Monday, 2 March 2015

Black White and Punny

Hello.  Welcome.  Peddling fast to catch up with Claudine's Altered Playing Card challenge.  Welcome to week 18.  HERE are Claudine's cards.  She had a flower theme for this week.  Here are my week 18 cards.   Not a flower in sight!!



My backgrounds.  Loving these!!!  My cards have all been gesso'd.  I used blue, white and magenta acrylic on the first card and spritzed the card with water before I dabbed it in the paint.  I used blue, yellow and magenta acrylic on the second card and spritzed both the card and the paint.  Much messier and it nearly ended up mud but I quite like the thick paint blobs with the much more watery painty background.  



I stamped High Hopes Andy and Patch onto white card using black archival.  I cut all the background pieces from within the frame and added an extra frame around the outside.  Then I decided that I wanted a white sentiment so...



It seemed a good idea at the time.  But seriously, it's all the fault of the next card.  And I was feeling a bit full after a very tasty dinner.  So sea food eat it or seafood, eat it.  Patch certainly looks like he's hungry.  The letters were cut using Sizzix Ida Lou's Flowerbox alphadies. 

I am joining this card to the High Hopes Challenge - Anything Goes



So it was Lion Fish or Unicorns.  I had a difficult time deciding.  No seriously, I did.  I seem to have acquired a number of unicorn stamps recently and am quite keen to ink them up.  But after a little research I discovered that Lion Fish come in black and white, as well as the more common shades of orange and yellow, so that fitted well with the previous card.  Also it keeps a nautical theme.  This is Flonzcraft Lion Fish stamp.  So there he is, floating in his own space.  So I consulted the brain cell and the stash and we came up blank on a suitable sentiment.  Then, just as I was thinking of posting him as is and appealing for suggestions I had a eureka moment.  



Works for me.  Now I have no idea if the adverts I saw suggesting that eating these fish saves reefs is because these fish are harming reefs, or if eating these fish, which have lots of poisonous spines, is supposed to kill off the people who may cause damage to reefs.  Anyway, I assume that once you have carefully prepared your fish, it is seafood, eat it!!  



Joining the fun at
Claudine's Art Corner Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 18 
OCS March - Anything Goes


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

I Just Remembered That

Hello.  Welcome.  I just remembered it's Sunday and I haven't done any altered playing cards this week!!!  I am a few weeks behind and the end is nigh so I thought I'd better do something about that.  So here's my week 24 cards.  You can find Claudine's cards HERE


I covered my two cards with paper tape.

Claudine used the negative of a die cut on one of her cards so I decided to use the same die for both these and use the positive on my first card.  I paper pieced my tree using some handmade paper and a piece of painty background.  

Then I decided my tree needed a little something so I added some wooden flowers.  

For my second card I used the same tree die and cut a piece of Crate Paper patterned paper.  I moved the piece of tape with the word love so it showed .  I added some words and birds rub-ons from Crate Paper.  The Crate Paper paper and rub-ons were part of the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit.   


My week 24 Altered Playing Cards

Joining the fun at
Claudine's Art Corner Altered Playing Card Challenge Week 24
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

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The British And Tea

Hello.  Welcome.  Well, I have searched the stash and come up sadly lacking for coffee, tea and hot chocolate related products.  Which is phenomenally strange considering how much I enjoy these drinks.  I have a whole cupboard just with tea and coffee.  OK, mostly tea.  You have to go to another cupboard to find the hot chocolate.   Only three different types there but I have recently been introduced to melting chocolate bars in hot milk to get the most delicious heavenly hot chocolate.  And think, any flavour chocolate bar could become a special hot chocolate drink!!  Yummy.    That said, I wanted to join the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so after a search of the stash I came up with this lovely stamp from Crafty Individuals.  Perfect.....

I coloured a die cut stitched panel with Mustard Seed distress ink.  Less in the middle, more on the edges.  Then I splashed on some water drops.  I stamped Crafty Individuals Tea Tree and sentiment in black archival.  I wanted a particular shade of grey card for my base.  I know I bought a pack 15 years ago.  Can't believe I've used it already!!  Had to settle for some pale grey which I applied Watering Can archival to.  Just use the pad gently directly on your card and the pattern of the pad surface leaves a very pleasing effect. 


I love all the fun details in this stamp.  The sentiment reads 'Meet under the tree for a nice cup of tea'  Sounds like a plan to me LOL

Joining the fun at
Coffee Loving Card Makers - Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
DRS Designs Challenge 163 - All Ears cat ears, mouse ears, elephant ears 

Thanks for dropping by.  I'm off to get myself a little drinky.  Get the coffee brewing girl friend.  Hugz

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Flutter By Again

Hello.  Welcome. I made a second card using the Hero Arts Butterfly Collage stamp and a technique by Deepti.  


Joining the fun at
STAMPlorations CASEplorations February I cased Deepti
Hero Arts - Nature Challenge 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick  cool colours

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Flutter By Fast

Hello.  Welcome.  Just a quick make using Hero Arts Butterfly Collage stamp. 


I started with a card panel cut using SSS Stitched Rectangle die.  I masked off the RHS using a piece of ripped paper and stamped Hero Arts Stripes stamp with Ripe Persimmon distress ink.  Then I stamped Hero Arts Butterfly collage using black archival and mounted on a bright orange base card.  

Joining the fun at
A Blog Named Hero Challenge - Masking
Hero Arts - Nature Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - No Rules 

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Fiddle Fuddle

Hello.  Welcome.  Gosh, the last day of February.  I've been working on a wintery christmassy card.  It seemed a good idea at the time.  I am not a big fan of fuss and fiddle and it took a lot longer than I thought it would.  Isn't that the way??  But I like it.  So that's OK.  I doubt I will make another one though.  But then again, I rarely do LOL.


I took a piece of Authentique patterned paper and die cut using Memory Box Tivoli Snowflake.   TIP!! position your die so you have single big pieces falling off the edge of the card.  This picture shows the die cut paper mounted on silver embossed paper before I pieced back in the edges. 


Here's it is with the edges pieced back in.  I used distress inks, Ocean Spray, Iced Spruce, Stormy Sky and Brilliance Starlite Silver on the die cut showflakes and then stuck them back on the panel. 


I've added some more backing layers.  I cut the snowflake again from white and pale blue glitter card and layered them together.  The sentiment is a Crafty Individuals  stamp.


Close up on the sparkly snowflake.

Joining the fun at
Hjerteboden Utfordring i Februar - Blatt og Vinterlig
Rudolph Days February 2015
CHNC Challenge 218 - Cut It Up
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - No Rules
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick cool  colours

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Born Again

Hello.  Welcome.  This is one of the UFO's I produced yesterday.  I made a background using a homemade circle mask and sponged on various blue distress inks



Then I came to a halt.  But today, on reflection, I had an idea.....



I took a piece of the background, cut it into three, mounted on a dark blue base and added a nutcracker from Mark's Finest Papers Nutcracker stamp set.  I obviously was still stuck in purple and green land courtesy of my Promarkers.

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 250 - Sponged Circle Background
DL ART February Linky Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Ett Trykk Vi Jubilerer Utfordring 13 

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