Saturday, 24 March 2018

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #106 - N is for Need Coffee

Edna's desperate for her caffeine fix over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers just now, that's why our latest challenge is Need Coffee.

I'm much more of a tea drinker, so I don't really have anything coffee related in my stash, apart from a sheet of stickers sent to me by the lovely Darnell, so they have found their way onto this card.

Sadly I have finally run out of the coffee-grounds-infused cardstock I bought aeons ago at the Eden Project so I made a rough imitation of it using Brushos. The other background paper is one that's been lurking in my stash for years and I have No Idea at all where it came from. I've divided the papers diagonally so I could use the sticker borders to create an N for "Need".  The "coffee art" on the bottom left is made by using a coffee art stencil and metallic paint - it doesn't work as well as a craft stencil, after all it's really designed for shaking cocoa powder onto froth with. I don't suppose my craft stencils would perform too well at decorating a cappuccino either.

That poor lady looks rather how  felt by the time this card was finished. I think I'd better go and have a nice cup of tea to recover......

The Astrolabe

This Astrolabe stamp is from the docrafts Chronology range that was released a few years ago. Somewhere I have a CD of matching background papers but today I wanted to make my own background with a "vintage science" feel to it.

I stamped the astrolabe and masked it, then used distress inks to make a blended background. I stamped the lightbulbs and fingerprints then used a wet brush to remove some of the ink inside the light bulb images to make them look transparent.

I'm sharing this with

The Male Room - Space/Science
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine Anything Goes

Bright butterfly

Many many years ago, when I was fairly new to card making, I bought a pack of butterfly shaped card blanks in assorted colours thinking how useful they would be. When I got them home, I couldn't think of a single thing to do with them - and I had about 24 of the blighters.

Gradually over the years I've chipped away at them, helped a lot in recent years by the grandchildren who have really loved decorating them, until I had just one pink one left, getting rather faded around the edges but still "too good to throw away".

At last I've used it!

First of all I dealt with the fading by dabbing a deeper shade of pink ink around the edge. Then I stamped all over with a Kanban butterfly background stamp and used a bright pink Wink of Stella to highlight the butterflies.

The stamp set includes three individual butterflies which I stamped onto contrasting mint green card and used as embellishments.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Shaped cards

Friday, 23 March 2018

Easter Bunnies (?)

Now I've made this card it's dawned on me that the two "bunnies" in the silhouette aren't playing, they are boxing. And that means they are hares!

However I am claiming artistic license, for the purposes of this card they can jolly well be bunnies and like it!

I blended Distress inks to make the background for the image, which I stamped with a very old magazine freebie stamp, then I used the same inks with the addition of a pink one to stencil the spotty background.

The black bunnies are chipboard ones which I covered with black ink and embossing powder and heated so in real life they have a lovely shiny finish.

I am sharing this with

C.R.A.F.T. challenge - Spring/Easter
Shopping Our Stash - Here Comes Peter Cottontail
The Library Challenge (this is a new challenge to me and as a book lover it's right up my street) - Watership Down - inspired by the silhouette on the cover
Creative With Stamps - Bunny

Victorian postcards

Some time ago I got a set of miniature reproduction postcards from Foil Play. They are gorgeous - replicas of the Christmas postcards that were often sent instead of Christmas cards in Victorian times, and they are actually double sided, so the back shows the writing and postage that was on the original card - it *almost* seems a shame to stick them down, which is why it's taking me so long to use them up.

I've gone a bit mad with them here though and used three of them, all with old fashioned Santa designs. I did giggle a bit to myself though, if you blow the photo right up you will see that two of them are smoking and the one on the left, although gloved on one hand, is using the other to make a rather impolite gesture!

The green background paper is printed from a Joanna Sheen CD, and the sentiment cut from a sheet from the same CD.

I am sharing this with

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Santa
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
Jingle Belles - Spirit of Christmas Past
The Holly and The Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes   

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Going dotty

I made this card with the challenge at Rubber Dance in mind, but now it's made I'm just wondering whether the sentiment alone is really enough stamping for their challenge? Oh well, I'll pop it into their linky and see what they say - I really don't want to destroy the CAS look of it with any more stamping.

The spotty panel is made by sponging purple, black and grey inks through a Uniko background stencil. I only had pigment inks in the colours pf purple and black I wanted, so I chose a black pigment ink too then sprinkled all the sponged spots with clear embossing powder and embossed it - it's given them lovely texture and shine in real life.

I used a very old border punch to edge the purple card then stamped the sentiment using a stamp from a recent magazine freebie set.

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple
Use Your Stuff - On the Border
Rubber dance (possibly!) - Circles and/or black, grey and purple

And I just want to also share a picture of my latest bake - I'm still loving making sourdough bread after the class I attended a few weeks ago. Today I made a sourdough "hot cross bun" style loaf, with spices and fruits added to the dough.

Beside the seaside

I've gone for a very retro look to this card, using stamps from Rubber Dance's "Take the Plunge" set for the background and another Rubber Dance stamp that was tucked into my package as an extra for the topper.

To make the background I stamped the shells on white card in Versamark ink and embossed them with clear powder, then sponged blue ink all over and buffed the stamped areas. Then I stamped the anchors over the top in black memento ink.

I used the same ink to stamp the topper then lightly coloured it with pencils to give that "hand tinted photo" effect that was so popular in the early 20th century.

I am sharing this with

Cardz 4 Galz - Beach or nautical
Rubber Dance - Forever challenge
Mix It Up - make your own background
Little Red Wagon - Girls or Women