Friday, 28 February 2014

Flower with love

Hi, I need to make quite a few birthday cards for family members in March. I'm leaving it a bit late but things have been a bit hectic lately so the craft room has been a bit neglected!

I stamped this Penny Black flower twice and coloured it with Inktense pencils. I shaped the petals and layered them for some dimension.
I'm going to link up to the February challenge at Scrapbook Boutique, it closes very soon so I'll just make it.

Here is their gorgeous inspiration pic.

At Sister Act Card Challenge, the theme is anything goes.

Materials used: Penny Black flower from For You set; Papertrey Ink quatrefoil background die; Memory Box leaves and label die; Inktense pencils; white shimmer paper; bling & sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)
Cathy x

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Framed Tulips

Hi, this is my second guest design team card for Addicted to Stamps & More
The theme this week is Clean & Simple.

I'd like to thank the talented crew at ATSM for their inspiration and for making me feel so welcome, it was a lot of fun.

These tulips were stamped with smokey grey Versafine ink and coloured with Inktense pencils. I fussy cut them, cut and repositioned 1 flower head and added a few more leaves to fill the frame.

I'm also going to link up with the snippets challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. The gold metallic paper in the frame is a snippet from another project. Waste not want not!

At The Card Concept it's a floral theme, and this card fits the Clean and Simple guidelines.Here is the gorgeous inspiration pic.

The theme at Make it Monday is always anything goes and to share creativity.
At Allsorts Challenge Blog the theme is Ladies Day.

Materials used: Technique Tuesday stamp; Intense pencils; Spellbinders rectangle dies; sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)
Cathy x

Monday, 24 February 2014

Wedding Flowers

Hi, I'm back from a lovely weekend visiting my sister in Brisbane. 
She kindly let me use her newish Stampin Up stamps - Flower Shop I think they're called.
I stamped with vanilla ink and embossed with her gold pearl powder. I did some on vellum and some on white card. I've fussy cut and layered the vellum flower over the card flower so I could give them some shape, it's a bit hard to see in the photo though.

I'm linking up to a few challenges.
At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the theme is wedding or anniversary.

Inkspirational has a tic tac toe challenge.

I've gone with a diagonal row, flowers, ribbon and pearls.

At Cuttlebug Mania the theme is Let's feel it, to add texture to your project. You also need to use a manual machine like a cuttlebug.

Edited to add: I've just realized the theme at The Card Concept is a floral one, so I'm going to link up there too. I think my card fits the clean and layered category as the base is totally embossed.
Here is the gorgeous inspiration pic.

Materials used: SU Fancy Fan embossing folder; SU Flower Shop stamp; gold pearl embossing powder; 3mm ribbon and double sided tape; Martha Stewart Frond punch; turquoise shimmer paper; pearl bling and sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)
Cathy x

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Guest designer at Addicted to Stamps & More

Hi, this week the team at Addicted to Stamps & More have invited me to be a guest designer.
I am really delighted to be joining them.

The theme this week is HOLIDAYS. I chose to do a christmas card as it's never too soon to start those!

I stamped this Memory Box poinsettia onto vellum and embossed in gold. The image is coloured with Prismacolor pencils and I used the gamsol technique to blend them. It's a good thing that vellum is stronger than it looks, it stood up to fussy cutting pretty well! 

For more info please visit Addicted to Stamps & More, the design team have lots of wonderful projects to inspire you.

Materials used: Memory Box stamp; Prismacolor pencils; vellum; Stately embossing folder; bling & sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)
Cathy x

Monday, 17 February 2014

Floral Oval

Hi, I've made another card with my Heartfelt Creations daisy stamps.
I coloured them with 2 shades of inktense pencils.
The smaller leaves are from an Impression Obsession leaf die, and I punched some larger leaves using a Martha Stewart frond punch from snippets of green, and stuck these over the top in places.

I'm visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, I hear gum boots are needed with all the wild weather in the UK at the moment! Hope everyone is staying safe.

I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge where the theme is We Love Stamps.

At Addicted to Stamps & More the theme is to Make your Mark with pens, pencils etc.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week :)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Red daisy

Hi, I've been doing a lot of fussy cutting lately and this large Hero Arts flower was a perfect candidate!
I also cut the stamped stem off and coloured a snippet of card green as I needed it to be longer.

It was one of the strips from my paper trimmer from me trying repeatedly to get something straight! I'm becoming obsessed by it...the more I trim something the crookeder it looks...maybe I need to replace the blade LOL!

I curled the petals and popped a second centre up on some foam dots for dimension.

Snippets means I can visit the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.
At A Blog Named Hero the theme is flowers.
Cuttlebug Mania is hosting a colour challenge, red. You also need to use a manual machine like a Big Shot.   I used the Entangled embossing folder for my background in my Cuttlebug.

The Hero Arts Blog has a birthday challenge with 5 categories for entries. I'm entering the Floral one with this tag card.

Supplies: Hero Arts Engraved Daisy stamp; inktense pencils; stickles; Entangled embossing folder; tag, sentiment sticker and ribbon from stash.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your week :)
Cathy x

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Wedding Hearts

Hi, a friend asked me to make a wedding card for her daughter. 
She wanted it larger than my normal C6 card, and to be black and white with a touch of red.

I'd not long bought these Memory Box heart dies and thought they'd be perfect. I used white shimmer paper and plain black card. The tiny red hearts are sprinkles from Annabelle Stamps.

I scored the border just to frame everything.

There are a few challenges with a valentines or love theme happening at the moment.
Addicted to Stamps & More has an anything goes challenge.
Addicted to CAS is Love.
and Cuttlebug Mania is a Touch of Red with this inspiration pic.

Supplies: Memory Box La Rue and Grand Heart dies; Annabelle Stamps heart sprinkles/bling; sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday, 3 February 2014

Feel better soon

Hi, I had a few of these coloured daisies left over from another project and thought I'd use them in a different layout.

The team at Just Add Ink are celebrating their 200th challenge with this gorgeous inspiration pic.

I love daisies, they seem like such a happy "uncomplicated" flower!

I cut my foliage from snippets of green card so I'm visiting the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Supplies: Lucys stamp (very old); Stately embossing folder; Inktense pencils: Susan's garden daisy leaf die; Technique Tuesday sentiment stamp: stickles.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week :)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Stencilled Heart

Hi, I can't believe it's February already!
They say time flies when you're having fun, so I'd better stop LOL!

I've seen so many gorgeous cards using stencils and embossing paste lately that it inspired me to have a go with mine. I bought some Dreamweaver stencils late last year and hadn't used them yet.

 I used structure paste as I really like the rough texture. I do have some smooth paste too so I'll be playing with that as well.

When the paste was dry I put the stencil back on and sponged seedless preserves distress ink onto it. I tried to go from dark to light but I'm not sure the photo shows it too well. I've had the metallic heart brads for ages so it was good to finally use them,

There's a few challenges I'm going to link up to.

The Card Concept has a texture theme.
This is my 2nd entry. The first one was a clean and layered card. I think this one is more clean and simple.

At CASology the theme is purple. One of my fave colours!

At Addicted to Stamps & More they have a gorgeous inspiration photo.

Materials used: Dreamweaver stencil; distress ink; Stately embossing folder; hammer card base, brads and sentiment sticker from stash.

 Hope you have a happy weekend and thanks for visiting :)