Thursday, 18 January 2018

The first of the year

... Valentine, that is. I'm not a big fan of Valentines cards, I don't think I have a romantic bone in my body, but people want them so I make them.

This very CAS one uses a background made with a Santoro embossing folder, two different washi tapes, a pair of hearts cut with a Gummiapan die and a sentiment cut with a die a friend sent me from America - it has no brand name on it and is a flat sheet that cuts all manner of useful words at once - you can cut them all and save the spares for when you need then or do what I did today and tape a snippet of card over just the word you want.

I am sharing this with

Cuttlebugmania - Valentines Day
Use Your Stuff - Monochromatic  
CAS on Friday - Love 
C.R.A.F.T. - Love/Valentines

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

X is for......

I'm delighted to have been invited to be this fortnight's guest designer at The Butterfly Challenge and the first task Mrs A gave me was to pick the letter for the theme. I was very brave and chose X, which stands for Xtra Fold so this time's challenge is

#93 Butterflies + X is for Xtra  Fold and/or the colour Zomp

Now please don't do what I did and google the word Zomp, if you do a search, do an image search, because after what I found in a text search I had to scrub my eyeballs and wash my computer out with soap! However despite that, Zomp is apparently a beautiful blue green colour, somewhere between jade green and turquoise, reminiscent of the colours in a peacock's tail.

So Mrs A would like to see a card with more than one fold, OR a card using this lovely colour, OR (for extra brownie points and a chance of a bonus prize) BOTH. And of course there must a butterfly on it somewhere.

Here's my card, a zig zag fold that uses rather a lot of Zomp as well.

The panels are covered in card from a lovely Hunkydory kit and the extra butterflies die cut from snippets using a Dovecraft layering butterfly die set.

Now I'd love to see what you can make for the challenge - I'm looking forward to visiting you all when you link up to The Butterfly Challenge - see you there!


Post script - I see Mrs A has changed the name of the colour to Blue/Green now - it's the same colour though and I'm leaving the chatter about zomp in my post to give you a giggle!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Romantic music

There's a very beautiful inspiration photo at Inkspirational Challenges this time

I've taken the violin as my main inspiration, and also gone with the lace and pearls, roses and overall romantic feel of the image.

The violin is a very old unmounted stamp from my stash - it must be around 20 years old and I think was originally from a grab bag bought from the American company Raindrops on Roses (I don't know whether they are still around). After stamping and cutting out, I covered it with Glossy Accents.
The stamped music background uses a Kanban stamp and the embossed one a Darice folder. I've added ribbon, lace, pearls, resin roses and die cut leaves to make a card oozing with springtime romance.

I'm sharing this with
Inkspirational  - photo challenge
A bit more time to craft - anything goes

January Blues at Cardz 4 Guyz

Time for our first challenge of the year at Cardz 4 Guyz and our theme is January Blues

I printed off papers and a design sheet from Debbie Moore's CD Cards for Men - Silhouettes to make my card.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Deer Deer Deer

Today's card uses the Lili of the Valley Reindeer Trio stamp set - one I don't use often enough!

I coloured them in with Promarkers and cut them out slightly outside the stamped area. Red and brown matting on a cream DL card, and a sentiment stamped with a Studio G mini stamp. The border is from a set of peel offs I bought some time round about the invention of the wheel.

I am sharing this with
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Brown, Red and Cream 
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Feature a Creature
Jingle Belles - We THREE Kings
The Holly and Ivy - anything Christmas goes   

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Feathers for Twofers

In case you haven't heard, in which case you must have spent the last few weeks hiding under a mountain of mince pies (have you finished them all yet?) there's a brand new challenge in the blogosphere - Twofers, the brainchild of the lovely and talented Darnell.

The idea is to make two different cards, for different occasions, using the same stamp or die, and the theme for the very first challenge is FEATHERS.

Here is my pair of cards, using a beautifully opulent feather stamp which was designed some years ago by Linda Luckin - I'm afraid it is no longer available. I've used it to make two very, very different cards,  but as you can see I chose to emphasise the twoferliciousness by using the same layout for both.

So, I'm linking this first image up to Twofers - now for a closer look at the individual cards and the challenges I am linking them to.

First of all, the left hand, inky card.

This started off as something of an experiment -  I sometimes stamp an image in Versamark ink and then brush mica powders over it. I wondered if I could get a more two tone effect by substituting the Versamark for a coloured Versafine ink, so that's what I tried. I used a blue ink and a green powder - the result was very much NOT what I'd expected or hoped for but I rather liked it, so hastily planned a completely different card from the one that I'd had in mind.

Going back to the Versamark ink, I stamped the feather randomly over white card for the background, embossing with clear powder, then sponged purple, blue and olive green inks all over the card and buffed with a tissue to give a resist effect. The sentiment (a magazine freebie) is stamped in olive green although it looks black on the photo, and all the elements edged with purple.

I chose the "Congratulations" sentiment because I was thinking of the phrase "That's a feather in your cap!". In fact if I can find a suitable font I might print out an insert saying exactly that.

I am sharing this with
Rubber Dance - Purple, Blue and Olive green
Allsorts - No Patterned Paper

Now onto the second card

I always think feathers look lovely on sympathy cards, as do CAS styles and shades of purple, and today I decided to use the words "Thinking of you" rather than "With deepest sympathy" simply because I only have one deepest sympathy card and I wanted a change. The stamp is a very old HOTP one and I stamped it directly onto the card. I'm so much braver about doing that now I have a Misti!

I stamped the feather in deep purple and coloured it with pencils (all the bits of this card that look black are actually deep purple)  then layered it on to two shades of purple from my snippets box and added it to the card.

I am sharing this one with
Addicted to stamps and more - Clean and simple
Pixie's Snippets Playground weeks 315/316
Less is More - Purples
Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions

Technique at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

Today at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers it's all about technique - Edna would like you to showcase a favourite technique.

One technique I came to not all that long ago is using bleach  in my cardmaking, and I have a fab NBUS set of Rubber Dance stamps where the main image just cries out to be bleached, so here is what I created.

The bathing beauty is stamped and heat embossed in black on blue card, and then painted in with a waterbrush filled with cheap bleach -  it has to be the really cheap, thin type, not the more common (and more expensive) thick kind. I outlined her and added a few waves to the sea with a blue gel pen slightly darker than the card.

For the background I spritzed more of the blue card with bleach, shaking a few bigger drops on from  paintbrush to give a splashy effect,  then when it was dry, overstamped with the life saver image. Now, is life saver a bit of a controversial word? Do my transatlantic friends use the word to describe a PERSON who saves lives, who I would call a lifeguard, rather than a THING? I can see a discussion starting to form in my head...

Anyway, back to the card - the sentiment and poster images are also from the same stamped set.

I am sharing this with
Use Your Stuff - Something new (the stamp set)
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes
Rubber Dance Forever Challenge
Sweet Stampin - Lots of Layers