Saturday, 2 June 2018

CLBH - Stencil twofer revisited

Oops, I have just been made aware that I should have created two separate posts for my two cards for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, so here is my FIRST card again. Yes, I know, I really messed up...

Anyway, I had great fun playing with my new stencil and using my limited supply of coffee-themed stamps. Do check out the amazing inspiration at the hop, if you haven't done so.

Please see my previous post for a list of  the materials that I used.

I'm also linking up this card at:

Word Art Wednesday - #336-337 Anything uplifting/encouring goes

STAMPlorations - Never-ending AG with STAMPlorations

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

And of course I'm joining Kathy's 10th 30 day colouring challenge

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Stencil twofer

Hello everyone! I'm back with two more cards for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I decided to revisit a technique that I used on this card back in March. This time, I decided to use one of my new ARTplorations stencils.

For my first card, I used the Tim Holtz spritzer tool and some Tombow markers to create a vibrant background. After carefully lifting off my stencil, I sprayed the stencil lightly with water and placed it onto a second cardstock panel for a mono print.

I will add the list of materials and links to other challenges tomorrow ...

Stencil: ARTplorations stencil - Emanations
     Sentiment 1st card - Literary caffeine-ations (STAMPlorations/Becca Cruger)
     Sentiment 2nd card - Coffee break (Whimsy Stamps)
     Coffee images on both cards - Coffee break (Whimsy Stamps)
     Background text 2nd card - Birds of a feather (Catherine Pooler, SOA Naturally inspired)
Colouring medium: Tombow dual brush markers
Ink: Versafine black
Cardstock: Neenah solar white 80 lb, black cardstock from my stash
Other: Tim Holtz spritzer tool, Bazill vellum, HA clear embossing powder, SN glitter marker, Lawn Fawn hemp cord

I'm also linking up my second card at:

STAMPlorations - Never-ending AG with STAMPlorations

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

And of course I'm joining Kathy's 10th 30 day colouring challenge

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Today, I have a card to share for the current Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

My inspiration came from the recent Stamp of Approval collection, which contained a border die that reminded me of the border die that I won a long time ago but had never used ... until now.

Materials used: 
Dies - Lace Edger 2, Joanna Sheen Signature Dies; SSS stitched rectangle die
Stamps - All you need is coffee, STAMPlorations/Shery Russ
Patterned paper for paper-pieced cup and background panel - DCWV
Ink - Versafine sepia; Antique linen distress ink
Colouring medium for the coffee in my cup - Prismacolors

Monday, 28 May 2018

MCV100 Merry Christmas

I'm popping in with a quick post and a card celebrating the 100th Christmas challenge party at Muse: ChristmasVisions. Congrats to Ardyth and the inspirational muses.

Here's my card:

Below is the inspiration card from our Christmas Muse, Chriss:

I copied all of Chriss's elements: flower arrangement with one white poinsettia and three red ones plus greenery, blue background and gold embossed sentiment. I stamped the white poinsettia (Winnie and Walter) in Antique linen distress ink, masked it off and then stamped the red poinsettias and holly (Uniko) using dye inks (Frayed leaf - Altenew, Pale tomato - HA and Ruby red - Altenew). I coloured in the white poinsettia and the background using Prismacolors. The sentiment stamp is an older one by Elle's Studio. I adhered my die cut panel (SSS stitched rectangle) flat onto my card base.

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Use more than one stamp

ABC Christmas - K for Keep it simple

ATSM - 293 Holiday

It's also time for the May Rudolph Days at Maureen's blog

Friday, 25 May 2018

Best birthday wishes

Here's one of four cards that I created using the stamps from an older Stamp of Approval Collection by Catherine Pooler.

I stamped the medallions using Catherine Pooler inks onto a large panel and then cut up the panel to create my four cards. Since I'm rather in a rush right now, I will share the other cards in my next blog post. I white heat embossed the Birthday wishes sentiment onto a snippet of black cardstock and the  Best sentiment was die cut from another snippet using a die that was included in my SOA box. 

I'm linking up my card at:

Allsorts - 9th birthday celebration

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes (no toppings for me, 
although you could argue that I created my own patterned paper LOL)

Pixie's Snippets Playground -  #326 Alwaya anything goes with snippets

More butterflies

I recently purchased this beautiful butterfly stamp by STAMPlorations and could not wait to use it on a card, just in time for the current CAS Mix Up challenge as well as the current STAMPlorations linky party.

