Saturday, 31 October 2020

CASE me a Christmas Card Challenge

 The lovely Michelle Lupton has her annual challenge running again. 

This year she's hosting a bunch of cardmakers from around the globe, and our challenge is to case one of her creations from her blog.

Michelle's take on one of my cards can be found here

This is the beautiful card I chose. You'll find it here on Michelle's blog:

What I loved about it that made me want to case it:

  • the colour scheme is awesome
  • love the repetition of stripes of colour
  • love the subtle glitter effect on the word JOY

Here's what I came up with:

I used Waffle Flower's Nesting Circles dies (there are heaps of circles in this set!), and the words are from an old Simon Says Stamp die set.

While I had everything I needed out, why make just one card when you can make five? Here we go:

The Merry Christmas stamp is MFT, the ink is Catherine Pooler's Skylight and I used Altenew's Transluscent Pearl embossing powder over the top of it for just a touch of sparkle.

The card above uses a Paper Rose Studio stamp set together with a Pinkfresh Studio die.

^The leaf dies and the stamp are from Paper Rose Studio.

...and last but not least, the deer head and the word 'merry' are Paper Rose Studio, and the Christmas die is an old Simon Says Stamp.

Michelle - thank you for once again including me in your annual challenge! A showcase of cardmaking talent from around the world is just what the soul needs after the year we've all had. Check out all of the amazing artists on Michelle's blog:

I love Michelle's blog - it is one of the most inspiring places on the internet.

Thanks for dropping in everyone!

Monday, 27 April 2020

Darkroom Door Small Lavender Stencil

I adore stencils! They are so versatile and can be used with any number of media.

The new Small Lavender Stencil from Darkroom Door is no exception. Here's a card I made using a sponge and some Distress Oxide colours:

I used a round blending tool to apply Bundled Sage through the whole stencil, then used a Detail Blending Tool to apply first Shaded Lilac then Wilted Violet ink to the blooms.

In the background (before the stencilling) I stamped the Gazette Background stamp then the Coffee Stain Eclectic stamp using very pale Old Paper Distress Ink:

The sentiment comes from the Warm Wishes stamp set, and the frame is one of the Lots of Labels stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Darkroom Door Number Jumble Stencil

Hiya! Hope everyone is well in isolation.

I made some time to play with the new Number Jumble Stencil from Darkroom Door this week.

Here's what I made:

This is texture paste through the stencil, then various washes with watercolour made with Distress Ink. I stamped the French Script Texture stamp with Archival Violet ink, the sentiment is from the Thank You Sentiment Stamp and the frame is one of the  Lots of Labels stamps. Here's a close up of the background:

This next card has a very bright acrylic paint background, made by scraping a small amount of paint across the cardstock with a credit card. I coloured some texture paste with purple acrylic paint before applying it to the background through the stencil:

I finished the card off with the Happy Quote stamp and some neon orange stitching:

For this next card, I created a sponged background with Distress Oxide inks, then applied embossing paste through the Number Jumble stencil and sprinkled some Lime Tinsel embossing powder and heating to melt it. The quote on vellum is the A Thousand Miles Quote stamp.

 Lastly, I sponged some Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink onto the centre of some cardstock, then sponged quite heavily with the same ink through the stencil:

The sentiment is one of the stamps from the Simply Circles stamp set, surrounded by a round label from the Lots of Labels stamp set.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Darkroom Door Cascading Stars Stencil

I had a play with the new Cascading Stars Stencil from Darkroom Door  - love that it has the smaller stars as well as the big one at the bottom.

For this first card, I sponged some Dylusions paints onto a kraft card. To fill the background a little more, I lifted the stencil off, dried the paint, then put the stencil back onto the background in a different position to give me more stars. The word is from the Whimsical Words stamp set:

For this second card, I sponged some Distress Ink through the stencil over a watercolour background The stamps on the card are from the Home Sweet Home stamp set

 And for this last card, I sponged some Distress Oxide ink through the giant star (it spanned the width of the card!), and with the stencil in place, stamped the Starry Night Background stamp with the same ink. The rest of the stars came from the Stars stamp set, and the words from the Dream Big Sentiment stamp. A little silver paint spatter completes the card:

Here's a tip: spray the back of the stencil with a little low tack spray adhesive (you might be able to find some 'stencil spray'). This will stop it moving around while you are working through it.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 27 March 2020

Number Medley by Darkroom Door

The second I laid eyes on the Number Medley stamp set from Darkroom Door, I knew needed it!

I make lots of masculine cards and am always on the lookout for interesting images to add to backgrounds, and this stamp set fits the bill nicely.

I wanted to see if this set could also be used for feminine and gender neutral cards, and the answer is a resounding YES!

I've used it on this thank you card to create a collage of numbers in the background:

I used a mixture of the thin, handwritten ledger with the more bold number run and the big round number 8 to give the big bold Daisy Eclectic stamp somewhere to sit:

I then added some matching ribbon and a sentiment from the Simply Circles stamp set, and finished it off with a sprinkle of enamel dots:

Sending lots of crafty love to everyone around the world who is doing the responsible thing and staying home while the COVID-19 storm passes. I hope this card has added a little sunshine to your day!

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Open Sea by Darkroom Door

Well hello!

I grabbed a few moments to create a couple of cards using the new Open Sea Quote stamp from Darkroom Door.

This first one is stamped onto vellum with StazOn ink, and incorporates the Fishing Net Background stamp with some images from the Sail Away stamp set.

Of course, being a sea-themed quote, I couldn't resist making one with blue colours:

I created a background using Couture Creations Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper, then stamped on the reverse with StazOn ink. The result is reminiscent of swirly ocean and dreamy white clouds:

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 31 October 2019

A Challenge with Michelle Lupton

I was invited by the lovely Michelle Lupton to participate in her annual "Challenge me a Christmas Card," where she invites a guest to choose a theme and then we both create a card.

Seeing as it's Halloween today, I went with "Creepy Christmas." This gave me an opportunity to dust off some neglected but very much loved stamps from Stampotique to create this:

Stamps: Dwindled, Christmas Cubed by Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney, Web by Jo Capper-Sandon
Coloured with Copic markers. The Web stamp only covered half the card front so I have filled in the right hand side with a Copic Multiliner.

You can see Michelle's very creative take on the challenge here.

A huge thanks to Michelle for the challenge and chance to update this blog - six months is enough of a break I think!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Darkroom Door's Creativity Stencil

Hi folks!

I had some fun with the new Creativity stencil from Darkroom Door.

First up is a page in my art journal, where I added and removed acrylic paint through the stencil:

You can find a step by step for this on the Darkroom Door blog.

Next up I used the stencil to apply some embossing ink, and then used some of the new Mixed Media Powder on it to give some fabulous texture:

 Finally, I used the stencil to apply some embossing paste over a water colour background, and then sprinkled some gold embossing powder, carefully selecting just one word I wanted to highlight:

Step by step instructions for these can also be found on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you've managed to find some creative time in your weekend.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Seeing Stars - Darkroom Door's new Stars Border Stamp

Hiya! Hope your week is off to a good start.

I have a couple of project ideas for the awesome new Stars Border Stamp from Darkroom Door.

First up is a card and gift combo:

I used some awesome new embossing powder from Ranger called Mixed Media Powder in a colourway called Punch. Hot pink looks fab on kraft don't you think?

Next up is a card using colours that would suit a boy:

This image was fun and easy to layer up! Add some thread and a couple of sparkly diamentes for extra fun:

The full supplies list and a step by step for each of these is up on the Darkroom Door blog.

Have an awesome week!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Girls! Girls! Girls! Portrait Inchies Stamp from Darkroom Door


Darkroom Door have a new release, and I played with the Portrait Inchies Stamp to create a couple of cards:

Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Stamp - One in a Million Large Card

Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Stamp - True Friends Card

You can read about how I put these together on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for dropping in today - wishing you a crafty week!