Monday, 21 May 2018

Rainbow Anchor....

My card today was inspired by........... 
The CAS Watercolour Challenge, which is Rainbow.
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge , which is Masculine theme
Fusion Challenge, great photo inspiration and a theme of Harbour

This is my Card.....

The Anchor is a die cut and I have used Brusho's activated by water.

This was not the first attempt........
I found it incredibly hard to use all the colours of the rainbow on this small die cut 
and not to get 'muddy' colours.
I tried the brusho's on a large card and then die cutting the anchor 
but kept missing colours so for me the only way to do it was actually on the Anchor itself.

I finished off with layering the anchor, stamping the rope in grey 
and doing lots of dots with a toothpick.

And then it happened.....
I use Brusho's a lot and knew if I sprayed them with anything they would re-activate.
I wanted a little shine...So I thought a gloss varnish would not re-activate them..
It did! 
Still happy that you can still see all the colours of the rainbow 
but I felt all my hard work slightly diluted...literally.
Always learning and loving it x

Thank you for stopping by, it means a lot to me x

Crafty Hugs

I have a family member who has recently retired from being a 'Boat' Pilot 
and also had this in mind when I made this masculine card
Challenges I would love to enter....
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Penny's Masculine, anything goes challenge
Thrilled to be chosen as a rocker with my Shoe card - Thank you
Fusion Challenge - Great inspirational photo and a theme of Harbour

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

CAS Mix Up May Reminder Post

Time for the reminder post at The CAS Mix Up May Challenge,
which is using Gelato's or Crayons

This is my card......

I have used Distress Crayons, Stamping and my choice is Stencilling, embossing paste 
and Die Cutting...
I started with using a thin layer of white gesso through the stencil.
This produced a slight resist...
After taking the stencil off I went over the whole card with several shades of Distress Crayons
and using a damp wipe to blend. 
I wiped off any residue colour off the gesso with a damp wipe.
This is how I coloured in my background.
I popped the stencil back on, mixed a few colours of the Distress Crayons
and embossing embossing paste together and used this through the stencil.

The sentiment has been stamped and I have used Lindy embossing powder, 
which looks all shiny  and changes colour in different angles.
The die cut circle has been raised up on foam for a little dimension.

There are video links on the CAS Mix UP Challenge blog 
on different ways to use the Crayons or Gelato's.
Jenny from My Paper Epiphany is our wonderful guest designer this month,
pop across and be inspired by Jenny and the talented Design Team.

Thank You Bonnie for this fun challenge. 
I have loved learning different ways to use this new to me medium x

Crafty Hugs x

Challenges I would love to enter.....
Just Us Girls - Trend Week is Stencils

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Guest Designer for Twofer Challenge....

I was thrilled to be The' Unconventional Winner' at The Twofer Challenge 
with these two cards for the month of March.
As a result I was kindly invited to guest design this month.

I am lucky enough to be sharing the guest designing with the wonderful Linda 
from Life In The Craft Lane, so pop across and be inspired.

The Twofer challenge for May is Butterflies 
and I wanted to try and do something a little unconventional with my butterflies.
I have used the same die cut Butterfly on both of the cards......

These are my two cards...........

You must use the same stamp or die to make two different designs for two different occasions
and if the occasions are not clear, it would be good to state them in your post.....

My First Card..........

 I die cut the butterfly lots of times, 
water coloured with Lindy powders, activated with water 
and then cut the butterfly in half, omitting the body part...ouch....
The flower stem and sentiment have been stamped 
and I have used washi tape down the right hand side.
I finished off with gold paint around the edges.

My Second Card, which is an encouragement card......

I cut a pointed shoe shape out of thick grey board.
Popped it on my pancake maker for constant heat and used clear UTEE, 
black and platinum embossing powder for a layering effect.
I also used frantage glass glitter and mica bits.
I used a cocktail stick to achieve the effect I wanted on the shoe and on the butterfly.
For the skin of the foot I used acrylic paints.
Finishing off with stamping and heat embossing  the strong and encouraging sentiment ,
which I thought went well with the bold shoe image.
I had so much fun making these two cards.

There was some debate after finishing my shoe card...
To my mind it is a shoe
To my DH the butterfly is a necklace, over a black top/dress
Is it a lady in a white jacket, with a black shirt underneath
I would love to know what you initially saw when looking at this card
Thank you x

Please Pop across to The Twofer Challange and be inspired by
the wonderful and creative design team.....And..... to join in this fun Challenge.
Thank you Darnell for inviting me to guest with you this month...

Crafty Hugs

Challenges I would love to enter.....

With My Flower Card....
The Card Concept - Inspiration photo - Bold Bloom
What a fabulous inspiration Photo... My Style for this card is Clean and Layered....
Loved the large Bloom, the striking colour, which inspired my colour choice and the vertical blinds on the right, which inspired me to put the striped washi tape down the right hand side of my card
AAA Cards Challenge - Tic Tac Toe
I have gone with the left hand vertical column.....Gold, water-colouring and Flowers
Stamplorations - Theme Challenge - Things with wings....


With My Shoe Card......
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge - Things with Wings
Stamplorations - CUTplorations - Using a die and a Things with wings theme...
Joining in with my encouragement card....
Thrilled to be chosen as a rocker with my Shoe card - Thank you

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

CAS Mix Up May Challenge

The CAS Mix Up Challenge for May is 

Using Gelato's or Crayons

Hosted by Bonnie

More information and video links can be found on The CAS Mix Up Challenge blog.....
You will also be treated to wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team 
and Jenny from  My Paper Epiphany, who is our amazing guest this month.
You will be in for a real treat when you pop into her blog.....

