Saturday, 4 April 2020

CAS Stencil Challenge ......

Happy Saturday to you ........

I hope you're having a good day.

It's time for another Blog Challenge.   Are stencils your thing?  Fancy doing something a little bit different with them?  How about joining in the fun on the CAS Stencil Challenge
We've got a great prompt for you this month .........

Cathy's  our Host for the April challenge,  and she wants us to use ........ Gilding Flakes

Possibly not the first thing you think of when using your stencils but ..... they do work so well.
If you're not familiar with using Gilding Flakes then check out the CAS Stencil Blog.  On there you'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Team, and our fab Guest Designer this month ...... Mac (The Sweetest of Peas).  There's also some links on there to some fab videos to give you some ideas on using gilding flakes.

I've used Gilding Flakes to add a touch of shimmer and shine to the background, using one of my favourite stencils ..... I do love this honeycomb design.

I started by using the stencil with Distress Ink directly onto my card.
I then took a piece of Cut n Dry foam and applied a light touch of glue, over the ink, through parts of the stencil ....... remember if you're using any kind of glue through your stencils clean them thoroughly asap after use.

I placed my Gilding Flakes onto the sticky surface, rubbed over the top with the flat of my hand to make sure I'd covered everything and then gently rubbed over the flakes using a sponge to take away the excess and bring out all the detail of the stencil again.

I stamped the pretty sunflower onto a seperate piece of cardstock and heat embossed the image with a clear powder.
I coloured it using Distress Inks, and fussy cut.

 I stamped the bee and my sentiment onto the card ......

The sunflower was added using foam pads to give a bit of dimension, a bit of colour onto the bee, and I finished off with a touch of shimmer on his wings ......

I'd forgotten how much fun Gilding Flakes can be ..... enjoy!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your weekend.
I've got another night off from cooking this evening ....... we're having a little treat (again!)
A lot of the restaurants on the island have had to rethink ways of keeping their business going during this crazy time.  A lot of them, our favourite little place (Wine Down) included, have been offering take aways and delivery service for food, and wine.
Wine Down have also been doing their special menus ..... week before last was Greek week, which was delicious.  Last night we had a special Lebanese menu, which was amazing!  And when we saw the menu for this evening we couldn't resist so, we've ordered in again!
We've got Beef Wellington tonight.  It's all arrived, beautifully prepared, with full instructions on how to cook it and all I have to do is put the oven on and open the wine ....... sounds good to me.

Stay safe everyone ......... cheerio until next time

Products used:
Stencil: Texture Honeycomb stencil (MemoryBox)
Stamps: Sunflower Bee (Julie Hickey Designs; Bee Happy Clear Stamps (Uniko)
Inks: Distress Ink - Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye; Versafine Clair - Nocturne;
Other: Clear Embossing Powder (WOW!); Chariot of Fire Gilding Flakes, Flitter Glue, Scoochy Sponge (IndigoBlu); Yellow Watercolour pencil; Wink of Stella pen


  1. I love that subtle shine that you have added with your gilding flakes, this is a wonderful card. Hope you enjoy your meal, very well deserved I say xx

  2. Gorgeous card Linda, I love how you've added colour to the stencil before adding the gilding flakes, great idea and the shiny highlights looks amazing behind your flower. Cathy x

  3. What a gorgeous look of your honeycomb with partial inking/partial gilding Linda - it looks beautiful behind your layered flower and fun buzzing bee! xx

  4. gorgeous Linda love the touch of sparkle on the honey comb and that beautiufl sun flower

  5. Your honeycomb stencil looks so pretty with gilding flakes and I love how you added that darling bumble bee to your design! Such a beautiful card, Linda!

  6. Beautiful shiny honeycomb stenciling with your gilding flakes, Linda. Perfect under your stamped, colored and fussy cut sunflower. Sweet bee and sentiment too. TFS ..your dinner sounded so yummy and safe:-) Take care...Hugs..Nancy

  7. I LOVE the gilded honeycomb background Linda! What a fun and creative card with your sweet, off-the-edge sunflower and adorable bee with matching sentiment! Sounds like you are enjoying your time off from cooking. Always great to be able to support local business, especially now. xx

  8. This is gorgeous Linda! The partial gilding has worked really well and the sunglower is immense! Great card.

  9. Such a great way to use a stencil Linda, the honeycomb is beautiful and I love the sunflower too - and of course, the bee. Beautiful work, as always. Keep safe and well. Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Love your shiny honeycomb, Linda! So perfect with that sweet bee and gorgeous sunflower!

  11. What a gorgeous, honeycomb background for your gorgeous sunflower, Linda ... just like liquid honey ... perfect with that little bee! Anita :)


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