Tuesday, 23 August 2016


Before I show you today's card I was thrilled and delighted to have won 
 at CASology with this card from yesterday...
I  have been lucky enough to have been selected as the Honourable Mention several times 
but never a win, so it's made my day and I thank the team for all the wonderful inspiration x
Anyway.....Today's card.....
I started by die cutting the geometric die out of foam as I wanted to use it as a stamp.
I hadn't done this before and I was super excited that it worked really well.
I used re-positionable spray on the foam and 
then stamped with versa mark and white embossing powder.
I had a fun time using my Gansai water-colours in rainbow colours.
I cut the flower die and used this as a stencil and scraped through black embossing paste.
The flower was die cut out of more water coloured card and popped on top of the black paste.
Some of the sentiments have been die cut and layered with foam 
or popped straight onto the card or stamped and raised onto foam.
I enjoyed mixing the sentiments and how they where used on the card.
I also enjoyed using a die as a stamp.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter.....
Seven Hills - Geometric Challenge
All the manufacturers of the dies, water-colours and Stamps are stocked by the store
City Crafter Challenge - It's All About.....'You'
I was struggling with a sentiment so the challenge helped me focus with one
Casual Fridays - Time to Color
Creative With Stamps Challenge 5- Geometric
I have used rainbow colours

Monday, 22 August 2016

Dream Big....

Today's card......
I started by spraying a few sprays onto card and then die cutting the feather.
I also die cut the feather out of White Linen card.
The small butterflies have been stamped using a kaleidacolor dye ink pad.
I always forget to use them...they really are so pretty.
I assembled the card, inlaying the sprayed die cut feather, 
stamping the sentiment and then hi-lighting with a gold pen.
CAS and Mixed Media........
I have had these die cut feathers for ages and not used them and now I can't stop using them!
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter.....
CASology Cue Card Challenge - Dream
Update....Thrilled to have won at CASology....Thank you x
CAS Mix Up - Stamp + Spray and one other of your choice.....Die Cutting
Stamplorations - CAS...Anything Goes...Option Gold
Happy Little Stampers - Die Challenge - Anything Goes

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Happy Everything

Today's card has been inspire by a CASE card...
This is my take on the card....
I started by painting gold stripes, using starlight paints free-hand 
and then stamping in black a striped stamp using mixed media stamps.
I have used a flower stencil and clear embossing paste and orange distress inks to colour it.
I have popped on several green sequins.
I have finished off with a black and gold strip down the left and heat embossing a sentiment.
I enjoyed CASEing Shalu's card and producing an artsy and fun card.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter....
Stamplorations - Anything Goes - On going using their products

Monday, 15 August 2016

Olympic Mobile....

Today's project was inspired by The Male Room challenge - Olympics/Sports
I'll show you the photos first......
I have made an Olympic Masculine Mobile....
A Dream Catcher.....
I have used gold, silver and gold along with the Olympic colour rings.
I have paired up the Male sports with the colour of the medal that some of the 
UK Olympians have won.
Silver in Swimming and Canoeing, Bronze in the all round gymnastics.....
Gold in Rowing and Cycling.....
I have used stencils in a round (medal) theme throughout onto the vellum using 
gel and glitter in gold, silver or bronze.
I have die cut the feathers using the five colours of the Olympic rings.
I over stamped them with a feather stamp using co-ordinating colours of starlight paints.
Wow these paints are sparkly. 
The tips of the feathers have been further embellished with glitter and gel in gold, silver or bronze.
The coloured Olympic circles have been die cut and the centers from vellum.
The vellum has given a really lovely silhouette effect.
The underneath has been done with a circle stencil and gold, silver and bronze gel glitter.
I attached the feathers using wire to continue the masculine theme.
The green leaves have been die cut and attached around the circle to represent the Olive Wreaths.
I had fun making the mobile and my DREAM catcher.
Sorry about the photo over load but it was really hard to photo.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter....
The Male Room - Theme Challenge - Olympics/Sports
Update....I won...Ye Ha!...Thank you so much
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge 17 - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Stamplorations - Mixed Media - Anything goes using a stencil and no cards
Stamps and Stencils - Time to Take Flight

Friday, 12 August 2016

Sending Hugs..

