Month: October 2017

Love Monster

Hello!

I must confess I was a bit stumped when I saw this week’s Less Is More challenge theme – ‘monsters’. There are loads of cute monster stamps on the market nowadays but I haven’t bought any as I know I just wouldn’t use them…

Then I remembered a very old wood-mounted stamp from Amuse Art Stanps that I bought a decade ago in Boston! Of course, I still have it because I can’t bear to get rid of any of my old rubber stamps!! Anyway, it’s called ‘Love Monster’ – perfect for the challenge theme!

I kept the card very simple as the image is very small – just a bit of soft ink blending and a sentiment banner to anchor the monster image. I also used a Penny Black snowflake frame to add a little more detail to my card.

The theme for the new Casology challenge is ‘cherish’ and I’m going to enter this card for that challenge as well – a quirky take on the theme!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Moonlit Owl

Hi there!

For today’s card, I used the Moonlit Owl die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz. I love owls and have looked at this die a LOT over the past few months. But I couldn’t quite justify buying it…. and then it sold out from my local craft store. I was a bit disappointed, especially as I kept seeing other crafters using the die after it had sold…

Imagine my delight when my local store had one back in stock at the end of last week – AND it was deeply discounted! Of course I snapped it up!

Anyway I used it for my entry into the current Color Throwdown challenge. I just LOVE the colour combo (purple, black and white) this week – so striking!

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LucieG.

Spot the Dog

Hi there!

The Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog has another cool sketch this week which I combined with the theme for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (‘It’s a Dog’s Life’).

I pulled out my favourite dog stamp – an old wooden block stamp from Hero Arts. I love this image so much!

I raided my Patterned Paper Mountain for the various layers on the card and finally embossed a Clearly Besotted image to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Sincere Apologies

Hi everyone!

The theme for this week’s Casology Challenge is ‘sorry’ and here is my take.

I die cut an oval from some masking paper and then used distress inks to create a blended background. It didn’t turn out as I’d expected, but I quite liked the effect so I decided to use it for the card base. I stamped an older Stampendous image using Delicata brown shimmer ink and then finished off the card with a Clearly Besotted sentiment.

I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which has a fun mood board this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Merry Making – Wrap Up Day Coloured Cards

I love that Online Card Classes always include more techniques on their wrap up days and this class was no different! I will be trying them all at some point and will hopefully update this post when I do so.

In the meantime, I chose to start with Kelly Latevola’s card where she combined distress oxide inks with coloured pencils! Parts of this card were totally outside my comfort zone (loose water colouring, anyone?) but I totally loved making this!

I used the gorgeous W Plus 9 Christmas Rose stamp and a selection of my favourite distress oxide colours. It was fun to watercolour with them. I loved the effect created after the distress oxide was down, and was quite nervous about the coloured pencils, but I like the effect – more practice needed again, of course, but still great fun!

I finished off the card with some splatters of gold perfect pearls and sentiments from Simon Says Stamps!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Merry Making – Day 5 Holiday Watercolour

Hi there

Day 5 of Online Card Classes’ Merry Making Class was all about Holiday Watercolour. More fabulous techniques, all outside my comfort zone and all bar one using supplies I didn’t have.

So I chose to follow Debby Hughes’s card for this day of class as I had a Molotow Masking pen…. Luckily I decided to test it before I used it and it seemed to have turned into a permanent blue pen! Argh. I really wanted to follow Debby’s techniques so I adapted it a little and created the snowy background using clear embossing powder and the emboss resist technique instead of masking fluid!

The background was a real challenge for me – I prefer to create backgrounds by blending ink, but I knew I had to give the watercolour background a go. I’m glad I did – I still need more practice!

Anyway, I masked some Avery Elle penguins to create the main image (they are so cute, aren’t they) and embossed a sentiment from the same set to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.