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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Rudolph Days - March

This month has flown past and I can't believe that it's time for the Rudolph Days challenge already. For my cards this month I have used Craft card blanks (6x6) and the Christmas Tree Tangle stamp from Chocolate Baroque. This was stamped onto some white card stock and embossed with wow Gold embossing powder. I stamped and embossed Merry Christmas, also a stamp by Chocolate baroque onto the bottom corner and added some gold ribbon between the two.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 24 March 2017

A Great Weekend At A Craft Retreat

Last weekend saw me heading up the motorway to Nuneaton and the 3rd Annual Craft Retreat with the UKSN group that I belong too. Two days of crafting with friends, a recipe for fun. We started off on the Saturday by making our own texture paste and making some backgrounds to use it on. The first  (below) was Brushos onto watercolour card. Once the paste was dry it was coloured using promarkers.



 Then we made a faux wood effect background, which again once the texture paste was dry was coloured with promarkers.


 Next came two canvas's one 5x7 and the other 8x10. This time we used bleeding tissue, texture stamps with distress inks, stencils and  Black Archival ink pads with a few touches of white Acrylic paint.




Then on the Sunday we played with Gelli plates and acrylic paints to make pages for making a Mojo book. Once we had filled our papers both sides with the painted backgrounds they were cut down into smaller pages and then put together with a bind it machine.


I came home very pleased with my makes and some very dirty stencils and brayer. I'm glad to say that they have cleaned up very well with a little help from some Murphy's Oil Soap. 

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Make A Wish

I made another card today using one of the cutting files from Lavinia called Star Gazing, but this time I've made it to enter into the challenge this month over on the Lavinia Facebook page. The theme this month is Sparkle and Bling, so as well as glitter on the wings I've used Gold Sparkle embossing power for the stars and added some gems to the centers of the flowers. I laid the cut image over the top of a background that I had made using various Dylusion sprays. With the piece that was left over I cut out the sentiment "Make A Wish", a die that I bought on my recent visit to Canada made by Poppy Stamps and also the flowers which were made using a Tonic punch. All popped onto a 7x7 white card base.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

More Playing With Scan-ncut

While my Scan-n-cut was out the other day (I have to put it away after using it as we look after my 20 month old grandson two days a week) I went through the designs and cut most of them out. Mostly in black as I was just enjoying playing and trying out the cutting files. I love the square shaped designs on the Lavinia USB, I can cut them so that they fit onto a 4x4 card or I can pop them onto a larger *x8 card like this one and decorate the edges. With this design I created a little scene behind the cut out using Lavinia stamps. After layering it up with the scene I added glitter with dries clear glue and iridescent glitter. Then matted with black a gold card stock. On the USB there is a lovely corner cut out that is just foliage, so I cut this out in a dark green and placed in the corner before adding some more leaves that were cut from a Tattered Lace die and flowers also from Tattered Lace, I coloured the flowers to match the colours within the scene. Finally I added the sentiment which I made on the PC. The card is for my sister who's birthday is in April (good job she doesn't look at my blog).



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Monday, 13 March 2017

Allsorts - Ladies and Girls

This week the challenge over at the Allsorts Challenge blog is Ladies and Girls, in celebration of International Woman's Day. For my card I've used three different Tim Holtz stamp sets, which I will admit to not having used these stamps before either. I stamped the cat walk lady first and then made a mask and covered her before stamping the Paris Cityscape in the background and the sentiment at the bottom. Next I blended some distress inks across the scene' I then took a paint brush and some tea dye ink and painted the city and added a few bright coloured  blobs at the edges to represent flowers. Finally I coloured the lady with promarkers and went around the edge with a black promarker. I rummaged in the scrap box and found some holographic card that matched the colour of the dress for the matting.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Tea or Coffee

There's a new challenge today over on the CD Sunday blog and this time they are looking for cards made with the theme of Tea or Coffee. I've gone for tea with my card, although I enjoy a cup of coffee, I will admit to preferring tea. I found myself reaching for the Hollypondhill CD from Joanna Sheen for this challenge. This card make such a lovely New Home card and I needed to replace one in my box as I used the other in there recently. I've also kept this card as flat as possible too as it's likely to have to go through the post when the time comes to use it. The DT over at CD Sunday have made some beautiful cards for their inspiration this week do pop over and take a look.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Craftroom Playtime

After I finished making my card yesterday I got my Scan-N-Cut out for a play. It's been a while since it was last out, but as I had bought the new Lavinia USB with cutting files on just before we went away in February, I thought it was about time it came out. Below are the results of my playtime. The first one is called Daydream, after resizing and cutting out I found a background that I had made sometime ago while playing with some brushos and watercolour paper. I cut it down to size and stuck behind the cut image. I then added some glitter to the wings using some dries clear glue. The sentiment is from a set from Chocolate Baroque, that goes so well with Lavinia stamps and dies.



