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CTS #247

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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.

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Two for the Price of One

Challenges, that is. I’ve combined the challenges at Addicted to CAS, where the theme is leaves and AAACards, where the theme is ink blending.

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#102

I die-cut a Nestabilities oval and created a stencil through which I blended Adirondack inks in Cool Peri & Eggplant. I slipped a bit with my sponge so the birds (all by Inkylicious) were to hide the mistakes!

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I then die cut the Sizzix leaves out of Docrafts metallic adhesive card, and spent ages with an embossing tool & a mouse mat trying to smooth out the many “dimples” which result from the holes in the die. I decided to keep the greeting very simple, choosing a stamp by Clearly Besotted from their Brushed Greetings II set.

FMS #307

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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.

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FMS #300!

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A last minute entry for the 300th Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Congratulations to Lesley & the rest of the design team, that’s an amazing achievement! The dog image was a freebie from Craft Stamper a few years back, minus the flower in his mouth but I added “wallpaper” & “carpet” in Promarkers to match the patterned papers from my stash & a little Anita’s Clear Gloss to give him a shiny nose.

Apologies for the blurry pictures, I’d sent the card off to the recipient before I noticed!

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CAS Mix Up

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My missing mojo is slowly returning although sadly the work-related stress isn’t going anywhere. Still, this is one of three cards I’ve enjoyed making today. The inspiration for it was a card by the super-talented Loll Thompson, not realising that she had made it as an example for this month’s CAS Mix Up challenge.  What is it they say? “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”? But it’s with a little trepidation that I’m entering my card into the challenge as it’s a little too close to her inspiration for comfort!

I didn’t have any plain tissue paper to water colour, but I did have pink tissue paper which I scrumpled up, glued to cardstock with Mod Podge then heat embossed with Wow! silver embossing powder.

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I then made the frame with dies by M & C Boutique which were a bargain (£5!) in The Works. I masked off an area the size of the frame then stamped the script (by Inkylicious) in Hero Arts Unicorn ink. The feather was die cut from the “offcut” middle of the frame then shaped a little & adhered with dimensional adhesive.

I used by own home made stamping tool (which is a variation of this one) to stamp the greeting (by Clearly Besotted) but then realised that everything was on the right hand side and the card didn’t look balanced, so I added a little bling to fill the gap.

Techniques: tissue paper, heat embossing, stamping, die cutting.

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CTS #223

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This card is for my nephew’s 25th birthday – where on earth did the years go? It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since he was a toddler, sitting in the bath making up silly songs! Anyway it’s based on the sketch at Case This Sketch, albeit changed around a little bit to accommodate the partial die cutting I did for the greeting. This turned out to be way trickier than I thought it would be & involved lots of extra cutting with craft knife & scissors.  A bit of patterned paper & a Kaisercraft stamped image coloured with Promarkers finishes it off.

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