Sunday, 27 July 2014

STAMPlorations bonanza!

Hello, hello!

I was going to start, as usual lately, with an apology for my absence - but that's getting tired, I know!  I have come to terms with the fact that I will make cards and post them as and when I can for the foreseeable future :)

I am here today with a card I made for both of the challenges currently going on over at the STAMPlorations blog.  This is for the monthly challenge which is to use Stamps and Glitter, and the bi-weekly challenge which is a sketch challenge.

I'm also entering this card into the challenge at Addicted to CAS where the code word is 'Celebrate'.

Here's my card...

I wasn't exactly sure where this card was going until I got started - it turned out better than I expected for a change!!  :)  I used my new STAMPlorations stamps that arrived on Friday - I love happy mail!!  This set is Sentiment Builders - Celebrate - it's too versatile, I love it!

I used WOW!'s Sparkling Snow embossing glitter for the sentiment and Glitz It Sparkles on the exclamation marks in the border.  I haven't really been able to capture the glitter in my photographs, but I gave it a go!

My mojo has waned somewhat over the last few months - but I am hoping that it will make a come back soon, and with a vengeance - I am definitely ready to be more creative than I have been of late!  :) 

Here are the STAMPlorations challenges...

And the Addicted to CAS challenge...

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it, especially as I am being super rubbish at visiting you all in return :(  Both of my jobs have been crazy busy lately so I'm glad I got a chance to sit at my desk and do something relaxing rather than working!

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Dark Grey
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Sentiment Builders: Celebrate; Stamping All Day - Distressing Stamp: Stain 
Ink:        Distress Ink - Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade; VersaColor - Sky Grey, White; SU! - Classic
                     Black; Papermania - Yellow
Other:    WOW! Sparkling Snow embossing glitter; Glitz It - Sparkles; sequins

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

I don't believe in time...


I'm back with another DT post for WOW! Embossing Powders and this month the theme is 'Time'.

This theme opens up a plethora of possibilities!!  As soon as I started thinking about it, the song 'Time' by Hootie And The Blowfish got stuck in my head and has been there ever since...hence the title of this post  :)

Despite the endless possibilities, I could not get the idea of a clock face to budge, so that's what I went with.  And, to me, birthdays are the measure of our lives in time - so I combined this with the clock face idea and this is how it went...

To create my clock face, I started by making a mask from printer paper with a circle die then stamped the WOW! De-Vine stamp in Versamark and embossed it using Calypso embossing glitter.  And, it would seem, Calypso is the colour of the month over at the WOW! shop - I love this colour, it covers really well with turquoise goodness and has a wonderful sparkle that my photography skills fail to convey in this image - sorry!  You'll just have to try it for yourselves to see what I mean :)

I hand wrote the sentiment onto my 'hands' - which is apt really!  It may not be obvious, but the sentiment is in violet to compliment the the turquoise.

A few pearls and some matting and there you have it - another card that took ages but looks like it took five minutes...which it might've done if only I'd had a plan when I started!  ;)

Thanks for taking the time to read this post - get your creative caps on now and I'll see you talented lot in the gallery!!

PS - Don't forget to keep checking back on all the other eye candy that will be provided by the DT throughout the month :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Pale Turquoise, Teal
Stamps:  WOW! - De-Vine Background Stamp
Ink:         VersaMark; Windsor & Newton - Violet
Other:     WOW! - Calypso Embossing Glitter; pearls

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy experimenting...

Get this - twice in two days!!

Hello people!

I'm here today with a card for CAS(E) This Sketch.  When I saw the sketch I thought it was really wide open to interpretation, but then what happened?  I sat down to make a card and would you mojo did a runner!!  How typical!  I had the whole of Saturday evening to myself to make cards and could I come up with anything - NO!!  I was beyond disappointed  :(

Then I stopped TRYING to make a card and just started experimenting and this is what happened...

