Monday, 13 January 2020

Dreaming of summer

Hello and welcome to a dull damp day in the UK. I'm dreaming of spring and summer but it will be here before too long, I know and we must enjoy the now.

Pink and green is one of my favourite colour combinations and that's what I've used here:

I needed to make a special birthday card so I picked out one of my favourite flower stamps. Two stamps in fact from an Ultimate Crafts set. One is a single flower and one is a spray so you can cut them out to give different looks. 

I stamped in black and then coloured in Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn. Putting a little ink on an acrylic block and painting with water. Then cut them all out and arranged round the edge. I'm sure I've done something similar before but hey, if it works!
I also stamped in grey ink around the edge of the green backing to give some extra interest. 

I added some pearls in the flower centres and a tiny bit of Pearl Effects on the other flowers, risky as the card was finished by then but I got away with it! 
I'm pleased with this sweet look and love the colours. 

Having used and old faithful stamp I can join in with Stamping Sensations - Favourite Stamps. 
Also I've used snippets so I can call into Pixie's Snippets Playground and show off.  As always we are encouraged to use up our snippet mountain. I have in fact, organised mine so I can now find what I need and it takes up less room. I threw out a tiny amount but not much of course. :)
The Allsorts Challenge this time is 'Say it with flowers' so that seems appropriate for this card. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Friday, 27 December 2019

Take a breath

I've been making this card for about three weeks. It's not that it's particularly complicated but just that all the nonsense of Christmas got in the way. 
Having fed people and washed up (with help) for two days straight, I now have time to relax. 
I don't know why we tidy up before Christmas as by the end of the day nothing is in the right place and there are piles of presents and paper everywhere. I've just about got it back to normal now. 

This card started as a one layer card but having stamped. coloured and added the greeting I didn't like the layout so I cut out the flower and leaves and started again as you see here. I like this much more.

I masked off the background and stamped a few leaves. The flower cut out is embossed in silver and coloured with Distress Oxide inks and water, Then, as I usually do,  I raised it up with snips of card on the back instead of foam pads. 

The die cut sentiment is coloured with the same ink and then double embossed with clear powder which gives a smart look, I think. 

The stamps are Pink Fresh from a recent Creative Stamping magazine and the sentiment is Creative Expressions. 

I'm nipping into Pixie's Snippets Playground. Pixie, aka Di, is running a bumper prize draw over the holidays but you have to be in it to win it. Do go over and have a look if you haven't already. Thanks Di for doing this when you might understandably feel like having a well earned rest. 
You need to use at least one snippet of paper, card, wool, ribbon or anything else. I've used several scraps of card here. 

I'm pleased to have another birthday card to add to my stash and now a bit of time to work on a few more. 
Thanks for visiting and hoping you all get time to do what you love this holiday. x

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Are we there yet?

Welcome to our final challenge of 2019. If you've been following our 52CCT challenges all year and playing along then Well done! Hopefully you now have a good little stash of cards all ready to post. 
Huge thanks for joining in. 😊
Our final challenge of the year runs for the whole of December so there is plenty of time to join in with those final cards. 

You can find all our previous challenges on the tabs at the top of our page. There is plenty of choice and a challenge to suit everyone. 

My card is for 'Embossing Folder Backgrounds' - March but also fits into 'Ribbon' - July

I tried a new technique - partial embossing using a diffuser. The technique leaves you with an un-embossed area to stamp or decorate as you please. 
Never one to buy something if I could make it, I used cardboard to make mine after taking advice from You Tube etc. It's very easy. I just die cut the shape from 2 pieces of cereal packet and glued together. Of course, you are restricted to using die shapes you already own. 

It took a bit of fiddling to get the sandwich right. For my Big Shot I used:
Tab 1
Cutting plate
Embossing folder with card in it. 
Embossing mat

Here is the result:

 I made the first one into a Christmas Card using a Robin stamp and some red ribbon. In like the traditional colours. I used the same shaped dies to make a frame which looks the same white in some lights and different in others. 

Having had so much trouble with the whites, I chose purple for the second frame. It would have been fine without a frame but the first shape was not very well defined. You can see the partial embossing effect better without the frame. 

I wasn't sure if it was worth buying diffusers as I might not use them much. Having tried it, I like the effect so I think it's something I might do quite often. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Joining in with
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything goes optional quick and easy. This technique turned out much quicker than I anticipated. 

Merry Little Christmas challenge - anything goes

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Twofer - Greenery and purplery

Good morning
I found myself with a little more time recently so wanted to enter a few challenges. I've missed entering as it's fun to join in, get feedback and see other people's cards but it's also inspiring to try out different styles and learn new techniques. 

So here we go with the Twofer challenge which encourages us to use the same stamp (die or stencil) in two different ways. 

My first card makes use of the smooshing technique plus dabbling into watery ink to fill in the gaps. I love the green and orange together. 
Heat embossed the leaves, I then painted in with Perfect Pearls for some shimmer. 

This one is for our 52CCT November Technique Challenge:

The next one is much more CAS. I simply stamped and embossed the branch twice and painted in with inks and the obligatory Perfect Pearls on the berries. I find in annoying when things which are actually straight look squint.

I liked it so I made two more quick cards as my stash is running low. 
I had a design in my head but finding sentiments to fit wasn't that easy. The answer is obviously to buy more sentiment stamps change the design to fit your stamps so one card has the sentiment stamped direct which works for that stamp. 

 Green and purple

 Purple and pink

Green and pink (my favourite).

The stamp is from a recent Creative Stamping magazine and is a Pink Fresh set. I love them.

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Also popping into Pixie's Snippets playground as I have used some tiny snippets plus a few and a really old card base on the first card. 

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Purple and white

Good morning. Welcome to our colour challenge at 52CCT. 

This week they are slightly unusual but you will have lots of fun:

I chose to use this snowflake die which I recently got with Die Cutting Essentials magazine. 

I cut twice and then joined the two die cuts with a craft knife in a (nearly) straight line. I could have chosen a simpler design to begin with but you know how it is when you get an idea in your head!

The background is made with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink and water. A combination of smooshing and spritzing. There is a little Perfect Pearls as well. 
I used a few of the cut out snowflakes and some gems to finish. 

Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 2 November 2019

November Sketch

Our first challenge of the month at 52CCT is always a sketch to here is our challenge for you this month:

Looking very Christmassy so hopefully it will inspire plenty of cards to add our gallery.

I often struggle with sketches and sometimes it helps to turn them round and look from different angles. That's what I did here:

I used stamps from the latest Creative Stamping magazine. I love these, you'll have seen me use them over the last few weeks and I've also made a birthday card which I have not yet shared. 

I stamped and embossed the leaves and painted in with Brushos. Then did the same with the flowers. The berries are pained with Perfect Pearls again. They have been on every card I've made recently. Love that shimmer.

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your day. x

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Shimmer berry

We have a lovely challenge at 52CCT this week (obviously all our challenges are lovely!). 

In case you don't know Smooshing involves putting ink and water on your acrylic block (that's what I use anyway) and smooshing it around on the paper. You get different effects depending on what paper you use. 
Here I've just used one colour of ink on watercolour paper. 
Then I stamped the leaves and embossed with clear powder. 
As a final touch I painted the berries with a little Perfect Pearl powder and water to give a lovely shimmery effect. 

I hope you get a chance to join in with this fun challenge. 
Thanks for visiting, enjoy your day. x