Plant Crazy

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of year when I usually go plant crazy in my garden… not so much at the moment…. My garden has started to resemble a jungle – all my shrubs have been growing like crazy and I have been spending quite a bit of my spare time in the garden trying to restore some semblance of order…. I’ll get there, I’m sure!

Anyway, when I saw that  the Paper Players’ current challenge was a CAS card with the theme of ‘plants’, I knew I had to play along. I pulled out my older and less-used Garden Grow (pretty apt name for the set, don’t you think?) stamp set my Altenew and got to work!

I masked off each of the plants as I stamped them, and stamped the table last. I coloured the images with my twinkling H2O paints and then added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Butterfly hugs

Happy Sunday!

Today I’m playing along with the current Memory Box challenge. The theme is embossing and so of course I chose one of my favourite techniques – dry embossing… although heat embossing is super cool too of course!

As I was flicking through my Memory Box dies, I found the Floating Butterfly frame. It reminded of a card I made a few weeks ago, when I CASE’d one of my older cards and inlaid embossed die cuts using a Memory Box die. I decided that the large ‘sky’ portions of the die would be great for dry embossing, so got to work!

I created two background panels using Distress Oxide inks: one using Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral and Dried Marigold – for the butterflies and another using just Tumbled Glass – for the sky.

I die cut the Tumbled Glass panel first and then embossed the large sections of sky using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I die cut the butterfly frame twice from white card and adhered the layers onto the coloured panel. Finally, I inlaid the sky sections – they really make those colourful butterflies pop I think!

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment, also by Memory Box, and a few gems for a bit of sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Embracing the Bright Colours

Happy Saturday everyone!

There’s another great sketch for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge this week – it gave me so many ideas! In the end, I decided to use stamps from my Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring set and a couple of Memory Box dies, but I may use this sketch again for other cards, it’s a fabulous design!

I decided to step outside my pastel-coloured comfort zone and embrace the bright colours! I pulled out the brightest Twinking H2O paints and got colouring. Usually I choose the background paper before I colour as I find it easier (and quicker) to create that way… but today I didn’t and spent a happy time flicking through my old Basic Grey paper pads…. and changing my mind several times before making a decision….

I knew I wanted to dry emboss a centre panel as I had planned to play along with the current Flower Challenge which has the theme of embossing. I spent a little while trying out a few designs before alighting on this Spellbinders / Tammy Tutterow Picnic embossing folder. Yep, this card took MUCH longer than it should have!

Anyway, to finish off the card I used some older dies from Memory Box – the Garland Greenery from 2015 and one of my very first Memory Box sentiments that I got in 2013 – A Little Thanks!

And a big thanks to you for stopping by! Enjoy the weekend!

LucieG.

Daisy and dots

 

Hello everyone!

As soon as I saw the sketch for the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, I thought of an older Memory Box die which I hadn’t used for quite a while – the Bubble Burst die. When I pulled it out, I was actually surprised to see that the date on the packaging was 2017 – I had thought it was a little older than that!

Anyway, I used the die to cut a white panel and then used Distress Oxide inks (Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio and Shaded Lilac) to create a blended background. I cut a strip of the blended background and adhered it to my card base before adhering the white panel on top. I then die cut a circle and the sentiment from the unused section of the blended background and adhered them to my card. Finally, I die cut my newest Memory Box die (Daisy Silhouette) three times. I coloured one stem and then stuck the die cuts together. Originally I had planned to cut off the long stem but I liked how it aligned with the lines created by the Bubble Burst die so I didn’t!

I added some sparkle to the daisy with a Nuvo glitter gloss pen – it’s quite shimmery in real life, but so difficult to capture on my camera…

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

You are amazing – border card

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with two of my favourite challenges – the Color Throwdown, which has another beautiful palette for us this week – aqua, green and grey, and Case This Sketch.

I used my distress oxide inks to create a blended panel for die cutting and ran the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Corbel Border through my die cutting machine.

I also cut the die cut from a grey panel, which I adhered to a base card and then inlaid the little pieces that I had cut from the blended panel.

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Everyday Words in a Line die set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

All white thank you

Hi friends!

I am back with my entry into the current CAS on Friday challenge which has the theme of white on white.

I love white on white but I rarely create all white cards unless it’s for a challenge. I must rectify that! Anyway, after a LOT of dithering and die cutting, I finally used one of my favourite dies from Simply Graphic – the die étamines which was the die of the month in April 2018 .

I die cut a circle in my base card and a white panel. After adhering some acetate over the circle on my base card, I stuck on the white panel using some foam tape before adhering the die cut image. I then die cut a Savvy Stamps sentiment three times before sticking them all together and on to my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.