Wednesday, 29 July 2015

LIM snippets

It's recipe week on Less is More this week and we are asked to make a card using snippets. I hate throwing anything away so I have lots of these! This was a very easy card to make as I had all the pieces - I just had to trim them and assemble the card. The circle was an experiment using Brushos and the square panel was created by inking through a mask with distress inks. I was delighted that all the colours went so well together!

Finally I would like to wish Chrissie all the best for her special birthday.  Thanks for visiting - Margaret

Chevron thanks

I'm entering this card into the current challenge at Addicted to CAS where the code word is CHEVRON. I thought the banner tied in with the chevron design. I inked through the mask to create an ombré effect and die cut the word twice, offsetting the layers.

Materials used:-
Mask - Creative Expressions
Distress inks - salty ocean, mermaid lagoon, tumbled glass and broken china
Dies - Lawn Fawn stitched party banners and Lil'inker designs thanks

Thanks for visiting - I really enjoy reading your comments.  Margaret

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Vellum tag

When I saw this challenge on Tag You're It I immediately thought of using vellum and embossing it to create a winter scene - I was delighted when the card came out the way I had imagined it!

I'm also going to enter this into 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown where the July technique challenge is to make a Christmas card with embossing on vellum.



Materials used:-
Tag die - Lawn Fawn stitched party banners
Distress inks for card - chipped sapphire, faded jeans and stormy sky
Snowflakes stamps - Stampendous
Sentiment - Jolly Holly Days from Simply Homemade magazine issue 48

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments!  Margaret

Funky Xmas birds!

When I first looked at Marika's card on Muse Christmas Visions I thought I wouldn't be able to enter this week as I don't have any fun Xmas stamps.  Then I remembered I had this one which I think had come free in a magazine.  My inspiration from Marika's card was the use of the fun stamp and lots of white space. I used gold ink to stamp the music which the birds are standing on as I wanted it to be subtle - the gold ink adds to the Xmas feel of the card.  Another card to add to the Xmas card pile!

Materials used:-
Music stamp - Stamps Away 
 Brilliance galaxy gold
Distress markers
Versafine black onyx ink - clear embossed
Twine from stash

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Mackintosh flower

I was delighted that my card was selected as one of the top three in last week's Muse challenge - thanks to everyone who voted for it.

Now on to this week's Muse challenge - I loved the beautiful CAS card created by this week's Muse, Anita Bowden.  I was inspired by the colours,  the stylised flowers and the white space on Anita's card and tried to recreate these.  I love the work of the Scottish designer and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and felt this flower stamp was very similar to his designs. I embossed the flower design and then watercoloured it with distress inks.

I am also going to enter this card into Addicted to Stamps and More CAS challenge #154

Materials used:-
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque SKL Rose Stem and Mackintosh sentiments; Uniko Studio Lattice Background builders
Distress inks - evergreen bough, seedless preserves and shaded lilac
Black onyx versafine ink and archival ink (watering can)

Thanks for visiting - I really appreciate your comments. Margaret

Monday, 20 July 2015

Another beach scene!

Here is another beach scene I created recently using distress inks on watercolour card.  I'm going to enter this into the MFP Speedy Fox and Friends "Beach Scene" challenge.

Materials used:-
Watercolour card and various distress inks
Inklylicious stamps - windswept, essential grasses and seascape memories
Versafine onyx black and vintage sepia
Archival sepia
Kraft card

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Life's a beach!

The theme on Less is More this week is "Life's a beach" to make us think of long summer days and holiday time.  Although we have lots of beaches in Shetland, summer seems to be passing us by this year.

I wanted to create a watercolour card as I love using distress inks for watercolouring and got some inspiration from Birgit's blog - she produces the most amazing watercoloured cards!  My card is certainly not in the same league as Birgit's creations but I was pleased with the final result (that was after I cut off the smudged bit!)

I am also entering this card into challenge #143 on Crafty Cardmakers which is water.

Materials used:-
Plant stamp from Chocolate Baroque wild meadow set
Birds from Inklylicious windswept set
Various distress inks; versafine black onyx ink
Watercolour card

Thanks for visiting - now have a look at the Less is More blog for more great interpretations of the theme. Margaret

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Chubby penguin

There is a fun challenge on Merry Monday this week to make a card with a penguin on it so here is my chubby penguin!  I coloured the penguin with distress markers and then mounted it on the embossed card.

