Thursday 21 September 2023

Seaside Theme

 This card was made a couple of weeks ago but I thought I should publish it before we really get into winter.  We've had some torrential rain but this morning the sun is shining again.

I've used  stamps and a selection of die-cuts, some of which were gifted to me and some I've cut using my own dies.  I started with a piece of white card which was coloured using blue and yellow shades of Distress Oxide before stamping and heat embossing the waves over the top.  Wooden posts, gulls and lifebelt were all cut using white card and then coloured with watercolour pens.  Once the scene was assembled, I added a sentiment and layered it all together.

Waves - stamp from Inkylicious, heat embossed with white
Gulls, Posts and Lifebelt - Gummiapan dies
Rocks, Gate, Grass and Flying Birds - stamps and dies from various Stampin' Up sets

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #78

 The current theme for the Christmas Kickstart challenge is ** Chillin' with my Snowmies ** and for  my card I've stamped some snowmen having fun.  I stamped him three times so that it looked as if three snowmie pals were turning cartwheels in the snow.  Image coloured using coloured pencils and layered onto some red glitter card with a background of seasonal design paper.  A simple stamped greeting and that's about it.  There is still a bit of time to make your own card for this challenge so why not see what you can come up with 😉.

Snowmen - from a retired Stampin' Up set Spirited Snowmen
Background - paper downloaded from Buddly Crafts
Colouring - Polychromos pencils

Sunday 17 September 2023

White Snippets

 I think I have more white snippets than any other colours, closely followed probably by cream and I've used some of the white ones for my latest card for the Playground Challenge, making a white on white card.  I used a ready made card blank but everything else was a snippet - of varying sizes and I needed a fair few smaller ones for the layered petals.  A die set which came free with a magazine has  been used here but what I'd not realised was the number of times I needed to cut the small one to get enough petals to layer over just two of the flowers. I trimmed a white square to be slightly smaller than the card and then cut out the centre motif leaving an aperture.  I also ran this through the machine again with an embossing mat to give it a bit more definition.  A smaller snippet was embossed with a 'birthday' embossing folder which I've had for many years and this piece was layered behind the aperture using thin foam pads.

It was at this point I realised that the second die in the set was all in one piece to cut the words (which I didn't actually use for this card) and individual petals/leaves and the smaller flowers.  There was only one of each size which meant that I needed to cut this TWELVE times to build up just two of the larger flowers.  As you can guess I have lots of words and smaller bits left over - all carefully saved to use at some time.😀.  Eventually, once everything was assembled I added some Glamour Dust to the centres of the tiny flowers and also added a little die cut bee, also with Glamour Dust.

There are a couple of weeks to enter into this challenge with a great prize at the end for one lucky person chosen at random so why not try to use up some of your snippets - I'm sure you have plenty 😉

Here is  an image of just some of the left overs from the marathon die cutting of these petals

Die Set - by Memory Box, given away with a Die cutting magazine
Bee - die from a Tonic die set
Birthday Layer - embossing folder by Cuttlebug from years ago