Sunday, 19 May 2019

Dinosaur birthday!


Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying your weekend.
I'm procrastinating again lol! Oh well, I'll do the ironing after dinner.

I made a few backgrounds with oxide inks and photo paper, swiping them with a baby wipe to bring out the colours. Now some of the backgrounds I loved, and some...I didn't lol!
But I'm not one to waste anything, so from a murky green piece I diecut this dinosaur.

For the background I was going for a rocky toned prehistoric look!
I put tea dye and pumice stone oxide inks on my craft mat, spritzed with water and smooshed onto cardstock.

The birthday diecut was embossed with black sparkle embossing powder.

Here's a closer look.



I'm linking up to these challenges:

My elements are the baby wipe technique, stamping, watercolouring by smooshing, diecutting and wet embossing.




The Male Room, anything goes option.






Supplies:
Tim Holtz prehistoric die; Simon Says stamp Happy Birthday die; Spellbinders circle die; distress oxide inks; photo paper; versamark ink; black sparkle embossing powder; happy sticker; Lawn Fawn reveal wheel sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x




Watercoloured Background with silver crackle stencilling.


Hi everyone, have you had a chance to play along with the latest CAS Stencil Challenge
yet? 
It's stencilling over a coloured background. Whether it's inked, painted, or coloured card stock, there are lots of possibilities, and loads of ideas to inspire you at the challenge blog.



I had a watercoloured panel in my stash. I'd used blue Kuretake gansai and Finetec silver paint.
I used a Tim Holts floral stencil and pasted on some antique silver crackle texture paste.
It was a bit runny, so seeped under the stencil in places, and the crackle didn't get much chance to develop as I used  heat tool to dry it lol!
Here's a closer look.


What crackle there is gives a sort of quilted look.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday where I'm playing along with the anything goes birthday option.


A brand new challenge, AAA Birthday, where it's anything goes birthday.


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


Supplies:
Tim Holtz floral layering stencil: Finnabair antique silver crackle texture paste; Kuretake Gansai and Finetc watercolour paints; Spellbinders circle die; Happy Little Stampers doodled flowers sentiment; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Aged black frantage enamel and butterflies.


Hi everyone, I'm in the craftroom while hubby and sons are watching the federal election coverage on telly. It's early days yet as the polls only closed an hour and a half an hour ago!
I'll check it out in a couple of hours.

A work colleague asked me to make an 18th birthday card for her daughter who doesn't like frilly or pink!! I think this is feminine but not over the top, so hope she likes it!

I love how different colours come out in this embossing enamel. Black and gold in the numbers but lots of silver in the butterflies.

I diecut the butterflies and numbers and inked with versamark, sprinkled on the frantage embossing powder and heat embossed. I backed the butterflies with a vellum layer, although it's hard to see in the pic.

Here's a closer look.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Inkspirational where the theme is gold dipped.




Outside the Box where it's an embossing extravaganza.
The Memory Box products I used are flitter and drifting side butterflies and Parker number dies.Monthlythemebadge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is stitches. I've used a stitched diecut.

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AAA Birthday anything goes.


Supplies:
Memory Box drifting and flitter side butterfly and Parker number dies; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; versamark ink; Stampendous frantage aged black embossing enamel; Annabelle Stamps Fanciful Flowers sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Friday, 10 May 2019

Birthday Balloons and oxide inks.




Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the toppings option this time is balloons!


Or, you can always play along with anything goes so long as it's a birthday theme.


There are lots of great ideas from the DT and our surprise party guest, so I hope you get the chance to play along.

I've been playing with distress oxide inks and glossy photo paper.
I pressed some ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water then patted the glossy photo paper into the puddles.It seems to set straight away but if you dry it, then pat it into some more ink you can layer up the colours.

Then, when it's dry wipe over it with a baby wipe or damp cloth and the vibrant colors are revealed!

I diecut the celebrate sentiment and balloons from this background, then layered them onto black card for some dimension. Lastly I added some silver cord strings, and a sentiment stamp.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.



My elements are baby wipe, stamping, heat embossing and die cutting.
Such a fun technique!

A brand new challenge AAA Birthday where it's anything goes birthday.



Addicted to CAS has a contrast theme.
 Love how these blues and greens pop against the black.


