Monday, 14 October 2019

Singing Chicken

Would wouldn't love a singing chicken on their birthday?
This is a simple DT card for the Perfectly CAS challenge, where every entry needs to be just one third or less of the card front used.
The chicken is one of my favourite Penny Black images, coloured with Copic markers; I think these chickens are SO cool!
The sentiment is from LOTV.
Do join in the fun!

Winter Scene

If ever I'm in a rush to make a Christmas card, this sort of design is one of my 'go to' methods of making one in double quick time.
I simply tear a Post it note to give an irregular edge to use as a mask in order to brush a little Distress ink over to create snow hills. I used Weathered Wood. Next I use the same mask over the hills in order to make the trees look as though they are just behind the hills. For the trees I used Iced Spruce Distress Ink. For the deer silhouette I used  a Sizzix die with deep green paper... although it gives the appearance of a silhouette it's not as harsh against the background colours as using black. The sentiment, stamped in a couple of shades of Distress Ink to tone with the scene, and stamps are from Memory Box. I used Framelits and SSS stitched dies for the mounts
CAS Christmas - Winter Scene
Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Woodland creatures

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Foiled again!

Here is another attempt at foiling. This time I have foiled a couple of die-cut maple leaves. I stamped the die-cuts cuts with Versamark and clear heat embossed them before adding silver foiling sheets and popping them through the laminator. This time I wanted to add some colour using alcohol inks, which I simply dropped onto the leaves with a little Blending Solution.
I really rather like the effect. I simply mounted them onto a piece of hessian, one directly and one on dimensional pads and added a few swirly die cuts. I thought they looked a bit like the tendrils that one can see in nature, but this die cut was actually from a Memory Box Needle and thread.
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
It's another card for the challenge at CAS Mix Up.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Maple leaves

It seems amazing that the CAS Watercolour Challenge is celebrating its 3rd Birthday. Where has that time gone?
Happy birthday everyone!
I love the Maple leaf and I have quite a few dies in my stash, today I chose this stitched trio from Poppy Stamps.
I started by using Brushos to add some autumn colours but wasn't too happy with the result, I was about to toss them out but decided to keep going with adding colour, this time with Spectrum Noir Aquatints and a little more water. I quite liked the effect but couldn't help smearing just a touch of Brilliance Gold ink over the top.
The grid stamp is from Stampin' Up and the sentiment from Clearly Besotted.
LAst weekend we were ar the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London for a performance of Agrippina by Handel. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and had supper in the Balconies Restaurant before the performance, having the final course between acts. It was fabulous!
Here are the three wives of the party having a pre dinner G&T!
This evening, the lady on the right of the picture, myself, together with our respective husbands will be travelling to Wimborne to join in with a Come and Sing Dream of Gerontius. That should be fun too!