Monday, 25 January 2016

It's Rudolph Day

Hello there.

Well folks, it's the 25th of January and that usually only means one thing, yes, another year has rolled round. Wait a minute though, it also means that it's Scrappy Mo's first Rudolph Day Challenge  of 2016 and so I'm here with my first Christmas card of the year.  I only discovered the challenge late last year but I'm hoping to take part every month this year to get ahead with Christmas.

I stamped the snowman onto white card and then ran it through my Big Shot using a Cuttlebug snowflake folder.  I then stamped the image again on a snippet of white card using a black Stazon ink before colouring it in with Sharpie markers.  I then cut the image out and used foam pads to attatch it to my Cutlebug background. The snowman is one of my favourite Christmas images by Inkininkido and the sentiment is by Inkylicious.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Rainbow Silhouette

Good Afternoon,

I'm here today to share a card that I've made for this week's 'Less is More' challenge and their theme this week is to include a 'Silhouette.'  As this is probably my favourite style of stamping, I didn't want to miss this challenge and here's the card that I've made:

I started by streaking the colours of a rainbow in inks onto a blending mat.  I then brayered the rainbow colours onto a piece of silk art card before stamping my silhouette figure and raindrops using Versafine Black Onyx ink. After drying the ink with a heat gun, I took the colour out of the raindrops by painting them with bleach and then finished the card by adding the panel to white card stock and adding the sentiment.

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

Before I go, I'd just like to say a big thank you for all your get well messages.  I still don't have much of a voice but I'm sure that I'll be on the mend soon. Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday :) x

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Silhouette Fairy

Hello there my crafty friends and passers by.

Before I start, I'd like to give a big welcome to my new follower, Di Howard.  It's really nice of you to join me, thank you :) 

I'm sat here today full of cold as I write this post today, so not much getting done here other than drinking Lemsip and a little card making, which is definitely making me feel better :)

If you're reading this Mac, I did dust my fairy stamps off and here's what I've made with one of them:

I started by using Ink Dusters to colour my white card.  I used some Adiroondack Butterscotch in the center and used my new Distress inks,  Abandoned Coral and Wilted Violet around the edges.  I then stamped the fairy with Versafine Black Onyx and stamped the flowers and hanging vines around her. I sponged around the edges with the Violet and then with Memento Tuxedo Black to frame the image.  I stamped two extra pairs of wings with snippets of card and then embossed them with a Transparent Crystal emsossing powder to give them a bit of sparkle. I shaped them with a bone folder to give the wings dimension.
The fairy looks jet black in reality but unfortunately, the flash on the camera has bleached her out a little.  I finished the card by creating an outer frame by sponging with the Coral and Violet and then stamping around the edge with a Lavinia flower.

The stamps that I've used are by: Lindsay Mason, Inkylicious and Lavinia.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Butterfly Tag

Hello to you all on this snowy Sunday afternoon.

Having recently bought last year's Tim Holtz Distress Inks, I've been spending some time looking on Pinterest and at videos on YouTube to see the different techniques that can be done with them  It's made me realize that although I have lots of them, I don't ever do much with them, other than the very basics and so I'm going to try and be a little more adventurous, starting from today!  Here's a tag that I've made:

I've seen lots of cards and tags using the Tim Holtz butterflies but sadly I don't have the stamp so I thought that I'd create my own version using some stamps that I bought from 'The Works' yesterday while my Hubby and I were shopping in York.

I started by screwing up a tag and the rubbing it over with Tea Dye Distress ink, then I spritz it with water which caused the ink to bleed.  I used a heat gun to dry it before straightening it with my hair straighteners (I know this isn't the conventional method but they were close to hand and they do a great job really quickly.) I used Ground Espresso to add some script onto the background and then I heat embossed a gold swirl to give it a little contrast.  I sponged around the edges, first with Tea Dye, then Cracked Pistachio and then with Peacock Feathers.

I stamped three of the butterflies with StazOn and them coloured them with the same inks that I've used for the background and just added a little Carved Pumpkin.  I then cut them out and used clear embossing powder to make the colours pop.  I arranged them on the tag and then added the words which I cut out from part of another stamp.  I used a black ribbon to finish which I melted with my heat gun to give the curled effect.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Northern Lights

Hello there, I hope to find you all well and happy today.

I've not had too much time for crafting or blogging over the last few weeks.  My Son got married last Saturday and as you can imagine, I've been spending my crafting time making Wedding Invitations and getting ready for the big day.  I'm pleased to say that it all went well and we all had a lovely day.

While I was looking through some blog posts yesterday, I saw a post from my lovely blogging friend Gerrina, who mentioned the 'TIME OUT' challenge blog. This blog is new to me and so I thought I'd take a look.  Their theme is 'Birthdays with the optional twist of sponging.'  I mentioned to Gerrina that I would join in if I had the chance and here is the card that I've made for the challenge:

I really enjoy using Ink Dusters and sponges when making my cards but I thought that I would try a new technique, so I looked up a few tutorials for making cards with the Northern Lights.  It wasn't as complicated as I thought it might be and I'm happy with the result for a fisrt attempt but I would definitely add more dark ink through the colours on my next try.

I started by using makeup sponges to streak the various bright colours across the white card.  I then sponged grey and black around the colours to give the look of a night sky. When I was happy with the result, I stamped the two rows of trees and then masked them off to colour in the grass.  To finish the card, I used a white gel pen to add lots of stars.

I hope you like my card and I wish you all a wonderful weekend. x

Sunday, 10 January 2016

'Thank You' FSC

Hello my friends,

It's a new year and time for a new challenge at 'Fashionable Stamping Challenge' and I really hope that you can join us.  The theme this month is 'Thank You,' and has been chosen by Esther.  My teamies have created some wonderful, inspirational pieces, so why not pop over the their blogs and have a closer look. As always, we are sponsored by Leo over at Flonzcrafts and one lucky winner; chosen at random will have the chance to win a $20 voucher to spend online, so get your stamps and inks out and let's see your wonderful creations.

Here's the card that I've made:

As it's a new year, I knew that I wanted my card to have a clean, fresh look and so I used an Archival Brilliance (Peacock) ink pad which hasn't seen the light of day for years but it's just as juicy as it was four or five years ago, I was really impressed.

I started by using a small Allium stamp by Inkylicious and completely covered a piece of white card to create my background.  I still wasn't sure where I was going with my card at this point and so I mounted the background onto an 8 x 8 card and created a border with the larger Allium stamp.  I was really pleased to find some plain card in my stash that matched the colour of the ink perfectly and I've used this for my matts and die cuts.  The main focal image is a Sarah Kay stamp which I've coloured using Spectum Noir pens and mounted using several different Spellbinder dies.

The card was completed by adding a 'Thank You' sentiment which is also by Inkylicious.  I've stamped around the edge with the small Allium stamp to co-ordinate with the rest of the card.  I'm happy with the end product and hope you like it too.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and I wish you a wonderful day x

Saturday, 2 January 2016

What's New?

Hello there,

I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and New Year, and that Santa was kind enough to bring you lots of new crafting goodies.

One of my favourite new Christmas aquisitions is a set of four dies by Tim Holtz.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Crafting x