Saturday, 31 July 2021

Welcome baby in purple.

 


Hi everyone, I've been making cards for baby girls as that's what families seem to be having here!
Thought I'd try a change from pinks and yellows and go with purple!

I've used designer paper for the elephant and coloured the sentiment with a recently purchased (retired) ink. 
It looks a bit ombre but ok I think. I added some versamark ink and clear embossed it for some shine.

The eye is a recently purchased Pretty Pink posh 3mm sequin, so sparkly!

I'm linking up to these challenges:


Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog, anything goes + a sentiment.

Supplies:
Poppystamps stitched elephant die; Simon Says Stamp baby die and baby welcome sentiment; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Echo Park dots & Stripes gingham paper; Stampin Up perfect plum ink; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Pretty Pink Posh sequin. 

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

WWC 321-Tristan's Challenge : All Things Masculine

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Watercooler Wednesday and it's Tristan's turn to host a masculine theme.


The design team have some wonderful inspiration for you, so I hope to see you in the gallery.

I'm using a new to me 3D embossing folder. I've used wax in different colours to highlight the texture.
Love the almost medieval feel that it has!

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More, I've used a couple of tag diecuts.


Dies R Us, anything goes.
I've used MFT traditional tag stax dies
Supplies"
Sizzix Engraved embossing folder; MFT traditional tag stax dies; Art Alchemy antique brilliance
 wax in various colours; bronze metallic card; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Monday, 26 July 2021

Sending Hugs 3D embossing

 


Hi everyone, I've been trying out a new to me technique with some 3D embossing folders.
Inking the folder on the concave side then placing the cardstock in to run it through my Big Shot Plus.

Need more play time with my blending and choosing colours but I'm having a lot of fun!
I spritzed the finished panel with dazzling diamonds for some shimmer.
Here's a closer look.


I inked the black diecut sentiment with versamark and clear embossed to add some shine.
The hugs stamp was clear embossed and fussycut to try and fit as best it could.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,  out with the old in with the new
Allsorts, feminine or for a lady


Double D Challenge, colours of summer


Let's Squash It, shimmer and shine.


Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp floral centrepiece 3D embossing folder; distress oxide inks salvaged patina; squeezed lemonade; wild honey; worn lipstick; dazzling diamonds; Sending diecut (no longer in it's package) Fiskars stamp; versamark ink and clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Friday, 23 July 2021

Birthday Horse Ride

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Glenda has chosen travel as the theme.


Of course, you can always play along with our anything goes birthday option, it's a great way to build up your stash of birthday cards!

My team mates and our guest Melanie have some wonderful ideas to inspire you, so I hope you get the chance to play along.

I had it in my head that I was making a card for a transport theme, so I thought I'd do a horse and rider.
I guess they could have travelled to the country to ride!

I've had this stamp for ages and only used it the once. It definitely needs a stamp press to get a solid image, and I clear embossed it to darken the image even more as some of the mountains were showing through!

I saw this card by Michelle Zindorf on pinterest and loved the background so gave it a go.
My torn paper inking needs a bit more practice but it's a fun technique. I used distress inks for the sky, mountains and grass.

The grass stamps are covering some messy bits and I think they add some depth.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Allsorts, feminine theme.


Alphabet Challenge H, use happy in your sentiment.


Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog, kids of summer and a sentiment,
horseriding is one of the top things on the list in my rural area for summer fun!


Supplies:
Stamps: Kitty-lane Australia horse and girl; Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps grass; Annabelle Stamps sentiment (retired);
Other: versafine clair nocturne and shady lane inks; distress inks in tumbled glass, broken china, pumicestone and bundled sage; clear embossing powder. Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 16 July 2021

Poinsettia Panel

 


Hi everyone, have you had a chance to play along with the current challenge at CAS Christmas yet?

Linda is looking for cards with poinsettias, there are loads of wonderful makes by the design team and in the gallery for inspiration so I hope you can join in, there's still plenty of time.

I used the small poinsettia die again and and shaped the leaves and petals. Added a diecut  decorative panel as a background. There's a piece of white shimmer paper behind this, bit hard to see in the pic so here's a closer look. Still a bit hard to see lol!


The sentiment is from a retired Stampin Up set, stamped in versafine clair ink and clear embossed.

I'm linking up to these challenges:


Christmas Craft Creations, anything Christmas goes


Merry Little Christmas Challenge, anything Christmas goes


Supplies:

Dies: Poppystamps small blooming poinsettia; Annabelle Stamps decorative panel (not sure of the name and now retired); Stampin Up Four the Holidays sentiment, (retired); versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; white shimmer paper.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

WWC 320 - Dawn's Challenge : All About Occasions

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Watercooler Wednesday and Dawn is hosting an all occasions theme.


