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Bursting with Joy

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘ombre’ and our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers.

For my card, I covered cardstock with double-sided adhesive and cut it with the Poppystamps Tree Triptych die before removing the protective top sheet and applying some gilding flakes. Yes, I suppose they can be messy, but I LOVE them! And I find creating inky backgrounds far more messy!! Anyway, I love the textured effect from the flakes, perfect for this die!

I used Dusty Concord distress ink to create an ombre background which I then cut using the same die. I inlaid the gilded die cut and adhered the three images to my card base. To finish off the card, I added a sentiment from Ellen Hutson.

I’m also entering this into the current Poppystamps challenge (clean and simple) and the current Time Out challenge (bold).

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by two Guest Designers – Kylie from Addicted to Stamps and Wei from Handmade Card by Wei. They both have some amazing creations on their blogs, so please drop by their sites!

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

LucieG.

 

Australia Day

Happy Australia Day to all my Australian friends!

I was finally able to get down to a bit of colouring this afternoon! Of course, I had to choose something with an Australian theme for today and pulled out the wonderful Avery Elle/Ellen Hutson United we Flourish ‘G’day Mate’ set. And found a way to use EVERY SINGLE MAIN IMAGE on one card!!!!

I wanted to choose non-traditional colours and so used the Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge mood board. Isn’t this month’s board fabulous! I may have to use this again.

Anyway, after colouring the images with my Twinkling H2Os, I turned my attention to the card base. I created a background using a couple of Distress Oxide inks. I then used an Ellen Hutson heart die to cut a piece of white card stock before embossing it with a Couture Creations embossing folder.

The sentiment die is also by Avery Elle.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG

You are my favourite

Hi there!

The partner company for this month’s Ellen Hutson Mix It Up challenge is Concord and 9th – perfect for me as I have quite a few C9 products!

I bought the turnabout polka dots stamp just before Christmas but hadn’t had time to ink it up – I rectified that today! I decided to stamp it three times (rather than four) to leave a few gaps in the pattern. It’s so pretty – and super fast to use! I then cut it with a die from the Essentials by Ellen Folk Heart set.

I added a C9 sentiment from an Autumn stamp set – the full sentiment reads ‘You are my favourite season’, but I masked off the last word to turn it into a Valentine’s sentiment instead.

I used my tiny attacher to fix the sentiment to the heart and then stuck it to a kraft base card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 20 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event this year.

The sponsor for Day 20 was Waffle Flower Crafts. I was so shocked to discover that I don’t appear to have any Christmas sets from Waffle Flower – I’m sure I have and they are just hiding somewhere in my craft room! As I decided at the start of the challenge that I was going to use my festive stamps rather than repurpose my non-festive sets, I turned to my Ellen Hutson stamps for my take on Lindsey M-P’s cute stocking tag!

I enjoyed working with non-traditional colours so much yesterday, I turned to some more non-traditional colours again today!

I stamped and embossed the stocking before masking it off and smooshing some abandoned coral distress ink onto the background. When I removed the mask, some ink had bled through it, but I simply lifted it off using a bit of water. Once it was dry, I coloured the stocking using my Twinkling H2O paints before stamping a sentiment from the same Essentials by Ellen set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 16 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event this year.

The sponsor for Day 16 was Ellen Hutson. I have some wonderful Essential by Ellen stamps and dies and so it was quite difficult to decide what to use for today’s tag! I really like the set of tags that Lindsey M-P created for the challenge and got to work on my take!

I loved how Lindsey used a stencil for the background to one of her tags and so I stencilled a brick base onto my tag before adding the die cut Ellen Hutson tree!

Now, confession time! When I stamped the greeting, it wasn’t quite centred… I was so concerned that it was straight, I completely forget to centre it! To balance it out a little I added a few die cut starbursts to the background – I think they work ok!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Merry Geo Tree

Hi there!

I must say that the inspiration board for September’s Pin-sights Challenge is absolutely gorgeous. In my view the best I’ve seen!  So many possibilities….

In the end, I went with something totally outside my comfort zone – I created a watercolour background using a number of colours from the board.

When I was happy with how that was looking, I added some gold watercolour – love how this turned out!

I cut out the tree using the Ellen Hutson/Essentials by Ellen Geo tree die set and used it to cover a section of my finished background. Finally, I added an Essentials by Ellen sentiment to complete the card. I was toying with adding a few stars to the background, but decided to keep it CAS.

And the added bonus? I still have enough of my background left to use in more cards, so don’t be surprised if you see it make a reappearance here before Christmas!

I’m also entering this into this week’s Less is More challenge as the theme is ‘watercolour’.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.