Monday, 20 November 2017

CUTplorations #2 Reminder ...

We are two weeks into the CUTplorations November challenge over at STAMPlorations and the good news is you still have time to enter!! I'm sharing another card in the hope that I might inspire you to join in ... 

Check out the image, get out your dies, put your thinking caps on and get creating!!  This is my effort:

I began by stamping the background and then die cut a panel.  I had inked up another piece of card with some distress inks before stamping and die cutting the feathers.  I die cut 2 feathers out of the background panel and inlaid 2 feathers cut from the coloured panel.  The red feather was stamped and die cut from a piece of cream card before I adhered it to the panel with foam adhesive for added dimension.  The whole panel was mounted onto a Kraft card base using red fun foam - which you can see from the side!!!  A sentiment was added and that was it!!

I used:
                              - Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangles
                              - Bloom Happy Coordinating Dies
Distress Inks - Wilted Violet and Festive Berries
Distress Oxide Ink - Wilted Violet
Versafine Black Onyx

Why not have a go and join in with the challenge.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Monster Christmas ...

Another week closer ... another Christmas card to add to the pile - still not enough but heading in the right direction.  Today's card is just a bit of fun that hopefully will go down well with the younger members of my family.

You may recognise the monster ... I just masked off the corner of the stamp and added a Santa hat (which I drew by hand on a separate piece of card, coloured and fussy cut).  I created the sentiment from a number of different stamp sets and an alphabet set.  I want to add a little texture in the background so used some texture paste through a snowflake stencil.

I'm entering the challenge at "Less is More"


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Mixed Media mark making and fun ...

I can't tell you how relieved I am that it is Friday tomorrow ... I've had a non-stop week and would just like to sit down and relax ... a busy week at work, a three hundred mile round trip on Monday, a wonderful evening at the theatre on Tuesday, my print making evening class on Wednesday, catching up with design team commitments in between ... the list just seems to go on!!!  Tonight I want to share something creative with you ... I started the year with a plan to do more mixed media projects ... a plan that I have not been that successful with ... but tonight I would like to share this:

This is an eight page book created using various techniques - image transfer of photographs, acrylic paint resist, stamping and heat embossing, mark making with ink and loads more.  I was lucky enough to spend last weekend on a two day workshop at the yard: Art Space with Sue Brown, printmaker, sharing her techniques and skills.  Sue is an amazing printmaker and a fabulous teacher ... I will be returning next year to learn more!!  In the meantime I need to find time to practise and perfect the techniques!!

I also created a second book:

More white space on this one and fewer techniques!

I would like to enter the challenge at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Wishlist Linky Party ...

Exciting times ... today is the start of the STAMPlorations Annual Giving Thanks Blog Hop ... there are 38 designers involved so lots of inspiration for you to feast you eyes on ... so get comfortable, get hopping and have some fun!   Along with loads of inspiration there are prizes to be won.  Check out the main post on the STAMPlorations blog for all the details.

I've created a number of cards using new stamps from Typografia Thankful range.  The first  are using the Unknown Blessings.

The following cards are using 'We have enough':

Apologies for the wonky photograph!

I hope you like what you see ... why not join in with the rest of the hop ... 


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

ATSM Holiday ...

As another week disappears into the past it is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More ... and we are back around to the 'Holiday' theme ... and remember any holiday is a good holiday to create a card for this challenge.

I'm in urgent need to create Christmas cards so that is the holiday I'm concentrating on!  The card I am sharing is designed to be simple and easy to replicate.

The snowflakes are stamped with a background stamp and the the sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed over the top.  I trimmed the panel and adhered it to the base using foam adhesive to add some dimension.

I used:
UNIKO - Background Blocks: Falling Snow
             - Christmas Sentiments
Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
Wow Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink

Please take some time and check out the blog you will see some amazing designs and hopefully will be inspired to join in with the challenge.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

AAA Cards Celebrate ...

It is time, once again, for a new challenge over at AAA Cards ... I hope you are all ready with your supplies to join in for some fun!  The theme this time is:

I have taken the approach of a generic "Celebrate" card .. but you can decide your own take on the theme - any type of celebration is welcome for the challenge.

A simple card with just some stamping and heat embossing.  I thought the detail and beauty of the stamp needed to be showcased through simplicity.

