Sunday, 14 October 2018

Wonderful Mum

Hi there

Today I'm sharing the card I recently made to send to my wonderful mum for her birthday.

After making this card recently, I still had the pot of texture paste on my desk so thought I'd make another using texture paste, ink and a stencil.

Here it is...


I placed the mandala stencil onto a white cardstock panel and then squished three shades of Distress Ink onto my blending matt and mixed each, one by one, with matte texture paste and spread it through the stencil.  I absolutely love how the white paste completely changes the colours of Distress Inks.  The pink in the centre is in fact Wilted Violet, the lavender shade is Blueprint Sketch and the minty green in Lucky Clover!

Once dry I die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.  I was worried the paste would flatten going through the Big Shot but the die must have taken the majority of the pressure so there is plenty of texture left on the surface.


I embossed the sentiment in white onto a vellum panel which I wrapped around the panel and secured on the reverse.  The 'wonderful' was die cut three times and stacked up, the top layer being white fine glitter cardstock.  I then finished by popping up the panel on fun foam.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Studio Katia - Mandala
  • Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover; VersaMark
  • Stamp: Papermania - Relations (serif)
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Dies: Reverse Confetti - You're So; Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Vellum and cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Time Out - Challenge #120 - Colourful (pastels can still be colourful, right?)
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes




Thank you for visiting, I may be back later today with another make.  And hopefully I'll be sharing more soon as I really need to get a wriggle on and make some Christmas cards!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Less is More Challenge #382

Hi there

There's a brand new challenge just starting at Less is More so I'll get straight to it with the cue card for our Theme challenge for the next fortnight...


(This can be standalone tags or tags attached to your project, and clean and simple of course)


Uniko is our fabulous sponsor for the month of October so remember that by playing along you're in with a chance of winning the monthly prize!

Uniko



I've been fighting to find time to craft lately so I only have one sample for you this time.  I wanted to create a double layer tag using vellum and I'm really pleased with the result.  Here it is, using stamps from our sponsor...


I used a tag die set to cut the two tags, first from aqua cardstock and again from vellum.  I then used another die from the set to die cut the curved edge on the vellum layer.  I stamped the sentiment on the aqua tag and heat embossed in white, then stamped the holly leaves on the vellum, also embossed in white, and stamped the berries and heat embossed in silver.  I've captured the shine from the embossing in the next photo...


I die cut the tag hole strengthener ring from the same aqua cardstock to create a more finished look, then threaded through with some silver organza ribbon tied with silver twine.

Materials used:
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Tag Along Die Collection
  • Stamps: Uniko - Winter Foliage, Simply Said Christmas
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White, Metallic Silver
  • Cardstock, vellum, ribbon and twine from stash

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - October Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Happy Little Stampers - October Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes (Ribbon)
Creative with Stamps - Challenge #31 - Halloween or Leaves




Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate your visits.  There's two weeks to play along, and if you need some inspiration please do pop over to the main Less is More challenge page where my teamies are sharing their fantastic makes.

Have a great weekend :)

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Skull and Cross Buns - Santa's Workshop

Hi guys

I've been itching to share these makes.

There is a brand new clear stamp set for Christmas over at Skull and Cross Buns called Santa's Workshop.

Emily has been extremely busy since the launch on Create & Craft last weekend but this new stamp set is now live on the website, along with four co-ordinating stencils: Geometric Tree, Christmas Stockings, Elf Stockings, Stars and Sparkles.



I had a play with the stamp set and the stockings stencil.  For my first card I couldn't resist the super cute little gingerbread man...



I started by stamping the gingerbread man a number of times and then masked them.  A little tip for you, stamp the image onto a few layers of post-it notes, then you can cut through a few at a time.  I then used a pine needle stamp from my stash to create the effect of a Christmas tree in two green shades.  I removed the masks and coloured the little images with Polychromos before drawing the ornament hangers with a gold pen.  I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed in gold, before die cutting the panel with a stitched rectangle and popping up on fun foam.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Santa's Workshop, Merry Christmas; Uniko - Winter Foliage
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Altenew - Evergreen; Memento - Cottage Ivy; VersaMark
  • Coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Accents: Signo Uniball - Gold

Challenge entry:

Allsorts - Challenge #488 - Trees and/or leaves




Next up, a super simple card using the co-ordinating stockings stencil to add colour...




