Thursday 31 January 2019

Add some Texture at CCM

Evening Everyone,
Well that didn't quite go as planned did it. Still we can't be perfect all of the time lol.
I carefully put the photos of my card ready to post, and then haven't found a single moment to write anything, so let's try again shall we?
Monday saw the start of a new challenge over at CraftyCardmakers where my lovely Teamie Jackie is looking for you to Add some Texture.
A very easy way to add texture to any project is by using an embossing folder.
And a little added gilding wax highlights that texture beautifully.
I used it as the background to this card which was made with the latest Woodware stamp release.
I fussy cut the tree and layered it over a panel of 'Bleedin Art Tissue' screwed up and attached to DSST. Adding a little gilding wax brings out all the texture on this panel as well.
A sentiment finishes the whole thing off.
As usual, when I am making samples, I play and see what happens. So here is another card that I made with a few of the leftover bits and pieces.
I added the stamped and embossed tree to a piece of mop up background and coloured it in using the same inks. I also added a sentiment and a strip of leafy embossing.
This stamp set is one of several that Jane will be taking on to the TV at the beginning of February, the 9th to be precise so I had better get a wiggle on in the sample department.
I hope that you can join us at CCM this time. I look forward to seeing your creations.
Have a great afternoon. Stay warm.
Happy crafting and hugs

Monday 21 January 2019

Leafy Thanks

Hello All
Maybe if I can just stay one step ahead of myself I might get a few more of my card mountain blogged. It's not working well so far, but I can only hope that things get better lol.
Today's cards were made using a fabulous old Stampendous leaf stamp set and a Kaleidacolour dye based ink pad.
These lovely multicoloured ink pads lend themselves very nicely to the painting technique that I have used here, as do the patterned leaves.
I created a Masterboard by stamping the leaves randomly on to Mixed Media card stock using the Cappuchino Kaleidacolour ink pad.
A damp paintbrush was used to colour in the leaves using the ink from the stamped image. Because it is a dye based ink the colour will move when water is added, just make sure you keep washing your paint brush so that the painting doesn't become muddy.
I used an Edger die to create this lovely border,
and the waste to create the white panel on the right hand side of this second card.
I sponged more  ink on to the master board and added sentiment panels.
The main panel on this card uses the same patterned leaf stamp along with a smaller similar shaped leaf.
This time I stamped and embossed the images before sponging and painting them with dye based ink.
I used a Tim Holtz die in the corner of the card,
and added a sentiment on a strip of vellum along with some die cut leaves.
Have a great evening. I'm off to visit a few blogs before I get too far behind on my commenting.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Wednesday 16 January 2019

One Man's Trash..........

I do love making backgrounds, it's always been one of my favourite things to do. The trouble is knowing when to stop playing and turn your creations into cards.
The following cards were made using a piece of handmade Brusho background.
I have to say that it wasn't the best piece from my stash, but that's the trouble with me, I can never throw anything away.
I have started to set aside pieces that I am less keen on which I can then take with me to use in class if needed. 'One man's trash is another man's treasure' as they say :O)
I obviously adopted this approach after I made these cards, but having stamped, embossed, matted and layered the panels, I am more than happy with the finished results.
I randomly stamped and embossed in black and then added further images using gold ink.
A tiny white border finishes the panel off perfectly, and 'lifts' it from the main card.
Finishing touches include sentiments, faux stitching, black pearls and glitter glue.
If all goes according to plan this will go live on Wednesday afternoon. If not it's back to the drawing board and forget about scheduling posts lol.
Hope you are having a fabulous day.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Get Your Skates on to the CCM challenge

