Wednesday 23 February 2022

A last minute Christmas card for the CAS Christmas challenge ..........

Happy Wednesday .........

How's your week going?  
February is almost done, less than a week and we're into March!!  Not sure I'm ready for it this year ...... it's my birthday month and it's a really BIG one!!!!!!   What's the saying ......... the more candles the bigger the cake.  It's going to have to be a BIG cake!!!!

Anyway, we're still in Ferbruary, and I'm playing along with the CAS Christmas challenge again ...... yes I've managed to sneak in another Christmas card!

Really quick and easy, and hardly any colouring required.  It's one layer too. so great for posting!

The theme this month is  ...... Winter Scene

The snow we had last weekend got me thinking about snowmen so that was where I started. 
I stamped this jolly little fellow straight onto my card base.  He's a really old Inkadinkadoo wooden stamp, so no MISTI but he always stamps beautifully so it wasn't a problem.  
I then added a touch of colour to him and his little friend using ZIG Markers

I created a mask with a piece of copier paper for the hillside and with that in place I stamped the trees in the background

I drew in the tree line with a black fine liner, added a touch of sparkle with some fine crystal glitter, and finished off with a stamped sentiment (that I did use the MISTI for ...... I didn't want to mess it up and have to do it all again!)

The snow we had didn't stick around very long, it never does here.  We didn't get chance to build a snowman.  
Thankfully though, the storms seem to have passed ...... for now!  It's still cold and a bit breezy though, but at least the sun is shining.  Mind you, it is half term here on the island, so we should have know the weather wouldn't be great this week!! 

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

Cheerio until next time .......

Stamps: Snowman stamp from Inkadinkadoo;  Trees - Clarity; Sentiment was a freebie from a Craft magazine
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata - Golden Glitz for the sentiment
Other: ZIG Clean Color Brush Markers; Black fine liner pen; Quickie Glue Pen; Fine crystal glitter; Piece of copier paper to make the hillside mask

Monday 21 February 2022

Love is in the Air for February's Simply Sweet poppy Stencils challenge ........

Happy Monday ......... 

Have you played along with the Simply Sweet Poppy Stencils Facebook Challenge yet?  It's a monthly challenge that runs on the Simply Sweet Poppy Stencils Facebook page 

Each month there's a new challenge theme, and the rules to enter are simple .......
  • Follow the monthly theme and create your project, and post it onto the Simply Sweet Poppy Stencils Facebook page
  • Include the challenge theme in your post ........ this month the theme is 'Love is in the Air'
  • Use ONLY Sweet Poppy Stencils on your projects.  Other brands of mediums and inks etc., can be used but please, no other brand of stencils.
  • One sentiment or word stamp from another company can be used on your cards but, please remember this is a Sweet Poppy challenge so, the main focal point on your card MUST be a Sweet Poppy stencil
  • And finally, you can enter each challenge upto 3 times.
The winner will be randomly chosen when the challenge closes, which is the 27th this month, so there's still plenty of time to get your entries in.  You never know, you could be this months' winner of the whopping £40 voucher to spend on the Sweet Poppy website. 

Here's a little bit of inspiration for you ............

A single red rose, always a winner when Love is in the Air.
Using the Sweet Poppy Single Rose stencil with Distress Oxide inks

A few ink splatters and a simple sentiment to finish ......

Another CAS design .......

New Beginnings tree stencil,  used again with DOX inks, applied with a sponge building the colours up gradually.
I then stamped my sentiment and the little hearts and added a touch of sparkle with some fine glitter

I used a Stardust Gel Pen to 'attach' the hearts to the tree branch

And finally, one of my favourite Sweet Poppy stencils ....... Cat Love

I masked off the word at the top of the stencil and then used a black Versafine Clair ink to stencil the cats. 
I quickly applied some platinum embossing powder onto the moon outline and heat set

I then used Distress Inks and a little splattering, to create a night sky

Finishing off with my sentiment.

Go on ..... why not join in the fun.
Here's another quick look at the rules .........

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
Thanks goodness the weather seems to be calming down a little now, it's been a very blustery few days.  We've had strong winds and heavy rain for what feels like weeks, and on Saturday we had a whole load of snow!!  It looked very nice, but boy was it cold!


