Sunday 24 April 2016

Monochrome Mother's Day card

Hi again, today is the first day I've felt a bit chilly this autumn! It's trying to rain outside and we desperately need it so hopefully it'll be a wet evening.

I had a scrap of stencilled card left over that needed to be used up. I'd used glass bead glitter gel through a dots fade stencil. This dot matrix embossing folder is a good match for it I think.

I coloured the panel with spun sugar and tattered rose distress inks. The butterfly is coloured with burnt orange, red oxide and baked earth Inktense pencils.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:
Fantasy Stampers has a monochrome theme.
I used Indigo Blu's dinkie Flutterby butterfly stamp with versafine ink and clear ep.

Addicted to Stamps & More has a photo for inspiration .

Simon Says Stamp Monday has a butterfly beauty theme.

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's make it girlie.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

CAS Mix up card challenge has stencilling as it's compulsory element along with stamping and ink. I've also used dry embossing, fussy cutting (the butterfly) and gel paste.

Indigo Blu dinkie flutterby stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Sizix dot matrix embossing folder; Tim Holtz dot fade layering stencil; glass bead glitter gel; distress inks; Inktense pencils; Simon Says Stamp Mum die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday 23 April 2016

Country pandas!

Hi everyone, hope you are enjoying the weekend. 
I thought I'd post this while the butter is softening for a rustic blueberry cake I'm making to take to a friend's place for afternoon tea.

I'm still having fun with these panda stamps! They fit the theme for a few challenges.
Seize the birthday has an anything goes birthday theme.

A new challenge for me is Bizzy Bec's Store blog challenge
where the theme is also anything goes.

At Time Out the theme is celebrations with the optional twist of die cutting or fussy cutting.
I've done both, the balloons and green landscape are diecut and the pandas are fussy cut.

Stampin Up cloud embossing folder; Mama Elephant pandemonium stamps; Paper Smooched balloon dies; Spellbinders Card Creator curved borders 1 die; distress inks; archival jet black ink;; Annabelle Stamps sentiment stamp (retired); versafine ink & clear ep; scraps of brusho and watercoloured paper; silver twine.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday 21 April 2016

Mother's Day butterfly

Hi everyone, the school holidays are coming to an end so I thought I'd better spend some more time in the craft room!

This is another butterfly diecut, covered in versamark, then embossed with aged taupe frantage enamel. I love this stuff and am keen to get more colours!

This fits a few challenge themes I think.

Simon Says Stamp Monday has a butterfly theme.

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Simon Says Wednesday has a girlie theme.
 Butterflies and bling are my type of girlie card!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

The Paper Players has a CAS butterfly theme.

CASology has Mum /Mom as the cue word.
I think this entry is more CAS than my last one.

Memory Box Lunette & Oriel butterfly dies: Stampendous aged taupe frantage enamel; vellum; Kaisercraft flourish embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Flowers for Mum

Hi everyone, I've had this flower stamp for ages and finally had time to ink it up.
I stamped it using Versafine smokey grey as I wanted a soft outline, and used Inktense pencils for the colouring.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

CASology where the cue word is Mum/Mom.

Word Art Wednesday where it's anything goes.

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AAA cards where it's  anything goes.

Stamps Flower Garden Tim Holtz/Sttampers Anonymous; Versafine smokey grey ink: Inktense pencils; Stampin Up text embossing folder; Simon Says Stamp Mum die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday 14 April 2016

Purple butterfly panel

Hi everyone, I'm racing in to join in the purple passion theme at Allsorts.
It closes soon but since purple is one of my favourite colours I wanted to play along!

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This butterfly has been my stash for a while, but I think I used dylusions ink and watered down  antiqued bronze spray stain to colour it.

Addicted to Stamps & More has a CAS theme.

AAA Cards is always CAS but this week it's anything goes.

Memory Box Vivienne & Darla butterflies and Fresh Foliage dies; Dylusion inks; distress spray stain; distress ink. Sentiment sticker; score board.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday 9 April 2016

Butterfly thank you

Hi everyone, I received this embossing folder in the mail from a facebook friend.
It was a lovely surprise so I wanted to use it for a thank you card to post to her.

I think it also fits a few challenge themes.
Cuttlebug Mania, monochrome.

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A Blog Named Hero, clean and simple.

Word Art Wednesday, anything goes.

Grab our badge:

Edited to add: I'm also linking to a brand new challenge Creative with stamps as the theme is butterfly. (Thanks for the link Lilian!)

Hero Arts antique engravings butterflies; versafine ink & clear ep; prismacolor pencils; 
Portacraft embossing folder; antique linen distress ink; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday 7 April 2016

Embossed birthday

Hi everyone, I've been using up brusho backgrounds that I didn't think worked very well.
By die cutting them with this large sentiment the colours do look ok!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is celebrating their 7th birthday.
 Congratulations! The theme is birthdays and there is lots of inspiration from the DT.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Embossing folder used at my sister's so I'm not sure what it's called; brushos; Poppystamps jumbled birthday die; Fiskars star punch.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday 5 April 2016

Brusho birthday tag

Hi everyone, school holidays are fast approaching and I'm so looking forward to the break!
Got a big list of jobs and some running around to do but hopefully I'll get some time in the craft room too!

I cut this tag from a brushos background that I made a while ago, and stamped some circles to add extra interest. The happy diecut was inked with versamark and covered in aged black frantage enamel to emboss it.
I added some stencilling with glass bead glitter paste for some sparkle. I think the clear paste helps to keep the card CAS.

The challenge at AAA Cards is stencilling.

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's make your mark, I used brushos.

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday it's anything goes.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge want us to use stamping, stencilling and any other techniques to add dimension to the project. My extras are diecutting, brushos and heat embossing.

Seize the Birthday has an anything goes birthday theme. Since I used brusho powder and water I've gone with the optional toppings theme of water.


MFT tag dies; brushos; Happy Little Stampers mix mash stamp set; Simon Says Stamp Happy stamp set for the birthday sentiment: versafine smokey grey and onyx black ink: Memory Box jumbled birthday die; aged black frantage enamel; glitter glass bead paste; TH dot fade layering stencil.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday 3 April 2016

Inlaid diecut flower

Hi everyone, we wound our clocks back early this morning as daylight savings ended. It was so nice to spend the extra hour in bed!

I'm starting early on some Mother's Day cards, (we celebrate it in May here in Australia).
I love these pandas but they stamp with a scratchy finish and I can't help myself but colour it in so it's an even black! I use archival jet black as it's nice and dark.

The challenge at Addicted to CAS is inlaid dies.

I used a sentiment die from Lawn Fawn and added a flower die from Memory Box , snipping it to suit, at the end. Its cut from a scrap of leftover card coloured with green and silver gelatos'and has a lovely shimmer.
 I diecut the petals from a scrap (and I mean a tiny scrap) of  pink brushos paper left over from another project. I inlaid these into the petal outline.

Using up snippets means I can pop over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Pixies Crafty Workshop

I'm also playing at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where it's anything goes,
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

and at Simon Says Work It Wednesday where the theme is pastels.


Mama Elephant pandemonium stamp; archival jet black ink; SU fancy fans embossing folder;
Lawn Fawn Mother's Day border die; Memory Box Arianna Sprig die; brushos; gelatos; foam tape.

Thanks for visiting, Cathy x