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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Stamp layering with mica powders

It's my turn to do the mid month at Stamping Sensations and the theme is to showcase a technique that I have not tried before. Please excuse the lack of stage by stage photos as I kept forgetting to take them.  I started out with a set of Altenew Peony stamps but only needed to use two of them.
The first stage is to stamp the base stamp with versamark ink onto a piece of dark cardstock

Next stage is to cover the stamped image with mica powder, I used some ancient Pearl-ex

Then brush of the excess powder to leave the pearlised base layer. This unfortunately is where I forget to take photos so I'll explain as best as I can . Take the next layering stamp you want to use, this is the one I used , think its the third one in the set

Ink it up with versamark and stamp it over the pearlised base you have stamped. It lifts some of the mica powder off and shows the base card underneath

You can add extra layers with colours if you prefer but I really liked this effect using only two stamps. I went ahead and stamped another one and some leaves in the same way and fussy cut them and added them to my card.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

My Favourite Things

For our first challenge of 2018 on Try It On Tuesday the theme is My favourite things, could be stamping or a favourite technique etc. Well for me it has to be stamping every time, I rarely make anything that doesn't involve stamping some where. My second favourite is making my own backgrounds be it with inks,paints, pan pastels or in this case Brushos, also at the moment I'm really into white embossing, there is a little on this card but it doesn't show up too well. All the stamps I've used are Lavinia or Inkylicious. (I really NEED more Lavinia stamps ! )

For my second card I've used Brusho again, white embossed the Hero Arts stamp , the wording is an Inkylicious stamp.  Hope to see your entries on our challenge.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Cold and Frosty Coloura

This is the lovely prize from Sizzix this month

This month at Stamping sensations the challenge is for Cold And Frosty Colours. My first thought was Christmas but as I had already packed away most of my Christmas stamps etc I thought I would do something a little different. I stamped and embossed in white the large Hero Arts vine stamp and then coloured the card with pan pastels, wiping the excess off the stamping. Stamped the leaves and flowers and fussy cut them and added them with the greeting banner. The little butterfly was in the box of bits on my table.  The flowers are actually lilac and not the bright blue they look on here.  Hope to see you on our challenge this month but do remember it is a stamping challenge and the focal part on the card must be stamped.

Monday, 1 January 2018

White Christmas

This month at Christmas Sparkles Jane has chosen for the challenge " white on white ". Now as you all probably know getting a decent photograph of a white card is not the easiest of tasks! this is the best of the ones I've taken and its not very good.  I've used a Christmas word embossing folder, think its Crafters Companion, Sizzix die cut tree and a star bauble that is from a friends die and I don't know the make.  Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and hope to see you in our challenge.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Happy Christmas Everyone

My blog has been sadly neglected of late, sometimes life just gets in the way.  I've really struggled with doing all the Christmas stuff this year and then both husband and I got smitten with colds, I can't get rid of this horrible cough. Anyhow just about caught up with everything now so just time to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and New Year . 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Twinkle, Twinkle

The challenge at Try It On Tuesday this time is " Twinkle Twinkle" so we would like to see lots of twinkling stars this time.  For my card I have used the large star from Stampin Up Star of light stamp set and two of the wording stamps from the same set.  I have used my very last piece of the lovely pearlised blue card for this ,all embossing in detail silver, mounted onto a piece of silver glitter card and the three small stars punched from glitter card too.  I used the stitched oblong die from The Christina Collection from Craft Stash, could not believe how many dies are in this set and they cut beautifully too ( only arrived today but I had to try them out straight away !)

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Winter Tree

Time for a new challenge at Stamping Sensations and this month it is Winter Trees and Flora. There is a fabulous prize from Stix2 for the lucky winner so get stamping for a chance to win.  As we are a stamping challenge the  main focus of your entry must be stamping, a large wording stamp is acceptable but not a small sentiment added as an afterthought.
This is the prize from Stix2

For my card I have used a new to me stamp from Penny Black called Restful.  I like the fact it is a large stamp that nicely fills a 6 x 6 card. I stamped it first in Archival brown ink and then coloured the background with pan pastels, love that they make a colourful background so quickly. I stamped the stag (Inkylicious) in the same archival ink, did have to stamp it twice to make sure the fence wasn't showing though(what did I do before I got my Misti ?) just added a little white gel pen to some of the branches and raided the old peel off stash for a glittery star.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Snow much fun

