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I made this card earlier in the week and then almost forgot to enter it into this week’s challenge at CAS Mix Up! The theme for this month is watercolour wash but you also have to include stamping and something else of your choice, in my case diecutting and embossing.

This card evolved as I experimented. I started with the watercolour wash, which I did with my Zigs, but then wasn’t sure what to do next. I wanted to use some new (to me, at least) stamps which I had just bought off Ebay, so I stamped the flowers in Versamark then embossed them in silver. The petals are coloured in the same paint as the background, but I wasn’t sure I could paint over the watercolour wash with another colour so it was a nice surprise to find it worked very well!

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Finishing the card was easy: the greeting is a combination of a die cut by Mama Elephant and a stamped word by Clearly Besotted. Thin strips of card at the side added a little extra interest, and I felt it needed the sequins to finish it off.

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CAS Congrats!

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One of my son’s best friends achieved his third dan black belt at karate a week or so back, with a little help from my son who gets beaten up by him regularly! In the interests of working out self defences,of course;-)

It takes 3 years of hard work to get to this level so I created this card to say “congratulations”. With each dan grading, an extra red tab is added to the belt so this was an easy design to think of.

This will be my second entry into challenge #102 at Addicted to CAS.

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day Card

If you live in the UK it won’t have escaped your notice that yesterday was Mother’s Day. This was my card for my Mum, inspired by the sketch at Paper Play Sketches. The main image is a Stampendous agapanthus stamp, coloured using the whitewash technique. I kept it simple as my Mum prefers CAS cards. The greeting was a mix of stamps by Clearly Besotted, stamped in Memento Grape Jelly and then cut out using a Spellbinders label die.

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I’m entering this into the following challenges:

 

Techno Gadgets

Picture of gadget cardA crafty friend and I visited the Sincerely Yours show over at Wrexham yesterday and one of my new purchases was a set of dies by Robert Addams called Techno Gadgets. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be used a lot & I wasn’t wrong! One of my nephews celebrates his birthday this week so it seemed like the ideal opportunity to give it a try.

The colour inspiration came from the patterned papers which are from the Cut & Paste range by Jen Allyson for My Mind’s Eye, I thought the symbols matched the gadget theme quite well. The red card is from my stash & I also cut the gadgets in silver paper, too, sticking the tiny buttons etc in place with glue pen. The greeting, stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy ink, is by Hero Arts.

Sunflowers

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A recent request for a wedding acceptance card for a sunflower-themed wedding had me baffled until – the day after the request – I visited a craft show & found some sunflower stamps on the Inklyicious stand at a reduced price! Then the sketch over at Clean & Simple Stamping caught my eye, along with the vellum-themed challenge over at Cards & More.

The largest sunflower in the stamp set was stamped in Stazon black ink onto vellum then coloured with Promarkers. I fussy cut it & attached it to the card with some Stick-It double sided adhesive which is normally intended for diecuts but worked well under the darker-coloured vellum. I coloured it in artificial light but re-coloured it after seeing the photo;-)

The button was the medium sunflower in the set, stamped onto shrink plastic the cut out with a circle nestie die & heated to shrink it. The greeting was computer-generated in AT Mahogany Script.

Birds on a Wire

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A trip to a craft show at Leigh yesterday with a very short shopping list turned into a spending spree because Inkylicious had a stand there for the first time. This birds stamp was one of the ones I bought, and I pictured this card in my head as soon as I saw the stamp. It’s simply stamped in Versafine Smoky Gray then watercoloured in Aquamarkers in Gold Ochre & Frost Blue. The greeting, stamped in the same ink, is by Paula Pascual.

I’m entering this into this week’s challenge over at Less is More where the theme is Wings.

Amour!

It’s one layer week over at Less is More with the theme of “Love”. This was a really quick & simple card involving a Stampin’ Up! stamp heat embossed in white, a mask cut with a Spellbinders heart die & Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Ink sponged through the mask.

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I’m entering this into the following challenges:
Less is More – One layer “Love”
CASology – “Love”
Addicted to CAS – “Mask”