Tuesday 25 August 2020

A new challenge blog?

Well here I am again, just like London buses, no posts for a fortnight then two in one day!
Well I'm just popping by to announce that I'm thrilled to be part of a brand new challenge team put together by the lovely Nancy Leppek.

It's a brand new challenge based, as the name says on colours. As I love a colour themed challenge it was a no brainer to say yes when Nancy asked if I was interested.

It's going to be a twice monthly challenge starting on the 1st of next month, so we would love to see all of you joining in the fun. Nancy has already explained what the challenge will be about on the Color Hues blog so pop over there for more info.
I'm sure the rest of the DT will be full of inspiration if you need it and here we all are.

I'm so happy to be part of this fab and talented DT. If you pop over to the Color Hues blog there are links to all of our blogs if you are interested and we look forward to seeing you in the gallery for our challenges.

Climbing to the Top

Morning all, hope I find you well.
Another fortnight has whizzed by and it's time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz.
This time our theme is:-


There are lots of things that you can do outdoors, but I chose hiking, but you might choose gardening or some kind of sport. or an activity such as barbecuing!
Here is my card using LOTV's To the top.

After colouring the little guy with Copics and fussy cutting, I used one of my fall back layouts to create the card.
The clouds were inked onto a scrap of card with Salty Ocean DI using a MFT cloud stencil.
Some Copic coloured strips of card layered under some old map papers and a strip of card stamped with muddy footprints courtesy of a STAMPlorations set.
An old LOTV stamped sentiment strip completes.

Check out the rest of the DT for some more outdoors inspiration.

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Tuesday 11 August 2020

Gone Fishing

Morning all. 
Hope you have survived the roasting hot weekend and not suffered with the forecast thunderstorms.
At least the last week of hot dry weather around here has enabled us to get the hay cut, baled and stored from the two fields nearest the house. They look so different now that the cut grass is starting to sprout again. If we do get the thunderstorms it with certainly quicken up the greening process!
We've not taken hay off these fields before, last year we tried but ended up cutting and wrapping it because of the weather, the sheep did not appreciate it either. Perhaps it was a good thing that they din't need much extra feed this winter! There's still the far meadow to cut so hopefully the hay bay will be stuffed this year with a more tasty offering than last, not that I want a hard winter!

So down to the reason for this post, a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz:-


Sea, coarse or fly, we don't mind but it has to be masculine in design.
Here is my DT inspiration using LOTV's Gone Fishing, one of the first I ever bought but when checking back I've only ever used twice!

I framed the Copic coloured image with a square aperture cut from linen effect card. Some rustic twine and a couple of LOTV label greetings complete my CAS design.

So what will you come up with? We'd love to see you in our gallery this time. If you need more inspiration, why not check out the rest of the team here.

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Saturday 8 August 2020

Mono printing with Stencils at Uniko

Morning all, hope I find you well.
I'm over on the Uniko blog with a few cards using stencils and mono-printing.
I'd never tried this before but after watching the fab Jennifer McGuire I had a go and ended up with two fun panels.
The base panel was inked with Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean DI before being spritzed with water and sandwiched with my stencil and a plain white card panel.
I love the texture you get with this technique. Here are a few cards I made.
This first card uses the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and a strip of the darker of my two panels, slipped behind textured lined panels. A simple stamped, uncoloured small peony bloom from Pure Florals - Peony keeps it simple, uncoloured so that the panel shines, the sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.
For the second card I used a panel die cut from the paler print and the same bloom, again not coloured so as not to distract from the background. This time the sentiment from the peony set is stamped on matching linen cardstock.

My final card uses a slightly different technique to create the background. Instead of a piece of white card I added a cut down baby wipe over the stencil in the sandwich and ran it through a few times in the die cut machine as before. This time I rang the changes and used the Fun Flower stencil. The damp baby wipe lifts away the ink where it peeks through the stencil to leave this soft effect. The panel was inked with Tumbled Glass DI this time.

I really enjoyed playing around with my stencils and new techniques, further details can be found over on the Uniko blog.

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