Friday, 11 August 2017

Thinking of You......

Today's card....
Having fun with Alcohol Inks....
I have used Alcohol inks, stamping, heat embossing, glossy accents and die cutting.
I have used a gel medium over the Alcohol Inks, through the die cut stencil,
as I wanted a glossy look to them.
It was interesting as it changed the colour of the pinks in the alcohol inks.
The pinks went a more fluorescent colour than their original magenta colour.
I still loved them and I always love learning.
I was inspired to use Alcohol Inks from the wonderful CAS Mix Up Challenge.
If you pop over they have links to videos with inspiration to using these inks.
The glorious colours of the flower and the black card layer is simply stunning.
I have never played here before and always wanted too.
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by my blog
I really do appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs xx

Challenges I would like to enter....
Stamping, Alcohol inks 
and for me die cutting and gel medium through the die cut stencil
Inspired by the colours on the flower and the black card layer 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Thank You...Altenew

I had so much fun creating today's card....
My inspiration......
  • I was first drawn to the colours which look and feel grungy/retro to me
  • The grouping of the elements on Erum's amazing card
  • The splats and grungy background
  • The stamping of the sentiment straight onto the card

I started with stamping the reverse of some of the Simple flowers heads 
in the stamp set and heat embossing in gold.
Splattering and using Bistre pigment powders against the resist of the embossing.
The leaves are from the Adore you stamp set as I wanted a more open leaf.
Some heat embossed in gold and some in brown archival ink.
I had so much fun using my oxides for the first time to replicate the colours,
then stamping and layering the Simple Flower heads.

I finished off with more splats and stamping the sentiment straight onto the card.
The Thank you sentiment is from The Oriental Orchid stamp set....
There is a Thank you sentiment in the Adore set too...
You can never have enough sentiment stamps!!

The strip of gold  washi tape is a nod to Erums new card for the challenge....

Grungy, Retro and a fun couple of days crafting.....
Thank you for the inspiration x
Crafty Hugs xx
Some very kind blog friends and followers have suggested to me 
that I add a 'follow me' by e mail button.
I have hopefully done that...I hadn't realised the significance of that button
Thank you so much x
Challenges I would like to enter.....

Monday, 31 July 2017

Love You.....

CASology is celebrating their 5th year anniversary 
with a Balloon blog hop...
Congratulations to you and the Talented Team.......
This is my clean and simple card.......
The penguins have been stamped with my trusty Misti 
to achieve the depth of black.
I did my first attempt with clear heat embossing 
but my card warped and I didn't want layers...
Why is it that when I have to do a one layer card (or nearly) for a challenge I struggle 
and then when I don't have to, then I very much enjoy the process?
Finished with glossy accents on the balloon and a little white mica powder.

Thank you for the wonderful CAS inspiration from the team 
and thank you for the fun Balloon blog hop x
Thank you for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to pop my card into.......
Both of the stamps are old and never used.....shameful x

Sunday, 30 July 2017


Here is Today's project....
Today's project was inspired by the wonderful Mood Board at The Ton..
I was inspired by the wonderful collection of flowers and the heart shape....
I was also drawn towards the photo of the sea and the sky.
This was my starting point....
I tried to create the beautiful colours, using mica sprays......
Graduating from the pinks and the lilac of the sky
to the blues and  turquoise of the sea.
I stamped the gorgeous Anemone stamp in the top left 
and also onto watercolour card.
Fussy cut the anemone's and water coloured with pigment powders.

The Summer Blooms stamp has been stamped on the bottom 
and water coloured with pigment powders.
I have stamped in white heat embossing to represent the white surf.

The mini Peony cluster set has been stamped onto a  small MDF heart.

I finished off with the Love die cut sentiment 
and silver heat embossing around the edge of the hearts. 
The sprays and some of the pigment powders have produced the prettiest of shine, 
which hopefully you can see?
I hope I have re-created the sky and the sea in the inspiration photo, 
along with the gorgeous flowers?
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by.
Crafty Hugs x

I am popping my Heart Creation over to 
The July Challenge at The Ton....
Update...I was lucky to get a Honourable Mention...
Thank you so much x

The Ton Stamps

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Beautiful Butterfly.....