I stamped the Merry Christmas, you can find it here, in VersaMark and embossed in silver.  I then stamped the stockings from the new set, as if hanging from the sign and also embossed these in silver.  I think the stocking hanger and the double lines on the stocking design co-ordinate so well with the sentiment stamp.  The stockings in the new Christmas Stockings stencil are exactly the same size as the image in the stamp set so I laid the stencil over the embossed images and added colour by blending with Distress Inks.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Merry Christmas Neon Sign, Santa's Workshop
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Inks - Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver

Challenge entry:

Sweet Stampin' - Use a Stencil (stockings were ink blended through a stencil)




For my final card I used the stocking as part of the sentiment...



The wreath was die cut from some white glitter card and adhered to a die cut green cardstock panel.  I stamped the stocking, coloured with ProMarkers and fussy cut it out to create the 'J'.  The remainder of the letters were die cut, coated in VersaMark and embossed in gold glitter powder.  I added some twine to hang the stocking from the wreath.  It was finished by heat embossing part of a sentiment stamp heat embossed in gold onto a strip of red cardstock.  The sentiment strip and stocking were both popped up on 3D foam

Materials used:

  • Dies: Tonic - Wreath; MFT Die-namics - Happy Birthday To You; Create a Smile - Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Santa's Workshop, Merry Christmas
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Sparkle, Metallic Gold Rich
  • Coloured with ProMarkers
  • Accents: Hemptique Twine - Emerald Assortment
  • Cardstock from stash

Challenge entry:

Always Fun Challenges - Challenge #78 - Dies and Punches



You can find more examples from my teamies using the rest of the stencils along with the new stamp set over at the Skull and Cross Buns Rubber Stamps Scrumptious Group over on Facebook.  I hope to have more makes using this set soon.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Happy Little Stampers October 2018 CAS Challenge

Hi there

As we're at the beginning of another month (!!!) it's new challenge time over at Happy Little Stampers, and the CAS challenge has just launched.  I'll get straight to the details...




The winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

IF YOU USE STAMPS BY HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS AND YOU ARE THE RANDOM WINNER, YOUR PRIZE WILL BE DOUBLED!



There are lots of different ways to use vellum and I chose to use it for a shaker card instead of using acetate, you get a lovely muted effect through the shaker window...


I started with a die cut panel and then die cut a circle aperture for my shaker window.  Before creating the shaker I stamped the sentiment on the panel in gold pigment ink.  On a piece of vellum I stamped the snowflake in VersaMark ink before heat embossing in silver.  I then adhered the vellum behind the aperture.  I attached foam tape all over the reverse of the panel, sprinkled a sequin mix onto the card base where the aperture would sit, and then adhered the panel, trapping the sequins inside.

I only realised when writing this post that the layout of this card is exactly the same as my HLS card last month, I clearly love this layout! 

Materials used:
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Hero Arts - Circle Infinity dies
  • Stamps: Happy Little Stampers - Let It Snow
  • Ink: VersaMark; Versa Color - Gold
  • Vellum from stash
  • Accents: Little Things from Lucy's Cards - Eternity Ring shaker selection

Challenge entries

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Challenge #405 - Anything Goes (something beginning with 'S')



Please do check out my teamies' creations over at the main HLS challenge post, here, for some great inspiration of different ways vellum can be used.

The links for all the HLS monthly challenges are open until the end of the month so plenty of time for you to play along :)

Monday, 1 October 2018

Muse Challenge #285 - Forest Foliage Thanks

Good afternoon, crafters

It's the first Monday of the month and therefore it's my turn to be your designer over at Muse

It's certainly very autumnal here in the UK, it's chilly in the mornings and evenings now and the leaves are starting to turn so I chose an autumn theme for my inspiration card for this week's challenge.

I'm really loving stencils right now, and it's been a while since I've used texture paste on a card so I paired that with a gorgeous new to me stencil and came up with this design...



