Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Vintage CASe

Hi and welcome.
The weather has warmed up a little here, temps in the teens 'C but with the warm front has come wind and rain and overcast, dark days. I've had to have the lights on in my craft room all morning and trying to take photos is a little problematic, so please excuse the quality of images!
I've been having a great time watercolouring these last few days and after seeing a video by Sandy Allnock about vintage watercolour flowers, I thought I'd have a play as the OH was out playing last night!

My starting point were the autumnal colours over at Altenew and their Painted Flowers stamp set.
To start, I smooshed some Antique Linen DI in the top left corner, then planned where the blooms should be. I used a layout from this card and the end result is so different despite the same stamps and layout. Although the colours are quite bold the watercolour technique gives a soft effect.
I stamped the solid part of the stamp in Mustard Seed DI, then washed some water over it to blend out the edges of the ink, then added the next layer in Rusty Hinge DI, blending as I went, followed by peeled paint for the large leaves. The outline stamp was added with Vintage Photo DI and the rest of the spray was filled in with small stamps from the set in Vintage Photo DI. I left them uncoloured except for the tiny buds which I coloured with the Mustard Seed and a tiny spot of Rusty Hinge. A few coppery orange sequins were added along with a die cut thanks cut from gold linen effect card and a sentiment from the Extra Special set in brown.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Warm Birthday Wishes

Evening all. Just popping by to announce the start of the latest challenge over at ATSM. This week our challenge is -


So keep it simple! One image, little or no embellishments or layers.
Here is my card.

I used the theme over at the Paper Players for my inspiration, using this Stamping Bella, Quinn and her boots image. It's it's first outing and just the thing for a winter birthday card.
After stamping and colouring with Copics I took a red top fold card and cut the borders with an old MS edge punch that is a little stiff to work, but I persevered! To stiffen up the card I slipped a panel of blue card behind the red. The sentiment, a mix of STAMPlorations and Woodware stamps, was stamped in black and some Sprinkled Sugar Stickles were added to the mounds of snow. 

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CASeing Susan

Morning all.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This week our theme is:-


Here's my card.

I struggled to find a reindeer stamp, must have had a clear out earlier in the year, but then remembered this one.
My inspiration was this card by Susan at Less is More.

For my CASE, I kept with the Santa theme with the sentiment, free in a mag, and coloured the holly and rudolf's nose to match the elf's clothes. After fussy cutting Rudolf, I cut a pierced window in a panel of linen effect card and let him peek through. The whole panel was then mounted on a matching base card. I added a few dots of Glossy accents to the berries and glazed his nose as well.
I must apologise for the poor quality of the photo as the light has been pretty poor this weekend!
A quick and easy card to make and Rudolph could be swapped for other similar images.

So what will you make? We'd love to see what you do.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Warm Winter Wishes

Afternoon peeps.
I'm here this afternoon to remind everyone that there is still time to enter this month's CUTplorations challenge. Here is my inspiration card for you.

It's based on this photo.

Last time I used an inked panel for my card and the rest of it was used to make the background for this card. Waste not want not!
I cut it from the panel using the smallest of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies , then using the Warm Winter Wishes phrase die, I cut away the middle, replacing the purple with a previously cut white one. Saving all the extra bits from my purple panel allowed me to fill in the gaps around the phrase and then for extra depth, I added another die cut in white but this time colouring the dot over the eye with red Copic and some Glossy Accents before glueing it all in place.
I added some extra detail in Wilted Violet DO with the snowflakes in the VIGNETTE-Christmas-Block set. Sadly this is now on the retired list but you may still get it at 50% off!
The finished purple panel was then mounted onto a white rectangle cut with the middle Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, and a slightly larger pale grey panel before fixing to a white base card.

So what will inspire you? We'd love to see what you make.
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Simply Create Too - CAS

One Layer Watercolour

Hi, I've been absent in blogland lately, what with a new Grandson and the get together organised by Kylie of HLS. We had a grand time catching up with old friends and meeting new crafters for the first time. My gorgeous Grandson has been in my thoughts since his arrival just over 4 weeks ago, Kylie and I were exchanging Nanna photos at the retreat as well!
Anyway I was meaning to share this card last week but with Seb coming to visit with his brother, Mum and Dad, I forgot so here it is now.

After seeing the fab watercolour cards my Mimi on the Penny Black site, I was encouraged to have a go at using that watercolour style.
This street lamp is a really old Flowersoft stamp that reminds me of the lamp post graveyard we passed on the way to the bus stop after visiting my Grandma as a young girl. All the old gas lights were slowly being replaced by electric ones in the older parts of Sheffield, the Victorian ones not converted were destined to be dumped in the councils street furniture depot!
The tree stamped three times is from a Penny Black set and the greeting was free with a magazine last year.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017


It's that time of year again. Over at STAMPlorations we are having our Giving Thanks blog hop and wish list linky party to celebrate the launch of a brand new set of stamps.