I used:
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Wow Clear embossing powder
UNIKO Simply Said Stamp set
IndigoBlu Colour Me - Dahlia

I hope you will drop by the challenge and check out the design team's inspiring cards - we are joined by a guest designer for this challenge Ros (  Why not join in too ... you could win a gift certificate from Happy Little Stampers with a built in excuse to 'buy more stuff'!!


Monday, 6 November 2017

Firework stars ...

Just popping in for a quick post, to share my entry for this week's challenge at "Less is More" - it's a two week colour challenge and the colours to use are Firework colours!

I've used bright reds, oranges and gold ... with a hint of black for the night sky!

All of the stars have been heat embossed some with clear embossing powder and others with gold.  The 'smile' has been given a coating of Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.

I used:
UNIKO -Reach for the Stars and Background Builders: Seeing Stars stamp sets
Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin
Versamark Ink
Wow Embossing Powders - Clear and Bright Gold.

These are the details of the challenge:


CUTplorations #2 ...

Is it me or is the year whizzing by?  Here we are in November already ... and a new month means a new CUTplorations challenge over on the STAMPlorations blog!  Do you enjoy using dies in your card-making? Then this could be the challenge for you - this is the inspiration for this month:

I was inspired by the colours - purple and grey with a pop of red - and this is my creation:

I began by creating two panels - one in purple and one in red and die cut the flowers from the panels and also from some grey card.  The large flowers were stacked and adhered together to make thick 'chipboard-like' flowers.  I coloured some card for the 'awesome' and then die cut the word in grey card as well to add depth to the word.  I then combined all of the elements together onto the card base.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Trendy Spring Blooms and Matching Dies
                              - Awesome
                              - Mixed Media Elements
                              - Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangles
Distress Inks - Wilted Violet, Candied Apple and Festive Berries
Distress Oxide Inks - Wilted Violet and Candied Apple

I hope that I have inspired you to get out your dies and have a go ...


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

ATSM Anything Goes ...

It is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and I'm here to inspire you to get creating and join in with the challenge.  I know this week's theme is a favourite as it's time for Anything Goes!

I was recently asked to create a card for a wedding, this is the design I came up with:

Why not pop by the blog to see the other designs from the Design Team ... I'm know you will not be disappointed with what you see!


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Snowflakes ...

I can't believe that it is Sunday evening already ... back to work tomorrow after a week's holiday!  I was lucky enough to spend part of the week in Edinburgh visiting my son, always a treat ... I've also made time to get creative!

This is today's creation ... 

Once again I'm having trouble with my photography ... this definitely looks better in real life!  
The inspiration for my card came from this week's challenge at "Less is More" where the theme is layered stamping.  I have a number of floral stamps designed for layered stamping but I never have much success with them so instead I decided that snowflake stamps were the way to go besides I need more Christmas cards!.  I began by stamping a snowflake background stamp and then layered on some individual snowflakes.  I then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment over the top.

I used:
UNIKO - Stunning Snowflakes
            - Background Blocks: Falling Snow
            - Festive Sentiments
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch

Challenge details:


AAA Cards Ink Blending ...

Morning all, I hope you are having a great weekend and are all set to join in with the new challenge at AAA Cards - this time it is all about ink blending (one of my favourite techniques!)

I love using distress inks for this technique -

I used:
Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries
Sizzix - Tim Holtz Wildflowers
UNIKO - Simply Said.

I hope that you will join in with the challenge and I look forward to checking out your designs.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Monster card ...

... not really a monster card rather a card featuring monsters!!

A simple design involving masking, stamping and colouring.  

I used:
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
PaperArtsy Zinis - ZN02
UNIKO - Simply Said

I'm entering this week's challenge at "Less is More"


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

ATSM Clean and Simple ...

It is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More - this week is one of my favourite - Clean and Simple (CAS).

I'm obsessed with creating Christmas cards at the moment as I am way behind!  I'm still looking for a design that is stylish but quick to make ... this is my most recent design:

I die cut the tree, stamped and heat embossed the design before colouring with distress ink. I wrapped the tree in some fine gold thread, stamped the sentiment and that was it.

I hope you will be drop by the challenge and check out the design teams inspiring projects. I look forward to seeing your creations.