Sunday, 29 January 2017

Birthday Blooms

Hi! Here's another card I made, inspired again by the CC&S sketch, and also by the colours at YNS. I masked the card except for the wavy section, and then stamped the image. I added some background colour with ink dusters, then water coloured the flowers and leaves. I added some Nuvo Drops for a bit of texture, and also because I'm a bit obsessed with Nuvo Drops at the moment.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

CAS Colours & Sketches:
Your Next Stamp:
Sisterhood of Crafters: 'Simply Made'
4 Crafty Chicks: 'Waterclour'
Tuesday Throwdown: 'Anything Goes'

Concord & 9th 'Hello Lovely' stamp set
'Birthday Wishes' sentiment from Woodware 'Daisy Panel'
Artistry Ink pads: Amazon Trail, Cotton candy
Adirondack Ink: Cranberry
Stampin' Up! Ink: Tip Top Taupe
Nuvo Crystal Drops: White

Orange Blossoms

Hi! Here's a card I made today, inspired by the colour challenge at Sunday Stamps and the sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I masked the top and bottom of the card so only the ribbon shape was showing, and then stamped and coloured with inks. I added Nuvo Drops to the flower centres, which is making me hungry because the silver reminds me of the edible silver balls you get on cupcakes... It doesn't take much to remind me of food, to be honest, and it's worse at the moment, as I'm on a diet...

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Sunday Stamps:
CAS Colours & Sketches:
Addicted to CAS: 'Wish'
Sweet Stampin': 'Spots & Dots'

Flower stamps from Crafty Notions
Sentiment from Woodware 'Special Bird'
Artistry Ink pads: Aged Stucco
Adirondack Ink: Mountain Rose
Nuvo Crystal Drops: Silver Lining

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Vases of Spring Flowers

Hi! Here are a couple of cards I made today, using different colour schemes.

I added white centres to the flowers with Nuvo Drops, but strangely the dots have taken on some colour from the flowers. I'm thinking maybe the ink wasn't completely dry when I added the drops, although the card was dry enough to punch the flowers. So the centres aren't as bright as I'd intended, but I quite like the effect!

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Hand Stamped Sentiments:
 The Card Concept:

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Vase digi from Vectorstock
Small Flower Punch
Artistry Ink pads: Fall Fiesta
Adirondack Ink: Cranberry, Mountain Rose, Aqua, Denim, Stream
Nuvo Crystal Drops: White

Valentine Flowers

Hi! Here's a Valentine's card I made, using heart punches borrowed from my lovely friend Linda. I probably ought to give them back at some point, and buy my own! I love this folk heart shape, and the 2 sizes means you can layer them up :)  I finished off each flower with a little heart gem.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

CAS on Sunday: 'Hearts'
Stampin' Royalty: 'Valentines'
Pink Gem: 'Hearts and/or Flowers'
Uniko: 'Anything Goes - Optional Twist of Love'
Addicted to Stamps: 'Anything Goes'

Birthday Pengwing

Hi! Here's a quick birthday card for my friend Linda. It's a bit silly - she loves penguins but she pronounces 'penguin' as 'pengwing', and we tease her about it. So, here's a pengwing card!

I used a clipart penguin, and printed it on the lower half of a piece of cardstock so that I could fold it at the top to form a card. Once folded, I cut around the image to make a penguin-shaped card. I printed off two more penguin images, then cut and layered up the white part of his body and the beak. I printed the sign with added sentiment, cut it out and added a bit of shading, then attached it to the penguin's wing.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations: 'Cute Critters'
Cute Card Thursday: 'Something Fun'
Crafty Creations: 'Anything Goes'

Friday, 27 January 2017

Vellum Flower

Hi! Here's a card inspired by this week's Muse challenge! It took a few attempts, as I tried to use punched flowers (I hate cutting out!), but they were too small and looked weird. So I stamped a larger flower on vellum and embossed it with glittery gold & white embossing powder. I made the background with ink dusters over a dotty stencil and masked circle, then stamped and coloured the leaves. I added a tiny punched flower to the centre of the vellum flower, and coloured it with inks. I used Nuvo Glitter Drops for the centre.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Shopping Our Stash: 'All That Glitters Is Gold'
Simon Says: 'Anything Goes'

Flower stamp from Stampin' Up! set 'Garden in Bloom'
Leaves stamp from Hot Off The Press
Clarity Stamp stencil: 'Dotty Wave'
Artistry Ink pads: Indian Jamun, Pampas
Adirondack Ink: Meadow
Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel
Nuvo Glitter Drops: Purple Rain

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Time for Another Cuppa

Hi! Here's another card using my teapot stamp, but this time I masked the teapot and used a stencil and ink dusters to create the background. You can read the sentiment more clearly that way!