I started by splodging some Distress Ink onto one of my acrylic blocks and then spritzing it with water and squishing it onto some card.  It didn't turn out quite how I thought but I'm happy with it!  

Then I wanted something else to go with it and I saw the roll of scrim on my desk and thought 'hmm?!' For those of you who don't know what scrim is (sorry if I'm being patronising!) it's the tape plasterers use to place over the joints between plasterboards before they skim.  It's like a sticky back nylon mesh.  I took a piece and stuck it to my acrylic block and then inked it with Versamark and stamped it onto the front of the card.  I was in a particularly impatient mood, so I had dried the Distress Ink smoosh with my heat gun already :)  I then heat embossed the scrim stamping with WOW! Ebony powder.  The sentiment is embossed in WOW! Black Glint, but you can't really see that in the photograph - sorry!

I like how my makeshift scrim stamp turned out!  And considering I had exactly ZERO mojo, I think this is OK  ;)

Again. last minute Larry is off to enter this into the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge before the deadline closes!

Thanks for stopping by ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Smooth Grey
Stamps: Stamping All Day - Art Deco Birthday
Ink:        Distress Ink - Broken China, Crushed Olive; VersaMark
Other:    WOW! - Ebony, Black Glint e/p; Scrim; rhinestones

Monday, 30 June 2014

Bubble border...

Hello, hello!

It's Monday - the weekend seems like a lifetime away already and we're well and truly into the week already...I hope it was ok for you!?  

I'm here today with a card I made over the weekend.  This card is for STAMPlorations June challenge - Stamps and Borders.  Yes, only I could enter a card for a MONTH long challenge in the last 11 HOURS and 31 MINUTES!!  

I really enjoyed making this card!  Here it is...

I know I might be pushing it a little bit with the term 'border', but the circles do only go down one edge so I think it counts!  I like how bright and fun this card turned out :)

Right...I'd better get over to STAMPlorations to get this bad boy entered before I miss the deadline with all my chattering!  

Thanks so much for stopping by...I promise I will find some time soon to visit you all!!  ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Retro Mod Shapes; Paper Smooches - Chit Chat
Ink:        Papermania - Red, Yellow; Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade; VersaColor - Cyan, Green, Voilet,
                  Lavender; SU! - Classic Black
Other:    Watercolour pencils

Sunday, 22 June 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch meets Fusion...awesome!

Hi guys!

How are we all?  I hope you've all had lovely weather like we have today.  We took a trip to the coast and had a very tasty roast dinner and an ice cream on the very British!

I'm here today with a card for a challenge medley I absolutely could not miss!  I have been making cards for both the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge and the Fusion challenge over the past few weeks, none of which have been making it onto this blog...time is way too sparse!  However, this evening DOH has gone visiting a friend of our and so I have ten minutes to myself and so here I am :)

I had the general idea for this card before I began, however, it did evolve somewhat and became a lot more 'flowery' than I expected.  It looked a bit plain with an un-embossed white mat, so I embossed it and the embossing folder I chose was a little more fussy than I bargained for (you'd have thought I would've noticed before I used it, but I was FaceTiming my brother at the time and maybe not concentrating as much as I could have been :)) Luckily, it worked quite well!

I don't actually know anyone who is getting engaged, but the sentiment was the best suited!  I'll just keep this card on standby until someone decides to get married :)

Here are the combined challenge inspirations...

Too pretty not to play along with wouldn't you agree?!

Thanks for stopping by, I wish you all a fabulous week ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White; Gold mirror card; tracing paper
Stamps:  WOW! - De-Vine; Clear Impressions - Cherry Blossom; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Big Day
Ink:         Versamark
Other:     WOW! - Metallic Rich Gold e/p; Craft Concepts - Cottage Florals; gold thread

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Manly Men...

Hey hey!

I'm here today with one of two cards I made for my colleagues' boyfriends' 30th birthday.  I'll be back with the other one soon :)

I thought I'd have a go at the freestyle collage style that everyone else seems to pull of with such ease, but that evades me completely!!

