Saturday, 24 September 2022

Leaf Fragments

Well good morning.
This is the last of my posts for my GD spot at JUGS, it's sad in a way because I've had the best of welcomes from the team, so thank you all for your lovely comments over the last few weeks.
So to get down to it, here is my final card.

It's based on the photo on this week's cue card.

Just over a week ago there was very little leaf colour in the hedgerows, just oodles of haws, cherry plums and crab apples but the other morning the field maples had a definite autumnal colour to their leaves. The horse chestnuts down the road have lost most of their leaves but the conkers are still holding firm and the oaks are shedding a few acorns here and there, I thought that with all the heat and lack of rain that autumn would be early but it seems not.
I've used Leaf Fragments dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix, I was bought these for Christmas a couple of years ago and this is their first outing! I rummaged in my bits box for some gelli plate panels to use but found a couple of textured ones with a hint of glitter that I made at some time ago, not exactly sure what I used, it was probably something to do with those girls at CAS Mix up!! There's definitely some Brusho and glitter and some sort of paste, anyway one of the pieces was just right to cut out a few leaves. I added some DI in Vintage Photo to one side and some Mustard Seed DI to the other before adding them to my panel from the bits box, to which I had added some plasterboard scrim tape for texture, left over from our build, it's lovely stuff and adheres with out glue! The finished panel was then added to an A6 base card with foam tape and the sentiment from Altenew added.
So where will the picture cue card take you? The GD have some fabulous example to inspire you over on the JUGS site, so why not join in?

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Sparkle and Shine                                                            


Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Distressed Dry Embossing

Good morning crafters. It's time for a brand new challenge at Cardz4Guyz.
This week our theme is:-


Here's my take on the theme.

I used an embossed panel that I created a few months ago, being inspired by my friend, the very talented Loll Thompson, and had in my stash. It was made using a very old Cuttlebug EF and some green mirror card, that I distressed by sanding back the raised areas with some fine grade sandpaper to reveal the core. I used an MFT die to cut out a portion and added it to a white A6 note card. The greeting from an unnamed set, was stamped in red above the panel, simples, it would be great for mass production as it was so easy to make!
For more ideas on the theme of distressing, why not check out the rest of the DT here and join us? 

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Favourite Metallic or Glitter card
I do like a bit of glitter but not the mess! Mirror card is tricky to photograph but the distressing has taken a lot of the shine off and I love the technique with the mirror card.

Saturday, 17 September 2022

Happy Birthday Alison

Morning, I'm back with another card for my GD stint over at JUGS.
This week we have an autumnal colour scheme for you and here's my take.

I made this for my best friend from school, whisper it quietly but it's been 55 years since we first sat next to one another in class 1G! I can still remember the old fashioned temporary classroom with it's ancient desks in regimented rows and our maths teacher Mrs Hall striding up and down between, teaching us negative numbers!
Anyway, we may be separated by miles, we've both moved around the country and life in general has got in the way over the years, but when she phoned the other day it was just like we were back at school, good friends can just pick up after any length of time apart!
So I decided to make this card as her favourite colour is orange which fits with this weeks colours, just two mad old birds having a giggle, I wont say which of them is me!!
The background panel from my stash, which was from a batch I made awhile ago using some Uniko birthday sentiments. I did try using an orange panel but it didn't quite work, even after the addition of some Vintage Photo DI! The ladies, Ai, were stamped coloured with Copics and fussy cut before adding them to my background. The sentiment, also Ai, was added on a strip of cream card to match the 5 x 7 base card.
So what will you do with the colours, we'd love to see your takes, there's lots of inspiration from the girls over at JUGS.

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Favourite Tool, product or embellishment
A difficult one but embellishments are certainly out, then it comes down to either my MISTI or my trusty small scissors. I love to fussy cut but also the MISTI enables you to create backgrounds like this! If push came to shove, I'd plump for scissors, just so versatile. I can never get matching dies to cut accurately so fussy cutting is best and cheaper!!!

Friday, 16 September 2022

Color Hues #49

Afternoon folks.
We're over halfway through the month of September already, I can't believe it! Anyway that means we've a new colour combination at Color Hues. Here's my take on the very autumnal colours.

