Monday, 23 January 2017

MMM - Black and White with a Pop of Red

I'm delighted to say that I am back on the DT at  Make My Monday after a two year break ,and this is my first card for it. Amy has chosen the challenge which is Black and White with a Pop of Red.

I just had to use this Inkylicious stamp again, as it just lends itself to black and white. A nice CAS card I think. I used a corner punch to add a bit more interest, and a red Nuvo drop on the butterfly.

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team have done.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

CAS Watercolour - Snowflake

I have been meaning to join in with the challenge at CAS Watercolor  for ages and was determined to make a card for it this month. After all it didn't look difficult  - watercolour and a snowflake.

How wrong was I! I started off doing an emboss resist piece but the embossing didn't work very well on watercolour paper, so it went in the bin. Then I made a Brusho background which was quite nice but I wasn't sure where to go with it. A few days later I remembered this snowflake die which hadn't been used and thought I could put the Brusho background behind it, but a) it was too pale, and b) it was too narrow. So back to the drawing board and I found a piece of vellum, wet it and sprinkled it with brushos, now this looked much better behind the snowflake. I rather like the way the light comes through but I think it will have to have some sort of insert to hide the inside before I can use it next Christmas.

Friday, 20 January 2017

NBUS Challenge

The lovely Darnell is celebrating her 5th blogaversary with a special NBUS challenge. You can read all about it here. She has added an optional twist of a new technique -colouring with pencils on Kraft.

This is also a technique I haven't used before either, so had a go. The stamp is NBUS from Penny Black  - Red Blush, the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and also NBUS. I thought of mounting the panel on red, but preferred it without. I used Spectrum Noir pencils to colour the image.  I'm also entering this over at Winter Wonderland where the challenge this week is Sunshine, Flowers, Romance.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Less is More - OLC

It's one layer week over at Less is More with a theme of favourite beverage. I was a bit limited in my choice of stamps for this one, but decided to use the mug from a Simon says Stamp set.

I stamped one mug then masked it off to add a second one, then added the smiley faces. I stamped the steam in Crumb Cake and coloured the coffee the same. I was then going to colour the mugs, butI was  finding it difficult to decide what colours to use  and actually it grew on me as it was, so I decided to leave well alone and definitely go for "less is more".

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Triple Time Stamping at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's my turn to choose the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz this week and I have chosen theTriple Time stamping technique or Triple Mat technique. There are lots of samples on Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers if you're unfamiliar with the technique.

I used the SU Traveller set in shades of blue with a central pop of red for the ship. in the past I have popped the layers up on foam pads but I kept this one flat for easier posting.

Make sure you check out the great inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Less is More - Ombre

Yay!! I have a card for Less is More - that's two weeks running!! This week the ladies have asked for Ombre, which is a technique I've not used before.

So I inked a piece of white card with several blue inks, this is the second attempt. On the first I had a go at flicking water on it and dabbing it off with a piece of kitchen towel, but I think I was a bit heavy handed with the flicking as it looked a smudgy mess!. I stamped the flowers from Serene Silhouettes with black archival ink and then added the vertical sentiment.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

We are Three at Cardz 4 Guyz

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz and we are celebrating our 3rd birthday! So I decided to make an age appropriate card, although I have no idea who it will go to as I don't have anyone in the family or even friends who have a neatly 3 year old. But it gave me a chance to use up some very old decoupage papers from Papernation.

The word Birthday is a rub on and unfortunately it really shows up in the photo, it really doesn't look as bad as this in real life.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Seeing Stars!

I'm determined this year to enter a few more challenges.When Less is More first started I was a regular there, entering most weeks but just lately it has become very sporadic! So this week I have a card for it -yay! Mind you I made it on Monday and have only just found time to photograph and blog it.

The theme is "Dimennsion". I used embossing paste through a stencil and added a couple of embossed lines top and bottom to edge the panel. Then I added some colour by using a red copic on the stars. With hindsight I think I preferred it all white, but don't think it would have photograhed very well!
I'm also taking this to Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge where the key word is Stencil.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Up, Up and Away at Cardz 4 Guyz!

At Cardz 4 Guyz we are back after all the festivities with a new challenge. Joan has chosen the theme Up.up and away to start us off.

I chose to use these cute kites from Simon Says Stamp.I lengthened one of the tails to join onto the birthday wishes stamp, with hindsight I should have joined them both up! The background is a snippet of card from a play with brushos.The kites and clouds were also snippets of white. So I will be popping over to the Playground with this just to make sure Parsnip doesn't still have a hangover!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year and photos for Miss Di!

 A very Happy New Year to all my blogging and crafty friends, I hope 2017 is a good one for you.

Way back in October/November I promised Miss Di that I would post some of the official wedding photos. It's taken a while as the photographer had problems with Windows 10 and her computer crashed twice while she was trying to process them. By the time I got the DVD I was getting busy in the run up to Christmas, so although I had loaded them onto the laptop and looked at them, that was as far as I had got. Today I finally got round to emailing some to relatives, but at the moment all my emails are stuck in the outbox! Hopefully it's not my laptop but the ether being busy! Anyway I have had a play and put together a small collage as I'm sure you don't want to spend ages ploughing through a lot of photos.


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