Technique – ink blending

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It’s a frame up!

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards! This fortnight we are challenging you to ‘use a frame’ and our sponsor is Stamplorations.

I often use frames on my cards, but it’s been quite a while since I used this sketch frame die from Simon Says Stamp. I inlaid a blended background that I created with regular distress ink and then added a Simon Says Stamp flower die cut on top.

I wasn’t going to add a greeting at first but then I decided to include one. I planned to add a small die cut sentiment but didn’t have any that could fit into the space I wanted to use – so this is actually cut with a ‘happy valentine’s day’ die – but I think it works quite well!

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – ‘Anything Goes’.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by our sponsor Sherry as well as the super-talented Natasha as our Guest Designer. Natasha’s instagram handle is ‘craftawaywithme’ but she has just started her own blog – craftawaywithme.com. She has some fabulous creations – you must pay her a visit!

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

LucieG.

Stamplorations birthday

Happy Friyay, people!

My first Stamplorations order arrived this morning – I had been coveting the ‘Birthday’ die cut for quite some time so I knew I had to use it straightaway!

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and used a panel I’d made with distress oxide inks to cut the base panel and the word die. I cut the second, smaller rectangle from some fabulous handcrafted cotton paper by Tonic Studios – isn’t it beautiful? It really shimmers in the light. Finally, I stamped a small ‘happy’ greeting onto a white banner and adhered everything to  a kraft card base.

I’m also adding this to the Stamplorations ‘Never-ending Anything Goes’ linky.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Heart shaker card

Happy Friyay everyone!

I just saw the palette for the Winnie & Walter colour challenge and decided to play along at the last minute.

For the base, I used a couple of Winnie & Walter stamp sets and once I’d embossed the sentiments/hearts, I added a soft layer of Chipped Sapphire distress ink.

I then got to work on my focal point – I can’t believe I have never got round to using this sweet heart Winnie & Walter die that I bought a few years ago! It’s so perfect for inlaid die cutting AND a shaker! I created some blended background with regular distress ink and cut them using the die before inlaying the little pieces. I added some sequins and seed beads before adhering the heart to the base with funky foam.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

The world is your oyster

Happy Sunday everyone!

I spent a very happy morning in my craft room, playing with some supplies I put aside yesterday!

I decided to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and use some of my city-scape dies. I love them and can’t seem to stop buying them… buy I need to use them! Do you have that problem?!

Anyway, for this card, I used the Poppystamps Urban Skyline collage die and then added a couple of buildings from a Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions die. If you click on the photos you can see the subtle embossing on the tallest building.

After sticking the scene to a blended background, I looked for a suitable sentiment – I really wanted this to be a ‘good luck in your new job’ card. You know, I have hundreds of stamps, HUNDREDS… and how many do you think say ‘good luck’ let alone ‘good luck in your new job’? The answer is very few, my friends, very few. I think I have found a gap in the market! We need more good luck stamps.

Unfortunately my good luck/new job sentiment felt a little too big for the card. So I replaced it with a Clearly Besotted sentiment that I still felt conveyed the same kind of sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

 

 

Playing with Color Bursts

Hi there!

Life has been busy lately and I haven’t had much time to spend in my craft room but I was able to spend the whole afternoon in there today. It felt good to get back to crafting again! I missed playing along with the challenges.

I decided to use the sketch for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge as my inspiration for this card. I also knew that I wanted to use this sweet flower border die from Poppystamps and thought it would be fun to put it against a colourful background. So I got to work with distress inks, distress stains and color bursts. My hands were so inky by the end, but it was such a fun session! I chose to use a background made with color bursts – I also added some cosmic shimmer powder to this one! Love how shimmery it is!

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (flower power).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

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).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.