Sunday, 20 August 2017

AAA Cards Masking ...

it's time for a new challenge at AAA Cards - this time it is all about masking.

The challenge is sponsored by STAMPlorations (thank you Shery) and I'm delighted to have created a card using one of their beautiful stamp sets.  The challenge theme is also right up my alley as I love masking techniques - from blocking areas to ink blend, to masking stamped images for multiple stamping and lots more.

Firstly I stamped the column of butterflies masking as I went as I needed them to overlap for the look that I was hoping to achieve.  When the ink was dry (this is critical if you are going to fussy cut between the images ... I wonder how I worked this out!!!) I then fussy cut around and between the butterflies.  Finally I added the sentiment to the inside of the card.

I used:
STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies
Simon Says Stamp Handwritten borders
Stampin Up Inks - Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Not Quite Navy

I hope that I've inspired you to join in with the challenge ... it is well worth popping along to the blog for further inspiration from the design team.


Friday, 18 August 2017

At last ...

Good evening ... at last I've managed to create a card for this week's challenge at "Less is More"!  Actually this is the second card that I've made ... you know how you tell your children at exam time to read the question carefully? well, I should take my own advice!! Guess what? the first card I made for the challenge had layers!! and the theme for this week's challenge is 'ONE Layer featuring a vehicle' ... on a positive note I have a card for another day!!

Anyway less waffle, here is the card:

I embossed a square into the card base and then stamped the image and sentiment.  I then coloured the camper van with markers and that was it!

It is my dream to own a camper van!

Details of the challenges:


Thursday, 17 August 2017

TIME OUT Guest Design ...

One of the joys of winning a challenge is being invited to be a Guest Designer for a future challenge ... and that's exactly why I am here as Guest Designer for the new challenge at TIME OUT Challenges.  Let's begin with the theme:

Autumn with the optional twist of speed stamping

The definition of speed stamping for this challenge is "...making a card in 10 minutes or less excluding getting your supplies ready".  When I started to think about the challenge I really thought that the time limit was a challenge too far ... once I decided what I was going to do I thought I would give it a go!  So everything ready for the off and the timer set on my phone ... this is my card ...

 ... 8 minutes and 45 seconds later I had a card that I was happy with ... then I decided to tie the twine into a bow ... and believe it or not that took another five minutes!!! Why didn't I just leave it threaded through ... so I leave it to you to decide whether I made a card in less than 10 minutes or not!!!

I used:
Stampin Up - Totally Trees
UNIKO - Simply Said
Distress Inks - Ground Espresso' Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin.
WOW Embossing Powder

I hope you will be inspired to join in with the challenge ... you need to visit the challenge and see the amazing cards the design team have created.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

ATSM Time for CAS ...

It is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More - this week the challenge is CAS (Clean and Simple):

This is my card to delight and inspire you to pop along and join in with the challenge and remember the rest of the design team have created some amazing designs to inspire.  So pop along have a look and then get out your crafty supplies and join in with the fun.

I used:

STAMPlorations - Crazy Double Stitched Rectangle dies and Flutter Zen I layering dies
Stampin Up - Not Quite Navy ink

I hope you like what you see and are inspired to pop along and join in.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

AAA Cards Summer Fun ...

Morning ... Sunday morning and the start of a new week and a new challenge at AAA Cards ... I hope your are all set for some fun this summer because that is just what we are looking for:

This challenge is sponsored by Happy Little Stampers and you are in with a chance to win a gift certificate ... as the saying goes, you have to be in it to win it ... so get creating!  

For me summer just isn't summer without a trip to the seaside (often in the rain!) so I took a selection of images to create this:

I stamped the images with versafine onyx black ink and coloured them using Zig markers before adhering them to the card base using foam adhesive.  Added the sentiment and called it done!

I do hope that you will join in the challenge and I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Purple Cosmos ...

