Sunday, 13 October 2019

More merriness in pink

This card was originally meant to be a very CAS one, but after stamping my sentiment, I realised the placement was wrong. So I started again and created the card featured in my previous post. However, I did not want to waste my first panel, because I really liked the subtle colouring onto my pink cardstock, so I decided to fill up the entire panel with more stamping and subsequent colouring. And I'm glad I did, because I do love how this came out in the end.

I'm playing at:

Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas...for the cure

As always, the first JB challenge in October is 
all about pink holiday cards
And for every card that is being linked up 
this fortnight, the lovely Jingle Belles, 
Lauren and Stephanie, will each be donating 
2 dollars to the US Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Penny Black and More - Pretty in Pink 
(in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

SSS WCMD - Anything goes

SSS Wednesday - Christmas

WWC242 - All about occasions

ATSM - #362 Make your mark


I was determined to play along with this new CAS challenge in blogland. Since the linky will be closing soon, I set out to create a card this afternoon using the wonderful stamps by Pinkfresh Studio that arrived with the Creative Stamping magazine on Thursday.

After stamping and white heat embossing (SSS) one of the large flower clusters towards the bottom of my soft pink cardstock, I used CP inks in Polished and Seafoam to colour in my images with the help of a Zig blender brush.

I die cut the Merry sentiment (Merry & Bright, Essentials by Ellen) from my stamped panel and 2 more times from red cardstock. I adhered my card panel to my pearlescent card base and then inlaid my sentiment stack for a camouflaged CAS look.

I'm playing at:

Perfectly CAS - #1 Flowers 

Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas...for the cure

As always, the first JB challenge in October is 
all about pink holiday cards
And for every card that is being linked up 
this fortnight, the love Jingle Belles, 
Lauren and Stephanie, will each be donating 
2 dollars to the US Breast Cancer Research Foundation

SSS WCMD - Anything goes

SSS Wednesday - Christmas

ATSM - #262 Make your mark

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Twofer Sweets

Hello everyone. I'm so happy to be guesting at the Twofer Card Challenge this month after this set of cards was selected as the Unconventional winner of the August challenge.

As you may have gathered from my two cards above, this month's theme is SWEETS.

And in case you're as yet unfamiliar with the Twofer concept, the idea behind the challenge is to create two cards using the current prompt and following the challenge guidelines below.

I started my project by die cutting a small heart repeatedly from strips of cardstock, so that I could use those strips as stencils to create my candy hearts. For each row of hearts, I used a small amount of Aleene's True Snow and a single drop of reinker in the colours Bellini, Limoncello, Mint to Be, Sweet Sixteen and It's a Boy (CP Designs) and applied that through my 'stencil' onto watercolour card. After the embossing paste had dried, I fussy cut around all the hearts and stamped various sentiments (Three Amigos by Mama Elephant) using the matching inks (except for the yellow hearts, that required a darker colour of ink in order for the sentiment to show up). I arranged several of my hearts to fill a circle shape, using liquid glue to adhere them and then added a few more on top. I used foam tape to mount my die cut panel on top of my card base and then added my sentiment strip (Label Love by Altenew, stamped in Sweet sixteen ink and trimmed down).

For my second card, I blended several inks onto the hearts I die cut when creating my stencils and then applied glossy accents to give them a yummy chocolatey look. After the glossy accents had dried, I arranged nine of my chocolate hearts onto my die cut panel (Marshmallow cardstock by Bazzill, stitched rectangle die by SSS), stamped the sentiment (Happy Every Day by SSS) and then adhered the hearts using liquid glue. I foam mounted my panel onto my brown card base.

That's it from me, so now it's up to you! I hope my cards have inspired you to go and check out the Twofer Card Challenge blog to see what Darnell and the other DT members have created and maybe play along.

I'm also linking up my cards at:

SSS WCMD - Anything goes

My chocolate card is also playing at:

Day of the Month Card Club - #8 World Card Making Day

HLS - Anything goes with dies

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Let it snow

Here's a quick Christmas card that I created this weekend. I had intended to post it last night, but a 3-hour power cut prevented me from doing so. So I spent the evening on the sofa by candle light instead.

Anyhow, here's the card I created.

I had pulled out this Snowflake set by CAS-ual Fridays and heat embossed various snowflakes and the greeting in silver embossing powder (Ranger) onto a smooshed card panel from my UFO box. After foam mounting it onto my grey card, I added a bit of extra sparkle using stickles.

I'm linking up my card at:

Jingle Belles - The Hanukkah Song
I went with a general winter-themed card, 
since I don't know anyone who celebrates 
a non-Christmas winter holiday

SSS - Happy WCMD

HLS Christmas - Anything goes (optional: twinkle)

Crimbo Crackers - #194 Anything goes

Monday, 30 September 2019

Silent night, holy night

Here's the companion card to the one I created earlier this month, but this one took a little longer to finish.