1st December and our challenge at Christmas Sparkles has been chosen by Sandra who has asked for snowman, one or many !  I've chosen this Crafters Companion happy chappy and added his banner with gifts and stocking hanging from it, coloured with promarkers.  Finished off with a Merry Christmas stamp. Hope you are all ready with your Christmas cards and have time to join in our challenge.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Joy To The World

Well here it is the last Rudolph Challenge of the year and wonders never cease in that  I have managed to enter every month. We all really appreciate that Maureen runs this challenge every year, so a big Thank You Mo,

For my card I have used the lovely Penny Black Wreath embellished with red stickles and I coloured the bow with a red pro marker. The background holly is a freebie stamp which I really like.  

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Robin and Holly

At Try It On Tuesday challenge today we are asking for colours, no white or hardly any. Yes I know it looks as though I have white on my card but the mat is silver glitter card and the foiling round the edges is silver too, hard to get a true picture of it. The only white I have is the puffy stuff on the branch and the white snow dots.  I have coloured this with my Polychromo pencils and I am so happy at how they work on the Kraft card, I usually find it hard to work with as it seems to dull the colours .I've had this stamp for several years and think I've used it every year too.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Home, sweet home

 Time for a new challenge at Try It On Tuesday and this time the challenge is Home,Sweet Home. Must admit I was a bit stumped with this one, I do have a couple of new home stamps but wasn't happy with what I attempted with them. I ended up with something that is not at all my usual stuff as its entirely made with die cuts, an embossing folder and scraps of paper, not a stamp in sight,even the wording is computer generated but as my O.H who never comments on anything I make actually said he liked it and then a friend who came in said the same I thought maybe it would be ok .  Hope to see some inspiring makes in our challenge.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

One layer Christmas

This month at Stamping Sensations the challenge is "On layer Christmas Cards"  I must admit I find one layer cards very difficult , I'm such a messy stamper I usually end up with smudges or decide to stamp a sentiment at last moment and mess it up!  However this time I did all the stamping with the card in my Misti and it worked out fine. The sky and snow lines are coloured with blue Pan pastel,something else to get mucky fingermarks with LOL, a while ago I saw a tip to slip the back of the card into an envelope to keep it clean and it works a treat,my card is pristine inside and out.

This month we are sponsored by Tattered Lace and this is the lovely prize for the lucky winner.

Don't forget we MUST see stamping as the focal point of your entry, we are not looking for a small sentiment added at last minute but you can use a large stamped stamped sentiment if it is the main 
focus of your entry. , 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Star Of Wonder

 Here is my DT card for Christmas Sparkles challenge for November where Jane has chosen the theme of More Than One Fold.  For my card I have used the double Z technique. I have to say I am most disappointed at how it looks on here as I could could not get a decent photo, the stamping on the gold star is gold so why it looks red on here I don't know.  Stamps used are all Stampin up with the exception of the little flourish, all papers inked with memento ink. Hope you will join us in our challenge this month.

ps: I normally scan my cards and this is a scan of my card which shows the colours more realistically.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017


Time again for Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Challenge and for once I'm getting in on the 25th (just !)  I thought I was going to be making a very quick card with this die but as usual didn't work out that way.When I first cut the die I couldn't work out what to do next but eventually added the snow drift,the white die cut frame, a distress ink background, glittery star, word stamp from Stampin Up Star of light set, diamond dust glitter and a die cut stag. I need to really get cracking with Christmas cards but I've been busy making a load of cards to sell at a coffee morning/fair where we are trying to raise more funds in our fight against our local council trying to double the size of our village .
I'd also like to enter my card  at
The Holly and Ivy Christmas challenge - anything Christmas 
The Merry Christmas Christmas challenge - anything goes

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Going round in circles

Our new challenge at Try It On Tuesday is Circles. For my card I have used a piece of card which has been dipped in distress oxide inks on my craft sheet. While I was dithering about wondering what stamps to use I came across a little packet of Artemio Stamps of circles ,never been used but now I've used them think they will be used as I liked the effect of all over stamping with them.
Penny farthing bicycle is a die cut, wheels making two more circles and the saying is from a set of Darkroom door stamps. Hope you will join in our challenge , we want to see lots of circles on your entries.