Saturday 27 May 2023

Allsorts Challenge #730

 I've made this card for the Allsorts Challenge this week where the theme is **anything goes with the option of using a stencil**.  I wanted to use up some snippets left over from recent projects while they were still lying around prior to being tidied away into various boxes.  I managed to cut a couple of narrow strips from some of my experiment with spray starch and pigment powders.  The strips have been embossed to give them a bit of interest and I've added a fancy strip, die cut from dark teal pearlescent card.  The background has been partially stencilled using a toning ink. Still more of the dark teal card left so I die cut the sentiment and a butterfly.  This two-layer butterfly die comes all in one piece so I did actually cut one set in teal and one in gold which means I now have a 'spare' gold one with teal additions ready to use on another card.  The butterfly die is a recent purchase but all other items have been in my stash for quite a few years, so possibly no longer available.

Stencil - Distress grid from Sheena Douglass
Embossing Folder - from a magazine give away
Curvy Border - Swirl and Corner set Lea'bilities
Sentiment - by Concord & 9th, a lucky win from Snippets Challenge
Butterfly - Tim Holtz Thinlits Brushstroke Butterflies set of three

Thursday 25 May 2023


I'm still using up bits and pieces - there seems to be no end to the amount of oddments I accumulate despite trying to make use of them in most of my projects.  The jar in this composition was cut from a snippet of the glimmer card which I'd coloured recently using alcohol inks (and there is still enough left for something else at some point) 😉.  The flowers were die cut from snippets of coloured card and the tiny bee and sentiment from snippets of gold.  The background was made using a die to form a cut-out in the upper corner to reveal the pearlescent card used as the bottom layer.

Jar and flowers - dies from Sizzix (Tim Holtz)
Corner cut out - from another Tim Holtz die set (4 different corners)
Bee - die from a Tonic die set which came with a magazine quite a while ago
Sentiment - die which I think was another one which came free as a magazine gift

Sunday 21 May 2023

Allsorts Challenge Birthday

 It's the 14th birthday of the Allsorts Challenge with some bumper prizes.  Many congratulations to everyone involved with running this challenge - quite a bit of hard work I imagine one way and another.  The theme this time is **Absolutely Anything Goes** and my card this time is a little scene built up using a selection of stamps, mixing them up a bit from some of the different sets which I have in my collection. I probably won't add a sentiment to the front - I can never decide if I like it left as is or with a suitable sentiment, particularly with this sort of design.  Good luck everyone with the birthday draw for prizes.

Stamps - all from various Card-IO stamp sets