Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rudolf Day - April 17

Hello there,

It's the 25th of the month and that can only mean one thing, it's 'Rudolf Day' over at Scrappy Mo's blog.  I've come to the conclusion that this challenge makes me realise just how quickly the months are flying by.  Here's the card that I've made:


All the stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious and the colour that I've used is Memento Teal Zeal.

When I'd finished stamping, I thought that there was a little too much of the one colour, so I took out my trusty bottle of bleach and put a few touches amongst the trees.  I was really happy with the result as the colour tones work together beautifully so I'll definitely be trying the technique again.

Enjoy your day x

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

Rubber Dance - Black & White and 1 other colour

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Black with a touch of Jasmine and a Butterfly

Hello there,

I hope that you're all enjoying the weekend and that you might even have had some sunshine today.

Here's a card that I've made and I'd like to enter it in a couple of card challenges:


The first one is Allsorts and this week they are asking you to show something starting with 'B,' so my card has black flowers which are made using Tim Holtz Wildflower dies and a black butterfly.  This now takes me nicely onto the second challenge which is Mrs A's 'Butterfly Challenge' and their theme is 'F is for faux and/or the colour Jasmine.'  My background is a piece of Jasmine coloured card.  I checked on Google and it states that the colour is a creamy yellow, and so this was as close as I could find to the description.  My 'Faux' are the tiles that I've created in the background.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times I got this wrong and how much card ended up in the bin! I've seen this technique used many times before and so I thought that I would give it a go. Having got there eventually, I really like the look of it and it does make a change from leaving the card plain.  I shaded it very gently with black ink so that it would co-ordinate with the rest of the card. I finished the card with a black bow on the flowers and a sentiment from Stamps Happen.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend x


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Black, White and Red

Hello,

I'm here again today with another quick blog post to join in with this week's challenge over at Allsorts and their challenge this week is a sketch,  Here's the card that I've made:



I stamped and coloured the Poppies which are by 'Inkylicious'. I was going to add a link directly to the Poppies but it looks like they're no longer available,  The sentiment from 'Sweet Dixie' stamps.

I cut out the required shapes and then mounted them onto my card, along with the Poppies which I fussy cut out.  As it all looked quite bare, I embossed the oval to add some interest. The leaves were made using a 'Tattered Lace' die and then the card was finished using a black bow and ribbon.

As I've used lot's of snippets here, I'll pop over to show this card to Miss Di over at  Pixie's Snippet's Playground, no doubt there'll be lots of mischief going on there! It's week 277 and 278 of the challenge.

I'm also entering this card into the following card challenges:

Rubber Dance - Black & White and 1 other colour
Try It On Tuesday - Add a Quote




Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Enjoy The Little Things

Hello there,

I'm here to share with you a card that I've made for the 'Try it on Tuesday' challenge, their theme is 'Add a Quote.' Here's the card that I've made:


The sentiment stamp that I've used is a new one for me by DaliART and is definitely one of my favourites. The other stamps that I've used are by Inkylicious.

Wishing you a happy day x


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter And One Last Cat

Hello there,

I would just like to wish all of my blogging friends and followers a very Happy Easter and I hope that you all have a lovely day.

I'm here today with another Cat card.  Now I know that I've done quite a few recently, so I promise that this will be the last one for a while, although I can't promise that I won't be taking him out and inking him up :)

This time, I've used a Clarity Woodland stencil to frame the picture.  Take a look and see what you think:


Stamps used:
Inks used:
  • Adirondack 
  • Impress 
  • Distress
  • Versafine
I'd like to add this card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Chocolate Baroque Take Two

Hello there,

I hope that you're all looking forward to the long Easter weekend.  I'll be spending much of it with my Husband, Children and Grandchildren, so aren't I the lucky one and I hope that you'll all be doing something that makes you happy too.

I'm here today to share with you the second card that I've made for the colour challenge over at Chocolate Baroque.



I started by dusting over some white card using Memento Pear Tart and Lulu Lavender and then used the same colours again over a Harlequin stencil. Next, I stamped the flower from the Chocolate Baroque 'Wild Meadow' set with Adirondack Cranberry and then I painted it using the same ink.  I used the ink on sponge daubers go go around the edge of the card to give a greater depth of colour.

Having got to this stage, I realised that I hadn't yet used the forth colour in the challenge.  The card that I created was quite subtle and I thought that adding another colour at this stage would probably spoil it, so I decided that I would mount my finished card onto Kraft card...problem solved and I actually quite liked the look of it once I'd got it all mounted.

I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:





Tuesday, 11 April 2017

It's That Cat Again!

Hello,

I hope that you're all well and happy and enjoying Spring.

