Sunday, 18 March 2018

80th Birthday!

Hi everyone, we celebrated my Step dad's 80th birthday this weekend.
Quite a milestone in our family so I wanted to make him a special card. He liked it, so that's good!

I used stamps from the Visible Image Rays of Light set to make my background. I stamped the rays with various versa color inks and clear embossed them. The birthday circle die was a gift, so I don't know the brand. I cut a black layer and embossed it with versamark and black sparkle powder, then glued that onto a white layer for dimension. 
I laid that onto a white diecut circle and a layer of fun foam to make it pop from the base.

The 80 was embossed and layered the same way. The sparkle from the embossing powder is a bit hard to see in the pic but it was very glittery in real life, in a masculine way lol!

I'm linking up to the  Mix it Up Challenge where it's anything goes with the optional twist of creating your own background.

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At Seize the Birthday I've gone with the anything goes birthday option.

At Time Out they are also celebrating a milestone, their 4th Birthday. Congratulations! I've used the birthday as my inspiration.

The numbers were diecut from scraps of black and white, so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

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Visible image rays of light stamps; circle birthday die; Spellbinders circle die; Marianne Design number dies; Black sparkle embossing powder; versamark ink; versacolor inks; fun foam.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 16 March 2018

Embossed acetate butterfly.

Hi everyone, I'm back with another guest designer card for the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.
Thanks to Loll, Bonnie and the team for inviting me to play along!

My elements are acetate, stamping, diecutting, embossing, alcohol inks and watercolour!

I've had this acetate butterfly sitting on my desk waiting for me to finish it! I had embossed it with a Stampin Up folder and then painted the back with gold mixative alcohol inks. It looked a bit scratchy so I added a gold paper layer behind it to even things out a little.

I had one heart brad holding the acetate and paper together and hubby suggested I use 3. Glad he did lol!

Tha background is a watercolour panel  did a while ago using Kuretake Gansai and Finetec gold watercolour paints. I always make a few backgrounds in different colours while I have these paints out, makes the mess well wothwhile!

The white frame is an offcut from another project. I trimmed it down as it was quite thick and looking at the pic it may not be quite even!! I've popped the panel up on fun foam to add some dimension, though it's a bit hard to see in the pic.

I'm also linking up to the challenge at CASology where the theme is bug!
I think a butterfly is a glamourous bug!

At Happy Little Stampers, it's anything goes with dies.

It's also anything goes with a scripture or uplifting message at Word Art Wednesday.

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At Cuttlebug Mania the challenge is to create a project with a Spring theme using a manual machine.
Pink is definitely a spring colour and there are plenty of butterflies around then too!
(I've used my cuttlebug with the Stampin Up Bigz die and embossing folder listed in my supplies.)

Stampin Up beautiful butterflies Bigz die; acetate; Stampin Up seaside embossing folder; gold mixative alcohol ink; scrap of gold paper; Kuretake Gansai and Finetec watercolour paint; Darkroom Door wings sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep, fun foam.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

You've got this!

Hi everyone, I've been playing with some new stamps and a newish to me technique.

I swiped hickory smoke and iced spruce oxide ink pads across watercolour paper to get the streaky or windy effect in this background. I spritzed with water and used my finger to blend the colours a bit.

The image was stamped and embossed but when I coloured it in it was too dull over the greys.
I decided to restamp the umbrella and clothing onto regular white card so the colours were much brighter. I fussycut and glued them over the original image.

I used regular distress ink in weathered wood and black soot around the images to tie the layers together. I had a couple of sentiments in mind for this image but this one won out today! It's from the Encouraging words set by Wplus9.

I'm linking up to a few challenges.

At Addicted to Stamps & More it's make your mark. I used distress markers to colour the image.

At Simon Says Stamp Monday the theme is whatever the weather!

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has a girl power theme.

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At Craft Stamper Magazine it's anything goes, as long as you use stamping somewhere on your project.

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At Inkspirational the theme is work. Holding that brolly looks like hard work to me lol!

Finally, thanks for hanging in there, I'm linking up to the challenge at 
Word Art Wednesday where it's anything goes with an uplifting message or scripture.

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Katzelkraft windy day stamp; Wplus9 encouraging words stamp; versafine ink & clear ep, distress and oxide inks; distress markers.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 9 March 2018

Floral border with oxide inks.

Hi everyone, I was invited to be a guest designer for Craft Stamper Magazine after winning the January Challenge with my ATC. The theme is anything goes as long as you use stamping somewhere on your project.

Take It, Make It Challenge

I've been making distress oxide backgrounds, lots of fun and very therapeutic after a hectic day at work! I diecut one with this border die, glued it onto another white diecut for dimension, stamped and embossed a sentiment and it was finished.

I'm also linking up to the Spring or faith themed challenge at Stamplorations,

and to The Flower Challenge where it's anything goes,

The theme at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday is girl power.
Girls love flowers so I'm visiting there too!

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Memory Box catalina border die; watercolour paper; distress oxide inks; Stampin Up
 words sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Horses and distress oxide inks.

Hi everyone, I was asked to make a masculine 21st birthday card for a country guy.
Thought I'd try this second hand retired set from Stampin Up.

