Sunday, 13 September 2020

CAS Mix up challenge September

 Hello there,

First all I'd like to welcome my new follower Chana. Thank you for following my blog

The challenge at CAS Mix up 

this month is embossing with dies.


I've embossed with dies lots of times but there's some really good tutorials on the blog for doing somethings a bit different. One technique that caught my eye was inking up the die before embossing with it and then applying EP so I thought I'd give that a go. There is also some super inspiration from the DT and some of the entries are beautiful.

I had 3 practice runs with different dies and scraps of card and all 3 went straight into the bin. They either had not enough ink or too much ink that touched the whole die or bits of both. So, ofcourse that meant too much embossing powder or not enough. So I've gone with what I know works for me and leave the fancy, clever stuff for the artists.

The die I used is from Amazon

Sentiment from Avery Elle

The butterfly is cut with a Memory Box die and 8 layers of vellum.

I use vellum because it's stiff enough to keep it's height.

I finished it off with a small dab of Pearl Maker mainly to cover where the glue is.

I'm getting to that age when I seem to need more and more of these sort of cards and this design feels just enough to me.

Thanks for popping in.

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Less is More #428

Hello there,

We have a super new challenge for you today over at Less is More

I know a few of our regulars will be over the moon at this colour choice.

When ever I think purple I always go for the bluish tones, think Cadbury's chocolate wrappers. I did think that purple also covered the red tones but wasn't sure, so I googled it and it does. That means I could make two cards to share this time.

For my first card I started with some mottled lilac card (I think it's from Papermill Direct but I've had it for years). It's quite subtle but perfect for this card.
I used my Memory box Zippy Dots stencil and some texture paste, before smothering it in lilac embossing powder.
While the paste was drying I made my flower. I used eight layers of purple tissue paper cut out with a super little die set I found in the Range, from Crafters Companion. I'm raving about this die set because
it has the best Stamen die I've ever used.
I added a heart shaped gem stone and a single sequin.
The sentiment is from Avery Elle.

I used the largest of the stamen dies and four layers of orange tissue paper.

Using a tiny amount of glue, just enough to stick the layers down and using my thumb nail to make the edges stand up I manage to create this. Can you tell how pleased I am?

My second card is more of a reddish purple

Same mottled card and another  Memory Box stencil, Texture Disperse. After lots and lots of masking I used texture paste again, this time covering it with  Mauve glitter.
The Gerbera flower die is from X cut and for this one I used Vellum. The stamen die is the same one I used in the first card.
I added some tiny purple gems between the stencilled lines.
Sentiment from Avery Elle.

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations, please check out the main blog for some more inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for poppig in x

Friday, 11 September 2020

Elsie Mae's 1st birthday

 Hello there,

It's going to be our grand daughter Elsie Mae's 1st birthday at the end of the month. She was due on November 23th but surprised us all by arriving on the 24th September. Although she's still small for her age she's doing really well and always has a huge smile for everyone.

Ofcourse I made a card for her and luckily the theme for this months challenge at A place to start 

to make a card for a child. Luckily she's far to young to read my blog so I'm safe to post early.


It made a nice change to make a fussy card, I tend to make more CAS cards these days.

I love this stamp from LOTV as it's so versatile, great for boys or girls and really easy to colour.

Backing papers are from The lovely studio

Border punch is from Martha Stewart

Flowers, ribbon and gem from my stash

Sentiment is PC generated 

Thanks for popping in

Thursday, 10 September 2020

CaS Christmas Trees

Hello there,

My mojo has been missing in action for a couple of weeks so I've struggled to make anything worth blogging but in the last couple of days it has suddenly reappeared so I'm making the most of it while it lasts.

It's a new challenge at CAS Christmas and this month it's Christmas tree

So, a nice easy one.

I started by smooshing a piece of card with Distress inks in Broken China and Tumbled Glass with a tiny bit of Steel Blue InkaGold before cutting it out with a stitched circle die.
I made a circular frame using the two smaller dies and a piece of embossed silver card.
The tree is from Amazon cut from some pale green glitter card.
I thought this sentiment from Mamma Elephant was perfect for this card.

I enjoyed making this and I actually quite like it, I might make some more in different colourways, December will be on us very soon

Thanks for popping in x

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Less is More # 427

Hello there,

Time for another challenge at Less is More and, because we have an extra Saturday this month, it's a lucky dip.

If you haven't tried this technique before there are some super tutorial links on the  main challenge blog. It's a first for me too but trust me, it's easier than you think.

I used a tent fold white card to resemble a chalkboard and used some brown card for a frame.
I cut some black card to size and sponged and swiped white ink so it looks like it's been quickly wiped.
I inked my stamp from Lili of the Valley with white ink and stamped it lightly onto the card.

A couple of years ago me & hubby became home town tourists for the day, revisiting the historic old town of Hull that we haven't done since the kids were little. It's changed quite a lot since then with lots of the buildings in the old narrow streets becoming bars and cafe's . Luckily I had my camera with me and couldn't resist taking a pic of this.

It make me chuckle. I couldn't find an amusing stamp among my stash but I do love the one I used.

Check out the inspiration on the challenge blog, we look forward to seeing your creations.

Thanks for popping in x

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Less is More # 426 Doodles

Hi there,

It's Less is More day once again this time we have a recipe.

We would love to see your creations using Doodles on your cards.

Unfortunately my artistic talents are so abysmal I can't even make a decent doodle by hand. Honestly, I'm rubbish and I have tried. I did have a stamp set that would have been perfect but I gave it away when I had a purge a couple of years ago ( never again) so I thought I would have to download a digi doodle. Luckily I had a good look through all my stamps and found this one that I bought from the Works ages ago and promptly forgot about .

I started by stamping a single bee, made a mask with a post it and used a hexagon stencil from Studio 75 to sponge some DI for the background.
I stamped my image and coloured it with Promarkers before cutting it out with a Spellbinders Hexagon die and mounting it using foam pads.
The sentiment is PC generated.
I finished with a bit of colour on my single bee and that's it. Quick and easy

Please check out the inspiration from the rest of the team on the blog. We look forward to seeing your creations.

Thanks for popping in x

Sunday, 9 August 2020

CAS Christmas card challenge

Hello there,

I've missed the last 2 challenges at Cas Christmas Challenge.
I have no excuses except being busy with other things so I was determined to join in with this months.

Here is my entry,

Nice quick and easy one. The coloured card was already smooshed and cut out in my stash box.
I used a small off cut of card for the branch and the turtle doves and I was done.
The sentiment is computer generated. I think I should have made it saying " On the second day" not the first but, hey ho, it's done now.

Card panel smooshed with  Broken China and Tumbled Glass DI with a little bit of Steel Blue Inka Gold.
Deckle edge rectangle from Crafting for You
Branch die from Memory Box
Birds from a set from Amazon

Thanks for popping in x