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for the 'Rubber Dance' colour challenge.  The colours are dark brown, light blue and white, so here's the card that I've made:


I just love this cat stamp by Visible image and I just had to have another play with it. The colours that I've used are Distress Blueprint Sketch and Memento Rich Coccoa.  The butterflies that I've used are by Inkylicious.

I'm also entering this car into the following challenges:

Sunday, 9 April 2017

FSC - 'My Favourite Things'

Hello there,

It's time for our April challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, chosen this time by our Lovely Leanne. The theme's she's picked is ' My Favourite Things' inspired by one of her favourite musicals 'The Sound of Music.'  Leanne wanted us to take inspiration from the words in the first verse.  

I decided that I would make a tag this time and attach it to my brown paper package, tied up with string.  I also used some of the Invisible Image stamps that Leanne kindly sent to me a while ago to add the 'Whiskers on Kittens,' thereby ticking three of the boxes!





I started by stamping and heat embossing in black, a rose stamp by Anna Griffin.  I then coloured the rose using Spectrum Noir and Marvy markers.  I used three different shades of red to give the rose more depth. As I was making a paler background, I wanted the rose to really stand out.
I masked the rose with a Post-It note before stamping the falling raindrops with Memento Black Onyx and then masking them with drawing gum.  Once this was dry, I used my Ink Dusters to give the background it's first layer of Impress Old Rose ink.  I then went over it again using a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.  Next, I dusted around the tag with Adirondack Water Melon, then Memento Gray Flannel and finally with Memento Black Onyx.  This created a vignette to draw the eye into the main focal image.  I finished my tag by erasing the drawing gum and shading the raindrops with a charcoal pencil to make the, pop.

The raindrops and postcard stamp are all by Inkylicious.

We would love you to join us in this challenge but please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so please don't use digital images or too many die cuts, just good old fashioned stamping, and lots of it!

My wonderful teamies have made some amazing inspirational pieces so please pop over to their blogs and take a look if you get the chance.  All their details can be found here, or at the Fashionable Stamping Challenges web site, along with the rules for the challenge.

We are as always, very generously sponsored by Leo over at Flonz Craft and one lucky random winner will receive a $20 voucher to be used online.  There will also be a Top 3 spotlight, chosen by the Design Team,

Wishing you a wonderful day, full of your own favourite things x

I would also like to enter this tag into the following challenges:

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Bring On The Bling and a Thank You

Hello there,

Well, it looks like Summer's finally on it's way.  It's glorious here today and the sun is shining, happy days!

I'm here today to share with you a card that I've made for this week's challenge over at 'Allsorts' and their theme is 'Bring On The Bling.'  I knew right away when I saw this challenge which of my stamps I would be using.  A few weeks back, the Design Team at Allsorts were kind enough to offer some extra prizes on their own blogs and I was lucky enough to win this beautiful Honey Doo stamp from Kath, so I would like to say 'Thank You' to her today and I hope that she likes the card that I've made with my prize:


I made this card by stamping the image into a glue pad and then covering it with a fine glitter.  The flower looks stunning in the sunshine as it picks up all of the different colours but they don't show up too well in this photo.

Here's another photo that I took with a little sunshine on it.  It's not the best photo but it does give you more of an Idea of how it really looks, plenty of bling on there!


I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Monday, 3 April 2017

A Butterfly for a Special Friend

Hello there,

Before I start today's post, I've had a few new followers join me recently, so I would just like to say 'Hello and welcome' to them, and also to say thank you to the loyal band of followers that I have for their continued friendship and support.  It really means a lot to when I read all the lovely things that you say and I appreciate that you give your precious time to leave those comments, so thank you.

I had a lovely surprise on Friday to find that I had won the March challenge over at Stamping Sensations with this card, lucky me :)  This was the very first challenge that I won when I started blogging back in 2015, so to have won it for a second time is amazing, as was the prize that I won, which is a fabulous selection of dies by 'Tattered Lace.'  Many thanks to Brenda, who runs the challenge and to her wonderful Design Team for thinking my card worthy of winning, I feel truly honoured.

I'm here today to share a card with you that I made for a special lady who's birthday was in February. I'm pleased to say that she loved the card and I hope that you do too.


X

I was just scanning through some card challenges that I follow and I noticed that this would fit in just perfectly with 'The Butterfly Challenge.' The theme this time is'#75 Butterflies + R is for Repeat and/or the colour Night sky.'  My background is the colour of the night sky, the corner punch is repeated and of course, my card features a butterfly, so I think that I've ticked all the boxes here.

I stamped the Bigz Butterfly from Inkylicious in Versamark and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder, I then used an acetate print of the same butterfly and used gilding flakes on the back, which allowed all of beautiful metallic colours to show through. I really like the way that the acetate gives the butterfly dimension and movement. The sentiment is also by Inkylicious, heat embossed with the gold again, and I think the corner die is by Memory Box.


I would also like to enter this car onto the following challenges:






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