Sunday, 26 July 2015

No Time Like The Present

Hello.  Welcome.  The theme this fortnight at Paperartsy is Time.  Something I never have enough of.  I loved Keren's card with the shrink plastic clocks.  CAS and fun.  Here's my take

I used the collage stamp from Paperartsy HP1103, embossed with black powder and used distress inks to colour.  I stamped a Crafty Individuals clock on black card with white paint and also made one with black shrink plastic using the same stamp.  I layered the small on the large and added a metal pair of clock pointers to cover the ones on the collage stamp.  Will try to get a better picture.  Love that little sentiment 'time changes everything'.

Joining the fun at
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - CAS 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

The British On Holiday

Hello.  Welcome.  Jenn Shurkus is celebrating 10 years of blogging.  

That's a lot of blog.  I usually see Jenn's lovely creations over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.   So Jenn has a fun challenge to CASE a card from her blog.  I had a little scamper back through her blog and a couple of cards caught my eye.  So I decided to CASE this one

I really liked the stripes of colour and I thought I had the perfect image.  It also reminded me about the VLVS challenge, where there are also some stripes..... 

I started by making my background using Vintage Photo for the foreground and Weathered Wood and Salty Ocean for the sky.  Not as bright as the Mermaid Lagoon and I didn't manage to get those nice lines Jenn had.  Probably the wrong type of paper, or maybe not enough water?  

I cut a panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die.  Starting to think my sandy beach looks a little bit more like ploughed field!!

I added a half circle coloured with Salty Ocean and added some faux stitch detail using my craft knife.  The umbrella is from Sizzix Umbrella Man, water coloured.  The dog and cake are Viva Las Vegas Stamps.  I gave him a picnic rug and pink lemonade.  I also added wink of stella to the beach for a bit of sparkle.  The sentiment is also from VLVS, stamped on white card and fussy cut.  Here's my CASE Jenn.  Hope you like it and congrats on 10 years blogging. 

Joining the fun at
Creative Chick 10th Blogaversary Celebration  
VLVS July Challenge - A Bit O'Vintage  I used stripes, browns, grunge, and pink
DRS Designs Challenge 184 - Stitch In Time 

Thanks for dropping by.  Incidentally, if you like the dog I have one to give away here   There's a little 'name that bloke' game associated with it.  Just my idea of fun.  Bwahahahahahaha.   Hugz

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Can You See My Brain Waving?

Hello.  Welcome.  I have finally succeeded in making a card that is impossible to photograph.  Yeah, way to go.......... not.  So I have included three of the best.  Kinda, the cream of the crap as far as photographic skills go.  Although I think this one could be a challenge to the best of you.  And I am far from that!!  I think I shall hand it to my man and see if he can make a better job of it.  It's a big pity cos it's actually quite a stunner.  Hopefully you can extrapolate from the pictures.  

This is actually the best one.  It's all gold mirror card

Ooh look, a selfie ROFL

Under natural light the gold turns to silver!!!  But you can see the rhinestones!!!

I embossed my mirror card with Cheery Lynn Diamonds and Starburst embossing plate using Sizzix round diffuser plate.  This left me an unembossed round area.  I cut Cheery Lynn Happy Hippo from the same mirror card and just used his smile.  The flowers were cut using Cheery Lynn BAF#3 Embellishments.  I cut lots and arranged them around my circle and then added a few to the sentiment as well.  Then I had a brain wave and added a gold rhinestone to each flower.  I cut a frame from a different gold mirror card. 

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 194 - Silver and/or Gold
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Decorate a Circle With Flowers 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle and Shine 
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday July 2015 - Diecuts 

Thanks for dropping by. Hugz

Addendum:  Photo by my man.  Very professional LOL


It Was Supposed To Be Punny

Hello.  Welcome.  The lovely Becca is having a bit of a birthday bash and wants us to link up some birthday cards.  Now I don't mind helping you celebrate Becca.  What fun.  Here's Becca's mood board

Now the first thing that struck me was the chick in sunglasses.  Becca also mentions purple and teal, polka dots, fun, brights and puns.  I decided to use the Repeat Impressions sketch.  So I did this

I used a raspberry base card.  I used brushos on another piece of the raspberry card and cut using Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die.  

I cut a panel from Bazzill dots card using Spellbinders die and a frame in blue using the same dies.  The owl is from Unity Woo Hoo set stamped on mauve flower paper and fussy cut.  I stamped the glasses again in blue, fussy cut and added wink of stella to the rims and glossy accents.  The happy birthday is a preprinted die cut from Craft Creations.  I added some flowers cut using Cheery Lynn BAF die, coloured with wink of stella and added a teal rhinestone to each flower.  

