Thursday 17 January 2019

Butterfly Challenge #115

Time to spin the wheel at the Butterfly Challenge and this time the letter is 'Y' and I've actually managed to include all seven selections which are Yale blue, yellow, yew, yarn, you and finally your choice (yellow gems for me).  I started out with the intention of cutting four corners using some small pieces of Yale blue card but had forgotten that the die doesn't have an outside edge (not used it for ages) and I didn't have a larger piece of the right colour to cover the whole card. Best laid plans and all that so a rethink was required making use of the small piece of blue rather than add it to my left overs.  There was enough to cut one layer of the butterfly in blue with yellow for the background.  I happened to have a sentiment which includes the word 'you' on a scrap of white card so used two dies to cut out the two layers, adding some yarn on two corners of the blue rectangle.  The piece of yellow background was from an ancient Papermania pad and finally I added some yew leaves and the 'your choice' of yellow gems.  Whew that took a bit of explaining!  Do pop along to the butterfly blog to see some great inspiration and maybe win a prize if you take part.

Butterfly - Sizzix dies
Leaves - Joanna Sheen dies
Sentiment Plaque - Sue Wilson Greek Islands collection dies
Corner die - Papercrafts trellis die

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #2 - Bundle Up!

Time to visit the Christmas Kickstart blog for their second challenge and this time they are asking for a card with an example of wrapping up warmly for winter.  I've chosen to make a snowy scene using some stamps which were given away as freebies possibly the Christmas before last.  These images were stamped, coloured using Copic pens and then carefully cut out with scissors.  The trees were die cut as were the snowy hills.  A scrap of patterned paper was used for the sky and a greeting was stamped directly onto it.  The penguins are all wearing either hats, scarves or ear muffs and all these details were also stamped, coloured and cut out with scissors.  I then had a dry run to compose the scene before sticking everything into place - it's a wonder the penguins aren't dizzy from being shuffled about so many times before settling into place!!

Penguins and Signpost - free stamps from magazine
Hills - dies from Lawn Fawn stitched hills
Greeting - Stampin' Up

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Another New Challenge

I spotted a link (thanks Viv) to another new challenge for 2019, this time from the CAS people (Clean and Simple) who have decided to bring the use of stencils to the fore.  There are going to be a succession of techniques featured showing various ways to use stencils which I'm sure many of us have but fail to use as often as we could.  You can find the blog HERE if you want to go along and see what this is all about.

The first challenge is to use the stencil in a basic way by sponging ink through and of course the card has to be in the CAS style which is a little out of my comfort zone but I do have a go now and then.  I started by die cutting an oval from a piece of scrap paper to use as a mask to add some light colouring to the card before sponging one of the colours through a leafy stencil from my collection.  Next I stamped the bird and the sentiment with the aid of the Misti.  Finally a little border was cut and adhered because I felt it just needed a little something extra - hope it still classes as CAS!!

Time to pop along and take a look following the links above and then maybe looking at your own stencil collection.

Stencil - from Imagination Crafts
Inks - Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber
Sentiment - from a Stampin' Up set
Bird - stamp from Elusive Images (very old) still available from chocolate Baroque
Border - Memory Box Tessatina die

Sunday 13 January 2019

Monochrome - Well Almost!

This started out as an idea for a monochrome card but in the end I couldn't  resist adding a bit of colour to the ladybird.  The bugs were stamped using pigment ink and heat embossed so they are shiny.  I then die cut them which requires some care to make sure the die is lined up correctly and I had to have more than one attempt at that.  They were then adhered to a piece of white card which had  been stamped using a dictionary page stamp and this was in turn added to a script background and a circle of grey patterned paper from a pad I've had in my stash forever.  I'm still on a mission to make a few more masculine cards although this could be sent to anyone unless you knew they hated 'bugs'.

Bugs - Entomology stamp set with matching dies by Tim Holtz
Dictionary - stamp from Stampin' Up
Papers - from my stash
Sentiment - Tim Holtz stamp