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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Twofer - CASE(E) this Sketch #129

Hi Everyone - it's a scorcher here in Somerset.........and I spent most of the morning cleaning windows!!!  Idiot or what?  Still I'm glad they're done - when the sun shines it shows everything up.  Mind you don't think I would have been so keen to do it if I didn't have my Karcher machine - it's one of the best things I've bought; windows are sparkling in a fraction of the time it takes normally.

Anyway, that's not what you've popped in for eh?  Loved the sketch over at CASE(E) this Sketch #129 this week so thought I'd have a go and, in fact, ended up with two cards.......first one I wasn't that happy with but really liked the result of the second card.

Here is the sketch:


This is my first card - printed out a digi image from A Day for Daisies called Hepburn Dress.  Coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The card was cut using XCut large rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies.  I embossed the edge of the card but as the e/f doesn't have anything on it I can't tell you the make etc.


Here is my second card - leaves and fuchsias are Clearly Besotted used with the matching dies.  The sentiment is from the same set and I've added some Liquid Pearls.


Thanks for dropping by - enjoy the weather.

Happy crafting.








Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Pony CASE-Press

Happy Saturday everyone - weather is a bit changeable today but better than yesterday when we had quite a bit of rain and it was really chilly ........... felt sorry for all those folks at Glastonbury.  Still, it wouldn't be Glastonbury without mud!  Welcome to my new follower Karen (great name!!!).

The Pony CASE-Press is still going strong and I can now post my latest card and my inspiration.  It's great fun and here are the rules if you want to join in:


Here's the concept--The Pony CASE-Press combines Wida's idea for CASADIA and Deborah's idea for her Card Chain Challenge.  Participants will CASE the card before them in the queue and then mail their CASE to the person whose work inspired them!
Here's how this works:

  1. The person wishing to participate will contact me, Mynn, at onastampageATyahooDOTcom with their mailing address and be placed in the queue line and will be emailed a personalized watermark to use on the photo of the card they create for this challenge.
  2. Mynn will email the participant when it is his/her time to craft and send out a picture of the card they will CASE with the recipient's mailing address.
  3. The participant will look at the card that the participant before them created, CASE it, and then send it to the person who inspired them. The participant will also send Mynn a photo of their creation to be put on the queue as soon as the recipient receives it.
There are a few rules:

  1. Only sign up if you are willing to ship a card internationally.  This concept will be open world wide as another way to build a fun and friendly online community for crafters.
  2. Please be timely in making and sending your creation.  Because this is an international chain, cards need to be made and sent within a week of receiving the email from Mynn so that we can keep things moving along. 
  3. Please make sure to use the Pony CASE-Press watermark on the photo of your card.  If you need help with this, email Mynn and she will do it for you! :)
  4. After you sign up to participate, please add our badge to your sidebar so that others can find us!
  5. You will need to make sure NOT to blog your card until the recipient receives it. 
  6. HAVE FUN!
Now here is the card that I made which winged its way over to Petra in South Africa and underneath it is the CASE card which co-incidentally was made by Petra:





For my card I used my Sue Wilson Canada background die onto a white card blank.  I die cut my Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles from pale blue card.  I then used Die-namics Traditional Tags and stamped my SU En Francais on it to act as a background.  The printed vellum is something I've had in my stash for absolutely ages.  The butterflies are die cut using Clearly Besotted Butterfly Duo using matching cardstock.  The sentiment is heat embossed in white e/p and cut using Die-namics Traditional Tags.  The three pieces were then fixed together with a pale blue brad.  Final touch was the addition of some sequins.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Viva La Verve June Week 2 Sketch Challenge

This must be a record......think I've posted every day this week; may give myself a day off tomorrow!

When I saw the Viva La Verve Week 2 sketch I just wanted to play:


Here is my take on the sketch:


The designer papers are from a 12x12 pad called New Leaf which I picked up at a craft fair for a ridiculous price.  I used my Tonic oval and rectangle dies for the half oval and sentiment.  The oval was embossed using a lovely floral embossing folder but it doesn't have any information on it at all so I can't let you know where it's from (but I've had it a long time).  I thought just leaving the embossing on the oval was a nice subtle touch.  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3474.  I added some punched butterflies and Liquid Pearls to finish the card.

Thanks for dropping by - hope the weather is as good with you as it is here in Somerset.

Happy crafting.












Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Addicted to CAS Challenge #66 SPLASH

I've got another card for you today.  This time it's for the challenge over at Addicted to CAS #66 where the code word is:

 

I was scratching my head a bit over this one as I didn't have any stamps that would fit the bill so I trawled through my digi images and found this cute image of a little girl with her oversized umbrella.  I'm afraid I don't have a clue where she's from.

 

I printed the image four times so I could decoupage various elements.  I used my Die-namics pierced ovals to cut the image and mat.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The d/p is from a Stampin Up set and I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Hills dies to cut the wavy edge on the d/p.

 

Final step was Diamond Glaze on the puddle and her umbrella - not sure it shows up very much on the photo.

Thanks for coming by and visiting.

Happy crafting.








