Monday, 19 March 2018

A Hint of Spring

Sometimes I get so confused about the the seasons. I play in so many challenges that are Northern Hemisphere based, so when I'm making Spring themed cards I forget that it's actually autumn here.
I'm very excited because our annual Craft Retreat is later this year and it's right in the middle of the Autumn Festival, so the colours will be amazing! In the the mean time here is a very Spring-y card!

I stamped the Dogwood Flowers from one of my fave Hero art's sets 'Antique Flowers and Butterflies' with memento ink and coloured a bit with Copics and then did more stamping to get some definition.  The paper is from Prima and I sponged the edges with ink. The sentiment is from Pretty Posh Pink.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Reminder

It's half way through March already!  Seriously, the now that my kids have left school, the days seem to go quicker!

Today I have another Penny Black card to remind you about the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. The theme as always is Anything Goes, with an optional twist  being 'Easter' or ' to use Chocolate Brown'. You can guess which one I chose!

I'm still enjoying colouring with Copic Markers, so I coloured the fox with them and used Distress Ink and Zig Markers for to stamp and colour the berry bush. I decided to do some lighter coloured berries to add variation and depth - not sure if that worked. The fox has been stamped twice and I trimmed off the back foot and ear and mounted with dimensional tape.
I knew I wanted a CAS design and it took me a long time to settle on a background, but I'm really happry with this wintery scene. I thought about adding some blue, but decided 'less is more' and it's more CAS this way.

Go check out the inspiration on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog and enter the challenge here.

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Vintage Rose

I've had this beautiful stamp sitting in my stash for a long time and I thought it was about time I used it again.

Although it is a fairly busy image, I tried to make it fairly CAS, by using a soft colour in the background and letting the rose take the limelight.  I coloured the image with Copic Markers.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Acetate, Alcohol Ink and an Embossing Folder

I decided to make another card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge (2nd Birthday) Challenge and instead of one card, I ended up with a Twofer!

As most people know, it is very difficult to photograph acetate and metallic colours, but I hope you can get the idea from my pics. I began by dropping some alcohol inks on the acetate sheet, spritzing with alcohol and then letting it dry. For the first card I die cut the bird.The background has been dry embossed and then I randomly swiped versamark ink over the raised part and gold embossed. Next I constructed the shaker. I used glue tape to adhere the bird and branch. To finish I stamped the sentiment and adhered it on top of the window.

This card is much more CAS, but not so transluscent.  I dry embossed the acetate this time and then matted it with the window from MFT Dienamics. The Dragonfly die is from Penny Black and the sentiment is from Stampers Annonymous.
I nearly added swquins, but reminded myself this was a CAS card(:

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A Fox, an Owl & a Hedgie

I just realised I never got around to sharing a card I made for my daughter's birthday. I tried to include as many of her fave critters as I could. I missed out on the red Red Panda, but 3 aint bad!

The background stamp is from Clearly Besotted 'Birch Background'.  For some reason the ink didn't smooth out, but I decided I liked the mottled look. The Fox and Hedgie are from Avery Elle 'More Stories', the Owl is from Mama Elephant 'Whimsical Winter' and the sentiment is from WPlus9 'Curious Forest Friends'.
The critters were all coloured with Copic Markers.

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Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday

Week 458 - Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes
(I was inspired by the many characters in Beatrix Potter)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Dancing Daisies and a New Technique

It's time for another Twofer. This time I've gone super bold in one card and monochromatic in the other. One is for a birthday and the other is a congrats card, which I guess covers various occasions.

I used a combination of Distress Inks and Zig Markers and continuous stamped with a touch of spritzing and some marker highlights direct to the paper. The Bees were coloured with Copic Markers.
Stamps:- Penny Black Dancing Daisies; WPlus9 C'est La Vie; SSS Sweet Cakes

I knew I wanted to use this stamp for some layered stamping, but wansn't quite sure what technique to use, so I googled and found this technique - Layered Batik Resist .
I LOVE the look of this techniqe!!! It's not so obvious in in the photo, but IRL, it looks fantastic, especially with the white flower in the foreground.  I used Distress Inks.
Stamps: Penny Black Dancing Daisies,: sentiment TBA (I've forgotten!)

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Copic Coloured Die-cuts

I'm sorry I've been quiet this week. Last year we rebuilt our beach house, which will eventually be where we live and this year we have to work on our Brighton house as it's sinking in one corner! When they have under-pinned we will get new bathrooms and later a much needed kitchen upgrade.
So I've been running around all week choosing everything for the bathrooms. I'll share some pics in a couple of weeks or so.

Today I decided I needed to get back to card making before I lose my mojo again! I recently received some new Concord & 9th stamps and dies and decided to play with the dies first.

The birdcage die is from Tim Holtz and the flower and foliage dies are from Concord & 9th 'Just Because'. The gorgeous background paper and sentiment are from Kaisercraft 'Wildflower'.
I coloured all the die cuts with Copic Markers.

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