Friday, 21 January 2022

Embossing 2 ways for Seize the Birthday


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


My team mates and our party guest Vicky have lots of wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.
Remember anything goes birthday is always an option too.


I have loads of embossing folders that I really don't use often enough! I also love embossing sentiments or diecuts to glitz them up and add some shine.

I had another play with this 3D folder and inked the flattish or debossed side with oxide inks and a blending tool.  The raised embossing is supposed to stay white but I got a bit too inky lol!

I diecut the happy twice from black cardstock and inked one with versamark and embossed it with clear powder to give it some shine, then glued the 2 together for some dimension.

I'm playing along with these challenges:



Playing along with just the anything goes option.

Supplies:

Simon Says Stamp floral centrepiece 3D embossing folder; distress oxide inks salvaged patina, wild honey and worn lipstick; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Mama Elephant scripty happy die; versamark ink & clear ep; birthday sticker.

Thanks for visiting,

Cathy x




Wednesday, 19 January 2022

WWC #333 : Dawn's Challenge - All About Occasions

 


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


Have a look at the wonderful cards my team mates have created for all sorts of occasions.
Hope to see you in the gallery.

I was asked to make a special card for a 60th anniversary.
I used diamond dust on the numbers so that the diamonds got a look in!
Here's a closer look at the sparkle.


I used a rose gold metallic cardstock and layered the diecuts up for extra dimension.
The base was 5 x 7 inches, so a bit bigger than my usual makes.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Allsorts, add a heart


Aud Sentiments Challenge, anything goes + a sentiment


Unicorn Challenge, layer it up


Supplies:
Dies: Memory Box La Rue Heart; Kaisercraft numbers; Scrap Dragon anniversary die
Other: Rose gold metallic card; diamond dust and glue; Couture Creations Entangle embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Monday, 17 January 2022

Beware... Snarky sentiment and stencils!

 


Hi everyone, I'm delving into some snarky stamps that I bought recently.
No offense intended of course!

My sister asked me for a card using this one and I struggled to think of a design. Stencils to the rescue! I thought the emojis toned it down a bit too lol.

I've used a Taylored Expression stencil with oxide inks for the background and stamped the text and emojis with versafine clair inks in colours that toned in.

I'm linking up for the first time to The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers where the theme is I for Ink.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, fun with stencils, hope I haven't been too liberal!
Supplies:
Taylored Expressions slimline dashes stencil; distress oxide inks; The Ink Road Stamps sentiment; Brutus Monroe so emotional stamps; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle dies; versafine clair inks and clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Red & Purple inka gold

 


Hi everyone, I've been playing with a couple of new Inka gold colours and a new die.
The new pastes are moist and creamy compared to my old ones!
The colours are marsala and hydrangea.

I put some paste on a craft mat and mixed in some water, then smooshed some card stock into it.
Here's a closer look at the shimmer.


I didn't spend time trying to match up the negative and positive hearts so the inlaid ones are a bit mismatched!

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

Color Hues red and purple theme


Allsorts, anything goes with the option of something new


Supplies:
Inka Gold in marsala and hydrangea; heart die brand unknown as gifted by a friend; Stampin Up Express Yourself sentiment ; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die.
Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Friday, 7 January 2022

Blue & Grey for Seize the Birthday

 


Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful festive season and New Year celebration, we had a quiet time at home which was good. Toasted some marshmallows on our new fire pit for New Years, when it wasn't raining lol!
I'm almost recovered from my surgery too, all is good so far, and I'm looking forward to a busy 2022!

It's time to start the year with our Seize the Birthday challenges, and Colleen has chosen blue and grey as our theme.

Our party guest for this month is Vicky Hayes and she and my team mates have some wonderful cards to inspire you.
Remember, you can always play along with our anything goes birthday option too if blue and grey aren't your thing!

Hope to see you in the gallery.

I found a scrap in my offcut box that was blue and grey. It looks like I'd smooshed watercolour paper into some blue and grey brushos. I diecut the sketchy rings and tried to colour in some fussycut  butterflies to match with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush.
I feel a bit rusty on the old butterfly front lol!