Bistre Powders, Glitter and Metal....
Today's card....
I started by die cutting the loop/circle die and used this as a stencil.
I made sure my base card was completely covered and popped the die into the negative space.
I wanted to preserve the white space and working with the powders is always really messy.
I sprinkled the Bistre powders and sprayed with water to activate them.
I didn't want the inlay effect as I wanted the water and powders to work within the circles.
I die cut the circles again out of aluminium foil tape and coloured with copper alcohol ink.
The feathers have been die cut and one covered in double sided tape and glitter added.
The other one has been heat embossed with several layers of copper embossing powder and
stamped with blue paint at the top and Bistre's at the bottom.
The squares have been die cut with a stitched die twice.
I popped on copper glitter dots, a sentiment and three blue crystals to finish.

On hind site I should have just die cut and inlayed but I was trying for a more pooled effect 
inside the circles. I think I could have done that better with water-colours and not the Bistre's.

My Bother-In-Law yesterday found out he was to be made redundant so I wanted to make 
a masculine card but was mindful it was for his wife too.....They are a team x
So ....I thought brown and blue with a pop of glitter and shiny metal hit the mark?
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs x
PS Bistre powders are more vintage in colour with hints of brown in them 
as opposed to the Brusho's.
After popping on the liquid copper glitter dots they re-acted to the powders and made me chuckle...Learning all the time x

Challenges I would like to enter....
The following challenges inspired my colours and my choice to mix CAS and Mixed Media.
Simply Less is More - Colour Challenge - Brown and Blue
Update...I am thrilled to have been show cased with this card at Less is More....Thank you x
CAS Mix Up - Stamping + Spray + a Choice...Die Cutting and Heat Embossing.
I do so love CAS and Mixed Media and love joining in this challenge
Stamplorations - CAS - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Die Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Metal

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Colour Mixing.....

Fun day today making this project....
I started my project by...........
Sprinkling a few shades of brusho's over the poppy seed stencil and
activating them by scraping clear embossing paste over the stencil.
The background has been done using sprays and brusho's.
I have also stamped text and a gold frame around the edges using media stamps and gold ink.
The circles are stencils, white gesso and gold paint.
To achieve the the orange and green features I mixed pastes in a few shades, spread
 over white gesso and a stencil.
I finished off with stamping the sentiment, popping it up onto foam and a few gold splats.
I loved the colours, the gold and how the red/orange poppy seeds worked out.
I had fun and got messy too.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter my project into......
PaperArtsy -  Colour Mixing
The artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Anything Goes
That's Crafty Challenge - Zesty Zing Challenge
Creative Artiste Mixed Media - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Craft Stamper - Take it Make It Challenge - Stencils and/or Masks
Stamplorations - Mixed Media..Anything goes using a stencil

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Wedding ....

I have been working on a Wedding collection inspired
Here are the photo's...
I have used the gorgeous and pretty Magnolias For Her stamp set.
I used Zig pens for water-colouring and good quality water-colouring card throughout.
Some of the leaves have been done using card and some on vellum to add contrast.
The Invitation has been layered onto vellum, heat embossed 
and coloured to add further dimension.
I loved the way Yana used layers in her inspiration fabulous card.
I was also inspired by the gold antique trims on the background of the card 
so I stamped and heat embossed a flourish stamp in gold on the card 
to represent this.
You can see this better on the wine tag.
I used a die cut to make the favour box and  heat embossed in gold around the sides and again on the name place card.
All finished off with sequins, tiny diamante's, splats 
and yellow perfect pearls to pick up the yellow on the inspiration photo.
I had so much fun making this set.
I don't normally do a lot of fussy cutting and prefer to stamp and mask, 
especially since I got the Misti, so it made a really lovely change 
and I enjoyed the challenge.
Thank you so much for finding time to stop by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter....
Altenew - July Challenge - Weddings and Photo Inspiration
CAS-ual Fridays - Gift Tags -Bottle Tag ... 
Update I was lucky enough to get a 'Favourite' for the tag...Thank you so much x