With the dry summer we have had, I thought that the leaves on the trees would be well into autumnal mode by now, but none of it, there's very little colour in the hedges, except for the berries that is.
So for this challenge I decided to use an Impression Obsession Sunflower layered stamp set for my card. I bought it when layered stamps were quite a new thing but I find it rather tricky to use compared to others on the market, there aren't enough location points, especially on the flowers, to line up each layer. It's for that reason that I don't use it much but this time I persevered and after a couple of tries, came up with this, the result gave an most lifelike effect.
To begin, I smooshed some Fresh Lemon ink from Altenew onto a panel of mixed media paper and allowed it to dry. Then I stamped one of the sunflowers, using Altenew's Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle and Memento Potter's Clay, Rich Cocoa and Espresso Truffle. I cut a mask from a Post-It using the baser layer as a guide and stamped a second. The leaves were then stamped using the same mask and the darkest yellow and lightest brown, I only used two of the four layers for a subtler look.
My sentiment is from an Altenew set and was cut from the leftover smooshed panel. The yellow inner I left as was but inked the shadow with a mix of Potter's Clay and Rich Cocoa.
To finish, I added my sunflower panel to a slightly larger panel of card inked with the same inks as the shadow, added the sentiment and popped the lot up on pads over an off white base card.

So where will the colours take you? We'd love to see your designs in the gallery, and if you need more ideas the rest of the DT and our TWO guest designers have some fabulous ideas here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

The Monster Mash

Good evening, time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS
Here's my take.

I must admit I'm not a big fan of Halloween but when I saw the challenge at the Male Room, I was inspired to make this card, using the song Monster Mash as my starting point.
It's very simple, a couple of googly eyes, strips of torn copy paper and a sentiment from Create a Smile.
The black panels were added over the 'mummy' with pads to complete.
So where will the cue card take you this month? We'd love to see your takes in the Perfectly CAS gallery.
For more inspiration, please check out the rest of the DT here.

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Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Merry Everything!

Morning all, we've got our granddaughter's baptism this weekend so its going to be a busy one but before that, I'm back again with an early morning post for the latest challenge at JUGS. Here's my take on this week's cue card.

You can make of that what you will but I chose repeat stamping of my sentiment, love the way it wraps around, framing the central Santa image.
To start, I stamped my MFT Santa on an A6 panel of Copic friendly card and then again on a Post-it note to create a mask. I fussy cut the Post-it image and fixed it over the outline on my base panel. Next, I selected a sentiment from the same set and stamped it in black. Using my MISTI, I was able to move the panel up and down evenly to stamp each of the green sentiments, Altenew's Parrot ink, before removing the mask and colouring Santa with Copics.
For more REPETITION inspiration, check out the rest of the JUGS team here and join in!

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Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Cricket Take Two

Good morning card makers, it's time for a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz.
This week we are featuring cards for men that feature:-


I chose sports for my card. I shared another cricket themed card a few challenges ago which I made in good time for my son's birthday but as I'm prone to do I put it away somewhere safe and then couldn't find it so had to make another! If I do find it I suppose I can use it next year!!

My second take on the cricket theme uses the same LOTV image but a simpler layout.
After colouring the image, I fussy cut him out and then concentrated on the background.
The DP is NitWits from the bits box, printer still playing up, the green I cut with that same MS grass edge punch and layered over the cloud DP, inking the top section with some Mowed Grass DI for a bit of depth. The cloud is an MFT die cut and the sentiment is Wplus9.
Both the DP and cloud die cut were added to a panel of white copy paper before being cut down to fit my 5 x 7 base card. The cricketer was popped up on pads and the grass I cut off from the original was put back free hand. A cricket ball made from a shaped circle die cut with a few white gel pen dashes, added with a foam pad and a few movement lines added freehand.
That's it then from me, but for more inspiration please check out the rest of the DT here.

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Annabelle on her bicycle

Good morning card makers.
I'm posting early on a Saturday morning as I'm guesting over at JUGS for the month of September, thanks for asking girls!
Here's my first card using this weeks cue card.

I had a look through my stash to find a suitable stamp and came up with this older rubber stamp from Lili of the Valley, Annabelle on her bicycle. The basket is full of her cute pup in this case!
My printer is playing up at the moment as you can see from the rather patchy DP in the background, so I'm stuck with using up scraps of DP in my stash until I can sort it out. The sky and checked strips, with a little added Copic marker are NitWits, as is the grass, which I cut using an ancient MS border punch!

So after colouring the stamped image and fussy cutting it out, I put it to one side and concentrated on the layout. I had a panel of linen effect card that was creased, so I cut that away and from what was left I cut a circle from the middle and then ran it through my Big Shot with the same large circle EF I used for my card yesterday, this time I used the reverse. A couple of strips of Copic coloured card to pick out the colours in the image were added to the bottom with clear tape. A couple of scraps of green NitWits DP punched with the grass edge punch were glued behind the opening. On my base card, made from some of the same linen effect card, I added the cloud and checks DP, to which I also added some of the same Copic colour as the strips as there wasn't any showing, adding the top panel on pads. A sentiment strip was added then Annabelle on pads to complete.

So how will you interpret the cue word? We'd love to see you in the JUGS gallery this week.
For more inspiration check out the DT here.

Friday, 2 September 2022

Gardening with Bling!

Good evening, time for a brand new challenge at HLS Birthday and as always it's-


Here's a card I made for a friend of my daughter's who loves gardening and bling!

I've used a Lili of the Valley image and some NitWits DP, including the pink backing paper. I got my MS grass edge punch out for the grass, this time white card coloured with Copics like the image.
The sentiment is also Lili of the Valley and I blinged that and the watering can up with some tiny, silver diamante crystals. 
I went for a square shaped card for a change and my embossed panel was made using an EF whose manufacturer I forget but it has been very useful over the years!  
So why not join us for the new challenge and it's so easy being an AG one!
There's lots more inspiration over on the HLS blog.

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Color Hues #48

Good afternoon. It's the first of the month so time for a new colour combination from Color Hues. It's also our 2nd birthday so we are joining forces with our sister challenge Seize the Birthday to celebrate!
I can't believe we've been going 2 years, it only seems like yesterday that Nancy asked if I was interested in joining the team! 

So for this challenge you not only have you to use the colours below but we'd also like you to make a birthday card to help us CELEBRATE! 

After you link up a card for this challenge make sure you over to Seize the Birthday and link up with them as well!  This challenge and their challenge will be like any other, as each Challenge blog will pick its own winners! 

Here is a direct Link to Seize the Birthday for you! 

OK, here is my take.

When I saw this combination, I thought straight away of a card I made using Stamping Bella's Audrey loves her make up here but then I decided to use this 'young' lady from Art Impressions instead as I'd only recently used Audrey for another colour combo! 

I love these Ai images of ladies of a certain age and the snarky sentiments that come with them.
This one is from Sassy Laugh Lines but I've used a sentiment from another set, Sit Back Laugh Lines.
After stamping, colouring with Copics and fussy cutting, I put her to one side and prepared my background, a snippet of DP from NitWits with the leaves coloured with a Copic marker to match the theme, printer still playing up, and a couple of scalloped edges cut from a scrap of white card. The base card is navy for a change! I added the panel to it and a few Pretty Pink Posh lime green sequins and the sentiment strip completes.

So what do you think of this combination? We'd love you to post in our gallery this time, but don't forget to make it a birthday card.
For more navy and lime inspiration, why not check out the rest of the team here?

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Stencil bugs

Good morning card makers, time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz.
For this latest challenge we would like to see your masculine cards that -


Here's my take using a STAMPlorations Art Splatters stencil, a die cut happy birthday and some freehand doodling!

My inspiration was a card I'd seen using splatter images with facial features. I loved how the feature stamps turned the splats into funky creatures, sadly I can't find the link again to share.

Anyway, on a panel of white card, I inked through the various splatters with DOx in a variety of colours, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet. Once dry, I added a variety of eye and mouth designs to create my critters. I even added a few antennae to the green ones which reminded me of caterpillars! A few dots of white gel pen were added for extra interest.
My sentiment was cut 3 times from black card and stacked before adding to the panel, simples!
There are so many different stencils out there for you to use and the DT have some super ideas if you need it, so why not join in this time?
Check out the DT here for more masculine card ideas.

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No topping this time!

Monday, 22 August 2022

Uniko BA Inspiration

 Afternoon crafters, I'm sharing a couple of cards I made for a BA post over at Uniko using the Winter Foliage stamp, die and stencil together with the Christmas Wishes stamp set.

I was inspired by the latest challenge at CAS Christmas Card Challenge where their cue word is PINE, hence the use of Winter Foliage!

Here are the two cards I created, full details are over on the Uniko blog.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Color Hues #47

 Good afternoon, it's the middle of the month so it's time for a new colour combination at Color Hues.

Here's my take, CASEing one of my own cards here.

Mmm, those colours conjure up mint choc chip ice cream for me, nothing nicer on a hot day and we've had plenty of those recently here in the UK! I was going to go down that route then went off it and decided on butterflies. The sun has been ideal for butterflies, but not for us humans, there have been loads fluttering in the tall grasses and landing on the flowers, painted ladies, gatekeepers, tortoiseshells, peacocks, commas and some huge red admirals amongst others. Some are showy and some, like mine, are a dull brown.

I made my own background for the panel background using the faux mother of pearl technique, using a satin paint to resist the ink, leaving a shimmery effect.

On a panel of white card, I added some white pearl paper effects with a piece of scrunched up snappy wrap. After leaving it to dry, the panel was inked with Altenew's Minty Mint and Sweet Leaf ink. Putting to one side, I cut a frame and some leaf sprigs from white card, then glued the sprigs to fill the frame. The inked panel was then added behind. 

From a scrap of dark brown card, I cut out some butterflies and added them to the panel. The large MB butterfly has a lacey companion which I cut out from some shimmery brown card and added over the top. On an off cut of matching card, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa. and slipped it under the panel then added it to an A6 base card.

So where will these new colours take you? We'd love to see your takes in the Color Hues gallery. There's plenty more inspiration from the rest of the team over at Color Hues!

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Sunday, 14 August 2022

Faux Batik

Evening all, time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS.
Here's my take on the new cue word, inspired by the challenge at CAS Mix Up.

There are obviously two ways to emboss, dry and heat, I chose the heat route and a new to me technique called faux batik. My friend Loll introduced me to the technique, thank you it was fun to do!

To start, I added DI ink in Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed to some MM paper, not paying much attention to the blending. I used the stamp I wanted to use as a guide as to where to place the colours, then stamped the flower stamp of the Uniko BB Doodle Flower set with Versamark and heat embossed using clear EP. Before I added the leaf stamp, I added some Salty Ocean DI where the leaves would be and repeated the embossing with the leaf stamp. Once I had completed that part, I started to distress the panel by folding the paper. This cracks the embossing as well as the paper to leave lines in the design which when coloured with more ink show up. For this layer I chose to use Chipped Sapphire. All excess ink was rubbed off with a soft cloth before I trimmed the panel down and mounting it on a panel of gold card. The sentiment from Uniko's Pure Florals-Cosmos, was stamped on a scrap of blue card to match the base card and heat embossed with white EP.
The finished panel was attached to the blue base card with foam pads. I had firstly added it to an A6 note card but on second looks, I decided it was not CAS enough, so simply upped the size to a 5 x 7inch and the CASness was just right!
So how will you interpret the cue card, we'd love to see your takes in the gallery this month.
As always there is plenty of inspiration from the rest of the team over at Perfectly CAS!

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I used sponging and folding as my extra MM elements

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Grunge meets CAS

Good morning, time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz. This time we would like you to:-


In other words, include a distressed or grunge element in your project. Here's my take, though I couldn't go completely grunge!

I used a couple of Uniko Background Blocks, Cogs and Splatter to create the inner panel. Stamping the cogs with Versamark on cream card and embossing with WOW Brass EP. The Splat was then stamped over the top in Vintage Photo DI and the excess blended over the rest of the panel to soften the contrast.

My top panel of pale cream card was torn to make an aperture and leave the raggy edges showing. then my inked panel was slipped underneath. A few gold, die cut cogs from my stash and a sentiment stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa complete the panel which was then added to a matching A6 note card.

So how will you express your inner grunge? If you need some inspiration there's plenty over on the Cardz4Guyz blog.

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AG with option to create your own background

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Thelma and Louise

Good evening. 
It's time for a new challenge at HLS, but we've had a bit of a change. Instead of CAS the challenge is always Anything Goes BIRTHDAY!
So without further ado here is my card.

Regular visitors will recognise that road atlas again, this time paired with these cheeky ladies from Stampingbella, don't they just look to be having the best time?

This is a very simple card, a stamped and Copic coloured central panel and the old road atlas on a 5 x 7 card base. I gave the stamped panel scalloped edges using a die and to use up the oddments of map, I only covered the base card where it showed. It may not be a purist CAS design but it's very close!
The sentiments are a mix of the one that came with the image and Happy Birthday from Uniko. 

That's it from me but if you want more birthday ideas there's plenty of inspiration over on the HLS blog.

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I cased Elaine Hughes with this card
She's great for getting ideas about colouring techniques but this time I used her card for the layout, the idea of the scalloped edges, 3 central panels and patterned paper.

Dies and or Punches