Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Tangerine funky florals.

Hi everyone, I got a chance to play with my new zig markers and a new floral die set today.
I cut a lot of the flowers and leaves in one pass on my cuttlebug, so it didn't take long to have lots of diecuts ready to colour.

I started by sponging some spiced marmalade distress ink onto the flowers with a finger dauber, then spritzed this with water to give a  light orange base colour. 
Then I coloured around the edges with a bright yellow zig marker. I used a water pen to blend this in. To tone down the brightness I added a touch of vintage photo distress ink on the edges. The greenery is coloured with olive green and the centres with yellow. I added a touch of sparkle with a clear wink of stella pen.

I'm linking up to these challenges: 

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge where the theme is to colour diecuts.
My other elements are sponging, stamping wet embossing and die cutting.

At Less is More it's a colour challenge, olive and tangerine.

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

Simon Says Stamp Monday want us to add a little sparkle.

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At Work it Wednesday the theme is the great outdoors.

Sizzix funky floral#1 dies; distress inks; zig clean colour brush markers; wink of stella clear pen; Annabelle Stamps sentiment (Fanciful Flowers set); versafine ink & clear ep; hammered card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 16 July 2018

Summer Fun with brilliance wax and gelatos!

Hi everyone, I wish I was on a tropical island in the sun right now!
It's been very cold and windy here lately, although being the middle of Winter it won't be too long before I'll be complaining about the heat lol!

I'm playing along with a few challenges. 

At Simon Says Stamp Monday the theme is Summer fun.

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At CAS Mix Up Card Challenge the theme is to colour your diecuts.

I often colour card or create an inky background then dicut my pieces from that. So instead I diecut the palm trees then rubbed Antique Brilliance wax in lucky emerald on the leaves with my finger, and painted iced chai gelato with a little water onto the stem. The trees have a lovely shimmer in real life. Here's a closer look.

My elements are coloured diecuts, diecutting, gelatos, watercolouring and stamping.

I created the background using Loll's splash watercolour technique. The link is to a quick video tutorial. It's a lot of fun, although I found blue ink splashes in quite a few random places lol!
Hubby wanted me to add a sun, I opted for some yellow and mopped the ink up with a paper towel before it turned green!

So I'm also linking to the CAS watercolour challenge where splash watercolouring is the theme.

I used a few blues and a yellow distress ink.

I'm also linking up to Just Us Girls  as they have a watercoloured background theme.


Palm tree die, unbranded from craft fair; Spellbinders circle die; Prima antique brilliance wax; gelatos; distress inks; Kaisercraft Bon Voyage mini clear stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Panda Birthday!

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great weekend.
I've been busy making more baby cards and thought I'd use one of the pandas for an upcoming birthday.

The panda was fussycut and I versamarked and clear embossed the birthday diecut, there's wink of stella on the red balloon, hard to see in the pic though.

There are a few challenges I'm linking up to:
At Seize the Birthday I'm playing along with the anything goes option.

Addicted to Stamps and More is celebrationg their 6th birthday and 300th challenge!
 Congratulations Kylie!

Inkspirational also has a birthday theme.

Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge has an animals theme,

and it's anything goes at Happy Little Stampers Dies Challenge.

Mama Elephant pandamonium stamp, black archival ink; Paper Smooches balloon dies; glitter paper; wink of stella pen; Stamplorations birthday die; versamark ink and clear embossing powder; hammer card base; foam squares.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Bits Box Butterfly!

Hi everyone, the theme at Less is More is to use something from your leftover bits stash!

I had this butterfly diecut from a play with dylusions sprays a couple of years ago!
I embossed it with the matching folder, brushed the peaks and edges with some black ink, added some bling and it was finished.
 The scroll is stamped with versafine imperial purple ink and clear embossed, and the sentiment stamped in versafine black and clear embossed too. It says don't just fly. Soar. (Hubby had trouble reading it).

I'm also linking up to the butterflies challenge at Double D Challenges, where they have this gorgeous mood board for inspiration. I was taken with the lower left one!

At Just Us Girls the theme is anything goes.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's also anything goes.

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Word Art Wednesday also has an anything goes theme,
 as long as you use a sentiment or bible verse.

Grab our badge:

Sizzix butterfly duo die and embossing folder; antenae from a Memory Box butterfly die; Dylusions inks, probably fuschia, grape and midnight as these are the only purples and blues I have! black soot distress ink; Katzelkraft flourish border stamp; Stamplorations Noteworthy 2 setiment; versafine inks, clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Gelatos and baby mobile.

Hi everyone, it's a grey day outside so I'm alternating between the craft room and a bit of housework, just a bit lol!

I used silver metallic gelatos to paint the frame of the mobile and the sentiment, it's a lovely soft shimmery silver in real life. The animals were cut from scraps of coloured card, although the elephant was a white scrap coloured with spun sugar distress ink to match the matted border.

I never want to "waste"a whole piece of coloured card as a mat and colouring the edges, which is all you need, of a white card is so much more economical. (Must be my Scottish side coming through lol!)

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Anything goes at Just Us Girls,

it's also anything goes at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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Mobile die, unbranded bought from a craft show; Penny Black congrats die; silver metallic gelatos; spun suger distress ink; Stampin Up lattice embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 29 June 2018

Giraffe baby card!

Hi everyone, the weekend has just started here, thank goodness!

I was asked to make a card for one of our teachers who is going on maternity leave, and this is it. Thank you to Lisa Addesa of I'm in haven whose design I cased!

