Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Lace stencil and brushos.


Hi everyone, have you had a chance to play along with the CAS Stencil powdered inks challenge yet? You can use any powdered product like brushos, micas, colour burst, infusions or bistre.


I used brushos  for this card, amazingly just one colour, sandstone. 

I laid the stencil onto some watercolour paper, sprinkled the powder onto the open sections, as best as I could, then spritzed with water.

The edges of the stencil seeped a fair bit and somehow I got ink on the right hand edge, not a problem though as I just trimmed the watercolour paper down!

There are some video tutorials on the blog site and lots of ideas to inspire you from the DT, so I hope you can play along. It's lots of fun, if a bit messy (if you're anything like me lol!)

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday where it's all about occasions.


Seize the Birthday where it's anything goes birthday.


At Time Out it's a retro theme. Doilies to me fit that bill!


At Stamplorations CAS challenge, I've gone with the anything goes option.



Supplies:
Kaiserkraft lace doily stencil; Brushos; Happy Little Stampers doodled flowers sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep, hammered card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 15 February 2019

Birthday dreamcatcher.


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday
 where it's an anything goes birthday theme.


There are lots of wonderful cards by the DT to inspire you, so I hope you get the chance to play along!

I've been playing with Paper Artsy infusions and my favourite colour is this jade one. I always mop up any left over colour on my craft mat  with sheets of watercolour paper,
 hate wasting anything lol!
If the colour is too pale I'll sprinkle a little more powder onto the paper and spritz with some water.

So the background for this card is made from one of these sheets, and I diecut the dreamcatcher and feathers from another lighter one. I used two spellbinder circle dies to create a border to enlarge the size of the dreamcatcher.

The white panel is embossed with a burlap coverplate from Papertrey Ink, love the subtle texture it gives.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

Happy Little Stampers anything goes with dies


At Mix It Up Challenge Blog, I've chosen the anything goes option.

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At Watercooler Wednesday it's all about occasions.



And I'm popping another entry into the Uniko Studio challenge, choosing the
anything goes option.



Supplies:
Cheery Lyn dreamcatcher die; Spellbinders circle dies; Papertrey Ink burlap cover plate; PaperArtsy a little bit jaded infusions; sentiment sticker and bling!

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Stencilled floral hearts.



Hi everyone, it's time to get some stencils out and play along with the new CAS Stencil challenge!

The theme this month is to use powdered inks like brushos, bistre, infusions, colour burst or one of the other brands of pigment powders.


I've used Paper Artsy infusions here, as I love the slightly vintage look it gives.
I placed my stencil on some water colour paper and carefully sprinkled are you cerise, and emerald envy powders over the open areas. Next I spritzed a light spray with a water mister and took the stencil off. 
This is the image that was left! Looks a bit like a lovely vintage wallpaper!

There are some video tutorials on the challenge site and lots of inspirational ideas from the design team, so I hope you can play along.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

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

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It's also anything goes at Addicted to Stamps & More.


At Uniko, it's anything goes with the optional twist of love.



At The Paper Players, love is in the air.




Supplies:
Tim Holtz floral layering stencil; Paper Artsy infusions; Mpress heart stencils; Annabelle Stamps sentiment stamp; Versafine ink & clear ep; Stately embossing folder; hammered card base.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 3 February 2019

I thought elephants never forgot!



Hi everyone, I've been colouring in again, 
and this time I decided to CASE one of Therese Calvird's awesome cards.
She uses Prismacolour pencils brilliantly and there's a video showing how she coloured this elephant at the link.

I stamped the image in versamark and clear embossed it, then coloured with Prismacolour pencils.

The sentiment is a new to me set and I've used the retired Stampin Up Just Sayin stamps and dies for the speech bubble. I masked out the SU words so that I could use this sentiment.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:
At AAA Cards where the theme is to use only 1/3 of your card, helping to keep it CAS.


At Seize the Birthday its a black and white theme, or as always an anything goes birthday theme.


At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's anything goes,

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

CAS on Friday has a birthday theme,

For your blog

and Uniko Studio are celebrating their 7th birthday! Congratulations to Bev and the team!



Supplies:
Katzelktaft Les Jungle stamp: Taylored Expressions pow boom wow sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; prismacolour pencils; Stampin Up Just Sayin stamps and dies.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 1 February 2019

Black & White Floral Circle.


Hi everyone, it's time for another challenge at Seize the birthday.
The optional toppings theme this time is black and white,


or, as always, you can play along with the anything goes birthday option.


I diecut this circle burst and taped it down onto a matte black layer.
I diecut an extra circle burst from black pearlized card and used these pieces to inlay into the white circle. Here's a closer look.


You don't want to lose any of the tiny dots!!

I diecut and shaped two Memory Box cherry blossons and layered them up for dimension.

The design team have lots of wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

CAS on Friday where it's a birthday theme.

For your blog

At Simon Says Wednesday, it's my favourite, anything goes!

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It's also anything goes at Addicted to Stamps & More.


