Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Tuesday Talk

The colours at Less Is More are such a striking mix that I just had to join in and play along.

I'm having a bit of a Tracey Hey fixation at the moment and used a technique I saw her demonstrate on Hochanda recently as the starting point for this card.

I masked off a bit of the card and applied the three colours required using distress ink. By starting on the mask and brushing upwards you get this fade out effect which looks so pretty. 

I removed the mask and then stamped the image and greeting on top. I used grey ink as I thought it would be less harsh than the usual black. Loving the idea of the sentiment, so relevant to our strange times when all I hear is news about keeping people and children in support bubbles.

I finished off the card by adding some fuchsia and yellow stripes to the jumper using Miya oil pencils.

Stamps: Tracey Hey, Bubblicious
Ink: SU, smoky slate, melon mambo, daffodil delight
Miya oil pencils

Thanks so much for looking today. It's been great to have your company for a while.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Monday, 13 July 2020

Monday Moments

Hello! I've another card to share today and it's going into the challenge at Time Out Challenges.

Well when I saw the theme it had me stumped for a while, but then I realised that clockwork toys would fit the bill and hey presto here's what I made:

I started by inking through a home made circle stencil with three colours of distress ink. I discovered that by pressing too heavily I was getting those unwanted lines, so in the bin and start again! So it seems you need to be very light handed and get a base colour down first, then you can go in again and again to add depth of colour. 

Once my circle of colour was achieved I then stamped the cute rabbit on top and added in a heart and squiggle  too. Finally I stamped the sentiment and matted it onto a white card base.

Stamps: Tracey Hey, Wind Me Up
Ink: Versafine Clair, nocturne; Ranger distress, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon, lucky clover

Huge thanks for dropping by today, it's been fabulous to share some time with you.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Sunday, 12 July 2020

Sunday Slot

CASology have an intriguing cue word for their current challenge - POOL.

Well it might be hot in Melissa's part of the world, but here in the UK it's been wet rainy and quite chilly. We even considered putting the heating on but wrapped ourselves up in blankets instead.

So definitely a time for an indoor type of pool - and this is what I came up with:

Yes a fish bowl! I started by placing and inking the Snow Globe stencil - turned upside down - with stormy sky distress ink. Then I popped the Fish Background on top and inked through with a couple of fishy colours. 

The smug cat from Cattitude was stamped, coloured and hand cut and placed at the bottom of the bowl. I finished off by adding the sentiment - I think he's enjoying watching the fish don't you?

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Cattitude
Stencils: Funky Fossil, Snow Globe & Fish Background
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress, stormy sky, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon
Colours: Copic, C1, C3, C5, C7, R20

Don't forget you can get 10% off your order at Funky Fossil this weekend as Sarah is celebrating her birthday. Use the code BIRTHDAY10. You'll also get a freebie gift of the Banners & Bunting stencil too.

Huge thanks for looking today, I really appreciate you taking the time.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Saturday Spot

Today I'm sharing a card I created using the colours from the challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I only had the Pacific Point ink so substituted the other two for my closest match of Memento inks.

I started by stamping the Funky Fossil butterfly from the Geo Bugs set and then heat embossed with clear powder. Next I added the inky stripes using a technique I had seen Tracey Hey demonstrate on Hochanda. 

I finished off with a simple sentiment from Blooming Birthday and then matted it onto a white card base.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, Geo Bugs & Blooming Birthday
Inks: SU, pacific point; Memento, grape jelly, bamboo leaves; Versafine Clair + clear embossing powder

This card is winging its way - hopefully arrived - to Sarah as it's her birthday this weekend. If you place an order at Funky Fossil this weekend and use the code BIRTHDAY10 you'll get 10% off everything in your basket. Sarah is also adding the Banners and Bunting stencil to every order as a freebie gift. Win win then!

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today, it really is so much more fun when you do.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Friday, 10 July 2020

Friday Focus

Today I'm playing along with the stencil challenge at CAS Mix Up

No prizes for guessing which company's stencil I chose - Funky Fossil of course!

And isn't this In The Tropics a stunner of a stencil? It looked pretty fantastic just with the inking, but adding the traced outline really seems to have given it an extra bit of va-va-boom!

I used two shades of distress oxide for the flowers and two for the leaves, but of course because of the unique blending of the oxides it looks like many more colours. I then picked an orange and green Miya oi pencil and traced round the edges.

I matted it onto a white card base and finished off with a greeting from the Beautiful Inside and Out stamp set.

Inks: Ranger distress oxide, picked raspberry, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, pine needles
Colours : Miya oil pencils

Huge thanks for spending some of your precious time looking at my blog today. I'm so pleased to have had your company.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Thursday, 9 July 2020

Thursday Thoughts

When I was creating my card on Tuesday - blogged HERE - using the tracey hey mwah stamps I was struck by how useful the sentiments would be for a scrapbook page. And I just happened to have the perfect photo sitting on my craft desk waiting to be used.

No surprise that it was the stamped sentiments that I started with then. I chose yellow and hot pink card to pick up on her clothes and stamped the words down the right hand side. The next step was to layer up a few patterned papers and then I placed embellishments at the top left and bottom right.

I kept to the pink and yellow colour scheme and raided my huge stash! The paper with the larger flowers - Cocoa Vanilla - is actually a journal card which I cut in half so that I could have a piece in both embellishment stacks.