One of our small local school's had a fireworks night recently, so I thought I'd combine some of my NBUS fireworks stamps, and since we live in a rural area,  some trees into this design

Bit tricky embossing over the ink blended background as the powder wants to stick, need a bit more practice I think, and maybe a new embossing buddy tool lol!

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Allsorts, masculine theme



Make My Monday Challenge, anything airborne, hope fireworks are ok.


Supplies:
MFT Fireworks stamp; SU Lovely as a tree stamp; versafine clair nocturne ink; Wow metallic silver sparkle embossing glitter and Wow opaque bright white ep; fine detail clear ep; distress inks; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 9 July 2021

Scottie Dog

 


Hi everyone it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and TaeEun has chosen framed as the theme.


The design team and our party guest Melanie have some great ideas to inspire you, so I hope you get the chance to play along.

I kept my frame very simple, a pop of red to match the scottie dog's scarf.

I've made a few cards using this die, sometimes the dog is white and sometimes black.

 I use snowtex to add texture so it looks like his fur, and coloured it with some black acrylic paint before applying it. It's messy but fun and I love the look!

I'm linking up to these challenges:

AAA Birthday




Supplies:
Marianne Design dog die; DecoArt snow tex paste; black acrylic paint; Daisy Mae Design gingham embossing folder; sentiment sticker.


Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Holiday Poinsettia.

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at CAS Christmas and Linda has chosen poinsettias as the theme.


The design team and our guest Sandra have some amazing inspiration for you, so I hope you get the chance to play along.

This card uses diecuts only. 2 of them I've had for ages but not used, the sentiment and frame.

The sentiment was inked with versamark and embossed with aged gold frantage embossing enamel.
 I diecut the small poinsettia from red and green cardstock and used some shaping tools and a mouse mat to give the petals and leaves some dimension. 
Thes's a tiny smear of crystal stickles on the gold centre to liven it up!

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Dies R Us, anything goes, I've used Penny Black and Poppy Stamps dies.
I've gone with the diagonal of silver/gold/flowers/pink or red.



Supplies:
Dies: Poppystamps small blooming poinsettia and jumbled happy holidays; Penny Black square frames; 
Other: versamark ink; Stampendous aged gold frantage embossing enamel; Stickles.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

WWC 319 - Helen's Challenge : All things Feminine

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Watercooler Wednesday  and Helen is hosting a feminine theme.


The design team have some wonderful inspiration for you so I hope you can play along.

I'm still playing with Inka Gold pastes. I open them up every month or so to check they haven't dried out, add some glycerine if necessary and use them lol!

I used champagne and jade on my craft mat, spritzed heavily with water, then smooshed my cardstock through it.
When dry I embossed it using a Sizzix 3D leaf folder.

The sentiment was diecut, inked with versamark and heat embossed with Lindy's midnight gold powder.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

I went with the diagonal of yellow, big sentiment and watercolour (smooshed Inka Gold)



Let's Squash It, nature and watercolouring.
Mix it Up Challenge Blog, anything goes without the option of stamping this time.



Supplies:
Inka Gold; Sizzix 3D fallen leaves embossing folder; Simon Says Stamp you die; Couture Creations love die; versamark ink; Lindy's midnight gold embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Friday, 25 June 2021

3D embossing

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Ashwini has asked us to get creative with an embossing folder.


Our party guest Melanie and the design team have some great inspiration for you, or you can always play along with our anything goes birthday option.

I have a lot of embossing folders but they have been a bit neglected lately, even though I've been adding some of the 3D ones to my stash!

This one is a  new to me Sizzix 3D embossing folder called wildflowers.

 A tip I learned from watching the Tim Holtz demos was to spritz  some water lightly onto the card then run it through your machine (Big Shot Plus in my case) 3 times to get a deep impression. It seems to work every time.

Next I painted on some inkagold and got this lovely shine.

Here's a closer look.

The butterfly was inked with versamark then embossed with Wow embossing glitter. I added a layer of vellum for some definition.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

As You Like It, favourite tip and use it on your project.




Allsorts, playing along with just anything goes.


Mix it Up Challenge Blog, without the option of stamping.


Simon Says Stamp Monday, I can see clearly. I used vellum under the top butterfly wings.

Supplies:
Sizzix 3D embossing folder wildflowers; Inka Gold rose quartz; Memory Box Lunette and Oriel butterfly dies; versamark ink; Wow vintage romance embossing glitter; vellum; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x