Monday, 22 August 2016

LIM #290 - Exotic

The Less is More challenge inspired me to make these three cards this week on the theme of Exotic.

The first card features a set of stamps that I just had to have - they got delayed and then never saw ink until today - 2+ years later!!! I made a background using the new spellbinder tool n one brayer with TH inks. Then I decided my newest die (sticks frame)- which someone used a few weeks ago I think seemed to fit nicely. I cut it up and used it slightly differently to the original configuration.

Second card uses the new Leonie circle stencil (look out for a snippets card featuring this!) and a sheet of Crafters Companion Destination collection. The sentiment is from Hobby Art.

Third card is CC Destination collection again. Used one of the toppers trimmed slightly and mounted onto card and another background made with the mini brayer. Finally some embossing using a Hero Arts stamp.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Fabulous florals

The challenge on Allsorts challenge blog this week is Fabulous Florals and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use my newest poppy stamp and die from Ken Oliver.

I used a stencil for the background and the sentiment is from Clarity.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Fussy cutting with stencil and mask

I decided to have a play with some old favourite Clarity Stamps. First though I used a the Clarity mask to put the colour down around the figure, then lifted the mask and using the stencil filled it in with TH pumice stone. I took the montage stamp and stamped over the figure then using the standalone basque stamp, stamped onto vellum. I also stamped two of the words onto vellum and heat embossed with clear powder and then using Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish over the back of the vellum. I then fussy cut around all of these elements.
I used a TL die to cut the artwork and give the holes around the edges, then mounted onto black card and finally onto a base card which I had stamped with some more Clarity word chain stamps.

I'm entering this into the Clarity Stamp Challenge #42 - fussy cutting and
Craft Stamper magazine Take it Make it August challenge - stencils and masks.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Sophisticated snippets

Those of you that know how much of a fashionista I am will realise I had to have this die (and it's companions!) but just look - I already own this cushion.

So I really did need to have it LOL!

The Less is More challenge this week is "Something French" and playing along with this led to my card, but as it is not one layer I couldn't enter it. I can see me putting this lady in lots of different settings but for now with the addition of the french script from SU she is in France. I chose not to put the glass in her hand, which by the way, if you look at the cushion has always seemed to me that her hand is not quite right........

So pleased to have used a card blank I have had for years too. As the dies were all cut from the snippets box I'm off to the Snippets playground to enter.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

mid month reminder for Penny Black & More challenge - anything goes with a stamp

Hello - just a quick reminder for our challenge over at Penny Black & More challenge.

For my DT card I used Penny Black painters vase stamp which I stamped in black and embossed with clear powder over a brushos background. The frame is from Crafters companion and the sentiment is from Penny Black set sprinkles and smiles.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you on the challenge blog - even if you have entered you still have time to do so again up to a maximum of three entries, just remember stamping must be your focal point.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

LIM week 289 - something French

I knew I had some French themed stamps so I routed them all out and then decided what to use. This is how I ended up doing three cards.
The first one uses Clarity stamps and a G45 stamp, then a stencil from Sheena for the background.

The second one is a stamp that has never seen ink - you can see why I wanted it I'm sure ;) I decided to use the same G45 stamp and also a stamp from French Foilage set by SU.

Lastly a stamp I have used before which comes with it's own french sentiment - I've used Coloursoft pencils and a blending pen for this card - my first go at this technique.

They are all for the one layer challenge at Less is More which this week is "something French".

I've been alerted by Darnell to a challenge I've never entered before One Layer Simplicity - I'm entering the last card into their Art challenge as I used the coloursoft pencils.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Clarity makes

It was the monthly Clarity worksop last Saturday. We spent most of the day making this lovely folding birthday book. There are two panels left over and so I will be using those for something else soon.

Then we did a quick technique that can be used to disguise a less than perfect stencil print. I was amazed that it actually came out perfectly - when it didn't need to! But I still blew the ink!

Then we took the same stencil flipped it and used the left over ink to get the reverse image. This left part of the image unprinted and I forgot to take a photo whilst it was like that. When I got home I originally planned just to draw in the missing detail, but got zentangling and couldn't stop.

Monday, 15 August 2016

3 embellishments at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog

Julie has chosen our challenge this fortnight of "3 embellishments" at Ooh la la Creations challenge blog. Something that I think is often overlooked on the Ooh la la cdroms are the embellishments - so for my DT card I've used the flowers (3 of them ;) ) that complement the backing papers from the cdrom Say it with Words.

I chose to print the backing paper directly onto some card to form the base of the card. This cuts down on layers for postage too! The main image is also from the cdrom and is one of the black and white images. I've used brushos to add some colour. There are two cards this time as the first one I made to show on Hochanda and the second one is the version I made live on air!

Hope you can join us for this challenge - remember to check the blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team.