Thursday, 5 May 2016

CAS for STAMPlorations .........

Happy Thursday folks,

It's time for this months CAS Card Challenge over at STAMPlorations.
As always the theme is Anything Goes as long as it's Clean and Simple, and this month the optional colour twist is ...... MAGENTA

The Design Team have been busy creating inspiration pieces for you, and we have a fab Guest Designer this month too.  Elaine (Craft-E-Place) is joining in the fun.

So ........ MAGENTA ...... how would you describe it?  Is it a reddish-purple, a mauvish-crimson or a pinky-plum with a hint of fuschia?  Hmmmm .......

Here's my take on it ..... I used Adirondak Soft Plum, mixed with a little water, to add colour to those gorgeous STAMPlorations Heleniums

Still keeping things CAS ...... I started by adding a wash of colour to the corner of a piece of white card to give me a bit of a background, then I stamped and embossed the flower using a white detail embossing powder

This is such a pretty bloom ...... lots of detail.

I then smooshed the Adirondak ink onto my craft sheet and used a water brush to pick up the colour and paint the flowers

A touch of wild honey Distress Ink for the centers, and I finished off by adding a little extra detail to the background using the ARTplorations Dots All Over stencil

I stamped and embossed the greeting (which comes with the flower stamp) onto a scrap of black card and used a punch to cut it out

Something pretty on the inside ..... and we're done

Now it's your turn ..... will you use the optional colour twist?  I can't wait to see all your fabulous creations.  Happy stamping!

What a glorious couple of days we've had ......  and dare I say it, but if feels to be getting warmer. The skies are blue and the sun is shining ...... is summer finally on it's way?  We're off to Bourton again in six weeks so I do hope so.

It's been a bit of a lazy day today ........ when I say lazy I mean we haven't been rushing around here there and everywhere. A little bit of craft, a few household chores (well a girl needs clean clothes!!) and then this evening we're off out for dinner.  We're going to one of my favourite Indian restaurants over here ...... Bukhara.  I guess the diet will have to wait another day!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time


EDIT .........  Hi!  Me again.  Thanks to the lovely Loll for the nudge ......... I'm linking my card up to this months CAS Mix Up Challenge 

  • Stamping ....... got that
  • Heat Embossing ....... got that too
  • My choice ...... Watercolouring and stenciling 
Thanks for the nudge Loll ..... glad someone's on the ball.  I have had a busy week though and it's not over yet.
It's Gin & Tonic time now though ..... Cheers! 



  1. Great design Linda. Love your magenta flowers with a touch of honey! :) xx

  2. Linda, this is so pretty card. Love your one-layer layering technique - stamping, stenciling, color wash! - Sweet Kobylkin

  3. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up Linda!! Enjoy the G&T! :) xx

  4. This is GORGEOUS, Linda! I love this flower and the added details of the wash and stenciled dots! A beautiful CAS design, my friend! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up! (Now I think I may need to go shopping.)

  5. So happy Linda that you joined our May CAS Mix Up Challenge. I Love your heat embossed and watercolored flowers. Your touch of watercolored background really gives you even more depth. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

  6. Beautiful vibrant colour on those lovely flowers. Great use of the heat embossing and the stencil. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

  7. What a gorgeous mix of my favourite floral stamp and the stencil. love the white embossing and watercolouring. And the extra touch of decorating the inside as well! I should do that more often too, you have inspired me to do that!

  8. This is gor-ge-ous! I love the watercoloring and stenciled background. Adding the flower to the inside of the card--I need to take a lesson from you!


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