This is my card.....

I used Distress Crayons to colour embossing paste, Die Cutting, Stencilling and Stamping
I had never used Gelato's or Crayons before so I found the video links 
on the CAS Mix UP Challenge Blog really useful.

The die cut bird has been stamped with text and then inlaid back into the black card stock.
I used a stencil with clear embossing paste 
and also embossing paste coloured with  vibrant pink distress crayons.
I finished off with the die cut 'You' sentiment and branch 
and stamping the rest of the sentiment and heat embossing in white.

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge....
Thank you Bonnie for this new to me medium, which I have had fun with.

Crafty Hugs

Challenges I would like to enter......

Sunday, 15 April 2018

CAS Mix Up April Reminder Post

Time for the reminder post for The CAS Mix Up April Challenge,
which is The Rubber Band Technique, Stamping and Your choice....

This is my card......

I have used the Rubber Band Technique, stamping and my choice is heat embossing, 
water colouring and die cutting.

I am having so much fun trying out this new to me technique.
I started with Magical Powders and spraying water to activate them, in shades of pink.
The black tiny script has been lightly stamped in black archival.
I used two acrylic blocks with different thicknesses of rubber bands and stamped randomly 
over the water coloured background, using Versa-Mark.
I then used silver embossing powder and heat set.
The four squares have been edged with black heat embossing and raised up onto foam.
Finishing off with the die cut sentiment that has been layered with silver and black.

Hope you will join us with this fun technique, 
which I think makes unique and creative backgrounds.
There is lots of inspiration over on the blog from the talented Design Team 
and our wonderful guest designer, Hideko, The Paper Craft Boutique
There are video links too....

Crafty Hugs

Challenges I would love to enter....
Stamplorations - Focus on the Sentiment
Thrilled to be an April Random Winner with this card...Thank you x
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge


Sunday, 1 April 2018

CAS Mix Up April Challenge

The Challenge for April is The Rubber Band Technique
hosted by Julia.

To join in you are asked to use the The Fun Rubber Band Technique, Stamping and Your choice...
Pop across to The CAS Mix Up Challenge to see wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team 
and Hideko, The Paper Craft Boutique, who is our amazing guest this month. 
You will be treated to stunning inspiration when you pop into her blog....

This is my card.....

I have used the Rubber Band Technique, Stamping and my choices are
embossing paste, stencil and die cutting.

This new to me technique was so much fun....
I wrapped a thin elastic band around an acrylic block, stamped randomly 
with versa-mark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I used several shades of grey ink and blended them, with a brush, over the white embossing.
The flower is a masked stencil, which I popped silver embossing paste through.
The sentiment has been die cut twice and I finished off with white acrylic splats.
If you have never tried this technique why not give it a go.
It produces some unique effects and you'll have fun trying.
Thank you Julia for this new to me technique, which I have loved.

Crafty Hugs

Challenges which I would love to join in....
Just Us Girls - Wild Card Week...CAS
Stamplorations never ending Anything Goes challenge
The stencil is Stamplorations

Friday, 16 March 2018

Thanks for everything.....

The Twofer Challenge this month is Blossoms....
The challenge requires you to make two cards, 
using the same stamp or die and using the theme of Blossoms,
for two different occasions and two distinctly different designs....

These are my cards.......

I was inspired by The Paper Players Colour challenge to use any shade of Pink.
A girls got to have a pink dress.........
Thrilled to have been chosen as The Headliner with my Card....Thank you so much x
A winner over at The Twofer Challenge----Thank you, made my day....x
The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Garden, 
which inspired me to make a garden themed CAS card.......
Yey to the Outstanding Design shout out....Thank you x

The stamp I have used is a poppy stamp by Penny Black from 'Blooming Garden'.
I used it as a poppy in my garden themed card 
and reversed it, fussy cut it 
and coloured in many shades of pink for my Birthday Girl Dress card.
I had so much fun making this card....
The flourish was stamped in grey archival and in parts I popped on Mica Flakes.
The dress and card is all girly and swirly....
The dress has been water coloured with many shades of pink, using Lindy's Magical powders.
 The Happy Birthday sentiment is a crisp upright font to contrast,
 with the swirls and is by Happy Little Stampers.
I finished off with silver stickles and popping up the centre panel onto foam.

My Garden themed CAS card has been water coloured with Lindy Magicals too 
but the flat ones, which have no shine.
I masked the poppy's and then stamped varies individual flower/grass stamps in the background.
The fun element of the spiders web has been embossed in silver.
I also popped up a rectangle panel onto black foam to add further interest.

Contrasting cards in style and occasions and boy did I have fun x
Thank you so much for finding the time to stop by, I really do appreciate it.

Crafty Hugs x

Challenges I would Love to enter....
The Twofer Challenge this month is Blossoms
Thank you so much for the win....

The Petal Pink Birthday Card.......
The Paper Players Colour challenge to use any shade of Pink
Thrilled with being chosen as your headliner....Thank you x
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes without the option for me this time
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media Challenge - Friendship
The sentiment stamp is from Happy Little Stampers
Thank you so much for the win

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - All about Occasions 
Thank you for the shout out x

The Water coloured Poppy Garden Card.....
The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Garden
Thrilled with my shout out over at The CAS Watercolour Challenge-Thank you so much