Wednesday, 21 May 2014

One for Guys - challenge

Good afternoon on this beautifully sunny day.

The other day I stumbled on another challenge blog - Fan-tastic Tuesday.  They like to see square & rectangular cards - so when I made a card this morning that was a rectangle (DL in fact) I thought I would join in this challenge.


The background paper & the topper are images from a CD - Jem's Designs - Cardz 4 Men, & unusually I combined stamping & CD work.  There isn't a greeting / sentiment on it at present so that I can add the appropriate one when I actually send it to someone.

I distressed the background paper by tearing it & then using Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.  The sailing ship was stamped with versamark ink & heat embossed with gold EP then layered onto some black card to make it stand out.

Thank you for stopping by my blog - why not pop over to the challenge blog - click on the link at the top - & see what others have created.  Why not join in - it is great fun.

Less Is More - week 172 - theme flowers

Good afternoon everyone & what a beautiful day it is today.  This lovely sunshine we have had the last week here in North Wales (apart from the thunder storm on Monday) has really brought the flowers alive.  I have a beautiful orange-red rose out in flower in my back garden & lots more buds still to open.

Flower is the theme this week at Less Is More & last week I picked up a rather pretty set of stamps that had flowers & flourishes on so I thought I would use one of those.


I have used a scalloped edge card & this floral flourish from the set (from a company called "My Paper World & they appear to be German).  I stamped the image in Versamark Ink then heat embossed with a pearly gold EP.  The 2 flowers I coloured with my little box of pearlescent watercolour paints.  The "happy birthday" stamp is one of a set of small greetings by "Clearly Besotted Stamps".

Because I have put everything towards the lower edge of the card - when I decided that it is going to be sent to someone I have room to add a ribbon along the top.  But have kept it clean & simple for the challenge.

Thank you for stopping by.  Why not pop over to the challenge blog & see what everyone else has created. Just click on their name further up in this post.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Tuesday morning sketches - #249

Good morning everyone - & isn't it great to see the sunshine.  Well! we can here in North Wales - so I hope you have it where ever you are too.

It has been a while since I entered any challenges so I decided that this week would be the start of doing this again & I happened on this weeks challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I have them on my favourites & do keep an eye on what is happening but just haven't got around to joining in the fun.  But here I am today.

This is the sketch;


& here is my card;


Currently one of my favourite stamping techniques is Triple Time Stamping & I have adapted it a little here to fit the sketch.

The stamp is one of a set from a freebie on a magazine.  To stamp like this you place the 2 pieces of neutral card on top of each other in the desired layout holding them together with repositionable adhesive. Next you stamp your image(s) making sure you stamp across both pieces - I stamped mine in burgundy pigment ink then embossed with clear EP. When you separate the 2 pieces there will be a slight halo due to stamping on different heights of card. Next you layer the 2 pieces onto contrasting card leaving a narrow border around the design & place them back in their original position matching the design  It is especially effective over 3 layers - I will show one of my 3-layer cards in my next post.

For this challenge card I added the Happy Birthday sentiment on the smaller part of the image, plus some gems for a little bling & the ribbon down the side.

This will now go in my box of completed cards & await an insert when I decide who I am sending it to.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Why not pop over to the challenge site & see how others interpreted the sketch.  Just click on their name at the start of this post.

Have a lovely day.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A great card shape

Hello again

I have decided that I will show here the cards that I make whether they have stamping or not.

Recently at a meeting of one of my clubs, a member showed us how to make this stretch card. I just fell in love with the shape - but added my own take on it.

Here is the first one I made;


I made something very similar quite a few years ago - but we called it cascade card then.  The cascade part is a stand alone card but I added mine to a folded base card for a change.

Ooh! nearly forgot - there is some stamping on this one - the "Happy Birthday".

The second version I added another little "my touch";


This one is for our son & daughter-in-law for their wedding anniversary.  At one point I discovered I had cut one set of the papers wrong.  I had forgotten to turn the shape over - so I had 2 pieces the same.  I didn't have enough of the floral paper for it so had to use the stripes - but I decided to use it with the stripes going the other way (horizontally)  I am quite pleased with the recovery.

The difference in this one?  I have filled in the space at the top of the cascade where it sits on the base card.
There is another already in the pipe line for another birthday that is due.  These will look really great for Christmas too.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.


Finally some stamping

Good afternoon

I do not know where the time has been going recently, but there is rather a lot happening in this household at the moment & stamping seems to be low on the agenda.  Mores the pity.  I am getting cards made - but not all stamping - perhaps I should show those as well!

But here are a couple of some recently stamped cards;


I am not sure why my photos have this bluish tinge to them - but the card is actually white.  The stamp I have used was part of a free set on a magazine just recently - it's just the sort of image I love.

I stamped the image with Versamark ink & then embossed it with gold EP.  Next I coloured in the image with some watercolour paints.  They are a very cheap set that I have had for quite a while - but they have such a lovely pearlescent finish to them - I love them. They are a little like Twinkling H2O's & I so loved the colour range that I went back to the shop & bought another set to make sure that I had them for a while.


A slightly different version of the same image.  I usually do make a couple of cards with a new stamp. Again they have been coloured with the same watercolour paints.

I have already used the image on another card - & will show it tomorrow when I have finished layering it up & adding ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by - I do apologise for being missing quite a lot of the time - but I am gradually getting back into more stamping so you should find me here a little more often now.

'Bye for now - happy stamping!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Saturday, 19 April 2014

New technique

Well, it is to me as I have only just found it.

Hello everyone I hope your Easter weekend is going well.  I am popping in today to show you some cards I have made using the "new" found technique called Faux Silk.

This was my first try;


The Faux Silk uses a stamped image on card which is then covered with stick glue & crumpled tissue laid over the top.  It is a very delicate effect.  Here are two more cards with this technique;



I can see me using this technique quite a lot & I think quite a few of this years Christmas cards will be made using it.  Oh dear - I have mentioned the "C" word in April!!!!  Still it is never too early to start is it.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.




Tuesday, 15 April 2014

One more background card

Good evening everyone - well I have managed to get another card out of my background piece of stamped card.


There was one long straight edge to the piece - so I used my picot scallop scissors to cut a fancy border.  Then I punched out a tag along with one in each of black & the rust coloured card.  I also used my petal pairs punches - well only one actually - to cut a flower.  I cut 2 of the same shape rather than different shapes & interlinked them, then added a gem for the centre.  I completed the card by stamping "happy birthday" in black onyx Versafine ink.  My base was a scalloped edged white 5"x 5" card.


This is all I now have left of that A5 sheet.  Will I get another card from it - we will have to see.

I think I fancy doing this again with another piece of stamped card.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit - please pop back again soon.

Friday, 11 April 2014

A second background card

Good afternoon everyone & today I am showing you another card I have made using pieces from the background card I made earlier.

Here is the card;


Another cream 5x5 card on which I used a thin strip that had been left over after trimming one of the triangles on the first card.  For the main part I used a tea plate to get the curved edge on the patterned card, which was then layered onto black card leaving a narrow border just at the curved edge.  The little black images that look like duck feet are actually a little trefoil stamp.  That is what they call 3 leaves together, isn't it?  The card then finished off simply by the Happy Birthday greeting.

There is still some of the card left & I think I might get 2 more cards from it. May not get to look at it though until Monday as I have a busy weekend now that the weather has brightened up - plants to put in the garden has to take priority.

Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoyed your visit.