Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Just a note

This stamp and die set from Altenew is a recent acquisition. I saw some of the stamps on cards on various blogs and was immediately drawn to it. I don't think I've done enough colouring recently and it's something I really enjoy. I have bought many alcohol marker sets over the years and now lots are at the stage of drying up and it's  hard to decide what to do about replacement. I have sets of Mirage Pens, Copics, Promarkers, Spectrum Noir, Chamaeleon, some Stampin Up Markers and some old Dovecraft ones. I think I need to go through all of them and throw out the ones which have dried up and that I don't think I need. I do have some refills for some favourite Copic shades, but it's tricky to know what to do. I think my two favourites are Promarkers and Copics.
For this card I used Copics. I used the sketch from CASe this Sketch

Flowers for the Flower Challenge

A Dragonfly for CASology

AAA Cards Up to One Third

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday Morning

Today we have been invited over to a neighbours for something to eat at lunch time and so without Sunday lunch to prepare I have a little time in my craft room.
This card is based on the challenge at TIMEOUT
I love the bold pop of green in the picture and I used a piece of photographic paper which I had sploshed some shades of green alcohol inks onto, for the die cut leaves in my card.  The stripes were from a SU stamp, which I was considering taking off the block in order to get a clean image using my MISTI, but the second stamping, peculiarly, was really pale until I realised I had used Versamark instead of Versafine  (made a mess of the ink pad  too with the black ink from the previous stamping). SO I decided to sprinkle on some black embossing powder and use that instead.
The Hello is triple stacked from a Stamp Market die.
Just US Girls Stacking die Cuts

This is another card using the freebie Crafter's Companion stamps and die, from Simply Cards and Papercrafts Magazine.
Once more I cut the sentiment from the wreath to use separately. The only thing I added was a Memory Box die cut of hanging mittens, but I put the stamped and heat embossed mittens from the freebie set on the string instead of the die cut ones.
Christmas Kickstart Scandinavian Holiday

Here is a simple card using a leaf which I die cut and coloured sometime ago. I used distress inks and a little mica spray.
I heat embossed the Clearly Besotted sentiment and added both it and the leaf to a piece of hessian.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Perfectly CAS

Exciting News!
There's a new blog on the block and it's Perfectly CAS!
Just up my street!
This one has been has been created down under in Australia by the inimitable Kylie!
In order to keep things Perfectly CAS, there is the codicil ...Just One Third!
SO if you keep your design to just one third of the card base there is bound to be lots of lovely white space... the essential ingredient for Clean and Simple cards.

The first challenge is to include flowers.
Here I used a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs, cut from white card with the centres coloured with alcohol markers. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.
DO come and join in the fun!
See you there!

Christmas is coming

I've had this Christmas pudding stamp for a very long and haven't used it in fact for a number of years. I was quite surprised that its condition seems to have deteriorated to the extent that the rubber has hardened and wouldn't stamp cleanly. Even with Versafine ink, which normally will make a good impression from any stamp, it wasn't working, so I had to resort to putting the wooden stamp in the microwave for a short while to loosen the glue so that I could take the stamp off the block to try in my Misti. After several stampings I got a reasonable impression. It's strange but once I get an idea into my head I need to carry it through... another stamp wouldn't do, I wanted to use this one!
Anyway, once stamped I coloured it with Copics and then twinkled the icing part with Glamour Dust and  covered the rest with NUVO Crystal Glaze.
The sentiment is from Creative Dies.
CAS Christmas Holiday Treats 
CAS on Friday Use Die cut words

This card would fit into CAS in Friday's challenge too, but I don't know how to add two cards from the same post to the same challenge.
I got the elements for this card as freebies from a magazine.
The Merry Christmas was in fact part of the wreath die, but I cut it apart before triple embossing in Gold. I managed to find a circle die which was just the same diameter as the wreath so that I could make an aperture and attach the wreath to the edge. I used two of the little bird stamps to make the revolving part, fixed onto a piece of gold thread.
Christmas Kickstart - Scandinavian Christmas
I may make another for this challenge as there are loads of super Scandi stamps in the give away.