I temporarily adhered the stencil to a panel of white cardstock by using masking tape on the reverse, so as not to cover up any areas of the card.  I then squished three shades of Distress Ink onto a blending mat and mixed these, one at a time, with some embossing paste using a palette knife and then spread it randomly over the stencil until all of the cardstock was covered.  I then cleaned off my stencil and left the panel to dry.

I just love how much more muted these shades are when blended with white paste, completely different to their usual shades.  The following photo shows the embossing paste much more clearly...


Once dry I cut the panel down and adhered it to the card base popped up on fun foam.  I then die cut the 'thanks' four times, three times from white cardstock and once from green, stacked these up and adhered to the panel.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Funky Fossil Designs - Forest Foliage
  • Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Twice the Thanks

Challenge entries:

Uniko - Challenge #49 - Wonderful World with optional twist Thanks (the natural colours of autumn)
Allsorts - Challenge #487 - Autumn Glory
Alphabet Challenge - N for Nature



I hope my card will inspire you to play along this week, I'd love to see where it will take you creatively.  

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Skull and Cross Buns - Create and Craft Launch

Hi guys

Hopefully you saw my post earlier in the week with the news that Skull and Cross Buns will be launching on Create and Craft TV here in the UK on Sunday 30 September....tomorrow!





Myself and the DT are so excited for Emily who has worked so hard for this opportunity, and we've been beavering away behind the scenes making lots of samples for her.

I have previously shared some samples using the stencil collection, here and here, and today I'm sharing samples using a couple of the stamps/stencil/embellishment bundles.

First up are two examples using the Tropical Party bundle, which includes the Tropical Party stamp set, leaf stencil and jumbo embellishment set...



On some watercolour cardstock I laid down the leaf stencil and sprinkled through it with some green and brown Brushos.  I then spritzed with water and removed the stencil and left the panel to dry before die cutting with a stitched rectangle die.  On a strip of vellum I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and heat embossed in copper.  This was then wrapped around the leaf panel and secured on the reverse, before adhering the panel flat to a coloured card base.  To finish I adhered the jumbo leaf embellishment from the set.

Materials used:

  • Stamps/Stencil/Embellishment: Skull and Cross Buns - Tropical Party Collection
  • Ink: Brusho - Leaf Green, Emerald Green, Dark Brown; VersaMark
  • Die: MFT Die-namics - Wonky Stitched Rectangles
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Copper
  • Cardstock and vellum from stash

Challenge entries:

Alphabet Challenge - 'N' for Nature


I used the same Tropical Party collection for this next card...



I die cut a panel of cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and also cut a circular aperture.  The sentiment and leaf were then stamped on the panel.  I marked on the cardbase where the aperture would be before blending selected leaves from the stencil overlapped in different shades of green.  The panel was then adhered to the base using fun foam, before adding a die cut branch from brown cardstock and adhering the jumbo red parrot embellishment from the collection.

Materials used:

  • Stamps/Stencil/Embellishment: Skull and Cross Buns - Tropical Party Collection
  • Ink: Versa Color - Cardinal, Sage, Olive; Distress Ink - Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Peele Paint, Bundled Sage
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Hero Arts - Circle Infinity Dies; Lawn Fawn - Winter Sparrows (branch)
  • Cardstock from stash


And my final sample uses the I Believe in Unicorns bundle which includes the I Believe in Unicorns stamp set, rainbow stencil and jumbo embellishment set...



I inked through the stencil using Distress Inks in rainbow colours, shifting the stencil to cover the whole panel, before die cutting with a stitched rectangle die.  I also die cut a couple more panels using some cloud dies.  I adhered the rainbow panel flat to the card base and the first cloud panel flat over the rainbow panel.  On the final corner cloud panel I heat embossed the sentiment in silver and stamped the sleeping eyes in black.  This was then adhered on 3D foam before also adhering the jumbo purple unicorn embellishment from the collection.

