Sunday, 15 April 2018

CAS Mix Up April Reminder Post

Time for the reminder post for The CAS Mix Up April Challenge,
which is The Rubber Band Technique, Stamping and Your choice....

This is my card......

I have used the Rubber Band Technique, stamping and my choice is heat embossing, 
water colouring and die cutting.

I am having so much fun trying out this new to me technique.
I started with Magical Powders and spraying water to activate them, in shades of pink.
The black tiny script has been lightly stamped in black archival.
I used two acrylic blocks with different thicknesses of rubber bands and stamped randomly 
over the water coloured background, using Versa-Mark.
I then used silver embossing powder and heat set.
The four squares have been edged with black heat embossing and raised up onto foam.
Finishing off with the die cut sentiment that has been layered with silver and black.

Hope you will join us with this fun technique, 
which I think makes unique and creative backgrounds.
There is lots of inspiration over on the blog from the talented Design Team 
and our wonderful guest designer, Hideko, The Paper Craft Boutique
There are video links too....

Crafty Hugs
xx

Challenges I would love to enter....
Stamplorations - Focus on the Sentiment
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge

 





Sunday, 1 April 2018

CAS Mix Up April Challenge

The Challenge for April is The Rubber Band Technique
hosted by Julia.

To join in you are asked to use the The Fun Rubber Band Technique, Stamping and Your choice...
Pop across to The CAS Mix Up Challenge to see wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team 
and Hideko, The Paper Craft Boutique, who is our amazing guest this month. 
You will be treated to stunning inspiration when you pop into her blog....

This is my card.....

I have used the Rubber Band Technique, Stamping and my choices are
embossing paste, stencil and die cutting.

This new to me technique was so much fun....
I wrapped a thin elastic band around an acrylic block, stamped randomly 
with versa-mark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I used several shades of grey ink and blended them, with a brush, over the white embossing.
The flower is a masked stencil, which I popped silver embossing paste through.
The sentiment has been die cut twice and I finished off with white acrylic splats.
If you have never tried this technique why not give it a go.
It produces some unique effects and you'll have fun trying.
Thank you Julia for this new to me technique, which I have loved.

Crafty Hugs
xx

Challenges which I would love to join in....
Just Us Girls - Wild Card Week...CAS
Stamplorations never ending Anything Goes challenge
The stencil is Stamplorations






Friday, 16 March 2018

Thanks for everything.....

The Twofer Challenge this month is Blossoms....
The challenge requires you to make two cards, 
using the same stamp or die and using the theme of Blossoms,
for two different occasions and two distinctly different designs....

These are my cards.......

I was inspired by The Paper Players Colour challenge to use any shade of Pink.
A girls got to have a pink dress.........
Thrilled to have been chosen as The Headliner with my Card....Thank you so much x
And
A winner over at The Twofer Challenge----Thank you, made my day....x
The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Garden, 
which inspired me to make a garden themed CAS card.......
Yey to the Outstanding Design shout out....Thank you x

The stamp I have used is a poppy stamp by Penny Black from 'Blooming Garden'.
I used it as a poppy in my garden themed card 
and reversed it, fussy cut it 
and coloured in many shades of pink for my Birthday Girl Dress card.
I had so much fun making this card....
The flourish was stamped in grey archival and in parts I popped on Mica Flakes.
The dress and card is all girly and swirly....
The dress has been water coloured with many shades of pink, using Lindy's Magical powders.
 The Happy Birthday sentiment is a crisp upright font to contrast,
 with the swirls and is by Happy Little Stampers.
I finished off with silver stickles and popping up the centre panel onto foam.

My Garden themed CAS card has been water coloured with Lindy Magicals too 
but the flat ones, which have no shine.
I masked the poppy's and then stamped varies individual flower/grass stamps in the background.
The fun element of the spiders web has been embossed in silver.
I also popped up a rectangle panel onto black foam to add further interest.

Contrasting cards in style and occasions and boy did I have fun x
Thank you so much for finding the time to stop by, I really do appreciate it.

Crafty Hugs x

Challenges I would Love to enter....
The Twofer Challenge this month is Blossoms
Thank you so much for the win....

The Petal Pink Birthday Card.......
The Paper Players Colour challenge to use any shade of Pink
Thrilled with being chosen as your headliner....Thank you x
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes without the option for me this time
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media Challenge - Friendship
The sentiment stamp is from Happy Little Stampers
Thank you so much for the win

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - All about Occasions 
Thank you for the shout out x














The Water coloured Poppy Garden Card.....
The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is Garden
Thrilled with my shout out over at The CAS Watercolour Challenge-Thank you so much











Thursday, 15 March 2018

CAS Mix Up Reminder Post.....

Come and join in the Birthday Celebrations over at 

The CAS Mix Up Challenge.

There are prizes to be won too........

This is My Reminder Card for this Months Challenge ......

*My choice is Alcohol Inks, Stencilling, heat embossing and die cutting.