I saw her card and had to buy the die from Simon Says Stamp. 
When it arrived I realized it was all cut outs, no solid giraffe so thankfully followed Lisa's instructions to create the giraffe peeking out of the heart.

I had some gingham designer paper that my sister gave me years ago, thanks Mo! It made the perfect backdrop. 
The stamp was a $2 bargain I picked up ages ago too from Imaginisce, 2011 on the packet. Stamped with versafine ink and clear embossed.
I dry embossed the top panel with a Papertrey Ink impression plate - burlap I think it's called.

I'm linking up to the tic tac toe challenge at Retro Rubber Stamp Challenges.
I've gone with embossing, patterned paper and baby.


At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday the theme is anything goes.

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The giraffe was pieced with scraps of orange and brown card so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop

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and at Word Art Wednesday .

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Simon Says Stamp picture book giraffe die; Mpress heart die; Papertrey Ink burlap impression plate; Imaginisce little bundle of joy stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; scrap of ginham patterned paper; fun foam.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Relaxed kitten!

Hi everyone, I,m glad it's the weekend again, work has been so busy with new systems and lots of training, I definitely need to relax!

I've had this kitten stamp for a little while, and recently bought the relax die from Stamplorations. I thought when I bought it that the letters would be connected but then was glad they weren't so I could lay them out in a wonky line.

At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is to make your mark.
The kitten is stamped with versafine ink, clear embossed and coloured with Prismacolour pencils. I've  also added some shading under the kitten.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers,

and it's anything goes with a sentiment or given bible verse at Word Art Wednesday.

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At Stamping Sensations this month it's anything goes so long as a stamp is the focus of your card.

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Versafine ink & clear embossing powder; Nellie Snellen stamp ANI009; Stamplorations relax die; Prismacolour pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Monday, 11 June 2018

Chickens on the farm!

Hi everyone, I wanted to play along with the challenge at CASology where the theme is Farm.

I've had the Stampin Up Hey Chick set for ages but this is it's first inking!
I've used an old Annabelle Stamps set for the little chick, and the greenery from a Flourishes set for the grass. The sentiment is also from an old Hero Arts set called Find Joy.

A few of these sets are over a year old, Find Joy is 2013 and so is the Annabelle Stamp set Easter Chickadee. Retro Rubber Challenge Blog has an anything goes theme so long as you use at least one stamp over a year old.


I scribbled tombow markers onto an acrylic block to colour the images with a water brush, so I'm 
also linking up to the anything goes watercolour challenge at Happy Little Stampers.
The optional theme is smile, I love chickens, their antics always make me smile!

At Word Art Wednesday it's also anything goes using a sentiment or a bible verse.

Grab our badge:

Stamps: Stampin Up Hey Chick: Annabelle Stamps Easter Chickadee; Flourishes Kids Play; Hero Arts Find Joy.
Other: Archival potting mix and versafine onyx black inks; clear ep; Stamplorations wonky border die; Tombow markers.

Thanks for visiting, Cathy x

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Gelatos and bloomtangled diecut.

Hi everyone, I've been playing with a new card sized die that arrived not long ago. It's called Bloomtangled coverplate #1 by Stamplorations. I've been having lots of fun with it!

For this card I thought I'd diecut part of the panel and back it with a scrap of card I'd smooshed gelatos onto. It has a shimmer that's hard to see in the pic.

The base card has a hammered impression on it which gives a subtle texture. It's getting harder to find this cardstock in Australia, which is a shame as I really like it.

The sentiment is 2 stamps from an old Darkroom Door set called Simply Circles. The circle is what picks up the ink so the sentiment is whatever colour card you stamp on. I embossed the circles with clear ep, then fussy cut the words out. The date on the stamp tin is 2011, so since it's over 1 year old, I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.


Stamplorations have a massive 5th birthday celebration happening, and there are lots of ways to win prizes. One is to CASE one of the DT cards. I've chosen Jessica's card here. She partially coloured the card using this die, so I thought I'd just use part of the die.

I'm also linking up to the challenge at Less is More where the theme is friendship.

At Cuttlebug Mania the theme is to frame it.
I've framed the diecut with a white mat and then a black mat to tie in with the stamped sentiment.
I needed to use a metal plate with this die in my cuttlebug and cranked it slowly as it's so big.

The layered mats were from my snippets box, so I'm also visiting the playground at

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Stamplorations Bloomtangled coverplate #1 die: gelatos; Darkroom Door Simply Circles stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Birthday Star!

Hi everyone,
It's a long weekend here for the Queen's Birthday, so I'm making the most of the break and getting some cards that I need done.

I was inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for this card.
I'm not very good with sketches so this one is a literal interpretation lol!

The star was diecut from a leftover piece of acrylic paint scrunched with clingwrap from an earlier project. The sentiment diecut was covered in versamark ink and then aged black frantage embossing enamel was sprinkled on. I love how you never know what the colour of it will be until you finish heating it!

I'm also linking up to the 4th Birthday challenge at AAA Cards, congratulations on reaching that fabulous milestone!
I've left blank space on the edges of my card so I'm hoping it's CAS enough.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes option at Seize the Birthday,

 the embossing challenge at CAS on Friday, I've used both wet and dry embossing,

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and the anything goes dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

Papertrey Ink star dies; Stamplorations birthday die; Cuttlebug star embossing folder; versamark ink; Stampendous aged black frantage enamel; acrylic paint; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x