Sunday, 18 March 2018

Christmas is coming

Here is a card for the new CAS Christmas challenge, started by Loll.
As you can see the theme this time is Holly and I used a Tim Holtz stamp which I stamped in Versamark and clear embossed. I then inked it with some SU Bashful Blue ink using a sponge dauber, adding a little Iced Spruce distress ink in the centre of the holly sprays. Following this I cut the panel into tiles using a square die and then triple embossed each tile with clear embossing powder, adding a few gems for the berries.
These were mounted on a die cut and embossed panel.
I stamped the Hero Arts, Brushed Greetings sentiment using Iced Spruce Distress Ink, but it needed several goes to make a satisfactory image. Fortunately my MISTI ensured that each stamping was in exactly the same place. I quickly added a little clear embossing powder to this so that the finish would match that of the tiles.
This seems an unusual colour choice for a Christmas card but I think it just about works.

Monday, 26 February 2018


In Britain, we celebrate Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday in March, so I have been making a few cards for that occasion today as tomorrow I will be having my eye surgery and I'm not sure how well I will be able to see immediately post-operatively. It's all a little scary as I'm having both eyes done on the same day, one after the other.
I'm entering this card into the challenge at AAA Cards where the challenge is
The Wonky stitching die is from Creative Dies, as is the sentiment and the flower from Sizzix. 
I used the sketch from CASe this Sketch
Now I think I'll go and do a little knitting!

Thinking of you as always

There is a photo inspiration over at Inkspirational this time and the colours really appealed to me... SO together with the coffee shades,  I went with the butterfly theme too!
I cut one from Burlap and the other from cardstock. The background (reminiscent of the bubbles in the cup) was stencilled (Tim Holtz) and stamped (Stampin Up) on a  Creative Dies, die-cut base. I think that the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted, but the packet was in the wrong location so I can't be too sure!!
The DT cards over there this time are fabulous do take a look!

There's a picture inspiration over at Addicted to Stamps and I have taken the butterfly theme from that too!

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Sea Birds

Whilst linking up my cat card to Addicted to CAS, I saw the winners for their Teal challenge and thought I'd have a go at using that colour too!
Here I used a  stamp from the Rubber Stamp Gallery and tried to remember how I did the masking for this image the last time I used it. My masking fluid had sadly passed its sell by date and was totally gloopy, so that was out of the question, I started to cut a mask from paper, but that was too labour intensive and fiddly... when finally I remembered that I had some Elmer's rubber cement, which fortunately was still usable! I dabbed a little over the sea birds and allowed it to dry. The white dots in the water were made with an embossing pen and some clear embossing powder. I used Distress ink over the lot in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon using sponge daubers. I used a little more of these colours with a splodge stamp.
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
I'm linking this card the Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is Clean and Simple.
Clean and Simple on Friday .. Use a Die. I used the border die, but can't remember the manufacturer.

I made this card for a friend who requested a card for his relative who has dealings with Chai tea. I'm not exactly sure in what capacity this is but I hope this card will do. I downloaded this Font, called Samarkand,  from the internet hoping that it would look in keeping with the type of tea.
The cup image is from Stampin' Up.
I'm linking it to the challenge at Seize the birthday where the challenge is Coffee or Tea!