Author: luciegcards

It’s a frame up!

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards! This fortnight we are challenging you to ‘use a frame’ and our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I often use frames on my cards, but it’s been quite a while since I used this sketch frame die from Simon Says Stamp. I inlaid a blended background that I created with regular distress ink and then added a Simon Says Stamp flower die cut on top.

I wasn’t going to add a greeting at first but then I decided to include one. I planned to add a small die cut sentiment but didn’t have any that could fit into the space I wanted to use – so this is actually cut with a ‘happy valentine’s day’ die – but I think it works quite well!

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – ‘Anything Goes’.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by our sponsor Sherry as well as the super-talented Natasha as our Guest Designer. Natasha’s instagram handle is ‘craftawaywithme’ but she has just started her own blog – craftawaywithme.com. She has some fabulous creations – you must pay her a visit!

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

LucieG.

Stamplorations birthday

Happy Friyay, people!

My first Stamplorations order arrived this morning – I had been coveting the ‘Birthday’ die cut for quite some time so I knew I had to use it straightaway!

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and used a panel I’d made with distress oxide inks to cut the base panel and the word die. I cut the second, smaller rectangle from some fabulous handcrafted cotton paper by Tonic Studios – isn’t it beautiful? It really shimmers in the light. Finally, I stamped a small ‘happy’ greeting onto a white banner and adhered everything to  a kraft card base.

I’m also adding this to the Stamplorations ‘Never-ending Anything Goes’ linky.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Fly, Fly, Butterfly

Hi Everyone!

There’s a gorgeous new colour combo over at the Color Throwdown challenge this week (peach, pale pink, hot pink and green)! As I was already working on the sketch for this week’s Case This Sketch challenge, I decided to combine both and came up with this butterfly card.

To begin with, I stamped a few images from the Avery Elle Butterflies set using regular distress ink (spun sugar, picked raspberry and bundled sage) and then coloured the images using water and ink from the images. Then I stamped over each image again with the corresponding Distress Oxide ink colour, apart from the spun sugar butterfly where I used an ink by Altenew as spun sugar hasn’t been released as an oxide yet.

I stamped a few of the solid images onto the base card using one of my favourite oxide colours (tattered rose) and stuck the coloured butterflies on top. I added a sentiment from Avery Elle and a few sequins to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Keep in touch

Hello everyone and Happy Monday!

I love that my Instagram feed has contained a few cards using older stamps recently and when I saw the current sketch challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches, I immediately thought of my Stampendous wood-mounted scene stamps that I’ve had for many years.

I decided to use the Sailboat Bay scene stamp and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os. I fussy cut the image (very easy!!) and adhered it to my grey base card. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted. I really wanted to use a ‘happy retirement’ stamp… until I remembered I STILL don’t have a suitable one… need to rectify that!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to my dear Dad!

My dad prefers very CAS cards and so I decided to use the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge as my inspiration for this card.

I created a few background with Ken Olivier colour bursts a while ago and thought one of them would be perfect as it was ‘dad colours’!

I used a Simon Says Stamp Star die and then snipped the die cut in a few places so that I could arrange the stars to reflect the sketch. I also die cut a few smaller stars.

To finish off the card, I embossed a sentiment from an older Hero Arts set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Find Your Paradise

Happy Saturday everyone. Although looking at my card, maybe that should be Happy Caterday!

I finally managed to get my hands on some Distress blending brushes and couldn’t wait to use them on my more intricate stencils. I love that I was able to get great coverage without getting the brush caught in the plastic. Yep, I think I’m going to enjoy using these!

To create the background, I added a layer of Antique Linen distress oxide ink on my base card, applying it slightly heavier in the bottom right corner, near where I planned to stamp the image. Then I splattered some ink using a paint brush. After stamping Newton, I lifted the Antique Linen colour from the image and then coloured it in using regular distress ink.

I then use an Echo Park Paper Co stencil to create the palm tree background, applying regular distress in with the distress brush. I didn’t bother masking the image off as it was easy to avoid stencilling in that area – thanks to the precision of the brushes!

Anyway, I’m entering my one-layer card into the current Timeout Challenge. The theme is ‘holidays’ which really means ‘vacation’ to me (one layer is the optional twist)!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.