Friday, 2 December 2016

Masking using stencils

The challenge at HLS CAS challenge this time is to use a favourite technique.

At the HLS Craft retreat this year, Darnell developed a super technique of using Brushos and a stencil!
She taped down a stencil, sprinkled Brusho powders over it, then spritzed with water, blotting the ink with a paper towel fairly quickly after wetting.
Here I used a Craft Workshop stencil and the finished effect was over-stamped with an HLS butterfly, then die cut with the matching die. The sentiment is from the same set and the branch was die cut with  a die from Impression obsessions.

The die set  has an additional tiny leaf motif too and so I added a few to the branch, not sure which I prefer.
Here is the original paper which I stencilled and gave the Brusho treatment to... there's still lots left for other projects!





Pick your favourite technique or product you used from the past eleven CAS Challenges.  Please share why it's your favourite or any tips you learnt while doing it.

Below is a list of our previous challenges.



Not my usual colours!

Purple is not one of my 'go to' colours, although apparently it is a colour which can be worn by everyone.
Here I used a Memory Box bauble die, inlaid and filled with a snippet of card coloured by smooshing purple Inka Gold and Distress Inks  and then adding a little silver embossing in the form of stars.
I got the card the wrong way around in the Cuttlebug embossing folder and so ended up with a debossed pattern instead of being in relief.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.
It's for the photo inspiration challenge at Just US Girls.
I love using the off cuts from making cards as smooshing pieces... it's seems such a waste to toss them.
I may have another crack at this colour combo!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Stamplorations Giving Thanks



Giving Thanks Blog Hop


For some time I have been a regular purchaser at Shery's Stamplorations Shop. She produces a range of stamps and stencils and has recently branched into also producing dies....which I love!
This is for her Giving Thanks Blog Hop.
I used the matching pumpkin stamp and die, the image coloured with alcohol pens and given a coat of Glossy Accents before being die cut.
The sentiment is stamped, layered and die cut. It's mounted on an embossed background made with a Stamplorations stencil and mounted on a base cut with a Cutplorations wonky stitched rectangle.
A few inked punched leaves complete the card.


Here is a more CAS version of the same theme!

Visit the shop to benefit from this fab sale!

DO visit the other fabulous designers for this hop!

Giving Thanks Hop
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will receive a $50 gift certificate.
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will each receive a $20 gift certificate to the shop.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Facebook page will win a $15 gift certificate for herself and a $15 gift certificate for one friend she tags in her comment.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Instagram account will win her choice of Giving Thanks bundle (Be Thankful, Oh So Grateful, or Many Blessings)/
Commenting ends on November 30 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific


Giving Thanks Linky Party
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive the Be Thankfulbundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Oh So Grateful bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Many Blessings bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
[Players have until November 30 to link up their projects to the linky party.]


Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges and Hops winners post. Winners have until December 20 to claim their prize.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Metal leaf

Some time ago I bought a couple of packs of hessian (burlap to those of you on t'other side of the pond) and somehow they have miraculously disappeared...how could somethings as large as that make themselves invisible? I can understand how a pokey tool and the die letter K  could have gone AWOL, they are much smaller...anyway I bought another pack and this is the first card to utilise it!
The leaf was cut with a die from Impression Obsession from a piece of craft foil. It began life coloured red, but I used a few other alcohol inks and some blending solution on it to get this effect which I rather like. The dies emboss veins on the leaves too which is really realistic.
The sentiment is cut from a die by Penny Black.
It's for the challenge at Just Us Girls



It's also for the 'Thanks' challenge at AAA cards



The challenge at Addicted to CAS is to use the ombre technique. 
Here I used a few shades of Distress Ink applied with sponge daubers.
The die cut scene is from Impression Obsession and the sentiment from Find It Trading Yvonne Creations.
It was actually made using up some ovals left over from some thank you cards which I made for my son and DIL. 
Their precious, long awaited daughter arrived in August and they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of colleagues, friends and family and have lots of thank you cards to send. This is one of the latest set of thank you cards I have made for them.
This gorgeous picture of Cleo was taken by a professional photographer and I adore it.The thank you is from a die by Penny Black and the rest of the wording is computer generated.
I'm still working on finding uses for all the other ovals cut to make the apertures!