Month: August 2018

Merry Christmas to you

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we are challenging you to use a stencil. Our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I love stencils. The price point is great and you can do so much with them. Great for quick and simple cards and I often use part of a stencil to ‘ground’ an image in my CAS cards. My stencil collection has grown a lot over the last couple of years!

For my take on the theme, I decided to use a stencil by John Next Door as a main focal point for some quick CAS Christmas cards.

A few weeks ago, I bought some Ranger detail blending tools – they are tiny and perfect for detail stencilling! They made it very easy to use different distress oxide inks on parts of this stencilled tree! After inking the image, with the stencil still in place, I coated the tree with Cosmic Shimmer sparkle texture paste.

It was quite interesting to see how the paste changed the colour of the underlying distress oxide. For example, I used Dusty Concord for my second tree, but I think it looks like Seedless Preserves, don’t you? Once the glitter had dried, I stamped the small Simon Says Stamp sentiment to create a tree trunk!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by our wonderful sponsor, Sherry, plus the super talented Hannelie from Desert Diva and Steph from Morticraft as our Guest Designers. They have some fabulous creations on their sites!

I’m also entering my green tree card into the current CAS Christmas challenge as the theme is ‘tree’.

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


Happiest of birthdays

Happy Friyay people!

My Altenew Watercolour paints arrived this morning so I had a fun afternoon swatching and playing with them! They made using this week’s Color Throwdown challenge palette (aqua, peach, light grey and white) very easy indeed!

I finally inked up and embossed part of the Simon Says Stamp Centre Cut Flowers stamp and coloured it with my new paints.  I dry embossed a strip of grey cardstock and adhered it to my base card before adding the coloured image.

To finish off the card I added a sentiment from My Favorite Things.

I’m also entering this into the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (anything goes).

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Hi there everyone!

I haven’t been able to spend much time in the craftroom recently but I have been able to make this card for my mum and dad’s anniversary yesterday.

I heat-embossed the Impression Obsessions lovecats stamp and then blended regular distress ink on top. I cut a heart from a separate piece of card using an Essentials by Ellen heart die and adhered it over the cat image using foam tape.

To finish off the card I added a sentiment from My Favourite Things and some hearts cut using a Memory Box die.

Belated Happy Anniversary to my lovely parents!

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Always a good idea

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my next Crafts-U-Love Design Team post and today I challenged myself to use every single product that I was kindly sent for this month and keep ‘own supplies’ to a minimum. And look! I managed to create a CAS card too!

This month I received the ‘Always Flowers’ stamp set by Pinkfresh Studio and decided to use the largest floral image as my centre piece. After stamping the image, I painted it using some Nuvo Mica Mist that I had poured into a watercolour palette. I coloured the leaves with regular distress ink and used a Nuvo marker for the centres.

After stamping my sentiment, I applied just one spritz of mica mist over the whole card and added a thin layer of Nuvo glitter to the flower centres (as this glitter glue dries opaque, I made sure the layer was quite thin so you could still see the yellow of the centres).

Et voila! My CAS card!

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Supply List

Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.

Pinkfresh Studio – Always Flowers stamp set*

Tonic Studios Nuvo Mica Mist – Turkish Rose*

Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Accent – Fresh Snowfall*

Distress ink – Peeled paint

Tonic Studios Nuvo Creative Pen – Sunshine Yellows

Embossing Powder – Nuvo Classic gold


Spots and Butterflies

Hi there everyone

I’m back with another guest post for CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.

This week, the team has come up with a great sketch which is perfect for CAS cards.

I’ve recently reorganised my craft room a bit and came across my old punches which I still can’t bear to part with. So I was delighted when I saw this sketch as it gave me the perfect opportunity to use them again! I cut the circles from some old rainbow backgrounds that I created with distress inks and adhered them to my base card. I then cut a selection of butterflies (from Penny Black, Poppystamps and Simon Says Stamp) from some glitter card and stuck them to the larger circles.

To  finish off the card, I added a sentiment from Woodware.

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Turnabout thanks

Hi everyone!

A quick card from me today – I was inspired by the Ellen Hutson Colour Trend mood board  – an amazing selection of colours and the earrings on the mood board photo reminded me of the Concord & 9th Mosaic Turnabout stamp that I bought earlier this year. I hadn’t even inked it up because life got busy… so I had fun playing with lots of different colour combos using my regular distress inks as well as the oxides.

After settling on a combo I liked best, I trimmed the panel down and I added an Essentials by Ellen sentiment die cut that I had cut from a background blended with Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink and then embossed with clear powder. I wasn’t too sure about the blue against the background as it’s something I wouldn’t normally put with purples, but I liked the pops of blue/light aqua in the mood board photos and I think it works! What do you think?

I’ve combined a number of challenges for today’s post:

Ellen Hutson Colour Trend

Freshly Made Sketches

Where Creativity Meets C9 (anything goes).

Thanks for stopping by!