Monday 31 December 2018

Thank You for a Wonderful Crafty Year

Another Year has flown by, as always it was busy but so much fun crafting with you all.
I'd like to thank all my blog friends for all their sweet comments over the last 12 months.

In my waste not want not state of mind last week I used the ink of my cling wrap after making some Bister cling wrap backgrounds.  I spritzed the cling wrap and placed it on some white card stock.  I love the softer colour and may end up doing this again.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Magenta, sentiment Rubbernecker
Paper: 110lb white, Black
Ink: Ranger archival
Accessories: Blue Bister, cling wrap
Techniques: cling wrap

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Finishing up a few more Christmas Cards

I'm sure we are all making and posting at the moment and the cards get simpler and simpler the closer we get to Christmas.  
I use a Magazine freebie for the star wreath and the sentiment. The stars were heat embossed in white, and then the background was blended with distress oxides inks and a little water splattered over the surface.  I die cute the centre of the wreath and stamped the sentiment. Super simple.

I trimmed a thin strip of black as my border.

Entering this for CAS Christmas Card Challenge Stars, don't forget you have till the 15th to enter. The DT are taking a mini break before Christmas.

I would love to hear from you.

Card Recipe

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Have a Beary Christmas

I thought this Galaxy background would be perfect for these Penny Black bears.  I used Jennifer McGuire technique with Distress Oxides.

I'm entering this for the following challenges

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Paper Smooches sentiment
Paper: 110lb white, Mixed Media
Ink: Ranger archival blue
Accessories: Penny Black die
Techniques: Distress Oxide galaxy background, die cut.

Monday 3 December 2018

Well Christmas is just around the corner.

We're just a few weeks away from Christmas and here at CAS Christmas card challenge it's the last challenge of  2018.  We know everyone including the Design Team are busy at this time of the year the challenge will end on the 15th of December.

Trina is our host for this month's challenge  and our Guest Designer is Cindy (Escape to Stamping),  We can't wait to see all the sparkle and shine of those wonderful star cards.

For my card I die cut a postage stamp shape, masked the edges and used distress ink (stormy sky) to blend the central space. I used Distress oxide ink(old paper) on the background stamp (a Crafty individuals stamp) and then stamped a star from this JOFY set. I re-stamped the star used pencils and gamsol to colour and then fussy cut the image. 
I was looking for soft colours for the background so I used muted blues and greens.

Have a great Christmas everyone

Card Recipe
Stamps: Jofy star, Crafty Individuals Christmas background
Paper: 110lb white
Ink: Ranger Archival, Distress Oxide, Distress ink
Accessories: Postage stamp Die, Pencils, Gamsol
Techniques: Pencil blending with gamsol, fussy cutting, Die cut

Thursday 22 November 2018

Santa is stuck in the Chimney

This cute Santa stuck in the chimney is an old High Hopes stamp which I've had for a long time, so it's great to ink it up. He's quite large so I put him on a 5 X 7 card base.

I stenciled the snow with snowy texture paste and added texture paste to Santa's Hat and Jacket (mostly to hide a red watercolour run😏)

I die cut Let It Snow through the centre of the  scene and added Nuvo glitter pen to the white snowy roof.

Card Recipe
Stamps: High Hopes
Paper:  110lb white, water colour
Ink: Versafine Clair black
Accessories: Watercolour, snowy texture paste, stencil, clear embossing powder, stamplorations Let it Snow die, Nuvo glitter pen.
Techniques: Watercolouring, die cutting ,embossing paste and stencil.

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Silhouette Caroler Tag

Here is the other Caroler from the Sizzix die. This time I used it on a much smaller tag. The tag came with a pair of pants I purchased a couple of years ago, it was way too nice to throw out so it got upcycled. 
I gesso'd the tag, used crackle paste over a stencil and sprayed with Lindy's Magicals.  I pressed the edge of the tag into my Versamark pad and dipped it into some Emerald Creek embossing powder.
The caroler was die cut from chip board, versamark and a couple of layers of clear embossing powder applied to give a shiny surface,

I'm entering this for the following challenges

Card Recipe
Stamps: Ranger Sentiment
Paper: Chip board
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Emerald creek embossing powder, clear embossing powder, detail white embossing powder. Crackle paste, Lindys magical sprays.
Techniques: Mixed media, ink sprays, embossing.

Saturday 17 November 2018

CAS Christmas November Mid month Reminder

It's time for CAS Christmas card Challenge mid month reminder which means November is flying by and we just have a few more weeks to make Christmas cards.
Come joinour Guest Designer is Pam from Expressions with Heart and the Design team in making some Santa cards.

You have until November 24th to enter the challenge, just remember to check out the challenge rules before you enter.

