Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Whispering Winds

Hello there,

I'm here today to share a card with you that I've made using one of my favourite stamps by Inkylicious, which is 'Whispering Winds.'  The challenge over at Penny Black and More this time is to use your favourite stamp. It's really hard to choose just one as I love many of the stamps that I own but this is one that I find myself using time and time again.

I started by colouring the background using Ink Dusters before masking off the sun and then adding more colour before removing the mask. I like to colour through the sun with various colours to make it look like passing clouds and to give a more natural look. I them added the stamped images to my card to create the scene.

All the stamps that I've used today are by Inkylicious

Wishing you all a happy day x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Use your favourite stamp
Allsorts - Anything goes

Sunday, 12 February 2017

FSC - It's Just a Number

Hello there my crafty friends,

I'm here today to share a card with you that I've made for this month's challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  The theme this time is 'It's Just a Number' and was chosen by my wonderful teamie Brenda

I thought this one might be a bit of a struggle for me as I only own one small very basic set of number stamps and so I decided to use a clock stencil as the main number feature.

I started by using some of my homemade embossing paste, through the stencil and onto some stamping card.  Once this was dry, I used various inks to colour the background and then I randomly stamped some numbers and clocks around the outside of the large clock.  

I rubbed some gold gilding wax over the clock but it just didn't look right and so I used some sandpaper to take it back to the original white colour of the paste. This made the numbers stand out and I was then happy with the look of it.

As the card had a bit of a Steam Punk feel to it, I thought I would add some  stamped images from Flonz Craft to continue the theme.  The Gibson Girl is one of my favourites from Flonz Craft and I find that I use it time and time again,  The two men are from another set which I love called 'True Gentlemen.'

We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images or too many die cuts, just good old fashioned stamping, and lots of it!

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you all a wonderful day x

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

The Male Room Challenge - Numbers
Craft Stamper Challenge February - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Hearts and Flowers

Hearts and Flowers
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Hearts and Flowers

Hello there,

It was lovely surprise to have this card of mine 'In the Spotlight' for January 16 at 'Try it on Tuesday' when the Design Team chose some of their favourite cards for 2016.  I then had another lovely surprise when I was asked if I would like to be a Guest Designer for one of their challenges and I was thrilled to accept. The challenge is 'Hearts and Flowers' and here's what I've made:

As you can see from the photo below, this little box started out life as a little sewing box.  It's one that I've had a while but haven't got round to decorating it, so this seemed like my perfect opportunity.


As Spring is hopefully just around the corner, I decided to use Spring colours.  I thought the best way to approach this was to create my focal image first and then to colour the box afterwards using similar colours.  The image is the 'I love Paris' stamp by Stampendous.  It's one that I've had for a long time but it'd definitely a firm favourite.  I used a little Memento Dandelion in the center and then dusted around the outside with Purple Twilight and Eggplant. I coloured the flowers using a Spectrum Noir pink and the stamped them again a couple of times so that I could decoupage them to give them a little dimension.  I was able to do this as the box is slightly recessed inside and I felt that it gave some depth to the finished project.

I started the outside of the box by giving it a couple of coats of Gesso as a base to add the colour.  I used my Ink Dusters to gently colour the box using Purple Twilight ink. I then used a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil around the base of the box and dusted over it again with Adirondack Eggplant.  

As I've gone for a 'Spring' theme, made some flowers using my Delicate Aster dies and them painted them yellow as a contrast to the purple.  I added some ready made roses and leaves and I used some white Heather to match the lace around the heart.  I chose to use this key as it also has heart shapes on it and I coloured it with gold with gilding wax.

As this is something I've been meaning to do for ages, I'm thrilled with the outcome and I hope that the Design Team at 'Try it on Tuesday' will be too.

Enjoy your day x

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Time to celebrate at Allsorts

Hello there,

Allsorts are celebrating their 400th challenge this week, so I just had to join in as it's always been one of my favourite challenges.  The theme this week is 'Let's Celebrate,'  and here's the card that I've made:

The stamps that I've used came free with a magazine and although I've had them for quite a while now, it's the first time they've been used which also makes them perfect for another one of my favourite challenges...... Darnell's NUBUS challenge.

The stamps were quite simply stamped onto cream card using Versafine Black Onyx.  I then coloured the roses red and went around the edge with a gold pen.  The card looked a little bare when I'd finished so I added some gold corners to the inside just to bring it all together.

This is quite different to my usual style of card making but I'm happy with the end result.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Daisy Daisy

Hello there,

Many thanks for all your kind wishes, both for my birthday and on the birth of our new Grandson.  I had a wonderful birthday and I topped up on some totally unnecessary crafty purchases :) You know what it's like don't you!

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for this week's challenge over at Allsorts.  The theme is 'Daisy Daisy.' I've made a DL card for a change and used one of my favourite Time Holtz Dies, along with some Inkylicious stamps which I stamped in Versafine and then fussy cut out as I wanted to give them some dimension. I'm really into Spring colours at the moment and so I've opted for a purple and lemon combination, with just a touch of Pink in the background. On saying that, I'm not sure that purple is a Spring colour but I still like it :)

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 265 and 266
Try it on Tuesday - Anything but Square

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rudolf Day January 17

Hello there,

Here we are with the first Rudolf Day challenge of the year at Scrappy Mo's.  It's also my birthday today, so it's a double celebration! :)

I'd like to share with you one of the cards that I made to send out last Christmas.

It's one of my favourite stamps by Crafty Individuals and the sentiment is by Inkylicious.  I made some on white card too but I preferred the cream as it gave the card more of a vintage feel.  The image is coloured with Distress inks and the umbrella was stamped a second time, then cut out and stuck on to give a little dimension.  I would usually raise it up more than this but I had to keep it reasonable flat to post it.

It's a fabulous way to keep going with your Christmas cards throughout the year and it's such a friendly challenge, so why not have a go yourself.

Happy Crafting x

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Coffee and Cream
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside

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