I'm linking up to these challenges:



Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge, I've gone without the colour option

Memory Box Sketchy Rings die; Watercolour paper and brushos; Hero Arts Antique Engravings butterfly stamp; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Inktense pencils in Paynes Grey, navy and sea blue; Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers sentiment stamp.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Wednesday, 5 January 2022

WWC #332 - Tristan's Challenge : All Things Feminine

 


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


I'm slowly getting back into card making and am looking for quick and easy cards to make!
I found this green and gold background in my stash, made by mixing Inka gold paste with water on a plastic mat and smooshing some cardstock into it.
 I freshened it up by splashing on a bit more watery gold in the flower area. 

The flower and sentiment diecuts are double layered for dimension and the shimmer is lovely in real life.
Here's a closer look.



I'm linking up to these challenges:

Two of my favourite colours are green and gold. Hope it's ok using the black and white too.


Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge

I've gone with a new product. First time I've used my new happy birthday die
Time Out, also has a new theme, so my new sentiment die fits the bill here too.


Supplies:
Dies: Paper Rose blooming flowers background; Creative Expressions stacked happy birthday
Other: Inka Gold pastes in jade and gold

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Tuesday, 4 January 2022

Silver & Gold CAS Christmas

 


Hi everyone, I hope you had a happy and safe festive season.

We had a very quiet time, which was good. I'm almost fully recovered from my surgery and all appears well so bring it on in 2022 lol!

It's time for the first CAS Christmas Challenge of 2022 and Julia has chosen the theme of silver and gold.


Lisa is our guest this month and she and the team have some wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.

I diecut 2 of the stars and layered them up, then coloured the pieces with delicata gold and silver inks using a finger dauber. The sentiment was inked with a gold ink and embossed with gold powder.
The silver glitter frame is really sparkly in real life. Here's a closer look.


I'm linking up to these challenges:

Since this is a new die for me, Darnell's NBUS Challenge


Dies R Us, anything goes, I've used a Memory Box die.



Supplies: 
Dies:Memory Box Holiday Heart star; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle
Other: Tsukineko metallic inks; Joyful Holly sentiment by Stampin Up; Wow metallic gold rich superfine ep; Couture Creations silver glitter card; linen card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Wednesday, 17 November 2021

WWC #329 - Cathy's Challenge : All things masculine

 

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Watercooler Wednesday and it's my turn to host a masculine theme.
With three males in the family I always need masculine cards lol!


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

This card uses some goodies that I've been hoarding for ages! There is a  saddle, hat and boot stickers included in the set and when I was asked for a card for an avid rider I went searching for them!

Supplies:
 Creative Imaginations paper Samantha Walker: Jolee 3D stickers; sentiment sticker; sparkly bling from stash.

(I'll be taking a blog break after this post as I need to have some surgery.
Hope to be back in mid December. Take care everyone.)

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Christmas Critters!

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at CAS Christmas and Barb has chosen the fun theme of Christmas critters.


Our guest Valerie and my team mates have some wonderful inspiration for you.
Christmas will be here before we know it, so join in and add a few extra cards to your stash!

This is one of the second hand retired Penny Black stamps I bought recently, I'm a chicken fan lol!
I've used Prismacolour pencils, zigs and glitter gel pens to colour these critters and added a touch of stickles to the hats for some extra sparkle.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday, any holiday occasion.


Allsorts, add a sentiment


Penny Black Saturday Challenge, anything goes option.


Supplies:
Stamps: Penny Black brightest christmas; Stampin Up itty bitty greetings sentiment.
Other: versafine clair ink & clear ep; Prismacolour pencils; zig clean colour brush pens; glitter gel pens;
Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Lawn Fawn chit chat speech bubble die; diamond stickles.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Wednesday, 3 November 2021

WWC 328 - Tristan's Challenge : All About Occasions

 


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


My team mates have some wonderful inspiration for you and all of the details are on the blog.
Hope to see you in the gallery.

I'm adding to my stash of Christmas cards as that occasion is fast approaching!
This is a new to me die and I recently purchased some Bo Bunny glitter gels, boy are they sparkly!!

It was a bit messy painting the gel onto the lights but I love the look of it.
The "wire" was inked with Delicata silver ink.
The sentiment was stamped with nocturne ink and clear embossed.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday, any holiday occasion.


Penny Black Saturday Challenge, anything goes option.


Tic Tac Toe Challenge I've gone with the top row of sparkle, embossing and any shape die.





Supplies: 
Penny Black sparkle string die; Tsukineko delicata silver ink; Bo Bunny glitter gels;
 sentiment from Stampin Up joyful holly set; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x