Today's card .....
CAS Mix Up challenge is to use tissue paper, stamping and my choice.
I am learning that there is so much you can do with this medium.
The Aqua goes so well with the tones of brown.
The inspiration came from the first post and the pinterest board 
I used Lindy sprays for the background, with the crumpled up tissue paper.
After it had dried I heat embossed copper over some of the raised parts.

The butterfly has been stamped and water-coloured, 
with the Lindy's using a paintbrush straight from the bottles.

The butterfly was fussy cut and the frame with a stitched die cut.
A little stamping on the background and also the sentiment to finish.
A detailed photo of the beautiful bling from the Lindy sprays 
and the embossed heated copper
I have fun with this technique and combining the aqua with the browns.
CAS Watercolour Challenge is Butterfly, which also inspired my choice
of embellishment.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog..
I really do appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs
Challenges I would like to enter.....
CAS Mix Up challenge is to use tissue paper, stamping and my choice.
My choice is fussy cutting and die cutting...Thank you for the technique
Enjoyed using the Lindy's as my watercolour medium and using the butterfly image

Thursday, 20 July 2017


Had fun over the past couple of days playing 
with embossing powder and sprays.
This is my card....
One of our neighbours is celebrating their 65th birthday so this is for him.
I started with Wow embossing powders
On the left.....
I used three different  WOW embossing powders and 
noticed that they look different over black so I ended up with four 
different colours.......Yey!!!!
On the right.....
A stencil, embossing paste, several Lindy sprays 
and also embossing powders.

For the thistles I used a stencil and embossing paste, coloured with Lindy Magicals.
The grunge silver hearts have been stamped with Wow stamps and heat embossed.
The sentiment has been die cut, 
out of the Wow embossing from the photo on the left (above).
I loved how the graduated embossing turned out.
The shine and texture in real life is really eye catching.
Had fun with this one and hope my neighbour likes it? x
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by my blog,
I really do appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs
Challenges I would like to enter....
Wow July Challenge - Multi Colour Embossing
The blue WOW pearlescent powder is great over the black....
The Male Room - Technique - Mixed Media
Plenty of Mixed Media on this card
Lots of texture on my card

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Live In The Moment..

Inspired by 
The CAS Mix Up Card Challenge 
I was lucky enough to receive an Outstanding Design 
shout out for my card...Thank you so very much

CAS(E) This Sketch for today's card
stamping, tissue paper and your choice..Mine is Die Cutting.
There are links on the blog about different techniques to try.
CAS(E) This Sketch  challenge totally caught my eye....
I have used several different colours of Lindy's sprays, for the tissue technique.
Some of them have mica in them and are really pretty and blingy !
I have enhanced the texture on the tissue with inca gold.
The die cut leaf has been heat embossed to add shine 
and the sentiment heat embossed in gold.

I loved doing, the new to me, tissue technique and combining it with the sprays...
Messy and fun x
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter...
The CAS Mix Up Card Challenge  - Thank you for the fun challenge
CAS(E) This Sketch - What a great sketch
Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies
Stamplorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge

Monday, 10 July 2017

Mon Amie.....

Today's card was inspired by the Challenge over at City Crafter,
where the theme is Black and White....

My loyal and good blog friend Ros from Ros-Mikeysmom Blog
has been on the design team there for seven years 
and this is her last inspiration post.
I shall miss her unique and creative style and wanted to show my support.
This card is for her...
Cas-Ual Fridays challenge is Tic Tac Toe so that was was inspiration too.
I started with the horizontal line at the top
I stamped the black horizontal stripes with my trusty Misti first.
The butterflies have also been stamped 
and masked to get the white heat embossing on the black.
I then popped on the spiky stencil, masked and black embossing paste 
and just before it was dry heat embossed white powder,
which gave a lovely texture to it.
I finished with stamping the sentiments.

At this stage it was all on one layer, which I was so pleased about.

However....the heat embossing and black paste made the mixed media card stock 
warp, so I had to go onto plan B!
I added the dry embossed grid layer and now it's the vertical line on the right.
 How lucky was that?
It is one of those cards that looks like I made it quickly but boy did it take me ages.
And...I loved doing it!!!
Just wanted to say Thank You for all the inspiration Ros x
Crafty Hugs xx
Popping my card over to the following challenges...
City Crafter Challenge Blog - Black and White
The vertical line on the right hand side...eventually x
Artistic Stamper - July Challenge is Black and White