Materials used:

  • Stamps/Stencil/Embellishment: Skull and Cross Buns - I Believe in Unicorns Collection
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade; VersaMark; Versafine - Onyx Black 
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; Lawn Fawn - Puffy Cloud Borders


All of the embellishments are acrylic so I used Glossy Accents to adhere these to my projects, not only is it great for accents, it's works really well as a strong adhesive too!


Thanks so much for popping by today.  If you can tune in to Create and Craft tomorrow at 10am I know Emily would be so happy to have the support.  In the meantime, to see more great samples from the rest of the Design Team you can visit the Skull and Cross Buns Rubber Stamps Scrumptious Group on Facebook.

Bye for now :)

Less is More Challenge #381 - Lucky Dip Week

Hi guys

After having a little break and sitting out of the last challenge, I'm back today to announce the next challenge at Less is More, which is starting right now.

As an extra Saturday has fallen in September, today we have a Lucky Dip challenge for you.  For this one we've decided to give you a Designer's card to CASE.


And the designer we have joining us is the fabulous Rebecca of Mellymoo Papercrafting.  Rebecca is an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator and is kindly sponsoring this Lucky Dip challenge and offering a prize too :)

So let's get to it, here's Rebecca's lovely clean and simple card for you to draw inspiration from...



We also have JoJo, an earlier winner joining us as a Guest Designer this week so please do pop over and say hi, and see how she interpreted Rebecca's gorgeous card.

Now onto my card.  I loved the rich berry tone with the gold and the first thing it reminded me of was Christmas so that's the direction I took (and it also means I'll have a Christmas card in the bag...something I've still not started to even think about yet!)


I stamped the holly in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in gold, before die cutting with its co-ordinating die and adhering flat to the card, and off the edge which was then trimmed.  Afterwards I realised I could have stamped this directly on the card, but the way I did it also meant I avoided any warping of the card base!  Next I stamped the outline poinsettia image with VersaMark and embossed in clear onto some dark red cardstock, this was also then die cut with the co-ordinating die.  I popped the flower up on 3D foam squares.  Then, as a nod to the gold sequins Rebecca used, I used gold Stickles in the centre of my bloom.  I finished with a simple sentiment stamped in a co-ordinating red ink.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Chirstmas Poinsettia (holly), Pretty Poinsettia II (flower); Uniko - Pure Florals Poinsettia (sentiment)
  • Ink: VersaMark; Altenew - Ruby Red
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich, Clear Gloss
  • Accents: Stickles - Gold

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #311 - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - September Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
Happy Little Stampers - September Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes




Don't forget, there's two weeks to play along with this challenge, and it will be great to see how you are inspired by the elements of Rebecca's card.

Hope to see you in the gallery! :)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Skull and Cross Buns Launching on Create and Craft!

Hi there

Apologies for being so quiet with posts lately, work has been crazily busy and unfortunately, crafting and blogging has had to take a back seat.

But today I'm super happy to announce (if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you may have already seen my posts yesterday) that Skull and Cross Buns will be launching on Create and Craft here in the UK at 10am on Sunday 30 September!  The lovely Emily has been working so hard for a long time to make this a reality for her great little company, and myself and the rest of the Design Team have been busy behind the scenes making samples for the launch.



You can find the Create and Craft article here.

You can tune in via Freeview 23, Sky channel 683, Virgin 748, Freesat 813, Apple TV and Amazon Fire plus watch live and 7 day catch up on www.createandcraft.com/gb/

Emily has put together some exclusive sets including stamp set, stencil and embellishment bundles, as well as a stencil bundle.

I shared some cards recently using some of the stencils, here, and I have a couple more to share below.

First up, I've once again been playing with the Large Mermaid Scales stencil...


On a panel of white cardstock I made a mask using a circle die and placed it over the edge of the panel.  I then blended within the circle with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink before laying the scales stencil over the top and blending with three more shades.  After removing the mask I used a mermaid stencil and inked through this using black ink.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed onto a vellum strip which was wrapped around the panel and secured on the reverse, before it was popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Die: Hero Arts - Circle Infinity dies (used to create the mask)
  • Stencils: Skull and Cross Buns - Mermaid Scales; Funky Fossil - Mermaids
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Black Soot, VersaMark
  • Stamp: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Silver
  • Vellum from stash

Challenge entries

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #311 - Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges - Challenge #77 - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Challenge #486 - Water or the Colour Blue
AAA Cards - CAS Game #124 - Imagine





My second card uses the Decreasing Circles stencil, but masked off to create a different effect...