I'm entering this one in these two challenges:

The Paper Players: 'Black + White + any one colour'
The Corrosive Challenge: 'Anything Goes'

Paper Sweeties stamp set: 'Tea for Two'
Artistry Ink pads: Indian Jamun
Clarity Stamp stencil: 'Leafy Swirl'
Crystal Parade deep tanzanite gems

Tea with a friend

Hi! I wanted to enter this week's Less Is More challenge, and decided to break out this new stamp! I wasn't sure how to colour it, as the image is quite cartoony, so I stamped the teapot on scrap paper and cut it out, making a stencil to mask the background, and then coloured with ink dusters. I used a floral stencil on top of the mask, to give the tea pot a design. I hope I didn't overdo it - not sure how easy it is to read the sentiment!

I am an unashamed tea addict, guzzling at least 9 or 10 mugs a day, and can't imagine life without it. I also think that a cup of tea and a chat can be a wonderful thing, and is a very important thing to be able to offer to anyone who's not having a great time with things, which is why I was attracted to this stamp when I saw it! I hope my friends know that I am definitely there for them whenever they need tea and a chat. A lot of the time there's not much you can do for someone you care about except listen (and make them a cuppa), but I think that is a very useful thing to do.

Anyway, here's my card:

I'm entering this in these two challenges:

Less Is More: 'One Layer: Favourite Drink / Beverage'
Crafty Calendar: 'Something New'

Paper Sweeties stamp set: 'Tea for Two'
Adirondack ink pads: Butterscotch, Cranberry
Clarity Stamp stencil: 'Leafy Swirl & Dotty Wave'
Crystal Parade topaz gems

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Thank You with Gold

Hi! Here's another card I made with my new stamp set. I printed the image twice, then cut a square out of one, coloured it and layered it onto the uncoloured one. I added gold Nuvo Drops to both layers.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Hand Stamped Sentiments:
CAS(E) This Sketch:
CAS-ual Fridays: 'Everything Turns to Gold'
Pearly Sparkles: 'With Thanks'
Dragonfly Dreams: 'With Thanks'
Sparkles Monthly: 'Thank You'

Concord & 9th 'Hello Lovely' stamp set
Sentiment from Woodware 'Jane's Script'
Stampin' Up! ink pad: Rose Red
Brushos: Turquoise, Yellow ochre
Nuvo Drops - Pale Gold

Friday, 13 January 2017

A New Stamp Set Just Arrived...

Hi! I got a parcel yesterday, with my new stamp set in it! So here's a card I made with it. I'm not very good at colouring so I need to practice a bit to get the most out of this stamp. I used inks and a water brush, and added a couple of gems.

I'm entering this one in the following challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday:
Deep Ocean Challenge: 'Anything New'
Seize the Birthday: 'Anything Goes'

Concord & 9th 'Hello Lovely' stamp set
Sentiment from Woodware 'Meadow Flowers'
Stampin' Up! ink pad: Rose Red
Brushos: Turquoise, Yellow ochre
Crystal Parade topaz gems

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Get Well Soon

Hi! As it seems to be well and truly the season of lurgy, here's a Get Well Soon card.

I used a birch trees stencil, masked a circle for the sun, and added the background with ink dusters. I stamped the wild grasses and leaves, then added the punched flower and butterflies.


I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday Stamps:
CASology: 'Forest'
City Crafter: 'Blue Monday'

Lavinia Stamps: 'Leaf Trail' and 'Field Grass'
Sentiment from Woodware 'Jane's Script'
Memory Box stencil 'Birch Landscape'
Artistry Ink pads: Blue Chase, Sweet Toffee
Stampin' Up! ink pad: Perfect Plum
Crystal Parade clear gems

Lavinia Trailing Leaves

Hi! Here's a card inspired by a sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches, and colours from the Color Throwdown challenge.

I masked a section at the top for the sentiment, then stamped the leaves and flowers. I added Nuvo Drops to the flower centres for some dimension and glitter.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Color Throwdown:
CAS Colours & Sketches:
Shopping Our Stash: 'Stickle Me Elmo!'
Creative Inspirations: 'Fabulous Flowers'
Inky Chicks: 'Anything Goes'

Lavinia Stamps: 'Leaf Trail'
Sentiment from Woodware 'Special Bird'
Adirondack ink pads: Aqua, Butterscotch
Versafine Onyx Black
Nuvo Glitter Drops: White Blizzard