Sunday, 17 September 2017

Autumnal Thankyou


I always think it is nice to say thank you but when you say it with a card it always feels like you mean it a little bit more as you have taken time to get the card (or make it) and send it.

This card was made for a guy hence the colours and the palette just screamed autumn to me so I went with foliage and tried to keep it simple and clean using dies cuts.


I used a brown base card and used a poppystamps die (I think its poppy stamps if not it will be Memory box as almost all my dies are one or te other. The sentiment is jumbled thank you and was cut in brown card.
I added a panel of yellow card which had moonglow walnut ink stain sprayed on it as a base for my foliage.


I added a delicate fern cut in green and chandre stems cut in brown and yellow. I decided to add some ivy which is I think a cottage cutz die and the leaves are a mix of poppystamps dies and I think a joy craft die . The leaves I coloured with inks to try and give a variegated turning colour look.
I love how it turned out and the guy it was sent to loved it too so job done.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

House of cards - photo inspiration

outside the box -falling for fall

Allsorts -feels like autumn

creatalicious- anything goes optional leaves

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Rainbow flowers

I decided to play with my distress oxide inks but make a bit of a rainbow too. There was a challenge I found that is to case one of Beverly Brown from Unikos cards  so I thought I'd have a go. I was recently lucky enough to win some fab flower stamps from a moving along with the times challenge.

I stamped the flower images with versafine ink and embossed using clear embossing powder. I them created my rainbow using post it notes to create the crisp lines.

I decided once I'd done the rainbow to try something different. I used a water pen and tissue to oxidise and remove some of the colour from the flower. I quite like the effect it created.
I decided to make it a birthday card so added the birthday stamp from the flower set. I don't normally make single layer cards but I'm happy I tried this, this time.



I would like to enter his card into the following challenges:-

Time out challenges - case Bev's card

Kraftin Kimme - rainbow colours

Sweet stampin' - heat embossing

The daily marker - colouring challenge

simon says - use a stamp

little red wagon - show us your background









Tuesday, 22 August 2017

By the light


I often find it hard to come up with new ideas for anniversary cards as you can only do flowers and champagne flute so often and I'm not one for loads of layers and embellishments as a rule just not my comfort zone. When I bought this Penny black die I thought it would be perfect for an anniversary card for a change.

I cut a circle in post it note and used it as a mask so I could create my silvery moon and coloured the rest of the card with dark blue distress ink. I cut the cat die and trimmed the coloured card to fit behind it perfectly.


I used more distress inks black and browns to colour my cats leaving the border and sitting bench uncolored apart from the smudges from colouring the cats. 

I added my double layer panel to a white base card and took a tiny die cut heart coloured  pink and placed between my two black cats. I didn't get as far as a sentiment as my son said he loved the card just as it was as we recently found a website with different celebration days and one was girlfriend appreciation day and he decided my card would be perfect as was for his girlfriend,so guess I'll have to start over.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Brown sugar - anything goes

Use  your stuff - new beginnings

Penny Black and more - all creatures great and small

AAA - maskng

cardz 4 galz - cats and or kittens

Colour crazy - anything goes


Sunday, 20 August 2017

You make rainy days...


A just for fun and experimentation card. I was experimenting with spectrum noir aqua pens and watercolour paper, not a paper I use very often but had a play at creating a watery background. One thing led to another and my rock salt was sat on my desk from silk painting and I wondered if watercolour would react the same. 




It didn't work as it does on silk but I have a feeling that might be to do with the watercolour paper being absorbent. but one to try again. I did like the effect it did create though and thought it would make a fab rainy day card,well the back of the paper anyway, as the lines of colour are less defined as are the salt impressions.



I used a memory box die proper umbrella and cut several in some scraps of rainbow card I had using the greens and yellows, I love the subtle shading. I randomly placed them on my water colour and love how the salt marks look like random rainfall.
It took me a while to workout what colour base card to use but after accidentally placing it on a distress oxide ink background whilst swapping through different plain card bases I had found my base and got inky colouring a white base card front. I added water drops for added effect and then my umbrella panel.
I finished my card with a bright yellow stitched circle die cut using open studios circle die and stamped a lily of the valley sentiment as it just seemed perfect.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-


Memory box -go with the flow

country view - blues and greens

fab n funky - anything goes

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

crafty creations - anything goes

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Star in the making



Another cute LOTV stamp and thought it would make a fun birthday card for one of my nephews next month. He has guitar lessons along with many other lessons his mum has him doing to channel his autistic energy into something positive and it seems to work.

I used paper from my stash think its dovecoat but not 100% sure as it was just an odd sheet I had left and layered with red mirri card.I cut a star in red mirricard and put that behind the image I fussy cut and coloured with promarkers.


At the base of my card I added a die cut music border by Memory box and some silver peel offs coloured with red promarker to finish the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-


Scrappyland - anything goes

Simon says wed challenge - add a sentiment

The Paper shelter- dies and punches

seize the birthday - anything goes