I began by using a circle of scrap cardstock as a mask and position this with temporary adhesive towards the top left of the card.  I then used one row of circles from the stencil, masked with post-it notes, and blended Distress Inks through to create the gradient of colour, working my way around the circle.  I wanted to create the idea of sun rays from a central point, it's not perfect but not bad as I was just eyeballing it as I worked my way around.  I then removed the masked and stamped the sentiment and image in black, these from the Skull and Cross Buns Tropical Party stamp set.  I decided to keep this one as a simple one layer card.

Materials used:
  • Die: Hero Arts - Circle Infinity dies (used to create the mask)
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Decreasing Circles
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Tropical Party

Challenge entries:

Use Your Stuff - Challenge #331 - Spots and Dots



Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll be sharing a few more makes using the upcoming bundles exclusive to Skull and Cross Buns and Create and Craft over the next few days, ahead of the launch on Sunday.


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Creating with Stencils by Skull and Cross Buns

Hi guys

At the weekend I had a little creative session playing with some of the large stencils available at Skull and Cross Buns, you can find the whole range, here.

First up is the Mermaid Scales Large Stencil.  I wanted to emulate the shape of a mermaid without actually using a mermaid image and wanted to keep my card clean and simple too...



I started by using a landscape die to cut some curved edges from some scrap card which I used to mask off the shape of a mermaid tail.  I then blended with three shades of Distress Oxide ink.  Once happy with the blend I placed the scales stencil over the top and blended through with silver pigment ink.  The silver shimmer can be seen clearer in the next photo...


To finish, I removed the masks, shaped the sentiment to follow the curve of the tail and stamped in black.

Materials used:

  • Die: MFT - Snow Drifts
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Wilted Violent, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers; Versa Color - Silver; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Mermaid Scales Large Stencil
  • Stamp: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments

Challenge entries:

STAMPlorations - Summer CAS Card Challenge




For my next card I used the Brick Pattern Large Stencil.  I wanted to create some light and shade, a 3D effect, with the bricks so I used the shifted stencilling technique and I'm so pleased with the result...



I started with some sandy coloured textured cardstock and began by stencilling with a neutral shade of Distress Ink.  I then blended through the stencil with white pigment ink but before doing do I shifted the stencil very slightly up and over to the left.  This left the shadow of the darker ink in the lower right corner of each brick.  I stamped some foliage silhouettes in the bottom corner and added some shadow to these also by shifting the cardstock very slightly in my MISTI and using second generation stamping to create the shadow effect.


To finish, I stamped the sentiment in black and heat embossed the heart in gold to add an accent.  The panel was then trimmed down and adhered flat to a white card base.

Materials used:

  • Coloured Cardstock: Bazzill Basics - from an assorted pack
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Brick Pattern Large Stencil
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Pumice Stone; Hero Arts - Unicorn; Versa Color - Charcoal; Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments and Brush Hearts; Clearly Besotted - Simple Silhouettes
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Gold Rich

Challenge entries:

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Keeping it Neutral
Alphabet Challenge - L is for Leaves




And for my final card I inked up the Speech Bubbles Large Stencil.  I kept this one pretty simple with some graduated blending...


I inked through three different speech bubbles from the stencil using Distress Inks, concentrating the colour on one side to add some dimension.  The sentiments were simply stamped in black and the cluster of images die cut to create a central panel which was then popped up on 3D foam.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Speech Bubbles Large Stencil
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon, Festive Berries, Twisted Citron; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Quirky Sentiments
  • Die: MFT - Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangles

Challenge entries:

Just Us Girls - Challenge #456 - Celebrate
STAMPlorations - Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge - Anything Goes





Thanks so much for visiting today.  And if you have a few minutes free, please do pop over to the Skull and Cross Buns website for a browse :)
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