Saturday, 24 June 2017

Gift Bag and more.....

I started with a gift bag, which led onto tags and a card......
My inspiration came from Stamplorations/Cutplorations photo..
I focused in on the red paste icing, the candles, celebration
and the black and white lace effect on the cup cake holders.

The red flowers have been stenciled with coloured embossing paste, 
using two different sizes of the flower stencil.
The sentiments and candles have been die cut and layered.
The black and white lace strip at the bottom has been stamped and heat embossed.
I have used quite a few gold sequins to cover up my extra blobs of red paste!

I then wanted to make a tag for the bag....
 I wanted to play with the different effects of the paste, layouts etc.
My inspiration to play with this technique came from The CAS-Mixup Challenge 
which is embossing pastes and gels...
The tags have been die cut and I made a small black frame as well.
I enjoyed playing with the translucent paste
 and the opaque ones to see the difference.

I now have a couple of spare tags to put on the actual presents.

As I wanted to enter The CAS-Mixup Challenge 
 I made a CAS card to go with the set.
The tag on the card is smaller than the tag on the bag.
I masked the white lace effect, stamped and heat embossed.
I tried hard to keep it CAS but couldn't help myself and 
popped through gloss black embossing paste on the background.

The completed set ...
That's all I have to do now is find a present that fits the bag!!!

It took me awhile but I enjoyed it and had fun x
Thank you so much for finding the time to stop by.
I really do appreciate it...Thank You x
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter....
Tag die and candle die cut from Stamplorations
Two sizes of the flower stencil from Stamplorations
 Stamping, embossing pastes/gels and my choice is die cutting 
Mixed Media Monthly - A year of choices - #32 for me - Put a stencil on it
Anything Mixed Media goes...Except a card
Must use a stencil..Two sizes of the bold floral stencils

Monday, 12 June 2017


Today's tag was inspired by a colour challenge 
I played with a couple of stencils, translucent paste 
and Brusho's for the background.
The sea horses have been stamped and water-coloured 
with zigs and hi-lighted with mica powders.
The shell has been stamped and sprinkled with Bistre powders.
The sand is paste, micro beads and coloured with Lindy powders.
The coral has been die cut from several colours of Brusho card.
The ribbon has also been coloured with Brusho's.
I had such fun playing with techniques and enjoyed making my tag.
I had a chuckle after I had finished, looking at the stenciled anchor, 
which looks like it is heading for the seahorse's head!!!!
Thank you for finding the time to stop by...I always appreciate it x
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would love to enter my tag into....
Rubber Dance....   Colour Challenge - You don't have to use their products to enter
Stamplorations - Mixed Media - Anything goes but you must use a stencil
I have used two stencils for my background, the anchor and a circle one
Design by Ryn - Anything Goes
Seahorse and shell stamps
Amazing inspiration from their blog
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Touchy Feely

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Hugs and Kisses

Another card from my crafty day on Thursday....
Today's card.....
I love playing with gels/pastes and stencils so the challenge over at 
CAS Mix Up is right up my street....
Stamping/Embossing Pastes/Gels and your choice.
 I used a flower stencil and sponged on gold paint.
Once it was dry I moved the stencil a  little 
and then scraped through embossing gel with glitter in it.
I am not good with loose glitter.....
I die cut the Hugs sentiment in gold and ivory and
stamped the 'and kisses' sentiment in gold.
The gold around the edge of the card is heated embossing powder.
The photos look like a yellow gold but IRL looks a little softer.
I made this card for my BIL and SIL's Wedding Anniversary x

I had the pleasure of attending a fabulous workshop with the
amazing Jo Firth recently.
We played with her new Paper Artsy stamps and made a gorgeous canvas. 
Whilst there I also bought this gorgeous flower stencil,
also from the JoFy collection, which I love x

Thank you so much for finding time to stop by...I really do appreciate it.
Crafty Hugs xxx
Challenges I would like to enter....
Stamping...Embossing Gel....My choice/die cutting and heat embossing
Just Add Ink - Anniversary Challenge 
Photo inspiration - Sparkle - Lots of sparkle on my card
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge Anything goes without the optional colour twist

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Stenciled Red Flowers.....

