Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Space/Science at The Male Room

I'm loving playing with alcohol inks at the moment and I don't think it's going to end any time soon! I'm experimenting with controlling the ink and for this piece I wanted the effect of a galaxy. I dropped the inks onto Yupo and then manipulated with alcohol blending solution and a felt pad to create the swirl and marbled effect. I then added dots of white ink with a pen.

The sentiment I have embossed onto heat resistant acetate. It's a sentiment I got in a set in a private sale for £1! I thought the sentiment went with the image.

I'm entering this into the Space/Science challenge at The Male Room. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Inspired by The Hobbit

I've found a challenge new to me "The Library Challenge" - I'm so excited about this as I love books (I'm also a book blogger if you didn't know www.booksimo.blogspot.co.uk).

The book for the current challenge is The Hobbit and I chose to be inspired by the cover for my card.

I recently got a pre loved stamp of Japan featuring Mount Fuji, I masked off the word Japan and just used the mount as a repeat. I used a Stampscapes stamp for the path and framed it with a Memory Box die. The sentiment stamp is from Happy Stampers.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More - Feature a Creature

Our current challenge at Penny Black & More is to "Feature a Creature", if you haven't played along yet we would love to see you or you are welcome to enter up to three times and as always we have some amazing prizes on offer.

For my DT card I've used "Picked for you!" 2067F. I stamped in Clair versafine ink and added some detail with distress crayons and a little water. The flowers I embellished with liquid pearls in white and rose gold.

I used these super new stitched dies from Gummiapan to frame the image. Then I cut a frame from one of PB paper pads to place around the outside.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Twofer Card Challenge

This is my entry for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge of Blossoms. I actually had all the elements cut out and ready to go, and this is the reason why.......

I saw a post on Di from Snippet's playground blog and followed the link to Youtube - whilst there a video by Jennifer McGuire caught my eye for a technique to quickly stamp layered stamps. Well she is just so upbeat about everything she does and I wanted to try it too. I thought well I don't have a stamp set with lots of layers but I do have some stamps and dies that co-ordinate, I wonder if I can use the technique to quicken up making those.

So I cut my template with the dies, put it in my MISTI and then linked up the stamps over the die cuts and yes it was much quicker. Then I had all these flowers and leaves. Why did I do that I thought? I don't batch make cards!

There they sat this past week until I saw Darnell's challenge - and all of a sudden the purpose of what I had achieved was realised in these two cards!

This die and stamp set cost me an arm and a leg from the USA, and that was before the current bad exchange rate! So, I felt like they needed another outing. The sentiments are from a Paper Smooches set I won in the Snippets Playground some time ago and I love the quirky type face. Although I do feel the "get well" seems a little bit like an instruction without the "soon"!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

In the wild - CD Sunday

 I've used Pollyanna Pickering's British Wildlife cdrom for the current CD Sunday challenge of " In the Wild".

I imposed the image with a border onto the background paper in MCS - it was realistic when I printed it out that at one point I tried to move it lol! . I then used my go press foil to add the sentiment. I added a black border with a sharpie and mounted onto the card.

Here is a close up of the foiling.

Finishing touch are dies and stamps from Creative Expressions. I do love those little squirrels which are cut with a very tiny die.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes

I wasn't sure what to do for the Allsorts challenge this week of Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes when I remembered this Graphic 45 pad for The Wizard of Oz. I love working with G45 and so it all came together very easily.

I used my go press foil machine to make the sentiment. I like the way that you can still see the paper design through the wording - when it catches the light it looks like this below.

I just added a little gilding wax here and there. I thought it needed a finishing touch so I cut out a pair of ruby slippers to go at the bottom.

Thanks for looking and if anyone remembers my Art Deco purse I made. 

My MIL loved it and apparently she used to wear her hat like that, so no confusion over one eye after all!

Monday, 12 March 2018

SOS ~344 National Dress Day

Sorry to have two posts in one day but the Shop your Stash Challenge ends soon. I don't think I've ever played before, but when I saw the theme was National Dress Day I knew I had to enter, in fact I could have entered hundreds of times, I have more dresses on stamps than I do in my wardrobe LOL!

This is a Marilyn stamp which I also have two others of at least, of her in various dresses. The sentiment comes from another stamp set and I thought it went with the image. I'm also trying to use neglected dies, so here are a couple used to frame the image.

The Big Apple

This card has been inspired by the current CAS mix up challenge and this is my entry. Although there is a lot going on the over all look I hope remains CAS.

After my success with a shaker card the other day, I wanted to do another one! I also thought the black and silver sequins went with the theme of this card. 

I began by stamping a cityscape stamp from The Ton onto the acetate. I have wanted this stamp set and another one for ages, but the shipping to the UK was as much as the stamps ouch! I was having a look on ebay and couldn't believe my luck when someone was selling the sets and unused too - bargain!

I then constructed the card with foam - which is in my tutorial here. I have a non crafting friend who gave me the background paper of apples, I have no idea where she got it from (there is also tomatoes!) but I thought it fitted perfectly with my scene. 

Finishing touches are the diecuts from Tonic and some sequins. The sentiment is by Gummiapan from Swedish House Crafts.

I'm also entering this into this month's Craft Stamper Magazine challenge for "anything goes".

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Recycle at The Male Room challenge

The challenge over at The Male Room is "recycle". I've done two bits of recycling with this card. The first is the coffee cup holder which is cut from a brown envelope that came with some jewellery. The background brown diamond shape is also recycled from some packaging that was wrapped around drinking glasses.

