Friday, 26 August 2016

Congratulations Card

Our really good friends daughter and my hubbies Goddaughter has just heard that she has got into Edinburgh University after doing wonderfully in her A levels ,
Again I did the stencilling first with distress inks - Dried marigold ,Wild honey and shabby shutters ,Again I used the SU kinda eclectic set and stamped with the Abandoned Coral / shabby Shutters distress Ink.I then blended colours on a waste piece of card and die cut congratulations .This die is quite fine so I stuck the card -prior to die cutting - on stick it paper .That worked really well - must remember to use it more often on fine dies .

Birthday card-wine humour

Wine Card
it was a friend birthday the other day - so as I had fun with the 25th wedding anniversary card I thought i'd try another of that "random" style, after all you can't really make a mistake ......can you ?
I did all the stencilling first ,then stamped on top , Finally I stamped the greeting from HoneyDo and heat embossed it with WOW glo-in -the-dark powder ( which really works )-I then decided to mat it onto Kraft card stock -voila 

baby girl card -shades of pink

Baby card-shades of pink 
Some friends have just had their first baby - I cant wait to meet her. So I made a baby card which I find quite difficult to get right , I stamped the bear and embossed it then masked it ,then stamped over it with the favourite things background from Elyzbells ,and the balloon was stamped with Hero Arts pink ombre ink.I lightly coloured the bear with a watercolour wash pink distress ink -spun sugar- and then re masked the bear and blended some more ink around the bear ,hopefully they will like the card .

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

GroundHog Kitchen day

this is a wee update - still no kitchen - well yes its almost all in but we cant use it ! But today was not a great day for Stuart our wonderful fitter - the cupboard that was put in  was the wrong one ,the cooker hood that he fitted turned out to be damaged when the wrapping was taken off , and the dishwasher door was damaged - so all the work today was wasted !so we have to repeat it all - seriously groundhog day ! It is starting to look amazing though and will be worth the wait - I Hope LOL
We are actually a lot further on than this photo now - this was taken last week ..............

Brushos and flowers

OLS-Art (Jackson Pollock -ish )
I love Brushos - no 2 cards are ever the same -I sprinkled brusho powders and then dropped water on to the card .Once the card was dry I stamped this Penny Black flowers - I then used some brushos to paint the inside of the flowers .I am thinking of entering the One -Layer-Simplicity challenge - where the theme is art - So is this art - I am working on the theory that this is a wee bit (Paul)Jackson Pollock-ish (abstract expressionist artist) and I went with the colour and watercolour theme of Susan Raihala (Design team) example card
I won this badge for the above card so excited and shocked -Its the little things that keep you going .Thank you so much OLS challenge

Silver Wedding Card (but not very silver)

silver anniversary-not !
I randomly took some stencils and some distress inks (Wild Honey,Dried Marigold,)  and was pleased with the appearance of depth ,Next I stamped some of the images from the SU kinda eclectic stamp set ( Shabby Shutters, Abandoned Coral ) I die cut 25 several times and layered them up -I coloured the top numbers and added some a Perfect Pearls, I then die cut a Congratulations ( sorry I cannot remember the brand ) - also blended with distress inks ( it doesn't seem to show up on the photo )

Tuesday, 23 August 2016


     I had to make a load of thank you cards for our youngest son ,who had been hitchhiking and couch surfing in Netherlands and Belgium sooooo I thought they ought to have a Scottish theme (not that we are Scottish but we do live on the east coast of Scotland and very beautiful it is too )
    I bought this stamp soooo long ago but could never get it to look right - if you know what I mean.But with all the new techniques around - I had a light bulb moment - I inked it up with distress Inks and then lightly sprayed it with water and was delighted with the look .I then matted the thistle -very simple and very easy to repeat - I used wilted violet and shabby shutters DI

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Ombre stencil
Hi I was looking for inspiration and popped over to Muse and  AAA cards and saw some stunning cards and the latest challenges and saw the candles and blending and remembered I had a stencil that i had never used and hence the card. I taped down the stencil and then ombred (is that a word !)the stencil by blending several distress inks - then used Tim Holtz wildflowers - also a Nbus. Result all round .I will enter this in the Muse Challenge 179 - see the above link and AAA cards -#71 blending challenge

thanks for peeking

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ombre Card - Thank you

Evening everyone out there ,This is a thank you card made for my goddaughter .
I used SimonSaysStamp inks pads to make this ombre background and was very impressed because I used a scrap piece of card - which was textured on the other side.I had tried the distress Inks but they were not going on smoothy at all :(
I then did the stamping - firstly with second generation stamping of StampinUp leaves and butterflies (Kinda Eclectic)   I then used inkylicious stamps for more leaves and Lavinia Fairies ,I then  added some Tonic Nuvo Drops to make enamel dots and then sprayed with gold Shimmer Spray

Kitchen news - dust continues to rule our lives but the units have arrived and being put into position - all getting excited as its starts to take shape -yippee :)

Lovely day here today - sunny warm and NO wind !!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Watercoloured Butterflies

Evening everyone - I saw this technique highlighted in the Craft Stamper magazine - by Georgie Connelly  this is a link to her blog below
I loved the article and thought I'd have a go - except I didn't have a large stencil so a few trials (and errors-who moi ! ) occurred , I taped down the stencil onto watercoloured paper and lightly (one at a time) put some water within the butterfly stencil and then added some brusho powder and moved it around within the wet butterfly - so to speak .I did this to each butterfly in turn - you get a sort of smudged look- I quite liked the effect but felt it needed something more so I used a script background stamp ( second generation stamping ) Distressed the background edges mostly trying to avoid the butterflies.The top right corner looked bare so I just stencilled some more, then added Tonic Nuvo Drops -and some shimmer gold spray ,mounted the watercoloured paper and then stamped the birthday greeting .Voila
It was great fun and will look out for a slightly larger image stencil and then a more CAS style card - as in the original article.

As to the trials and tribulations of the kitchen - it is progressing slowly - now have no cooking abilities apart form a microwave and gas bbq - which is great when the weather is nice but no fun when cold and wet like today ( a staggering 14 deg C today - summer seems to have left NE Scotland at the moment)The builder reassures me that it will be worth it in the end - as I have yet another melt down about the dust and mess - lol Photos will follow I promise

on a brighter note - I took these photo's of some flowers - I loved the contrast colours - and needed to remind myself it is summer still :)