Monday, 24 July 2017

Happiness Is.........

Happiness is....... getting another card made with this beautiful background. I have also managed to use another of my NBUS - this wonderful die, now I want you to imagine thats me sitting in the evening sun reading and relaxing and thinking about mmmm nothing.

Another background done using the tissue watercolour background with just a little gold embossing
then die cut with a rounded stitched rectangle die.

I love how these colours worked out and even though there are a couple of white patches
it still looks ok.

Photos are all done outside as I am babysitting and don't have my usual photo set up but at least I remembered the camera this time. Finished the card off with the stamped sentiment that says it all really  'Happiness is......'

Happiness is

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon

Three Cards and Trying New Techniques

I have three cards to share with you today. This first one has a background
made from Tissue paper and watercolours then embossed gold. This is a technique
Loll demonstrates on video and the links are here on her blog CAS Mix Up together with 
the challenge for this month and some of the most amazing cards I have ever seen.

I could not get enough of this technique once I started and I made so many backgrounds in all my favourite colours and only stopped because it was dinner time (well it was actually 2 hours past dinner time and Elysha was not amused) but the technique is so easy, the colour combo's never ending and I made lots and lots of small pieces. Now of course I will need to make bigger ones so I can do whole card fronts.

Once the pieces fry you attach to either card stock or acetate then add embossing powder if you want, I added gold and even when it stuck where it wasn't meant to it didnt matter it looked like it belonged there. In this instance I have die cut the piece with a postage stamp rectangular die, placed that centre of the card then added a die cut ballerina.

The card is a very soft lilac colour and looks beautiful with the colours used on the tissue paper panel. I have finished off by stamping the sentiment:

'Life isn't about
waiting for the
storm to pass,
It's about
learning to 
in the rain.'

Another technique I can thank Loll for teaching me. If you have never visited her blog 
Stamping with Loll or her challenge blog you are missing out.

Now this card is a very simple one with a watercoloured panel done with Distress Ink blended together and left to dry then the panel is die cut with a curved edge stitched rectangle die.

It looks like the panel is lifting but it has actually stuck down quite well. I have attached two butterflies. The both of them are white embossed, the bottom one on vellum, the top one on watercolour paper. I then added watercolour Zigs.

You can see the other butterfly better in this photo as it is stuck flat whereas the top butterfly is added so the wings are lifted.  I have added the die cut 'thanks' that is cut from gold mirror cardstock very close to the butterfly because I didnt realise until I was looking at the card for placement that the plates when I cut the watercoloured panel had damaged the front of the panel leaving deep scratches  and red from something imbedded in the panel.

My final card is my inspiration from the Muse Card 
Challenge this week
I love Kim's card with the little dome and 
the butterflies and the pattern paper.

I don't have a dome but I decided I wanted that look so I improvised with a die that does the stitched 1/2 circle cut out and instead of die cutting I pressed into the card front (another first time technique).

I then used my copics to draw a base and the grey to give the look of a glass dome. I never thought about the fact that I wanted to use copics so there was a bit of smudging but not too bad.
I went with a summery spotty paper that was more yellow at top and pink towards the bottom but doesn't show here.
Stamped the sentiment and added some watercoloured stamped and embossed butterflies.

Now for the challenges

You are my sunshine

Dance in the Rain


Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Guest Designer at Addicted To CAS

I am getting better at keeping secrets. I got an email asking if I would like to be Guest Designer at Addicted To CAS and I must admit I was rather surprise as I didnt think I would ever get asked as I still struggle a lot with CAS but I must be getting something right.  So here I am and of course the word for this week is so easy........

NOT......wheels.....mmmmm.....after looking through my massive stamp collection
I found I was struggling. One of the reasons is I have tone of flowers not in wheel shapes sadly but then

I found this wonderful stamp I have never used,
it's so cute and will be used again. I'm not sure where its
from, it's a red rubber stamp and may be a Unity Stamp.

I used an ink pad that has five colours that you push together when you want to use it and they are such summery colours, perfect for this stamp. Love it and the sentiment is from
Paper Smooches Travel set ' 'Lets go anywhere'

Wonderful CAS card to send to a friend asking them to catch up soon.

Now its time to go check out what the Design Team over at 
Addicted to CAS have done to get you inspired.

Just Us Girls Guest Designer

Its my forth week as Guest Designer and this week its Photo Week.
And for all you wonderful people enjoying Summer this is such an inspirational photo, giving you lots of ideas. I had to heat my craft room up extra warm just to thaw out my fingers for inspiration and dig through the summer stamps and see what I could get my brain wrapped around.
Looking out the window at the bare trees and the dog sitting there shivering at me just made me feel guilty so I let him in (no I'm only joking, it was my husband standing outside the window shivering, the door had slammed shut on him when he ran out to get the paper and being deaf I didn't hear him banging at the front door. That will teach him not to run out in his undies only). Now onto serious stuff, honestly had share that just don't tell him okay cause he will never forgive me.

Now I know the checkered tablecloth is red and white but I didnt have any red and white and decided red and white would be too much with all my watermelon anyway so I made my tablecloth blue and white some cut grass.

