Sunday, 2 May 2021

Happy Little Stampers May 2021 CAS Challenge

Good evening

Tonight I'm here to announce the new CAS challenge for May over at Happy Little Stampers.  Here's the theme we want to see on your clean and simple cards this month...

I'll admit, I had very little in my stash that I could use for this challenge....note to self, stop buying floral stamp sets!  Anyhow, this cute little bears stamp was one I purchased some time ago, when Lili of the Valley were selling off all their rubber stamps.  I believe they only sell digi images now.

This was pretty easy to create.  I stamped the image and then coloured it with Copics.  I'm still learning with my markers but getting there slowly and I'm quite pleased with how this one turned out.  I added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of my card base then trimmed the image panel down and adhered it flat.  Then to finish I stamped the sentiment, this one from a very old Clearly Besotted set.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Football Bears; Clearly Besotted - Going Places
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Coloured with Copics
  • Patterned paper from stash

Challenge entries:

Seize the Birthday - Challenge #213 - Furry Friends
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #404 - Any Occasion
STAMPlorations - May CAS Challenge
NBUS - Challenge #26 - first inking of these bears

Thanks for taking a look.  As with all the HLS challenges, the links will remain open until the end of the month so there's plenty of time to join us.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Less is More Challenge #442

Good morning

I'm feeling very chilled this morning as it's the start of my first week off work this year.  Not much planned as we're still in partial lockdown here in the UK but some restrictions have been lifted so I should be able to get out and about, and no alarms are required so that's good enough for me.

Ok, this morning I'm introducing the new Theme challenge over at Less is More which will run for the next fortnight.  Here's the theme...

I decided to give one of my stamp sets it's first inking and chose this cute little crab...

I began by stamping the crab and then inking up another to use as a mask.  With him covered up I then masked a slim strip and inked this up to create the sand of the seabed, then shifted the masking to enable me to then ink up the water, before inking heavier over the top through a sun rays stencil.  I removed all the masks then coloured the crab with Copics.  Next I stamped the sentiment before die cutting the panel with a scalloped rectangle die.

I have been after this set of dies from Create a Smile for sooooo long.  It is so difficult to find rectangular dies which are designed in the correct ratio for UK/European A6 cards.  Most are American brands which are made to work with A2 notecards so you're left with an uneven border.  Create a Smile have really reasonable shipping charges and I received my parcel from Germany within two days!  Certainly worth checking out for those of you who use A6 card bases.

Next I made some dots on the seabed with a Quickie Glue pen before sprinkling with glitter and then used a white gel pen to add some subtle twinkles to the water.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Water Plushies
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Pumice Stone, Tea Dye, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Stencil: Clearly Besotted - Sunny Day
  • Coloured with Copics: R20, R22, R14
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Scalloped Rectangles
  • Accents: Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter - Rose Gold; Sakura White Gelly Roll 08 pen

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I hope you all enjoy your weekend and to those in the UK, happy Bank Holiday!

Saturday, 17 April 2021

Less is More - Challenge #441

Hi there

At Less is More today it's the start of another fortnightly challenge and we're back with the One Layer challenge and here's the cue word...

This card was so quick to make and I love this shifted stencil technique, you really can create some great effects...

On a blue card base I used low tack tape to position the stencil and masked off a section before inking through it with blue Distress Ink.  I cleaned off the stencil and then repositioned it, but this time slightly offset, and then inked through it once again but this time with white pigment ink.  I find this works best by 'pouncing' the inking tool, rather than swirling through.  All that was left to do was stamp the sentiment...simple!

Materials used:
  • Stencil: Skull and Cross Buns - Diamond Harlequin Large
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Faded Jeans; Hero Arts - Unicorn; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamp: Paper Smooches - Sentiment Sampler
  • Coloured cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - April Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
STAMPlorations - April Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes

If you need some inspiration for one layer creations, please do take a look at the main LIM challenge post as my fellow teamies are sharing some great projects for this theme.  Thanks as always for visiting today, I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Perfectly CAS April 2021 Challenge

Hi there

The April challenge at Perfectly CAS is now up and running and here's this month's cue card...

After making this card I've realised I'm just a touch over the 1/3 rule.  If I'd brought my masking tape in a few millimetres it would have complied!  So please follow the challenge guidelines, and don't do as I've done! lol

These dragonflies are so cute though...

I first masked off a vertical section of the card base and ink blended the background with a cloud stencil and added a little green ink at the base.  Next I stamped and coloured all the images with Copics before die cutting with their co-ordinating dies.  The grass and bulrush images were adhered flat at the base and the dragonflies were popped up on 3D foam.  The simple sentiment, from a different set, was then stamped in black and I added some sparkle to their wings using a shimmer pen.

Materials used:
  • Stencil: My Favourite Things - Mini Cloud Edges
  • Ink: Distress Oxide - Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio; Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
  • Stamps: Pretty Pink Posh - Darling Dragonflies (and co-ordinating dies); Simon Says Stamp - Baby (hello sentiment)
  • Coloured with Copic markers: E15, BV02, BV04, YG09, YG17, BG000, BG13, BG15 
  • Accents: Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen - Clear

Challenge entries

CASology - Week 388 - Hello
Happy Little Stampers - April Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
NBUS - Challenge #25 - first use of the dragonfly stamps and dies sets

As always with Perfectly CAS, the challenge will close a couple of days before the next one goes live so you have almost a month to play along.  I hope you can join in.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Sweetheart Anniversary

Hi guys 

Just popping by quickly today to share an Anniversary card I recently made.

It's a really simple design but it took a while to make...

First I stamped the heart image in grey ink and then coloured in the flowers and leaves with Copics.  I placed the cardstock back into my MISTI, used some anti-static powder to remove any cling and then re-stamped over the top with VersaMark ink before heat embossing in white.  Next the image was die cut onto a square stitched panel before adhering to the card base on fun foam.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed onto a die cut strip and adhered over the top.

When I placed the image back into my MISTI the cardstock must have been very slightly out of position from the first inking so the embossing isn't covering the grey in places but I'm still happy with the result.  

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - My Sweetheart, Mini Messages
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaMark
  • Coloured with Copic markers
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White
  • Dies: The Works - stitched square; Clearly Besotted - Stripped Die Collection

Thanks so much for stopping by, your visits and feedback are so appreciated.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Less is More - Challenge #440

Good morning

Happy Easter weekend :)  There's a fresh new Colour challenge just starting over at Less is More today so I'll get straight to it, here's the cue card...

Pink and grey is a colour combination we see very often, but I don't think I've ever combined it with gold.  For my Design Team card I decided to use gold embossing to outline my images...

This was the first outing of this cute little stamp set by Clearly Besotted.  I stamped the bunny and Easter egg, and then the smaller egg separately, with grey ink.  I then left the stamps in my MISTI so I could re-stamp later.  I coloured the images with copies and then returned the cardstock to my MISTI and restamped in VersaMark ink before heat embossing in gold.  I used anti-static powder beforehand to avoid any stray embossing powder clinging where I didn't want it.  I took two pierced square dies and cut my images out with one and embossed my card front with the slightly larger one.  I then stamped the sentiment on the card base, fussy cut the smaller egg and adhered the square on fun foam topped with the second egg.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Spring Plushies
  • Ink: Memento - London Fog; VersaMark
  • Coloured with Copics: RV02, RV10, C0, C2, C3
  • Embossing Powder: Wow - Metallic Gold Rich
  • Dies: MFT-Dienamics - Pierced Square Stax

Challenge entries:

My Time to Craft - Challenge #454 - Easter
Make My Monday - Challenge #145 - Easter or Spring
NBUS - Challenge #25 (first use of this stamp set)
STAMPlorations - April CAS Challenge - Anything Goes
Uniko - Challenge #64 - Signs of Spring (Option: Easter)

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend whatever you are doing.  I hope that many of you are able to catch up with friends and family as best you can, certainly in the UK the restrictions are beginning to be lifted and we are able to meet small numbers outdoors.  

Stay safe and I'll be back very soon with more to share.

Friday, 2 April 2021

Happy Little Stampers April 2021 CAS Challenge

Hi there

At Happy Little Stampers it's time for the April CAS Challenge.  Here's the cue card...

I thought I was going to struggle with this brief as I don't have much in my stash which would fit, but I Googled 'things with flames' and there's actually more to choose from than you first think.  I chose a rocket for my card...

On a die cut panel I masked off below the top third and stamped the foreground and the rocket.  I then made masks for these.  I ink blended very lightly with a neutral tone where I wanted the planet and then die cut a small circle mask and placed this over the inking.  I then ink blended the background sky using pink, purple and blue.  The masks were removed and I coloured the images with Copics.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in white and die cut this with a fishtail flag die.  To finish, I added some stars using a white pigment pen and then adhered the panel to my card base.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Out of this World
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress Ink - Pumice Stone; Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch; VersaMark
  • Coloured with Copics
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectanges; MFT Die-namics - Fishtail Flag Stax
  • Accents: White pen - Sakura Gelly Roll 10

This challenge will run until the end of the month.

Thanks so much for taking a look, I'll be back tomorrow morning with details of the next challenge at Less is More.

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