For this one, I changed the orientation of the stamp for a cleaner look. I also used only a simple wash of blues. For the sentiment, I combined two sentiments on my die cut circle and then mounted it to my panel with a larger vellum mat and a thread nest.

I'm just in time to link up my 
card for this month's Rudolph Days Challenge

I'm also linking up my card at:

Crimbo Crackers - #194 Anything Christmas goes

SSS Monday - Let's get ready for Christmas

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

52 Weeks to Christmas - Winterblues

Monday, 23 September 2019

Sending Warm Mugs ...

I actually thought about altering the sentiment for this card, since the 'M' was in the sentiment as well, but I did not have the time or patience to sit down and actually fiddle with masking and getting everything to line up perfectly.

I stamped the mug and sentiment (Merry Christmoose, MFT) with the help of my MISTI and then coloured in the image and grounded the image using coloured pencils. I die cut the panel using one of the MFT Stitched rectangle scalloped edge frames, thinking I would also be using the frame, but I changed my mind and simply popped up the inner panel using fun foam. To finish things off, I used a glue pen and ultra fine glitter to add some subtle and sparkly texture to the cream.

I'm playing at:

CAS Christmas - Holiday treats

ATSM - #359 CAS

CCAYR - Christmas/Winter food and/or drink

CHNC - #456 Anything Christmas goes

Crimbo Crackers - #193 Anything Christmas goes

A beary merry Christmas

Hello crafty friends! I'm back with a second Christmas card.

For this card, I pulled out MFT's Bitty Bears set.

I started by creating a circle mask using the same die that I used for my frame, after which I pencilled in some lines onto the mask so that I could use those to stamp the present image all around before stamping my bears with the help of an acrylic block with grid lines.

I used Polychromos pencils (thanks, Ineke!) to do my colouring, and blended the background and the bears using odourless mineral spirits. I did not blend out the red and green elements, because I liked the texture. I trimmed down my panel and adhered it to my light grey card base (SSS). I stamped the sentiment using Black Jack ink (CP Designs). Before adhering my circle frame, I added a little glitter to various elements using a glue pen an ultra fine glitter.

I'm entering my card into the Coloring Virtuoso category 
of the MFT Card Design Superstar card contest

I'm also linking up my card at:

Colour Crazy - #37 Anything goes colouring

HLS Christmas - Anything goes

CAS on Friday - #164 Animals

52CCT - Bears

CAS Christmas

I have been playing in my craftroom this weekend, and here's the first card I have to share.

I started by partially die cutting the MFT Snowfall die, so that only the top part of my panel was die cut. Next, I created a mask by tearing a post-it note and blended some distress oxide inks for my winter sky. I also spritzed a little water and when my panel had dried, I stamped the tree (Friends in the Forest) in Peeled Paint DOI and the sentiment (Bitty Bears) in Faded Jeans DOI. I then adhered my panel flat onto my white card base. As a finishing touch, I used a white coloured pencil to add the tiniest bit of shading to the tree brnaches.

I'm entering my card into the Clean and Simple Genius category
of the MFT 2019 Card Design Superstar contest.

I'm also playing at:

AAA Cards - #149 Up to one third

ATSM - #359 CAS

Aud Sentiments - #236 Anything goes  + a sentiment

Jingle Belles - Peace on earth

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

A partridge in a pear tree

Hello crafty friends! Judging from all the new Christmas stamps and Christmas cards that are popping up all over blogland, it's safe to say that it will be Christmas before you know it. So here I am with another Christmas card.

The lovely Jingle Belles are asking for a card to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas. I didn't think I had an appropriate stamp in my collection, but then I found this Partridge in a Pear Tree freebie from Beccy's Place in the digital files section on my computer ... as well as more 12 Days of Christmas freebies on Beccy's blog. Just sayin'...

I printed the images onto some Neenah cardstock and then decided on a whim to break in my new Spectrum Noir ColourTint pencils. They were on offer a while back and I was attracted to the muted colours.

While I was looking for a die to die cut my panel, I found a few previously die cut skinny frames in the package of my SSS Frames dies. I decided to use one of the white frames and used a Copic to make the frame match the colours of my image. To finish off, I stamped a sentiment from an older set by The Cat's Pajamas (after snipping off the 'to be' part) and adhered a few gold sequins.

I'm playing at:

Jingle Belles - 12 days of Christmas

Beccy's Place - Anything goes with a BP image

Colour Crazy - Anything goes with colouring

Polkadoodles - #36 Anything goes

Cute Card Thursday - #598 Anything goes

Sunday, 1 September 2019

All is calm, all is bright

Hello and welcome. I'm back with a Christmas card for a couple of challenges.

