gold Ring' was achieved by stamping individual stamps and heat embossing.
I have used clear and gold embossing powder. 
The stamp set is Frames and Flowers and comes with lots of individual small flowers 
and leaves, which I made into the ring.
I continued the circle theme, inside the ring with the retro circles stencil, distress inks 
and white gesso over the top.
I wanted the soft look of Shelly's card.
The larger flowers have been stamped from another Stamplorations set and lightly coloured.
I finished with stamping the Congratulations sentiment in black.
It took me awhile to get the card how I wanted it 
but I got there and enjoyed learning along the way....and had fun.
Thanks for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would love to enter......
Stamplorations - CAS challenge - Anything Goes with...Option Blue

Sunday 26 June 2016

Hello There......

Happy Mail......
Update...I was lucky enough to get an Honourable Mention for my envelope from Rubber Dance...Thank you so very much xx
I have been doing some mixed media today and getting messy....
Here is my envelope project.
I started by masking off the areas and then spraying three different colours
I have used a floral stencil on the left, with white gesso sponged through it.
This gave the envelope another layer of detail which I liked.
The grasses and fun flowers have been stamped in grey archival ink.
I lightly brushed water over the stamped images and blotted to take off some of the ink
and then painted with white gesso to give me a good base to colour over.
I coloured in with various acrylic paints, a black ink pen and white highlights.
The 'stamp' has been stamped with black ink, masked and then a butterfly stamped on top.
After stamping the background of the stamp I lightly popped white gesso on it 
and then finished by colouring in the butterfly.

Lastly I stamped the postmark and sentiments.
I was inspired by the colour choice and theme by the Rubber Dance Challenge

I had a lot of fun today and now need to make a card to put in it!!!
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges that inspired my Mixed Media Envelope today.....
Rubber Dance Stamping - Colour Challenge with an optional theme of Flowers
You don't have to use their products but I recently purchased the fun flowers, some sentiments and grasses and was keen to use them.
You don't have to use their products either but I have used their new Gone Postal stamp set and Bloom Factory Flower Stencil
Stamps and Stencils - Floral Frenzy - This blog has the most fabulous inspiration and tutorials
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - 2nd Anniversary - Fabulous inspiration here too x
I have chosen Challenge number 24 Blooms and Butterflies

Saturday 25 June 2016


Today's Card has been fun to do...
I splattered the background with shades of blue sprays using acetate 
to control (a little) where the colour goes.
The butterfly has been done with a stencil and glitter embossing paste...ever such a  pretty effect.
The sentiment has been die cut, slightly raised and popped back onto the card.
I have popped on this card to show the beautiful effect of the sprays.
I have used Lindy's sprays..some have mica in them and some are flat colours.
They are so pretty.
Thanks for finding time to stop by x
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter.....
CASology - Congratulations   .....Update...I was lucky enought to get an Honorable Mention 
                                                                       for this card-Thank you so much xx
The die cutting and glitter embossing paste adds texture
Stamplorations - CAS - Anything goes...option Blue
Stamplorations - Never ending challenge using their products-
The butterfly stencil is from Stamplorations

Friday 24 June 2016


Sending You Sunshine......
I was inspired by several challenges to make my card.
Here's my Card....
CAS Mix Up challenge is to use stamps, die cutting and one other choice...
my choice is masking and water colouring.
I do so enjoy mixing CAS with Mixed Media.

The Sunshine sunflowers have been stamped and masked using grey and yellow inks.
I have then stamped the black rectangle to allow me to spot water-colour the yellow sunflower.
I have stamped the sentiment in black archival ink, die cut the Sunshine sentiment, 
raised it up onto foam and popped it back onto the card.
The card has been layered onto black card stock to finish.
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge inspired me to use The Sunflower
Thanks for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter....
CAS Mix Up challenge is to use stamps, die cutting and one other choice...
my choice is masking and water colouring.
Cupcake Inspiration - This inspiration photo inspired me to use the Sunflower stamp
Update...Delighted to have been choosen as a sweet six for this card...Thank you so much xx
Update....Lucky to get a Top Pick for this card...Thank you so much x


One Layer and Technique...
Update...I was lucky enough to be Hi-Lighted over at One Layer Challenge for this card. 
Thank you so much, I am delighted and thrilled x
Today's card is on one Layer using the faux bleach/Ghosting technique.
The background has been blended with several different colours of distress inks.
After popping the stencil on I lightly sprayed water 
and blotted off the excess to produce the ghost flower image.
I popped the stencil back on and did some more blending 
to achieve the look I was after in some pats.
I finished off with stamping the sentiment in black ink and flicking
splats in gold paint...although I am never sure if these show up in the photos x
Thanks for stopping by...
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter....
Simply Less is  More - Faux Bleach
My white space is blended shades of   'sunset' layer and no embellishments 
Happy Little Stampers - CAS Ghosting
My white space is blended shades of   'sunset' layer and no embellishments 
The Mixed Media - Cards Only - Sunset
The distress inks I have used are colours of Sunset
Distress inks/Blending...Stencil....Faux bleach...Stamping...Splats 

Thursday 23 June 2016

Fond Memories....

Hello...So good to be back x
I loved my relaxing holiday and no blog holiday.
I missed all the very creative projects around Blog Land so much and missed being creative.
Thank you so much for the very kind and generous comments about my absence, 
very much appreciated x

I was inspired by ......Inspired by All the Little Things to make today's card.
Many moons ago my husband and I took a trip to New York.
This inspiration photo instantly reminded me of Tiffany's and Diamonds!!!!
I saw the geometric fractured diamond in the flash bulb and the Tiffany Blue.
The photo at then end shows you what I got from my very memorable visit.
This is my card......
I started by covering white CS with Tiffany blue acrylic paint.
I then used a geometric stencil and silver embossing paste to represent the diamond in the photo.
The white sentiment is also a stencil and white embossing paste.
To achieve the circle and the camera image....
Die cut silver circles and layered.
The geometric shape within the circle has been achieved using the same stencil
and white gesso, sponged lightly onto the silver mirror card.
I stamped the camera, fussy cut and sentiment in blue archival ink 
and layered the camera up after lightly colouring it blue Tiffany paint.
I really love how the diamond, fractured looked.
I finished off with glossy accents, diamonds, washi tape 
and more white embossing paste through a chevron stencil.
This is my gift from Tiffany's......
Yep a Tiffany mug and not a diamond!!!!
However.....I have the most fabulous memories of that trip.....
all captured memories in time xxx
I have loved this challenge, it has brought back the happiest of memories x 
Thank You
Crafty Hugs
Please excuse the photo of my really is more like the the Tiffany Blue
in the inspiration photo and my mug in real life x
Challenges I would like to enter....
Happy Little Stampers - Dies - Anything Goes with Dies

The Heart Desires - Use one two or three elements
I have gone with the geometric shapes of the rectangles and the blue