Friday, 17 May 2019

Initially speaking...

Kathy has set our challenge over at Daring Cardmakers  this week - she'd like to see the letters of this month inspiring what you use or how you make your project. For example Masking, Anniversary, Yellow - the intials spell MAY.

I used a Magazine page, Alcohol ink and Yupo paper for a surprisingly quick mixed media card.

I started with the thought of doing an underwater thing so dripped various green and blue inks onto the Yupo - you have to go with the flow to a certain extent and see what emerges. I used a bamboo skewers to dot in a little rubbing alcohol in places to create the lighter spots. The magazine page was out on my desk and the eyes wanted to be used here so the watery world will have to wait for another time!

Supplies:
Yupo paper
Alcohol inks
Rubbing alcohol 
Magazine page
Fineline marker 
Sentiment from Wild Mushrooms (Power Poppy)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Time to create

Sylvia is setting our challenge over at Daring Cardmakers  this week and her theme is “a moment in time” - it could be clocks or watches or something like story time or tea time!

I've used an astronomical map as well as a traditional clock on my card - light years count, right?

I played with the circular Gel Press Petite here, pulling text from an old book page then adding a subtle dotty white layer using an embossing folder to texture the paint on the Gel Press. Background stamping, die cut frames, sequins and a punched star add to the mixed media credentials!

Stamps:
Reach for the Stars and Time to Stamp (both Cornish Heritage Farms, no longer with us)
Small stars from Merry Cut and Stamp (Hero Arts)

Paper:
Bristol boarp
Premium weight copy paper 
Silver mirror card
Silver glitter card

Ink:
Shadow ink by Hero Arts (Soft Granite)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)

Other:
Gel Press Petites
Acrylic paints
Old book page
Gently Falling embossing folder by Stampin Up
Fine frames dies by Altenew (rectangle and circle)
Star squeeze punch by Fiskars
Sequins
Fineline marker

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Friday, 3 May 2019

May's elements

It's the first Friday of the month so that means an "elemental" challenge over at Daring Cardmakers. Shabneez has chosen the inpsiration picture for May - as ever, just chose at least three elements to kickstart your project.

I chose dragonfly wings, irridescent blue/green and splashy metallic gold (from the hands bottom left).

All my stamps are older than a year so I'm playing along at Retro Rubber as well where it's currently "anything goes"!

Stamps:
Poppies (Crafty Secrets, no longer with us. Set is dated 2010)
Splat That and sentiment from Big Day Today (both Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us. Sets dated 2013)

Paper:
Bristol board

Ink:
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black, Pearlescent Chocolate)

Other:
Copic markers
Copic Spic glitter pen (turquoise)
Flitter Glu by Indigo Blu
Mega Flake by Indigo Blu (Chariot of Fire)
Corner Chomper
Scor It

Here's the picture if you didn't come via DCM and would like to play along:


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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Link in the chain: April

Time for the reveal of another Card Chain Challenge.

This month my card has gone to Hilary so it didn't have too far to travel. From the month's options I went for the colours (coffe, cream, platimun) and one of the themes (umbrella).

I couldn't find my platinum ink pad so in the end I mixed a dab of silver acrylic paint with some of the Latte ink to introduce a brownish note that seemed more on the platimun end of the scale for the umbrella canopy.

The central panel was masked with low tack tape and a very light application of Latte came close to a cream colour (I used a big fluffy cosmetics brush to apply the ink). The clouds are stamped with the latte at full strength, spread with a damp brush and some white paint pen added along the tops. The grasses are stamped in Espresso and I added some lowlights with a brown fineline marker and some hightlights with a white paint pen, Birds are just drawn in, my artistic ability is limted but I can just about manage a curved V to represent a distant bird!

Stamps:
Grasses (Inkylicious)
Believe in Unicorns (Visible Image)
Sentiment from Wildflowers (Crafty Secrets, no longer with us)

Paper:
Watercolour
Black

Ink:
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Latte, Espresso)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)

Other:
Brown fineline marker
White paint pen by Posca
Low tack tape
Umbrella man die cut (Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix)
Acrylic paint

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Up, up and away

Miri has set today's challenge over at Daring Cardmakers  - she'd like us to take off with lots of balloons this week!

I have a clean and simple scrapling to offer - who gets the movie reference?!

Miri may have been thinking  about "99 Red Balloons" but I was thinking about "Up". Ellie may only be in the first 10 minutes or so but she's the beating heart of the film so this is a wee homage to her as well as Carl. Just remember:

"Adventure is out there!"

I set out to make a single layer card by cutting a stencil (die cut circle with freehand bobbly bit for the knot) and inking inside the aperture. I then dropped several things in the white space - sigh! So I cut out the inky balloon with scissors and added it to a scrapling base with a doodled string and a word selectively inked from a longer sentiment.

Supplies:
Spellbinder circles dies
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide (Carved Pumpkin)
Tim Holtz Distress ink (Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door)
Versafine (Onyx Black)
Sentiment from Essential Messages (Hero Arts)
Funeline marker
Corner Chomper 

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Friday, 19 April 2019

Blooming!

