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It’s Been a While . . .

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I’ve neglected this blog for far too long; I still make cards sometimes, and enjoy it when I do, but dressmaking has become my main hobby and I don’t have time for both so the blogging takes a back seat to the creating.

Anyway, without further ado this card for my nephew’s wife was inspired by a Christmas gift from my crafty friend Vicky, which was the lovely set of stamps by Crafters Companion which comes with matching dies. This card wasn’t planned, I just went with whatever I fancied doing. The background was inked with Distress Inks in Broken China and Tumbled Glass, so the stamps were also inked with Broken China. As they’re new and I was using Distress Inks, the images didn’t stamp cleanly, but I decided I liked the effect and just re-stamped where the ink was a little too patchy.

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I finished off with a sentiment by Altenew, embossed with Wow! Bright White embossing powder (which really isn’t bright white at all), and some off-white sequins to match.

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Front of card

I always think masculine cards should be simple – no fuss & definitely no frills! So the sketch at Case This Sketch this week appealed to me and I took the opportunity to use up some of my (huge!) stash of patterned paper in the process. The greeting is by Woodware, I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then spent ages trying to work out what to do for the curved shape but settled, in the end, on a simple circle shape using a die by Swedish House Crafts.

Close up of greeting

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Front view of card

Another coloured pencil creation today, although to me this illustrates the difference between cheap coloured pencils & the more expensive Polychromos as the finish on the red golf bag is not as good as I’d like. It also shows the difference between colouring in artificial light and daylight, as it really doesn’t stand up to close up photography. Thankfully it does look better in real life! The layout is based on this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

The golfing stamp is from an old set by Crafts UK, the golf ball was made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (it’s the reverse side), the spotty flag was stamped with a dotty background stamp & cut using an MFT die. The greeting is a Clearly Besotted stamp, embossed and then cut out with another MFT die.

Close up of card

Case This Sketch #229

Front of card

Still struggling with my missing mojo but this week’s sketch at Case This Sketch provided the inspiration for this quick & easy card. The most difficult bit was working out what size the patterned paper rectangles (by My Mind’s Eye) needed to be*! I also turned the sketch on its side so it would work with the die cut greeting by Mama Elephant, to which I added some clear Wink of Stella for a tiny amount of bling. You can just about see that in the photo below. The birthday word (by Clearly Besotted) was stamped in Versamark & embossed in white embossing powder. A few pearls from my stash finished the card off.

Close up

*(Note to self for future ref: 2cm x 4.5cm!)

Missing Mojo

Front of card

Like many people who craft, it is my antidote to stress. But sometimes even card making isn’t enough, and my mojo goes awol. Such has been the situation for the last month. Although I’ve made a few cards, getting started on them has been a struggle. When that happens I turn to challenges & YouTube videos to spark my creativity again.

One such challenge is the one at Die Cutting Divas where the theme of challenge 323 is Wedding/Anniversary. A recent Ebay purchase of a few sets of Hero Arts Stamp & Cut stamps included the one I’ve used above, Congrats.

It’s my brother & sister-in-law’s 35th wedding anniversary soon so I used a mix of Distress Inks to create the background, which was cut with a stitched square die. Then I die cut the Congrats die several times in white and also from the background. I layered up 3 white die cuts then added the coloured one on top, offsetting it slightly.  The “on your anniversary” was a combination of stamps from other sets, stamped in Versamark then in Distress Ink to match the background. I then embossed it in clear embossing powder.

To keep the overall look simple, I stamped a few hearts from one of the other Hero Arts sets & embossed them in white.

Close up of front

Young Love!

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Card making has yet again been taking a back seat lately – along with all the usual pressures, the school at which I’m a Governor got “the call” on Tuesday and Ofsted descended for 2 days. So it’s taken me a week to finish this card, which I started last Saturday as soon as I heard that our nephew Adam had got down on one knee & proposed to his gorgeous girlfriend Kasanita.

The heart was inspired by Fran Seiford from Stampendous, who I had seen doing embossing techniques that morning on Hochanda. I realised I had almost everything I needed to try it for myself, the only difference being I had to melt the powders in the oven for 15 minutes! I used a combination of UTEE and various other embossing powders I’ve had in for several years, melted onto pre-cut chipboard to give a very 3 dimensional heart which proved to be VERY difficult to photograph!

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The creative process then stalled until today when I saw the sketch below at Freshly Made Sketches, where I’m entering this into their challenge. I’m also entering it into the embossing challenge at AAA Cards.

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Valentine Heart

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Just in case you forgot, today was Valentine’s Day, and this was my card to my gorgeous hubby. The background is ordinary tissue paper glued onto the card. I diecut the heart and then diecut the “love” word from Clearly Besotted. The greeting, also by Clearly Besotted, was stamped onto black cardstock then embossed in white. A few red heart sequins finished it in CAS style.

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I’m entering this into the challenges at: