Friday, 23 October 2020

Inka Gold 3D texture.

 

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Shirley has chosen texture as the topping.


You can always play along with the anything goes birthday option too.


The design team and our party guest have some great inspiration for you, so I hope you can play along.

A liitle while ago I went to use some of my Inka Gold colours and they had gone rock hard!
I found a you tube that advised on rehydrating them and then thought after all that effort I need to use them regularly to keep them from drying out again.

So, I'm reluctant to buy more colours, and decided to combine steel blue and magenta to try and create purple.It sort of worked lol!

I smeared the paste onto a craft mat and spritzed with a lot of water, then smooshed some cardstock into it. I spritzed the cardstock with water too to blend the colours even more.

I  embossed the dried card with a Sizzix 3D folder, it looks better in real life.

Here's a closer look.

The diecut was inked with versamark and embossed with Lindy's midnight violet ep.

Look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery!

Supplies:
Sizzix 3D doilies embossing folder; Inka gold paste; MFT happy birthday script die; versamark ink & Lindy's midnight violet ep; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Stencilled orbs.

 


Hi everyone, I recently bought some stencils from Funky Fossil Designs and thought it was about time I used them!

This one uses 3 distress oxide inks. I dabbed them on using a circle distress tool.
The sentiment is a retired one from Happy Little Stampers inked in versafine clair and clear embossed.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Darnell's NBUS Challenge for never before used schtuff!


The Card Concept, around the world.
I was inspired by the spherical shape and the blues on the globe and suitcase.
My card is in the Clean & Simple category.


Inkspirational, I've angled the position of the orbs to add to the 3d sort of effect.


Cards 4 Guyz, clean and simple.


Supplies:

Funky Fossil Designs orb stencil; distress oxide inks chipped sapphire, peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon; Happy Little Stampers Birthday Friends sentiment; versafine clair ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x








Friday, 9 October 2020

Using scraps.

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday, and Lindsey has chosen the theme of using scraps this fortnight.


Of course, if you don't have any scraps, then you can play along with our anything goes option, as long as it's for a birthday.
The design team and our party guest have lots of wonderful ideas to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.


I'm afraid I have a lot of scraps! I keep all sorts of papers and bits of backgrounds.
You'd be amazed at what you can diecut out of a scrap!

This diecut is the leftover piece from this card.

I had used alcohol inks and pearl inks on a sheet of yupo and only needed a piece large enough to fit behind the circle in that card.

I trimmed this leftover to fit the stitched rectangle. It was a bit fiddly glueing it down as a couple of the tiny pieces came loose so I had to jigsaw them back in place.
There's no more of it left now!

The black and white rectangles are also from my scrap drawers.

I'm linking up to these challenges:




Dies R Us, anything goes


Supplies:
Sizzix bouquet die; Ranger alcohol inks and pearl alcohol inks in greens and yellows; yupo paper; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; sentiment sticker; hammered card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Sunday, 4 October 2020

Christmas Crazy Bird!

 


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



Our guest designer Anita and the design team have some wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.

I recently purchased the mini crazy birds (they were a crazy sale price!) to add to my other crazy bird collection.

The bird was stamped, clear embossed, fussy cut and coloured with prismacolour pencils. I paper pieced the fussy cut one over a bird stamped on the base, then dressed him up for Christmas.

The sentiment was inked with versamark and embossed with blue tinsel embossing glitter and the stars with silver metallic embossing glitter. Love the sparkle!

Here's a closer look.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Merry Little Christmas Challenge, anything goes Christmas,




Allsorts, cute Christmas.



Supplies:
Tim Holtz mini crazy bird stamps; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Simon Says Stamp Christmas die; versamark ink; Ranger blue tinsel and Wow silver metallic embossing glitter;  prismacolour pencils; Memory Box snowy breeze border die ( for the stars); Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Friday, 2 October 2020

Thank you butterfly.

 


Hi everyone, I've been making more backgrounds with distress oxide inks and glossy photo paper.