I am quite proud of how this turned out, more for the fact that it's COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone as opposed to how it actually looks.  Although, it's kinda growing on me!?  I started with the WOW! hexagonal background stamp (you can just about see it in this photograph in pale blue) and it was askew - after I got over that I was off!  Then I went crazy with the 'stain' stamp and the arrows, added some texture with some dry embossing and heat embossed the sentiment.  I even stamped directly onto the card front which is usually something I try to avoid because once it's done, it's done!  I drew and fussy cut the '3' and the '0' and stuck those on with foam adhesive.  There's foam adhesive under the uppermost white layer and the grey layer - that's a lot of dimension!

This is another entry headed over to Catered Crop's 'Manly Men' Recipe Swap - I'm surprised to be entering more than once, masculine cards usually have me stumped!!

Thank you for stopping by ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Smooth Grey, Buff
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Vignette: Chevrons & Arrows; Stamping All Day - Distressing stain;
                  WOW! - Sexi-Hexi
Ink:        Versacolor - Cyan, Lapis Lazuli; Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade; Versamark
Other:    WOW! - Earthtone Blueberry e/p; Craft Concepts - Grunge Stripes

Sunday, 15 June 2014

CASE Study, I'm back!...

Howdily doodily people!

I hope those of you who are celebrating Father's Day today are enjoying it and have some great plans for the day ;)  I do have some cards to share for this occasion, you'll see them at the end of this post.

Firstly though, I'm here with a card I made for this weeks' CASE Study challenge.  It has been such a long time since I managed to join in with this one and I'm really pleased!

Here's my card...

I really enjoyed making this bad boy!  It was super simple and super satisfying...I have to say I quite like it :)  As many of you will know, this is not my go-to colour palette AT ALL, but I'm surprisingly happy with it and the kind of 'rustic' look - let's face it, it's as rustic as I'm going to get!!   Ordinarily, it would really upset me where the ink has missed slightly on the texture of the card - this would've been headed for the bin!  However, I think it works for this card and I'm not sure why, but I'm not going to question it too much else I'll end up re-making it!

Here is the beautiful card to be CASE'd this week...

How pretty!

Now, here are the Father's Day cards that I mentioned earlier...

I'll be honest, I made FIVE of the first one!  I had a few to make this year for our Fathers and for other people too...and being as none of these Fathers know each other I thought it would be ok!  ;)  This second one was a special request for a golf-mad Dad, I hope he likes it, his daughter did!  This card was made using the sketch from Retro Sketches last week, but I missed the deadline to post it on here, despite having made it well in advance!  Hmmm, a recurring theme lately, especially as I've just extended my hours at work!  

However, it's not too late to add these to two other challenges - thankfully!  The Recipe Swap at Catered Crop at the moment is 'Manly Men' so Father's Day fits the bill perfectly!  The first card is also being entered in CAS-ual Fridays challenge - CFC132 What A Catch.  A masculine card with NO kraft coloured card AND using a ribbon!  It wasn't as difficult as I first thought it might be :)

Paper Mill Direct are also hosting a challenge - the theme of which is 'June'.  As Father's Day falls in June, this is my entry :)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend ;)


CASE Study Card
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White felt embossed, Buff, Mocha
Stamps: Verve - Bloom & Grow; Waltzingmouse Stamps - Big Day Additions
Ink:        Versamark; Distress Ink - Crushed Olive
Other:    WOW! - Metallic Copper e/p

Father's Day Card One
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Sky Blue, Smooth Grey
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Vignette: Retro Mod Shapes
Ink:        Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade, Broken China; Windsor & Newton - Dark Blue
Other:    Crafty Ribbons - Sky Blue seam binding

Father's Day Golf Card
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Smooth Grey, Apple Green, Buff
Stamps: None!
Ink:        Windsor & Newton - Black
Other:    Spellbinders - Small Circles; Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots e/f