Sunday, 20 August 2017

Alcohol inked flowers.

Hi everyone, been a busy few weeks traveling and training for work so I am glad to finally relax in the craft room! 

I've been wanting to play along with quite a few challenges and have missed the deadlines so I'm on a mission now lol!

The theme at CAS Mixup Card Challenges is to use alcohol inks as one of your components.

I had some scraps of metal sheet in my snippets box that I diecut and pounced some alcohol inks on.
I used a purple, a yellow and an orange. I thought some tropical greenery would suit these colours.
My other elements are diecutting, distress inking to colour the greenery and dry embossing.

I'm also linking up to the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. You only need one snippet to play along.

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At AAA Cards the theme is summer fun. Time is nearly up so get in quickly if you want to play along!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday want us to add a sentiment.

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and at Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies, it's anything goes.


Papertrey Ink woodgrain embossing plate; Spellbinders circle, Memory Box Fancy Flowers and MFT Wild Greenery dies; metal sheet; distress inks; alcohol inks; Stampin Up Whimsical Words stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 31 July 2017

Wedding roses.

Hi everyone. I was asked for a wedding card with roses and searched my stash for these ingredients.
The embossing folder is brand new (to me anyway) while the stamp and dies I've had for ages, the greenery and roses never used before!

Here's a close up of the rolled roses.

I wanted to CASE this card on pinterest,
 I think it's by Crafts by Rudlis and it is so beautiful! 

I'm linking up to these challenges.

Simon Says Stamp Monday where the theme is off the edge.
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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is anything goes.
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Just Us Girls where it's time to use something old and or new.

Marianne Design embossing folder DF3423; Poppy stamps lorelai leaf outline die; Impression Obsession spiral flowers die; Spellbinders A2 curved borders one die; Annabelle Stamps wedding medallion sentiment; versafine ink and wow fine metallic silver embossing powder; stampin up coral ink reinker; silver textured card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Green watercoloured butterfly.

Hi everyone, I've had this diecut panel and a sheet of watercoloured paper lying around for ages and thought I'd combine the two for a card.

The diecut was layered twice to give some dimension. I painted some watercolour paper with Kuretake gansai paints and the gold flecks are from some gold Finetec watercolour paint.

I embossed the butterfly to add some more interest and added a sentiment sticker .
Here's another pic that shows the shimmer from the gold paint.

The challenge at Less is More is anything but stamps.
I often create cards with diecuts and sentiment stickers so this challenge is great for me!

At CAS watercolour challenge the theme is butterfly. 
That's my other favourite image for cards!

At Seize the Birthday I've gone with the no toppings option of anything goes.

And at Addicted to Stamps & More it's also anything goes.

Memory Box ringo tiles border and Moonlight butterfly dies; Summer fun set embossing folder;
Kuretake gansai and Finetec watercolour paints; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Owl and tissue paper moon.

Hi everyone, I have a friend who loves owls and am hoping they like this card!

It's a similar design to one I created earlier this month, using crinkled tissue paper glued to a circle, sprayed with brushed pewter stain, then embossed with liquid platinum powder to give it lots of shine and texture. Loll has a great video tutorial on this technique. 
The sentiment is stamped in versafine and embossed with fine silver metallic powder.

Here's a closer look at the moon.

I'm linking up to the challenge at The Male Room where the theme is mixed media.

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's anything goes.

At Poppystamps the theme is to add bling.
The brushed pewter distress spray stain, liquid platinum and silver metallic embossing add lots of sparkle and shine, so I hope that counts as masculine bling!

Poppystamps wise owl die: Memory Box woodland branch die; Spellbinders circle die; tissue paper; multi matte medium; brushed pewter distress spray stain; versamark ink and liquid platinum embossing powder; Hero Arts shoot for the moon stamp, versafine ink and wow fine silver embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Butterflies on distressed timber.

Hi everyone, it's the end of the weekend and the end of school holidays for me.
I did get some much needed work done around the house and rested a lot, so I feel ready to tackle Monday head on lol!

I wanted to play along with the distress challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday. So I've used a few distress inks on this timber stamped panel and distressed the edges with a tool. 
I decided on blue butterflies as this card has such a masculine feel. They are fussy cut and  coloured with inktense pencils.

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I've used stamps, distress ink, inktense pencils, and my texture elements are distressed edges and the frantage enamel embossed sentiment.

I'm also joining the take it make challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine. The theme is anything goes as long as there is stamping on your project.

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At Seize the Birthday I'm playing along with the anything goes no toppings option.

 Darkroom Door timber stamp; antique linen, pumicestone, weathered wood and vintage photo distress inks; Hero Arts antique engravings butterfly stamp; Stamplorations birthday die; versamark ink and aged black frantage enamel embossing powder; inktense pencils; happy sentiment sticker;
Tim Holtz distressing tool.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Distress Oxide Butterflies.

Hi everyone, these butterflies were diecut from a panel inked with distress oxides and gently spritzed with water. I like how the colours are soft and pastel.

I'm linking up to the CAS watercolor challenge where the theme is butterfly.

