Saturday 29 September 2018

My final week with the girls at JUGS

Morning all.
This is the last of my early morning posts as my stint as GD over at JUGS has come to a close. Thanks for asking me girls, it's been a blast.

So without further ado, here is my final card for your inspiration.

Our theme for this week is -

My stripes are stamped using Uniko's Background Blocks Stripes and Altenew Silver Stone ink. The rose is also Altenew, Rose Flurries. The pieces were die cut from white card then coloured with Copic markers, BG10, BG01 and BG05 for the flower and YG61, 63 and YG 17 for the leaves. The detail on the leaves was also Copic marker, YG 67. The sentiment from Sugar Pea was stamped and embossed with white EP and the die cut, also from Sugar Pea was cut from a scrap of the same white card as the base. The design was completed with a few tiny PPP sequins.

So that's it from me but please check out the girls at JUGS for more stripe inspired projects.

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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Copper tints

Morning all.
The forecast for the whole of this week has been for sunny days followed by clear crisp evenings. so hopefully the hedgerows may soon be turning their thoughts to shedding leaves and producing the glorious colours of autumn. So far the hedgerows are rather green, except for the berries.
So here at Cardz4Guyz our thoughts are also turning to autumn for this fortnight's challenge -


For my interpretation I sort of turned it on it's head!

I went with the coppery tones of autumn and a silhouetted leafy branch.

CAS on Friday want cards made with copper, black and white, so that was my starting point.
Copper in cards reminded me of my bloggy friend Loll who loves to use it in hers, so this is a homage to her in a way.
I don't have any copper metal sheet but I do have loads of foil, some alcohol inks and some Inka gold copper wax.
To start I covered a panel of card with foil and added coppery tones of Copic reinker. When dry, I added some of the wax before running it through the Big Shot with a CC textured bark EF.
The top panel was cut with an Avery Elle die but for some reason my 'copper' panel was a tad too small for the opening. So I used a smaller rectangle die from MFT to cut another frame. This time it looked too plain, so I placed the second under the first and made a recessed frame for my black die cut leaf spray. 
To the bottom right of the frame, I embossed an LOTV sentiment with copper EP and mounted the frame onto a white base card.
I used a SU thinlet to cut the leaf spray from black card and fun foam, glued them together, but where the leaflets sit on the frame, I cut that bit of foam away, then added the whole spray to the opening.
OK, that's it from me but please check out the rest of the team here and why not prove to yourself that making cards for the men in your life is not as difficult as you think.

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Monday 24 September 2018

Previewing Christmas at STAMPlorations

Hello and welcome back!
Yay, STAMPlorations are back from their summer hollybobs!
Just to wet your appetite for the new season releases we are revisiting some of the current stamps and dies. Today we are looking at some of the previously released CUTplorations Christmas dies.

My first card uses the 'Let it snow' die.

I'd seen lots of cards using snowmen cut from die cuts but after seeing this card I had to have a go with just the head! The original by the talented Ardyth is OL but I used some punched circles, a snippet of orange for his nose and a free cut titfer, all glued onto a snow white base card with the CUTplorations Let it Snow die.
My sentiment phrase was cut from the same white card and again from black. The black was glued to the back of the white with just a smidgen of black peeping through to give a subtle dark shadow. Then the whole panel was glued onto the base card, very CAS.

Still in CAS mode, my second card uses one of the Christmas Baubles II layering die with a silver die cut Peace, Love and Joy sentiment.

On a panel of white card I embossed the patterned die from the set, running it through my BigShot. Before removing the die I went in with my Prismacolor pencils to colour the raise areas. After removing the die, I decided I wanted some more colour so v carefully, I went in again with my coloured pencils. 
The sentiment die was cut from an old Christmas card and glued in the bottom right of the panel. I wanted a string to hang my bauble from so using a scoreboard I added one, job done. If you don't want to go to all the effort of embossing, you could just cut out the two dies and layer them up before adding to your card.

OK, that's it from me but why not pop along to the STAMPlorations blog and check out what the rest of the DT have come up with.

