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Mondo Sakura

Happy Monday everyone!

It’s been a glorious spring day here in London, sunny and quite warm. The magnolias are in full bloom and cherry tree blossoms are starting to appear. I love watching the evolution of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington DC at this time of year. They reached peak bloom today and look absolutely magnificent!

So it seemed fitting that I (finally) ink up the beautiful Mondo Sakura stamp from Ellen Hutson today!

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge – at first glance the sketch is pretty minimalist – but then I saw how the design team were filling all that ‘white space’ and decided to follow suit!

I also used a border die from Penny Black and a sentiment from Mama Elephant.

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Spring Gems

Happy Saturday everyone!

So I was doing really well with my attempt to catch up with the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and then life suddenly got a bit busy!

Luckily I was able to spend a lot of time in my craft room today so I can start catching up. AGAIN!

Today, I’m playing along with an amazing colour challenge from the Color Throwdown. Rust, purple, grey and white. Isn’t that a great combo? Actually quite Halloween-like, but including grey rather than black softens the palette I think!

Anyway, I struggled to find a suitable wood-mounted stamps to showcase the palette properly… and then I came across my fabulous Spring Gems stamp from Hero Arts. I stamped the image using Brilliance ink in Pearlescent Rust and then coloured the dots using my Twinkling H2Os. I added a sentiment from Mama Elephant cut from glitter card and finished off the card with a few sequins – you can never have too much sparkle in my view!

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A pocket of berries

Hello everyone!

I’m playing along with the current Case This Sketch Challenge today.

When I saw the sketch, I decided to do some partial die cutting with an image from the Penny Black Sunny Wishes set.

After embossing the image, I used a circle die to cut part of the image and fussy cut the rest.

I used the same circle to cut part of a background I created ages ago using some distress stains. I then cut the rest of the panel using a rectangular die so that I had stitching all around the panel, rather than just where I had cut the circle.

I adhered the panel and the image to the card base and finished off my card with a die cut sentiment from Mama Elephant.

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Day 10 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018

Hi everyone!

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

The sponsor for Day 10 was Studio Katia. I don’t have any of their stamps but I do have a few of their dies and decided to use the Creative Stitched Window die for my take on Laura Volpes’s amazing tag.

I created a blended background with same distress inks that Laura used (Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Salty Ocean) and then trimmed it down before adhering the die cut window to the base.

I stamped and cut the Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins and adhered them to the tag, together with a sentiment by My Favorite Things.

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You totally did it

Hi everyone!

It’s been quite cloudy here so I decided to pull out some sunny Distress Oxide inks to play with today.

After creating the blended background, I added some water speckles and then die cut a Simon Says Stamp circle and sentiment. I used another scrap of card to blend some yellow ink for the fringe (cut using a Mama Elephant die).

The embossed sentiment is by My Favourite Things.

I’m entering this into the current Case This Sketch challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (ink blending).

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Bold happy birthday

Hi everyone!

The snow is almost completely gone here after a horrible evening yesterday. Such a relief! We just don’t ‘do’ snow – and I certainly don’t!

Anyway, onto my card. I find ‘cutesie’ really difficult. I see all these gorgeous cutesie cards on Instagram, I buy the stamps and I just can’t seem to use them! Like the Mama Elephant little cat agenda… I got them as soon as they came out and they have sat untouched ever since! I’ve been really inspired by Ellenor’s beautiful creations – I can’t get over how many creative ways she has used the little kitty images! So today was the day I actually inked them up and started to use them.

I’ve also used a Simon Says Stamp die (with another background created with the glazed distress oxide technique) and so I’m entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge. I’m also counting this as my Work Your Stash Wednesday creation on Instagram as I used an unused stamp and die set and an unused embossing folder!

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