Friday 30 September 2022

CAS coneflower for Seize the Birthday


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Nancy has chosen a clean and simple theme.
One of my favourites!

Of course you can always play along with our anything goes birthday option too.

Our party guest Asa and my team mates have some gorgeous CAS designs to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.

I do have quite a few flower stamps, but don't often use them! This one by Stampers Anonymous is a favourite. Coloured with inktense pencils and a water brush, then fussy cut.

I'm linking up to a few challenges:

Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden;  sentiment stamp unknown; versafine clair grey ink; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; Inktense pencils; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x 

Monday 26 September 2022

Bauble with gilding flakes


Hi everyone, I was inspired by a few challenges making this card, but some of them have closed.
Where does the time go?!!

I applied some wide double sided adhesive tape to cardstock then added some gilding flakes to it, before diecutting the ornament.
Love the mix of colours in this one and how it pops against the black.

The bow was diecut from black card, inked with versamark and clear embossed for shine.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday, sparkle and shine
I've used the Poppystamps dies Tinsel and Brittany ornaments

Merry Little Christmas Challenge, anything Christmas goes

Krafty Chicks, all occasions

Aud Sentiments, Christmas and a sentiment

Dies: Poppystamps Brittany and Tinsel ornaments; Memory Box Crisp bows; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle.
Other: Double sided adhesive tape; Cosmic Shimmer autumn leaves gilding flakes; versafine clair nocturne ink; versamark ink & clear ep; Stampin Up joyful holly sentiment.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday 22 September 2022

Grungy orange, Light blue and brown


Hi everyone, I made this card a while ago and hadn't posted it.
I used some oxide spray stains in the background and distressed the look of the tag with some vintage photo distress ink.
The flowers were coloured with distress inks and a finger dauber.
There's a bit of shimmer on the flowers as I think it's transferred from the finger dauber!

I'm linking up to some challenges:

Krafty Chicks, all occasions

Dies: Memory Box cherry blossom and woodland branch; MFT pierced tag and traditional tag stax.
Oxide spray stains; distress inks; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Saturday 3 September 2022

3D butterfly - wax pastes and oxide sprays


Hi everyone, I finally managed to buy this butterfly die and used it straight away.
It's been on my wishlist for ages lol!

I diecut it from black card and rubbed on some art alchemy wax pastes.
I added some gilded foundry wax as highlights and heat set it to bring out the shine.
(I added the antennae from a Memory Box butterfly die!)

The tag was sprayed with oxides in dusty concord and salvaged patina with a spritz of spray stain in antique linen. To finish I blended in some vintage photo distress ink around the edge then spattered on some gold watercolour paint.

Here's a closer look at the shine:

The sentiment die was inked with versamark and embossed with Lindy's midnight gold ep.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Allsorts, playing along with the anything goes option.

Mix it Up Challenge, the anything goes option

Simon Says Stamp Monday, make your own background
Sizzix 3D butterfly impresslit; MFT tag dies; Memory Box birthday cursive script circle (I cut the circle off); Kaisercraft flourish embossing folder;
Art Alchemy antique brilliance wax in vintage silk, amethyst magic and mystic turquoise; Distress oxide sprays in dusty concord and salvaged patina; Distress spray stain antique linen; Finetec inca gold watercolour paint; Ranger foundry wax-gilded; versamark ink and Lindy's midnight gold embossing powder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Thursday 1 September 2022

Shades of lime and navy


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time around we are celebrating with something special!

We are collaborating with our sister challenge Color Hues to help them celebrate their second birthday! The bigger the party the better, wouldn't you say?  Congrats to them! 

For our "Topping" today, we are using the colors of their challenge which you will see below!

Now, after you link up a card for this challenge make sure you head on over to Color Hues and Link up with them as well!  

 This challenge and their challenge will be like any other, as far as the winners go, each Challenge blog will pick its own Winners!  So you can double your chances!

Here is a Link to Color Hues for you! 

I used a new to me die from Sizzix called intricate corners. I coloured the leaves with distress oxides in shabby shutters and twisted citron. The flowers are a Memory Box die and are watercoloured with twinkling H2Os. Finished off with some layering and a sentiment sticker.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Darnell's NBUS challenge with my new die.

Allsorts, playing along with the anything goes option

Dies R Us, anything goes and Congrats on your 200th milestone!


Sizzix intricate corners die; distress oxide inks; Memory Box fancy blossoms die; twinkling H2Os; sentiment sticker.

Thankyou for visiting,

Cathy x