Tuesday, 23 June 2015

CASE-ing Christmas #25

Two days, two posts!!!!!  Can you tell the weather is rubbish?  hehe

Over at CASE-ing Christmas their challenge is to case Ellen's card and here it is:


And here is mine:




I started off by embossing some blue cardstock with my Swiss Dots e/f by Couture Creations which I matted onto a square silver card base.  I then took my Christmas Sparkle stamp set from Clearly Besotted and heat embossed the snowflake Christmas Tree using silver e/p.  I did the same with the trunk for the tree and the sentiment.  I then cut the tree using the matching die and matted it and the sentiment onto holographic silver card.  Although the cardstock I used is a dark navy it seems to look black in the photo.  There was also a little snowflake stamp in the set and I used Tsuneiko Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink to add a few snowflakes over the dotty background.  Final touch was to add some diamond gems.

Thanks for dropping by.

Happy crafting.






Monday, 22 June 2015

Just us Girls Colour Week #298, Craft Stamper June Challenge, Happy Little Stampers June Challenge and Addicted to Stamps Clean & Simple

Hello everyone to a wet and miserable Somerset Monday!  You can tell it's Glastonbury this week eh?

There are a few challenges out there which my card fits into hopefully and they are the Just Us Girls Colour Week Challenge #298 (Autumn Colours),  Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge for June which is Texture, Happy Little Stampers June Challenge which is Spray/Mists and Addicted to Stamps and More and they have a ton of fab prizes up for grabs.




For my card I used my Special Touch Distressed Dots stencil and sprayed some Sweet Poppy colours through the stencil.  When it was dry I then added Glass Beads Texture Paste on top, removed the stencil and set it aside to dry.  The ivy spray is Joanna Sheen and the butterfly is from a stamp set called Elegant Butterflies by Clearly Besotted and die cut using the matching die set.  The sentiment is also Clearly Besotted from a stamp set called Fresh Flowers and cut using a SU punch.  Butterfly was heat embossed using Judikins Iridescent Sparkle e/p and coloured using Wink of Stella pens.

Thanks for dropping by.

Happy crafting.




Friday, 19 June 2015

Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge June and Just Us Girls #297 Trend Week

Happy Friday everyone.

In between trying to do jobs in the garden I managed to make this card which fits in with the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge for June which is Sprays/Mists and also Just Us Girls #297 Trend Week Stacked Die Cuts.


I was playing with my new Ken Oliver Colour Bursts and it's quite amazing how much colour (as you will see from my card!!!) comes out in a puff of air..........!  I put my Memory Box stencil Texture Honey Comb on some watercolour card and sprayed water over before lifting it off.  I then "puffed" some colour over the w/c card and set it aside to dry.  I then die cut Memory Box Honey Blossom Spray from the coloured  w/c card and another four from white cardstock.  I glued all the die cuts together with the coloured one on top and inserted them back into the negative piece.  I then covered the blossom spray with Diamond Glaze.  Mounted onto a top fold card base.  The sentiment is SU Celebrate Today stamp set and punched out with a SU punch.  Not sure whether the light in my room wasn't very good but it looks much more dimensional IRL!!!

Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great weekend - the weather looks like it's going to be good.

Happy crafting.

NB  Just been to link up with the Just Us Girls challenge to find the link has been closed - ah well, never mind!


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Crafty Cardmakers #141 For a Man or Boy

Well, wouldn't you know........nothing for ages and then, just like buses, a few arrive within a short time!!! lol

Ages ago I bought a decoupage sheet from The House of Zandra (I do love their quirky designs) and after it was sitting on my desk for ages I made it up and there it still sat.  Anyhow I saw the Crafty Cardmakers new challenge #141 For a Man or Boy and thought this character would fit the bill perfectly.


I placed the White Rabbit onto two mats die cut using GoKreate XXL Frilly Labels from papers that are in Dovecraft Curiosity Corner pack.  The top layer was embossed using Couture Creations Work Shop e/f.  The backing papers are from the same paper pack and the border with the watch was cut from another piece of the paper.  The sentiment is computer generated and punched using a SU labels punch.  I've added Diamond Glaze to various parts of the decoupage, especially the clocks.

Thanks for dropping by.

Happy crafting.




Saturday, 13 June 2015

Case-ing Christmas Challenge #24

Hello Everyone - well I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted anything but it was a combination of not being very well and a holiday down in Cornwall.  It's amazing how time flies eh?

Well, an email from Case-ing Christmas came through this morning and as soon as I looked at the case card I knew what I was going to do!  Here is the case card:

 

Here is my offering based on this card:


I have used my Tim Holtz Alterations Victorian Carolers die cut out of some Christmas papers from my bits box.  In fact every element on this card was taken from my bits box and chopped around a bit.  The numbers are from Spellbinders and I've added a ribbon and some liquid pearls.

Now, just to prove I have been creating here are a few cards that I've made recently - the first two were entirely made from die cuts that were sitting in my box, the next one is a birthday card for a friend which was totally inspired by the very talented Pam and the last is a new home card made using a Tonic die.



 

Thanks for dropping by - hope you're having a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

















Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Pony CASE-Press

Hi Everyone - hope you all had a good weekend. 

