Monday, 2 September 2019

Skull and Cross Buns - Hochanda Showcase Selection 2

Hi guys

Apologies for the timing of this post, I'm off work this week so rather than schedule it I thought I'd just publish it right away when I finished typing it up.

Another batch of makes for you where I've used products from the Skull and Cross Buns ranges which will be showcased on Hochanda here in the UK this Thursday, 5 September, at 4pm (Sky 673, Freesat 817, Freeview 85).

This first card uses a mix of products; one of the stencils, two of the clear stamp sets and an acrylic embellishment...

One of the stamp sets in the range is called Days and Months.  Although great for lots of crafting products and of course, scrapbooking, journalling, calendars, etc. I wanted to come up with an idea of how to use the stamps on a card.  So this idea came into my you every day!  I started by using the Decreasing Circles Stencil to create the rainbow of dots in the background, just by blending one colour, then cleaning off the stencil, shifting over and re-blending in the next colour, and so on.  And it worked out perfectly that there are seven colours of the rainbow and seven days of the week!  I stamped the days in black and also the 'love you' from the Brush Hearts clear stamp set, but I chose to emboss this with clear embossing powder to add a little gloss.  The panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle and adhered to the card base on fun foam.  I finished with a pink acrylic heart from the Brush Hearts Embellish! set.

Materials used:

  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Decreasing Circles Large Stencil
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Candied Apple; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Days and Months, Brush Hearts
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Clear Gloss
  • Die: Create a Smile - Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Accent: Skull and Cross Buns - Brush Hearts Embellish! set

Challenge entries:

Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #356 - Anything Goes
Time Out - Challenge #143 - Inspired by Words

Next up is a card using another stamp set which you wouldn't initially think of using for cards...

The stamp set I used for this bubbly background is called Planner Banners, and is perfect for crafting, scrapbooking and of course bullet journalling, and works so well with the Days and Months set I used on the first card.  I chose to use the three circles of varying sizes and stamped and heat embossed them in white on some watercolour cardstock, before watercolouring the 'bubbles' with Distress Inks.  I mounted the panel onto black cardstock and then flat to the base.  To finish I cut another piece of black cardstock in a diagonal strip and adhered this, topped with a clear acrylic embellishment from the I Believe In Unicorns Embellish! set.  I think the cloud works well with the bubbles theme.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Planner Banners
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio
  • Embossing Powder: Altenew - Pure White
  • Accent: Skull and Cross Buns - I Believe In Unicorns Embellish! set

Next up, I've used the Planner Banners set, combined with two other sets in the range...

On a die cut panel I drew a pencil line in a curve and then stamped the flags from the Planner Banners set.  I then joined them up with a fineliner pen and erased the pencil lines.  I used one of the circles from the set to create the balloon and curved one of the straight lines in the set to create a balloon string.  Next I stamped the letters from the Lightbox Love set and the word 'time' from the Tropical Party set.  I coloured the flags and balloon with ProMarkers and then stamped some of the smaller elements from the Planner Banners set to finish.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Planner Banners, Lightbox Love, Tropical Party
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versa Color - Silver; Altenew - Olive
  • Coloured with ProMarkers

And the last for this post is another using the Planner Banners set...

I simply stamped lots of the images from this set in different directions and colours.  I stamped the 'happy birthday' from the Quirky Sentiments stamp set and finished the card off with a few different enamel dots.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Planner Banners, Quirky Sentiments
  • Ink: Altenew - Lagoon, Olive, Starlight, Ultraviolet; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Accents: Enamel dots and stars from stash

Thanks for taking a look.  I'll be back soon with more of my samples ahead of the show on Thursday.

(AD - some products kindly gifted for design team purposes)


  1. Your card for TIME OUT looks so good! Love the graphic way you used the rainbow colours and a beautiful text! Inspiring and so good to see this one in the gallery... Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

  2. WOW ! Beautiful array of cards with these S&CB products. Love your different designs and the special way you use the different products. Wonderful showcase ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at ATSM.

  3. Cool cards, I especially love your bubbles one :)

  4. A wonderful group of fabulous cards, and I really like how you have taken planner type stamps and shown how you can use them on cards too. Your daily rainbow card is so lovely and a fantastic love card. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.


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