After stamping the image in Archival black ink, I applied a layer of  Crazing Distress collage medium over my card strip. Once this layer was dry, I added rainbow colours to the butterflies using distress crayons and then pulled out the colour to the rest of my card strip using a moist finger. I ran the buttefly strip and a panel of black cardstock through my Cuttlebug with my STAMPlorations crazy double running stitch rectangle die. Before adhering the strip to my panel, I added two strips of washi sheet (Lifestyle Craft) behind my butterflies. To bring in a little more colour, I cut my white card base slightly wider than the standard A2 size and used my distress crayon to colour the edges.

I'm linking up my card at:

CAS Mix Up - I used distress crayons, stamping, 
die cutting, collage medium (crazing), washi

STAMPlorations - Things with wings

STAMPlorations - Never-ending 
anything goes with STAMPlorations

Double twofer butterflies

My sister Ineke is visiting and we're having lots of fun crafting together. We have set up our crafting table just outside of my craftroom on the terrace where it's cooler than inside, while we are still close to any materials we may need.

Anyway, we thought it would be fun to participate in some challenges together, which is why we decided to create some cards using the butterfly stamps from the Beautiful Day stamp set that came in the SSS card kit that I purchased last month.

First up, I have the cards that my sister created.

She stamped the butterflies and coloured them in using Prismacolors.

The happy birthday sentiment is from a small but useful sentiment set by Simon Says Stamp (Birthday messages). The tiny envelope is from a stamp set by Whimsy Stamps (Smarty pants).

The strip of patterned paper is from the Bubblegum Hills Collection by KaiserCraft.
And here's my own twofer.

For my A2 card, I stamped the leaf images and coloured them in using Prismacolors and then added the sentiment and butterfly. I matted my panel using one of the pretty Lawn Fawn papers from the kit.

For my second card, I wanted to show that a small stamp like this butterfly can be used in many ways. I used a pencil to lightly draw in some grid lines onto my square panel, and then used an acrylic grid block to do my rainbow stamping using Catherine Pooler inks (Sauna, Lemon ice, Grass skirt, All that jazz, Juniper mist). The sentiment is from Everyday Sayings by Hero Arts set and was stamped in Versafine black and clear heat embossed. I die cut my panel using a stitched square die by SSS and foam mounted it to my square 4½" card base.

We are both linking up our cards at:

Twofer card challenge - #5 Butterflies

SSS Wednesday - Use more than one stamp

STAMPlorations - Things with wings

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Christmas recycling

This past fortnight, the lovely Jingle Belles have encouraged us to recycle and/or upcycle our stash to create a Christmas card to celebrate Earth Day. I intended to play along, but my card did not quite come together, until I saw Kimberly's card for MCV99 earlier today.

I focused on the embossed base (I used a stencil by SSS), the layered topper with the scalloped border and the use of ribbon. My topper was cut from some recycled wrapping paper. To make handling the delicate paper easier, I adhered it to a panel of double sided tape before cutting it to size with my paper trimmer. My scalloped panel was die cut using one of the Noelle cutaways dies by Winnie and Walter. The green ribbon is also recycled. I thought about stamping my sentiment, but since I also wanted to play along at Merry Monday, I used this Penny Black die cut from my UFO box and applied a little Inka gold in copper using my finger.

I'm linking up my card at:

Jingle Belles - Earth Day

Merry Monday - #288 No stamping

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

CAS mixed media birthday

I have a fun birthday card to share with you today, based on a very easy mixed media technique that I learned about in the recent mixed media class at StampNation. To create a background like this one, you only need some acrylic paints and an old credit card to scrape the paint across your card surface.

I die cut my panel using one of the Crazy running double stitch dies by CUTplorations and adhered it to my base card. The birthday die is also by CUTplorations, while the wishes stamp and the arrow stamp are from a stamp set by Catherine Pooler (Simply the Best).

I'm linking up my card at:

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Cards in Envy - It's Birthday party time

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Mixed Media butterfly card

Over at StampNation, we have been enjoying a Mixed Media class for card makers and here's one of the first cards I created.

The background for today's card was created with the ink that was left on my craft mat after dripping and spraying Catherine Pooler inks (All that Jazz and Melon Ice) on one of my MM backgrounds. I didn't want to let it go to waste, so I smooshed a panel of watercolour card in the ink. I applied the same CP inks to blend some ink through d 2 Tim Holtz mini stencils (set 4) and then decided I wanted to go a little darker on the foliage stencil by adding a touch of CP Spruce ink.

