Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Girls just want to have a cocktail

Evening all.
I hope I find you well, especially in these strange times. Social distancing rules are being slowly eased here in the UK but we're still a long way to being back to pre Covid-19 normality. We should be celebrating our daughter's 40th in a couple of weeks but that is all on hold, parties are something that happened quite awhile ago. That is unless you can have one with the rest of your lockdown household!
My OH had the bright idea of dressing up at least once a week to have a virtual date, just like we were going out but staying put, if that makes sense. All I seem to wear these days are jeans and a T or a shirt if I go to the supermarket, so I suppose he has a point.
Anyway we can all enjoy the thought of going out or even a party but we can still party in the virtual world with the latest challenge at HLS CAS, here is my card for your inspiration. A OLC with just a little bit of paper piecing.

These two gals from Stamping Bella just shrieked party and the sentiment from Uniko was perfect.
After stamping and colouring with Copic markers, using the colours from Cupcake Inspiration, I decided the pink dress was too red so found a scrap of pink DP with cream dots and did a bit of shading with Copics and fussy cut it before adding over the original colouring. 
I think I like this more than the original anyway! As I've used spotty paper perhaps I can join in over at Less is More too.
However, if you want more party themed CAS ideas, check out the rest of the team here and then why not join us in our virtual party themed challenge.

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Good morning folks.
Hope I find you well in these strange times.
Today marks the start of a brand new challenge at Cardz4Guyz.
This time our challenge is :-


I suppose there will be many fathers and sons who will not be together this year so why not make a card and send it.
Here is mine which may make it's way to my daughter for the Grandkids to give to their dad!

I used the football trio from LOTV and a red colour scheme as my SiL is a huge Liverpool fan.
I found a panel of red Bazzil in my stash, yes I'm still trying to be good and use the odds n ends I have and trimmed it to A6, On some more scrap white card, I stamped the images and then cut some circles of white to mount them on after I had coloured with Copics and fussy cut.
I love these trio sets but often struggle with how to use them. LOTV have a wonderful ideas board on Pinterest and there are lots of ideas on Google image, so I had a look about and found a couple of layouts I liked, not with this set but the auto trio I used last month. I tried to save the link but it only took me to a larger pic of the card so I hope that the designer will accept my apologies for not linking back.
The happy die cut is from Wplus9 cut a couple of times from scrap white and once from black before mounting it on foam pads. The stamped and embossed sentiment, from Uniko, was added on a black strip below.
For more Father's Day inspiration, please check the rest of the DT here and then join in.

Monday, 1 June 2020

We Still Do!

Morning all, a new month so a new challenge over at STAMPlorations Theme and Photo challenge.
Here's my card based on the prompt.

I went with the theme of stamps and confetti.
I first thought wedding but as they are not happening here at the mo due to Covid -19, I went with an anniversary theme using the Better Together set.

Still trying to use up my stash of white card, I took an A6 topfold card made from textured linen cardstock and from the rest cut a couple of rectangles, first with the smallest of the A2 Basic stacked rectangles and then one cut freestyle slightly larger.
On the wrong side, smoother side, of the smaller panel I stamped the wine glasses and embossed them with WOW Platinum EP and then the sentiment to match. I rather like the sentiment, not too mushy.
With the slightly smaller panel, I inked the edges with Versamark and heat embossed with  the same EP, then mounted the stamped panel on top.
Rather than cut another panel, I decided to use the smallest of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies to emboss the base card. The mounted stamped panel was then placed in the center and VOILA!

Simple but quite effective I think, but how will you interpret the theme and photo, we'd love to see you in the gallery.
For all Ts and Cs and to check out the rest of the inspiration from the team follow the link to the STAMPlorations blog.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Uniko challenge, a reminder

Welcome to a post to remind you that there is still time to enter the challenge over at Uniko.
Here is my card, hopefully fulfilling the brief!

I chose some bright and cheerful DOx inks to match the flowers from The Card Concept, to colour this panel which I had previously stamped, masked and heat embossed in white with the Pure Florals Lily set, love the tropical feel to this colourway.
You might recognize the background as I made it at the same time as my watercolour one from the start of the challenge. It was as easy to make 2 as just one using my MISTI. This time I used plain white card.
On the finished embossed panel, I added DOx in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade,
Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple and blended them from light to dark over it.
Once the ink had dried, I buffed up the panel to remove extra ink from the embossing with a bit of kitchen roll and added some peachy orange fun foam to the back, keeping the glue to the edges only.
Using a rectangle die, I cut the center away to leave the raised frame. The center came away with only a little help from a craft knife as the glue had squished out! The central foam was then free to be used in another project.
The frame was glued to an A6 base card and the unmounted center panel was slipped in to the center and glued flat to the base card.
On a strip of black card, I embossed the sentiment and added a gold glitter die cut 'Sending' popped up on black foam.

That's all from me, but for more bright and happy Uniko inspiration, please check out our fab GD Viv and the rest of the team here, along with all Ts and Cs.

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I was inspired by the colours of the floral elements to create my background for this clean and layered card.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

BA Inspiration - A Masculine CAS card

Morning all.
I'm up over on the Uniko blog with some more Brand Ambassador inspiration based on a new to me technique, layered stenciling, inspired by the challenge over at CAS Stencil.
I decided to show you how I made this CAS masculine card.

For the details check out the Uniko blog here.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Look what I've found!

Morning peeps.
Another Tuesday, my they are coming around fast these days. I said Tuesday so it must be time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz.
This week it's my choice and as you may know I love a sketch so that's what I went with. Here is my card based on it.

I saw this cute chap in the new LOTV release and he reminded me of my grandson who is having a great time toddling around his small back garden keeping his parents amused and busy! I've seen lots of photos of him pointing to things he's found in the garden and I thought this image would fit him down to a tee.
This is the little chap in question watering Nannee's garden last year!

After printing off the image, I coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut him out.
From an A6 panel of white card, I cut a circle and then cut a frame from a slightly larger circle of blue card and the same die, gluing it around the opening. The fussy cut image was then slipped behind the panel and glued down to the bottom of the opening, adding a scrap of NitWits DP behind to complete. 
The number 3 was cut from the same blue card as the frame, as was the larger of the two die cut circles. The number was then added to a white circle and mounted on the blue one before adding to the design. The LOTV stamped sentiment finishes it all off.
A simple CAS design but for more inspiration check out the rest of the DT here for their interpretation of the sketch. 
We'd love to see how you interpret the layout for yourselves.

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Friday, 15 May 2020

STAMPlorations May challenges, a reminder

Good afternoon and welcome to a post to remind you that there is still time for you to join in with the challenges over at STAMPlorations. 
Here is my card based on this month's Theme and Photo prompt.

One of my first thoughts when I saw the theme was this Bold Florals stencil, one of the first I had from STAMPlorations. 

It has the tropical holiday vibe suggested by the pic and the theme.

A long time ago when there was a challenge called CASEplorations, I saw this card and thought I would CASE the CASE for this reminder!

I used some opaque, matte, Ranger texture paste, coloured with DI to create the background on a white card panel and then added some matching sequins to the flower centers. The Fantastic word die was cut from black card as well as some bright and funky pink fun foam, which I glued together before adding to the panel. There is just a hint of pink showing from behind the black which I like.
The strip sentiment from Layered Watermelons was stamped on a scrap of white card and added below.
For more inspiration check out the rest of the team here, where you'll also find all Ts and Cs.