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.

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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.

Stargazer Lilies

Morning Uniko fans, it's time for another fun challenge.
This time I'm going bright and happy!

I know a lot of us are spending more time in our gardens than ever before, so I was thinking about what I still had to plant out and what I would like to buy now the garden centers are open and thought about some stargazer lilies. Lilies aren't good if you have cats but we don't, so perhaps these bright and happy blooms will find their way into my basket one day soon.

Using a panel of watercolour paper, I stamped and embossed in white these Pure Florals -Lily images, creating my own masks from Post-its, before colouring with my Zig watercolor pens, great for detail and larger areas!

I chose a purple and deep pink against a pale blue background, washing in some pale colour to the petals first, adding some darker areas whilst still wet, before going back to add the details once the background was dry. I finished by adding my blue background wash of dilute Salty Ocean DI.
My sentiment strip is from the Pure Florals - Cosmos set.
The completed panel was trimmed down to size before adding to an A6 top folding note card.

While I had my lily stamp set on the table, I saw that over at Twofer the theme was Flowers, so I thought I would make another card using the same lily stamp. This time I used just the one bold bloom and coloured it using Copics. Now I have to say that due to the current situation, my stash of Copic friendly card is rather low, so I used some other white card for this to see how it would work. The end result isn't all that bad but not as good as the right card would have been. The surface of this card is more absorbent so the blending is rather patchy. Hopefully I shall be able to trot off to get some more of the good stuff from my normal local supplier very soon.

I went with a bright orange lily for this card and a sentiment from the Pure Florals Rose set.

Here are both cards together.

The Copic coloured one is more graphic compared to the arty looking watercoloured one but I do love this large lily stamp.
That's all from me for the mo, 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.

We'd love to see your efforts, who doesn't want a bit of cheeriness in these dark days. You don't need to use Uniko stamps either but it would be great if you did.

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Thursday 14 May 2020

If life gives you lemons ....

..... make lemonade!
It's time for a new challenge over at Perfectly CAS, here is my inspiration based on this month's theme.

I've had this set for awhile waiting for the right moment to use it. With all that's going on at the moment, I thought hit hit the nail on the head, of course you could add G and T instead! The set is from Penny Black, called Homemade and features these cute mice.

Rather than use Copic markers, I decided to colour these small, cute mice with Zig watercolour markers ,before stamping the sentiment and embossing with clear EP. I kept the design and sentiment in the bottom left corner to keep the design CAS. If you are unsure of the definition of CAS, here it is.

Simply put, keep 2/3rds of your design free of anything!

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Tuesday 5 May 2020

Perfectly Vintage

Morning all, hope I find you well in these strange times.
It's Tuesday, I did check, so it's time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz. Must admit that if it wasn't for having to post challenges on specific days, I would have no idea what day it is, how about all of you in lockdown? When I was teaching I knew what the day and date was because I wrote it on the board  every day but since retirement days tend to blur!! 
Anyhow, the new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz is:-


So for my card I went with a vintage motor and used Vintage Photo DI!

I used the LOTV Auto trio stamp set, coloured with Copics and fussy cut. The background was made by stamping a map stamp with Vintage Photo DI on some kraft card. I inked a cream top fold A6 note card and added the inked panel. A sentiment from the set completes.
Check out the rest of the team here for more Vintage inspired guy cards.

Saturday 2 May 2020

Girls just wanna have fun!

Evening all.
It's a new month and time for the new challenge over at HLS CAS.
Here is my card for your inspiration.

Recognize the image? Yup, its the same as my post from Wednesday. I had made that card for this inspiration post but got my challenges mixed up, so decided to make another using those two cheeky ladies again and this time I added a sentiment from Stamping Bella which suits them down to the ground and the theme of the new challenge.

Those two are certainly having a good giggle and they always make me smile, one of the reasons I bought the stamp! They could also be smiling for the camera!
I used the same polaroid die and cut another from fun foam and glued the card die cut to it. You need to leave the fun foam time to return to size before you do this as the die cutting makes it grow!
This time I used Copics, in the colours from Color Throwdown, to colour the image and added the die cut frame and image to a 5 x 7 panel of matching plum card stock.
So that's that. Please check out the rest of the team here for more Smile inspired CAS creations, then why not join in?

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Friday 1 May 2020

Thanks a Melon

Morning all.
A new month so it's a new challenge over at STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Prompt.
This time it's a totally tropical inspired card,  what says long hot summer days than chunks of juicy watermelon!

I took inspiration from the theme of tropical, using the Layered Watermelon stamp set by Shirley.

The theme is tropical but the picture suggests holidays, or you could take inspiration from the colours, it's all down to you.

To start, I took some scrap white card and stamped the slices of watermelon using DI, adding water to blend the colours and adding a fine line of dark green with my Zig pens. The seeds were stamped in Industrial Diamond by Altenew then embossed with glossy EP. When dry, I fussy cut the slices and put them to one side. On a slightly smaller than A6 white card, I scribbled on some dilute Di in a mixture of Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch with a medium w/c brush and splattered some of the mix around too.
The large seeds from the set were stamped and embossed as the small ones were, along with the sentiment, The slices of melon were then added using foam pads.
My finished panel was the attached to an A6 top fold card base.

How will you be inspired? We'd love to see your interpretation, so check out the rest of the DT here for more ideas and to see how they got their inspiration. You'll also find all the Ts and Cs there too.

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