I then added a die cut from Gummiapan called Doodled die frame, and used three Gummiapan stamps:- Ink splats, happy birthday and collage numbers. I stamped the collage numbers in versafine sepia and archival watering can to give it a more subtle look. I love that happy birthday as you can stamp it on an angle and it looks like its handwritten. All the Gummiapan are available from Swedish House crafts.

The coffee cup and sentiment are from a SU set that I got at a retreat in 2014 - we did use the set at the retreat to create and were given a set to take away -this is the first time it's seen ink! You can't tell from the photo, but I did use glossy white card stock for the lid of the cup to give it that plastic look.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Mother's Day

You may have seen my post the other day where I have made an art deco purse for my MIL for Mother's Day. I decided to make a card in the same style to complement it.

I used the Maja Celebration 6x6 paper pad as the basis for my card from Swedish House Crafts, unfortunately it is out of stock at the moment and I can see why. I just love Maja papers - although they are so thick compared to others it feels wrong to call them paper!.

The Art Deco style dies and cocktail glass are by Tonic. The silver card I embossed using an A4 folder by Creative Expressions and this is the first time I have got around to using it!

I'm entering this card into the current Allsorts challenge which is "Ladies only".

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Flowery Postcard

When I saw this months challenge on Countryview Crafts blog was 6x4 postcards I thought I would join in as I don't think I've ever made a postcard before. I also decided to use my Spectrum Noir sparkle pens with the watercolour technique.

I used TH stamps and randonomly applied the sparkle pen to the rubber, lightly spritzed and stamped. Then added a little water to the image and drew the colour in. I added a postcard sentiment and a little free hand squiggling around the edges as I liked the look of it when one Corrie of the DT at the Countryview blog did the same.

I'm also entering this into the Anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Monday, 5 March 2018

LIM #366 - Monochrome

I'm playing with alcohol inks a lot at the moment, maybe it's because I got a smart new Tim Holtz tin to put them into!

When I saw the Less is More challenge was for monochrome I wondered if I could achieve this look with inks and for something a little different I used a grid stencil. That's how I achieved the more uniform look to the ink pools.

The bottom is where I went into another piece but I liked the way it looked so I kept it.

Definition: Monochrome - 
using only black, white, and grey or tones of one colour

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Feature a Creature at Penny Black & More challenge

Our challenge at Penny Black & More this month is to "Feature a Creature".

For my DT card I decided to use the fox from the Smile All Day set but for a change I combined him with another Penny Black Stamp On the Lake which is where the trees have come from.

I first very carefully only inked the edges of the On the Lake Stamp and using my MISTI stamped it a few times. I then coloured the sky with sparkle pens diluted with water.

Then I stamped the fox and butterfly coloured them with distress crayons. Then stamped the image again onto my background this time with the grasses. I cut out the fox and mounted him over the stamped image.

Finally adding a sentiment and mounting onto white card and then onto black card.

Thanks for looking. Our sponsors this month are:

Penny Black      

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Thanks for your visit - I hope you find time to enter our challenge as always we have fantastic prizes on offer.

I'm also entering this card into:-
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything goes or Easter/chocolate
Stamping Sensations Challenge which this month is for Forest Friends.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Shine Bright Shaker card for Swedish House Crafts

Hello everyone, I'm here today with a little tutorial on how I made this shaker card for Swedish House Crafts.

I've wanted to make a shaker card for ages, but was scared that my foam tape wouldn't be secure and I would end up with the shaker element escaping! Then I saw this video from Whimsical Card Studio where she uses foam sheets instead of tape. Here's my take on it.

Take a sheet of foam and arrange the dies where you want them to be positioned and cut out. 

Then take a piece of pearlescent card the same size as the foam and line up the dies also position where your sentiment stamp is going to be. I tried to cut the foam and card at the same time but I found it stretched the foam - so that is why I did the layers separately.

Once you have cut out the shapes stamp the sentiment onto the pearlescent card. Use the diamond dies to cut one of each in silver mirri card. Then insert them into pearlescent card, line up with the foam, insert the acetate between the layers and glue together. Trim if needed.

I then turned over the whole thing and partly filled with the sequins so that it shakes. Place the base card over the top.

You then have your completed shaker card.

Links to Products I used:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Quilt snippets

I've used a Spellbinders quilt for these cards. I thought it would be great for using up snippets - it sort of was but it has also been a bit of a learning curve using the die.

The first picture is a CASE of one of the Spellbinders designs which didn't quite go to plan as I began in the wrong place, because I couldn't really see how they had achieved the design. I've cut it down and manged to salvage it.

Before I put the card together I decided to have another go thinking I had the hang of the it now. It doesn't always match up right and I think its because I have used different weights and thickness of card stock.

I thought with a little bit of clever lettering I could make the most of it. I cut a black frame to decide which part of the die layout I should use. Ideally I would have stopped at "hello" but I needed to cover up some of the joins which weren't quite right.

I've been working on this for a few weeks on and off! Miss Di will probably put me straight into detention when she sees what I've done and how long it's taken me. Off to the Snippets Playground if I can get there through the snow.

This was this morning - not cold for a lot of you in other countries I know but in the UK this is COLD!

I think when I use the die again I will just go my own way with it! As the die is all in one you do end up with some bits left over - so more cards will be on their way.