Create a Smile

Octopus army

Happy Friyay friends!

I loved a card that Impress Cards shared in a recent email – and as I had the stamp, I knew that would have to be my wood stamp for Day 8 of the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge! I coloured the cute images using my Twinkling H2O paints but quite honestly I’m not that happy with how they turned out. Still, I decided to press on with my card anyway and masked off the images to create the background using a Create-a-Smile background stamp and some blended distress ink. To finish off the card, I added a sentiment by Simon Says Stamp.

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Love never melts

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘chilled’ and our sponsor is CAS-ual Fridays.

For my card, I created a blended background with Distress and Altenew inks. I usually use Altenew inks for all my layered stamping, but I was very impressed with how well the ink blended when I created this background. I then cut some white glitter card using a die from a kit I got from Create- A-Smile in late 2016. Aren’t those snowmen cute? To finish off the card, I added a few die cut hearts plus a circle frame and sentiment from Poppystamps.

I’m also entering this into the current Color Throwdown challenge (light blue, kraft and white) and the Casology challenge (glimmer)

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by two Guest Designers – Milla from Mustesormi and Anita from Neet and Crafty. They both have some amazing creations, so please drop by their sites!

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


New Year balloons

Hi there everyone!

For this card, I finally inked up the gorgeous balloon background stamp from Create a Smile stamps. I’d wanted this stamp for a while and was so pleased to see it in stock when I placed an order with them earlier this month.

Anyway, I embossed it with white embossing powder and then set to colouring! I decided to try out the ‘Stained Glass Watercolour’ technique Jennifer McGuire showcased a few weeks ago. I decided to use distress markers. Not sure if it was me, but I found it quite difficult to move a lot of colour and went back to a number of balloons several times until I was happy with how they were looking… I have a few Tombow pens so I may try with them….

Once I was happy with the balloons, I had to cut the watercolour panel. I was a bit hesitant because I often change my mind about the design of a card when I’m assembling it….. However, I was following a sketch, so bit the bullet and cut! I ended up making a birthday card with the other half.

I layered my panel onto some coloured card and finished off the card with a Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

I’m entering this into the current Freshly Made sketches challenge and also the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge .

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Day 25 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

WOO-HOO! I made it to Day 25 of Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event, people! My Christmas Eve should be much calmer this year as I won’t be rushing to finish my tags! Mind you, I’ll probably be rushing to finish something else instead though!

The sponsor for Day 25 was Pink & Main. There was so much inspiration from the DT – so many beautiful tags! Pamela Peese’s tag really stood out to me and so I just HAD to CASE it, using regular distress ink and stamps from Create a Smile and Hero Arts.

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