It's reminder time for the July/August challenge at UNIKO ... it is all about flowers and as the Guest Designer I would love it if you joined in with the challenge.  If you need inspiration pop across to the blog and see the amazing design team cards.  I've created a card using the beautiful Uniko Cosmos stamp - I hope it with provide you with some inspiration to join in with the challenge.

I used:
UNIKO - Pure Florals and Simply Said Stamp sets
Inktense pencils
Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet
Lawn Cuts Stitched Rectangle dies
Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Challenge details:

Please pop along and check out the stunning design team designs and while you are there check out the beautiful stamps and dies created by Bev.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Celebrating Colouring ...

It's National Colouring Book Day and to celebrate STAMPlorations are holding a party - these are the details:

You have the chance to win a copy of this new colouring book.  I've taken a couple of pages from the book to show you the different images.

The main part has been coloured with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush

The second panel could not be more different both in design but also in colour choices - from the subtle floral above to the not so subtle below:

This time I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers

If you pop along to the blog you will be able to download a sampler and join in with the fun ... you could be the winner!


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Wet Saturday ...

Today has been a typical British Summer's day ... it has been raining for most of the afternoon!  I did manage to spend an hour sorting my garden this morning but it definitely needs lots more time spending on it but rain stopped play ... so I had to come in and start crafting!!

I've only managed to create one card ... it seemed to take ages to water colour the panel and then I didn't know what else to do with it!!  Eventually this is the finished card:

I stamped and heat embossed the image before water colouring it with distress inks.  I trimmed the panel and stitched it to the card base.  A stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and adhered it with foam tape to add some dimension.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Bloomtangled ATC #1 
UNIKO - Pure Florals Cosmos
Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Festive Berries, Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon
White machine Thread
Wow White Embossing Powder

I am entering this into the following:

"Less is More"  #339

Stamping Sensations July Challenge - Anything with Flowers

STAMPlorations Never ending Anything Goes Challenge


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

ATSM Mark Your Mark ...

It is simply amazing how quickly the weeks speed by ... it is time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More ... it's Make Your Mark time!

Fancy joining in?  Why not pop along and see all the wonderful inspiring creations by the Design Team ... this is my card, hopefully it will inspire you!

I stamped the row of deckchairs and coloured them using Zig markers. I die cut 'Happy' from the middle and additional letters out of a scrap of card before stacking and adhering them together and placing them back into the panel.  I stamped the birthday sentiment and adhered the panel to the card base.

I used:
Simple Homemade Magazine free stamp set
Die-namics High Rise Alpha Dies
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

I hope you will be inspired to join the challenge and I look forward to seeing your cards.


Tuesday, 25 July 2017

No stamping ...

Good evening!! This is the first week of the school summer holidays ... so for me that means no going out to work!!  So far I've had a super time ... I spent Sunday with my beautiful daughter in London to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.  Then yesterday (my birthday) I was treated to a very special lunch.  So today it has been down to work ... gardening to be precise - at least I've made a start but there is still lots to do.

I've even had time to create - inspired by this week's challenge at "Less is More" the theme is no stamps!  So out came my dies, stencil, embossing paste and a scrap of card coloured on my gel plate.  This is the result:

A simple design with some added texture from the paste.

My plan is to spend time every day being creative ... a reward for gardening, sorting and housework!  Mornings will be chores and afternoons/evenings for fun!  I hope to spend some time perfecting my photography skills!

Details of the challenge:


Sunday, 23 July 2017

AAA Happy Rainbow ...

Good morning ... another two weeks has whizzed by and it is time for a new challenge at AAA Cards and this time we are all about rainbow!!  My favourite kind of colour scheme!

I love the contrast between the colours of the rainbow and black/white ... so this was my starting point and this is my card:

I began by finding every 'birthday' stamp that I own and stamped a section of the card using these and black ink. I also stamped a scrap of card using distress inks in rainbow colours and mixed media stamps.  I die cut 'Happy' from the card and replaced the letters with letters die  cut from rainbow coloured scrap.  I die cut additional letters and then stacked and adhered them to make thick letters.

