Monday, 15 January 2018

Rose gold florals

Playing along again with the challenge at "Where Creativity meets C9", this time with rose gold embossing on vellum.
I coloured the flowers on the back of the vellum with Copic markers in some pale R and pale YR markers. The bouquet is from Concord and 9th Hello Lovely, and I added a sentiment from Many Mandalas.  Now that I look at it, I kind of wish I had added some olive green for the leaves.
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Baby love

I made a few baby cards recently, because I'd run out! Here's one:

I used a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, white embossed and then coloured with Zigs and water. The sentiment is a die set also from Simon Says Stamp, cut from white cardstock and the mat cut from vellum.
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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Happy birthday

I've seen a few other cardmakers colour in this intricate Simon Says Stamp background stamp carefully (rather that my usual technique of scribble, spray with water and hope for the best). I thought I'd give it a go.
Although I like the outcome, I am much too impatient to use this technique too often!

Btw, the sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Hello, lovely

I'm playing along with "Where creativity meets C9" today - their challenge is to use your first Concord & 9th set. 

This is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I've been enjoying seeing cards recently with embossing, and then coloured pencils onto black cardstock, so I wanted to give it a try today. I used my Derwent pencils.
 It's a little bit hard to tell, but the image is embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, and the sentiment is embossed onto vellum in white for the "hello" and in very pale pink for the "lovely".
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Blue birthday

I decided to CASE a card I made last year for the A Blog Named Hero anniversary blog hop.
 The background stamp is from Penny Black, white embossed onto watercolour card, then coloured with Zig markers. The sentiment is a portion of a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts (I did some stamp surgery on it - I think I will get more use from it like this!)
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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Alcohol ink blues

I bought some alcohol inks the other day. This is the first piece I made with them.  (You're going to find a lot of blues on my blog this year. Just sayin'. )
I added Ranger alcohol inks in Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Indigo and Mermaid, plus some silver mixative, to some Ranger Inkssentials white Gloss Paper. I then stamped and white embossed the bouquet from Concord and 9th's "Hello Lovely", and then added a happy birthday sentiment from Hero Arts "Many Birthday Messages" white embossed onto vellum. I wrapped the vellum around the alcohol ink panel, then added some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins.
I will be sharing this card at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, where the theme is "Something New".
OK, now a question for those of you who have used alcohol inks a lot more than I have. The silver and gold mixatives both rub off on my fingers, and then I end up putting fingerprints on my white card base. Is there something I can spray over the top to seal this all in, so the card recipient won't end up with the mixative all over their hands, but won't mess with my ink? I have looked at a few YouTube videos, and one suggested Krylon Kamar varnish, but I haven't been able to find it (yet). I'd really appreciate it if you could share anything you've found useful!

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Friday, 5 January 2018

CAS-ual Fridays CFC 190

Hello! I'm back again for a new year at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

I used Heartfelt Sayings along with Full on Floral for this sparkly card. I created the background by applying some Distress Oxide inks in a rainbow of colours to some white cardstock, then heat set them. I then stamped Full on Floral in Versamark over the top, and then embossed the image with Wow Clear Sparkle glitter embossing powder.
Make sure you check out the CAS-ual Fridays challenge blog for more inspiration from the Girl Fridays, and join in on our challenge!
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Fusion - Mail call

Welcome back to another year at the Fusion challenge!
I used a die from Simon Says Stamp to cut the sentiment, and a die from Lil' Inkers to cut the circle of wood paper. The panel on the right is a scrap of cardstock I had on my desk - I honestly can't remember where it came from, but the images of the flowers make me think it is from Hero Arts.

I have a special guest for our anniversary today - my friend, Linda Trace! Make sure you visit the Fusion blog to check out her card, and also visit her blog to leave her some love!
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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Ombre birthday card

I seriously need to build up my stash of birthday cards - I literally have none!! Even this one has already been mailed already!
I used the Kaleidoscope background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, white embossed onto watercolour cardstock, then coloured with Zigs, water and perfect pearls. The sentiment is also from Simon Says stamp, and I heat embossed it onto vellum, before wrapping it around the emboss resist panel. I attached it off centre to a white card base, then added some sequins just because.
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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Favourites of 2017

We've reached the end of another crafty year. 
In terms of my style, not much has changed since last year. 

I still love my blues and greens

And I still love a rainbow

I still love flowers and leaves

 I still love using background stamps

 And I still love using stencils and masks

And this year, I have fallen in love with my Zig clean color real brush markers!

 I always love making Christmas cards

And some cards I like just because!

Thanks for your kind comments and support and, as always, thanks for visiting :)