Sunday, 25 June 2017

On a personal note

I wasn't sure whether or not to write this post, but felt it would be good to say firstly, sorry for not being around for the last few weeks and secondly, to say from the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone who visits and follows my blog and for your lovely comments which are always a joy to read.

My mum has been in hospital for two and a half weeks and sadly, due to dementia, she didn't do well there and lost weight. Happily she has been home for a week and doing a little better.

Sue xx

Saturday, 24 June 2017

CAS Mix Up, CAS on Friday, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, Seize The Birthday, STAMPlorations CAS Challenge

This month's theme at CAS Mix Up is embossing paste/gel and here's what I made.  I've used the shimmer sprays again to create the backing for my butterfly which was die-cut out of fun foam and mixed some of the spray into clear embossing gel. 

Linking up to five challenges:

CAS Mix Up - Stamping + Embossing Paste/Gel + Your choice
CAS On Friday - Animals
Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes
STAMPlorations CAS - Anything Goes with optional twist of Masculine Colours



AAA Cards, CAS Watercolour, HLS Watercolour, Inkspirational, STAMPlorations CAS

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good weekend. Just a quick post to show you a card I made for a lovely friend and scrape in at a few challenges which are finishing shortly.

I've heat embossed in white, coloured with shimmer spray inks and aqua brush, and added a die-cut sentiment. You can't really see the glimmer in the photo.

Linking up to five challenges:

AAA Cards - Resist Technique
Inkspirational - Photo inspiration
STAMPlorations CAS - Anything Goes with optional twist of Masculine Colours


Saturday, 20 May 2017

The Flower Challenge, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, HLS Watercolour, Seize the Birthday

At last! I have been able to make a card that's been in the planning for a while. As soon as I saw Karen's beautiful card at The Flower Challenge, I knew I wanted to CASE it using alcohol inks (especially as I haven't used them for a while!). Things have been a bit tough going this week hence the delay.

So here it is and I'm happy with how it turned out. I was pleased with the colours and how they blended together, giving the impression of plants, leaves, sky etc. The inks I used were Tim Holtz Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Limeade and Meadow.

They were applied randomly straight from the bottles onto Yupo card without any blending solution and I moved the inks about by tilting the card from side to side. The little grassy and "frondy" bits were achieved by using a air puffing tool to blow the inks around. 

Linking up to four challenges:
The Flower Challenge - CASE a DT Member
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes (not using the toppings option)

I'm hoping to be able to join in a few more challenges with another card if I get time later.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Have a wonderful evening and happy crafting.



Saturday, 13 May 2017

Less Is More (GD), AAA Cards, STAMPlorations CAS

Hello everyone, happy Saturday and I hope you're well.

I am sooo excited and honoured to be Guest Designer at Less Is More this week, where the theme is One Layer Card: Spots/Stripes and here's what I made.

My spots are stencilled and I stamped the "hello".  I do hope you will join in the fun, lots of possibilities with this combination.

Also linking up to
AAA Cards - Bright and Beautiful
STAMPlorations CAS - Anything Goes with optional twist of Feminine Colours

Thanks so much for looking!


Friday, 12 May 2017

Less Is More, City Crafters, Make My Monday

The colour challenge at Less Is More is Grey and Yellow and here is what I made. For some reason the shades of yellow look darker in the photo than IRL. I resisted the urge to add sequins and kept it very CAS.

Also linking up to City Crafters - Arrivals (new season) and Make My Monday - May Flowers

Got a busy weekend ahead. It's a good friend's birthday tomorrow so will be popping round with her card and pressie. Tomorrow I'm going to a seminar at a church in another town, church on Sunday  morning and After Church Fellowship in the evening. Will also try and squeeze in some crafting time too. Hope you have some great plans for your weekend, have a good one!


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Color Throwdown (GD), Addicted to Stamps and More, Make My Monday, Time Out

Greetings, everyone. I'm very pleased to be guest star stamper at Color Throwdown and this is what I made using the lovely soft colour palette.

I stamped and fussy cut some of the flowers and popped them up on 3D foam, die cut the curved panel and added a strip of paper.

Also linking up to:
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - May Flowers
Time Out - Flowers

Thanks so much for looking!

Friday, 5 May 2017

CAS Colours and Sketches, CAS Watercolour, CAS Mix Up, STAMPlorations CAS, Watercooler Wednesday

Inspired by the beautiful colour line-up at CAS Colours and Sketches.

I stamped my flowers and watercoloured with distress inks.

Joining in at five challenges:
CAS Watercolour - Flowers
CAS Mix Up - Stamping + spattering + your choice (I choose watercolouring)
STAMPlorations CAS - Anything goes with optional twist of Feminine Colours
Watercooler Wednesday - "Feminine" Anything Goes



Friday, 28 April 2017

AAA Cards, Freshly Make Sketches, HLS CAS, Just Add Ink, Less Is More

Greetings and happy Friday!

My last card on the "Stripe" theme. This time I've used the colours at Just Add Ink and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

Stamped the bunny and painted with markers and aqua brush, did a little stencilled background and heat embossed the sentiment.

Sharing this at five challenges:
AAA Cards - Stencil
Just Add Ink - Colour
Less Is More - Stripe

Thanks for looking and hope you have a lovely weekend! x

ATSM, Color Throwdown, Less Is More, Time Out

Back with another card on the "Stripe" theme, using the lovely Color Throwdown colours and I wanted to use the beautiful flower stamps my dear Mum bought for my birthday.  I masked off a stripe down the card, stamped the flowers and leaves, coloured with Promarkers and added tiny highlights with white gel pen. Sentiment by Uniko.

Linking up to four challenges:
Color Throwdown - Purple, Yellow and Green
Less Is More - Stripe
Time Out - Flowers

Thank you for visiting my blog, I do appreciate it! x


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Addicted to CAS, ATSM, Less Is More

I was inspired by the "Stripe" theme at Less Is More.  After masking off a section of my card, I stamped the butterflies with various shades of Memento ink, drew two lines with a ruler and marker pen and added the sentiment - very clean and simple!

Joining in at three challenges:
Addicted to CAS - Rainbow
Less Is More - Stripe

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, 24 April 2017

CAS Watercolour, Fusion, HLS Watercolour, Watercooler Wednesday

Here's my second green and pink card! This time, I inked the stamps with distress markers and spritzed with water before stamping and repeated several times. Some ink splats, sentiment and Nuvo dots to complete.

I'm sharing at the following:
CAS Watercolour - Green and Pink
Fusion -  Photo/sketch inspiration
Watercooler Wednesday - Clean and Simple Spring theme