It didn't last that long though, and we've got blue skies and sunshine today. 
Thank goodness the wind seems to be calming down a little, although I probably shouldn't have said that.  We're off out this evening for a belated birthday meal with Chris and Myra .......  I really don't fancy getting blown there!

Cheerio until next time ........

Stencils: Single Rose, New Beginnings, Cat Love (Sweet Poppy)
Inks: Distress Oxide Inks - Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs,; Versafine Clair - Nocturne
Stamps: A6 stamp sets - Friends, Family (Sweet Poppy);
Other: Crystal Glaze; Fine red glitter (Sweet Poppy); Stardust Gel pen; Platinum embossing powder (WOW!)

Wednesday 16 February 2022

A quick reminder ........

Hello again ........

Just a quick reminder for all you Sweet Poppy Stencil fans ...... Lucy will be back on our TV screens on Friday this week,  so not much longer to wait.  

The shows will be full of fabulous tips and techniques, along with some amazing demos from Lucy using the brand new release of stencils and a couple of the new stamp sets.

The new stamp sets are gorgeous.  If you love big, bold florals then they will definitely be ones for your wish lists.

Here's a few samples done using the gorgeous Daisies 

There's two different, large floral designs in this stamp set, with two sentiments in there too
Both images are great for colouring, with pens, paints, or pencils, whatever you prefer to use.  But, if you really don't like colouring,  then just stamp the flowers onto coloured papers and cut them out.  Becasue they're such a good size they are easy to fussy cut. 

The daisies make perfect focal points for your cards, but how about using them to create all over designs.
For this card I started in the centre and stamped the image with Versamark ink, and heat embossed in gold
I then used the same stamp to fill in around the edges.  Versamark ink again only this time I dusted over the top of the ink with Perfect Pearl mica powder.   I polished off the excess using a soft cloth

The mica powder sticks to the ink and gives a pretty shimmer to the stamped image.
I stamped the flower again, this time onto a seperate piece of black card, heat embossed in gold and coloured it using pearlescent paints.  It was then fussy cut and attached over the top of the stamped imageds using foam pads to add a touch of dimension

I added a few gold ink splatters onto the background and the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock across the bottom ......

I also used the stamp to add detail to the inside of my card.  How pretty does it look just stamped in black.

Here's the same stamp used with one of the new stencil designs as a background ........

For this one I stenciled the new Damask Backplate design through the circle aperture stencil, and then stamped the flower over the top.

I stamped the whole flower using a black ink but, I heat embossed just the detail on the bottom by carefully sprinkling over some gold embossed powder

I coloured the stamped flower using ZIG Clean Color Brush Markers,  then stamped the flower again onto a scrap of white cardstock, fussy cut it and coloured it with the same pens.  I then attached this over the stamped image using foam pads, slightly offsetting the petals to create a fuller looking flower

A few gemstones and a sentiment add the finishing touches

The second stamp in the set is a gorgeous, large daisy head ...... perfect for your card fronts on it's own 

I simply stamped the flower onto an ink smooshed background, and coloured it with markers.

I did hand draw in a stem 

And I added some natural twine around the bottom, and a Sweet Poppy sentiment from a previously released stamp set

Still with me? ........ don't worry, this is the last one!

Same daisy stamp, stamped off the edge of a square piece of card

A touch of colour added to the petals and the sentiment stamped above.

I then used the same stamp to decorate my background piece.  I took a square of hot pink cardstock, used an ink pad as close to the same colour as I could find (I think it was Versafine Clair - Glamorous), and stamped the daisy all over the card

I love this tone on tone look, especially for backgrounds.

This stamp set is going to become a real favourite I think.   Just think of all the different colours you could use ....... so pretty!!

Don't forget to tune in to Lucy on Friday ......... that's February 18th at 9am and 1pm on The Craft Store TV (Sky channel 673, Freesat 817 & Freeview channel 85) 
There'll be lots more fabulous ideas from the rest of the Design Team using these stamps and more from the Sweet Poppy new release. 

Cheerio until next time .....

A Christmas card for a windy Wednesday ........

Happy Wednesday .........

Everyone OK? ........ I do hope so.  
We're hurtling towards the weekend again ...... at least the diary is clear for this one!  

I'm playing along with the CAS Christmas Challenge today ........  I'm still trying to make a start on filling up the festive card box!