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Saturday 22 September 2018

Autumn Trees

Good morning.
I'm here bright and early with my penultimate card as GD at JUGS.
Here's my inspiration for you for this week.

This week it is the Photo inspiration showing some wonderful autumn trees, from which I took my inspiration.

You could of course use what ever you want from this autumnal pic.

I had a trawl through my stash for inspiration and came across this tree stamp in a bag of red rubber ones I picked up at Port Sunlight a couple of years ago in a bargain bucket. They could be from Chocolate Baroque or Crafty Individuals! Anyway I chose this stand of trees and decided to use the inking with markers technique I used on my lily card here.
I chose a panel of rough watercolour paper for this as I was going to add quite a bit of water and the undulations in the paper add to the overall effect. Although an unmounted stamp, it's red rubber so I had to attach it temporarily to my MISTI with a Pritt stick before I went ahead and inked it up.

Using an assortment of autumnal coloured Zig Markers, I scribbled over the trees and then lightly spritzed them before stamping. To move the colour around more I went in with a waterbrush and blended the colour, right up to the edges.
When still damp but not wet I added yellow ochre to my stamp with a Zig, and stamped again. The colour bled slightly but retained enough definition, especially around the edges. To complete I inked up with olive green marker and repeated. For shadow and more definition in places I went in with a mid grey green brush straight onto the image, leaving gaps to give a more realistic look, to suggest foliage in front of the branches. .

My frame was cut using an MFT die and the sentiment, LOTV, was stamped with Altenew Moss ink.
The frame was popped up on fun foam over the trees before being glued to a matching square base card.

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Friday 21 September 2018

Uniko challenge

Morning peeps.
The year is whizzing by and it's time for a brand new challenge over at Uniko.
This time we have a really simple theme with a little twist. Here's my take.

Can you guess the theme? It's -

For my inspiration, I was drawn to the colour of the leaves in this glorious pic.
After such a hot summer the leaves are just turning crispy and missing out on the glorious colour changes we normally see, though there are plenty of berries in the hedgerows. The rowans, hollies and hawthorns are laden with bright red berries so from a distance you get a shimmer of red over the whole hedge. The fieldfares, thrushes, blackbirds and others will have a feast! Conkers were raining down on Wednesday with the very strong winds courtesy of Storm Ali and so was the beech mast. In fact some landed on my windscreen as I drove to Sainsbugs and an acorn or some such landed with a fair old ping on the card roof too!

Anyway back to the card. I started by dripping some Copic refill ink onto Yupo paper and left it to dry. Think I was a little too generous with the ink as it left ridges on the panel as it dried.
When dry, I used the Nature's Treasures II stencil with Dreamweaver gold embossing paste to create my  pattern. It took awhile as I had to leave each leaf stalk time to dry, if the stencil comes into contact with the paste when even damp it lifts it off. It did happen to me but I managed to hide the offending boo boo under the sentiment strip! I even quite liked how the texture showed through from the background panel in the end.

As I said earlier my gold embossed sentiment strip, using So Much, was laid across the completed panel, carefully masking my 'tiny' error!

My second card uses the same stencil but this time I used DOx ink in Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Abandoned Coral, to colour a white panel. The Camouflaged HELLO was cut from the inked panel and again from brown fun foam before replacing all the bits back into the spaces on the panel after the Beautiful script was stamped. A few sequins complete the card. Very simple to do.

OK, that's it from me but please check out the team here as well as our GD for the month, the wonderfully talented Hannelie at Desert Diva
You have until midnight GMT on Friday 26th October to enter and the winner will be announced on Friday 2nd November, 8.00am GMT
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Tuesday 18 September 2018

Using markers to stamp

Hi and welcome to a post to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at ATSM.
Here is my card for your inspiration.

This week our theme is-

Now you may at first glance wonder where I'm coming from. The overall impression of this montage are shades of green and blue, so where do orange flowers come in? Well look closely at the top right hand pic and you can see a bunch of orange flowers in a vase against a splattery blue picture in a frame!

