Friday, 16 March 2018

Uniko challenge

Morning all. I'm here to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at Uniko with this card.

I've used the scattered polka dots stencil and the colours from the challenge, together with the celebrate greeting from the new release Birthday Sentiments.

To start I took a panel of white card and using DIs, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean inked through the stencil, masking as I went with Post Its.
From my stash I selected sequins that were roughly the same colour and scattered them amongst the dots. A small diamante gem makes it extra sparkly, a tip I found on Jennifer McGuire's blog. The celebrate was heat embossed with silver EP to match. The completed panel was then mounted up on pads on a white base card. 
The sequins and gems remind me of sewing sequins onto my daughter's dance costumes many years ago. I found out the hard way that you can't just sew a strip of them onto a Lycra costume or they will ping off or not allow the Lycra to do it's thing. A small bugle bead is the best thing to anchor a sequin on a previously stretched outfit.
Anyway that is way back in the past but the latest challenge is fresh and awaiting your involvement!

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Celebration card with sequins

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Playing with Distress Oxides

Hi and welcome to my blog.
Usually on a Wednesday I toddle off to a card class with my bestie Di, but for one reason or another I didn't make it this week, so I played in my craft room with my Distress Oxides. This is the result.

I came across the water bleaching of DI technique a while ago, here and here, but I've never tried it with DO's before. Jennifer McGuire was playing with them so I thought I would too.
I started by stamping these lovely roses from Uniko and used white EP to heat emboss them.
I don't have many colours in the DOs so when it came to inking my panel I used the only two greens I have, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron. The resulting panel was too pale so I added some Mown Lawn DI, not really dark but probably dark enough for the technique.
Using a small watercolour brush, some water and a  piece of kitchen roll to remove the resulting colour,I went ahead and 'bleached' away the colour from the roses and leaves. To create a little dimension in the flowers, I left some of the areas on the petals darker by lifting off the water with a paper towel sooner rather than later. The result is softer than the plain DI technique.
My sentiment is from a set I picked up at Port Sunlight in the sale tub of a stall, I cut the the thanks off and replaced it with a Create a Smile die cut thanks. 

The rain is falling again and we have our first lamb casualty. The OH has just finished his rounds bringing in a lamb that had fallen asleep in a hollow which then filled with water and chilled it down. Hopefully a session next to the range will warm it up and it can go back to its mum. 

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Inlaid die cut holly

Good evening folks.
Over at ATSM we have moved onto our theme of -


I know Easter isn't that far off but I don't send nearly as many Easter cards as I do Christmas ones, so here is another for the stash.

I used the theme over at the brand new challenge set up by the lovely Loll, CAS Christmas, which is holly.
This Tim Holtz Sizzix Christmas trio die was purchased last year but didn't use it so this is it's first outing. I die cut a panel of white card with it, then ensuring I retained all the tiny bits, then coloured the holly branches with Copic pens and replaced them carefully back into the panel. The Believe, from STAMPlorations, was die cut then covered with Versamark and heat embossed with gold EP. I stamped the sentiment from Uniko under that and mounted the panel on a white base card. I didn't like the gap in the holly twigs above the first 'e' so cut some more berries and added them to cover the join.
We have some rather large holly bushes in our field hedgerows that were full of berries last autumn. The birds love them, especially the fieldfares which swoop down from Scandinavia to gorge themselves over the winter. I disturbed a flock of them last week when taking the dog out, they must have been picking off the last few berries from the hawthorn.
OK, that's all from me but please check out the rest of the DT and join us this week.

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Woodland Folk

Morning all.
Hope all is well with you and you are ready for a brand new challenge from Cardz4Guyz.
This week our theme is -


So, kites, birds, airplanes, animals etc would fit the bill, just so long as it's clear that tails are involved!
Sorting through my stamp stash, I came across these cute woodland creatures by DoCrafts, sat on a log amongst the spring flowers.

As the stamp was quite a complicated one, I kept the design simple, just a crisp white border around the Copic coloured panel. The sentiment is SU's From the Herd simply stamped in black.
As I said a very simple card but the colouring took awhile!
There's lots more tail inspiration over at the Cardz4Guyz blog, go check it out.

