Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Best Fishes

Yay... I'm ahead of the game and made a start on Father's Day cards.  This one is for my Father-in-Law who loves his aquarium and all the beautiful fish swimming about in it.

I started yesterday by making an inky background for the sea using Distress Inks and Glimmer Mists with salt and left to dry naturally overnight as I soaked the cardstock.  I also sat colouring and fussy cutting all the elements out ready to assemble.

Once the background was fully dry I clear embossed it and over heated it so the powder bubbled giving a shiny watery look.  After that it was just a case of putting it all together, adding a little bit of waterfall Stickles to the bubbles and white embossing the sentiment.

Challenge Links...

Always Fun - Anything Goes
Fusion - Harbour (sketch and theme, 2nd card)
Daisy Chain - Animals (fish)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Floral Happy Birthday

I love flowers on cards and there are few challenges featuring blooms/nature or floral bouquets this week and I couldn't resist taking part.

I'm currently in my pastel/Spring phase so apologies for lots of pinks etc

I used Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamps, heat embossed in white, watercoloured with Gansai Tambi and fussy cut.  The leaves are a Tim Holtz die and also watercoloured.  I also used Memory Box Chloe stem, die cut from linen cardstock to add interest.  For the hexagon I first used Weathered Wood Distress Ink to create the wood grain then just die cut the shape.

I was stumped for ages trying to find a sentiment, then I remembered my old box of metal embellishments I used for my scrapbooks.  After finally finding said box, I was delighted that they really suited the card and that was it... done and dusted.

Challenge Links...

Inspired By - Photo Inspiration (hexagon and pink flowers)
Card Concept - Photo Inspiration (clean and layered/pink flowers, white and leaves)
HLS - Anything Goes with Dies
Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark (watercolouring)


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Wishing you Oceans of Joy!

Quickly stopping by to share a card made specifically for the Fusion challenge, this time I've fused both the photo inspiration of the marine with the sketch.

I used the seahorse layering stamp from Hero Arts and the sentiment.  I made the life buoy myself from circle dies, wound a bit of twine around and hey presto.  The bubbles started life as a blank piece of white cardstock, lightly spritzed with Glimmer Mist in Sapphire and die cut.

The die has all the bubbles attached in one single piece so I did a bit of snipping and randomly placed on the piece of burlap to finish the card.

 I do think seahorses are rather magical :)

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Marine photo inspiration (both)
Crafty Cardmakers - No Patterned Paper
Penny Black & More - Anything Goes
Craft Rocket - Use Embellishments

Saturday, 12 May 2018

With Love

Earlier in the week I happened to catch the mood board at Use Your Stuff and its so pretty it was hard to not feel inspired by it.

I really wanted to go all vintage but time was against me so I settled on an image I'd coloured earlier this year and kept the card pretty simple.  The image is from Tim Holtz Sketchy Flowers coloured with alcohol markers.  The sentiment is from Stamping All Day and inked with pearlescent gold.

Challenge Links...

Use Your Stuff - Mood Board (I chose the single rose image for inspiration)
Allsorts - In the Pink
Just Add Ink - Colours 

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Especially For You

Well, what a glorious day its been here in the UK... if only it lasted months rather than days.

Todays card features Altenew Persian Motifs set of stamps that are totally gorgeous.

I stamped the flowers in Versamark and embossed in clear then watercoloured with Gansai Tambi.  The sentiment is from a Clearly Besotted set.

I took the card out into the sunshine to show the sparkle from the Wink of Stella, best way to show glittery goodness if the weather plays nicely :) 

Challenge Links...

HLS - May Watercolour
Double D - May Flowers
Addicted to Stamps - Photo Inspiration
Always Fun - Flowers

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


A quick post today, sharing a 'Hello' card made using Less is More Sketch.

I pretty much stuck to the sketch and used Clearly Besotted April Showers set coloured with alcohol markers with a brush of Wink, the little raindrops have been clear embossed.  Everything else is a mixture of dies from my stash and Wild Honey distress ink with a bit of silver glittered cardstock for the sentiment.

Challenge Links...

Less is More - Sketch #23
Pixie's Playground - (snippets of white cardstock used on clouds and umbrella)
Use Your Stuff - Free Week

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Steggy, Dippy and Terry

Its the first inking of these cutie patootie dinosaurs from Clearly Besotted called You Rock and I decided to use the new sketch at Fusion which I've flipped.

I stamped the group of stones twice, masked them off so I could place Dippy behind enjoying the view.  Steggy and Terry I fussy cut out and placed on foam to add a bit of perspective.  All of them have been coloured using alcohol markers.

The sentiment is also part of the set just stamped in Versamark onto black cardstock and heat embossed in white.  There is some very subtle blue inking behind the cuties... so subtle it doesn't really show and I matted some more black cardstock behind as per the sketch and considered it done.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Pink Phone/Sketch (I chose the sketch)
Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS
Papercraft - CAS