Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Music and Holly Challenges

I got to spend the afternoon in my craft room today.  I had intended to work on organizing my unmounted stamps but instead, made two cards.

First up, for Jingle Belles "Hark the Herald Angels SING" - have a musical element on the card.

One of my goals this year is to use up lots of pieces from my UFO box.  This little piece of background was in there - it's smooshed oxide inks on photographic paper.  I die cut the musical score out of navy cs, added strips of navy cs to the top and bottom, stamped the sentiment in navy, and popped the panel up on fun foam.

I also wanted to make another card for the inaugural CAS Christmas Card Challenge "Holly".

I had a piece of mixed media cs in my UFO box that I'd sprinkled and spritzed with green brushos.  So I started with that.

I used a Tim Holtz stencil with white glitter embossing paste.  I missed a section of the stencil so I die cut the sentiment and placed it over that section to hide the fact that it wasn't evenly covered with the stenciled design.  I trimmed it down and added a narrow red border, and popped the panel up on fun foam.

If you want to join us at CAS Christmas Card Challenge, it's open until March 24th.

Supplies for first card:
Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - Staz-On Midnight Blue
Paper - photo paper, white and navy cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Simon Says Stamp Jingle Snowflake die, fun foam

Supplies for second card:
Paper - mixed media cs, red cs, cream shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz Festive stencil, Cosmic Shimmer glitter paste, Tattered Lace Merry Christmas die, fun foam

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Cup of Christmas Cheer

Squeaking in at the last minute for Merry Monday's Inspiration Challenge:

I have a great new stamp that seemed perfect for the challenge.

I stamped and watercoloured, trimmed the panel, and popped it up on some Christmas sentiment dp.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Stamplorations
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, linen cs, unknown dp
Size - A2
Accessories - Gansai Tambi paints, fun foam

Holly Two Ways

March is flying by and there is only one more week to enter a card in this month's (the inaugural) challenge of Loll's and Bonnie's new CAS Christmas Card Challenge.

I created a card with two types of holly - an old favourite stamp and a stencil.

I heat embossed the stamp in platinum and watercoloured it with Twinkling H2Os.  I then fussy cut it.

It looked too plain on its own so I created a simple background with a stencil and Dreamweaver's lovely Pearlescent embossing paste - it goes well with the platinum embossing powder.  I popped the stamped holly piece up on foam tape.

I decided to play around with the stamp and heat emboss one in black and one in white, and then use exactly the same colours of Twinkling H2Os to see how they compare with the one heat embossed in platinum.

I used a different stencil on this one, with a spray rather than an embossing paste.

And this one just uses some red cs to bag it.

My favourite is the first one with the image embossed with platinum embossing powder.  How about you?

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Friday, 16 March 2018

A Lush Garden

I'm back with a reminder card for CAS Watercolour's March challenge:

It seemed the perfect opportunity to use a stamp I bought a few years ago.  So good to get it inked up!

The sentiment is part of the stamp - it says "May aging be forgotten when life's memories are remembered."  So I will probably use it as a birthday card.

It's stamped and watercoloured with my favourite watercolours - my Gansai Tambi set.  I die cut it with a stitched square die and was going to just pop it up on fun foam on the card base but it looked too plain, so I added a dry embossed background for texture and interest.

You have until March 24th to enter a card at CAS Watercolour.  It needs to be clean and simple, and follow the theme of "Garden" - not just a single flower but something that represents a garden more than that.

Stamps - Art Impressions Memories Window
Ink - Ranger Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, PTI Vintage Cream
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Lil Inker stitched square die, Sizzix Floral embossing folder