And of course I added my go to puffy hearts from Elle's Studio and Paperchase as well as some enamel dots - another must have on my pages.

Have you spotted that this page was created just because I wanted to and not for any challenge? How unlike me is that!

Huge thanks for looking today. It's always fun to have your company.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Wednesday Words

Today I'm sharing the card I created for the challenge at Perfectly CAS. The theme is SPARKLE.

I used two Funky Fossil stencils for my card and sparkled it up with some WOW! embossing powder:

I started by inking through the Mermaid stencil with two colours of distress oxide and heat embossed it with a sparkle powder. I wasn't sure if the distress oxides would take the embossing powder, but was really pleased with the result. 

I then overlapped the mermaid with the Scenic Borders stencil and used the same two colours but tried to place them opposite to the mermaid's colours.

I then die cut this into a stitched strip, matted it onto green card and then onto a purple card base. I finished it off with a sentiment taken from the Funky Fossil Geo Bugs stamp set. 

The pic below shows a lot more of the sparkle and how it looks in real life.

Stamps: Funky Fossil, sentiment from Geo Bugs
Stencils: Funky Fossil, Mermaid, Scenic Borders
Inks: Ranger distress oxide, wilted violet, peacock feathers; Versafine Clair, nocturne; WOW! embossing powder, neutral ultra shimmer
Die: Lil'inker, stitched mats long & skinny rectangles

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

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Tuesday Talk

there's a bit of an unusual theme for the current Inkspirational challenge - Sketch. Well I know that doesn't sound that different, but there is the option to choose your own sketch or actually sketch something on your card.

So I surprised myself and actually did sketch one little bit of my card - the mat that the mega cute Tracey Hey elephant is sitting on.

I think I was channelling Elmer with my mat design! I drew the grid first, then stamped the elephant and greeting and finally added the colours using Copic pens.

Stamps: Tracey Hey, Mwah
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Paperchase, fine liner black; Copic, W0, C0, C1, C3, RV000, R29, R85, Y18, YR04, B04, YG23, BG34

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today, I always appreciate you taking the time.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Monday, 6 July 2020

Papermill Direct DT Inspiration - Celebrate


I'm up on the Papermilldirect blog today with a quick and easy celebrate card.

Come on over and take a look at how I created it - HERE.

Card: Papermill Direct, raspberry, pink & daffodil yellow
Punches: Martha Stewart
Die: Winnie & Walter, celebrate,no longer available; Lil'inker, stitched mats long & skinny rectangles
Gems: Pretty Pink Posh, clear

Thanks so much for looking and don't forget to follow that link over to the Papermill Direct blog - HERE

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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AAA Birthday Challenge #15

Today I'm here to share a 3D card I created for the new challenge at AAA Birthday. Quite a challenge!

Here's the front of my card.....

.... and here's the inside which has the 3D element:

And really the only way to show how this card works is with a little video.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Happy Birthday, Fairy Tale Unicorns, Fairy & Maiden, Balloon Bunch
Inks: Memento tuxedo black, summer sky; Ranger distress, lucky clover, cracked pistachio
Dies: Spellbinders, petite scalloped oval large, petite ovals large
Colours: Copic, BV000, BV04, BV13, B02, B04, BG32, BG34, V01, V12, V15, E000, E50, R20, RV 00, RV09, RV17, RV52, RV55; Wink of Stella, clear

Now although creating this card was a big challenge for me it looks like the rest of the AAA Birthday team found it a bit of a breeze! As did our Guest Designer Rachelle too. Go check out all their fantastic cards HERE.

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

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Sunday, 5 July 2020

AAA Cards Game #169 - Made In Minutes + optional twist Christmas In July

A new challenge has just started at AAA Cards. The main theme is to make a quick card - Made In Minutes - but the twist is a very popular one at this time of year Christmas in July.

I used stamps from Time For Tea Designs a new and very welcome sponsor to AAA Cards.

I simply stamped, coloured and hand cut the images and then arranged them onto my card front. Quick, easy and made in minutes.

Stamps: Time For Tea Designs, Winter Warm Wishes
Colours: Copic, E41, E43, E49, G17, G28, Y18, YR16, RV00, R29, W3, W5, C3

I hope you'll find time to pop over to take a peek at what the rest of the AAA Cards DT and our Guest Designer Kylie have been up to - HERE

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Saturday, 4 July 2020

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Keeping It Simple

I'm up on the Uniko blog today with a trio of cards using just two stamp sets. Check out the pics and products I used below and find all the details HERE.

Stamps: Uniko, You Are Yes You, BIG & BOLD Hello
Inks: Memento, bamboo leaves; Versafine Clair, nocturne & fantasia
Colours: Derwent Inktense pencils

Thanks for looking today. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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Friday, 3 July 2020

Guest Designing with CAS Christmas

I'm excited today as I'm guesting at CAS Christmas for their July challenge which has the theme of Nativity.

Here's my card:

I'm a bit short of Nativity stamps but remembered I had this Inky Doodles one which is a sort of modern take on part of the Christmas story. I decided I would keep everything black and white apart from the night sky behind the window. I used a left over piece of a paper from Funky Fossil's In To The Blue paper pad and a Pretty Pink Posh window die.

Stamps: Inky Doodles, Christmas Jumpers
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die1; Pretty Pink Posh, Window Frames

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

Stay safe and keep crafting!

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