Friday, 20 January 2017

A Mid Month 'Reminder' for CAS Anything Goes at STAMPlorations

It's that time of the month when we send out a 'REMINDER'
just in case you got side tracked and forgot to play at the
CAS Anything Goes Challenge over at STAMPlorations
Details are Here
I started my card using water colour paper and heat embossing
my flowers in white. Added some Distress Inks - Abandoned Coral
Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade from Tim Holtz
 to my craft sheet and started blending the beautiful blooms
from STAMPloration Floral Bliss
I touched up the background lightly with a bit of
stencilling from ARTplorations Retro Circles
My sentiment is STAMPlorations by Noteworthy
inked with Memento London Fog 
I just love that set. The font is fabulous don't you think?
Added some sponging around the flowers to finish
and popped.
I have been playing around with stencils and mixed media lately
and thought I would add this one to show you the
result I got from stencilling some Bluestone Sparkle Medium
through my ARTplorations Nestles Circles.
To add to this -
I then layered the word Happy from
CUTplorations  Happy Word Die in
grey aqua and silver.
Finished with a Birthday stamp cut from a
stitched Die from MFT and a few gems.
Why the Reminder? There is even more reason to play -
You can link up to 3 CAS cards.
 Can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
Non-STAMPlorations products are OK
Beginning with this challenge, one winner (voted by the design team) will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store, while the two top picks will each receive a $5 gift certificate. If there are at least 50 entries, we'll also draw a random winner and she gets to choose her prize -- a 3x5 stamp set OR 2 standard size stencils OR 1 CUTplorations word/phrase die. 
and don't forget the 20% discount code on the side bar.
What a great way to start or build up your STAMPloration collection.
Love to see you at the
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

'HELLO' again

I got my Lawn Fawn 'Hello' die out again to create a cas card
  at AAA Cards. It's for their Hello Challenge
How easy is that? I simply got out some water colour paper
and went for an ombre type background using
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in
Mermaid Lagoon/Cracked Pistachio
Evergreen Bough & Peacock Feather and just smooched
them till I got my background. Added some Iridescent Medium
to give a shimmer effect.
The dies I used are from Kaisercraft  -in white
and an unbranded one - in silver.
This was cut from a stitched die and popped.
Added my 'HELLO' sentiment which I cut twice
giving it a lift and added some gems to finish.
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Monday, 16 January 2017

'Bling' in on.

I'm joining in over at Shopping our Stash
for their weekly challenge.
The current one is Stickle Me Elmo 
I found this site thanks to my friend Chris. (Thank you)
All we have to do is use some kind of glitter/sparkle on our project.
How easy is that?
Don't we all love to add some sparkle here & there?
Well I may have gone 'overboard' with the shimmer but
what the heck! I like what the Wink of Stella
and Iridescent Medium brought out.
Also over at The Mod Squad  Barbara & Donna are Hosting
their Bling Challenge. I think I past on both counts.
Taking photos was challenging trying to get
the shimmer to show up.  


I inked up my craft sheet with
Tim Holtz Squeezed Lemonade Abandoned Coral
and Mermaid Lagoon spritzed and then
using an acetate sheet inking my background randomly
till I was happy with the coverage.
I then sprayed that with Iridescent Medium
I cut my butterflies from a Spellbinder die -
the bottom with plain paper and the top
inked the same way as my background.
I completely covered the butterfly with
clear Wink of Stella.
The Hello (Lawn Fawn) was cut twice.
the back one was inked also with
Wink of Stella in gold and the front - clear
which is not showing in the photographs.
Added a few gems to finish.
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

It's not so Perfectly Created

I found a new blog while surfin' the net called
and their current challenge is to add texture to our card.
As some of you know I have recently been delving into a bit
of mixed media and playing around
with stencils and paints. It really is fun.
Here is my 'little bit of chaos'
and a closer look at the texture
I started my chaotic page with
my base of white card stock then
went to play with
ARTlorations Retro Circles stencil
with Green acrylic paint/Inka gold and a touch of
purple colour paste using my fingers to lift it
for dimension. There were bare bits so inked up
a baby wipe and sponged part of the background
with the leftovers.
Cut the A from an old Cuttlebug die
The Happy cut several times is CUTplorations Happy Word Die
and the Hello STAMPlorations  Celebrate Artsy
 popped with dimensions and
I rounded one of the corners.
Dropping this over to the
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Saturday, 14 January 2017

It's 'TREND WEEK' at Just Us Girls

Bobby is Hosting this weeks Trend Challenge at
Just Us Girls and chose
'All Over Stamping'
Now I had the stamp set I used here in line for another challenge
but realized it was 'perfect' for this one instead.
It is SU - Timeless Textures and this is another stamp set
that has so many ways you can use it.
I got out a bunch of Tim Holtz Distress Inks
and just started inking and stamping randomly and as you can see
it lands up an 'all over stamping' background
for my butterfly which is by the way
a left over from a few I made last year.
How perfect was that? The only thing I had
to add to my background was some Inka Gold
as I had added it to my butterfly.
I cut my background with a stitched die
and framed it then added to my card base.
I die cut my 'Happy' from Impression Obsession
attached it to the butterfly and
stamped the Birthday (from Pink & Maine)
Finished with a gem.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Pansies on Sunday

The challenge over at CAS on Sunday is to make a card with
black/white and one other colour. I chose purple (of course)
I'm afraid the photo doesn't do justice to this lovely stamp.
As the heading says CAS - this really was.
White card stock for all layers.
I heat embossed the pansie which was given by a dear friend
(Thanks Cheri) in black
and coloured three of the flowers with
Tim Holtz Wilted Violet
Added a touch of shimmery paints and
sponged lightly on the background.
The card base looked so stark in white so
I inked/spritzed a sheet of acetate with the wilted violet
and randomly added the colour.
Both stitched frames were popped.
Added pearls to finish. I would loved to have added
yellow ones but not for this challenge.
A close up showing the shimmer.
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

It's about being a bit 'ARTY'

The current 'Theme & Sketch Challenge' at
Details are Here

You can go with just the 'Theme' which is Mixed Media
or the 'Sketch'. I went with both.
I love getting my hands a bit inky with Mixed Media
and am just a beginner at it so when this challenge
called for just that I knew what I was going to play with.
I started with ARTplorations Nestled Circles Stencil
using Silver Metallic Paint & Gel Medium.
After that was dry I got all inky with
watered down Jo Sonja Deep Yellow on a paintbrush
and began to 'splatter'.
Again I waited till that dried.
The floral image I used is
STAMPlorations Bloom Happy
It had been heat embossed with Zing Charcoal.
and cut  with the CUTplorations Matching Die
It was coloured with a variety of inks & paints
adding dots from a white uniball pen and popped.
Here is a closer view of the depth of the 
silver metallic acrylic paint.
Added a few grey splatters to the background.
The sentiment is from the same stamp set.
I thought it a perfect match for the sunny flower
which was heat embossed with Zing Metallic Finish
to blend with the stencilled background. 
I used an EK Success corner rounder punch
and added a metallic silver piece of paper
to the side then popped that to finish. 
I am so loving all my new goodies from STAMPlorations
and being part of the Talented Team for the next 3 months.
Hope you will go over and join in the fun like I did.
 There are so many different prizes to be won
and if you aren't in it - you can't win them.
I am going to pop this card over at Dare2bartzy
'cause I got lots of new 'stuff'
I've got 'Layers'
and I used a Die
Hope I can join both challenges with this card.
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Hope you will come back again soon.