Thursday, 16 November 2017

Stencilled Tree

Hi! Here's a Christmas card I made which is hopefully subtle enough to be ok for a man. It's really hard to make non-blingy Christmas cards! I made this one by sponging distress oxides over a stencil, then spritzing with water. Once dry, I gave it a spritz of Glimmer Mist, so it has got a bit of a shimmer.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps:
Watercooler Wednesday:
That's Crafty!: 'Stencil It!'
Stamping Sensations: 'One Layer Christmas Cards'


Ingredients:
Imagination Crafts stencil: Fir Trees
Sentiment stamp from Happy Little Stampers
Distress Oxide Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peeled Paint
Glimmer Mist: Iridescent Gold


Monday, 13 November 2017

JOFY Trees - Getting My Fussy Out

Hiya! Sorry if you're bored of the JOFY trees, but as the saying apparently goes, I need to get my fussy out... According to my lovely crafty mate Linda and my lovely Aunt Sue, 'Getting your fussy out' is a common saying, which means getting it out of your system. However, I have never met anyone else who has ever heard this saying, and it sounds a bit rude to me, so be careful who you say it to. Maybe it's an old Nottingham saying that has fallen out of use, who knows!

Anyway, I tried to make some oxide backgrounds based on 3 colour challenges, with mixed results! But I love how they have turned out, anyway.




For this one, I used Peacock Feathers Distress ink, Bottle Adirondack ink and Platinum Planet Brilliance ink to create the background for the trees, and added detail with a glitter pen and silver Nuvo Drops. I'm entering this one in the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge:





For this one, I used Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks, but as the colours have blended a little, there's actually some green on there too! But as I only used the colours in the challenge (despite what I ended up with), I'm still going to enter it in the Paper Play challenge, and hope they'll let me off with that!






I made this one with Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks, Peacock Distress ink and Bottle Adirondack ink. I added gold Nuvo Drops, but they have taken up the colour of the ink in places, which I quite like and wish I could say it was deliberate... I'm entering this one in the Shopping Our Stash challenge:




Ingredients:
JOFY stamp set 57
Distress Oxide Inks: Faded Jeans, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber
Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers
Adirondack Ink: Bottle
Brilliance Ink: Platinum Planet
Nuvo Drops: Pale Gold, Silver Lining
Gelly Roll pen: Clear Star, Copper


Muse Trees

Hi! Here's a card inspired by this week's Muse challenge, although my trees are black with a white background. I really like black & white Christmas cards, they make a nice change from all the bright colours! I made a background with black Distress Oxide ink and Liquid metals, then stamped and embossed the trees. I cut them out and pieced them onto the card. I added Nuvo Drops and a glitter pen for sparkle and dimension.




I'm entering this one in the Muse challenge:



Ingredients:
JOFY stamp set 57
Distress Oxide Ink: Black Soot
Liquid Metals: Platinum, Pewter
Nuvo Drops: Silver Lining
Gelly Roll pen: Clear Star


CAS Christmas Card

Hi! Here's a card I made using a new stamp I bought. I love the cute little reindeer faces! I coloured with inks and a water brush, and used a Gelly Roll glitter pen for some sparkle, although it doesn't show up very well in the photos.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

CASology:
Stamping Sensations: 'One Layer Christmas Cards'
HLS Christmas:


Ingredients:
Penny Black stamp set: Joy to the World
Distress Ink: Fired Brick
Adirondack Ink: Meadow, Espresso, Sail Boat Blue
Stampin' Up! Ink: Tip Top Taupe
Gelly Roll pen: Clear Star
Promarker: Almond


Sunday, 12 November 2017

I Love My New JOFY Trees So Much

Hiya! I can't stop making cards with my new JOFY set. I really love these cute trees! Here are a couple of cards I made, by creating backgrounds with Distress Oxides, stamping onto the background, and then paper piecing onto the stamped image on the card. I usually hate cutting out, but even I can manage triangles, and using oxides for colour means I don't have to do any colouring in! :D I used a Gell Roll glitter pen and Nuvo Drops to add sparkle and dimension.




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Challenge Up Your Life: (Yellow / Green / Gold)
CAS Mixup:





I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Less Is More: 
Corrosive Challenges: 'Anything Goes'


Ingredients:
JOFY stamp set 57
Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry
Nuvo Drops: Pale Gold, Red Berry
Gelly Roll pen: Clear Star

 

Reindeer Baubles

Hi! Here are a couple of cards I made using Distress Oxides for the background. I am so addicted to oxides now, I think I need to buy some more colours! I have 14 so far, which seems a lot, but urggg... I just want them all!

The first card has a liberal spray of Glimmer Mist on the background, but I left the second one as it was. I layered the bauble die cut over the background, adding a bit or torn card under the reindeer's feet, for a snowy bank. I used 3D squares to fix the bauble to the card, and added a bow to the top. The bows took me ages! I am so rubbish at tying bows, damn faffy things. I might have to get one of those bow maker things.

Anyway, here are the cards:




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Pink Gem: 'Buttons and/or Ribbon'
Dragonfly Dreams: 'Winter'
Crafty Creations: 'Anything Goes'
Less Is More:





I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

HLS Die Cuts:
Addicted to CAS:


Ingredients:
Reindeer Bauble Die
Distress Oxide Inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans, Broken China, Wilted Violet
Glimmer Mist: Iridescent Gold
Ribbon

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Never Chuck Your Rejects Away

Hiya! Sorry if you're bored of JOFY trees by now, but after running out of failed Oxide backgrounds to use, I found a failed Brushos creation. It was a beautiful heart from Indigo Blu, embossed in pewter, and I'd tried to create a lovely background with Brushos, but it just looked rubbish. It had been sitting in the Disgrace pile for a while, and I'd forgotten about it until I'd started hunting around for use-able rejects. I stamped the JOFY trees onto it, trying to get as much of the stamp positioned on the embossed design. The ink wiped off where the embossing was, but as the stamp is a scribbly pattern it didn't really matter that some of the design was lost. I used a glitter gel pen and some Nuvo Drops to bling it up a bit more, and I really like the result!




I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Sisterhood of Crafters: 'Let The Sparkle Fly'
Paper Players:


Ingredients:
JOFY stamp set 57
Brushos: Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue, Yellow Ochre
Nuvo Drops: Silver Lining
Gelly Roll pen: Clear Star


Found Some More Rejects!

Hiya! After getting a bit over-excited with my new JOFY stamp set working so well with some discarded experiments with Oxides, I dug around for some more disasters. I found a larger piece of card with a failed Oxides experiment. It was one of my first attempts, when I'd only got 2 blues and 2 browns (when Oxides were new and out of stock everywhere, and these were the only colours I'd managed to snaffle at the NEC Hobbycrafts show back in March), and although you can get great results with just those colours, I just hadn't. I'd maybe used too much water, not enough ink, the card was too big... but it was just too dull to use as a background. However, I managed to stamp my new JOFY trees 3 times onto the card, and I love the result! I used the glitter gel pen again, and some Nuvo drops, silver on two of the cards, and gold on the other.

OK, I know they all look pretty much the same, but they are unique little snowflakes to me, so I'm going to bore you with all three of them. You've been warned. You can just look at the first one if you like ;)




I'm entering this one in the Simply Create Too challenge: 'CAS'





I'm entering this one in the Creatalicious challenge: 'Anything Goes with Optional Blue & Silver'





I'm entering this one in the My Time To Craft challenge: 'Paper Piecing'


Ingredients:
JOFY stamp set 57
Distress Oxide Inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans, Broken China
Nuvo Drops: Pale Gold, Silver Lining
Gelly Roll pen: Clear Star