Sunday, 2 August 2020

Flower power

Hello everyone, though I've been very busy I've found time to make a few cards but not time to post any of them. I'm really excited by this card so wanted to share it. The colours are very vibrant and fun. 


It's made from 2 large snippets (in fact left overs from failed projects). I started with a blank square and started to stamp the flowers and leaves in black Versamark. 

I coloured a few and then added more as I went along. 


The reason I'm so pleased is that I managed to blend the colours of the pencils and get a look I'm very happy with. I've never taken the time to learn to colour well and don't think I have the patience for it. I've learnt to blend with baby oil and a blending stump and love the effect. 
It didn't really take too long and, of course, it's a relaxing thing to do. Starting with the lightest colour on each I added darker colours on each petal or leaf and blended to two together. I did use similar colours which helped. 

After I'd got enough flowers and leaves I shaded the whole background in blue adding darker blue around the flowers and leaves with gives extra depth. 

The stamps are Rainbow Designs and I used Prismacolour pencils. 

I can hop over to Pixie's Snippets Playground as I've used snippets. Large ones too and I didn't create any new ones. 

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Circle die - twice

It's a very wet day here today (much needed for the plants) so perfect for blogging a couple of cards. It's so wet you have to change your trousers when you come in! I'm on my third pair. 

These cards are made for:



I used a die I bought once on without much thought and have only used a few times. So I've used it here as a die and also as a stencil. 



First card:



I inked with teal and a little purple and then spritzed with water to give a little texture. I then die cut the circles twice and captured all the little bits in two small dishes. 
Swapping them over I replaced the die cuts in the opposite positions and popped all the little bits back in. Not putting them back where they came from adds to the subtle colour variation. (Oh, I also added an extra die cut on the back to raise them slightly). 



I made it with the die cuts horizontal but then changed my mind. Then I remembered this word stamp which I think fits well. 

Husband and son both have birthdays coming up so this might work for either one. 

Second card:
This inking is green! I hope you can see it on your screen. 

I used a die cut as a stencil with green ink. Then stamped little flowers, in purple,  in each of the circles using an old Stamplorations set. I stamped one more and cut it out and glossied it up. Stamping the words from the same stamp set I added the final flower just above. 

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Sunday, 31 May 2020

New dies

So I bought some new dies! After a few weeks of not going anywhere or buying anything I thought perhaps I'd saved a few pounds so I'd treat myself to some little foliage dies I'd seen. Then I saw some cute little flower dies so I bought them too. As you do. 


I thought they'd be perfect for Mrs A's Butterfly challenge for their first outing. 


I did a little stencilled background and used a strip of paper down one side. Then cut and coloured the leaves flowers and butterflies with Pro Markers. The butterflies are from a different die set. I  added a tiny gem in the centre of each flower and drew on the butterfly antennae. 


I like it and can't wait to go and cut out some more flowers, it's a big set with lots of options for layering and using in different ways. They are perfect for adding finishing touches to cards and, of course, using up snippets.  The sets are both Tattered Lace - Leaf Branches and Flower Shop Collection.

So I'm in time to join in with 
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I've used blue, light orange and yellow and a butterfly and my choice which is die cutting. 

I can also hop over to Pixie's Snippets Playground though I may sit in the shade and paddle in the duck pond rather than running around while it's so hot. All the die cuts are made from snippets, of course.
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After my trouble with loading photos onto here last week, I tried again in the week. Did exactly the same as I always do (crop and resize) and they loaded perfectly. So I posted them only to find that the challenge I was entering had just closed. Ho hum. 
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Monday, 18 May 2020

Flowers and more flowers.


I've finally got round to sharing some cards that I've made and Blogger looks completely different. I suppose that is old news to everyone else. 
I've had trouble all the way with this, taking photos and then uploading them. Can anyone tell me why I kept getting an 'Error Occured' message when trying to upload? The colours also look a little washed compare to real life. 

Some of you know that flowers are my life, I grow and sell them here and am a little obsessed. I love stamping them too and I have a new flowery stamp set to try out. 

Three for the price of two today. 

Love this! Imagine slightly warmer colours against the orange. I love the colour combination. 

