Monday, 14 May 2018

Dandelions ...

I was on a bit of a roll yesterday and this card is just one of four I managed to create ... possibly my most successful crafting day in weeks!  I ran out of time to create a post to share the card ... so here I am a day later.

Another simple card created using a gelli print for the focal image.  I die cut the image from the gelli print and from 3 other pieces of white card all of which I adhered into a stack to create more dimension.  I had real trouble deciding what colour to use for the sentiment ... as you can see in the end yellow was the winner!!

I used:
Sue Wilson: Dandelion Posies
UNIKO: Simply Said Blocks
Memento Ink - Dandelion

As mentioned at the start I am entering this card into the TIME OUT challenge:


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Butterflies ...

Back again for my second post of the day ... this time to share two cards for one challenge ... Twofer Card Challenge #5 ... as the name implies this challenge is all about creating two cards for different events and different designs using the same die or stamps.

If you follow my blog you will know of my obsession with gelli plate printing ... both of my cards use a gelli print and two coordinating butterfly dies.

Apologies for the fly in the top right corner ... it is not part of the design!!

For this card I die cut the solid butterfly out of the card and then inlaid a butterfly cut from a gelli print into the opening.  Finally I die cut the coordinating intricate butterfly and attached it by the body leaving the wings free to add dimension.

The fly was camera shy by the time I took this photograph!

For this card I cut a section out of the card before die-cutting three solid butterflies.  I used three butterflies cut from a gelli print to attach the two pieces back together to form the front of the card - kind of floating inlaid die cuts.   I added three intricate butterflies cut from vellum attached by the body leaving the wings free.  This was a fiddly card to create ... I'm not sure I will be repeating it!

I used:
STAMPlorations - CUTplorations Flutter Zen 1
Simon Says Stamp - Handwritten Borders
UNIKO - Simply Said

Challenge details:


Framed Carnation ...

I can not believe where the time is going to ... it is already Sunday evening and almost time for work ... again!!!  I've had a mixed weekend ... washing, cleaning, cooking and ironing but I'm delighted to have squeezed in some 'me time' being creative (at least trying to be!).

First up this evening is a card for the current challenge at "Less is More" - it is a colour challenge ... yellow,grey and blue.  

I stamped the image with pumice stone distress ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I like the effect you get when embossing an image it creates a cleaner line for water colouring.  I water coloured the image added some foam tape and popped it onto the base before adding a small sentiment.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Framed Carnation
UNIKO - Simply Said
Distress Ink Pumice Stone
Winsor and Newton Water Colours.

The challenge details:


AAA Cards ... Inspired by Nature

Time for a new challenge at AAA Cards and this week we turn to nature for our inspiration.

I think nature is my go to theme in most of my designs as I have hundreds (well maybe not hundreds!!) of flowers and butterfly stamps!  This time we are sponsored by Happy Little Stampers.

Another simple design ... stamp three butterflies onto a gelli print then fussy cut them out.  Stitch the images to the centre of a piece of card, draw in their antenna (it saves trying to fussy cut the thin lines!). I finished by adding some pierced detail to the corners for extra interest. 

I used:
UNIKO English Country Garden: Butterflies
Papermania Urban Stamps Butterflies
Versafine Onyx Black

I do hope that you will join in ... just remember to keep your design clean and simple (CAS).


Monday, 7 May 2018

STAMPlorations ... Things with Wings

A new month and time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations ... this month we have a Blog Hop and Linky Parties across all the challenges and it's all about "Things with Wings" as always there are prizes to be won so it really is worth getting out the supplies and joining in.

As part of the CUTplorations team I've used dies for my project ...

I cut two tags one from plain white card and the second one from a gelli print.  I then die cut the diamonds out of the white card and adhered the two tags together to add colour and interest.  The dragonfly was cut from a scrap of the gelli print as well as some vellum.  I adhered the dragon fly on top of some thread and a circle of vellum ... I only put adhesive on the body so the wings unattached and provided dimension.  I added the sentiment, a scribble border and some lace.

I used:
STAMPlorations - Trendy Butterflies

It is going to be another busy month at STAMPlorations with all of the design teams working hard to inspire you to create "Things with Wings" ... it really is worth popping over to the blog to check out the amazing designs.  I hope you are inspired to join in ... you never know you might just win!


Sunday, 6 May 2018

Three hearts ...

Another early start ... and another card to share!

It is ages since I managed to create two cards for the "Less is More" challenge ... and this card really came about through a failure ... failure to create a clean stencilled image ... too much paint leaking under the stencil!  It did leave me with a randomly coloured piece of card which I used for the heart die cuts so all was not lost!!

I used:
Clearly Besotted Pretty Petals Plus for the sentimen.
Die-namics Blueprint 29
Sizzix Nesting Hearts
Versafine Onyx Black Ink

The challenge details:
"Less is More" #370


Saturday, 5 May 2018

Purple and Gold ...

At last we have had a whole day of blue sky and sunshine, long may it continue ... it brings out the smiles!   This morning I was up and on the go quite early (well, early for a weekend!) washing done and out on the line, dinner planned and still time to create before meeting my friend for lunch and a chat!!

This is the first card I finished:

I promise you that the colour is purple ...

I've been struggling with many things recently and designing cards has not been easy ... mainly indecision about what to do!  This morning I decided that if I began with one of my all time favourite stamps maybe, just maybe inspiration would pay a visit ... I think it did ... this is the first of three cards I created.

I used:
UNIKO -  Pure Florals: Gerbera and Simply Said Stamp sets
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers - Violet and Light Violet
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Pale Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Die-namics Stitched Square Dies

I'm entering the following challenge:

Inkspirational Challenge