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Friday, 2 March 2018

Only Die Cuts

I can't believe it's already March and with all this snow and biting winds it certainly doesn't feel like spring is nearly here. Still the old saying goes, March in like a lion and out like a lamb, so hopefully the end of the month may feel a little more seasonal!
As it's the beginning of the month it's time for a brand new challenge at HLS CAS. Here's my inspiration for you, can you guess the theme?

Yup, we are looking for projects on the theme of home.
I made this card awhile ago and got my dates mixed up and it was destined for last weeks challenge at CAS(e) the Sketch, never mind.
I die cut the sentiment using my MFT little alphabet dies from a panel of white card and the house, trimmed down from a First Edition Christmas street scene diecut, is cut from the same cardstock.
On the base card, I marked where the sentiment was going to lie, then inked it lightly with Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean DI to create an interesting background, before gluing the top panel down. I placed some double sided tape across the back of the house to keep all the little bits back in place, before popping it up onto pads for a little more interest and dimension.

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One layer Poinsettia

After all the hectic activity of the last couple of weeks, I've had a breather but now at a loose end. With the lousy weather staying inside crafting is definitely the way to go!
Over at Merry Monday the challenge is poinsettias and CAS on Friday is OLC so here is my take.

It's a fab stamp from STAMPlorations, which I embossed in gold and then washed in some colour with my Zigs. A simple sentiment from Uniko was stamped and heat embossed with gold too.
Nothing much else to say, a very quick and simple card.
Keep warm and safe out there in this Arctic weather.

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Uniko Release Day and Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the big day, release day at Uniko, Yay.
Hope you have been inspired over the last few days by all the new stamps and stencils, I know I have.

As this is the release day, I thought I would include cards showcasing all the new stencils along with some of the new stamp sets too.

First off, Balloon Bash. This is such a simple stencil but so versatile, use just one balloon or all.
This card uses the round one of the three shapes included.

Similar to my sneak peek card here but larger, 5 x 7 and I added a strip of DP across the bottom. I found it in my stash and comes from a collection by NitWits. I added  a touch of green to the white stripe with a Copic and a ruler to match the balloons better. I decided against a purple one, it didn't look quite right. The die cut sentiment is popped up on fun foam. I can't remember the brand, I got it for Christmas a couple of years ago.

Next up is the fabulous Pure Florals -Chrysanthemum stencil.

This is the embossed version of the debossed one here. Instead of painting, I kept the stencil in place and inked through the openings with Picked Raspberry DI, keeping it darker towards the bottom and top of the bloom to give a bit of dimension to it. The sentiment strip embossed with white EP is from the Birthday Sentiments set, such a useful set of greetings.

Now it always pays to look at things in a new light so this card focuses on the Equalizer stencil but with a feminine twist!

I used the stencil to add embossing paste to both the DO inked and white panels, I love the way the paste takes up the colour of the panel where it is thinnest. I wanted it quite textured so didn't smooth away the paste as I did for the masculine card in the preview post here. The daffodil from Spring Botanicals- Daffodil was stamped and embossed with white EP before adding some colour with my Zig pens, then fussy cutting it out. The sentiment is from the same set.

This card uses the Seeing Stars stencil and a embossed resist technique with Brusho.

I inked through the stencil onto some watercolour paper then added white EP and heat set. When happy with the coverage, I sprinkled som Brusho crystals over the panel in Ultramarine and some purple I think, then spritzed it with a little water. Not too much to dilute the colour but enough to make the colour move. The central panel was cut down with a rectangular die and mounted on some fun foam. The sentiment from Reach for the Stars was stamped in black on a banner strip and in jewelled gold EP on the die cut star.

Finally it's the turn of the Fun Flowers stencil. You don't always have to use all of a stencil or a stencilled panel!

The light is shining off the Inka Gold paste so here is a close up from a different angle.

The daffodil is the same as the card above but I cut two and mounted the head over the top of the first for more dimension. The yellow panel is stamped with the head of the daff in Memento Daffodil! I made my own paste for this panel using some old grunge paste and a bit of Inca Gold Wax in purple. I added more over the top once it was dry and buffed it up. The original panel was a much larger trial piece, but waste not want not!
My sentiment from the same set was stamped in the bottom left corner with Memento Tuxedo Black then heat embossed with semi dull EP to give it a bit of definition. The dry daff was popped onto the sentiment panel and popped up on pads.

So that's about from me other than to send you off on a celebratory Design Team blog hop.
Information and full details can be found on the Uniko blog here, happy hopping and good luck.

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