 I wanted to show you the card I received from Becca of Damsel of Distressed Cards as a case of my card which is part of the fun challenge over at Mynn's blog On a Stampage: The Pony CASE-Press where you can sign up to go on the list to case the card before you.  You then send your card to the next person on the list and so it goes on - such fun.  

Why not pop on over and sign up - only condition really is that you don't mind sending your card internationally.  

Anyway, here's the lovely card Becca send me:


Happy crafting.






Monday, 20 April 2015

Less is More - Week 220 Theme & HLS Sketch Challenge

Well it's another lovely day here in Somerset, especially if you are somewhere sheltered as there is quite a cold breeze and we had a slight frost this morning.

There's a new challenge over at Less is More and this week the category is "Theme".  

Here's a theme to conjure up a pretty picture
Up, up and away!
For this one you can think balloons, planes, other things that fly and things that can be carried along on the breeze.
Let your imagination take flight!

There is also the April challenge over at Happy Little Stampers:




Here is my card that I'm entering into the challenges.


I've used my Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die set to cut a balloon out of red card with the string to match.  I sponged round the edges of the balloon to give it more definition.  The greeting is Papertrey (birthday) and Tattered Lace (wishes) die cut from glittered mirri card.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to add some definition to the front of the card before I popped the balloon up on a Wobbles Action Spring.  


You can see how it stands out from the card (but goes totally flat to go in the envelope) but it also wobbles as well!  I've just added some sequins to finish off.

Thanks for popping by.  

Happy crafting.






Friday, 17 April 2015

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #61 Showers

Hi everyone - haven't we been having some lovely weather recently?  Changed a bit today and had a couple of light showers this morning.

There's a new challenge over at Addicted to CAS and their codeword is "Showers".  

 

 Here is my card:


I decided that my Stampendous Rain Dance stamp would be perfect and stamped it with black Versafine and heat embossed using Judikins Iridescent Sparkle e/p, then coloured with my Promarkers.  I cut a mask for the stamped image and then used  my Water Droplets stamp by Designs by Ryn.  This was again heat embossed.  All the layers were die cut using Spellbinders Labels 1.  Final addition was a bow.

Thanks for dropping by - hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.

Happy crafting.




Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tri-shutter and double pop-out 21st cards

Hello everyone - how are you enjoying this lovely weather......well it is down here in Somerset but looks like the country is divided on the weather front.

I was asked to make two 21st birthday cards for a chap whose 18th birthday card I made.....well, three years ago!!! lol  I was given two interests...........one was paintballing (help......) and the other was motorbikes.  I had been given plenty of notice which quite frankly I needed to come up with something for the paintballing card.  Anyway below are the photos of the two cards.  The paintballing card is a double pop-out card and the motorbike card is a tri-shutter card.  Hope you like them.






 

All was going well and finished off all the printing I needed for the paintballing card.  I was busy with other "stuff" for about 3 weeks when I started to prepare the motorbike card.........and my printer died!  Isn't it always the way.........always seems to happen on a Friday as well.  Anyway I ordered my new printer which arrived a few days later.  Installed it and everything was fine.  For the motorbike card I prepared a lot of it using CraftArtist and I printed pages onto copy paper first to make sure I'd got the sizes correct etc.  Then just as I was about to print out the final version on cardstock I got a warning beep and "paper jam" message.........once, twice, three times et al.  Tried everything I could think of, phoned the company I bought the printer from and they said they thought the roller had jammed, so ended up ringing Epson directly who were very good and said anything that goes wrong with their printers up to 30 days of receipt is called "dead on arrival" and have agreed to send a new printer so I'm totally without a printer (except for a b&w laser) and feel totally lost.  I'm just keeping my fingers crossed it arrives soon.  BTW all this happened on a Friday again!  Think I'm going to stay in bed this week.............hehe

Happy crafting.


















Saturday, 4 April 2015

HLS April Sketch Challenge & Craft Stamper Take it Make it April Challenge

Happy Easter everyone - hope you are all enjoying the long Easter weekend and maybe indulging in a little chocolate???? lol

I'm joining in the HLS April Sketch challenge which is shown below:


and I'm also joining in with the Craft Stamper Take it Make it challenge.  The requirements are:

As you might remember, this year our challenge is alternating between 'Take A Stamp', and 'Take A Technique'....and this month our challenge is 'Take A Technique'!
Well, not so much a technique as a theme.... this month we want you to go all out with the colour!

April Challenge:
'Take A Technique: Colour'


and here is my card:


I used a water brush to wet an area of watercolour card and then used my Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens to add random colour.  This was then cut out using my Die-namics Banner dies - I chose the largest which was too long but as I wanted an oblong shape rather than a banner this was perfect.  I passed it through my BS and then turned the die around and placed it on the uncut end of watercolour card to get a long oblong shape.  The greeting is die cut using my Winnie & Walter "In a Word: Happy Cutaway" using black mirri card which was then popped up on d/s foam squares.  The "birthday" was stamped in VersaFine black and is from Waltzingmouse Stamps WMS IC3 set.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Happy crafting.