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Monday, 8 February 2016

Background with Country View Crafts

I've been getting inky in my little journal.  I love making backgrounds, you never ever get 2 the same, and it's a great chance to go mad with inks...... lol
I used various ink sprays, stamps, bottle tops and an old store card to create the patterns for the background.  The text is one big stamp by Art Journey, which I cut up.
I'm entering the present challenge on Country View Crafts with this one, where the theme is Backgrounds.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Have a Wonderful Day!

I've been playing with water colour paints and stamps from Altenew.  The stamps are from the Peony Bouquet set.  I stamped onto water colour card with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I used Gansai Tambi water colours in the following shades - Pale Aqua, Blue, Evergreen, Mid Green and a light brushing of Silver over all the petals.  I finished off with a sentiment stamp I love, from Inkylicious.

Just a Bit Left Over....

I had this piece of coloured up card left over from my daughters card, so thought it was too good to waste.  So I got my Lavinia stamps out and came up with this.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Happy Birthday to my Daughter!

Today is my Daughter, Becky's 24th birthday, oh it doesn't seem 5 minutes since I had her........
I got my Pan Pastels out for this one, the first time I've actually used them for a card, I've only messed around with them, think I been a bit scared of them...... I don't know why, because they're easier to use than inks!  First I used the negative of the moon mask, and sponged on some of the yellow Pastel, then I swapped over and used the positive of the mask and added the rest of the colours, blending them in to each other.  I then removed the mask and blended some pink over it to 'soften' the sun.  Before stamping, I set the Pastels with some cheap hairspray.  Once it had dried I started with the stamping.  I used a mix of stamps from Inkylicious - cat, butterflies and grasses, Lavinia - the stars, and the tree bough is a Stampscape stamp, I added a sprinkling of glitter to the stars to give it that magical feel.  The text border was done on the computer.
Pan Pastel colours I used are -Bright Yell. Green Tint, Bright Yell. Green Shade, Orange Tint, Magenta Tint, Magenta Shade and Phthalo Blue Tint.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 25 January 2016

That's Crafty - ATC's

The challenge over on That's Crafty is 'ATC's'.  I used to make loads of these for swaps, years ago and not made one for such a long time.  So here's what I came up with.
For the first one, I blended just one Distress Ink, Abandoned Coral and gave it the 'Ombre' look.  Then first I stamped the lantern in Black Versafine, stamps from Lavinia Stamps, then stamped over this with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I've seen a similar technique done by Eileen Godwin, but she used a stencil and texture paste for the white image.
For the second one, I blended two Distress Inks, Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord, stamped the skyline with black Versafine, the stars and heart were stamped with the Dusty Concord.  Once the inks were dry, I highlighted parts with a white pen and added 'New York'.  All stamps used are from a Tim Holtz set called City Central.  I just love New York, so if I get the chance I do something New York themed..... lol.
For the third ATC, I used stamps from Altenew, Peony Bouquet, stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I used Distress Inks to add colour, Abandoned Coral and Peeled Paint.  I didn't realise till I'd finished this one, I'd used the same colour as the first one..... lol.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Two Cards.......

...... From one piece of A5 cardstock.
I love to see techiniques done by Eileen Godwin and she's just added a new one to her YouTube channel, so I thought I'd give it a go, it's Eileens version of the Master Board Technique.  If you've got some white Gesso, and inks then you can do this technique too. I've added the link to the tutorial for you, it was easier than me explaining it all..... lol.
I had an A5 piece of card handy so thought I'd use the full piece, that why I've got 2 cards.

Distress Inks used are Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo.
I love this technique and will be doing it again.  Why not have a go, I'm sure you'll enjoy it too.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Christening Card

My niece had her second son, Archie Stephen, just over a week ago and this is the card I made for them.
I love this die for baby cards, it's perfect!  The die is one of Mariannes, you also get stamps with it.  The blue part is embossed with the die, then cut round by hand then attached back of  the cut layer.  I think this give the impression of the bottom layer being quilted.  The printed border was done on the computer, then all layered up to finish of.

Male Card

Most of us crafters find making cards for the men in our lives, difficult, and I'm one of them.  Unless they have a hobby then it's nice and
It's my hubby's 60th in a couple of weeks and here's what I came up with for him.
I started of with a stencil by Memory Box for the background, which is called 'Texture Scraped Paint'.  I inked through this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Next I used Fired Brick, Distress Ink Reinker, dripped a couple of drops onto my mat, mixed in a little water, dipped a paintbrush into it and flicked it over the stenciled area till I was happy with the splashes.  While this dried, I got out the Letter Box stamps by Clarity and stamped up my wording, using Red Brick for the lettering and Vintage Photo to stamp the boxes.  Before cutting them out, I used Versamark ink to cover all the lettering and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, giving it a lovely shine.  I'd have used a glittery one if it had been a female card.... lol.  I used sticky pads to stick the wording to the card.

Monday, 18 January 2016

I Won!!!!!

.... the last challenge at Lavinia Stamps, how thrilled was I.  My prize was a £40 voucher to spend in their store.  I finally got time to play with some of the stamps.
I made the background by putting some Adirondack Inks, Purple Twilight and Pink Sherbet, onto a stamping block, spritzed it with some water, and used it like a stamp onto some cardstock.  When that was dry, I splashed it with water and dabbed it with some tissue to get the white patches.  I stamped the images with Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder, I then painted the images with the same inks and added some sparkle to the loopy bits..... lol.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

That's Crafty Challenge (22.1.16)

The challenge over at That's Crafty this week is 'Winter But Not Christmas', so I thought I'd make a tag rather than a card, just for a change after making so many Christmas cards.
I went for wintery colours with some snowflakes.  I used stencils for all of this tag apart from the sentiment which is by StampRite.   I used Distress inks in Dusty Concord and tumbled Glass, and used black Versafine for the trees.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

More Layering Stamps

I'm loving these stamps very much.  I've been playing with them alot, but this is only the 3rd card made using them..... I've been stamping them and deciding which colours work best.  I'd reccommend anyone new to these stamps to do the same, and to keep them for future reference.
This card uses stamps from Altenew Vintage Rose set and the small flowers and leaves are from the Beautiful Day set.  Colours used are Juniper, Meadow, Pink Sherbet, Raspberry, Currant, Cloudy Blue, Stonewashed, Denim - all Adirondacks and Chipped Shapphire Distress Ink.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Less Is More

The theme for the challenge over on 'Less Is More' this week, is One Layer Card with a Flourish.
It's very rare that I stamp straight onto the card base, always worried I mess it up, but I went for it on this card.
This stamp is from Viva stamps, I stamped it with Imperial Purple, Versafine.  The sentiment was in a freebie set.  I cut the butterflies with a Cheery Lyn die, and added a bit of sparkle with Glamour Dust, and finished of with gems. 
A closer look at the butterflies.
Thanks for looking.