I know, I was going to go with the lime green and turquoise vibe but I wanted to use a flower stamp for the challenge over at CAS Mixed Media and once I'd spied the orange my eyes just kept heading there!

The stamp is a NEBUS STAMPlorations one featuring lilies. The stamp reminded me of some day lilies we had in our old garden years ago. They were a lovely shade of orange so I had to go with them.

On a piece of white MM paper, I position the clean stamp on the panel and closed the MISTI, then using an orange Zig marker I inked the large bloom and stamped. It was rather tricky but I got most of the image on my panel so I could use a waterbrush to move the colour over the petals. I repeated the process for all the flowers and then the leaves. I wasn't satisfied with the pale green colour so added some darker green to the stamp and repeated. When almost dry I inked the leaves and parts of the flowers with an Olive Green Zig marker and stamped in the detail.
Masking off the flowers I then splattered two shades of blue Zig over the die cut panel. Think I went a bit mad but there you are, can't take it off again! I mounted the panel on somefun foam and then onto a 5 x 7 base card and stamped the HLS sentiment in Olive Grove Memento and embossed it with Semi dull EP.

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Saturday 15 September 2018

Uniko Blog Hop, revisiting all over stamps and stencils

Over at Uniko on non - release months like this, Bev and the Design Team look back at a previously released product and give it some more love together with a Blog hop and GIVEAWAY!
Usually it's just one product that was released the previous year or a once favourite that hasn't seen much air time. However, this time Bev couldn't decide on the product, so as a team we randomly selected a stamp set and then went a little polka dot crazy and added in some popular sentiment sets too!

I went totally polka dot crazy with this card for my daughter's Brother in Law's forthcoming nuptials in the Big Apple. She's not big on flowers, so requested something that was more suitable for an urban style wedding.

On an A6 panel of white I inked through the stencil in an arc with a Versamark pad, before embossing with silver EP. I then moved the stencil around and repeated, 1st with Silver Pearl EP, then Hologram Sparkle EP and finally with Memento London Fog. The sentiment from Birthday Wishes was also stamped in the grey ink but embossed with a clear EP. 
I wanted to have a hint to the NY event, so added a skyline with 3 strips of a die cut in shades of grey card that matched the confetti effect of the stencilling.
My finished panel was trimmed and then added to another of silver glitter paper, before beiging glued to a 5 x 7 white base card.

My second card uses the two Simply Said Blocks sets for an all over background pattern.

Using Autumnal colours I stamped my brick background using 5 of the blocks, Thanks. Thank You, Hello, Smile and Just a Note. The thanks was then cut from the finished panel with an alphabet die and again from brown fun foam. Before replacing the thanks into the die cuts, I stamped the 'You're Awesome' in Brown and heat embossed it with clear EP. The stamped die cuts were glued onto the foam ones then replaced into the spaces. The whole lot was mounted onto a white basecard, 
You don't have to use the thanks idea, different blocks would work just as well with a different die cut word or phrase.

For more inspiration check out the rest of the team here.

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Guesting over at LIM

Morning again friends.
I'm back to share a card I made for today's new challenge over at Less is More where I'm guesting.

Can you guess the theme?

Well it's one layer week and the theme is:-

Oh no I hear you cry, but hold on. OLcards just need a bit of planning and are really no harder than other kinds, so go on have a go!

I started by deciding on my layout on a piece of scrap paper before going ahead with the real thing.
I went with Altenew Amazing You as well as their September colour challenge colours.
Instead of using black ink to stamp, I went with Memento London Fog, embossed with WOW Semi dull EP as I wanted to use watercolours, masking with fussy cut Post it masks as I went.
My card is just bog standard premium card and is fine for watercolouring so long as you don't over work it. If you do, it becomes all rough and messy as the fibers breakdown with too much water.

I chose to work with DIs for this, basically because as I was too lazy to ferret out my watercolour pans from the bottom of the drawer! The blooms were coloured with Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry and the leaves with a mix of Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint.
I wanted a fairly airy sentiment so went with a Marion Emberson one from Personal Impressions, stamped in black.
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