Saturday, 18 November 2017

Pine cones and ivy

The new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown is a rather unusual colour challenge - brown, green and kraft. Not a traditionally festive combo, but it made me think of pine boughs.


I made the background by stamping the old PSX Large Pine Cone stamp randomly over kraft card, using Versamark ink, and then dusting it lightly with brown and green chalk - I didn't want to add a lot and make the images too bold, or it wouldn't have shown up the die cutting and sentiment so well.

I used one of the sentiment stamps from my recent Uniko prize  and then edged the panel with green ink. Finally I added a selection of die cut pine cones, pine and fir branches and ivy.

Right, I'll be offline for a few days now - unless I get so desperate I end up taking my iPad to Tesco and using the free Wi-Fi. I do have a couple of scheduled posts coming up, for CD Sundays and Cardz 4 Guyz, so YOU can see ME tomorrow and Tuesday - and I can see YOU again later in the week!

Santa and sparkle

Sorry to be throwing so many posts at you today but I'm likely to be without internet for a few days so I'm trying to get ahead of myself. Also it's a grey, wet, gloomy day so what better to do than spend it crafting?

Today's Less is More challenge is to CASE a card made by DT member Susan. Here is her card:

 
 
and here is my CASE of it:
 
 
The Santa image is stamped and punched using the SU "Cookie Cutter Christmas" set, and the sentiment is from the same set. Now, you may be wondering why I've added pink and purple speckles to the background? Well, they're not pink or purple at all! Because I loves Susan's touch of sparkle in the background, I brushed the area around Santa on my card  with a product called Jo Sonja's Opal Dust - it's an Australian product and I've had it for about 20 years. (I've just googled - it's still available). Tiny opalescent flecks are suspended in a clear gel, and you brush it onto card, or just about anything else, and when the gel dries it leaves a scattering of tiny, tiny particles here and there that reflect the light. In the main photo it doesn't show very well, so I tried a different angle to the light and you can just about see the effect below - it's so pretty yet very subtle, making it perfect for CAS cards.

 

Sparkling stencil

I love the cover gift that came with the current issue of Papercraft Essenials - a stencil of a mandala quarter-circle with a coordinating small circle and border, and just couldn't wait to play with it. Here's my first attempt:


I've used Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium to stencil it onto brown card, and stamped and heat embossed a sentiment onto matching card, then matted everything with turquoise pearlescent card.

Sparkle is very hard to capture in a photo but I'm sure you can picture how gloriously glittery it is in real life!

I am sharing this with
Allsorts challenge - Glitter 
Sweet Stampin - Birthday
Just us girls - Turquoise, gold and brown

Lots of Washi tape

I have loads and loads of Washi tape, but can never really think of ways to use it. Much of it is Japanese Kawaii style stuff with oddly translated sayings on it - that might never get used - but today I had a good furkle around Pinterest for ideas, combined about 350,000 of them, grabbed several NBUS rolls of tape and set out to see what I could come up with.


I'm a bit impressed with myself actually! The leaf sprigs and sentiment are stamped with a Crafters Companion clear stamp set. (Hang on, do they actually MAKE clear stamp sets? I have it quite fixed in my mind that's where they are from!) and the flower stamp is a very old Craft Stamper freebie.

I am sharing this with
CAS on Friday - Washi Tape
Just Add Ink - R is for...... (red)

Friday, 17 November 2017

Sparkling snow

That spotty Uniko stencil has been out to play again, this time in a totally different way.


I stencilled the background layer using Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium  - actually in the photo it looks almost fluffy rather than sparkly! Then I added three layers of buildings cut with X-Cut "Build-a-scene" dies. These dies are a bit peculiar, some of the buildings follow the lines of the hills rather than being perpendicular - I wouldn't like to drop anything on the floor in those houses in the middle row! But they do build up into a sweet scene, and I used 1mm foam pads between the layers to emphasise the dimension. A simple stamped sentiment on the front layer is the only thing breaking up the white-on-white look of this card.

I am sharing this with
Dies R Us - Snow
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday 
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas 
Sparkles Monthly - White Christmas

Master Detective

I've been having a play with papers and chipboards from Graphic 45's Master Detective range today:



Sorry about the out of focus second photo - I don't seem to have much depth of field so maybe I should have opened the card wider to make a flattish surface instead of a deep "V". Oh well, it does show you that I decorated the inside too!

This card involved a lot of fussy cutting - which is often the case with Graphic 45's fabulous papers - a bit of distressing and the addition of a key and some twine.

I am sharing this with

Fab'n'Funky - Masculine Touch
Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine Anything Goes
 

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While I had the goodies out to play, I made another card, inspired by a sample in Papercraft Essentials. Their sample was designed for a much smaller card, but I adapted it for a bigger A5 one because I think large images deserve large cards.


The sentiment is cut with a Spellbinders die from a sentiment set I got recently.

I am sharing this card with
Cuttlebugmania - Masculine

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Going dotty!

Here I've used yet another of the goodies from my wonderful Uniko prize, a stencil with a random all-over spot pattern. Stencilling isn't a technique I generally associate with clan and simple cards but this is one that can really lend itself to the style.


I used a sponge and the Kaleidacolor "Birthstone" ink pad to colour the spots, then added a simple die cut sentiment.

I am sharing this with
AAA Cards - Celebrate


and also with two challenges I don't usually associate with CAS cards, simply because stencilling doesn't have to be part of a complex design!
Country View Challenges - Stencils 
Mix it up - anything goes & stencilling