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Stencilled birthday

Happy Friyay everyone!

Simon Says Stamp is hosting quite a few stencil challenges this week so I decided it was time to open up the Simon Says Stamp ‘Hope Blooms’ stencil!

I used regular distress inks to create the flowery background and then used a stamp from a flower set to create the centres. I didn’t want to overpower the delicate flowers with stencilled leaves, so I used a stencil from the Bokeh set to add a spotted background.

To finish off the card,I added a die cut greeting, also from Simon Says Stamp.

I’m entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge, Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (all three themes ‘Stencil It’) and the Color Throwdown Challenge (aqua, lime green and white)

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Go wild on your birthday

Hi everyone!

There’s a wonderful photo inspiration over at the Time Out challenge blog – gorgeous spring colours, but I really wanted to ink up my new Hero Arts background stamp, so here’s what I came up with!

I also love layering stamps so used a new-to-me set also from Hero Arts to create the lion. I was so impressed with how easy it was to line up these stamps sometimes it can take me quite a while to get a decent impression as I often misalign one stamp – not with the lion set. This was my first attempt and I just love how that lion turned out. Now that I’ve assembled it, the card and background together kind of reminds me of a lion version of the Bocca della Verita in Rome, don’t you think?!

Anyway, I’m also entering this into the current A Blog Named Hero challenge (favourite products).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Joyful Trees

Hi everyone!

Although I’m not quite ready to say au revoir to my Autumn stamps just yet, when I saw this week’s sketch for the Freshly Made sketches challenge, I wanted to create a Christmas card with it.

I pulled out a couple of my older Hero Arts Christmas stamps and got to work! I stamped the tree background image with distress oxide ink and then embossed it with clear powder. I masked off the white trees and then blended a mix of regular distress ink and distress oxide ink. The sentiment is from a wood-mounted set. I love my clear stamps, and the convenience of the MISTI, but sometimes you just can’t beat those wood-mounted stamps can you?! After I had embossed it, I even used a circular punch to cut it out. Totally retro crafting session today! Anyway, I mounted it to a gold circle and called the card done!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.