I made the first card by masking a circle and sponging yellow and orange ink in the centre. I stamped and coloured a selection of flowers from a couple of sets. I coloured them using pencils and blended the colour using a blending stump and oil. 
I've never taken the time to learn colouring properly but always wanted to get that blended look. I've been watching some of Gina K's live You Tube sessions and on one she showed how to blend colours really easily. I'm so pleased I managed to do it. 
I stamped the leaves directly onto the card and remembered to stamp the words before gluing down the flowers. I still managed to get one almost covering the words by not paying attention. 
A little Wink of Stella and some gems finished it off. 


I made the second card by stamping the flowers onto patterned paper and cutting out. I fluffed stamping the sentiment so added the circle and really didn't like the look of the card. Having glued it all down and come back the next day, of course it looks fine!


I made a third card though with some more of the same flowers which I'd already cut out. I stencilled a narrow border down the left and then added the flowers. I played around with leaves but it looked better without. It did need something though so I bravely added some ink splatters. I love the look of them but it could so easily ruin a card. I got away with it though!


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I've used snippets for the flowers. 

It's been such a trial to get this posted that I have to go and lie down but will be back for blog hopping tomorrow!
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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Jingle Bells

Hello everyone, 
I was absolutely convinced that I had a little bell stamp, the same as the ones on the sentiment, when I had the idea for this card. I spent so long looking that I lost the will to craft yesterday but regrouped today with a slight adjustment in the plan. 


It turns out I don't have one or I've hidden it really well!
Instead of the bell stamp I used these little die cut bells which are actually flowers but look like bells (bell flowers obviously). They are cut from a drinks can and I had them in a little box of things I'll probably never use but keep anyway. Cutting from can needs a little care and safety precautions due to sharp edges, but the metal is so thin it's easy to cut. 



The wreath is stamped using Card-io stamps  and a little sparkle to the centre of the flowers. 

I'm joining in with 

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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Dotty

Hands up if your card always turns out as you'd expect. 
This was going to be CAS with an all white background. I found this dotty paper and all was lost!

I started as I'd planned by sponging green ink onto some scraps, stamping the snowflakes and die cutting the circles. Of course, I could have started with green card. 
The I embossed the circles twice with clear powder and added a tiny bit of glitter before heating a second time. 
Then I fiddled about die cutting the strip to go behind not realising that most of it would be hidden. 



What I've finished up with here is a modern looking card so I popped the sentiment on sideways to continue the theme. 



I learnt this trick on You Tube this week. I'm sure you all do this anyway but it was a revelation for me. Tape a bit of scrap paper onto your shape while you heat emboss to use as a handle. No burnt fingers or finger prints in the embossing!



I'm running in to Pixie's Snippets Playground. I've used snippets for the circles and sentiment and also a piece of patterned paper which I have a stack of and don't use much. Now I have two more snippets of the dotty paper! 
Also checking in with Scrappy Mo's Rudolf Days challenge just at the last minute. Anything goes as long as it's Christmas. 

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Stencil from die-cut.

Hello everyone. 



I've finally managed to make a card I'm happy with after a bit of dry spell of feeling uninspired. Now I can't wait to get on and make some more. There is a storm on the way tomorrow so perhaps that is the perfect opportunity to stay in with stamps. 

I took inspiration from 



 I rooted through my box of dies to choose one which would work for this technique. 


 I chose this bubble/circle die which I have not used nearly enough. It's one of those I bought and then forgot why I'd chosen it. I like the fact that you get all the little circles to and I save them though I don't really know why.

Holding down the two pieces of stencil was a little fiddly and there was no where to tape it down. I should have tried to gently stick it. I think I got away with it, though. 

I sponged through it with green, blue and yellow ink. Then I decided to use some of the little circles so I inked them using the same colours and added Glossy Accents. 
When they were dry I popped some into the shapes with a few extra for accents. 


So I've used a die to make the stencil and then used: inking, stamping, more die cutting and glossy accents. Plus using up the scraps which must count for something!

I don't have many stencils but I would like to get some more. I'll also try this again. 

I can't wait to visit the cards from the DT and also the entries which are inspiring but must do some cooking first!
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