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Friday, 17 March 2017

Spring leaves

 A couple of one layer cards for Less is More - last minute as my nice new laptop is not behaving and I've had to dig out the geriatric one that happily still functions at its own pace (me too).  First up uses SU Simply Sketched on kraft with Inktense pencils to colour.  The stamp is Lily of the Valley and yes I know it is upside down!  As I like plants to be 'grounded', it didn't work to have it growing right ways up.  So in this case, it has become a trailing shrub.

My second card is all embossed.  The bird and branch are both Card-Io, some gel pen highlights the branches.  Sentiment is Visible Image.  Not so happy with this card, may try it again without the embossing.

I'm also entering CAS-ology's Foliage challenge.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Teal


 This week's Less is More Challenge is to use mostly teal.  I LOVE teal :)  as you can see from my shiny new kitchen - the splashbacks are very Marmite - and yes, I love them!

I decided to break into a prized piece of paper for the challenge, created on a hot day last summer with the lovely Wendy Gale, who used to own Stamp Attic.  We started with a piece of tissue paper, approx. A4, adding Paper Artsy Fresco paints, stencilling and a bit of stamping. I loved the effect, but have been reluctant to use it, it has been sitting on my desk and just getting the occasional stroke...

 

I cut a strip that has mostly teal, then decided to tear the edges as I preferred it.  Added SU Swirly Bird diescuts and Mama Elephant sentiment (stamped and die cut) to my tent fold card.  Now I've broken into my beloved paper, perhaps I should use some more...  what do you think?


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge

This month our CAS Challenge at Happy Little Stampers is to use diecuts.  I've added a Memory Box skyline diecut to some watercolour paper that I painted with Brushos at last year's HLS retreat.  I think it looks like one of those stunning winter sunsets you get from time to time.  The sentiment and chevrons are from the Mix Mash stamp set from HLS.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Alphabet

I'm still struggling to get creative; to make this I reached for a couple of elements that have been sitting in a box for a while.  The Poppystamps diecut stem was cut from some inked up cardstock that didn't work for the project it had been started for.  The background, which I hope you can see, has been impressed with an alphabet texture plate from PTI.  I don't own any of these plates, but was kindly lent it by Chrissie of LIM fame, during the Happy Little Stampers retreat last year.  I added my favourite Mama Elephant sentiment.
My card was made for Less is More's Alphabet Challenge.  Hope you like it :)

Saturday, 21 January 2017

NBUS #8

My friend the amazingly cool Darnell has a blogaversary and a wedding anniversary to celebrate and is also running the 8th NBUS challenge!   Much love and congratulations to Darnell and Hammy (oops sorry I mean Mister K) and if you haven't yet discovered her blog then you are in for a treat...

The optional challenge this week is coloured pencils on kraft.  I have to be honest, this isn't a new technique to me but as I love it I'm going to play along with it anyhow.  My NBUS are the stunning new Beautiful You stamps from SU and also the piece of twine wrapped in a kind of hairy extra, that I remembered I had and happend to match the bright brolly and coat.  It's a card for another crafty friend going through a sad time and I think the sunshine colour against the soft kraft is appropriate.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Ombre


I had a good idea what I wanted to make for this week's Less is More Challenge - unfortunately I wasn't happy with my earlier attempts at ombre feathers,  so here is my last minute entry.  My Distress Ink  gold feathers weren't ombre enough, I ddin't like the blue/green ones and when I overstamped with the feather image I liked them even less!

So the final efforts uses BG Copics blended.  The die is Clearly Besotted and I've added a Clarity sentiment.  The featheres have some blue embroidery thread tied around them as it was all looking a bit stark.  At last I am happy with my efforts :)

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy Little Stampers CAS Design Team

Happy 2017 everyone!

I've had a long break from blogging while life has been busy.  However I'm longing to get back to my crafting table now and I'm delighted to say that the lovely Kylie has invited me to be part of the Happy Little Stampers CAS Design Team and here is my first card for them.

This month our challenge is to use a stencil and I've used a favourite Inky Doodles stencil, over a large die cut circle.  I've brushed a mixture of Distress Inks through the stencil and smooshed them onto my mat to die cut the sentiment.  I've stamped HLS Big Bold Numbers and added a few toning sequins.  Often the sequins are to cover up a mark, but this time I'm happy to say they are there because I wanted them :).

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Vintage Deer

It is time to get to work on the Christmas cards, here I have a die cut card to show you, with no stamping.  The kraft card Memory Box deer have been brushed with Vintage Photo distress ink and a bit of dappling added with a white gel pen.  A Memory Box shaker frame and Tim Holtz words were also cut from kraft card.
SU embossing folder of falling snow backs the frame and I've edged it with brown rather than add another layer.  Two tiny red gems finish of the card.

I'm entering my card for:
Simon Says - Christmas critters
Less is More - vintage

Monday, 10 October 2016

Butterflies and black cats


 I  decided to play with the colours from CAS Colours & Sketches and combined them with the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch - and this is what I came up with.  The coloured panel was smooshed with inks.  I diecut Memory Box Fairyland Butterflies and inked them with Memento Ladybug.  The diecut was just too big so I removed two of the six butterflies.  Sentiment is Happy Little Stampers and I ended up adding a very thin mat to finish it off.

I tried to make the linear cat below work for the sketch but it just wouldn't quite work, so I left it as a CAS card.  Katzelcraft stamp with Joanna Sheen House Mouse sentiment white embossed.
 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Stitch

Seems I'm not quite done with sewing, having finished the quilt.  There are a couple of challenges looking for stitching or thread.  I inked a card panel with SU inks, the new type seem really juicy and work well.  Hello Honey, Peach Passion, Flirty Flamingo. Dapper Denim.  Lightly sketched a bare tree and stitched it on my sewing machine.  Added a bit of Distress Ink to the trunk where the background showed through and then I grounded it.  SU sentiment and an extension of the ground line were added to the panel.
Less is More - thread
Addicted to CAS - stitch

And here is the lovely Evee enjoying her quilt :)