Thursday, 16 February 2017

ATSM, CAS Mix Up, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, HLS Mixed Media

Greetings, everybody and I hope you're having a good day. We have some lovely sunshine here.

I had a play last night with some different media and this is the result. The leaf was die-cut from black card, then four layers of thick clear embossing powder heated onto it. After that, I dabbed on a Versamark ink pad (please make sure the powder is cool and set before doing this!) and applied mica powders with a soft brush. Then before heating it all again with a heat tool, I inked up a swirly hearts stamp with gold ink and pressed it hard into the molten powder and waited until it had cooled down before lifting the stamp off.  You must use a red rubber stamp and NOT a clear stamp to press into the molten powder. Phew, sorry if that was long-winded! 

Also added some torn corrugated card, splats of gold paint and stamped sentiment.

Would like to share this card at four challenges:

CAS Mix Up - Stamping + Corrugated Card + your choice
(used die cut, heat embossing, acrylic paint, mica powders, torn corrugated)



Monday, 13 February 2017

AAA Cards, CAS-ual Fridays, CAS Colours and Sketches, House of Cards, Inkspirational

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend.

Lots of challenges have the "Love" theme at the moment, so I am back with another Valentine card.  To make the heart, I used a die as a stencil, drew around each aperture with a fine grey pen and coloured in with colouring pencils.

Am linking up to five challenges:
AAA Cards - Shape Your Love
CAS-ual Fridays - Red, Pink and White
House of Cards - Love Theme and/or Colours
Inkspirational - Heart photo inspiration



Friday, 10 February 2017

The Flower Challenge, HLS CAS, Less Is More, Time Out

Hello everyone, I hope you're well.

Just a quick post to share a card I made yesterday. The theme at The Flower Challenge this month is CASE the Guest Designer, and I was inspired by the beautiful card that Therese made. For my card I used two flowers and partially coloured die-cut sentiment.

Therese's card

Linking up to four challenges:
The Flower Challenge - CASE the Guest Designer
Less Is More - Colours (3 adjacent from the colour wheel)
Time Out - Inspired by Words

Thanks so much for looking!


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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Card Concept, CAS Watercolour, Less Is More

Greetings everyone, happy Tuesday!

I spent a few hours of yesterday crafting and had another foray into the world of alcohol inks, tried out a few different techniques and used a piece to make the hearts on my card (this is the smooshing technique on Yupo card).

Would like to share this in three challenges.

Less Is More is celebrating their 6th blog birthday and their challenge is to use three adjacent colours from the colour wheel. 

CAS Watercolour - Love
The Card Concept - Love and Romance
(style: Clean and Simple)



Sunday, 5 February 2017

CAS Mix Up and NBUS

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good weekend!

The theme at CAS Mix Up is Stamping + Corrugated Cardboard, not something I use very much (the corrugated cardboard, that is) but hey, it's a challenge!

A bit of a happy accident occurred as the croissants I bought a few days ago were packed in wavy corrugated card and I happened to recently purchase a two-part leaf die so I put the two together and hey presto!

I highlighted the ridges of the corrugated with some gilding wax and cut the overlay from gold foiled card.

Also joining in at NBUS - Anything Goes (used new leaf dies) to celebrate Darnell's 5-year blog birthday! 


Friday, 3 February 2017

CAS Watercolour, HLS AG with Watercolour, House of Cards, Time Out, Uniko

Hi everyone, happy Friday. I hope you had a good week. 

There are a few challenges open at the moment with the theme of "Love", so I wanted to had to make a card using my new little critter stamp. I created the background with watercolour shmooshing and distress inks and coloured the image with Zig pens.

Sharing my card at the following:

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Watercolour (optional twist - Dies)
House of Cards - Love Theme and/or Colours
Time Out - Inspired by Words:
'Friends are connected heart to heart, distance and time can't break them apart'
Uniko - Anything Goes with optional twist Love

And speaking of little critters, that leads on nicely to a photo of Mixy, the latest addition to my family!

Hope you have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by!



Sunday, 29 January 2017

Merry Monday

Hello, everyone. I hope you're having a good weekend!

I started making this card before Christmas for a Merry Monday reindeer challenge but it didn't get finished so I decided to finish it and enter it in the current Merry Monday challenge.

The background is stencilled and I've added the little stamped reindeer, sleigh and snowballs, coloured with alcohol pens, and touches of glitter. I always struggle with placing the sentiment, it was going to go bottom right but has ended up top centre.

We've had a bit of a cold snap in the UK recently with the temperature not really going above 40 degrees F, but today (yesterday now) it's been a bit warmer so I pottered about in my garden, not much to do at this time of year. I'm a keen gardener and looking forward to the Spring!

Some photos looking back at the hotter weather last Summer in my garden. I love growing flowers and the tomatoes weren't bad either!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Card Concept, CAS Colours and Sketches, HLS Anything Goes With Dies, Uniko

Hi everyone, just a quick post to share a card I've made, inspired by the colours at The Card Concept (style: clean and layered) and the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch.

Also sharing at Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies and
Uniko - Anything Goes w/optional twist of Love

I've used alcohol inks (smooshing technique) on the curved panel and the die cut flowers are sponged with distress inks. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments.



Saturday, 21 January 2017

CAS Colours and Sketches, CAS Mix Up, CASology, Inkspirational, Uniko

Hi everyone and happy Saturday.

Sorry, yet another alcohol inks card (hey, I'm having fun!).  I made a few pieces with the inks and acetate and wasn't that happy with them. There was some silver kitchen foil on the table so I decided to back my inky panel with a piece of scrunched up foil which I attached to the acetate with double-sided adhesive sheet, cut out my butterfly and voila, it was redeemed!

So I guess the moral of the story is not to throw away your alcohol ink pieces which you think aren't totally fabulous, maybe they can have a second life.

I used some embossing paste through a stencil for a bit of texture in the background, added a few sequins and stamped sentiment.

Sharing my card at the following:-

CAS Mix Up - Liquid colours
CASology - Cut
Inkspirational - Flutter
Uniko - Anything Goes

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Alcohol inks on acetate

Another attempt at using alcohol inks, this time on acetate.  The ink more or less does it's own thing, which may be a blessing as Mrs Mojo is AWOL at the moment!

Here's how I made the inked panel:

1. Drip ink onto the acetate (I used purple, aqua and red).
2. Apply blending solution to a felt paid on an applicator and dab onto the inks lightly.
3. Add more inks if required and dab again. Repeat until desired effect is achieved.

I've added a die-cut frame and flowers and stamped sentiment. That's it!

Linking up to:

CAS Mix Up - Liquid Colours
(mixed media used: alcohol inks, acetate, stamping, die cutting)