Afternoon Everyone,
Well I fell at the first hurdle didn't I!!
In my defense I did have to start work at 4am yesterday, so while I was trying to write my post I was doing my best nodding dog impersonation so I just gave up and went to bed.
The trouble is that I was on a roll in the afternoon, sorting through class prep boxes, when I should have been on the computer writing my blog post.
It was a very productive time though as I managed to empty several folders and add lots of cards to my stash. So this afternoon I am being a good girl, and the computer comes first.
We have a new year of challenges starting over at CCM and I am hoping that my endeavours on the blogging and commenting front will fare better this year. As you can see it's not going too well so far, as this was supposed to go live at about 1pm yesterday lol.
We are still in winter mode, Challenge 225 - Winter  but please NO Christmas Sentiments.
As they are predicting that we are shortly in for some snow, my card seems very appropriate.
My card was made using a fabulous old Woodware stamp designed by Jane Gill.
I stamped and embossed the skates on to a circle of white card and then after colouring them using sparkle pens I added some faux stitching and tiny gems.
The background is from an old paper pad and I added a couple of diecut snowflakes and silver Card Candi.
This challenge runs for a fortnight, so you have plenty of time to join us.
Thanks for stopping by. I had better go and visit a few people on line before I head out to the gym.
See you soon.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday 13 January 2019

More Poinsettias

Morning All
I hope that you having a great Sunday.
I thought that I would share a few more of my poinsettia cards with you today before I get down to the business of playing, and finishing off more of the bits that I created in class yesterday.
They have all been created with a fabulous Poinsettia stamp set and a Kaleidacolour multicoloured inkpad.
The first three cards were created from a masterboard.
Stamp the image onto a piece of white card stock and then paint over the flowers with a damp paintbrush. Because the ink is dye based it will move and colour in the petal. Just make sure you clean the brush in between petals.
This piece uses the same stamp and more ink blended over the images.
Same stamp just a bit of fussy cutting on the next two cards.
While these have been made as Christmas cards, I think that they would work every bit as well as a birthday or anniversary card.
The final three cards again involve the same stamp this time stamped and embossed in gold.
Ink has been blended over the top of the images
and then I have used a Versmark pen and clear embossing powder to colour in the flowers to make them 'pop' from the panels.
I would like to enter these into the following challenges;
Crafty Calender Challenge - Make it Flowery
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Off to play now. Thanks for stopping by.
Happy crafting and hugs

Thursday 10 January 2019

Poinsettias........and lots of them

I don't know about where you are, but it has turned bloody cold in my neck of the woods.
I know that lots of you will probably think that I'm being pathetic cause you are already wading your way through thick snow, but I really hope that we don't get any of that here.
Now I may not have gotten any Christmas cards sent out this year, time just seemed to get away from me, but I certainly have lots to share, so I will try and blog a few each week.
Maybe if I try and enter a few of the Christmas challenges that run throughout the year it will help to keep me on track.
I love poinsettias, although I am never very successful at keeping them alive, so stamps are definitely a much better option.
I do love this old Magenta stamp, as you may have guessed. It is part of a fabulous set, and works really well with these handmade background papers.
 This is another fabulous poinsettia stamp,
which I stamped and white embossed onto kraft card and then sponged and coloured with Distress inks.
This Penny Black stamp has been used
with an old favourite Kaleidacolor inkpad.
And one final card for tonight, this time with a bit of fussy cutting and some lovely 3d flowers.
I would like to enter my cards into the following challenges..
Crafty Calendar challenge - Make it Flowery - lots of Poinsettias
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes Christmas optional Something Old - Magenta/Penny Black Stamps and Kaleidacolor ink pad.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Wednesday 9 January 2019

Cogs and Wheels

Evening Everyone,
I obviously had a lot more cards suitable for men than I thought.
I have an elderly friend, who every few months asks me for a box of assorted cards that he can send to his friends and family.
So while I was sorting out a new box full for him last night, I came across several more cards that would be suitable to give to a man.
The first two cards were made using a panel of card covered with aluminium tape from a car accessory shop - very masculine.
I coloured the tape covered panels with alcohol inks,
and then embossed them using a cogs embossing folder.
The embellishments are cut from metallic card using a die.
This final card uses a piece of handmade background from my stash.
I think it was made using my Gelli Plate, but I wouldn't want to swear to it. That's part of the problem with using up left over bits, it isn't always possible to remember how you created them in the first place.
I do know that the tree stamp is an old one from Imagination, but other than that please don't ask lol.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs