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Monday, 16 January 2017

Blue & Yellow

I came across a new blog a few days ago, The Flower Challenge, so thought I'd make a card for their present theme which is 'Blue & Yellow'.
I love flower stamps and have quite a few in my stash.  This stamp is from a set by Hobby Art and is really lovely to work with.  I used Zig Real Brush pens to colour the image, and watered down Distress Ink, splattered with a paint brush for the yellow background, the sentiment is from a stamp set by Stamps U Love.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Week 3 Christmas Card

I used stamps and matching dies by Sheena Douglass for this one, the sentiment is also one of Sheenas.  I did the die cutting first, then pressed the cuts onto the inked stamp.  I used Distress inks to colour the leaves.
Thanks for looking.
xx

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Week 2 Christmas Card

My 2nd Christmas card, (making at least 1 a week).  I got inspiration from google.
The main stamp is from Stampscapes, the branches is a tree stamp from Art Impressions (had it for years) and the sentiment is from my favourite set by Just Rite Stamps.  I coloured the cabin with proMarkers the rest was done with Distress Inks.  I also used a white pen for the snow.  The cabin stamp includes the trees and water in front, it's a waterside cabin.  I masked off the water with a sticky note while inking up the stamp as I wanted snow all around.
Thanks for looking.
xx

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Stampscape Stamps

I just love these stamps and have quite a few of them now, I just haven't used them for quite a while.
I stamped onto Satin Art Card from Inkylicious and used a mix of Distress Inks and Adirondacks applied with Colour Box stylus tool.
Thanks for looking
xx

First Christmas Card for 2017

I was in such a last minute rush for my Christmas last year, so I'm making sure I make them throughout the year, just as I always used to.  I admin a couple of groups on Facebook and have started a weekly Christmas card challenge in one of them, a sure way for me to keep up!
This is my card for Week 1 where the theme is 'Keep It Simple'
I stamped the tree with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I then added a little bit of sparkle with Glamour Dust and also the gem.  The tree stamp is by Art Impressions and the sentiment is by Just Rite Stamps.  I think I may do more of these later in the year.

StarryNight Sky with Lavinia

The first challenge of 2017 is up and running over on Lavinia Stamps.  The theme for this one is Starry Night Sky

I stamped all the images with Archival black ink onto Satin Art Card by Inkylicious and of course all are Lavinia Stamps,  then I added the colour, a mix of Distress Inks and Adirondacks apllied with a colour box stylus. Silly me didn't leave enough space for stamped stars, so I used tiny confetti stars.  
Thanks for looking.
xx

Friday, 30 December 2016

HappyNew Year!

Happy New Year to all my blog readers.  It's my lovely Brother In Law  Les's 70th birthday on Monday, so I got my stampscape stamps out for his card.  I can't believe he's 70 already, it only seems like yesterday since he was teaching me to knit when I was about 8.  I've always had a great relationship with him, so he deserves a card which takes longer to make.
All stamps used in the image are by Stampscapes, I used distress inks to colour the image all applied with brushes and sponges.  I used stamps by Clarity for the wording and a stamp from Inkylicious for the scrolls.
And here's a photo of my big Sister Chris and Brother In Law Les.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Scenic Christmas

 I got inspiration for this from Sheena on UTube.  The main dies and all the stamps are by Sheena Douglass, the holly leaves are by Sue Wilson.
I cut all the dies first, then inked through them before removing the card, using the die like a stencil. I used Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink for all the stamping.  For the background I used just one stamp, then cut the trees out using the matching die, and stamped them.  Then with a little water and a paint brush I blended out the ink a little. and created the snow banks at the base just using the ink and paint brush.  I finished off with some sparkle.
A side view as I don't know what they call this style of card.  The good think about it is it goes flat to go into the envelope..... lol.
Thanks for looking
xx

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Let It Snow with Lavinia Stamps

Novembers challenge over on Lavinia Stamps is Let It Snow.  Well usually that wouldn't be hard to do would it, but I don't have many of Lavinia's Christmas stamps, and the ones I do have don't include snow.....  Anyway, as any crafter will do, I improvised with white embossing powder.
I started by making the hills with a torn strip of paper as a mask and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and blended it with a shaving brush, I wanted the hills to be very subtle.  Then I added the same colour to the sky, I then used Dusty Concord DI to add the purple, taking it into the blue of the sky a little too.  All the black stamping was done with Versafine. Then I stamped with Versamark and white embossing glitter by WOW and gave it a blast with the heat gun.  I used a Versamark pen to add the snow to the castle, tree and holly leaves and heat embossed with the same white embossing glitter.  I used Glamour dust for the fairy's wings, though it's not showing up on the picture.  Lastly I sponged the Distressed Condord DI around the edges to frame it all.
Thanks for looking xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

More Christmas Cards.......

