Friday, 23 March 2018

Easter Bunnies (?)

Now I've made this card it's dawned on me that the two "bunnies" in the silhouette aren't playing, they are boxing. And that means they are hares!

However I am claiming artistic license, for the purposes of this card they can jolly well be bunnies and like it!

I blended Distress inks to make the background for the image, which I stamped with a very old magazine freebie stamp, then I used the same inks with the addition of a pink one to stencil the spotty background.

The black bunnies are chipboard ones which I covered with black ink and embossing powder and heated so in real life they have a lovely shiny finish.

I am sharing this with

C.R.A.F.T. challenge - Spring/Easter
Shopping Our Stash - Here Comes Peter Cottontail
The Library Challenge (this is a new challenge to me and as a book lover it's right up my street) - Watership Down - inspired by the silhouette on the cover
Creative With Stamps - Bunny

Victorian postcards

Some time ago I got a set of miniature reproduction postcards from Foil Play. They are gorgeous - replicas of the Christmas postcards that were often sent instead of Christmas cards in Victorian times, and they are actually double sided, so the back shows the writing and postage that was on the original card - it *almost* seems a shame to stick them down, which is why it's taking me so long to use them up.

I've gone a bit mad with them here though and used three of them, all with old fashioned Santa designs. I did giggle a bit to myself though, if you blow the photo right up you will see that two of them are smoking and the one on the left, although gloved on one hand, is using the other to make a rather impolite gesture!

The green background paper is printed from a Joanna Sheen CD, and the sentiment cut from a sheet from the same CD.

I am sharing this with

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Santa
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
Jingle Belles - Spirit of Christmas Past
The Holly and The Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes   

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Going dotty

I made this card with the challenge at Rubber Dance in mind, but now it's made I'm just wondering whether the sentiment alone is really enough stamping for their challenge? Oh well, I'll pop it into their linky and see what they say - I really don't want to destroy the CAS look of it with any more stamping.

The spotty panel is made by sponging purple, black and grey inks through a Uniko background stencil. I only had pigment inks in the colours pf purple and black I wanted, so I chose a black pigment ink too then sprinkled all the sponged spots with clear embossing powder and embossed it - it's given them lovely texture and shine in real life.

I used a very old border punch to edge the purple card then stamped the sentiment using a stamp from a recent magazine freebie set.

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple
Use Your Stuff - On the Border
Rubber dance (possibly!) - Circles and/or black, grey and purple

And I just want to also share a picture of my latest bake - I'm still loving making sourdough bread after the class I attended a few weeks ago. Today I made a sourdough "hot cross bun" style loaf, with spices and fruits added to the dough.

Beside the seaside

I've gone for a very retro look to this card, using stamps from Rubber Dance's "Take the Plunge" set for the background and another Rubber Dance stamp that was tucked into my package as an extra for the topper.

To make the background I stamped the shells on white card in Versamark ink and embossed them with clear powder, then sponged blue ink all over and buffed the stamped areas. Then I stamped the anchors over the top in black memento ink.

I used the same ink to stamp the topper then lightly coloured it with pencils to give that "hand tinted photo" effect that was so popular in the early 20th century.

I am sharing this with

Cardz 4 Galz - Beach or nautical
Rubber Dance - Forever challenge
Mix It Up - make your own background
Little Red Wagon - Girls or Women    

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Fluttering into spring!

Today in the northern hemisphere it's officially the first day of spring, although there's still snow on the ground here in Hampshire. But despite that I saw my first butterfly of the year a couple of weeks ago so spring is definitely on the way!

For this card I spun the wheel at the Butterfly Challenge and came up with Lemon and Layers. The card I've used is much paler than it appears on the photos - I think combining it with black has really made the colour stand out. Actually the way it looks on the photos is probably a more accurate representation of the colour of real lemons, certainly of the Sicilian beauties I have in the fridge at the moment.

I used my Grand Calibur (had to replace the cutting plate again last week, it's just about the hardest working item in my craft room) for all the cutting and embossing. The lovely spring blossom embossing folder is a Tim Holtz one from Sizzix, the square is a Gummiapan stitched Squares die and the butterfly is cut with the dovecraft Layered Butterfly mini-set.

I am sharing this with

Butterfly Challenge -  Lemon and Layers
Cuttlebugmania - Spring
Sparkles Monthly - Spring is in the air

The bling's the thing

It can be very difficult to incorporate bling into a CAS card, but the sparkly washi tape that I adore makes it an awful lot easier.

All I needed to add was a topper - a die cut circle stamped with a cute bird and sentiment. These are  unlabelled clear stamps that came in a goody bag I won a few years ago, so I'm afraid I don't know the brand.

I am sharing this with
Allsorts Challenge - bring on the bling
Addicted to CAS - Birds  

Monday, 19 March 2018

Stencilled border

For this card I used a border stencil and inks from the lighter end of a Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens pad, then inverted the stencil to match up with the original one and stencilled again to create a wide border. The border is actually exactly 5cm wide, one third of the 15 cm card, although it looks smaller. I think it's because of the optical illusion that makes white space look larger, something we often subconsciously take advantage of when we are making CAS cards.

I've added a second optical illusion by using a fine liner to edge the border, giving it a slightly three dimensional look even though it is all one layer.

Finally I stamped the sentiment over the stencilled background, stamping several times to make it really stand out.

I am sharing this with

Less is More - One layer- Stencils
AAA Cards - Use only one third