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.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Easter at Skull and Cross Buns

Hi guys

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards using some stamps from the Easter range at Skull and Cross Buns.

At Skull and Cross Buns, as well as stocking clear stamp sets, inks, stencils and embellishments, Emily's main passion is for making wood mounted rubber stamps.  The stamps are amazing quality and the fact that they are manufactured in my home county of Devon, makes me a huge fan.  Personalised stamps are also available so please do take a look at the website.

Ok, onto my cards, which both use the 'bunny bum' stamp, as well as some others from the selection.  Here's the first...

I die cut a faux stitched square and heat embossed the round sentiment and image in the centre in white before ink blending over the top with Distress Oxides.  I then placed the panel in my MISTI and stamped the bunny four times, leaving the stamp in position and turning the panel 1/4 turn each time.  I then stamped the hot cross bun in between the bunnies in a light brown ink which I then coloured with Copics.  I popped the panel up on fun foam onto the card base and added some adhesive and white flitter to the bunny tails.

Materials used:
  • Die: The Works - square stitched dies
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Bunny Bum, Hot Cross Bun, Happy Easter Wreath
  • Ink: Altenew - Frosty Pink; Memento - Desert Sand; VersaMark; Distress Oxide - Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White
  • Copics: E50, E53
  • White flitter from stash

Challenge entries:

Make My Monday - Challenge #145 - Easter or Spring Card
Uniko - Challenge #64 - Signs of Spring (Option: Easter)

And my second card...

On my card base I adhered some patterned papers, one in a very thin strip along the top edge of another.  On a die cut rectangular panel I then stamped the bunny, sentiment and the daffodil (using mini stamps from a clear set) and coloured the daffodil with Copics.  I then used an embossing pen on the bunny's tail and added some chunky white embossing enamel in two layers for dimension.

Materials used:
  • Patterned paper: Dovecraft - Garden Party
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Stamps: Skull and Cross Buns - Bunny Bum, Happy Easter Quirky, Spring Motifs clear stamp set
  • Ink: Altenew - Coral Berry, Forest Glades; Memento - Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe
  • Copics: Y08, YG17
  • Embossing Powder: Stampendous - Chunky White Deep Impression Embossing Enamel

Thanks for the visit today, I'll be back tomorrow evening to introduce the new Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge for April.
(AD - some products kindly gifted for design team purposes)

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

60th Balloons and Stars

Hi there

Tonight I'm sharing a card I made for a work colleague's 60th birthday.  

I always struggle with masculine designs but I'm liking the grey/blue/silver combo here.  And I've had some pearlescent sheets of ready cut mini envelopes in my stash for YEARS so used one of them here.  

Apologies for the lighting in these photos, I couldn't free up my usual spot on my table before this one had to go in the mail so I had to wing it at my craft desk and hope for the best!

I began by die cutting a rectangle from grey cardstock and two squares, one from white cardstock and another from polka dot paper.  I layered these up and stamped the sentiment.  I folded up the mini envelope and adhered it in place, then adhered a selection of die cut mini stars and two balloons stamped with the numbers and heat embossed in white.

Materials used:
  • Dies: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles; MFT Die-namics - Pierced Square Stax, Stitched Strip (mini stars); Clearly Besotted - Got Your Number (balloons)
  • Patterned Paper: MFT - Summertime Polka Dots
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Message Me, Got Your Number
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White
  • Cardstock and mini envelope from stash

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - March Anything Goes with Dies Challenge
STAMPlorations - March Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge (playing with stamps/numbers option)

Thanks for visiting today, I've got a few more projects to share over the next few days so please do pop back and take a look if you can.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Less is More - Challenge #439

Hi there, Happy Saturday!

It's new challenge day over at Less is More and we're back with a Recipe challenge this time.  


We're looking for any kinds of inking, used in a clean and simple way .

It's been a while since I did the ghosting technique on a card and it's one of my favourite techniques.  I've also added quite a few new stencils to my stash in recent months so wanted to use one here...

I began by die cutting a small stitched rectangle and I masked off around all the edges before blending the area with three shades of Distress Inks.  Although Distress Oxides also react with water, I much prefer using the original Distress Inks for this technique.  I laid down my stencil over the inked area and spritzed with a fine mist of water, keeping the spray quite far away.  I then lifted the stencil away and blotted with a paper towel to lift away the colour.  Once completely dry I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in white, using an anti-static powder tool first.  Before adhering in place on the card base, I scored one line, as if continuing the line of the sentiment design.

Materials used:
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Ink: Distress Ink - Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch; VersaMark
  • Stencil: Funky Fossil - In a Spin
  • Stamp: Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings
  • Embossing Powder: Brutus Monroe - Alabaster White

Challenge entries:

My Time to Craft - Challenge #453 - Stencil It!
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #401 - Make Your Mark
Addicted to CAS - Challenge #193 - Shapes
Happy Little Stampers - March Stencil Challenge - Anything Goes
NBUS - Challenge #24 - (New stencil)
STAMPlorations - March CAS Challenge - Anything Goes

If you need more inspiration for this challenge, please do pop over to the main LIM challenge post where my teamies are sharing their projects, and if you click on their individual links they may have even more to share.

Thanks so much for visiting, have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Perfectly CAS March 2021 Challenge

Good evening

My goodness, where does the time go?  It only seems like a week ago I was sharing my last DT card for Perfectly CAS and here we are a month on and starting another challenge!

This one is super easy, just remember the challenge rule to only use one third of the card or less for your design...

Here's my sample card for this one and all I used was cardstock, dies and adhesive...

On a scrap of paper I used my glue runner to lay down some adhesive and then adhered various strips of coloured cardstock in rainbow order.  I die cut the word birthday from this and then die cut four of the word happy from white cardstock.  These were simply adhered to the cardbase and the overhanging edges trimmed away.  Simple!

Materials used:
  • Dies: Paper Smooches - Happy Birthday Word Die; Wplus9 - Happy Wishes Words Die
  • Cardstock from stash

Challenge entries:

Happy Little Stampers - March Anything Goes with Dies Challenges
Addicted to Stamps and More - Challenge #400 - Die Cuts and/or Stencils

This challenge will close a couple of days before the April challenge begins, so plenty of time to play along and link up.  Who doesn't need a stock of birthday cards?!

Mother's Day Spring Tulips

Good afternoon

So, it's Mother's Day today here in the UK so I thought I'd share the cards that I made.

I needed to make three: one was for my lovely mum, one for my boyfriend's mum and one for a friend to give to her mum too.  

I was a bit short of time and my crafty mojo had decided to run off somewhere so I decided to use the same design in three different colourways.

This also gave me a chance to practice some Copic colouring.  I've got a lot to learn about these markers as I only started adding them to my stash last year but I'm quite happy with these results.

I stamped the tulip image three times on some white cardstock and coloured these in before die cutting with the co-ordinating die.  I then die cut three sentiment strips and stamped the sentiments in black.  I die cut three stitched rectangles and gently ink blended the centres with Distress Oxide inks in co-ordinating shades.  Next I splattered a mix of each ink and water over the panels, then did the same with some water splatters and blotted the colour away, just to add some interest to the backdrops.  I adhered the panels to the bases, adhered the tulips flat and then popped the sentiment strips up on 3D foam.

Here's a closer view of the purple card which I gave to my mum...

The yellow card which I made for my friend...

And finally the pink card which my boyfriend sent to his mum...

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Spring Tulips, Message Me
  • Dies: Clearly Besotted - Spring Tulips; MFT Die-namics - Stitched Sentiment Strips; Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Oxide - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Coloured with Copic markers

Challenge entries:

Sweet Stampin' - Spring Mood Board Challenge
Allsorts - Challenge #615 - A Stamped image
CAS on Friday - Challenge #200 - Spring
NBUS - Challenge #24 - First time using this Spring Tulips stamp set
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge #128 - Spring is Coming

Purple card:

The Flower Challenge - Challenge #54 - Shades of Purple

Yellow card:

Alphabet Challenge - Y is for Yellow

I hope, if in the UK, you are managing to have some kind of celebration for Mother's Day today.  Due to lockdown restrictions, there is little we can do, but I did meet up outdoors with my mum earlier today and we sat on a bench in the sun overlooking the sea in our home town drinking coffee and eating cake...pretty perfect!

I'll be back later this evening to introduce the March challenge at Perfectly CAS so, if you have time, I'd love for you to pop back later.

Friday, 12 March 2021

Feline 50

Hi there

This is a card I made earlier in the year for a friend celebrating her 50th birthday.  

She is a cat-lover so a kitty just had to feature in the design...

I began with a die cut panel and stamped the kitty image off the bottom edge, then the sentiment which is part of a longer stamp.  Next I stencilled the balloon off the top edge, adding light and shade with the blending, before then stamping the numbers on the balloon.  I used a black fine liner pen to hand draw the balloon string ties around the balloon and the cat's tail.  To finish, I coloured the cat and the box with Copic markers and adhered the panel flat to the card base.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Furry Cat & Box; Lawn Fawn - Scripty Sayings; Clearly Besotted - Got Your Number
  • Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry
  • Stencil: MFT - Big Balloons
  • Die: Create a Smile - Cool Cuts Double Stitched Rectangles
  • Coloured with Copics

Challenge entries:

Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge #514 - Cats
NBUS - Challenge #24 - First use of the kitty stamp which I bought in a de-stash sale
STAMPlorations - March Theme & Photo Challenge - 'Stamps and Numbers'

Thanks so much for popping by, I'll be back very soon with more to share.

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