I pressed some ink onto a craft mat spritzed with water and smooshed the paper through it.
When the ink is dry, go over it with a baby wipe and it removes the chalky residue to reveal bright colours.
 There was just enough left of this piece to diecut a butterfly.

I'm linking up to these challenges:






Stamplorations CAS Challenge, anything goes without the colour twist.


Supplies:
Distress oxide inks; glossy photo paper; Memory Box flitter side butterfly die; Annabelle Stamps Fanciful Flowers sentiment stamp; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x





Thursday, 1 October 2020

Autumn skeleton leaves.

 


Hi everyone, I wanted to do some autumn cards and thought it was time to use these leaf stamps that have been in my stash untouched for ages!

I had a background made with rusty car infusions powder that I stamped the leaves on, some of the colour peeks through. I embossed them with gold ep and fussy cut them.

Here's a closer look.

The background leaves are stamped with versafine sepia. Instead of being brown though my inkpad has turned a green colour! Still stamps ok, just not sepia.

I'm linking up to some challenges:

The Card Concept, fancifull fall. I was inspired by the textured and patterned leaves. My card is in the clean and layered category.


Allsorts, autumn colours.


Watercooler Wednesday, anything goes.


Stamplorations use stamps and autumn colours.


Supplies:
So Suzy & Crackerbox skeleton leaf stamp; versafine clair nocturne and versafine sepia ink; Rangel gold ep; Rusty car infusions powder; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x




Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Feeling Flat!

 


Hi everyone, a friend said she had been feeling a bit flat lately so I thought this would be the perfect card for her lol!

I've stamped the elephant and sentiment in versafine Clair nocturne ink and clear embossed
them. I used prismacolour pencils for colouring and shading and blended them with zest it and a paper stump.

They are both from Katzelktaft Les jungles and Relax. There are no dates on the stamps but I've had both sets for a couple of years.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Retro Rubber, where it's anything goes as long as you use a stamp that's at least one year old.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where it's animal antics.


Word Art Wednesday, anything goes with an encouraging or uplifting sentiment.

Supplies:
Katzelkraft Les Jungles and Relax stamps, versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; prismacolour pencils; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Friday, 25 September 2020

Seize the Birthday 200th Celebration!


 Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and we are celebrating our 200th challenge!

Congratulations to Nancy and the team for reaching such a great milestone, and providing so much inspiration.

To celebrate Nancy and some of the team are generously giving away some prizes for those that participate in a blog hop, and enter a card inspired by our logo.

All of the details are on the challenge blog. Our party guest and the team have some wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.


The colours in the logo were my inspiration for this card.
I diecut the flower from some glossy photo paper that I had smooshed into distress oxide inks, dried, and then wiped with a baby wipe. The baby wipe removes the chalky ink residue and reveals bright colours underneath.

I'm linking up to these challenges:



Always Fun Challenges, where it's anything goes,





Supplies:
Paper Rose blooming flowers background die; oxide inks in picked raspberry, mermaid lagoon, wilted violet and twisted citron; glossy photo paper; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Alcohol inked bouquet.

 


Hi everyone, I've had this card made for a few days and have already missed some challenges I hoped to enter, time seems to just fly by these days!

 I used a new to me die called bouquet on some yupo paper coloured with alcohol inks, regular and pearl.

Here's a closer look at the shimmer.

The sentiment is a stamp from a set called doodled flowers by Happy Little Stampers, sadly retired now. There's no date on the set but I've had it for quite a few years.

I'm linking up to the yellow and green colour challenge at the Retro Rubber 


At Simon Says Stamp Monday the theme is frame it.
The Card Concept,
My card is in the clean and simple category. I was inspired bythe gorgeous sunflowers in the vase and on the cushions, pops of yellow and green.


Cuttlebug Mania, where it's anything goes so long as you use a manual diecutting machine, in my case a Cuttlebug!


Supplies:
Sizzix bouquet die; Ranger alcohol inks and pearl alcohol inks in greens and yellows; yupo paper;
Happy Little Stampers doodled flowers stamp; Versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; circle die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x