Saturday, 15 June 2019

Blue lighthouse

I've been having another play with the wonderful sea themed stamps in the latest issue of Creative Stamping - this time I've gone for a very CAS style by keeping it monochrome.

I stamped the lighthouse scene on watercolour paper using a water based blue stamp (it's actaully a Marvy Matchables pad that must have been in my stash for 25 years and is showing no signs of drying out yet!) then used a wet paintbrush to tease out the colour from the stamping into the areas I wanted coloured. I die cut the image before stamping the flock of gulls, to make sure they were in the right place to balance the lighthouse and didn't get chopped off in the middle.

Next I cut a strip of turquoise blue card and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on it. I positioned the topper and strip on the base card to make it look as if the blue horizon extended out to the edge of the card.

I am sharing this with

The Library Challenge - to the Lighthouse 
Little Red Wagon - Sea It!  
CAS Watercolour - Something Blue  

AAA  Birthday (a new challenge and the first time I've played) - Use Water Colours

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge #137 - Menopause

I think Edna must be getting hot flushes this week, because over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers she's asked us for makes that celebrate (?)  the menopause!

Well, that fan will sort out those hot flushes, won't it?

One common feature of menopause is weight gain. Now here is an advantage to having been very fat all your life - the extra few pounds don't really show if you are already carrying rather a lot of them!

However they are still enough to upset my Acid drops and Whatnots lady!

So why don't you head over to the Sisterhood and share your snarky ideas about menopause (just a hint, if you are having trouble thinking of ideas, try searching Pinterest for "menopause humour")  - you may be crowned Queen or Princess of Snark.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

More bees

When I posted this card the other day,  little did I know that just a couple of hours later the new Twofers theme would be announced as BEES.  Well, that saved me from having to tidy up the craft table, didn't it? I could use the same stamp set, the same stencil and most of the same inks.

The first card is a birthday card.

I stamped it with Memento ink and coloured it with pencils. I am sharing this card with Watercooler Wednesdays - All About Occasions. 

For the second card I used the stencil and shades of tan and yellow ink to make the background and edged it with black peel off borders. I stamped and heat embossed the bee across a strip of card and coloured it with markers and Stickles then added peel off borders and stuck it across my card. Finally I added a die cut sentiment.

I am popping back to Shopping Our Stash for a second entry into the Stencil Me This challenge

And finally the two cards together:

I am, of course, sharing this (hopefully) not-so-gruesome twosome with The Twofer Card Challenge 

And I'm also popping back to Country View Challenges for a second bite of the cherry in the It's a Bug's Life challenge

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Awesome sunflowers

It's almost my daughter's birthday (ssh! She doesn't read my blog, so don't tell her I've already shared her card!) and  nearly every year I make her a sunflower themed card. This year I've paired with with a sentiment that uses one of her favourite words - Awesome.

The sunflower stamp is a very old Rubber Stampede stamp, stamped repeatedly over the background card and then coloured with Promarkers. The sentiment is from an Altenew set - I stamped and heat embossed it onto vellum then tore a strip to fit across the front of the card.

I am sharing this with

Fab'nFunky - June Blooms

Make my Monday - Lots of Flowers 

The Flower Challenge - Focus on background stamping 

Nail Polish technique at Back to Basics

Today at Back to Basics, our challenge is to use the Nail Polish Technique, where nail polish is floated on water and heavyweight watercolour paper dipped in it to create marble patterns. Our main challenge post includes a link to a video that will help you if you haven't tried this before.

I watched several You Tube videos before I was brave enough to attempt it, but finally got myself some usable backgrounds and used this one  with some die cut silhouette flowers. I can't say it's a technique I particularly enjoyed, but it's always an interesting challenge to try something new so I hope you will have a go!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Best friends

This best friends stamp came with a magazine a couple of years ago and I don't think I will ever tire of it.

I've just bought a fun sheet of sentiment stamps from the Clearly Besotted June release and I think this one works perfectly with the image. I coloured it with Promarkers and added a suitable boozy embossed background.

I am sharing this with

Cardz 4 Galz - Foxy (ladies)
Passion for Promarkers - Make it Pink 

Monday, 10 June 2019

Masculine get well

Get well cards for men can be tricky, can't they? Floral ones are always welcome for women - especially if they are in hospital where flowers are generally no longer allowed - but can look a bit naff when sent to a man. However I recently got a brilliant set of stamps from Hampston Arts that come to the rescue every time.

I made the background by stamping the pill bottles repeatedly with Versamark ink and letting the watermark effect develop. The topper and sentiment are from the same stamp set - I coloured the gentleman with Promarkers. Why is it that those hospital gowns always have such a huge gap at the back? They can get awfully draughty!!!

I am sharing this with

Creative with Stamps - Get Well 

Tales from the Craft Room - Let's Hear it For The Boys