I've been doing well with making my Christmas cards the last couple of weeks, here's this weeks makes.
 Well I'm still not too sure about Kraft Card or not...... hmm.  I started off by cutting the shape with a die by Spellbinders,  first I cut the full shape, then used 2 together to make a frame.  Taking the full die cut, I blended white ink with a shaving brush, till I was happy with the depth of white.  I then stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa, stamps from Inkylicious, and used a white gel pen to create the snow, which I then gave a bit of sparkle to with Glamour Dust, lastly I attached the frame cut and added the sentiment, which I made on my Cameo, and the twine bow.  For the backing I simply stamped random snowflakes with the same colour memento ink.
 This is my latest stamp from Penny Black, I do love there twiggy/tree stamps.  I  started this card by cutting a frame using the Sue Wilson Noble Pierced dies.  I then stamped the image and heat embossed in white.  Then I used Distress Inks in Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire and blended it with sponges and added the berries with Waco Pearl Maker (saves on gems..... lol).  While the pearls dried I stamped the border using my Misti to line them up near as perfect as I could.... lol.  The border stamps are by Phill Martin, and I love them!  Once all dry I put the card together sticking the image piece straight onto the card, then place the frame using sticky pads to lift it just a little.
 I made the frame the same as the card above.  For the centre, I stamped and heat embossed the snowflakes using clear embossing powder.  Snowflake stamps are by Sue Wilson, then blended Distress Inks in Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass over them, the clear embossing powder acts as a resist so the white from the card show through.  Then I splashed a little water over the inks to create the little white spots.  The card was then finished off the same as above.
 I embossed the background first, then cut the frame using a die by Amy Design called Wintertide.  I also cut a circle of card big enough to sit behind the frame.  I stamped the trees in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder, so I could ink over the image without it smudging. The tree stamp if from Inkylicious, I used shaving brushed to blend the 2 colours of Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar.  I finished the card off with a sentiment made on my Cameo and some Christmas twine.
Again the frame was created the same way as the others.  I masked off the image piece and blended Broken China Distress Ink.  Then using the masks again where needed I stamped the trees and added some sparkle for the snow, again using Glamour Dust.  The tree stamp is from a Penny Black,The card was finished of the same as above.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Inspiration from Pinterest

I'm on a roll with my Christmas cards, though I'm a long way behind what I usually am every year.
 I made a stencil with a bauble die for this one.  I blended ink with brushes through the stencil, then stamped my image and coloured it with pencils, stamp is by Inkylicious,  I then used the same dies to cut a frame which I attached over the image,  to give the impression of it being a bauble, and gave it a bit of sparkle, it's showing very gold in the photo, but it isn't really.... lol.  The sentiment is one I made last year on my Cameo.  To finish off, I added card candy to each corner and give that the sparkle treatment too....lol

Both of these cards use the Winter Berries stamp from Penny Black which I stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  Stormy Sky Distress ink was blended over that.  The sentiment on the first one is from a stamp set by Penny Black, and the other Visible Image.  I used Pinflair Pearl Wand for the red berries.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Same Stamp, 3 Ways

I've been after this stamp for a few years, and finally managed to get it.  A friend over in the US kindly sent me it.  It's by Stampin Up, but I'm sure it's retired now.
 First I stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder, the blended a couple of colours of Distress Inks to look like it's coming from behind, colours used were Picked Raspberry and Broken China.  The heat embossing resists the ink and gives a lovely effect.  I finished off with a sentiment from Visible Image.
 I stamped and heat embossed just half of the stamp on an off cut of card, matted onto a piece of silver card and finished of with the sentiment which if from a set by Honeydoo Stamps.
Heat embossed again and the sentiment is from Visible Image.