Birthday

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.

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.

 

Celebrating Hollyhocks!

Hi All!

So, the other day, I saw Joanna use the Impression Obsession hollyhocks die on a beautiful card – and knew it was time for me to get the die. I had been coveting it for over a year. And guess what, I couldn’t find it anywhere online….

Yesterday, I went to a craft show and was looking through some dies when I FOUND it. Funny thing was I had completely forgotten about it! Anyway, the added bonus was that it was on sale, so big LucieG smiles all around.

I decided to use it for my entry into this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge and cut it from cream card before painting with my Twinkling H2Os. Look at that shimmer.

I also used some Penny Black dies that I have had for AGES and a sentiment from a set by Winnie & Walter.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Seeing dots

 

Happy Saturday everyone!

So, it should come as no surprise that I LOVE background dies. The Altenew Doodled Dots cover die is no exception and I was fortunate enough to get mine during Dies to Die For’s recent Easter discount weekend. It is such a beautiful die – I’m looking forward to using it with an ink blended background, but first of all I decided to play along with this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge (pink, red, mint) and used it with some coloured cardstock.

(That cardstock really is mint-like in real life, honest! Unfortunately it looks quite aqua in my photos…)

I’d love to say these were quick makes. That would be a lie! It took HOURS to inlay all those little dots….. I may have got a little frustrated… but now that it’s over, I like having the set of three cards to compare! Plus three more cards to add to my ‘stock’!

To finish off the cards, I used dies from Savvy Stamps and Penny Black.

So, which one is your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Purrfect Birthday

 

Hi Everyone!

I have the honour of being the GD over at the Case This Sketch challenge. This week was a throwback sketch from a few years ago – before I discovered the challenge! I had LOTS of ideas for this one as it’s wonderful for creating CAS cards, don’t you think?

Anyway, for my card, I used some of my patterned paper mountain plus some cute kitty dies from Impression Obsession and a sentiment from Altenew.

There’s lots of inspiration over at the Case This sketch blog – I hope you can play along!

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (a trio of something).

LucieG.

Blended Blissful Butterflies

Happy Easter Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards, but before I get on to that I must just say that the response to the last challenge was AMAZING! So many beautiful CAS cards in our gallery and some wonderful inspiration! THANK YOU.

Anyway, this fortnight’s theme is ‘a favourite technique’ and our sponsor is Sugar Pea Designs.

Favourite technique! How can I choose just one? Heat embossing – who isn’t amazed by that process?! Dry embossing – so effective! Colouring – so soothing! TOO MANY FUN TECHNIQUES!

In the end I decided to combine a few of my favourite techniques – inlaid die cutting, ink blending and adding shimmer – although realistically I’m not sure that last one is really a technique!

Anyway, for my card, I blended some distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio) and spritzed some perfect pearls that I had mixed with water. I then cut the blended panel and some glitter card with the Memory Box Blissful Butterfly Border.

So that the die cut would be truly inlaid, I also cut the base card with the die and then added a cardstock panel to the inside of the base card. This panel then served as a base for the die cut. Hope that makes sense?!

This is the reverse of the panel, on the inside of my card.

Once I’d inlaid the glitter outline and blended butterflies, I added a Winnie & Walter sentiment to finish off my card.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by one Guest Designer – Anita from Neet & Crafty. She has some amazing creations on her blog, so please drop by her site!

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

LucieG.