Ruth is setting today's challenge over at Daring Cardmakers and she'd like to see a riot of flowers on the blog this week!


Irises are one of my mum’s favourite flowers so when I saw this stamp at a bargain price I couldn’t resist getting it even though I keep telling myself I have enough floral stamps! It’s a lovely big stamp, almost 6 inches tall if you use the full length of the stem.

I stamped in a very light green ink so I could do a spot of “no line” colouring, using simple masking to add two flowers, and then coloured using a combination of Copics and coloured pencils.

The little dots were stamped with gold ink and then I used a gel pen and a glitter pen to add a few extras and deepen the gold.

Stamps:
Iris (Bee Crafty)
Dots from Believe in Unicorns (Visible Image)
Sentiment from Big Day Today (Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us)

Paper:
Smooth white

Ink:
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Willow)
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate, Galaxy Gold)

Other:
Copic markers
Coloured pencils
Gold gel pen
Gold Spica glitter pen

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Bingo!

The lovely Dawn is setting our challenge this week at Daring Cardmakers and in a nod to her mum's love of bingo she's given us a board to choose our elements from. You can go up, down or diagonal with your line or even try to get a full house!

I managed the middle row and bottom left to top right diagonal. 

The onesie is stamped on watercolour paper so that's something different than the card base and has a slight textile texture which seemed appropriate. Die cuts for the circles, the tiny heart and stars as well as baby's initial. That's the middle row covered!

It's a clean and simple card and the onesie is heat embossed on the watercolour paper so that's the diagonal covered too!

Stamps:
Little One (Altenew)

Paper:
Bristol board
Watercolour

Ink:
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Salty Ocean)
Versamark by Tsukineko

Other:
Detail white embossing powder
Fine Frames circle die (Altenew)
Confetti die (Mama Elephant)
Font 1 dies (Spellbinder)
Mega Flake (Indigo Blu - Sheffield Steel)
Corner Chomper

Here's the bingo board, we'd love you to come and join us at DCM to see what you make of these elements! There’s a great range of inspiration on display from the team, too!

Friday, 5 April 2019

April elements

Nat has chosen the inspiration picture for the Daring Cardmaker's first challenge for a new month. As usual, just choose at least three elements from the inspiration to kickstart your card.

I chose champagne glasses, the pretty green of the frame, the crackle texture behind the sign and a sentiment in mixed fonts.

I smooshed Distress Oxide ink onto the card with a piece of acetate and stamped the glasses over it once dry. I lifted a bit of the colour inside the glasses using a paintbrush and water, masked them and stamped the crackle texture. The champagne is shimmery Perfect Pearls and I used Wink of Stella pen on the rest of the glass so it has subtle sparkle too.

Stamps:
Champagne Celebration (Crafters Companion)
Crackleglaze background (Indigo Blu)
Putting on the Ritz (Waltzingmouse Stamps, no longer with us)

Paper:
Bristol board

Ink:
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide (Cracked Pistachio)
Versafine by Tsukineko (Smokey Grey)

Other:
Perfect Pearls by Ranger (Sunflower Sparkle)
Wink of Stella pen (clear)
Corner Chomper

Here’s the mood board if you’d like to join in with us over at DCM. Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Link in the chain - March

It’s reveal day for the Card Chain Challenge for March. My card has gone to Arlene in California this time.

From the options on offer this month, I used the themes of flowers AND spring by choosing a spring flower! I’ve loosely followed the sketch as well. I decided to let the wording on the stamp stand in place of a sentiment so it’s an “all purpose” card. Since the product/technique option included stamping it was pretty much inevitable my card would fit that option as well!

It's a one layer card since it was going trans-Atlantic, I just masked the flower and used low tack tape to define the edges of the coloured strip before inking. I couldn't resist adding sequins for the three small flowers of the sketch though so it did get a piece of bubble wrap in the envelope!

Stamps:
Magnolia by Stampendous

Paper:
Bristol board 

Ink:
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide by Ranger (Twisted Citron)

Other:
Copic markers 
Coloured pencils
Corner Chomper 
Sequins 
Gold gel pen

There are still a few days left to sign up for the April chain if you fancy joining in.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 29 March 2019

Raspberries for Mum

Nat is setting the challenge for us over at Daring Cardmakers and she'd like us to celebrate special women. It might be a card for Mother's Day but equally it could be something to mark a special friendship, an acknowledgement of an inspirational woman or any other way you can dream up to celebrate special women.

I made a card for my mum featuring a favourite fruit. Right from being a little girl we always had raspberries in the garden and once I was old enough to understand that they squash easily I helped Mum with the picking!

Stamps:
Sun Ripened (Stampin' Up! retired)
Happy Stamp n Cut (Hero Arts)

Paper:
Bristol Board

Ink:
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Stonewashed)

Other:
Copic markers
Coloured pencils
Fine Frames die by Altenew
Rub n Buff by Amaco (Silver Leaf)
Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by!