I can always count on you

Hi everyone!

I’ve had a crazy busy week with no time to get into my craft room, not even when my Simon Says Stamp order showed up!

I had a bit of time this evening and here’s what I came up with using my brand new Flickering Butterflies die from Simon Says Stamp. I confess I had a little buyer’s remorse about getting this instead of a different die in the collection, but as soon as I saw it in real life, I was so happy I got it!

I added a couple of layers of white cardstock to the back of the die cut piece and then adhered a panel I made with my neglected Distress Stains. I used card instead of foam as I didn’t want to raise the panel too much – It has made the card quite heavy – may be one to send in the UK rather than overseas!

The Thanks die is also by SSS and the sentiment stamp is from Reverse Confetti.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge (anything goes).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Perfect Day Challenge

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight’s theme is ‘perfect day’ and our sponsor is Precious Remembrance Shop. They’ve got a cool range of stamps and also some planner/scrapbooking goodies that would be perfect for Project Life.

Now I must confess that I found this challenge theme incredibly difficult! I tend to think in terms of perfect moments rather than days – catching up with family and friends, seeing a new part of the world, crafting, finding a bargain, even simply my evening commuter train just running on time (yes, rare and even then rarely perfect!).

In the end I decided to go with a wedding card, after all, we all want the bride and groom to have their perfect wedding day don’t we?

I stamped/embossed an older Magenta stamp that I’ve had for maybe a decade. Do you think I used gold embossing powder? Well, actually I didn’t – I used Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink and clear embossing powder! I was pleasantly surprised to see that it looked quite golden! After colouring the image with my Twinkling H2Os, I masked it off and added some regular distress ink to ground the image.

To add a bit of interest to the background, I cut a white card panel with an Avery Elle die and then inlaid some white glitter card before adhering the image panel.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Dyane from Precious Remembrance Shop and Sharon from From My Craft Desk. She has some fabulous creations on her blog – I love her style so much – you must check out her site if you haven’t already done so!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!

LucieG.

Belated birthday wreath

Hi everyone!

There’s another beautiful colour combo over at the Colour Throwdown challenge this week (yellow, green, aqua and white).

I was originally planning to create a card with daffodils but decided it was time to play with a new Poppystamps wreath that I got at the stat of the year. I used some of the Distress Oxide ink backgrounds I made a few weeks ago to cut the wreath and the flowers.

Before adhering the die cuts, I did some controlled smooshing of Tumbled Glass distress ink – I was a bit disappointed that this process made my card warp dreadfully – I used a different cardstock for the base so I think that’s why…. Hopefully that’ll disappear after a day or so under some books.

To finish off the card, I added a sentiment from Clearly Besotted and a few pearls!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Spring tulip heart

Happy Friyay all!

I’ve been practising with my Prismacolor pencils again today. I’m really enjoying learning how to use them… it may soon be time to splash out on a bigger set!

Anyway, today I used the beautiful tulip heart stamp from a new Simon Says Stamp set… yep! I bought an entire set for that stamp! Such fun to colour! You may be seeing this again before spring is out! I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge so used the challenge design and added a sentiment from an older SSS set plus some beautiful handmade paper from Tonic Studios which I got this week. I’m very impressed with the quality of the paper and it cut very well with a craft knife!

I’m entering this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – anything goes and the Uniko colour challenge (once I’ve found out where the challenge linky tool is!).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Birthday circles

Hi there!

It’s been a while since I played with this cool Simon Says Stamp background stamp and I was also wanting to play with my distress markers again… so I sat down at my table… et voila! Another birthday card for my depleted stocks!

I heat embossed the background stamp with white embossing powder and then added the colour. I started smooshing at first but then I decided I wanted more control over the colouring and applied the watered-down marker colour using my brush… and a finger!!

I cut the panel down and added a glittery new-to me sentiment, also from SSS.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (ink blending).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.