Sunday, 18 August 2019

AAA Cards #147 Along the Edge + optional twist Inspired by a Song

A new challenge has started today at AAA Cards. The theme for the next two weeks is to create a CAS card with everything along the edge. And there's also the added fun optional twist of being inspired by a song if you'd like to add to the challenge.

The sponsor for this challenge is CASual Fridays and I've used their stamps for my card and managed to get the optional twist included too!

And now I expect you've got this Christmas carol spinning round your head just like me - fa la la la la, la la la la la la!

Stamps: CASual Fridays, Mistletoe & Holly
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne
Colours: Arteza brush pens, green tea, crocodile green, red, wine red
Other: Glossy Accents

Once you've forgiven me for driving you crazy with this tune perhaps you'd like to go visit the AAA Cards challenge blog to see what irritating songs the rest of the DT have been inspired by. Find them all and our Guest Designer Angie Cimbalo's card HERE.

Thanks for dropping by today, it's been so much fun having you visit me here on my blog.

And keep crafting - and singing!

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Uniko Revisit Blog Hop

I'm delighted to be here today to take part in the Uniko Revisit Blog Hop. This month we are taking another look at the Big & Bold Wish stamp set and its matching dies.

BIG&BOLDWishPP      BBWishDDies

I've made a couple of bright fun cards to showcase the versatility of these sets:

I've been trying to think outside of the box and used the candle stamp and flame in a bit of a quirky way. I chose two colours of ink and stamped them in a fairly random way. I then stamped and die cut the wish sentiment, stamped the BIG! and matted the whole thing onto matching yellow and red card stock.

And that led me on to thinking about creating a whole frame using the candle stamps. I used a piece of squared grid paper to help me line up the position and depth of each stamping. I kept with the same colours of inks, but this time just stamped the whole greeting into the middle of the card.

I matted this second card in the same way as the first.

Stamps: Uniko, BIG & BOLD Wish
Inks: SU, real red, daffodil delight; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Die: Uniko, BIG & BOLD Wish

OK, so how would you like to win these goodies? Simply leave me a comment and hop round the blogs and leave comments on the rest of the DT who are taking part and it could be you!

Jane - that's me

Thanks so much for looking today, I really appreciate you taking the time. 

Good luck and keep crafting!

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Friday Focus

Today I'm sharing a card that I made using a new to me idea for a stencil which is the theme of the challenge at CAS Stencil.

Here's my card:

I used the Light Loops stencil from A Colorful Life which is a 3" x 6" size and sprayed through it with some watered down ultramarine brusho that had dried up and needed wetting again. Then to add more colour I mixed in some fresh purple powder to the bottle and sprayed through the stencil a second time. And got in a bit of a mess - nothing new there when I use Brusho inks!

So after a clean up and giving the ink time to dry out I trimmed it all down leaving the spatter that occurred on either side of the stencil - you can tell from this the sort of mess I got into! I then stamped a greeting both sides of the stencil pattern, added a dark purple strip and called it done.

Stamps: Greeting from Uniko, Pure Florals Cosmos
Inks: Brusho, ultramrine, purple; Versafine Clair, nocturne
Stencil: A Colorful Life, Light Loops
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Thanks so much for looking today, I'm so pleased to have had your company for a while.

And keep crafting!

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Thursday Thoughts

A Christmas card to share today using the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches.

Here's my card:

I frotated the sketch because it suited the image better and as there were several layers on the sketch I kept them all white to keep the card CAS. I used the gnome is from Polkadoodles 25 December, so cute and fab to colour.  I kept the colours really simple to stop the card from looking too busy and stay CAS.

I added a simple block sentiment from Uniko and I was done.

Stamps: Polkadoodles, 25 December; Uniko, Simply Said Blocks, Christmas
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne
Pens: Copic, W1, W3, C00, C1, C3, C5, Y18, R20, R21, R29, R39, R59, YG63, YG67
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Thanks so much for looking today, it's been fun to have your company for a while.

And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Wednesday Words

Today I'm sharing a card I created to play along with the challenge at CAS Mix UP.

Now this was a technique I'd never heard of before and I was a little bit reluctant to give it a try. But I watched Loll's video - Paper Towel Backgrounds - and she explained it so clearly and made it look so simple I was persuaded to have a go.

And it was fun and I did like the result! Of course I didn't have a paper towel handy so I got to it and made some backgrounds for future use using my favourite Brusho colour powder, ultramarine and mopped the ink up with a paper towel.

So having created my paper towel background I then needed to think about how to present it in a CAS way.  As the edges were a bit scrappy and curled up I decided to pop it behind an aperture. I stamoed the silhouette onto the paper towel print and on to the aperture card - before cutting - so that it sort of extended out.

Here's a close up showing the paper towel textured pattern:

Stamps: Uniko, Just Because
Inks: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Brusho, ultramarine

Thanks so much for joining me on my paper towel technique discovery journey. I really hope you'll try it out yourself and watch Loll's video for instructions and inspiration.

And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Tuesday Talk

How striking are the colours at Less is More? I had to give them a go and joi in with their current challenge.

Remember yesterday I mentioned I've become a bit of a fan of Polkadoodles goodies? Well today sees another airing of something from my recent spending spree there. It's a big plus for me that they're a UK company too - keeps the postage reasonable and it's always good to support UK companies.

My card uses  Stamp Soup - In A Frenzy and is such a fun set to use as you get to pretend you're really clever and can design your own stamps. These stamps fit together in any way you choose and I've spent endless hours playing around with different combinations. But as LIM is a CAS challenge I reined myself in and came up with this simple little number using just two stamps from the set.

Stamps: Polkadoodles, Stamp Soup - In A Frenzy; Sentiment from a retired Uniko set
inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, YR04, YR16, BG32, BG34
Embellishments: Echo Park, enamel dots

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Thanks so much for your time today, I'm really pleased that you spent some of it looking at my blog.

And keep crafting!

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Monday Moment

Glitter - did you say glitter? And on a Christmas card too? Well of course I had to join in with the CAS Christmas Challenge this month!

I've recently discovered the joy of Polkadoodles goodies and had a bit of a spending spree there so a chance to break open this Christmas gnome stamp - North Pole - was seized upon immediately.

And isn't he awesome? Such a fun image to colour! And glitter up of course! Here's a little close up of that glitter:

Ugh! Look at the state of my red Copic pen - I'll need to clean that up before going on my next class with Faye Wynn Jones in September!

Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, YG13, YG23, W1, C0, C3, R29, 239, B000, B01, B02, BG0000; Sakura Gelly roll, white
Glitter: Stickles, Diamond
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Huge thanks for looking today. It's always so much more fun when I get visitors.

And keep crafting!

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