Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mark's Monster and Messing with Paints

Earlier today I had fun messing with watercolour paints to make backgrounds. I squirted some watercolour paints from tubes onto my largest acrylic block and added only little splashes of water as I wanted to paint to remain thick and add texture to my panels. Then I squished panels of watercolour card onto the block and ended up with a batch of panels like the ones below.


Lol I haven't a clue what I'm going to do with some of them (the odder looking ones may end up being die cut into butterflies or sentiments!) but I used one of the orange panels to make the background for my card. I stamped Hero Arts Tiny Star Background on the panel in barn door distress ink and embossed the sentiment on a piece of black scrap card. As I don't have any monster stamps I asked my son Mark to draw a few for me. After seeing one of the bigger guys I thought he would be perfect for a sorry card.

Monster image by Mark
Stamps (Hero Arts) - Tiny Star Background & Everyday Sayings

I coloured the monster with ProMarkers and gave him a spotty look with the blender pen. To finish I just added some glossy accents to his horns, eye and tooth.

I'm submitting this card into Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes Challenge.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Adam's First Challenges

My twelve year old son Adam was very excited when he heard about Simon Says Stamp's Summer Vacation Kid’s Challenge and this morning decided to make a card before his breakfast.



It took him a bit longer than he thought it would to make the card (lol that happens to me all the time too!) but he just wouldn't take a break for breakfast until he was finished. Well first off he rummaged through my stamps to find all the images he liked and then he drew a rough idea of what he wanted to do.


He particularly loved using the Big Shot and was delighted with how quickly he could cut a strip of grass with it.

Die - Grassy Border (Lawn Fawn)

Something else he really enjoyed was doing the colouring on the dog and ice cream. His first practice stamping is on the piece of scrap paper underneath.

Stamp - Critters at the Dog Park (Lawn Fawn)

Stamp - Fantastic Birthday (Hero Arts)

Here he is sticking the last stamped piece to his card and the final touch was when he added sprinkles to the ice cream.


The bonus was eating the extra sprinkles that he had "accidentally" poured out for the top of the ice cream;)


So here's the end result of all his hard work, fueled only be some sprinkles:)

Stamps - Hero Arts (Be Happy, Picnic & Fantastic Birthday) & Lawn Fawn (Critters at the Dog Park)

I just love Adam's card and all the fun he had from start to finish making it. The super happy dog with the best ever treat in his bowl and the sun with the happy face and sunglasses make me smile every time I look at this card:):) Hope you enjoy it too!

As Adam added texture to his card by using sprinkles he's also submitting his card into Lawnscaping's Texture Challenge.

Batty Halloween Wishes

CAS cards are something I really struggle with, so today I thought I'd have another go a making one for Halloween. I wanted to join in on Lawnscaping's Texture Challenge so added bits of texture here and there on my card.


I started by stamping the sentiment in spiced marmalade distress ink on a panel of white card.


Stamps - Trick or Treat (Lawn Fawn) & Ghostly Greetings (Hero Arts)

After stamping and cutting out the bat, I coloured it with ProMarkers and added a couple of googly eyes before adhering it to the panel with foam pads. The panel was layered on orange textured card and I added a piece of baker's twine for some more texture. I added the panel to the card with foam pads. Well that's one thing about CAS cards - the descriptions are pretty short and sweet! Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)





Thursday, August 7, 2014

One Layer Blocks

Today I made another one layer card using the same method I used in the first card in this post.

This time I masked off areas in blocks and applied distress inks. After applying the inks and spritzing with water I stamped images on the blocks using the same distress inks.

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Stamps (Hero Arts) - Fantastic Birthday, Magical Background, Tiny Star Background and Solid Dots Pattern

Once the card had dried completely I embossed the sentiment and machine stitched frames around the blocks. Sequins were added for a touch of sparkle.

I'm submitting this card into Hero Arts' One Layer Challenge and Simon Says Stamp's Make it Sparkle Challenge.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Sparkle

I needed to make a quick birthday card and this time used only dies rather than stamps to make my card.

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Hero Arts die - Triangle Background
Xcut die - Large Sentiments


I used a Triangle Background die cut (thanks again, Linda!) as a stencil, applied distress inks (spiced marmalade, worn lipstick, mowed lawn and peacock feathers) to white card and spritzed with water. Then I die cut a sentiment piece and embossed it with stardust embossing powder.

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The sentiment was layered on another two die cuts and added to the card with foam pads. For the card base I used card from Hero Arts pool mixed layering paper pack. I'm submitting this card into Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge and A Blog Named Hero Die a Little Challenge.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Waiting for the Rainbows

We're enjoying an extra long weekend here with it being a bank holiday on Monday. But unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worse and it's expected that we'll have very heavy rain all day today and tomorrow. It has been raining constantly for the past six hours so I really am waiting for the rainbows after the rain! Anyway what better excuse to do a bit of stamping with water and rainbows in mind.

For both of the cards I made today I used the same colours and same technique. I just love distress inks and the way they react to water so made my backgrounds by applying distress inks to white card and stamping with water instead of ink.


Stamps (Hero Arts) - Simple Leaf Background & Lil Hoot

For the card above I stated by masking off a frame around my card and cut thin strips of washi tape to create blocks on the card.


Then I applied distress inks (worn lipstick, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, mowed lawn and peacock feathers) diagonally across the card. I didn't worry about carefully blending the inks as I knew I was going to add lots of water and the inks would move around a bit.


After that I spritzed lots and lots of water on my background stamp and stamped on the card.


I left it for a little while so that the water and ink would have lots of time to react with each other and then I dabbed off the excess water. After ensuring that the ink was completely dry I peeled off the washi tape and added the sentiment and some machine stitching.


As I had all these inks out I thought I might as well make another simpler card.


Stamps (Hero Arts) - Simple Leaf Background & Fantastic Birthday

For this one I again masked a frame around the card, applied distress inks and stamped with water. This time I just added a sprinkling of sequins to finish.


I'm submitting both cards into Hero Arts One Layer Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. I'm also submitting the first card into a2z Scrapbooking Encouragement Challenge.

I hope you are having a great weekend and that it's not as soggy in your part of the world as it is here:)





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stenciled One Layer Card

My goodness two posts in one day is highly unusual for me, but I did have great fun getting inky today! Recently Charlene sent me a couple of gorgeous Hero Arts stencils (thanks again Charlene:)) and for this card I used the Large Lotus Pattern.


Stencil (Hero Arts) - Large Lotus Pattern
Stamp set (Hero Arts) - Everyday Sayings


I applied distress inks (dried marigold, spiced marmalade, barn door, shabby shutters and mowed lawn) to a cream card and left the stencil in place. After the ink had dried I padded VersaMark on the image and then heat embossed using enchanted gold embossing powder.


The sentiment was also embossed, this time in gold. A while ago my friend Trinh sent me lots and lots of pretty sequins in a lovely mix of colours (thanks again, Trinh:) ) and because of the gold bits and pieces I had already used, I thought the gold sequins would be the ideal embellishment for this card.

I'm submitting this card into Hero Arts One Layer Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Emboss It Challenge.
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