Friday, 26 May 2017

Clean and Simple butterflies

Four of my favourite things for cards...  die-cutting, smooshing, butterflies and a CAS design.
A piece of smooshed card was placed behind the Sizzix die cut and the three All Occasion Dies butterflies were die cut from the remainder of the card.
For the smooshing technique I placed a small amount of Inka Gold paste onto a craft mat and added some Aqua Tint inks before spritzing with water. The colours merge together beautifully and the Inka Gold adds a subtle touch of metallic shimmer. It was be used for backgrounds or as here, for die cutting.
The sentiment from Just Rite stamps was stamped with Ranger Dye Ink in Caribbean Coast. The front panel of the card was cut with a stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp, elongated slightly to fit British card proportions.
It's for 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Love Brushos!

Since experimenting with Brushos at the retreat organised by Kylie in Swindon last year, I've had such fun experimenting with the wonderfully vivid colour combinations. Here the card was spritzed with water and several powders sprinkled over it before spritzing again and allowing to dry.
The butterflies were cut with an All Occasion die and mounted on a piece of card embossed with a Sheena Douglass EF, which in turn was placed on a square, cut with an MFT pierced square die.
The 'birthday' is from a Papertrey die and inlaid, the 'wishes' is from Craft Essentials Creative dies and overlaid.
A few tiny gems complete the picture.
It's for the challenge at Happy Little Stampers
Anything Goes with Dies

Plus the challenge at CASual Fridays, where their 6th birthday celebrations are approaching. Hence the 6 butterflies!
Happy Birthday CASual Fridays

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Double sided!

Lots of things tell us when we're getting old... for example I wondered why I couldn't find the first of my two cards here today when the time for photographing them arrived. Eventually I realised that I had made one card on the back of the other!!!! DOH!
Like Siamese twins, they are now separated again, but what a palaver!
This first one follows the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches ...
and is using the theme from Kylie's challenge at Addicted to Stamps Blog
It's simply a bunch of die cuts from Memory box, MFT, Lil Inkers and I can't quite remember where the sentiment die is from... getting old again!
Many congrats to Kylie on the upcoming happy event in her family and as you may see I've gone with the girly option! I have the cutest granddaughters and can only say what a joy they are. Here is a pic of the little one recently!


This card uses the sketch from CASe this Sketch

with the theme of Grunge from Addicted to CAS

All the stamps used on this card are from Stamplorations, who are sponsoring the challenge this time.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Another day, another card!

Here is a card which I made to enter a couple of challenges.
The sketch is from CASe this Sketch...
...with the theme from CASology

The beautiful scroll is from Memory Box and the butterflies (cut from card which I smooched with Inka Gold and Aqua Tints) are from Penny Black. A simple touch of bling completes the look!