I have had a fun day crafting today.
It has been raining all day so it was the only thing to do!
This is today's card inspired by a few challenges.
I started by masking off the vertical strip and water colouring with 
Lindy's magical powers and mixing them with water.
There's a hint of sparkle in them and they graduated really well.
I popped on the flower stencil and mixed several colours of the Lindy's powders 
with embossing paste.
After it was dry I hi-lighted the edges with red and gold mica powders.
I stamped the vertical strip with the square's in grey and gold.
I finished off with the die cut and stamped sentiments.
I really enjoyed playing with techniques today and it's still raining!
Thank you for stopping by...
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges that inspired me today.....
CAS Mix Up - Stamping and embossing pastes and my choice is die cutting and hand embellishing
AAA Cards - CAS - 3rd Birthday Bash - Happy Birthday - Lots of prizes to be won x
Stamplorations - CAS Challenge Anything goes CAS without the option
Stamplorations stencil and Birthday die cut
Cutplorations - Stamplorations - The cake was my inspiration, the colour and the paste of the icing and also the gold on the candle and the celebration....Birthday x

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

CAS Watercolour Reminder Post........

Still smiling and still thrilled to be the Guest Designer this month
at The CAS Watercolour May Challenge,
which is Flowers.
So many beautiful entries in the gallery....
If you've time please pop across and take a look x
This is my card for the CAS Watercolour May Reminder post.....
The peony flowers have been stamped individually, masked 
and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
The Hydrangeas and leaves have also been stamped and masked individually,
with grey and green inks to form the posy of flowers.
The Water colouring has been done with zigs and Gansai Tambi paints.
The sentiment has been die cut, hi-lighted in pink and green 
and popped up for dimension.
I finished with die cutting the image, popping it into a frame 
and splattering with white and gold acrylic paint.

When I did this card.....the stamp was one stamp, 
whereas this card was made with a several stamps and lots of masking.
Learning all the time and loving it!

I hope you find time to join in this fun and friendly challenge
and I thank you once again for the kind invite x

Crafty Hugs xx
Thank you for finding time to stop by, I really do appreciate it.
Challenges I would love to pop my card into.....
CAS Mix-Up Challenge - Stamping-Splattering and my choice is die cutting and masking
Lots of stamping and splattering on this card
Inspired by All The Little Things - I focused into the posy of flowers on the bike 
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - Anything goes with no option for me
Stamplorations CAS Challenge - 
Anything Goes and with the option of feminine colours
Stamplorations Cutplorations Challenge - Inspiration Photo
The pink and white flowers and the green leaves 
and I have used the sentiment hugs die and the rectangle die cut

Monday, 15 May 2017


Today's Card.....
I started with scraping heavy white gesso through the pretty Ryn flower stencil.
The background was then blended with several different colours 
of distress inks, after the gesso had fully dried.
The distress inks where wiped off the flower, leaving a ghosting effect.
I hi-lighted the flower with a white ink pen and splattered pink, black 
and gold splats over the card.
The Love sentiment has been die cut and popped up onto foam.
I had fun with this card.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs 
Challenges I would like to enter.....

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Guest Designer CAS Watercolour....

Thrilled to be invited to be the Guest Designer 
at the
CAS Watercolour Challenge this month....
Lots of scope for the theme this month.........
They have an amazing and friendly design team 
and the most fabulous inspirational creations...

Here is my card.....
I started with stamping and heat embossing the circle stamp three times.
The circles have been water coloured using the wet on wet technique 
and several different colours of Distress Inks.

I stamped the circles again, cut them out 
and used them as masks to stamp the flowers.
The flowers have been coloured using distress inks, zigs 
and watered down acrylic inks.
I splattered some water and lifted some of the colour
 and also splattered colours of pink and green.
The tiny script has been stamped with archival green ink
and a little embellishing with a white pen to finish.

I hope you find time to join in this fun and friendly challenge this month.
I am absolutely delighted and thrilled to be guesting this month 
and I thank you once again for the opportunity xx
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter....
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes without the option
Stamplorations CAS Challenge - Anything Goes with the option of feminine colours
Creative With Stamps - Challenge 14 - Flowers

Thursday, 27 April 2017

One Layer Fun.....

I have been having fun making One Layer Cards, 
using a die cut as a mask and then as a stamp.
I started by making two master boards that I cut up into four cards.

The flower die has been cut out of masking paper to use as a mask.
I also die cut the flower out of foam and made a stamp, 
which was heat embossed in white to use as a resist.
The background has also been stamped with some smaller stamps 
and embellished with white and black pens.

The boards where sprayed with several sprays, 
mostly containing mica for that added shine.

 Further interest has been added with stamping 
the background text with silver paint.
I finished off with stamping individual sentiments 
and popping on silver paint around the edges.
I enjoyed using the die cut as a mask and as a stamp
and also liked the slightly different looks to the both techniques.
I also enjoyed using some smaller stamps, which I often forget about.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
Crafty Hugs xx
Challenges I would like to enter...
Where Creativity Meets C9 - Concord & 9th Challenge *8- One Layer
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media Challenge - Sprays