Sunday, 13 October 2019

Sunset or Moonrise?

I can't quite decide whether I've made a sunset or a moonrise here!


I've used the covermount stamps from the latest issue of Creative Stamping.  I punched a circle to use as a mask and also masked the area of the card below it, then sponged several shades of progressively darker pink ink to create a sunset (or moonrise - or possibly dawn) sky. Then I removed the masking and masked the upper part of the card and sponged a tiny amount of very light blue along the edge.

I used Versafine ink to stamp all the silhouettes and the sentiment -  it's my favourite ink for silhouettes as it gives good dark images. I added a tiny amount of grey pencil shading along the skyline and to give the deer and trees shadows, then  added a few highlights using Stickles.

I am sharing this with

CAS Christmas challenge - Winter Scene 


Christmas Kickstart - Woodland Creatures 

Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas 

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything goes

Anything Goes at CD Sunday Plus

It's time for our latest Anything Goes challenge at CD Sunday Plus. Don't forget you don't have to use a CD now, you could use a download or a USB. But I've got a lot of CDs in my collection so today's card has once again been made with a CD.


The artwork and background paper are from Joanna Sheen's beautiful CD "The Age of Elegance" and I've added ribbon and lace.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Autumn flowers

Autumn colours aren't  just for trees and leaves - just think of the lovely earthy colours of chrysanthemums and the last of the dahlias and sunflowers.


I've used a very old Linda Luckin stamp for my floral swag. I stamped it with brown Memento ink and coloured it with Promarkers, using autumnal colours and adding a touch of brown to the leaves to show they are starting to change colour. For tiny areas like these leaves, I hold the Promarker  pen dead upright and as close to the tip as possible, then use very gentle strokes.

I stamped the sentiment and then cut out the floral topper (the stamp predates the fashion for stamp and die sets by many years!) and added it with a little 3D adhesive.

I am sharing this with

 Addicted to Stamps and More - Make your Mark 


Little Red Wagon - Cut it out 

The Flower Challenge - CAS 


Passion for Promarkers- Autumn Colours 

A Blue, Blue Christmas

OK, who's doing an Elvis impression right now?


For this card I masked off the edges of the card (and yes, I know I missed a tiny sliver on the top right corner, but decided trying to remove the ink would do more harm than good). Then I blended a light blue Cosmic Shimmer blending ink all over, keeping it as light as possible in the middle, and a darker blue distress ink around the edges.

Then I used black Versafine ink to stamp the large wreath to one side of the card, with the masking still in place.
After removing the masking, I dotted a Quickie glue pen lightly and randomly over the blue areas and once dry, pressed cold-foiling foil over the glued dots and rubbed to transfer the foil onto the card.

I made a tag with a stamped sentiment on it and attached it with a snowflake brad.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Sentiment as the main focal point/Anything goes 

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Sketch 

Ginger kitty

When I think "Katzelkraft cat stamp" I immediately picture their amazing Les Chats Russes set, but actually this beautiful cat stamp came from there too.


I stamped it with Versafine ink then used pencils to colour it to match the cute kittens printed on this lovely ribbon. I made a background by stamping paw prints randomly over orange card and added a sentiment stamped with one of the useful sentiments included in the AAA "Tower of cats" stamp set that you have probably seen on here quite frequently.

I am sharing this with

Allsorts Challenge  - Use ribbon 

Sweet Stampin - Animals

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

One die, two ways.

I love this useful and versatile maple leaf die that was a covermount on a recent magazine. Today I've used it in two similar but different ways ( I must have been infected by a  Darnell's Twofer Challenge bug!


Here I've cut the lower layer in coffee grounds card. This is card infused with coffee grounds to give the pattern. I bought a pack at the Eden Project in Cornwall many years ago and am ekeing it out very carefully as i love it and can't find any more. I'm down to my very last sheet! The top layer is in dark brown which I've also used as a mat for the background.
The background itself is a snippet of patterned paper from my stash, over-stencilled  with the triangle pattern and finished with a couple of dots  of candi.

I am sharing this with

Just Us Girls - Designer paper 


CAS Stencil - Patterned Paper 


My second card is made by cutting the lower section of the die from heavy watercolour paper coloured with brown brushos - I love the way the colour separates into so many toning shades.


I used the brown again for the upper layer and then masked a band on the base card and used maple leaf peg stamps in various sizes to fill it with leaves stamped in the colours i could pick out from the brusho paper.

As it is CAS Watercolour's third birthday, I simply HAD to finish with a birthday sentiment!

I am sharing this with CAS watercolour - Maple leaf 

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Spooky at Cardz 4 Guyz

Our latest challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is Spooky - with Halloween in mind.

Now I don't really do Halloween, so I don't have any suitable stash, but I raided the grandchildren's craft box and found these suitably spooky die cuts  and combined them with a backing paper from Graphic 45's Master Detective pad to give the whole thing a masculine feel.


I am sharing this with

Crafty Calendar - Autumn Colours/Halloween 

Tales from the craft Room - Halloween