Sunday 26 November 2017

Shades of White...

Today's card was inspired by The PaperArtsy Shades of White Challenge....
Love all the inspiration but the one that inspired today's card is from Wanda
She used stencils to great effect and was thinking about the tissue technique ...
The background is the tissue technique in white tissue sprayed with pearlescent.
The two trees in the background have been done through a stencil, 
with gritty structure paste.
The tree in the foreground is a die cut with the paste on top.
The poinsettia has also been done through a stencil with the paste 
and glitter gel mixed together and then fussy cut.
I have never used a stencil and fussy cut before.....
Finished off with the die cut sentiment.
Lots of texture and a little bling too on my card.....

More information on the Tissue Technique on Loll's CAS MixUp blog....
Thank you for stopping by...
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter....
PaperArtsy blog Challenge - Shades of White
Inkspirational Challenge - Designer choice - Christmas card using only neutral colours
Rubber Dance - Inspired by any Movie - White Christmas for me

Friday 24 November 2017

Tags and More.....

I have been making some tags 
to go with a card I made earlier this month...
These are my gift tags and bottle tags.....
 I have stamped, die cut and used stencils with glitter paste....
I have made them up very slightly different....
I enjoy making tags and enjoyed making them as a co-coordinating set 
with the Christmas card, Bottle Tag and Gift Tag.....
These tags will be linked up to......
Pop across and see some amazing Tags from the gallery, the fabulous guests 
and of course Loll's beautiful tags...Great inspiration...
Time is just flying by and there is not enough hours in the day.
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs
Challenges I would like to enter....
Twelve Tags of Christmas.......
Lots of cheer with these tags for the bottles of wine!
TAGplorations - All about gratitude...Eat Drink and be thankful
Thrilled with my top pick.....Thank you so much x
Stamplorations - Mixed Media - Always anything goes and using a stencil
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas - Anything goes with the optional twist - Tag

Thursday 23 November 2017


Here's today's' Watercolour Christmas card.....
 I have used several colours of  Brusho's to watercolour the background.
The poinsettia has been stamped and heat embossed in gold
and the large sentiment die cut and heat embossed with glossy powder.
I finished off stamping the small sentiment and white splats for snow.
Heavy snowfall!!!!
I was trying for delicate snow flurry!!!
Let's just say this was not the first attempt......
The gold glitter and black and white stripes are washi tape.

I have been inspired by similar cards using alcohol inks in the blog world,
so I will be trying that next.......
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to pop my card into....
CAS Watercolour Challenge - Holiday
Thank you so much for the shout out - Thrilled
Glitter, Stamping and my choice is die cutting and heat embossing
No mess with glitter this time as I have used Glitter Washi Tape
Thank you so much for hi-lighting my card - Delighted 
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - All about Christmas
Watercolour Challenge - Anything goes and without the optional tag twist
CAS Challenge - Anything CAS goes and without he optional colour twist

Sunday 12 November 2017


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 Happy Accidents....
The edges of the tag have heat embossed frantage around them.

The centres of the flowers are green Novo drops.
Again 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....
Update....Top pick at Stamplorations....Thank you so much x
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Challenge Anything goes with the twist of a Tag
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Tag
Delighted to have won with my tag....Thank you so much
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