Thursday, 25 August 2016

Floral Water colour ...

Today I put my new skill of procrastination to one side and decided to try out a couple of new techniques I've seen on You Tube.  The first technique is loose water colouring an image first stamped using a light distress inks and when the image is dry stamping the image again using black ink.  The technique was demonstrated by Carolyn Peeler for the Ellen Hutson's classroom - the image she created is amazing, although not as good I am quite pleased with my first attempt!

I used:
STAMPlorations - The Birds and the Blooms
Versafine Onyx Black
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Crushed Olive
Sizzix Tim Holtz Mixed Media Dies

I am entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and Sketches #188 - it's simply ages since I entered this challenge but the sketch inspired me to have a go.

STAMPlorations August CAS Challenge:

STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hummingbird ...

I took a break from gardening this afternoon ... it was just too hot!  I managed to create one card ... the rest of the time I was merely procrastinating (a skill that I have mastered!!).

I used:
UNIKO Paradise: Hummingbird Stamp set
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry

I inked the hummingbird with three shades of distress ink which I spritzed with water - an attempt to created a blended water colour feel.  The flowers were inked and stamped in the same way but with the stem of the first one masked to allow for multiple stamping. I fussy cut the hummingbird so that I could pop it up to add some dimension.

I'm entering this weeks challenge at "Less is More" - the theme is Exotic.


Friday, 19 August 2016

Floral Border ...

We've had rain today ... so I just had to spend the day crafting!!  This is one of the cards that I completed.

I created the floral border by stamping the flowers in distress inks and then heat embossing with clear embossing powder, masking each one in between stamping.  I then masked the flowers and used a script stamp to add background colour.  The panel has been adhered to a piece of cream hessian using dimensional adhesive before adding it to the card base and adding a simple sentiment.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Floral Bliss and Mixed Media Elements
Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin and Peeled Paint

I am entering the following challenges:
Penny Black and More - August Challenge, Anything Goes with a stamp
Stamping Sensations - August Challenge, Anything Goes


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Bon Voyage ...

Back to blogging ... I've been busy with family commitments over the last couple of weeks so time for crafting has taken a back seat.  Today I decided to make time to be creative ...

A simple one layer card inspired by this week's challenge at "Less is More" the theme is "Something French" - the only thing I could manage was the sentiment.

I used:
STAMPlorations Born to Roam stamp set
Lawn Fawn Milo's ABC
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers

I am entering the following challenges:
"Less is More" #289 One layer week - Something French



Friday, 5 August 2016

Rainbow dragonflies ...

Well, no rainbows just rainbow colours!  My final card for today:

I used:
Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed
Free gift dragonfly stamp and die set.
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
WOW White embossing powder
STAMPlorations  Mixed Media Grunge stamp set.
Black cotton thread

I am entering the following challenges:

The Mixed Media Card Challenge

STAMPlorations August Theme and Sketch

AAA Cards #70


Little peonies ...

A quick post to share this card:

I used:
Hobby Art Ltd - Peonies
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass and Picked Raspberry
Dienamics - Stitched Rectangles
Sizzix Tim Holtz Mixed Media Dies

I am entering the following challenges:

AAA Cards #70

SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge:  Fabulous Florals

Before I sign off I need to say a huge thank you to the design team over at "Less is More" - they have chosen to include one of my cards in this weeks Showcase.  I'm honoured to have been chosen- thanks.  This is the card they liked:


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Dandelion clock ...

Wow, doesn't time fly especially when you're trying to cram loads in!  Well it has been a week since I last managed to create a post ... I don't know where the time goes!  Less chat more action ...

I created the background by inking one of my acrylic blocks with distress inks which I then spritzed with water that had perfect pearls in it.  I pressed the block onto a piece of watercolour card leaving it for a few seconds before lifting it off - I love the blended effect this gives.  I then used a stencil and embossing paste to create the dandelion clock, die cut the panel and a panel of black card.  The black card was adhered to the card base and I added fun foam to the back of the watercolour panel before adhering it to the card.

I used:
CUTplorations Rectangle dies
Sweet Poppy Brass Dandelion Stencil
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch
Perfect Pearls
Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste

I'm entering the following challenges:

"Less is More" #286 & 287 Use something Tactile - hopefully the raised embossing paste meets the criteria.

AAA Cards #70