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Celebrating Kindness

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we are celebrating kindness. Stamplorations is our sponsor.

Before I talk about my card, I wanted to take a few moments to share a story which sums up what ‘kindness’ means to me…

Some time ago, I was sitting in the doctors’ waiting room. It was around 5.30 on a Friday night and I became aware of a phone conversation the receptionist was having. It was clear that the patient at the other end of the line had run out of vital meds and was unable to get to the surgery or pharmacy to collect a prescription. The receptionist made multiple calls but couldn’t find anyone to help before the surgery closed. In the end, she got the onsite pharmacy to make up the prescription and rang the patient to let her know that she would drop off the medication before going home.

That’s kindness to me. Someone going above and beyond to help someone else and not expecting anything at all in return.

Sometimes in this day and age, it’s easy to forget that these acts of kindness are actually all around us. But they are and it’s amazing how much a simple ‘thank you’ means to people like the receptionist who was just doing what she felt was right; she probably didn’t even label it at an ‘act of kindness’.

So today my card honours those humble, kind souls.

I stamped a PaperArtsy image and coloured it using my Twinkling H2O paints. I splattered some paint lightly around the image and then added the stamped sentiment together with the die cut ‘thanks’. To finish off the card, I added some extra shimmer to the flowers using my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer glitter gloss aquabrush.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog, together with our sponsor Shery from Stamplorations and the talented Trina from Phamtastic Design as our Guest Designer. Trina is a regular player winner (!) in our challenges – she has some beautiful CAS creations and wait until you see what she has come up with for this challenge! Stunning!

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

LucieG.

Poley Penguin

Happy Tuesday!

Today I used Art Impressions’ fabulous ‘Poley Penguin’ to create a quick CAS Christmas card.

After stamping the image with Pumice Stone distress oxide ink, I masked it off and lightly stencilled an area around the image using an Echo Park stencil. I removed the mask and coloured the image using my Prismacolor pencil before adding some glitter to Poley’s hat!

To finish off the card, I added a sentiment from Avery Elle.

I’m entering this into the current CAS Christmas Card challenge – the theme is ‘birds’.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Quirky Christmas Trees

Hi there everyone!

Today I’m sharing my entry for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I used the fabulous Quirky Trees from Avery Elle and a few of my new distress oxide inks (Victorian Velvet, Shabby Shutters and Pumice Stone).

This card actually came together really quickly and is one of those rare cards that falls into the ‘less than 20 minutes’ category!

Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Stop! It’s Tinsel Time!

Happy Saturday, people!

It’s a typical British summer’s day (overcast, cool) and I should be in the garden as some shrubs need serious attention…. but I’m in the craft room instead playing with my fabulous new Avery Elle Quirky Trees stamp set!

Last month, I told myself I would be more restrained with Christmas supplies this year – I have so much already! And what do I do as soon as the first release hits the stores… But at least I only got the one set I suppose!

Anyway, I couldn’t wait to ink up those quirky trees and decided to use the lovely colour scheme that the Color Throwdown has this week (grey, teal and pink). I cut out a middle section of the card as I love the see-through effect and was please that the card turned out to be quite stable!

To finish off the card, I added some Stickles and my favourite sentiment from the set. Am I the only one thinking of the ‘Stop! Hammer Time!’ lyric from the MC Hammer song (U can’t touch this)?? Yes? I know, it’s not just these trees that are quirky!

Anyway, I’m also entering this into the current CAS Christmas challenge where the theme is ‘tree’.

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.