Thursday, 20 July 2017

Moonlight flower

I'm pleased to be able to enter the Less is More challenge which is to use a coloured card base. It will give my lovely readers a change from Christmas cards. I've been short of time for playing around and I've missed entering.
This time they have teamed up with AAA Cards and even though I've had two weeks, I'm still running in at the end. 

I knew what I wanted to do so it was a matter of finding the right stamp. This is a Joanna Sheen flower stamp with a Paper Smooches sentiment.

 I've used a Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink with a water brush and a bit of water to colour in the flower. There is a bit of sheen and sparkle to the petals. I hope you can see it. 

I added a few lines to ground it. 
After a recent visit to Mr C's aunt and uncle, we came home with a boot full of plants for our garden so this is for them. I'll be enclosing some seeds from here as a thank you. 

I love the purple and white but still not sure if it needs something else. More lines?
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - July colours

We have lovely new challenge for you at Christmas Card Throwdown. Slightly unconventional, maybe for Christmas but lots of fun. The challenge is to use Rainbow colours. 

I stamped and embossed Noel in black (very brave, I know but I got away with it). Then used two little Leane Creatif fairy light stamps to create my string of lights. 
I bought this set fairly recently and forgot to check on the size before I bought them. It's a tiny set but aren't they pretty? The card is 13.5cm square. I did pencil the string first then went over it with a glittery gel pen which I also used for the bulb holders. 
Top Tip - don't try and rub out after you've used a gel pen, it won't end well.

You can see a little bit of the sparkle on this picture.

Just a clue here to my obsessive nature. I stamped all the bulbs and counted them then had to add a few more so the number divided by seven so I could colour in rainbow order! I laid out the pens and didn't make a mistake. Muttering 'red, orange, yellow, green...' as I went.
The green and yellow look quite similar in the picture and you can't really see the Wink of Stella I added to the bulbs.

I just need to tidy up the inside a bit. The Pro-markers go through the cardstock so I made an insert and added a few more lights. Strangely I stamped 7 here straight off. 

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

I'm linking the to ABC Christmas Card Challenge who are looking for old and/or new. I've used new stamps, as mentioned, and old pro-markers which I just had to have a few years ago but really have not made the most of. Must try harder. 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

CCT - July Sketch

We currently have a sketch challenge running at Christmas Card Throwdown:

I tried out the 'credit card' technique here for the first time. It was mentioned in The Playground here and this is the link to some detailed instructions. 
Mine is certainly not a patch on these and looked quite rubbish to start with. It did look better as it dried. 
I decided to use the inky background anyway and have another go sometime soon. I need to be more  patient and build up the colour.  I'm pleased I tried it as I have long list of things I mean to try but mainly keep repeating similar things. 
I used dye ink pads (blue and eggplant) on a blending mat spritzed with water. Probably too much water to start with. Someone clever could probably make it look like mountains or perhaps trees. 

You have one more week to join in with our challenge and maybe try out a new technique.

Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - July Sketch

We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time it's a sketch. 

It's nice and simple and very versatile, I think, so I hope you'll get creative and join in. 

I embossed the baubles with clear embossing powder and couldn't resist adding a few flourishes. The flooded the area with water and brusho powder. My spray bottle has stopped spraying so I used a brush to spread both around. Then I went off to work while it dried. It has to be done, I fit it in aroung cards and gardening as you see!

It's always fun to come back and see what has happened and what patterns have been created. 

I ironed off the embossing powder. You do this using quite a hot iron. I use the back of a large paper pad as a solid base and a few sheets of scrap paper to absorb the melted embossing powder. (I've never got any on the iron). It's one of my favourite techniques.

I embellished with gold thread, gems and also a gold gel pen for a few dots on the bauble. Oh, and gold embossing round the edge which adds a frame but no extra layers. 
I used washi tape and a die cut for the sentiment. Also coloured with a gold gel pen.

You have two weeks to join in the fun. The challenge ends on 14th July. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Those very difficult men's cards

Mr C has a birthday soon so of course I had to make a card. 
I'd planned this to be arranged across an A5 card but I did the measuring wrong so changed the idea. It's always the maths which lets me down!
I'm very lucky that he is never happier than when improving something around the home. I say 'do you think we could...?' and he's off to get tools, hooks, wood and it's done before I know it. There are occasions when a little reining in is useful in order for some planning but I know how lucky I am. 
He'd probably appreciate a wooden card but here is the best I could do. 

I'm sorry about the bad photo, it really didn't want to be photographed. 
I embossed a piece of card  with a wood grain folder (unnamed) and used the tools stamps from Creative Stamping # 40. 

I cut the squares with a knife and rule. I'd meant to use a punch but it was the wrong size and the squares were too big. That is what probably took the longest. 
I think I like it but wish I'd raised up the squares perhaps for some contrast. Part of me wanted to start colouring the tools but I thought it might go wrong so I held back but I like the mono look. 
I've also used a tattered lace edge die and JustRite rectangle die. Sentiment from the same magazine. 

I'm jumping over to Pixie's Snippets Playground. All the kraft card used is snippets. As it has cooled down a bit I won't need to tuck my skirt into my knickers and get in the duck pond. No-one wants to see that. 
Thanks for visiting and Enjoy The Day. x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Christmas Card Throwdown - June theme

We have a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown. This one might prove rather more tricky than the last one. We are asking you to use:

I chose to make a tag shaped card using a die from Elizabeth Crafts. I don't use it very often as it is quite big for a tag. The leaves and diamonds came in the set. The Nutcracker image was generously donated by Deborah. It's a Walztingmouse stamp now, sadly, discontinued. 
Just in case you can't quite see, I've die cut Merry Christmas in Kraft and glued it above and below him. 
You have two weeks to take part in the challenge. 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

CCT - gems, pearls or sequins.

Here is my second card for our challenge and Christmas Card Throwdown. 

I'm very pleased with it so I hope you like it too. The stamping is not perfect but I'm OK with that. It has a rustic look.  Also I had the edge stamp the wrong way round on one side but did not start again!
I've used an Inky Doodles Stamp for the edge, Creative Stamping knitted stamp for the background (second generation) and Stamplorations leaf and squiggle for the wreath. 
The I sewed on the sequins so there is no chance of them falling off. 
I tried a sentiment in the middle but preferred it without so I added it on the inside. 
Unfortunately the glue came through the paper a bit which spoils the inside but happily did not come through to the front. 
This is how I masked and stamped the edges. This is the inside. 
I've discovered I can draw on my photos. So I did. Mask from corner to corner and stamp here:

 Move the top strip so it is over the corner of the edge you have just stamped and stamp here:
Continue until all the corners are mitred. 
Again not quite perfect but what in life is?

You still have a week to join in so dig out something sparkly and get creative. 
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the Day.