Edited to add: I'm also linking up to the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge
where dimensional diecuts are the theme.

My elements are dimensional diecutting with the cherry blossoms shaped and layered up, diecutting, stamping and wet embossing.


Supplies:
Dies: Memory Box small circle burst and cherry blossom.
Stamps: Happy Little Stampers doodled flowers sentiment.
Other: versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Monday, 21 January 2019

Birds...Twofer!




Hi everyone, I've been playing with some new to me stamps.
Aren't these ducks sweet!

I thought they'd be perfect for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge where it's a bird theme.
Use the same stamps or dies and make 2 different cards for different occasions.
My themes are friendship and love.




For the smile card, I stamped the ducks in versafine, clear embossed and fussy cut them.
The bodies are coloured with white pencil, not sure that I needed to, although it gives it a different white look I suppose. They are popped up on foam dots for dimension.

I used my misti to stamp the sentiment as I didn't want to cut it into two!

I've layered the smile diecut for dimension, from scraps of purple and white card.
Using snippets means I can visit the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, been a while since I've caught up with Di and the playmates, and the adorable pup Dudley!


Snippets Playground Badge

The theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is clean and simple.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

Cuttlebug Mania has a new theme, perfect for my new stamps.

Cuttlebug Mania

At Addicted to CAS, the theme is friends.





For this card I diecut some tags and smooshed the white one in some gelatos spritzed with water.
I stamped the ducks and then stamped them again and fussy cut them to paper piece over the top. This gave a little bit of dimension.

I cut up the sentiment that came with the ducks and layered each piece onto scraps of black card.

I'm linking this one to theses challenges:
Uniko where I'm playing along with the optional love twist.


Mix it Up Challenge where it's anything goes with the option of a sentiment as the focus.

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Supplies:
By your side Card : Crafty Individuals Favourite Ducks stamp; gelatos; versafine ink & clear ep; white and grey  Prismacolour pencils and orange Neocolor II crayon; MFT pierced and stax tag dies.

Smile Card : has the same supplies as card 1 with the addition of Impression Obsession Smile stamps and Penny Black smile die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Colourful Chameleon!


Hi everyone, have you had a chance to play along at the new CAS Stencil Card Challenge yet?

If not there are lots of new ideas from the DT to inspire you. There are also some video tutorials on the challenge blog with some great tips and tricks.
The technique for this challenge is sponging, nice and easy!


I used a burlap layering stencil for this background. I put a light pencil mark on the base card so I knew where the opening would be, then used an artist sponge to dab on some white gesso.
 When it was dry I sponged on some bundled sage distress ink with a finger dauber. I wanted to keep it subtle and just have a textured look behind the chameleon.

My son said it looked like lizard skin so that was a bonus lol!

The chameleon is a new to me stamp from Carabelle Studios, inked with versafine then embossed with clear powder and fussy cut. I cut off the stamped branch as I wanted him to sit on a diecut.
I used inktense pencils to colour "him", love how vibrant they are.

I thought this sentiment fit the bill, then layered the top card over the stencilled base, popped the chameleon up on some foam dots and balanced him over the diecut branch.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's clean and simple.
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It's also clean and simple at Addicted to Stamps and More.


Make My Monday, it's use words or a sentiment.

Make My Monday Challenge Blog

Mix it Up Challenge Blog has an anything goes theme with the optional twist of a sentiment as the main focus.
SPREAD THE MIXED UP LOVE - grab a badge


Supplies:
Tim Holtz burlap layering stencil; gesso; distress ink; Carabelle Studios chameleon stamp; Paper Smooches Word Salad sentiment stamp; versafine ink and clear ep; inktense pencils; Spellbinders circle die and Memory Box twigs and berries die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 18 January 2019

Birthday cat & Balloons!


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge over at Seize the Birthday!
There are lots of fabulous ideas for inspiration from the design team, so I hope you can play along.

The topping option this time is stamping only,

or, play along with the anything option, so long as it's a birthday theme.


I've gone with the anything goes option since I've used diecut balloons in addition to stamping, I don't think I have any balloon stamps, might need to rectify that lol!

I've seen a few variations of this Katzelkraft cat with balloons, the tail is just the perfect anchor for them!

The cat is stamped in versafine ink, clear embossed, fussycut and coloured with Primacoloue pencils.
The balloons are diecut from some colourful card scraps and I drew the strings attaching them to the tail with a fine point sharpie. The cat and some of the balloons are popped up on foam dots for dimension.

I'm also linking up to these challenges:
Show us your pussycats , a new to me challenge,
 where a cat has to be the focal point on your project.


Die Cuttin Divas where the theme is birthday, and you need to use at least one diecut on your project.

Add us to your blog!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday where the theme is clean and simple.

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It's also clean and simple at Addicted to Stamps & More.



Supplies:
Katzelkraft cat stamp: Happy Little Stampers sentiment stamp from doodled flowers; versafine ink & clear ep; Paper Smooches balloons die; Prismacolour pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x