Joining the fun at
Becca's Birthday Bash
Repeat Impressions Sketch J2215
The Unity Stamp Co. Friend With Flair
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Circle With Flowers
HIMCR 208 - Lots of Layers

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Friday, 24 July 2015

It's Like Snail Mail Only Slower

Hello.  Welcome.  Life is busy and the crafting seems to have taken a bit of a back seat.  Then today, rain stopped play, or work in my case, so I am trying to catch up a little.  Since Chris, hi Chris, has received my card for this months CCC I thought I'd share it with you.

I used a raspberry base, added a layer I coloured with brusho's and then a layer of MME patterned paper I had die cut with YNS Stitching Holes die.  I decided to go with the sketch and the colours but it ended up a bit of a rainbow so I'll just claim the sketch LOL.  I cut some MME patterned paper with a sizzix die and edged them with Salty Ocean distress ink.  The Memory Box music die cut is a gift from Darnell.  Hi Darnell, thanks for the lovely die cuts.  I stamped Stamplorations large Oriole on neon card, embossed and fussy cut.  Then I arranged him so he was perching on the paper strips.  The hello is cut using sizzix alphabet dies and a few sequins to finish.

Joining the fun at
Stamping Sensations July Challenge - Feature a Creature
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday July 2015 - Diecuts

Thanks for dropping by.  If you would like to sign up for August CCC the link is still open HERE.  If you would like to send a card to a new friend somewhere on planet earth and receive one in return then check out that link.  Oh, and we have a sponsor so one lucky participant will also have the chance to win a lovely prize.  Personally I'm in it for the snail mail, but it is nice to have that little extra bit of excitement.  Hugz

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Scratch and Grunge

Hello.  Welcome.  Well it's a rainy day and I just gotta say HURRAH!!   Life is crazy busy.  So many things to do, and the weather to do them with, so I am actually relieved to have an excuse to sit and craft.  Over at A Blog Named Hero they have a wonderful picture inspiration of bright colours.  It reminded me of those scratch art papers.  You know the ones.  Bright colours covered with black wax that you scratch a picture into to reveal the colours underneath.  When you were 5.  But don't let that stop you raiding the kids art supplies.  After all, they are quick enough to raid ours.  

So I embossed my scratch art paper using the embossing folder from Sizzix/Hero Arts Flourish set.  Looks pretty cool just like that!  But now I want to remove the black from the raised areas so I decided a bit of sandpaper would be just the thing!!!

OK, so it worked, and it's pretty wow!, but I did rub a bit too hard and deep in places!!  These fab colours are also holographic, although that isn't showing in the picture, but they look pretty good, despite the grungy appearence.  

I hated covering up the gorgeous background, and figured it was so bright most things would get swamped, so a large sentiment was in order.  After a bit of thinking I decided to remove all the black from a piece of the scratch paper and black heat emboss my sentiment.  Got this lovely Something Wonderful sentiment set from Rubber Dance and this one fitted perfectly.  I cut the sentiment panel with Spellbinders Labels 21 and also decided to cut my card the same shape.  I took a bit off the bottom so it stands and also removed the circle sticky outty bits on the sentiment panel.  They looked too empty and it lets a bit more of the gorgeous background show through.  Then I went around the edges of the card and panel with more black embossing powder.  Incidently, don't heat your scratch paper too much cos that colour layer is plastic and may melt.  How do I know that???  ROFL

Joining the fun at
A Blog Named Hero - Photo Inspiration Challenge
Tando Creative July Colour Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Get in Shape 
Penny Black and More Challenge - Anything Goes with a Sentiment

Thanks for dropping by.  Off to check the chicks aren't getting too wet.  Oh yeah, the chicks......

Took this about a week ago.  Wildlife photography not my strong point.  They move so fast.   Proud mother and crazy chicks.  One of the black ones is out of picture.  The yellow ones are starting to feather up nicely.  Will be interesting to see how they turn out.  Hugz

Friday, 17 July 2015

Beach Babe

Hello.  Welcome.  Have you seen the lovely beach themed stamps over at Rubber Dance?  The first time I saw the Take the Plunge set I thought the girl would look great sitting against that cool beach rules notice.  

I wanted to keep it simple, although the blue did become a little more extensive than my original plan LOL.  I used a cream base card.  I stamped the girl with Archival Potting Soil ink, masked and stamped the bye-laws notice.  Then I used Distress Salty Ocean on her towel and watered it down to do the sky/sea.  

Joining the fun at
Rubber Dance July Challenge - Vintage White, Forgetmenot Blue, Cinnamon Brown
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Words as the Background
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes 
OCS July Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz