Tuesday 23 January 2024

Hill Climb

Morning all.
It's Tuesday so time for another challenge at Cardz4Guyz. This time our challenge is for masculine cards on the theme of :-


I had a quick look in my stash to see what sporty stamps I had that didn't use a ball and came up with this LOTV digi. 

Any of you remember Grandstand on the BBC on Saturday afternoons? There used to be items on that programme featuring all sorts of different sports and one was hill climbing, not on foot but sports cars trying to go up steep hills and around sharp bends as quickly as possible. The cars were usually older style ones such as in this picture, driven by enthusiastic drivers, usually men without safety hats just goggles, some of them never quite made it to the top despite ALL their best efforts. My memory may be playing tricks but it always seemed to be either foggy or raining!
As I also needed a card for my best friend's partner, this image certainly fit the bill as he loves watching motor sport. I coloured it with Copics, and then laid it over a 5" square card that I'd covered with some black and white stripped DP and a section of road atlas. The sentiment, LOTV were added to complete.

Quite a simple card to make once I'd decided which no ball sport to use!
So where will the new theme take you? As always we love to see your masculine cards in the gallery but if you do need a little bit more inspiration check out the rest of the DT here.

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Tuesday 16 January 2024

Color Hues #79 using some Uniko Stash

Afternoon all. 
Mid month so time for a new challenge at Color Hues. This time Karen has chosen our pairing, here's what I made for your inspiration using the new duo.

I was initially a little stumped for inspiration but then a quick perusal of Pinterest and this card was the result. 
I looked through my Uniko stash and decided to use some Christmas foliage stamps but turn them into a birthday card suitable for a male recipient.
Using some Altenew inks from their Tropical Forest set, I stamped the solid foliage stamps in the top right corner then added the outline leaves from Winter Botanicals- Sweet Broom with Versamark and Copper EP. The sentiment also from Uniko was stamped in the darkest of the 4 greens to complete. 
I often find CAS is a good direction to go with when making tricky masculine cards and the foliage is just masculine enough to get away with.

I'm also up over at Uniko with another card that uses this same combination.

Click the link to Uniko for all the details. 

Looking forward to seeing your takes in our gallery but if you need more inspiration why not check out the rest of the Color Hues team and GD Gretahere.

Thursday 11 January 2024

Beautiful Blooms I Revisited, Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to a post revisiting Uniko's Beautiful Blooms I stamps and matching dies set.
This maybe one of Bev's older designs but is new to me and it has proved very versatile since I got my hands on it!
I've tried to use the stamps and dies here in different ways using different mediums in the hope that it shows how versatile this set is.

My first card uses the smallest flower stamp which I stamped onto MM paper before heat embossing with white EP. 

Once the heat embossing was complete, I watercoloured the background with some Prussian Blue w/c and filled in the spaces left by the embossed stamping of the flowers with a pink mixed from the purple and crimson in my paint set. The arc was cut away using an Avery Elle die just for a change and mounted onto an A6 note card. The sentiment from Wonderful Day was stamped with Altenew Starlight ink to match the background.

This second card uses stamping and watercolour to create a softer effect again using some fussy cut masks from Post Its.

The flowers were stamped with Altenew's Razzleberry ink with a little yellow from my Zig watercolour markers. I used water to pull the colour from the stamping over the white areas and blended the yellow with some water too before stamping. The sentiment from Spring Botanicals -Daffodil was stamped and heat embossed with gold EP. Finally I trimmed the stamped panel down, matted it with some gold paper and added to an A6 card on pads. This is a trick to divert the eye from the contrast between the MM paper and off white base card.

These next two cards should really have been just one but I didn't think it through enough before I started to stamp.

The first one is simple stamping and masking but the second is what the first should have been. I realised after stamping that I SHOULD have cut the out the arrangement with dies first then use the openings to place the stamps in the MISTI, SO much easier. Well it is until you realise that you've cut one of the flowers out upside down!!
For the second card, I die cut an arrangement using the small bloom and leaf, then using the top panel as a jig, I stamped the lower layer, masking where necessary. As I said above I accidentally die cut one of the blooms upside down but a judicially placed sentiment from Floral Vines sorted it out! 

 The die cut panel was then popped up over the stamped layer on pads. The first is simple masking and stamping, then a cut down panel and strip of old sparkly Co're dinations card from my stash that happened to match the flowers!

Why not check out what the rest of the team have been up to with these stamps and dies.
As usual Bev is offering a prize to one lucky comment left along the hop. Simply leave some comment love before Midnight GMT Thursday 25th January 2024 and she will select a lucky winner to receive a £15 eGift Code to spend in the store!


Julie -me

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Tuesday 9 January 2024

Rainbow Dinosaurs

Morning. It's Tuesday and Cardz4Guyz is back from it's Christmas break. Hope you all had a fabulous time with friends and family. 
Did you get lots of new goodies from Santa? I did but I'm not sharing them with you today, this card was made using some birthday goodies that are having their first outing with this colourful card I made for my Grandson's birthday. I decided to share it here as the theme at Cardz4Guyz is:-


So if you did get something new in your stocking or if you have a Mt NEBUS, now is the time to get making!

I got lots of stash for making girlie cards at Christmas but nothing for my masculine makes so this set  stepped into the breach, it's a Sizzix set called Dinosaurs, that I cut from an assortment of card scraps for my rainbow loving Grandson. I did spend a lot of time sticking all the bits together but he's worth it!
Once I had a few dinosaurs cut and assembled, I lay them out on an A5 panel of black card and glued them down, trimming off the overhanging bits. They all point in one direction but overall I'm happy with the layout. The sentiment is an old LOTV one that I stamped on black and heat embossed with white EP before cutting out with a circle die and mounting on a slightly larger white one. Once the tricky little die cuts were dealt with the rest was quite quick!

So where will this new challenge take you? As always we love seeing your makes in the gallery and this time would also like to see what new stash you have. Why not pop over to the blog to see what new stash the team have been using?

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Monday 1 January 2024

Color Hues #78

It's the first of January 2024 so HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It also means it's time for a new colour combo from Color Hues. This time Marcia has chosen wintery blues for her color pairing but I went against the trend and down a different route with this interpretation!

I received this set in my stocking at Christmas and just had to ink it up!
I've now got quite a few of these Ai ladies and they always make me smile, this trio look to be having the best time lounging by the pool. After stamping, I coloured the image with Copics using mainly the darkest of navy blues, B39, 37, 34 and 32 and shades of light blue B000, 00, 01 and 02. I kept all the other colours neutral by using Copics in the E group, no citrus or bright red in this! After fussy cutting them out, I inked an A6 side fold card with Salty Ocean DI through a STAMPlorations stencil to give the look of rippling water and then glued the ladies over the top. The sentiment which comes with the stamp was added on a die cut speech bubble.
So where will this combo take you? The rest of the team and our GD Bonnie McClure have come up with some great ideas but why not let your imagination run! 
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