I didn't want to risk stamping on this embossed background, so I stamped and heat embossed on tissue paper and glued it onto the base with multi medium matte glue. Tissue paper is the theme at the CAS mix up card challenge, so I'm linking up there. (Not sure if my tissue paper is enough of a focus to qualify though.)

My elements are dry embossing and die cutting to go along with the stamping and tissue paper.

I'm also joining the anything goes with stamping challenge at Craft Stamper,

Take It, Make It Challenge

and the anything goes challenge at Bizzy Bec's Store Blog.

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Memory Box Moonlight butterfly die; distress oxide inks; Stamplorations noteworthy sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; tissue paper & multi medium matte; Stampin Up petal burst embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Tissue paper moon - go after your dreams.

Hi everyone, it's been ages since I've posted, although I have been slowly adding cards to my stash!

I wanted to play along with the latest challenge at CAS Mix Up card challenge where the theme is to use tissue paper. Loll and Bonnie have provided some great tutorials on this technique that were really helpful.

I scrunchled up some white tissue paper and glued it to a diecut circle. Then I sprayed it with some brushed pewter distress spray stain and sprayed some water onto this to dilute the colour.
 I dried it with my heat gun then swiped some versamark ink over the raised ridges and sprinkled on some liquid platinum embossing powder. I used an old soft paintbrush to remove some of the powder before heating it with my heat gun. I love the veiny effect! I then used a Spellbiners circle die to make the circle smaller (this tidied up the edges nicely!)

I've used stamping, heat embossing, tissue paper, and die cutting as my elements.

Edited to add, here is a closer look at the tissue paper.

The branch and bird are diecut from  2 different shades of grey card, both scrappy snippets, so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. I've layered them both onto a black diecut to add some dimension.

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I've used Spellbinders circle, Poppystamps nestled bird and Memory Box  woodland branch dies.

Stamplorations CAS challenge has a challenge open while they are on Summer break so I'm linking up there too. The sentiment is from the Stamplorations Noteworthy set, stamped in versafine ink and embossed with liquid platinum powder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Butterflies & Texture Paste.

Hi everyone, I'm having a restful weekend in the craft room.
It's been such a busy week at work that housework can wait lol!

Edited to add: Just had a request to make my pic bigger so I hope it's not too big now :)

This tag was made from a texture paste disaster! (I'm afraid to admit I never throw anything out.)
I diecut an area on the card that was ok and blended on some distress oxide inks. I spritzed with water until I was happy with the colours.

The butterflies are stamped,embossed and fussy cut. I chose yellow and grey inktense pencils that matched the background pretty well and blended the colours out with a water brush.

 The edges of the bottom tag are painted with pewter twinkling H2Os then brushed with iced spruce oxide ink, just to tie in with the colours since white was too stark.

The theme at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge is to use texture paste .
I've also used stamping, watercolouring with DO inks and inktense pencils and fussycutting.

At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is to make your mark.
I've used inks and inktense pencils.

At Seize the Bithday it's anything goes birthday.


Antique Engravings butterfly stamp, versafine ink & clear ep; iced spruce & fossilized amber distress oxide inks; sienna gold and charcoal inktense pencils; Tim Holtz dot fade stencil; antique silver crackle embossing paste; pewter twinkling H2Os; sentiment sticker and brad from stash.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 23 June 2017

Dragonfly Birthday

Hi everyone, this is my last card as a party guest with 
Seize the Birthday. It's been so much fun and my stash of birthday cards has increased as a bonus!
The theme this time is anything goes, so it's an easy one to play along with.

I've used a new to me die from Stamplorations for the bold birthday, and
  stamped and fussy cut Indigo Blue dragonflies and painted them with twinkling H2O's. They are so sparkly in real life, bit hard to capture in the photo.
I've stencilled texture paste through a stencil to give some texture to the background.

I'm also linking up to the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.
I've used stamping, texture paste, fussy cutting and die cutting.

At Addicted to Stamps and More the theme is to make your mark. I've painted with twinkling H2Os.
They are also celebrating their 5th birthday so congratulations to Kylie and the team!

At Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge it's anything goes CAS with the option of masculine colours.
I've used  blue and green, so I hope it's still masculine even though there's a sparkle!

At CAS Watercolor Card Challenge the theme is Summer. Dragonflies remind me of lazy Summer days! I've used twinkling H2Os as my watercolor element.

Indigo Blue dragonfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Stamplorations birthday die; twinkling H2O's; Tim Holtz spatter stencil; texture paste; happy sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Experimenting with brushos & texture paste.

Hi everyone, I had fun playing with some silver embossing paste and brushos with this card.
I didn't want to waste the panel I'd made so thought I'd punch out some shapes and this is the result.

I'm linking up to the challenge at Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge where it's anything CAS with the option of masculine colours. The black brushos have split into blue and grey with a splash of orange so I'm playing along with the twist.

I'm also linking to  CAS Mix Up Card Challenge. I've stamped the sentiment, used silver texture paste, brushos, a punch and spattering in the background.

Stamplorations Noteworthy stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Memory Box diamond stencil; silver crackle embossing paste; black brushos; SU hexagon punch; birthday sentiment sticker; brushed pewter distress spray stain for spattering in the background.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x