Saturday 28 September 2019

DT inspiration over at Uniko

Good morning peeps, it's my turn to inspire you over at Uniko.
For this post I took my inspiration from a couple of challenges out there. I often use challenges to fire up the mojo and after first seeing the colours at Color Throwdown, I knew my palette, then when I saw the photo at ATSM, I knew I should get my English Country Garden set out!

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Tuesday 24 September 2019

Inchie panel trees

Good morning folks.
The sunny weather of last week is a thing of memory, as autumn takes a grip.
At least we managed to finish the hay, although it was only large bales and not the small square ones we would have liked but still days however warm are not conducive to proper hay making. Better to get something though than loose the whole crop, which was a possibility.
Anyway its time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz where our theme this time is -


The trees are showing a little colour, mainly berries it has to be said, but it wont be long before the fireworks really start. I love the colours of autumn but not necessarily the chilly weather that comes with it.

I was thinking of something that to do that would satisfy the theme and remembered that CAS Mix up were featuring inchies in their challenge, so off I went and produced this.

I used a Creative Expression rubber stamp that I had success with last year here. Initially I was trying to find another image to use but loved the trio of trees so used it with a slightly different technique.
The stamping was done similarly to last years, using Zig Markers and small ink pads to add colour to my stamp then spritzing it with water and then stamping. To get more detail, I added some stamping without spritzing and also added some freehand trunks and branches with a fine water colour brush.
Each of my inchies, made from Mixed Media paper, were popped up on brown fun foam then added to a kraft card back panel, leaving a slight gap between each one. A simple stamped greeting from Uniko on a MFT die cut banner completes. The kraft panel was added to a 51/4" square card.

So that's about it from me, but please check out the rest of the Cardz4Guyz team here for more masculine card inspiration.

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Friday 20 September 2019

Uniko September Challenge

Good morning folks.
It's been a lovely autumnal week herein the UK, the hay has finally been cut and hopefully soon baled and although the days are pleasantly warm, the evenings have a definite autumn chill to them.
Soon the leaves will start to change to their wonderful autumn hues,
So it's rather appropriate that the latest challenge over at Uniko has an autumnal theme, or you can just stay with the anything goes theme if you prefer.
Here is my card to inspire you.

This uses those small stamps that we all have, often mixed in with other images. I rooted through my Uniko sets and found quite a few sets with small leaf images, Big and Bold Hello, Nature's Treasures, Originally Organics Additions and Wonderful Day.
Using the small leaves from Nature's Treasures and a wreath builder template, I stamped away using autumnal colours on an off white card panel.
Next I made a tri-panel card by cutting a panel of burnt orange card stock to 41/2" x 131/2" from some large card I got a couple of years back in Lidl, then score at 41/2" and 9".  It's a larger size than A4 and enables me to make such card bases without having to join up two 41/2" square cards which is the other option.
After gluing my trimmed panel to the front of my card, I then used a circle die to cut an aperture through both front panels.

Folding the right hand panel into the middle, you may need to trim a sliver off this so it sits without buckling, I popped the card into the MISTI and stamped the sentiment from the Wonderful Day set with Versamark before embossing with gold EP.

A panel of plain card was added to the inner panel to add a hand written note without it showing at the front.
So that's all from me but please check out the rest of the team here.

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Saturday 14 September 2019

Die cut wild flowers and a resist inked panel

Do you love CAS cards or are you wanting to improve your CAS creations? Well there's a new blog on the block that might just help you, its called Perfectly CAS and their first challenge starts today.
I was lucky enough to be asked by Kylie, ATSM and HLS, to be on the team so hope I can come up to scratch!
Here is my first card for you.

I kept my design CAS by only using 1/3rd of the front of my card, keeping my sentiment within that 1/3rd also. Here are a few more pointers to help you create a CAS card.

To make the coloured panel, I stamped Penny Black background stamp with Versamark onto a an 3" by A5 panel of white card, then inked it with DI when totally dry. The Versamark acts as resist to the ink, leaving a subtle background.
I trimmed the A5 panel down to be roughly 1/3rd the width of my card, adding a narrow border to it by matting with white card. The 2 die cut wild flowers are from Sizzix, placed on the panel, leaving the bottom roughly 1/4 empty. I initially decided to crop off the bottom of the inked panel leaving a gap for my die cut and stamped greeting. However I later decided to add a bit of the cropped off, inked panel back, before finally gluing the 'Sending' die cut in place, popping both parts of the panel panels up on pads.
That's it really.
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Tuesday 10 September 2019

The Long and Winding Road

Good morning peeps.
It's time fro a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz.
This time our theme is -

Inspired by the Beatles or Beatles' Song

Quite an interesting theme I think with lots of possibilities.
As the title of this post suggests I went with one of their songs -The long and winding road, as my inspiration. There are lots of songs to be inspired by, which you can find listed on t'internet!

This card was made for my Son's birthday last month. I went with a blue theme in tribute to his new pride and joy!
My vintage car image, a digi from LOTV, was coloured with Copics before mounting on a panel of blue card. The background was made from a page in an ancient map book, which I photocopied twice to be able to create the off centre design. The wood plank background was stamped using SU Hardwood background stamp in matching blue ink.
I stamped the sentiments, also LOTV and mounted them on scraps of the same blue card.

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Monday 2 September 2019

Another pink and grey floral card!

Evening all!
Just as the heading says I've got another pink and grey floral card for you, this time I've used stamps and die cut roses.

I do love this colour combination but this card was made to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at HLS CAS.

So a colour challenge for you this month.
Although we talk a lot about white space on a CAS card, that space is not necessarily always white!
Here are a few other pointers for creating a CAS card.

After deciding to make my background grey, I stamped some foliage in Versamark and embossed using a WOW semi dull EP to give a tone on tone effect. The watercoloured die cuts were then layered up and arranged and added over the background. On a strip of white card, I stamped my greeting, cutting it into a banner using an MFT banner die. If you are a bit worried about spoiling a design with a last minute faux pas with a stamped greeting, it makes for a fail safe result! Even though I have a MISTI stamping tool and the days of  half stamped greetings is a distant memory, using a banner sentiment is still one of my favourite ways to add a sentiment. Whisper it quietly but you can also use it to cover a stamping boo-boo! Tucking a sentiment on a banner amongst the flowers also helps to keep the design CAS.

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