Wednesday, 12 May 2021

I don't do cute!

 At least not very often, but I reckon I've nailed it here. 

All the stamps I've used are from a Pink & Main stamp and  die set.  I gave the ladybird border a green mat, to make a layer of "grass" for the little ladybird baby to sit on once I had coloured and die cut it. 

I've got the sister set to this, a bee themed one - I'm tempted to make another card just like this using the bee set. 

I am sharing this with 

Addicted to CAS - Bugs

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

An oldie but goodie

 I can't remember when I bought this stamps-and-paper set but it's many, many years ago. According to the storage card the stamps live in, it was a special offer in Crafts Beautiful. I think the papers I've used here are the very last few sheets from the pack. 

I used the papers to create lots of layers, fussy cutting along the scallops and bubbles of the striped paper. Then I stamped the butterfly and sentiment and coloured the butterfly with colours to match some of the shades in the papers. 

I am sharing this with 

Sweet Stampin - Things with wings 

Just us Girls - layers 

Monday, 10 May 2021

Peaceful on the water


I've used a set of layering stamps to build up the scene for this one layer card, keeping to shades of blue. The water is done by sponging in pale blue ink then going over it with horizontal strokes of several shades of blue pencil.  I finished with a very subtle "frame" of bare branches, stamped in the palest blue I could find. 

I am sharing this  with 

Allsorts Challenge - create a Landscape/Scene  

Cardz 4 Guyz - Monochromatic  

Crafty Calendar - Masculine 

The Male Room - Water/Beach  

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Eating al Fresco

All over the world, countries seem to be at different stages of this terrible pandemic and handling it in different ways. Here in England (rather than Britain - all the British nations are doing different thigs) we are slowly easing out of lockdown, and now restaurants, pubs and caf├ęs can open, but only to serve outdoors. 

On sunny days, pavements and gardens close to them are full of happy people, delighted to be able to share a coffee or a glass of wine with friends again, and this old stamp - I think it was from Crafters Companion? - is a perfect one for current times. Actually today it's pouring with rain, but I'm sure a few hardy souls will still be venturing out to meet up. 

I coloured the image with Promarkers and die cut it into a circle to fit the centre of the large scalloped circle die cut, then finished it with a computer generated sentiment. 

For all of you who have sent supportive messages and get well wishes for my Mum, the latest news is that the rehydration, regular meals, physio and antibiotics have done her a world of good and she is to be allowed home next week, on condition she accepts visits from carers several times a day. In the past, she has sacked any carers that have been put in place for her, but she has been sternly told that this time the alternative to accepting them is residential care - which she really doesn't want, mostly because she would miss her cat so much. So it's looking hopeful. I will be heading up to help her settle back in, so the recent torrent of posts from me (crafting is such great stress relief) is about to dry up for a while. 

I am sharing this with 

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - O is for Outdoors  

Watercooler Wednesday - all things feminine  

Little Red Wagon - hers! 

Friday, 7 May 2021

Here comes the sun

 Hasn't the last year or so altered our perception of time? Often the days and weeks have seemed to drag on for ever while they were happening, yet in other ways a whole year feels as if it never happened. I bought this stencil at the Farnborough show in February last year and still think of it as a brand new purchase. 

This sentiment-as-focal-point card is really more about the background - it tells the whole story behind the sentiment. I used the stencil and several shades each of red and orange ink to create the sun, then layered it on the card with the stamped sentiment (sorry, can't remember the brand) positioned so it is in the brightest part of the sunshine. 

I am sharing this with 

Fab'N'Funky - Sunshine Colours 

River of Creativity (a brand NEW challenge from my lovely friend Zoe) - Sunshine  

We Love Chocolate Baroque - Bright Sunny Colours  

Colour Hues - red and orange 

Stained Glass Daffodils

 I hate it when I see the question "What's your favourite flower?" because I love them all, and my favourite tends to be the one I've most recently seen or smelled. So I tried rethinking the question - "Which flower would you miss most if it ceased to exist?". Now that's an easy one for me - having lived in the tropics for 7 years, it's the daffodil. When surrounded by opulent exotic orchids, anthuriums and hibiscus flowers, I soon started to pine for  the freshness and spring promise of a simple bunch of daffs!

The image I have used is a very old unmounted stamp that came in a grab bag. I think it might have been an All Night Media stamp originally. I stamped it in black onto heat embossable acetate and embossed it with clear powder. Normally I would use glass paints on acetate, but as the embossing isn't really deep enough to hold the paints in place, I decided to try colouring it with Promarkers. The colours came out lovely and clear, although as the ink dries fairly slowly and tends to pool slightly, it leaves a slight brush-stroke effect. But then, where would art be without brush strokes? 

I attached it to white card using spray adhesive - being very careful not to get any on the front of the panel as the adhesive is solvent based and would erase the Promarkers, being alcohol based. Then, since it has a very Art Deco look, I chose a suitable style of sentiment and added that before completing with layering and gems. 

I am sharing this with

Passion for Markers - say it with flowers  

The Flower Challenge - Use your favourite flower  

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Rainbow and Butterfly


It's always good to have something new to play with and the stamp, die and stencil I used for this card are all NBUS. The stamp is from the latest Creative Stamping magazine set, the stencil was a free gift with my last delivery from Craft Stash and the butterfly die is a pre-loved one that was in a crafting round robin that I belong to. 

I masked the stencil onto the card so that one complete repeat of the pattern showed, then marked the masking tape into 7 to give me a rough idea where to put the colours, then inked through the stencil with the 7 colours of the rainbow. My indigo ink pad looked too harsh, so I covered what was to be the the indigo section first with violet and then with blue to get a shade I was happy with. I gave the border definition by ruling two fine lines each side with a black fineliner. Then I stamped the sentiment and finished with that gorgeous die cut butterfly. 

I am sharing this with: 

CAS Mix Up - Stencil + Rainbow ink blending (+ stamping + diecutting) 

AAA Birthday - Happy Birthday 

NBUS - challenge 26