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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!

Close up of image

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.

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.

Mother's day card closeup

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”

Hugs & Kisses

The latest challenge over at Addicted to CAS is Hugs & Kisses; I liked the new sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches so I decided to play along there for the first time. The only image stamp I had which fitted the hugs part of the challenge was this old Forever Friends one.

I stamped the image in Memento Toffee Crunch onto Limetree Crafts card, then dug out my Promarkers for the first time in a while. I used Oatmeal, Vanilla & Ivory for the fur, Sand Dune for the noses & envelope, Oasis & Cornflower for the gift. The sentiment, by Francoise Read for Woodware, was stamped in Hero Arts Pastel Blue Shadow Ink. The backing paper was a Forever Friends one from my stash.

Key to my Heart

Wonders will never cease – two cards in one day, and a week early for Valentine’s day rather than my usual last minute rush! A very quick card for my husband using some recently-purchased Clearly Besotted stamps.

As with my first card of the day this is based on the sketch over at Case this Sketch. The stamps were simply inked in Memento Tuxedo Black & Love Letter; using dewdrop ink pads made it easy to ink the “key” in the sentiment a different colour to the rest. A strip of backing paper which has been in my stash for ages, plus a strip of textured black cardstock kept it CAS, and I carefully covered the padlock in Anita’s Clear Gloss.

Happy Birthday Less is More!

One of my favourite challenge blogs, Less is More, celebrates its 4th birthday so what better way to mark the occasion than to make them a birthday card? The theme is pink & grey, and I’ve combined this with the current sketch over at Case this Sketch.

Two things about this card are unusual for me: one, I knew exactly how I wanted it to look and two, I was able to devote enough time this morning to making it! I started off with the Clearly Besotted “Full of Surprise” present & balloons. The present was stamped in Hero Arts Soft Granite, the balloons in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I then painted the ribbons to match.
The number 4 (by Kirsty Wiseman for Personal Impressions) and the greeting (maker unknown) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The paper by Teresa Collins was fussy cut, then I painted one of the stripes in Picked Raspberry, and the edge in Wink of Stella which unfortunately doesn’t show up in the photos. I finished off with a black sequin in the centre of the bow.
Happy Birthday Less is More – long may you continue!