Technique – Stamping

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Fly away with me

So what do you do when you create a blended background that you can’t bear to cut up?

Me? I make a BIG card with it! This card is 20cms x 20cms. But how could I cover up/cut up this:

When I saw this week’s Less is More challenge (take flight), I decided to use my fabulous Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous flying witch stamp. I know I wanted to create a night sky/moon background but hadn’t attempted one before. Then, as luck would have it, the talented Vicky Papaioannou did a You Tube video using distress oxide inks to create the very background I wanted yesterday! Perfect timing! Thanks Vicky!

Anyway, I LOVED creating this background. You will see more of them in future, I think!

I made a very large frame for the panel and luckily I have a couple of base cards that were just a tiny bit smaller! Finally I added a sentiment from Krumspring stamps.

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Fabulous You!

Hi everyone!

So today I stepped away from the Simon Says Stamp Fractile Leaves set and played with some of my other new Stamptember goodies – including the gorgeous Fabulous You set by Altenew for Stamptember.

I must say, I found this set very easy to use and just created this very quick card using Altenew inks, some distress inks and my Twinkling H2Os, stickles and some sequins to add a bit of sparkle. Looking at it now thought, I’m wondering if I added too many ink splatters to the background?

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – ‘stamp it’.

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Simple one layer Happy Birthday card

Hi everyone

I’m very excited that my Stamptember goodies came today!!!!! Before I open them up and start playing, I thought I’d share this card which I created for the current Less is More challenge – which has a theme of ‘colouring in/one-layer card’.

I stamped an image from the Simon Says Stamp Spring Seeds set and then added a sentiment from the Sketch Ranunculus set. Thank goodness again for the MISTI – I was able to position the sentiment in exactly the right spot! Would have taken ages in the pre-MISTI days!

Anyway, I dry-embossed a Spellbinders die around the image and then coloured using my Twinking H2Os. I added a touch of stickles to finish it off.

I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – both have the theme of ‘Stamp It’.

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G’day Mate!

Happy Sunday everyone!

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

There were so many stamps I could’ve chosen for this challenge – I have quite a few fabulous animal layering stamps and cute critter stamps, I was spoilt for choice! In the end I chose the amazing Ellen Hutson/Avery Elle United We Flourish set – G’day Mate. I wanted to use the kangeroo (seriously the cutest kangeroo I’ve seen!) and also incorporate the baby koala… all while keeping the card CAS…

I smooshed some distress ink onto some watercolour paper and sprayed it with a perfect pearls mist. It shimmers so much in real life – so hard to capture in a photo. I then stamped, cut and coloured the images using my beloved twinkling H2Os.

I like the sentiments on the set, but really wanted one that said ‘G’day mate’ – so I used wording from two of the stamps and some post-it notes as I couldn’t bring myself to cut up the sentiment stamps!!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by Guest Designer Marge from margecrafts. I’m sure many of you already know Marge – one of the sweetest crafters I have met online! This challenge is perfect for her as she creates the most beautiful critter cards – please drop by her site to see them and many more!

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


You Nailed It!

Happy Friyay!

This week’s theme for the Less is More challenge is ‘use a real object’. I’ve been doing a lot of DIY recently so I decided to go with a nail! I wanted to use the phrase ‘you nailed it’ but I don’t have a stamp of that – although I bet I will find it in one of my stamp sets tomorrow! Anyway, I printed it off on white card on my home printer and then stamped the Altenew ‘yay’ above it using Delicata black shimmer ink – it is so shimmery in real life!

I used a die from the Hero Arts 12 point star set as the focal point and then stuck the nail on it using some washi tape…. not sure how long it will hold!

I then stuck the panel on a background that I had embossed with a Sizzix/Tim Holtz folder.

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Time Out – rainbow lily

Hi Everyone!

I am very honoured to be a guest designer for the current Time Out challenge. This time, the challenge is to CASE a card (at the end of this post) created by the talented Beverley Brown.

I’ve seen a few cards on Instagram where the designers coloured the background rather than the image, which I thought was so eye-catching so I decided to give that a whirl for my take on Beverley’s card. I stamped the gorgeous Penny Black stargazer lily which I then masked off before stencilling some distress ink to make a soft rainbow background. I added a die cute sentiment from Avery Elle (which I tweaked as I wanted to have a longer ‘tail’ before the word rather than after it!).

Do stop by the Time Out challenge blog and check out the inspiration from the fabulous design team! I hope you can play along too!

Thanks for stopping by!