I used:
Various Birthday stamps
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge Stamp Set
Die-namics High Rise Alphabet Dies
Distress inks - Mustard seed, Carved pumpkin, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet and Blueprint sketch.

Pop along to AAA Cards and look at all the amazing projects from the design team.  I hope you will be inspired to join in with the challenge.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Cut Flowers ...

It's time for a new challenge at UNIKO and guess what?  I'm the guest designer!  It is a bonus for being the winner of their last challenge ... I didn't have to think long before agreeing to do it ... I love UNIKO stamps, Bev's designs are simply beautiful.  The theme for the challenge is:

This is the card I created to inspire you all to join in with the challenge:

I began by stamping and masking the flowers before water colouring them with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  I then fussy cut between the flowers to add some interest and added the sentiment.

I used:
UNIKO Beautiful Blooms II; Simply Said
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Do pop along to the blog and check out the beautiful cards from the design team ... you will not be disappointed.  Why not get your supplies out and join in ... you never know you just might win!


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Taking Time Out ...

There are sometimes when you just need to be able to sit and craft ... today is just one of those days!  After an "interesting" day at work there really is nothing better than getting creative ... inspired by the challenge at TIME OUT where the theme is to CASE another designer (See the photograph below) ... I came up with this:

When I first saw the challenge all I could see was the brilliant design by Cornelia and couldn't think what I could do but then I remembered the new stamp and dies from STAMPlorations that I had just received and then I new just what to do!  As you can see I took my cue from the colours and the image ... I added a few splatters just for fun!

It is worth checking out Cornelia's blog for more inspiring projects.

I used:
STAMPlorations - For the Birds stamp set and coordinating dies
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Distress Ink - Twisted Citron
Stampin Up - Off the Grid

I'm also entering:
STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge

Before I go ... I do have some fun and positive news that certainly has lifted my spirits.  I won UNIKO's last challenge - thanks to the wonderful design team for choosing my card as a winner!  This is the card:

And I received an Honourable Mention from the design team at Mixed Media Challenges for my entry in their June challenge.  This is the index card that I entered ... I'm so excited as I don't do much in the way of mixed media.


ATSM Photo Inspiration ...

Whoosh ... that's the sound of another week flying by ... so it must be time for another challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More!  This week we have a photograph to inspire you:

What do you see ... for me it is all about the colours and shapes.  So this is the card I created to inspire:

I used:
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet
Simon Says Stamp - Sketch Ranunculus
Lawn Cuts - Stitched Borders

Do pop along to the blog and check out the awesome designs from the team ... then get out your supplies and create!!


Saturday, 8 July 2017

AAA One layer ...

Before you think you've gone mad and missed a day let me assure you that it is Saturday! Let me also assure you that I haven't lost the plot either and posted on the wrong day ... you see we have teamed up with "Less is More" to bring a joint challenge running from this morning (8th July) until Friday 21st July - so get the supplies out and start creating ... you'll only need one piece of card!  You see it is a one layer challenge with a coloured base!

A double whammy with two design teams out to inspire you ... check out both blogs for lots of inspiration.  I love the challenge posed by One Layer cards ... at least I do after I've come up with an idea!  The coloured base was a bit more of a worry but then I thought about the 'bleaching' technique and all was good! This is my take on the challenge:

I stamped and heat embossed the lily onto the coloured card base and then used bleach to "paint" the image - the main picture shows the effect more clearly.  I then drew a frame around the lily using an embossing pen and heat embossed it and the sentiment in gold.

I used:
UNIKO - Pure Florals: Lily; Originally Organic
WOW - Gold Embossing Powder
Stampin Up - Bermuda Bay Card

Why not pop along to AAA Cards and check out the design team projects ... then get out your supplies and join in with the challenge.  I would love to see your creation.