Month: June 2019

You are Majestic

Hello everyone!

Day 9 of the latest Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring challenge and my personal wood stamp challenge and today I’m playing with two Hero Arts stamps sets that were manufactured ten years apart!

Over a decade ago, I saw the cutest lion stamp ever – the only problem was that he was in a set with three other cute animals which I couldn’t justify buying…. but as we know, my willpower isn’t strong when it comes to crafty supplies and after a little while I caved and bought the Hero Arts Playful Animals set. Imagine my disappointment when I stamped up the lion and discovered that the rubber had a few faults in it! After while, I decided to contact Hero Arts to see if I could buy just the lion. The customer services team was amazing and immediately offered to send my the stamp free of charge to the UK! I was so surprised as I’d become quite used to difficult customer service experiences elsewhere in life! But I guess that it truly the Hero Arts way – own the issue and deal with it quickly and politely to exceed customer expectations. Given my recent experience with another manufacturer (where I was made to feel like a naughty child for asking to buy a replacement for one faulty clear stamp) I’d say Hero Arts still leads the way!

Anyway I paired the lion with a sentiment from the 2017 Color Layering Bengal Tigers set and assembled the card following a sketch from a new-to-me challenge, Paper Craft Crew Challenges.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Bali Corner

Hi there!

It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards! The theme for this fortnight is ‘one corner’ with the optional twist of flowers. Our sponsor is Uniko.

What a fun challenge… I love using flowers on my cards, especially at this time of year! After spending some time going through my wood mounted stamps, I decided to use a die! The Memory Box Bali corner die seemed made for this challenge – and I had a lot of fun colouring it in the current CAS Colours and Sketches colour combo (coral, grape and meadow)!

I added a sentiment from Reverse Confetti and a few mini gems to finish off my card.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined by the talented Maja – she has some amazing cards on her blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Happy Flowery Thoughts

Happy Saturday!

Day 8 of the 30 Day Colouring Challenge and my personal wood stamp challenge.

Here is my card/colouring for today using a fun flowery stamp from Hampton Arts that I got during a work trip to the US a few years ago. My hotel was across the road from a Michaels and I was able to find some time to peruse the store and buy a few bits and pieces. I coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os and adhered it to a couple of pieces of coloured cardstock, following the sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

To finish off my card, I added a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp…. Am I the only one who struggles with strip sentiments sometimes? Trying to get it straight (using my MISTI) seemed to take as long as the colouring!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Find Your Happy

Hello everyone!

Day 7 of the latest Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring challenge and my personal wood stamp challenge.

Today I’m playing along with the latest challenge from The Paper Players. Have I mentioned how happy I am that I found this challenge? I love that each week there’s a different type of challenge, plus their timeline (announcing the challenge on a Sunday with a Friday deadline) is different and  really works well for me at the moment!

Anyway, on to today’s card. The theme of the challenge is CAS/summer beverages. I was a bit concerned when I first saw this challenge… I do have a few drinks stamps, but I don’t consider any of them to be that summery!! Imagine my relief when I spotted this cute Margaret Sherry/Penny Black Bear, ‘kickin’, from 2007! I don’t really do cutesy, but as I discovered earlier this year, I do love colouring this little bear.

For today’s card, I used my Twinkling H2Os and a light dusting of distress oxide ink. I added a little interest to the card base with the Penny Black Butterfly Edge stamp, also from 2007, although I suspect I bought this one a bit later!

The sentiment is from an older set by Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Greetings window

 

Hello everyone!

OK, so I know when I planned my wood-mounted stamp challenge, I earmarked July for using my Christmas stamps. However, it seems I can’t wait for Christmas in July! It’s just Day 6 of the latest Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring challenge and my personal wood stamp challenge and I’ve already inked up a Christmas stamp!

In my defence, when I saw the Stampendous Greetings Window in one of my stamp boxes, I knew it would fit the CAS Christmas challenge so well that I just HAD to use it! The theme of the challenge this month is ‘gifts’ and I thought this stamp would be perfect for that!

I decided to use a sketch from a new-to-me challenge, TGIF Challenges, so my first step was to choose some patterned paper. I had my doubts about using a gift-themed paper as I was a bit concerned that it would be too matchy-matchy… but I think it works OK in the end. After embossing the image, I coloured it using my Twinkling H2O paints and then adhered it to my base card using sticky fixers. Et voila! Super quick and easy Christmas card done! Must remember this design when I create cards for the Caring Hearts drive later this year.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Yay!

Hello everyone!

Day 5 of the latest Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring challenge and my personal wood stamp challenge.

Today I’m playing along with the latest Case This Sketch challenge with the fabulous new colour combo over at the Color Throwdown (pink, aqua, lavender and mint).

I must admit, I spent a LONG time mulling over my entry for the sketch challenge. It’s a fabulous sketch but I wanted to use a wood-mounted sentiment stamp AND incorporate some colouring! Eventually I alighted on one of my newer wood stamps, Yay by Hero Arts. I embossed it using white powder, masked off the letters and blended some Distress Oxide over the background before colouring the letters using my Zig Color Clean Brush markers and some regular distress ink.

Then I had to figure out what to use on the background – as I didn’t feel one of my leafy swirl dies would fit with the sentiment. I was flicking through my dies and stumbled on the Hero Arts Party Confetti Fancy background die and thought its elements could work quite nicely with a bit of careful placement. So I cut it from a distress oxide panel and arranged the streamers in a similar pattern et voila! My completed entry!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.