For my card I used one of the new Paper Artsy (JOFY) stamp sets. I stamped the Santa using Black Versafine Clair on watercolour card and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I watercoloured him and then fussy cut the image. 
I used a black pen to run around the edge, this hides any slight miss cuts. I also used an embossing tool and run it along the edge of the image to give it a 3D effect. I used a Nuvo sparkle pen to make his outfit a little more festive and a liquid chrome pen for his laces.
As the image is quite large I used a 5X7 card base, therefore making it a little more CAS than if I'd used a 41/4 X 51/2.

Card Recipe
Stamps: JOFY
Paper: 110lb white, Watercolour
Ink: Versafine Clair, Distress Oxide (blue), Ranger Archival black,
Accessories: MISTI, Watercolours, Nuvo glitter pen, Molotow Liquid Chrome pen.
Techniques: Watercolouring, fussy cutting.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Caroling Christmas Tag

I haven't made Twelve tags but have joined in with a few at Loll and friends Twelve Tags of Christmas.

The die cut is one of the Sizzix  Big dies. I cut the Fiddler out of chip board and used Clear heat embossing powder to give him a little shine.
The tag was gesso'd, stamped with a Paper artsy background stamp and painted with acrylic paint. I dry embossed the tag with a Christmas tree and sanded the tree to remove some of the acrylic paint.
I stenciled the sentiment at the bottom of the tag with crackle paint and blended distress inks in a darker blue. I added some tree lights in red and gold using a pearl pen.

I hope you like the tag.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Paper Artsy
Paper: Chip board, coated tag
Ink: Ranger archival, Versamark
Accessories: acrylic paint, distress inks, clear embossing powder, stencil, embossing folder

Monday 12 November 2018

Another Tag

Hi Everyone, thanks to all that wonderful inspiration over at Stamping with Loll, I'm adding another tag to her Twelve Tags of Christmas challenge.

For my tag I gesso'd the tag, used Lindy's magical sprays and stamped using Impression Obsession Christmas background text. I then used texture paste to add the stars, the texture paste absorbs some of the colour from the sprays and blends with the background.
My naught puppy stamp is from Gerda Steiner collection and I couldn't resist adding Dyan Reaveley Christmas sentiment with the Penny Black scroll die.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Gerda Steiner, Impression obsession, Dyan Reaveley
Paper: Coated Card Tag, Watercolour
Ink: Ranger archival black, brown
Accessories: Stencil, spray inks, gesso, Penny Black scroll die, Gerder Steiner stamp and die set.
Techniques: Tag, stenciling, watercolouring, die cuts

Friday 9 November 2018

The Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends

This is day 5 of the challenge and I bet you've seen some great tags.

For my Tag I gesso'd the surface of the tag, painted it with Alchemy Metalic paints and then stenciled a darker colour over the surface. I  layered embossing powder to give a molten metal effect on  my wood "Elf and Safety at work" sign die,  cut a window out to put one of MFT Elves behind  and used some snowy acetate infront.

I added a little washi tape because the colour matched and I realised I have all this washi tape and never us it. I'm sure there are lots of you out there that do this, buy lots of stuff and never use it 😁

Card Recipe
Stamps:MFT elves.
Paper: Coated tags
Ink:Ranger archival
Accessories: Water colour, wood sentiment, Ranger embossing powder, wood grain stencil
Techniques: Tag, steniciling, watercolouring, fussycutting

Wednesday 7 November 2018

It really is Christmas when it's Christmas Tag Time

For me it really does feel as though Christmas is coming when it's the Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends. 

Back in the spring I headed to Spicers my local paper/card stock distributor, BTW they have warehouses in Canada and the US, I highly recommend you check them out if you have one near you their prices are amazing. They sell bulk envelopes, 110lb white card and also sell off cuts and coated card (Pacecetter Silk and Matt) for those who wonder where to buy it.
When I go I seem to loose all sense of reason and buy in bulk, and bulk there means I bought a box of 1000 coated card stock tags. Luckily I have lots of friends who were willing to take a few home with them 😉
I'm entering this for the Twelve Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends, you have until November 23rd to join in the fun.

Now to be perfectly honest, I didn't write things down as I was going along, with mixed media this can cause problems when you want to list all the things you used.
I gesso'd the card, painted it with acrylic paint, sprayed with lindy's magical sprays, stenciled it with crackle paste, stamped it with background stamps, stenciled with black distress ink. My tree die cuts were little snippits of backgrounds in my UFO box and some red stickles. I may have  missed a few things. 

I thought the tag would look good as a card so I hinged it on the inside and made an envelope with my envelope maker.

Card Recipe
Accessories: Die cut, stencils, crackle paste
Techniques: Twelve Tags of Christmas