Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Back to the Indigo Blu kit....

 I just can't keep away from it! 

This time I used it to make an envelope style card. 

To make it, I started with two square cards and cut one panel in half diagonally on each, then stuck the two uncut panels together to give a tri-fold card, and ran a dark pink ink pad along the edges. I took a pale pink printed distress effect paper from the kit and a set of Altenew ink pads in shades of pink ranging from a barely-there hint of blush to a deep plummy pink. I cut the paper to a whisper smaller than each panel then blended ink around the edges of each piece and decorated with stamping and stencilling in the various shades of pink. 

Next I made the insert - I cut white card down to a square 1cm each way smaller than the card, punched a border along the top and then stamped the lady, positioning her so that when the card is closed with the insert in place, she will be peeping through the V-shape made by the overlapping diagonal panels. Then I blended, stamped and stencilled all around the edges leaving the area closest to her white to make her stand out, and added a touch of colour to her lips and flowers. 

Finally I stuck the bottom edge of the right hand panel to the centre, to form a pocket to tuck the insert in and added a butterfly to that panel cut from one of the patterned papers. 

I am sharing this with the Butterfly Challenge  where I have used the card fold, and also edges and English Rose. Also with Little Red Wagon - something beginning with B (butterflies) 

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Elegant Cranes


This beautiful crane image, printed from Joanna Sheen's Oriental Dreams CD, is perfect for the slim cards that are so popular at the moment. I framed it with die cut corners from the X-cut Oriental die set, and added characters cut with the same set. I don't like using characters when I don't know what they say, so I hope I haven't said anything rude! 

When I lived in Hong Kong,  it was fashionable among younger Chinese people to wear t-shirts with slogans made up of random English words, leaving you with the impression the creator had no idea what they are saying. I once ate in a restaurant where a man at the next table was wearing one that said "The harder you pull, the harder it gets. " I found it very difficult to concentrate on my prawn balls... 

I am sharing this with CD Sunday Plus, where as usual the challenge is Anything Goes as long as a CD, USB or download is used. 

Monday, 19 October 2020

The fisherman

 A few weeks ago I made a card using this fisherman stamp from Creative Stamping, and enjoyed it so much I've made another similar one. 

I used the cover of the book "Where the Crawdad Sings" as my inspiration - it is one of the books suggested for the current Library Challenge, and also one on my "want to read" list as I've seen some great reviews. And I kept to shades of orange and blue plus neutrals so I could also take part in the current Colour Hues challenge. 

I used distress inks to create the background, keeping the lighter shades to the areas I wanted to place the image and sentiment, and black Versafine for the silhouettes. The tree stamps are very old UMs from my stash and the reeds an even older Linda Luckin stamp. 

I am sharing this with

The Library Challenge - Pick of the Paperbacks 

Colour Hues - Blue and orange 

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Orange moths

Back to that gorgeous Indigo Blu kit with today's make, another one made by following a "recipe" in the magazine. 

I inked white card with yellow distress ink then embossed the corner clusters and fussy cut then and die cut the moths from the waste.  Then I rubbed an orange distress pad over the embossed surface and also daubed a little orange on to the moths. I cut a frame from white card and attached the embossed corners behind it, then used foam tape to attach it over paper from the kit, which I then layered with orange card and mounted on a large 8" square white card. I finished it with the moths and a printed sentiment. 

I am sharing this with

Make my Monday - Orange as the dominant colour 

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Christmas Roses

 I've been playing with  the stamp set that came with the latest Creative Stamping magazine. 

I stamped the pine cone spray twice and the Christmas rose spray once, coloured with Promarkers and cut them out, finishing the mistletoe berries with liquid pearls. I die cut and embossed a large scalloped circle - this was one of the very first dies I ever bought, I think it's a Marianne Creatables one - in pale yellow to pick up the flower centres, and cut a white circle to fill the centre, stamped the sentiment and arranged everything on the card. 

I am sharing this with

Passion For Promarkers - Make it Festive 

The Flower Challenge - Circles

Friday, 16 October 2020

Time passes

 In this strange year, time is behaving very oddly. Each day and week seems to drag on forever and yet it's already autumn and yet we haven't properly had Easter yet. It's as if we've spent the last 10 months in suspended animation. But autumn it is (at least it is where I live!) and that puts us between 8pm and 10pm on the clock face of the year. How convenient, at least for this card, that a year has 12 months and a clock face 12 hours! 

The clock face is a stencil I bought at the Make It show in Farnborough at the end of February (the last time I went OUT-out!), held in place on the card with removable adhesive and sprayed with distress ink. After removing the stencil, I smudged gold gilding wax around the edges and corners of the card. As this time of year is associated with Thanksgiving in many countries, I added a thank you sentiment to the centre. 

Then I turned to the autumn coloured master board I made last month and stamped several leaves on it, fussy cutting and curling them slightly to give a wind-blown look, and positioned them in the "autumn" section of the click face. 

I am sharing this with 

Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Hello Autumn 

The Male Room - Quote 

Watercooler Wednesday - All about occasions  

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Fern silhouette

A few weeks ago in the Butterfly Challenge, I won a £5 voucher to spend at Buddly Crafts. It was several years since I'd visited the site and, erm, let's just say I spent the £5 and a bit more. Quite a bit more.... 

One of the items I chose was a Penny Black set called Every Happiness, a series of "negative silhouette"  images of plants and flowers with assorted sentiments. Today at last, I've got around to actually using it instead of just sitting cooing over it. 

I chose the fern stamp for it's serenity and because now autumn is here, there is so much beautiful bracken around. My first card makes use of the serenity. 

I stamped the sentiment frame onto my card, using Memento Bamboo Leaves ink, then blended the same ink over a scrap of white card. Then I heat embossed the image onto the sponged card with black powder and cut it out to place  in the centre of the sentiment frame, and finished the card with candi. 

I am sharing this with 

Cardz for Guyz - CAS  

Fab'n'Funky - Keep It Simple 

The second card took me several attempts - first I stamped the fern three times across the card front in the three autumnal colours. But I didn't get them lined up quite accurately enough and in any case it turned out to be one of those cards that looks just DULL rather than CAS. So next I cut a square of mustardy brown card slightly smaller than my card front, cut out my images and added them to it - but all that mustard overwhelmed them. 

I am sharing this one with 

Shopping Our Stash - Autumn/Fall  

And finally the two cards together: 

I am sharing this pair at 


Twofer Card Challenge - Silhouettes