Then we have some MFT bottles of fizzy drink with a few glossy accents drops of moisture and their popped tops and straws. Then we have watermelon copic coloured and glossy accents added for depth of colour.

Decided we needed a smiling cherry and a laughing pear as well. Sentiment is part of the fruit set. I cut it apart so it would fit in on the side.

Hope you like my card. Now its time to go over to Just Us Girls and see what the Design Team have made for Inspiration for this weeks challenge. I hope you will join us and make a card or two.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

I can hardly wait to regret this......

I bought myself a set of snarky sentiments and can't wait to use them. Here I have used probably the most subtle of them all. Of course I have to find the right images/stamps to go with the sentiments and have promised Jessie I will make a set of cards as she likes my sense of humour so I hope you appreciate my sharing with you.

This card is in inspiration from  the 
Now this is the fabulous card Cornelia has done

and this is my inspiration.

No green bird but a great looking shark balancing on a green surf board.
I don't have a stencil or stamp for the log look or waves as would be appropriate for a shark and thought that his exploding through the glass was a cool look.

Boxed sentiment - boxed sentiment. Though I continued the stencil fainter behind again and again I felt it still kept a CAS look and was happy with my inspiration from Cornelia's card.

This next card was just an additional card I couldn't resist adding as I had coloured 
it and loved the sentiment.

for those of you that find the printing too small

"Your socks look awesome with your sandals said no one EVER!'

We keep telling dad its just not the right look but I suppose at 91 you don't have to listen to anyone.

Anyway time to link to the challenge before it closes. Thanks for coming to visit. Hope you come again soon.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Three cards each very different

Improvising isn't really my strong point but I am getting better at it. I am babysitting and I have brought cards to finish off, colour in, put together and photograph for challenges. I have bought so much with me, my son will start to worry I am moving in or not paying much attention to the children but I still manage to forget the essentials. In this case it was the camera, so I have had to improvise with lighting and use my phone.
Edit: Im sorry I really hate the photos and I have become so obsessive, not sure if you will all get this as a post again, my apologies if you do but I had to retake all the photos as replace, much happier NOW

This first card is an image from Mo's Digital Pencil, isn't she a sweetie. I have watercoloured rather loosely. Before printing up I played around and added some extra frogs, even snuck one in behind. I have used a die to cut a piece of plaid paper as a frame and sit this on a piece of blended cardstock.
Here you can see the bits of gold paint on the mushrooms and that cheeky frog behind her waiting for a kiss.

Just love the sentiment  'You need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince!'

For this card my inspiration came from the Muse Card Challenge #224 
I was inspired by the shapes, one up one down, the mix of colours, 
separate panel and the inset sentiment.

What I have been trying to do recently is start using stamp sets I bought goodness knows how long ago. Stamp sets I just had to have and then they ended up in that NBUS pile, my goal is to use them at least once and see if they inspire me and I can see myself using them more. If yes then continue to keep them, if not then its time to move them to a friendlier environment.

So here I have used a set I bought that is three layers, diamonds. I have used mainly Altenew Inks and the stamp set is from The Ton. Each time you stamp with a darker colour and it defines the heart better.

I then die cut the 'celebrate' sentiment once from the front panel and once from white fun foam, added the panel to the front of the card. Glued everything back in place and finished off with glossy accents.

This last card was very quick and easy. I silver embossed a strip along the card. The strip is from a set of lacy panels from Penny Black. There are about 6 to 8 different lacy panels and they really are pretty and haven't been used enough. Perfect for this type of card.

I stamped and coloured with copics a few flowers and leaves, fussy cut then added a few little white dots with white gel.

As you can see here I have used the same pink to colour the petals just gone over the petals a second time. Added a few green leaves and all done.

Finished the card off with the silver mirror cardstock diecut 'with love'. 


Celebrate card

You need to kiss a lot of frogs

You need to kiss a lot of frogs

Best Wishes Card

mmmmm this is one of those times you think to yourself is kissing frogs somethings snarky you would say to a kid just to get even or was it meant to be cute.... I'll leave it to you.

Celebrate card

Thanks so much for coming to look and I hope you come again soon.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Flower Challenge Reminder Post

Its that time of the month when we remind you that time is running out if you haven't done a card for The flower Challenge yet. In case you have forgotten this month is 

All about embossing heat or dry. I have again gone with heat embossing as I have always loved heat embossing my images. I love the look it gives to the images and also allows especially when watercolouring more control over where the colours go.

This was a card of many layers as it was just going to be a very light watercolour but when finished I wasn't happy so then I decided to do some pencil colouring to add definition.

Of course I was very happy then but can never leave well enough alone, I just had to colour the grass and the sky, I really do push my luck.

Anyway with lots of pencil work and babyoil it all came together and I am happy with this card. Finished off with a silver diecut 'thank you' and some silver balls stuck here and there.

Thank you so much for coming to have a look, now off you go and check out the rest of the design teams beautiful creations and add a card or two to the challenge. We love it when you join in.