Encouragement

Have the courage to imagine

Hello everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we have a word to inspire your CAS creations – ‘imagine’. Winnie & Walter is our sponsor.

I decided to use a quote as the starting point for my male encouragement card. I knew I wanted to create a simple one layer card so I started with a background stamp to ‘ground’ my quote and image. Before stamping the background, I used a paper towel to remove some ink so that the pattern would be subtle.

I spent a little while choosing the image… I toyed with spaceships and hot air balloons but in the end I chose a vintage plane. All stamps are by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous and I used regular distress ink and distress oxide.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by the super talented Izzy from Izzy Scrap as our Guest Designer. She has some beautiful creations – you must pay her a visit!

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

LucieG.

 

Just keep swimming!

Hi there!

Two posts in one day! I can’t believe I forgot to post my card for the current Poppystamps challenge (‘make a splash’) earlier, but I’m glad that I remembered before the challenge closed!

I decided to use stamps from Poppystamps’ ‘Yes I whale’ set. As it’s the end of summer and people are heading to new schools, unis, jobs etc, I thought it would be appropriate to make an encouragement card, so I paired the whales with a stamp from Avery Elle. After colouring the whale images, I had to fussy cut them because the coordinating dies have gone AWOL – so annoying!

I then created a watery background using the faux alcohol ink technique demonstrated by Tim Holtz/Jennifer McGuire using glossy cardstock, distress oxide ink, water and distress glaze. I really like how this turned out. As you may know, I can’t use the alcohol inks as the strong smell triggers migraines so I love that I can still create a similar look! (I’m actually wondering if I should enter this into the current Ellen Hutson challenge (which is about alcohol inks) – as an alcohol-free alternative!!)

I used the Ellen Hutson strands die to cut a piece of white card which I stuck on top of my watery background before adhering the whales and sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Oh Alstroemeria

Hello everyone!

What did you do last weekend? Me? I stamped a gazillion alstroemeria and leaves using the gorgeous Japanese Lily layering stamp set from Altenew. I wasn’t going to buy it at first as I thought it’s a lot of stamping (10 stamps) for one flower. But then I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video using the stamps and I was SOLD! The stamps were quite easy to line up and I think the end result is definitely worth all that stamping! Mind you, once I had the stamps positioned correctly, I decided to make lots of flowers using them. Be warned crafty friends, if you get a card from me this month, there’s a high probability that it’ll contain an alstroemeria or three! I used Altenew inks for the images and the die cut sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp.

For the first card I did, I followed Jennifer’s stamped see-through card technique. I must say using the press n seal to create the front was GENIUS! Once I had the whole front assembled, I couldn’t bring myself to create a hinge on my stamped images as I was sure I would mess it up. So, I made a separate hinge which I then attached to the back panel. Same effect as Jennifer’s card as the back panel still created a small border around the front panel, but this was far less nerve-wracking!

 

I created a hinge for my second card as well, but this time, I just scored and folded my base card/back panel as I didn’t want to have a border like I had on the first card.

My third card was the easiest to create. I lined up and glued the images using Jennifer’s press n seal technique but then I simple attached the whole image panel to the front of a card, added a sentiment and called it done!

I had such fun creating these cards. I love alstroemerias and these images are just so life-like. And thanks, Jennifer McGuire, for the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

 

Chase your dream

Hi everyone!

It’s the 15th which means it’s time for my next Crafts-U-Love DT post.

This month, I received some butterfly themed supplies including this pretty set by John Next Door. I think I took it upon myself to try to use as many of those pretty stamps as possible on one card!

This card actually came together very quickly for me and I think I ended up finishing it in 20 mins or so! That never usually happens!

I tend to always reach for my MISTI when using clear stamps, but for this card, I used clear blocks – which are much quicker. I used distress oxide inks – love how well they stamp. To finish off the card, I added a Penny Black sentiment and a few gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lucie G.

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.

John Next Door Clear Stamp Set – Butterflies*

Penny Black Clear Stamp Set – Grateful Heart

Distress Oxide ink 

Brilliance ink – Lightning Black

Papermania adhesive stones*

Be the rainbow

Happy Friyay everyone!

I’m playing along with the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (‘all things bright and beautiful’) and using Paperartsy stamps. I found this sentiment on one of my Paperartsy sets and it inspired the whole card. Isn’t it wonderful? Words to live by, don’t you think?

I used my Zig Watercolor brush markers to colour the image and then masked it off to create a blended/stencilled distress ink background.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

The world is your oyster

Happy Sunday everyone!

I spent a very happy morning in my craft room, playing with some supplies I put aside yesterday!

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and use some of my city-scape dies. I love them and can’t seem to stop buying them… buy I need to use them! Do you have that problem?!

Anyway, for this card, I used the Poppystamps Urban Skyline collage die and then added a couple of buildings from a Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions die. If you click on the photos you can see the subtle embossing on the tallest building.

After sticking the scene to a blended background, I looked for a suitable sentiment – I really wanted this to be a ‘good luck in your new job’ card. You know, I have hundreds of stamps, HUNDREDS… and how many do you think say ‘good luck’ let alone ‘good luck in your new job’? The answer is very few, my friends, very few. I think I have found a gap in the market! We need more good luck stamps.

Unfortunately my good luck/new job sentiment felt a little too big for the card. So I replaced it with a Clearly Besotted sentiment that I still felt conveyed the same kind of sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.