I wanted to add some contrasting colour and remembered this Uniko butterfly (English Country Garden), that I had coloured previously when breaking in my new Copics. After fussy-cutting it, I was trying to find the right placement for the butterfly and sentiment, so I started out by stamping the sentiment (Stampers Anonymous) onto a scrap of vellum. I then decided I kind of liked the addition of the vellum, so I simply adhered my vellum strip and mounted my panel onto a Neenah desert storm card base.

I'm linking up my card at:

STAMPlorations April challenge - Focus on the sentiment

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

heARTful Stamping - Anything goes + a stamp

Merry Christmas wishes

Popping in to sneak in my card for the current Merry Monday challenge as well as a few other challenges.

Here's the inspiration photo.

I focused on the quirky houses and the snowflakes. My background comes from a Pink Fresh paper pad, I die cut the Merry sentiment (Winnie & Walter) from a scrap of cardstock and heat embossed it twice using SSS rose gold ep. The sentiment (Winnie & Walter) and the quirky snowflakes (Paper Smooches) were stamped in Tsukineko bronze. I went over my NBUS snowflake (SSS) with some Inka gold in copper and also used this to create a matching border for my die cut panel (SSS).

I'm also linking up my card at:

Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's blog - Anything Christmas goes

And since I used a snippet for die cutting my sentiment, 
I'm also popping over to 

Winter Wonderland - Snow much fun

SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Twofer chicks

Phew, looks like Mr Mojo came back in the nick of time so that I could play along at Twofer #4. And if you're running out of time when making cards, there's only one thing you can do: keeping it really simple and digging into your UFO (UnFinished Objects) box for a quick background.

In February, I was lucky enough to win a stamp and die set of my own choosing from Technique Tuesday from Miriam Prantner's blog and I could not resist the chicken family which has some great sentiments as well. The current Twofer challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to start using these stamps, since it's all about pets.

Although we don't keep any chicken ourselves, we do have several friends who do, and they sometimes surprise us with fresh eggs. In addition, our landlord is also keeping chicken (and one turkey). We can catch a glimpse of them when we are sitting outside on the porch. For one of our cats, this is nog enough. She goes to visit them every day and sits there staring at them for a good while.

For my first card, I started by stamping the sentiment and focal image and then stamped the image repeatedly to fill up my panel. I coloured my chick with Prismacolor pencils.

I'm also linking up this first card at:

ATSM - #289 CAS

For my second card, I decided that this small left-over panel from last year's shaving foam experiment would work well with this fun sentiment. I stamped and die cut the image, coloured it with my Prismacolors and popped it up on foam squares. I adhered my panel to a dark blue card base.

I'm also linking up my second card at:

Cards in Envy - Birthday party time

Crafty Cardmakers - #210 Birthdays

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Wildflower Twofer

I was determined to try and create another twofer for the current Twofer Card Challenge, this time making sure to use a stamp.

For my first card, I used the wildflower stamp from A little bit sketchy: Silhouette Wildflowers to attempt some faux watercolour. It took a little experimenting using Tombow markers, a misting bottle and distress inks to get the look I was after. Well, not exactly, but in the end I love how this turned out. The bench, grass and bird stamps are from the same Creative Stamping set that I used for my owl twofer back in January.  The sentiment stamp is from the SOA Naturally Inspired Collection (Medallion Mix-up) and red flowers were stamped with a stamp from the wildflower set from the same SOA collection. The frame was created using my NBUS Antique frame dies by Penny Black.

I'm also linking up this card at:

The Flower Challenge -  #18 Anything goes

HLS Watercolour challenge - Anything goes (option: home)

SSS Wednesday - Floral Frenzy


For my second card, I used masked off most of the flowers, so that I could use the tips of my three flowers as frills for my balloon strings. Next, I stamped the balloons (Birthday Balloons, SSS) using Catherine Pooler inks (Mandarine Spice, Sauna and Green Tea). After inking up my stamps, I stamped off once (lightly) and then used the rock-and-roll technique to add more ink to only part of the stamp before stamping. I white heat embossed (SSS) my sentiment (It's your day, Hero Arts) onto a strip of black cardstock. This was one of the first Birthday sentiment sets that I bought, and I love that it has so many birthday sentiments in different styles and sizes. I still think this is a must have set. I drew in the remainder of my balloon strings using a black Sharpie marker before adhering the sentiment strip to my stamped panel using liquid glue and then adhered my panel to my A2 card base.

I'm linking up this card at:

A Blog Named Hero - Favourite Hero Arts product

ATSM - #284 Clean and simple

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes (no toppings for me)