Materials used:-
Woodward stamp - chubby penguin
DI - salty ocean; distress markers - salty ocean, seedless preserves, ripe persimmon and black
Black onyx versafine ink
Embossing folder - Crafters Companion 6x6 frosty morning
Coredination card
Nestabilities oval dies

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Muse daisies

This week's Muse is Ardyth (MASKerade) who creates the most amazing CAS cards - do have a look at her blog. I was inspired by the clean design of Ardyth's card - I really liked how the white flowers popped against the blue/green background. I used Pebeo drawing gum to mask my flowers - this is amazing stuff as it washes out of the brush and rubs off the card so easily. I went over the centres of the flowers with clear Wink of Stella to provide some shine and added a few enamel accents to finish the card.

Materials used:-

Stamps - Stampendous DaisyThanks
Black onyx versafine ink - clear embossed
Distress inks - salty ocean, mermaid blue, mowed lawn, twisted citron, ripe persimmon and spiced marmalade
Wink of Stella clear
Ranger white enamel accents
Pebeo drawing gum

Thanks very much for visiting - now pop over and see how the other participants were inspired by the Muse card.

Cupcake card

The cue card on CASology this week is CUPCAKE - a slight problem here as the only stamp I had was a Christmas one - if you look carefully you can see some holly on top of the cupcakes!  I have tried to keep my design CAS but added the dotty paper as I felt it gave the impression of a tablecloth.

Materials used:-
Paper - Graphic 45 Botanical Tea; textured card from stash
Stamps - from a magazine
Ink - archival watering can
Distress markers - various
Pearls - Kaisercraft rose
Dies - Lawn Fawn stitched circle stackables; Dienamics banner

Thanks for visiting - I really appreciate your comments.

Sunday, 12 July 2015


Here is another clean and simple Christmas card I made today - after masking off a panel, I inked this and then spritzed it with perfect pearls to provide some sheen.  I stamped the image 3 times and finally scored lines on each side of the stamped panel to provide some definition - I don't think these show up very well on my photo.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #13 where the added twist is "gift"
CASology where the cue card is REPEAT - I stamped the gift 3 times and "Merry Christmas" is repeated frequently on the stamp

Materials used:-
Distress ink - evergreen bough; Archival ink - aquamarine
Gift stamp - Penny Black Giving and Receiving set
Sentiment - free stamp from Simply Homemade magazine issue 48
Stampin Up scoring board

Thanks for visiting my blog - I really appreciate your comments! Margaret

One layer birthday card

This week's challenge on Less is More is to make a one layer masculine card.  At one time this would have filled me with dread but now I quite enjoy making one layer cards. For this one, I masked off a panel and then inked this with distress inks before over stamping the watch image.

I am also going to enter this into the Inkspirational challenge #86 which is Grunge - I used earthy colours and I think the watch stamp is grungy!

Materials used:-
Mask - Creative Expressions watch
Stamp - Paperartsy clocks 3
Sentiment - Uniko Studio extra time
Distress inks - broken China and rusty hinge

Thanks for visiting my blog - now pop over to LIM and Inspirational to see what the other participants have created. Margaret

Nordic mitts

I'm getting ahead with making my Christmas cards so here is one inspired by Chriss Blagrave's lovely card on Muse Christmas Visions - I liked the mittens but didn't have a die so made my own template. I used the texture in my background instead of on the mittens.  The twine evoked a childhood memory of my mittens being tied together with ribbon to prevent them from getting lost!

I'm also going to enter this card into CAS on Sunday challenge #62 embossing.

Materials used:-
Tim Holtz stamp - holiday knits
Tim Holtz Sizzix holiday words script die
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Ink - Stampin Up cherry cobbler
Red pearlescent card and cord from stash

Thanks for visiting my blog - I hope you will pop over to MCV10 to get more inspiration your Christmas cards. Margaret

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Nautical card

This week's challenge on Less is More is red, white and blue which made me think nautical! This was the first time I had used the rope border and was pleased with the final result.

Materials used:-
Rope border - Clarity Stamps
Other stamps - Hobby Art Harbour and Far Away
Archival ink - cobalt
Distress ink - festive berries

Thanks for visiting my blog - now pop over to LIM to see what the other participants have created.