I pulled out an older wood-mounted background stamp by Hero Arts and stamped and white heat-embossed it onto a panel of watercolour card. I then used my Winsor & Newton paints to create a galaxy sky, drying in between layers. After die cutting the panel using a stitched rectangle die (SSS), I foam-mounted my panel onto my white card base. My sentiment (Catherine Pooler's Winterhaven Collection) was heat embossed in liquid platinum and then die cut using a stitched circle die (SSS) and a stitched rectangle die (SSS) and then layered onto a larger circle from vellum.

I'm playing at:

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

ATSM - #356 Anything goes

CHNC - #453 Anything Christmas goes 
(optional: S ... for snowflakes)

Crimbo Crackers - #192 Anything Christmas goes

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Stencil fun

The cards below would not have been created today if it hadn't been for the big box of new goodies that arrived by courier this afternoon...

In addition to my rather early birthday present (my birthday isn't until the end of October but what's a girl to do if she spots an offer that is too good to pass up on), the box also contained a bunch of Imagination Crafts 6x6 stencils that were a bargain at about 1 dollar apiece.

I dug up the very few ink and shimmer sprays that I own and decided to use two of those with my beach hut stencil, resulting in a stenciled design and a monoprint using the ink that was left on the stencil.

I cut down my first panel using a stitched rectangle die and foam-mounted it to a grey card. I heat-embossed the sentiment in white onto a strip of cardstock that I had 'inked up' using the same spray that I had used for my stenciled design.

I used a larger stitched rectangle for my monoprint panel and added some distress inks (antique linen, tumbled glass and weathered wood to the white parts. The shells were stamped, inked up (antique linen) and fussy cut. The sentiment was stamped using DOI.

My Hello card is playing at:

CAS Stencil - Sprays

My twofer cards are playing at:

Paper towel transfer

When I took out some of my butterfly stamps for the current CAS Watercolour challenge, I realised that the paper towel transfer I had made earlier for the CAS Mix Up challenge (see my previous post) would be perfect as a kind of underpainting form my Tim Holtz trio of butterflies.

I stamped the image in black archival ink and then selected a few Tombow markers in colours matching my background, scribbled some ink on an acrylic block and picked up the colour using a waterbrush. I had received some new goodies this week, including a three-piece frame die set. I used two of these to create my black and white frame.

I'm playing at:

CAS Watercolour - Colourful butterflies

CAS Mix Up - Stamping, paper towel transfer + 
watercolouring, die cutting

Stamping Sensations - Things with wings

HLS Watercolour - Anything goes

Paper towel background

Hello everyone. I have had a few busy days crafting to create a few cards for some favourite challenges.

At CAS Mix Up, this month's challenge was to use paper towel. When I was trying to do some organising in the craft room, I found a few saturated paper towels from earlier projects. I first tried transferring some ink onto a card panel, but the colours were too soft to work as a background for my die cut wild flower frame, so I decided to use the paper towel instead. This has the added advantage of providing some texture as well. I sandwiched the paper towel between my flower frame and a square of white cardstock, trimmed off the paper towel and foam-mounted my panel onto a soft grey card to which I had added some score lines. To finish off, I stamped the sentiment in Versafine onyx black, applied a little shimmer to my black frame using a SN sparkle pen and adhered a few gems.

I'm playing at:

CAS Mix Up - Stamping, paper towel background +
die cutting, scoring, shimmer, gems

Friday, 23 August 2019

Twofer shells

Now that I'm finally feeling more crafty again (at the end of my 3-week break from work), I'm trying hard to finish up a few cards for some of my favourite challenges.

I had several ideas for this month's Twofer Card Challenge, which has a nautical theme. In the end, I decided to finish up this pair first, so that I did have something to show for.

I started my first card by stamping the shells from my Apple Blossom set onto a panel of Neenah desert storm and heat embossing it in white (SSS). The sentiment was heat embossed onto a scrap of vellum. To make the sentiment stand out from the background, I blended DOI on the back of the vellum and also added some water splatters to give it a more weathered look (which does not really show up in the photograph). Before adhering the sentiment strip using glue dots behind the text and a thin strip of double-sided tape at the right-hand side, I coloured in the shells using a Spectrum Noir clear shimmer pen. I also added a few splatters. To add a bit more interest, I then added some 'shading' using a gold Wink of Stella shimmer pen.

For my second card, I took one of the shell stamps to create a circle of yummie ice-creams. I stamped them in Archival black ink and coloured them in using Tombow markers and a watercolour brush. The sentiment is from an old Stampendous sentiment set.

My friendship card is also playing at:

ATSM - #355 Photo inspiration 
(I focused on the sand and the shells)

My ice cream card is also playing at:

Colour Crazy - #33 AG colouring