Saturday, 1 October 2016


Guest Designer..........
I have just come back from a lovely holiday and I am so looking forward to catching up with visiting your fabulous blogs and admiring your wonderful inspiration x
The internet wasn't readily available, so please accept my apologies for not visiting sooner x

After winning The CAS Mix Up Challenge last month with this card 
I was kindly invited to be Guest Designer this month...
Wow ....what an Amazing opportunity!
The CAS Mix Up Challenge offers tons of inspiration and new techniques to try.
CAS, Mixed Media and Techniques all on one card......Fabulous!
The Team are so friendly and helpful  and I love entering the challenge because 
of the mixed genre's and techniques x
The Challenge this month is Stamping + Ghosting + Your Choice
You will find links on their blog to try out different Ghosting techniques....
This is my card.....
I started with blending several colours of distress inks quite liberally onto the card.
I layered the flower stencil onto the background and used water to lift the colour 
to produce a ghosting effect.
I used minimal water and a small sponge to lift the water to stop the water seeping underneath.
The flower was stamped over the ghosting effect, slightly off-set.
I used white gesso inside the stamped image and then painted with water- colours.
I have used black glossy embossing paste through the love sentiment stencil 
and die cut the rectangle with a stitch die. 
I finished with popping on a heart stencil and using a darker distress ink in the 
bottom right hand corner.
Thank you so much for the opportunity of guesting with you this month.
I love your fun, creative, inspirational and informative challenge.
Thank you for finding time to stop by...
Crafty Hugs xxx 


  1. Amazing card Mac. Love the bright yellow and pink together. And the ghosting is so cool with the stamping over top ... just showing sort of a ghosting outline. Awesome design, my friend. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer at CAS Mix Up this month!! xx

    1. The pleasure was all mine. Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity...loved it! x

  2. Hi Mac what gorgeous colours and I love the floral stamp, the ghosting technique is marvellous, must give it a go, beautifully designed.
    Gongrats on your win and for being a very inspirational GDT. Pleased to hear you had a lovely holiday, Kate x

    1. What generous and lovely comments, thank you so very much x

  3. Absolutely Stunning ghosting card Mac. I loved reading all your details. Sponging your background then ghosting your stenciled flowers was such a creative way to start your watercolored off set stenciled flowers :-) TFS and joining us as our October Guest Designer on CAS Mix Up. Hugs, Nancy

    1. Thank you so much Nancy for the warm and friendly comments. Such a fun technique, thanks again x

  4. Oh Mac this is wonderful - love the vibrant colours you have used and the wonderful way you have stamped offest to the ghosting.

  5. As always, you have come up with an amazing mixed media card, Mac! I love your ghosted flowers and how the ghosting seems to make the colors in the flowers even more vibrant! Thanks so much for joining our team this month at CAS Mix Up!

  6. Gorgeous card for the Guest spot, love the ghosting ! I was thinking about you, did stopped by to see, if I was missing your posts ;) Good to see you back.

  7. No wonder you won with that feathers and circles card - it's stunning!! Congrats! Your card for today is beautiful, too!! I LOVE the pink and yellow. Very cool technique. Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a lovely holiday ♥

  8. What a fabulous card! I love the way you did the offset ghosting! And such gorgeous vibrant colours. Great details like the bit of heart stenciling and the stitched rectangle. It's a pleasure to have you as our Guest Designer this month!!

  9. WOW! What amazing colors! I really like that your "spirit" gently highlights the main theme of the card. Great card, as well as the winning card in August. You are a true master of creating beautiful :-)

  10. I'm so glad to see your blog back online! Missed you!

  11. Your background colors are so pretty love the design. I can see why you won The CAS Mix Up Challenge, that feather card design is just stunning.

    Hugs Diane

    1. Such a kind thing to say, thank you very much x


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