Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Ho, Ho, Ho

Morning all.
The weeks are whizzing by and it's time for a brand new challenge for you over at Cardz4Guyz.
This time our theme is:-


As my collection of Christmas cards has not been added too much since last year, I thought I would hunt through my Christmas stash and found this little pudding stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted. The theme at the Paper Players and CAS on Friday is to include a large word or sentiment in a CAS design, so this is what I came up with!

I stamped the largest of the Christmas puddings, then die cut them to make into the 'O's of my sentiment. The holly sprigs and berries were created in the same way before adding them to the top of the puddings. The 'H's were cut from red card as well as red fun foam using an Altenew alphabet, sticking the two layers together before adding to a die cut rectangular panel. A piece of matching red card was added to create a thin frame before adding to an A6 base card.
Check out the rest of the Cardz4Guyz DT here for more food or drink inspired creations.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

STAMPlorations October Challenge reminder

Good afternoon.
Just popping by to remind you that the current challenges over at STAMPlorations have a couple more weeks to run so you've still got time to join in. Here's a card that I made for the Theme and Photo Prompt challenge.

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Looking at the photo, I immediately decided to go for another dark background but this time went with the gold mandala style image on the left of the pic as my inspiration.

Before stamping, I cut an A6 panel of black card, then cut the centre out using one of the Crazy Double Stitched rectangle dies. Placing the card in my MISTI  and replacing the die cut rectangle into the centre, allowed me to stamp the images from Bloomdala Bliss with Versafine but add different EPs to each panel. For the central one I used fine gold the background was clear.
After covering the whole are, I removed the centre panel and coloured it using my Polychromos again.
The sentiment from Bloomful, was stamped and embossed to match the mandalas before popping it up with some fun foam over a base card to which I had already attached the background.

So that's all from me for the mo but please check out the rest of the DT here for lots of great inspiration using STAMPlorations products.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Small is beautiful

Evening folks.
I'm back to announce the start of another challenge over at Perfectly CAS.
Here's what I came up with.

My design did start as something else completely but then I decided it wasn't CAS enough, so had to think again, more of that card at a later date!
This month I've used the middle third for my design, which is loosely based on the current CAS(e) this Sketch layout.
The 5 bars are represented by the letters of happy and the stamping was kept to those as well, the sketch also reminded me of this card from a couple of years ago. My sentiment is incorporated with the stamping.

The original idea was to use the die cut outlines of happy but I used the die cut letters instead, which I stamped with some of my smaller flower images whilst they were temporarily adhered to a strip of Post it tape. I used a couple of Altenew sets containing small flower stamps, Vintage Flowers and Wild Flower Garden and the colours from their latest challenge. The die cut letters are also from their large alphabet die set.
Once I was happy with the stamping, I removed the letters and added a die cut foam letter to each of them so that they would pop up from the background panel. Before gluing down permanently, I stamped the Birthday from STAMPlorations Balloons and Banners in black.

For more CAS birthday inspiration, check out the rest of the team here.

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Take It, Make It Challenge

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Guesting at Color Throwdown

What am I doing posting this early on a Wednesday morning?
Well I'm here as the guest over at Color Throwdown!
I won their challenge with this card and was asked to be their Guest Star Stamper for this week's post.
Here is my card for your inspiration.

I've used the colours from this week's swatch plus some kraft card for the base and frame.

The stamp set used is a cute new one from MFT called Piles of Fun, that I picked up after my last Copic class up in Warrington, I couldn't resist the cute woodland creatures.

I stamped each of the coloured elements with black Memento ink before using Copics to colour, then fussy cut them.
My frame was cut from kraft with an MFT frame die and some outline leaves from the set were stamped in the centre with Peanut Brittle Memento. They were much darker when stamped originally but even with two inkings, they don't show up that much against the kraft but it adds a little added texture to the background.
The little mouse was glued flat and the barrel and leaves popped up on pads, as was the frame, once I'd stamped the greeting from the set. I think the mouse looks like he's blowing a kiss of thanks!
Please check out the fab DT inspiration over at CT and then join us in the gallery.

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Trees and/or leaves and/or Autumn

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

You are Freakin' Awesome

Morning all.
It's time for a new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. As the witching season is almost upon us we've gone all spooky on you! However if you don't make those sort of cards, then we have an alternative for you.


Here's my take on the 'Spooky' theme.

All it is is a panel of card wrapped with torn paper inked with Old Paper DI, a couple of red googly eyes and some fangs dipped in Nuovo red Crystal drops popped up over a panel of kraft card! The sentiment, embossed with white EP on the kraft base is from Create a Smile.
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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Thelma and Louise

Evening all.
Is it really October already? It must be because it's time for a brand new challenge at HLS CAS.
Here's my take on this month's theme.

Did you guess correctly?
When I saw the theme I thought of this fun image from Stamping Bella, Thelma and Louise.
I didn't use the sentiments that came with the image but one that came free with a stamp set in a magazine a couple of years ago, works perfectly I think. The card would be the perfect card to celebrate a gap year or just to say good luck in a new situation such as a new job or going to university.

After stamping and colouring it with Copics, I used a scalloped, pierced, stitched edge die to create a little bit of interest but still keeping it CAS, and popped the panel up on pads on an A5 card base.
Simples, no frills, just lots of white space.
For more adventurous inspiration, check out the rest of the DT here and then why not join in?

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As You Like It Challenge
Never have been a girl for frills and fuss, bit of a tomboy at heart. It took me awhile to discover the CAS style, didn't have the confidence to leave off the embellishments when I first started making. Now you wont find many if any embellishments on my cards, I'm def a no frills kinda gal!

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Theme photo @ STAMPlorations

Morning and welcome back!
STAMPlorations have been on their summer vacations but the DT are rested and raring to go with the new revamped challenges. Instead of being on the CUTplorations team, I'm hoping to inspire you with the rest of the theme and photo challenge team!
So without further ado here is my first card.

It was inspired by this photo.

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My focus was on the bowl of flowers in the centre and went from there.
I started by masking off the top half of the vase from the Just Because set and stamping on a panel of black with Versamark, then heat embossing with gold EP. The group of succulents from Thankful and Blessed set were stamped in Versamark so that they hung over the edge of the stamped bowl. More gold embossing  followed. Then I added the rim of the bowl free hand with a Versamark pen and heat embossed with gold EP.
As I stamped on black, I used my Prismacolour pencils in white, tan, green, blue and purple to colour the image. Using the smallest of the Crazy double stitched rectangle die cuts, I cut out the finished image, mounted it on a slightly larger panel of gold, then onto a plain black card base. The thank you, from For the Birds, was stamped and embossed with the same gold EP to complete.

So what will inspire you we'd love to see, so please share with us in the gallery.