Tuesday, 22 August 2017

By the light

I often find it hard to come up with new ideas for anniversary cards as you can only do flowers and champagne flute so often and I'm not one for loads of layers and embellishments as a rule just not my comfort zone. When I bought this Penny black die I thought it would be perfect for an anniversary card for a change.

I cut a circle in post it note and used it as a mask so I could create my silvery moon and coloured the rest of the card with dark blue distress ink. I cut the cat die and trimmed the coloured card to fit behind it perfectly.

I used more distress inks black and browns to colour my cats leaving the border and sitting bench uncolored apart from the smudges from colouring the cats. 

I added my double layer panel to a white base card and took a tiny die cut heart coloured  pink and placed between my two black cats. I didn't get as far as a sentiment as my son said he loved the card just as it was as we recently found a website with different celebration days and one was girlfriend appreciation day and he decided my card would be perfect as was for his girlfriend,so guess I'll have to start over.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Brown sugar - anything goes

Use  your stuff - new beginnings

Penny Black and more - all creatures great and small

AAA - maskng

cardz 4 galz - cats and or kittens

Colour crazy - anything goes

Sunday, 20 August 2017

You make rainy days...

A just for fun and experimentation card. I was experimenting with spectrum noir aqua pens and watercolour paper, not a paper I use very often but had a play at creating a watery background. One thing led to another and my rock salt was sat on my desk from silk painting and I wondered if watercolour would react the same. 

It didn't work as it does on silk but I have a feeling that might be to do with the watercolour paper being absorbent. but one to try again. I did like the effect it did create though and thought it would make a fab rainy day card,well the back of the paper anyway, as the lines of colour are less defined as are the salt impressions.

I used a memory box die proper umbrella and cut several in some scraps of rainbow card I had using the greens and yellows, I love the subtle shading. I randomly placed them on my water colour and love how the salt marks look like random rainfall.
It took me a while to workout what colour base card to use but after accidentally placing it on a distress oxide ink background whilst swapping through different plain card bases I had found my base and got inky colouring a white base card front. I added water drops for added effect and then my umbrella panel.
I finished my card with a bright yellow stitched circle die cut using open studios circle die and stamped a lily of the valley sentiment as it just seemed perfect.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;-

Memory box -go with the flow

country view - blues and greens

fab n funky - anything goes

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

crafty creations - anything goes

A bit more time to craft - anything goes

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Star in the making

Another cute LOTV stamp and thought it would make a fun birthday card for one of my nephews next month. He has guitar lessons along with many other lessons his mum has him doing to channel his autistic energy into something positive and it seems to work.

I used paper from my stash think its dovecoat but not 100% sure as it was just an odd sheet I had left and layered with red mirri card.I cut a star in red mirricard and put that behind the image I fussy cut and coloured with promarkers.

At the base of my card I added a die cut music border by Memory box and some silver peel offs coloured with red promarker to finish the card.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Scrappyland - anything goes

Simon says wed challenge - add a sentiment

The Paper shelter- dies and punches

seize the birthday - anything goes

Friday, 18 August 2017


 Flower stamps are something I don't have many of , i don't seem to make many girly flower cards, not sure why, but I decided  to buy one , and at present I seem to have a thing for hibiscus as one of the last dies I bought was an hibiscus too.The stamp is by Sheena Douglas.

I coloured the stamped image with a mix of promarkers and chameleon pens, I love the effects you can get but I'm still learning.

i decided to keep my card simple and one layer, but decided it needed something to finish it off. i used some gold peel off strips to frame the card. I decided no sentiment so the card can be used for many occasions and I can always add one at a later stage.

I just can't decide whether it looks better portrait 

or landscape.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Stamplorations - anything goes +stamps

Craft stamper - anything goes stamping challenge

HLS CAS - flower

Incy wincy - no words

Stamping sensations -anything goes

curtain call - hibiscus

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunset notes

Summertime brings the opportunity of witnessing beautiful sunrise and sunsets, I guess they happen in winter too but there's something special when it's warm especially if you are by the sea on holiday  .                                                                                                                                                                                      I have been experimenting with my distress inks and water using them as a water colour medium I guess  (inspired by a card I saw a while ago by Dave Tauber from outside the box blog).. I used 3 colours and put them on a silicon mat and spritzed them with water. I then used a brush and layered them on some water colour paper intermingling them at the joints. 

I cut a panel that was just short of half the width of my base card. I used the yellow on a die cut circle to create a sunshine and attached it to my evening sky.

I then added a white card die cut shorebirds and some small birds in flight from Memory box and poppystamps. I completed my card with a stamp from Uniko.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;- 

Stempelgarten - summertime

MAWTT - things that fly

Kitty bee -anything goes optional summer

Not just cards -anything goes

Crafty friends -anything goes