I stamped the image with archival jet black ink onto a leftover piece of brushos watercolour paper. It had the orangey yellow pops of colour on it. Then I inked the edges with fossilized amber, hickory smoke and walnut stain distress oxides. Spritzed on some water and got a great mottled look.

I inked the very edge with normal black soot distress ink and matted the image onto a copper layer, then a kraft layer inked with walnut stain. I used a distress tool to add texture to the edges.

I had some canvas pad scraps left from another project and punched out some corners. Inked them with walnut stain then embossed with versamark and bronze powder. The 21 is also embossed with this powder, and the coppery sentiment sticker finished it off. The black card was textured when I bought it, looks a bit like wood grain. Hope he likes his card!

I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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Snippets for the layers and corners means I can visit the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, you only need 1 snippet or scrap to join in!

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At Seize the Birthday it's anything goes so long as it's a birthday theme.

Time Out has a bold theme. I think the black silhouette on the orangey inks looks bold.

At The Male Room the theme is recycle. I've used brush and canvas scraps in this panel. Never throw anything away lol!! 

Stampin Up Bareback stamp; brushos; distress oxides; scraps of canvas; corner punch; copper brads; Marianne Design number dies; archival ink; versamark ink; bronze embossing powder and sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sympathy diecuts.

Hi everyone, I've got to make a few sympathy cards this weekend amongst other things and thought I'd link this one up to the all diecuts challenge at AAA Cards.

I've diecut the flower form watercolour paper inked with a few oxide inks and spritzed. I double layered the sentiment diecut to give it some dimension so the white on white was a bit easier to see.

I'm also linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

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and to the in my garden theme at Simon Says Stamp Monday,

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and to the anything goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More.

Distress oxide inks; Memory Box chloe stem die; Craft Essentials with sympathy die; Craft Concepts Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday, 2 March 2018

Alcohol inks and acetate.

Hi everyone, I was excited to be asked to be a guest designer on CAS Mixup Card Challenge after winning the January challenge. It's also the challenge's 2nd birthday, the time seems to have flown by!

I love CAS cards but also enjoy dabbling in mixed media and messy techniques, so this challenge is the perfect combination!

The theme is acetate, not something I've ever really used before! So I thought I'd have a play with some alcohol inks and see what happened. The acetate looked pretty ordinary until I turned it over, the side without the inks looks so much shinier and colourful. My elements are acetate, stamping, alcohol inks and diecutting.

I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More,

and it's also anything goes at Word Art Wednesday

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has an anything goes theme too and they are featuring Memory Box goodies.

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Acetate sheet; Alcohol inks; Memory Box small circle burst die; Paper Smooches word salad sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Feather trees on an Infusions background.

Hi everyone, I made this background by spritzing some water onto watercolour paper then sprinkling on some infusions powder. I also sprayed a touch of perfect pearls to get some shimmer, then scrunched some cling wrap over the wet paper and left it to dry. The infusions didn't form much of a pattern but the silver spray did. Just enough to add a bit of interest.

I'm linking up to the make your own backgound challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

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At Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the theme is in my garden.
My garden is full of trees.

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I'm also linking up to the anything goes dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers,

and to Seize the Birthday where I'm playing along with the anything goes option.

PaperArtsy Infusions; Poppystamps feather tree frame die; Perfect Pearls spray; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Watercoloured hearts.

I'm back again with some more of todays projects this time using watercolours!

I stamped this hero arts floral stamp onto watercolour paper and white embossed it. The embossing creates a resist for the paints. I used Kuretake Gansai paints. When it was dry I diecut some hearts, embossed a frame and stamped a sentiment.

I'm linking up to the watercolour challenge at Paper Artsy,


and to the watercolour hearts challenge at CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.

Hero Arts everything flower stamp; versamark ink and white ep; Kuretake Gansai watercolour paints; Mpress heart dies; Simon Says Stamp happy sentiment stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.; Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Embossed butterfly and oxide inks.

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I'm alternating between housework and card making so I'm happy!

I was inspired by the photo at Inkspirational for this card.

I'm not a big coffee drinker and don't have any coffee stamps, but thought I'd go with circles, the butterfly and the gorgeous browns.

I embossed the butterfly diecut with some new powders I bought, Lindy's Stamp Gang cafe au lait (sounds like coffee lol!) and midnight bronze. I used versamark to get the powder to stick.

The circle was inked with distress oxides in antique linen and walnut stain, and walnut stain is on the circle border too. I sprritzed the circle with water and got a frothy coffee look! I dried it and embossed with a dot matrix folder for a bit of texture.

The sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers mix mash set and it's embossed with the cafe lait powder. 

I'm linking up to a few challenges.

At Less is More the team is celebrating their 7th birthday with a dry embossing theme.

At AAA Cards it's diecuts only, although stamped sentiments are allowed.
I hope the dry embossing is ok on the diecut.

At Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge the theme is butterfly.
My mixed media elements include wet and dry embossing, stamping, diecuts, oxide inks and vellum.

At Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, the theme is grunge it up.
I've distressed and spritzed the circle element and have given the butterfly a patchy grungy look with the combined embossing powders.

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Spellbinders circle dies; Memory Box Luna and Oriel butterfly dies'Lindys Stamp Gang embossing powder; versamark ink; vellum; distress oxide inks; Sizzix dot matrix embossing folder; Happy Little Stampers Mix Mash sentiment stamp.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x