Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A little birdie told me, it's your birthday!

Morning peeps.
Gosh the days are whizzing by and tomorrow is the longest day so it's all downhill from there towards Christmas, sorry but it had to be said ;)!
Anyway it's time for a new challenge at ATSM and here is my card for your inspiration.

Our theme this week is -

So any project that involves mark making, colouring, stamping or perhaps stencilling.

I've made this for a previous neighbour who is an Owls fan, no I didn't get the capital letter in there wrong, she is a footy fan and supports Sheffield Wednesday FC. For many years, since I moved away, I've made here an Owls themed birthday and Christmas cards in Wednesday's colours of blue and white. Yellow happens to be their away colour so I think I can get away with that too. So when I saw the theme at The Paper Players and the pic at The Card Concept, I thought I would get in early, lest I forget!
The stamps were magazine freebies, from different sets but I think work well together. The inside says It's your Birthday, Many Happy Returns.
The background of softly blended DI  Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean was laid down before the fussy cut owl was attached with foam pads. I coloured him using Copic markers.
OK, that's about it from me, please check out the rest of the team here and Make Your Mark with us this week.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Masculine Happy Birthday

Morning all.
It's time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This time our challenge for you is:-


Hopefully that phrase will spark you into action and prove to yourself that making cards for men is not so difficult after all. Here is my inspiration for you.

I went with a faux metal background after seeing a video by Jennifer Mcguire, where does that fabulous lady come up with all her ideas? 
She explains the technique much better here but in essence I masked off a rectangle with painters tape then inked the space with Hickory Smoke DI and then added Perfect Pearls, buffing away the excess when dry. After carefully removing the tape, I embossed the panel with a DoCrafts cog EF and trimmed it down as the EF doesn't cover the whole panel. I added a die cut sentiment and some die cut cogs to finish. The panel was then mounted on pads on a mid grey base card.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Happy 5th Birthday STAMPlorations

Woohoo, STAMPlorations is 5 years old and the STAMPgirls are celebrating the whole month long!
We are each sharing 3 of our favourite makes and asking you to CASE either our choices or the new cards inspired by them.
I had a really difficult time whittling it down to just 3 cards but here they are in date order!

I love this card and on my blog it is one of the cards that still attracts interest. Since it was posted in June 2015 there's been over 4500 visits to the original post. 
This Blooming Buds stamp by Dee is one of my fave sets, the cosmos style flowers go together so well and are a dream to colour, Copics in this instance. The original design was for the sketch challenge, I do love a good sketch, which I've used quite a lot since as it's good to have a good layout in the bank for when the need arises!

My second card from 2016, uses another of my favourite stamps, the big and bold daisies from Bloom Sketches. In fact I think it was the first set I bought way back in 2014 as part of the STAMPclub membership.

For this card I went with a more artsy style, using masking fluid and Brusho/ Infusion ink crystals and a vellum wrap overlay. Again it is the result of a sketch challenge way back in July 2016, told you I liked a sketch!

Finally I've gone with a die cut design, love a good die cut too, and this is another popular card on my blog.

Originating back in  May 2017, it again was based on one of Shery's fab sketches. I combined some bold polka dot paper and citrous yellow highlights with the sentiment Celebrate and just one of the flower dies from Trendy Spring Blooms. The stamped sentiment is from the World Birthday Cakes set.
Now which one do I choose to CASE?

If you are not sure what we mean by CASE, then put simply -
Take inspiration from the layout, colour choices and/or stamps used and put your own spin on it.
I couldn't decide so I went with all three!

For this case I went with the same colour pallette and stamp set and a little bit of the layout (lots of white, a stamped and coloured panel and a strip of colour against the white.
This CASE uses the same Blooming Buds stamps as the original but the wavy edge was the CUTplorations Winter Landscape die, with the trees and house snipped off. The pink mount was the same but I trimmed the stitching off too before colouring it with Copics to match the blooms. The sentiment is from the Balloons and Banners set.

My second CASE went with the artsy element of the original as well as the same Bloom Sketches daisies.

To start I took a panel of  MM paper and stamped my flowers with Weathered wood DI and added some stems. Next, I took a paint brush and with some plain water painted around the flowers a little at a time, adding Sea Green Brusho crystals to the bottom and Prussian Blue to the top before the water dried. You have to add the Brusho before the water dries so that the magic will happen!
When the background was dry, I coloured the daisies using my Zig brushes, keeping two of the daisies soft and looser to suggest distance.
The sentiment was added once the panel was dried and trimmed down, CUTplorations Happy and birthday from the Balloons and Banners set embossed in white on black.