 The second card was made using the Alura cutting file, again I resized and added another background previously made. This time it was made using Silkies paints from Imagination crafts and brayered onto some card. Again I cut the card down to fit behind the image and added glitter to the wings.. The sentiment is another from the same Chocolate Baroque set.


 Finely I made an 8x10 canvas using a mixture of stamps and cutting files from the USB. I started by using distress inks and blending over the canvas to make a scene for the die cuts. Next I stamps some of my many stamps around the edges before placing the dies cuts onto the canvas so I could added the fairy couple and snail stamps. I then added some guilding wax to the dies cuts and then stuck them to the canvas using a wet glue.


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Sue

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Butterfly Challenge 74

Today sees the start of a new challenge over on the Butterfly Challenge blog and for this Challenge it is asking for Fancy Edges and Mint Green. I've spent a lovely morning playing in my craft room and managed to make this card. I used Tattered Lace - Ornamental Label Shaped Card Base and Edge Mat 3. I cut this from a 6x6 card base, the die just fits from one end to the other and just edge to edge, then I placed the patterned edge onto the front only. Next I had a good rummage through my scraps and found this piece of glitter card in mint green which was just big enough for the matting. The oval die is a from Crealies and the sentiment from a Crafters Companion set. The butterfly is a Tim Holtz stamp which I fussy cut after colouring, I also gave it a coat of sparkle pen but it does not show in this photo. When I stuck the butterfly to the oval I drew in the feelers with a fine liner pen. When it was closed together it looked a little bit too white, so I added some Cracked Pistachio Distress ink the the inside edge.



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Sue

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tulips for Spring, Nature and Mother's Day

I've got a fairly busy month this month, so I made my mother's day card early. Then I realised that it covers two challenges as well. Spring Inspiration at the Allsorts Challenge blog and also Close To Nature at the Stamping Sensations Challenge blog. As my Mum is not on the Internet, I think I'm fairly safe posting this on here today. I've used one of my favourite Chocolate Baroque stamps from The Year Of Stamping collection for my card. The stamp comes in two sizes and for this card I used the largest which is about 6x6 in size. I stamped with Memento Black Onyx ink then coloured with promarkers. I then took a separate piece of white card stock and blended distress inks in the colours of the tulips. Then I took a swirl stamp also from one of the Chocolate Baroque sets and over stamped in two different shades of green. Before sticking to an 8x8 base card I placed a ribbon around the centre of the card then added a large bow and a flourish from a Marianne die. The tulips were stuck on with foam tape and the sentiment was made using the PC, after printing and cutting to size I went around the outside with a black marker.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Especially For You

My card today is for two challenges, CD Sunday which is Punch It Out (using either punches or dies) and Pixies Snippets Playground which is as always to use snippets and scraps. I started with a 6x6 white card base and a left over piece of backing paper which was from a Crafters Companion CD (sorry I can't remember which one). Next from the scraps box I die cut a spellbinders die in silver a circle with decal edge and also a plain white circle which I stamped the sentiment "Especially For You" on to it. Then from the front of this months Tattered Lace Magazine I took this beautiful die and cut in white card then coloured using promarkers before putting it onto the white circle. Finally in the back of my cupboard I found some flowers that went with the colours I've used. I know that I bought them from Joanna Sheen's website many years ago but can't remember who made them.


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Sue

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Playing With Brushos

My card today is my entry into this weeks Pixies Snippets Playground, which I'm rather late for. The background is the result of playing with some Brushos and water colour card before I went away. While I was looking around wondering what to make I spotted it sitting on my very small workspace and decided that I would make a card with it. I can't remember what colours it was I used and I did go around the edges with some distress ink in a matching colour too. The Happy Birthday sentiment and the matting came from my scrap box as well as the white card I used to die cut the flower. The Happy Birthday is a Sue Wilson die, but the flower I've had for quite a while but no longer have the packaging and can't remember who it was from. I cut two of each size of the flowers and then taking one of each size, I distressed with Peacock Feathers distress ink. I then layered and added a gem to the centre.



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Sue

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Blog Candy Winner

So after a busy couple of days I was about to sit down and put my feet up, then I remembered that I hadn't drawn the Blog Candy winner yet. So I cut up 30 pieces of paper for the number of commenter's and wrote all of the numbers onto the pieces then folded them all up. I then placed them all into a carrier bag and got hubby to pull one out. I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to leave their names and those who became followers. I'm looking forward to coming and visiting your blogs soon.



 And so we have a winner - It's number 4 - Mrs A


Mrs A if you would get in touch so I can get this to you asap.  You'll find my email on my profile
page.

Sue