Supplies:
Distress oxide inks; glossy photo paper; Serendipity stamps celebrate die; Paper Smooches balloon dies; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Happy Little Stampers sentiment from doodled flowers set; white pigment ink and Wow ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Aged copper frantage butterfly.


Hi everyone, I need a few quick birthday cards so fell back on a design I've used before, but with a new to me frantage embossing enamel, copper! Love the patina.

Here's a closer look.



The butterfly was inked with versamark then sprinkled with the embossing enamel.
You never know how the colouring will come out as it bubbles and melts with the heat gun.

I diecut the base butterfly from vellum and white card. The vellum gives a softer look.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday, add something metallic. I hope the copper embossing is ok.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where the team are celebrating their 10th birthday with a birthday theme! Congratulations!

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Outside the Box, embossing extravaganza.
I've used wet and dry embossing and 2 Memory Box dies-Lunette and Oriel butterflies.

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Mix it Up Challenge Blog, where I've gone with anything goes.

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Supplies:
 Memory Box Lunette & Oriel butterfly dies: Ultimate Crafts mosaic constellations ef; Stampendous aged copper frantage embossing enamel; versamark ink; vellum; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Sunday, 5 May 2019

Vellum flowers with stencilling on brushos.


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at CAS Stencil.


The theme this time is to stencil over a coloured background. I had a scrap of watercolour paper that had been smooshed in some watery brushos. I think I was mopping up what was left on my craft mat.
I stencilled some glass bead glitter gel through a layering dot fade stencil. 
Here's a closer look at the sparkle.


The flowers were stamped in white on both vellum and white card. I fussy cut them then layered them up. I like the soft look the vellum overlay gives to the cardstock.

The sentiment is a Simon Says stamp and die.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Addicted to Stamps & More where the theme is CAS.


At Mix it up Challenge Blog I'm playing along with the anything goes option.

Mix It Up Challenge Blog

Also anything goes at Stamplorations CAS Challenge.


Watercooler Wednesday has a feminine anything goes challenge.



Supplies:
Brushos; Tim Holtz dot fade layering stencil; Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel; Stampin Up Flower Shop stamp; white pigment ink and white ep; Simon Says Stamp Mum die and sentiment from Hapy stamp set; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x




Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Brushos and Butterflies.


Hi everyone, it's been a frantic couple of weeks lately.
All I wanted to do was relax and make a few cards but it's been a difficult time.

Anyway, I'm enjoying what I can when I can!

This background is a brushos scrap that has been sitting in my UFOs for a while. It looks a lot less green IRL!

The butterflies are stamped in versafine, clear embossed, fussycut and coloured with Inktense pencils. ( Colouring in is so therapeutic lol!)

I'm linking up to the butterflies challenge at CAS on Friday.

For your blog

At Simon Says Stamp Monday it's a tag it theme.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has an anything goes theme.

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AAA Cards has a sketch challenge with an optional shaker element. I've just gone with the sketch.



Supplies:

Hero Arts Antique Engravings butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; MFT traditional and pierced tags stax dies; Inktense pencils; brushos; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Friday, 26 April 2019

Texture and blue butterflies.


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday.
The optional toppings theme is texture. 


This has so many possibilities, but as always, you can play along with the anything goes option so long as it's a birthday.


For this card I dry embossed the white panel with a Darice folder, it's called crackle and I love the look ( and feel) of it.

Here's a closer look.


I had 2 coloured butterflies in my stash. These had been stamped with versafine ink, clear embossed, fussy cut and coloured with Inktense pencils.

I diecut the birthday sentiment twice from black card. One I inked in versamark then sprinkled on aged black frantage embossing enamel and heat set it. I glued it onto the second one to add dimension.

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

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Retro Rubber where it's anything goes and you must use a stamp older than one year.
These Darkroom Door butterfly stamps are from the Wings set dated 2012.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, where it's anything goes.

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Allsorts where it's blossoms, bugs or butterflies.

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Watercooler Wednesday, where it's all about ocasions.


Supplies:
Darice crackle embossing folder; Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday die; Stampendous aged black frantage enamel; Darkroom Door butterfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Inktense pencils; happy sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
 Cathy x