I have used Alcohol inks and a straw to blow the inks around on the acetate.
The back of the acetate has white crumbled tissue paper glued onto it.
The wall has been stamped and then heated with several layers of embossing powders 
to add dimension and texture.
The silhouette of the man has been stencilled with black embossing paste.
Finishing off with a die cut sentiment and die cut frame.

Acetate is a fun medium to play with...
If you pop over to the blog there are videos to inspire you
and... fabulous inspiration from Cathy, our extremely talented guest designer 
and our fabulous design team.

The Challenge ends on the 24th March.....
Thank you Susan for a very creative and fun challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate it.

Crafty Hugs x




Thursday, 8 March 2018

Pink Tulips.....

Thinking about Spring with Today's Card......

Spring has Sprung!
Thrilled to have been chosen as The Headliner with my Card....Thank you so much x
The tulips have been stamped and masked and heat embossed in white.
The water colouring has been done with several colours of Lindy Magical powders.
The 'Easter' sentiment has been die cut and popped up on one layer,
 as not to detract from the tulips.
Perhaps a little too hidden!

Finishing off with a die cut frame.
The card was so relaxing to do and here's to Spring coming soon.....

Thank you for stopping by...

Crafty Hugs xx

Challenges I would like to enter....
The Paper Players Theme Challenge - Spring has Sprung.....
Thrilled to have been chosen as The Headliner with my Card....Thank you x
CAS Watercolour - Garden - A Garden and not just a flower
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
Thank you for my top pick shout out

Stamplorations - March Challenge - All About Spring or Faith
The tulip stamp is by Stamplorations - You do not have to use their products to play along
Stamplorations - Never Ending Challenge - Using their products
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge - Anything goes without the twist






Thursday, 1 March 2018

CAS Mix Up March Challenge....

I am so excited and thrilled to have been invited by Loll and Bonnie
to join their wonderful and extremely talented 
and creative design team at CAS Mix Up.....

I love mixing my medias, trying new techniques and trying to keep it CAS.
If you want to see how it's done, pop across and see the wonderful inspiration
and amazing creations from the design team......

My choice is Alcohol Inks, heat embossing and die cutting
Here is my card.....
I stamped the flower image onto heat resistant acetate and heat embossed in gold.
On the reverse I have used several different colours of alcohol inks,
decanted onto a palette and a paintbrush,
working quickly, before the inks dried....

I initially tried 'colouring' with the alcohol inks on the front,
thinking they would stay inside the embossed lines...mine didn't....
I thought it looked better bleeding out of the lines on the reverse.
I die cut a frame and finished off with stamping the sentiment 
and popping it up onto foam for a little dimension.

I thought the sentiment says it all how I am feeling...
There are links to videos for more ideas and inspiration over at CAS Mix Up.
Come and join in the fun.
I am so looking forward to seeing your creations....

What a great day to be joining the team.
It's the second Birthday of this wonderful, fun and creative Challenge...
There are prizes....
Pop across and take a look.....  
Crafty Hugs xx

Challenges I would love to enter....
Addicted To Stamps - Anything Goes













Thursday, 15 February 2018

Smile.....

Here's today's cards...

Yes ....two cards on the same blog post for the Twofer Challenge.
Use the same die or stamp and make two cards for two different occasions....
The theme is Hearts.
I have used the same die cut heart 
and made two very different cards for two different occasions....
Please scroll down to see the shine on the Love card....
The Smile Card has the hidden heart die.
The flowers have been stamped, using The Ton flower stamp,
heat embossed with gold and water coloured.
The leaves have been coloured with pencils.
I have also used a stencil and gold embossing paste, splats and a die cut sentiment.
I am enjoying using coloured card stock for the background.
The Love card....
For the heart die I have used Inka Gold, blobs of Inka and gloss varnish.
I have stamped and heat embossed in gold on the background, 
using a mixed media stamp.
The swirl flourish has been die cut out of cork and the edges hi-lighted in gold.
I used thick cork, which gave a great texture and dimension.
The delicate Love sentiment has been die cut and layered.
This photo also shows the shine and texture of the die cut heart.....
I really enjoyed making the two cards.
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by,
I really do appreciate it....
Crafty Hugs
xx
Challenges I would love to enter.....

Card number one - The Smile Flower card.....
The Ton Challenge - February Challenge - Heart
The gorgeous flower stamp is by the Ton
CAS Water colour Challenge - Heart
Update...Outstanding Design shout out for my card....Thank you so much 
Card Number two - The Love Card.......
CAS Mix Up - Use Cork or Canvas or Felt, stamping and one other of your choice.
I have used cork, stamping, die cutting and heat embossing....
Update...Outstanding Design shout out for my card....Thank you so much 
That's Crafty I Heart You Challenge 
Stamplorations - February Challenge
Love theme ....
Memory Box Challenge is Hearts...The sentiment die is from Memory Box








 Twofer Challenge....Challenge #2 - Hearts