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Butterfly Bear


Today I’m playing along with the February Penny Black & More challenge where the theme is ‘anything goes’ with the option of tags.

For my take, I pulled out another of my adorable bear stamps – ‘Butterfly Bear’ by Penny Black. After stamping and colouring the image, I cut it out using a Penny Black tag die and added a Clearly Besotted sentiment.

I wanted to add a little something to the background and was delighted to stumble across my old ‘Butterfly Edge’ stamp, also by Penny Black. Originally I was going to stamp this using some pink or purple ink but I kept it simple in the end and used Pumice Stone distress oxide. I’m glad I did, I really like the subtle image it created!

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Orange Flower

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Today I’m playing along with the latest sketch challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I decided to move away from hearts and instead used a beautiful wood-mounted flower stamp from Magenta as my focal point, which I coloured for my Day 16 Colouring for the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge. I played around with different ideas (leaves, smaller flowers) for the other two images until I came across my fun Hero Arts Quattros set – I liked the contrast between the images and decided on a stamp from that set instead!

I added some controlled ink smooshing and a sentiment from a Karen Burniston die to finish off my card.

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Broken Record

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It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we want to see your CAS cards using one corner only, with the optional twist of ‘music’. Our sponsor is Uniko.

I have quite a few music stamps and dies and decided to use an older record die from Taylored Expressions, together with a very new stamp set from My Favorite Things.

As I was going to be using a corner I decided a longer sentiment would work quite nicely although I must confess I am a little bemused by it! A broken record never made me happy when I was a child! But I decided to just go with it and stamped it down after smooshing some distress ink on my base card. I then die cut three little records and cut into one of them to break it.

Et voila, a very quick CAS card!

My teammates have created some beautiful designs over at AAA Cards and this fortnight our guest designer is Karen who has some beautiful cards and photos on her blog, Random Reflections – you must check it out!

Looking forward to seeing all the entries!

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Fabulous Flowers

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It’s the 15th of the month and after a bit of a break, I’m back with a card for the Crafts-U-Love Design Team.

This month I received two Julie Hickey stamp sets: Family Sentiments and Floral Fusion.

I pulled out my distress oxides and started stamping! Once I was happy with my background, I spritzed the card generously with water to activate the Oxides and cause the inks to bleed a little.

For the sentiment, I combined some words from Julie’s set and added a die from my collection (Creative Expressions Happy Birthday die – brilliant price point on these!).

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Jade Heart

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It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and this fortnight we want to see CAS one-layer cards. The optional twist is ‘love’ as this challenge runs through Valentine’s Day! Our sponsor is Stamplorations and Shery has come up with a fun bright one-layer card!

I love one-layer cards but sometimes my one-layer cards can become a little busy! So I had to be very careful not to overdo it when I was creating this card! As you know if you’ve read my post on 1 Feb, I am trying to use at least one of my old wood-mounted stamps every day during the 30 Day Colouring Challenge and today is no exception! I stamped an older wood-mounted Hero Arts heart stamp with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance ink and then masked it off before smooshing some distress ink in the background. This is where I got a bit carried away with my first take. My smooshing ended up covering most of my card front – not very CAS! So I started over and tried again!

Once I was happy with my limited/controlled smooshing, I removed the mask and coloured around the heart with grey water colour to create a faux shadow. To finish off the card, I added a Reverse Confetti sentiment.

My team mates have some wonderful one-layer cards over on the AAA Cards site. We are also joined by the talented Mac Mable from The Sweetest of Peas – she has some amazing creations on her blog – you must check it out!

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Birthday Blues

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The colour palette over at this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge is blue, aqua and white. Perfect for wintery or watery scenes, right!

I spent a little while trying to creating a scene-based card, but ended up going with something a bit different! I used a polka dot background die from My Favorite Things to cut a couple of distress oxide backgrounds.

For my first card, I stuck the individual dots onto a white base card and added a Penny Black die cut sentiment to finish off the card.

I used the background panel from the aqua dots to create a super simple second card showcasing the same colour combo.



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