Saturday, 14 November 2015

One Layer Santa

I have lots of stuff I should be doing right now, but I decided to give myself 10 minutes off to play along with my favourite weekly challenge.  Less is More this week want One Layer Santa cards and this is my super quick take on it.

I die cut a moustache using some Paper Smooches dies through post-it tape and sponged unicorn white ink through.  The sentiment is stamped using Violet's ABCs from Lawn Fawn and then the whole thing got fine white embossing powder.

I did make a pair of these whilst I had the supplies out to boost my stocks for Christmas, but my Tip of The Week is do not try and wipe the dust from your embossing buddy off  before the embossing powder cools down...........


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Colours of Fire

This week's Less is More challenge is to use the colours of fire and nothing else (other than neutral or metallics) and I took it a bit literally and used a fire image too.

I used a fun new set from MFT called Toasty Greetings which I think is just hilarious!  I just love the roly poly snowmen and this one and his penguin friend with their marshmallow kebabs are perfect to pair with a fire and coloured with reds, oranges and yellows for a warm and toasty feel mean it fits the challenge perfectly.   As it's a one layer card I coloured them with polychromos pencils, added a sentiment from the same set and a couple of red-pen drawn broken borders to tie it all together.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Piecing Naptime

Paper piecing is probably my favourite paper crafting technique.  I do love it so couldn't resist the LIM challenge today.

I used a stamp with a very familiar image in my house - what is is with cats and clean washing????  You'd never find mine in the dirty pile!   This is Newton's Naptime from Newton's Nook and I simply stamped it a few times on a variety of scraps of patterned paper to make a nice comfy pile for him to sleep on.  He's pieced from a scrap of kraft and coloured with lots of lines using pencils to get a tabby look.

As I used a lot of scraps from my snippets drawer, I'll link this up to Pixie's Snippet Challenge when it opens later tonight too

I could do with a little nap myself now!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Getting Masculine

I know most people hate making blokes cards, but I love the challenge of them, so couldn't resist having a go at this week's LIM challenge which is simply to make a CAS Masculine card.

I generally reach for a kraft base for masculine cards as I just think it gives a masculine feel to start off with.  I added some pumice stone dots with a Tim Holz stencil and a Frantic Stamper die cut guitar with some ropey hand drawn strings!  The stamped sentiment and flashes are from My Favorite Things Keep on Rockin' stamped in silver to match the guitar and finished with some matching washi tape.

I've been in masculine mode this week actually as my hubby requested a couple of cards for friends - they're not really CAS enough for the challenge but I'll blog them with this one as I rarely get time to blog these days.

This one was inspired by one of the DT for my store who did a great escaping your job card yesterday with a snow globe (she's a genius!) and I thought the escaping theme was great for someone leaving a job which is what my hubby requested.   This uses a lot of My Favorite Things products - Barn Die, Rolling Hills Die, Barbed Wire Die, Whole Herd stamp and die set and Milo's ABCs from Lawn Fawn for the sentiment.

He also needed a Birthday card for his friend who is a HUGE Star Wars fan so I made a scene on Tatooine complete with two suns.

This uses the Mountain Dies from Mama Elephant and Hillside dies from Lawn Fawn.  The BB8 robot is two die cut circles and then I had drew all the details in with a grey fine liner and some copics.  The stamped sentiment (he's saying Happy Birthday in binary) is from The Alley Way Stamps.   It went down really well so that's a couple of happy geeks!

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Sad Birthday Birds

Happy World Cardmaking Day folks - I hope you've managed more cards than I have so far today!

I did manage a couple, and this one is for the "jewel colours" challenge at Less is More.   Anne's card reminded me that I hadn't yet inked up my bird stamps so I gave them a go using topaz, amber and amethyst as my gems.

I coloured them with distress markers and added some depth with polychromos pencils over the top.  Die cut them with the matching dies and then grouped them with some washi tape and a sentiment from Winston's Birthday form Newton's Nook.

Right - cards to make and a turbot to cook.

Catch you later - thanks for visiting.


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Shiny Christmas

It's very rare I get to make and blog anything these days so thanks to those of you who still bother to visit me - I appreciate you hanging in there!   I haven't managed to play in my favourite challenge for a few weeks, but today's challenge drew me in like the magpie I am - I can't resist the challenge to get something shiny on a card!

I made a couple of quick Christmas cards using foiling as my shiny thing.

This one uses Simon Says Stamps Ornaments set - the technique here is to use FlitterGlu from IndigoBlu (I haven't found an alternative that works with foil) on some cut and dry foam and to apply a TINY amount to your stamp - too much and the foil won't stick - and to give it a minute to get tacky before applying the foil.   Leave the foil on for a few seconds to make sure its drying and then buff with your finger before gently peeling back the foil.   If masking like I did here, don't press the foil over the image in the front or the foil with "find" any bits of glue not covered in the original image!

For this second card I used Hero Arts new Colour Layering Christmas Tree (sorry I know its out of stock everywhere - I have it on back order too) and stamped the bottom two layers with their green ombre ink pad before stamping the final layer with flitterglu as above and foiling with green foil.  I added a gold foiled star and some ornaments and some red baubles with stickles.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Don't forget to have a bowl of water on hand when using flitterglu and wash it off your stamps IMMEDIATELY or it will dry on and damage them.   If you're going to batch stamp, I would recommend washing after each stamping as it dries pretty quick on the rubber.

Catch you later


Friday, 4 September 2015

Arabian Nights

I've got a card in the current issue of Craft Stamper which goes on sale today!  It was for their ready set stamp theme of "Arabian Nights" which had a really lush colour palette so appealed to me and I was really thrilled when it was accepted for publication.

I used the Persian Motifs stamp from Altenew and embossed it in gold before painting the elements with LuminArte shimmer paints.  I was going for a Persian rug feel.   Watercolour painting with embossing is very forgiving and very relaxing to do!   The sentiment is embossed in gold onto a vellum strip which is secured behind the painted panel to hide the fixings but still allows the pattern to show through ;-)

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