Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Humourous Pet

I've been inspired by a couple of challenges for this card:

The Paper Players' "Humorous" challenge.

And Less is More "Pets" challenge.

I don't do very many humourous cards but I do have the perfect stamp to combine these two challenges.

I love the sneaky little pup stealing the snowman's hat and scarf. It makes me think of my young dog, Tessa, who loves to steal socks and gloves!  And I love the look on the snowman's face when he sees what the dog has done.

It's a very quick and simple card, and nice and flat for mailing. Stamped, watercoloured, trimmed down and added to a red cardbase, and finished off with Stickles on the snowflakes and the lines of the snow.

Here's Tessa, looking very pleased with herself after stealing a pair of my socks:

And equally pleased to have snagged a pair of snowy gloves after we came in from a walk in the winter:

Note that I coloured the pup on the card in a similar colour to Tessa!  I love Penny Black's stamps that have the spaniel dogs!

Stamps - Penny Black snowman with dog, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - hot press watercolour paper, red cs
Size - 4.25x6.25"
Accessories - Gansai watercolour paints, Stickles

Monday, 6 August 2018

Copper Leaves

Love the Color Throwdown challenge - black, copper, and white:

A while back, Loll Thompson shared her heated copper technique at one of our get togethers.  See her video tutorial here.  I made some wonderful pieces of copper so took one of them and die cut the leaves for this card.  The heating changes the colour of the copper sheeting.  Here's a close up to show it better:

I die cut a white deckled edge rectangle, layered it over a black panel on which I'd stamped and heat embossed the sentiment, and used a white card base.  It makes a great masculine birthday card and I have a couple of male friends with birthdays in September so it's great to have a card ready for one of them.

I'm also linking up to:

Addicted to CAS - Masculine

The Male Room - Birthday

Stamps - Chocolate Baroque sentiment
Ink - ColorBox White
Paper - white and black cs
Size - A2
Accessories - thin copper sheet, Memory Box Fresh Foliage die, Spellbinders deckle edge die, white embossing powder

Sunday, 5 August 2018


A Christmas card for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up, with optional theme of "greenery":

I put the stamp in my MISTI and inked up with mini Distress inks and markers, and then watercoloured with those colours and others.  When finished, I inked up the stamp with Versamark and stamped over it again, then carefully added regular clear embossing powder to most of it, but a sparkly embossing powder to the ribbon.

I did a very pale blue wash around the image and added a heat embossed sentiment, then mounted it on a brown card base.  I went over the berries with Glossy Accents.

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Friday, 3 August 2018

Dog and Christmas Tree

How's everyone doing with getting Christmas cards made ahead of the rush?  The CAS Christmas Challenge is one way to inspire you.  This month the theme is Tree

There is lots of inspiration from the Design Team and our August Guest Designer, Barb (Barb's Studio Creations).  You have until August 24th to link up your card.

I went with a Penny Black image of a spaniel-like dog smiling up at a Christmas tree.

It's stamped and watercoloured, then trimmed with a wonky-stitched die and popped up on fun foam on a red cardbase.

I chose this stamp in honour of my dear old English Cocker Spaniel, Will, who died at the ripe old age of 14 on July 12th.  I'm missing that quirky loving dog so much after having in my life for all those years.  But he'd been declining and he made it pretty clear that he was ready to go so the vet came to my house and we sent him off easily and peacefully.   I like to think of him somewhere running on a beach with his sister Shea who died 3 years ago.  You can see the two of them in my photo on the sidebar.  And here's a lovely photo of just Will in his younger days:

And one taken just a few months ago by Loll Thompson's very talented son-in-law.  Note Will's very grey face - still a handsome boy though:

So I watercoloured the dog on my card in similar colours to Will.  Those of you who have pets, go and give them a hug - sadly they never live as long as we'd like them to, and they leave big holes in our lives when they go.

Stamps - Penny Black image, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, red cs
Size -  4.75" square
Accessories - MFT Wonky Stitched Square die, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, fun foam