My last CASE uses the same black and white DP but another of the Trendy Spring Blooms dies and a yellow Fabulous word die cut but in a square format, 4 flowers instead of 3.

Just for a change, I went with a square card for this, cutting a panel of DP and then gluing it to a panel of white fun foam of the same size. When dry, I cut the blooms in a random pattern around the edge.
My panel was then attached to my white base card and the die cut flower outlines were replaced and glued in place. I cut some circle of white card a with a circle punch, coloured the centers with Copics and added to the flower centers. I did the same with the fabulous die and added the Hello and You, from Flowers and Frames, on panels of white card.

So here are my fave 3 and their CASES. What will you choose?

So I hope I have inspired you to CASE one of my cards, I'd love it if you did.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Thinking of You

Good evening.
It's time for a brand new challenge at ATSM, so here is my inspiration for you.

It was inspired by this photo.

I took the idea of the succulents in pots and the OL challenge over at Less is More and ran with it!
OL card always take a little planning but there's a great sense of achievement when they come off!
I started by stamping the bottom half of a vase from STAMPloration's Just Because, then added the succulents from another STAMPloration's set, Thankful and Blessed, masked off these and stamped Uniko's Background Block's Horizontal stripes. The sentiment came free with a mag a few months ago. OLcards are all in the planning! All the succulents and bowl were coloured with Copics.
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Any Man Can Be A Father

Hi and welcome to a post to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz.
This time we would like to see cards made for:-


It's Father's Day on the 17th June so hopefully this will give you all the impetus you need to make and share!
Here is my take, probably to be sent by my two Grandsons.

I used two of the LOTV Parcel Bear Trio and a couple of Cardio sentiments.
The little bears were stamped on some scrap card and then coloured with Copics before they were attached to the base card under the top die cut panel. I popped up the top panel with a piece of fun foam with matching die cut circles.
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Saturday, 2 June 2018

AAA is 4!

Hi and welcome to a post to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at HLS CAS.
Here's my card, can you guess the inspiration word?

It's -

Lots to get your Clean and Simple teeth into here, but please remember to keep it CAS. Here are a few pointers if you aren't sure.

For my card I kept the design centered on my off white panel, using some left over Altenew Rose Flurries die cut blooms, a die cut SMILE using MFT little letters and a Uniko stamped sentiment.
My jumping off point was this video by Therese Calvird but I chose not to inlay the flowers as they were too detailed, though I did try! I liked the cut away word and dark background with the inner panel. When the finished panel was laid over a scrap of grey card, I decided that I liked the look so found a larger piece to cover the front of my base card and showing through the open space.
The off white panel was cut using a Sizzix die I got in a set at the Swindon HLS retreat a couple of years ago. I'd forgotten all about it 'til I saw Therese's card. The majority of the blooms were already on my desk after an earlier card here,so it was easy to make up another of the small blooms and a leaf sprig, colouring white cut outs with Copics instead of coloured card. Think this works best as the colours are softer and you don't have to buy loads more card stock!
The SMILE was cut by lining up the letters from MFT on some low tack tape and die cutting and my sentiment was stamped in a grey to match the background paper.

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As You Like It Challenge
Flora or Fauna
I chose flora over fauna as I just love  bright cheerful blooms, so pretty.

Friday, 25 May 2018

100th Challenge @ MUSE: Christmas Visions

Afternoon folks.
I noticed the other day that MUSE: Christmas Visions are celebrating their 100th challenge. Is it really that long ago, I remember it starting so well.
Any how I decided I had just the thing for an entry.

This Penny Black poinsettia stamp belongs to my bloggy friend Linda who lent it to me when we were on retreat last November. It has sat in my to finish box since I water coloured it way back then. So as the MUSE pic here uses a poinsettia, one of my fave images for Christmas it fit the bill perfectly.

I used DIs to w/c the image, adding depth and shadow with a small brush after blending the initial inked flower. I used a neutral DI for the background as I had already done a similar card with a blue background here and wanted to try something different. The sentiment is also from Penny Black and is embossed with gold EP then the w/c panel was trimmed and mounted flat on a base card.

So off to take the dog out before the heavens open again!

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Had to use a poinsettia image and gold embossed sentiment!

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