Saturday, 29 January 2022

Allsorts Week #661

 I was lucky enough to have won a lovely prize in the Grand Snippets Christmas Draw and before I stow it away in the 'Christmas Box' I thought I'd have a little play.  I've used it to make this card for the Allsorts Challenge where the theme is **anything goes with an option to use a stencil**.  I started with a square of blue card and stencilled some darker blue snowflakes randomly over the whole area.  You may have guessed that my prize was the word die which I've cut using some silver 'no shed' glitter card and I also die cut a little snowflake to pop into the corner.  I think this die will be great for batch making if time is pressing although I have to admit this method isn't favourite with me as I rarely make more than one card of the same design.  I can see myself using the die with a selection of different background techniques.  Some great inspiration on the Allsorts Blog, well worth taking a look and playing along.

Background - stencil which came free with a magazine
Words - Memory Box die
Snowflake - another magazine freebie I think

Thursday, 27 January 2022

Back in the Swing

 As mentioned recently I've not made many cards since the beginning of the year but I think I'm back into the swing of things now which is just as well because I have such a lot of 'stuff' to use and enjoy.  Whilst thinking about what I could make the idea of using a die to dry emboss surfaced so I found a die suitable to use as a background and, once embossed, I left the die in place and inked through it in a few different colours.  I've also used the same die to lightly stencil a shadowy design onto the base card.  The next move was to die cut some layered flowers and leaves using heavy watercolour paper (300 gsm) and then inking the flowers using blending brushes.  Left the leaves white on this occasion as I didn't want to introduce green which might clash with the background colours.  A small piece of the same paper was coloured with ink before die cutting the sentiment and I drew around the outline of the die so that I could fussy cut a backing for it.  Once all this was done the card was fairly quick to put together.

Background - Tied Together die from Couture Creations
Flowers and Leaves - Beautiful Brushstrokes set Stampin' Up (retired)
Sentiment - Hey Birthday Chick set Stampin Up

Monday, 24 January 2022

Snippets Playground Challenge #420

 I can hardly believe it is two weeks since my last post here but I've not been idle, just been sewing and doing other things rather than making cards.  Thought I should get back into the swing before I forget how 😉😉.  There is a bumper prize on offer this time (too many items to photograph) but there are details to be found HERE and this is another 'Ruby's Memory challenge. Well worth popping over to the Playground where the sun always shines.

 Pretty well everything on this card came from my Snippets collection  apart from the card blank.  Admittedly the flowers came from a printed image which has two sets per page and this was a half page left over from a previous project.  The dies came with a magazine which also includes a disc for printing the images and some background papers. The snippet of white card was embossed with a floral E/F and I found an oddment of green which toned with the leaves on the image.

Flowers - Charisma design from Tattered Lace magazine (not recent)
Backgrounds - CD from the same magazine