Here is my card using Dee's Thankful and Blessed set

I chose the succulent element, stamping it onto w/c card and embossing the black outline with clear EP. The foliage was then coloured with watercolour washes before fussy cutting it out. 
On a panel of white card, I used the middle crazy double running stitched die to make a mask from a large Post it and then I placed the plaid maker stencil over the aperture and inked it with Weathered Wood DI. On a scrap of black card I stamped the sentiment and embossed with white EP and glued it at the bottom of my stencilled panel. 
From a scrap of kraft card I used a die to cut a shape which looked something like a bowl and placed the cluster of succulents in it and then glued that to the stencilled panel. 
My base card is a smokey grey to match the soft grey of the stencilling.

There are lots of prizes on offer as you hop along and join in. All details about the hop start and Ts and Cs can be found here.

If you would like to hop along, either start off at the STAMPlorations blog or continue to the next stop on the hop which is Trish Latimer of Craft Stamper Magazine. 

There is also a Thanksgiving Sale from November 15 to 30 to go with the Giving Thanks hop. For this sale, you will be able to buy stamps, stencils, and dies (except for those in the new release and retiring categories) at 40% off, the 40% off code can be used only once per customer. 

If you leave a note in your order (or email Shery) and mention my name (e.g., I was on Julie's blog looking at your Giving Thanks hop post and decided to order). you can choose a free word/phrase die (up to $10 value) and have it included in your order (no minimum order). 

For products in the New Release category, you can get them at 20% off by using my DT discount code and you get a freebie  if your order is at least $40).

So what are you waiting for?

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Tiny Leaves and Brusho

Morning all.
The first frosts arrived this week and the leaves are finally falling around here so winter is not far away. This week at Cardz4Galz we celebrate the seasonal festival of -


Here is my card

I used a brand new die, Poppy Stamps 'Narrow Tree Triptych', that I got at the May Port Sunlight stamp festival. It was waiting for a moment just like this!
To start I sprinkled some Brusho onto a panel of watercolour card and spritzed it with water. When fully dry I die cut the panel. I had already cut a panel of cream card and a scrap of brown card with the same die. Then came the tricky bit, piecing it all back together again!
The sentiment from STAMPlorations was stamped in brown and embossed with clear EP and using tiny leaf stamps I added the falling leaves in autumnal colours.
Job done.
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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Die cut Christmas Scene

Good evening peeps.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at HLS Anything Goes with Dies. As Christmas is fast approaching I thought I would make a Christmas card.

The only thing not die cut on this is the sentiment!

I started by making the trees by stacking various green die cut rectangle frames inside one another on a scrap of paper, then cutting a tree shape with a Sizzix die set. A small scrap of brown was snipped into shape for the trunk. 
The sky was cut using a friends snowflake plate die and then inking with Salty Ocean DI. Snow drifts cut with a Lawn Fawn die filled the bottom of the background. On a separate panel slightly smaller than the base, I die cut another rectangle to create a frame for the scene. The trees were then placed into the snowy scene and a sentiment stamped in black completes.

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                                                        I used a rectangle instead of the oval

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Berry Kissed

Evening all.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at ATSM, this week it is -


So your project needs to be coloured, stamped, embroidered or even drawn by you. What will you do? I went down the coloured route for thsi watercolour style Christmas card.

I bought this Penny Black stamp at Port Sunlight last month. I've wanted to try this style of w/c effect stamp for awhile and chose this Berry Kissed stamp because of it's versatility. I could be coloured in different ways from autumnal to winter tones.
I tried to use it first without my Misti but didn't get a good look, so perhaps you do need one to be able to over stamp to get the correct depth of colour. The Misti makes it so much easier!
There are lots of examples online about how to use these type of stamps so I won't bore you with the details here, suffice to say that after finishing the sprig of berries, I carefully washed in a mixture of Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch and then before it was fully dry sprinkled chunky white EP (Stampendous Frantage, chunky white embossing enamel) over the top then heated it to set it. The dampness holds onto the EP so when you put your heat gun on it doesn't blow away! The end result is a snow like effect. The panel was then trimmed down and as I didn't want to stamp on the finished panel, added a vellum wrap embossed with my sentiment in gold.
So for more inspiration pop over to the main ATSM page and go Make Your Mark.

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