Friday, 20 July 2018

Simply Watercolor

This week I have been having great fun taking part in an online class on water colouring run by Kristina Werner entitled Simply Watercolor.  Each day various techniques are demonstrated which you can then try out.  This class is different from other craft classes I have done in that no stamps are used.  Below are some of my attempts - I will keep practising as I do like the effect created with the watercolours.  I have done a number of these online card classes and really enjoyed them.






Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sweet baby

The code word on the current challenge at Addicted to CAS is "baby" and we are being asked to make a clean and simple card.


Here is my very clean and simple baby card.  Unfortunately the background looks pink when in reality it is white - the light wasn't very good when I took the photo.  I stamped the image and coloured it in with distress inks before mounting it onto some pearl card to match the sentiment.


Materials used:-

Die cut sentiment - Tattered Lace
Stamp - from stash
Distress inks - tattered rose and picked raspberry
Card - Centura pear in pink

Thank you for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret








Thursday, 5 July 2018

Muse Xmas Trees

Lindsey is the designer on the current Muse Christmas Visions challenge and she has created this lovely card.  I really liked the overall design and the sentiments she used on her card.

















I tried to replicate Lindsey's design on my card using a Stampin' Up stamp and punch set for the trees.  I used distress inks for the sky spritzing this with Perfect Pearls to produce a sheen.


Materials used:-

Stamps - Stampin' Up "Festival of Trees" set with matching punch
Dies - Lawn Fawn stitched snowflakes, large stitched rectangle and stitched hillside borders
Inks - Colorbox alpine for the trees
Distress inks - broken china and faded jeans 
Sentiments - "Festive Fun" set from a magazine 

Thank you for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Why don't you join in the Christmas Muse challenge and get some of your Christmas cards made early?

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Birthday butterfly


This week's challenge on Less is More is to use an item from your "bits" box to make a card.  Like most crafters I  hate to throw anything away so I have plenty of scraps.  Luckily I had sorted these out last week so could quickly find what I thought would make a good card.  Here is my card - I added the sentiment and the pearls but everything else was from my "bits" box.  This must be one of the quickest cards I have ever made! 


The only difficulty is remembering what you used so here are the materials I think I used:-

Die - Sizzix butterflies framelits (unsure how this was coloured)
Sentiment - Stampin' Up "Sassy Salutations" embossed with pearl silver embossing powder
Background - yupo paper inked with distress inks but I can't remember what I used for the silver shimmer
Frame - Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles

The background was inspired by one of Loll Thomson's videos on how to create a faux mother of pearl effect.

Thank you for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Now pop over to Less is More and see how the other participants changed their scraps into beautiful cards.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Night sky

Cornelia has produced this lovely card (below) as the inspiration on the Muse Christmas Visions blog for the current challenge.  She explained that she used a bag from a Chicago shop for the skyscape on her card



I was inspired by Santa and his reindeer flying across the moon but decided to set this in a rural setting as I don't have any suitable city dies.  This is the first time I have used the Tim Holtz trees die and I was pleased with how easily it cut the card.  I used a mask for the moon and then coloured the sky with distress inks, spritzing the ink with perfect pearls to produce a starry effect.  Finally I mounted the panel on silver mirri card and cut out the sentiment from the same card.



Materials used:-

Sissix Thinlets Tim Holtz tree die (661604)
Sissix Thinlets Tim Holtz holiday words script
Moon mask - Clarity stamps
Santa stamp - Hobby Art "from our home to yours" set
Distress inks - broken china and faded jeans


Thank you very much for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Muse Joy


Pam A has created this beautiful card (above) to inspire us at the current challenge at Muse Christmas Visions.  I loved Pam's design with the dove in the circle and the die cut sentiment and tried to create something similar in my card.  I used Brushos for my background and die cut the dove and the sentiment. Finally I mounted the panel onto some blue card.  The end result was a clean and simple card to add to my stash of Christmas cards.


Materials used:-

Brushos - various shades of blue
Watercolour card
Dove die - Apple Blossom from Craft Stash Ltd (possibly from a magazine)
Lawn Fawn dies - Scripty Joy, Large Stitched Rectangles Stackables and Large Stitched Circles  Stackables

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog - I really appreciate your comments.  Margaret

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:-


Time Out where the challenge is Holidays

Happy Little Stampers June Christmas Challenge - anything goes with an optional twist of joy






                               

 

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Christmas Visions 100

This is the 100th challenge on Muse Christmas Visions and there are lots of goodies to win!  Chriss is the Muse for this challenge and here is the card she has created.



This is my take on her card - I was inspired by the Christmas flowers and the gold embossing.  I did try one card with a wash but I decided I preferred the clean and simple look!  I embossed the flowers and then coloured them with watercolour paint.  I mounted the panel on foam to create some dimension.



Materials used:-

Poinsettia stamp from a magazine
Sentiment - Stamps Away
Watercolour paint - Gansai Tambai
Embossing powder - gold pearl from My Colour Studio
Sequins - muted metallic by Little Things

Well done to Ardyth and her team for setting up this challenge blog - it is a great challenge to take part in with the bonus of getting your Christmas cards done early!