The challenge this month is to create Winter Scenes ........ 

I just love die cuts for quick and easy cards.  This is from an old Stampin Up! die set which I think is called Hometown Greetings (not sure if its still available though)
I simply die cut the houses from white cardstock, and then added colour to just the tree using Distress Ink and a ZIG marker

Using Distress Inks, I then inked the top half of another piece of white cardstock.   To create the look of  a wintry sky I splattered the ink with clean water, let it sit for a few seconds to active the Distress Ink, then mopped up the water with a paper towel, removing some of the ink with it leaving this splattered look behind ........ giving the look of falling snow

A stamped sentiment underneath, and a touch of glitter on the tree finishes off my card.

It's it bit wintry outside today.  We're just about to batten down the hatches again as we've got back to back storms coming in over the next few days.  No ferries again today, as storm Dudley is beginning to blow a hoolie out there ...... it's freezing cold with the wind but the sun is shining ..... for now!!
This poor chap has managed to find a sheltered spot in the garden.   He comes in quite often and just wanders across the lawn.  He's being a bit careful today though, the wind is ruffling his feathers just a little bit!

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
If the weather's bad where you are, stay safe.

Cheerio until next time ......

Dies: Hometown Greetings (Stampin Up!)
Stamps: Christmas Time 3 (Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous);  A Winter's Scene (Julie Hickey)
Inks: Distress Inks - Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire (for the sky) & Peeled Paint for the tree; Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata - Golden Glitz
Others: Brown ZIG Marker (for the tree trunk); Fine Crystal glitter

Tuesday 15 February 2022

CAS Mix Up Challenge ...........

Happy Tuesday ........

Belated Happy Valentine's too 💕 ....... I hope you had a nice day!

It's the middle of February, so that means we're half way through this month's CAS Mix Up Challenge

It's a Mixed Media challenge this month.  Susan's our host, and she's chosen Faux Cloisonne as the theme .......

If you're thinking ...... what's faux cloisonne? (like I did) then don't worry .......

 Susan's Message
For my challenge I would like you to recycle glossy Magazines, Advertising material or you could use Designer Paper that has been hiding in your stash.  Most cards I have seen are embossed with Gold embossing powder but you could use other colours too. 
You can also check out the CAS Mix Up Blog,  where you'll find links to some videos showing how to use this technique.

Now I don't buy that many glossy magazines so, I had to really look hard for something to use.  In the end I found a couple of pages in one of our motorhome club magazines.

The next problem I had was deciding on which stamp to use.   Before I ran out of magazine pictures to use (it's not often I throw things in the bin but, boy was this a challenge!!) ..... here's one that survived the cut

(Faux Cloisonne, Stamping,  & Watercolouring)

I stamped my image onto white card, watercoloured the little bunny and the background,

and then used the faux cloisonne technique for the bunny's umbrella.   
Stamped the umbrella part onto my magazine page, heat embossed in gold and fussy cut.  I then paper pieced the umbrella onto the stamped image ...... 

A simple, fun technique, and a great way of adding extra colour to your designs.  I will definitely be using the faux cloisonne technique again ...... I just need to get my hands on some glossy mags!!

Another way of doing Faux Cloisonne is to use pearlescent paints with your gold embossing
(check out the link to the Lindsey Weirich video on the CAS Mix Up Blog)
Here's my take on that .......

(Faux Cloisonne, Stamping, Heat Embossing, & Ink Splattering)

Black card stock, and a pretty Altenew stamp ....... love it!

Go on ..... why not give it a go and join in with this month's challenge. 
You have until the 24th of the month to get your entries in.  Just remember to include the Challenge Theme, Rubber Stamping, and at least one other Mixed Media technique on your entry.

Happy stamping!

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

Cheerio until next time ........

Card 1
Stamps: All weather Friends (Anita Jeram - Colorado Craft Co.)
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Delicata Metallic Ink - Golden Glitz; Versamark; Distress Inks to watercolour with 
Others: Gold Embossing Powder (WOW!); ZIG Markers to Watercolour with; Magazine page

Card 2
Stamps: Everlasting Happiness (Altenew)
Inks: Versamark ink; 
Others: Gold Embossing Powder (WOW!); Pearlescent Paints