30 Aug 2018

You do make me laugh!

Hello there. I'm here today to share a card I made with some gorgeous Visible Image stamps.

As soon as I saw the 'HA HA HA' stamp in the Wonderland Mad Hatter set I thought it was a perfect match for this sentiment. They really are made for each other, aren't they.


Here I cut a square panel and added some bright pink water colour to it. Once that dried I splattered the panel with more pink and some silver water colour. Then I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it.

For the frame, I simply stamped the HA HA HA stamp in alternating pink distress oxides, making sure to vary the parts of the stamp across the top and bottom for a more natural look. The frame was backed onto a wider black frame, and this was stuck to the card with 3d foam.

A very quick and easy card to make.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.com/product/so-much-stronger/        https://visibleimage.com/product/the-mad-hatter/ 


Other Supplies:

Distress Oxide (picked raspberry, worn lipstick), Versafine Onyx Black ink, Stampendous clear embossing powder, Gansai Tambi Watercolours (No 34 Dark Pink, No 95 Silver), paintbrush, splatterbrush, water, water colour paper, white and black card, heat gun, 3dfoam pad.

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

Thank you so much for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

23 Aug 2018

50th Shaker

Hi! I'm sharing a card today that I made in honour of the 50th birthday of Mark Alexander. our Creative Director at Visible Image stamps.  His birthday was on Monday this week.

My card is a CAS little shaker and it can be adapted for so many 'big' or even little birthdays.

I've been dying to try out the solid circle stamps from the amazing set called The Ripple effect as I thought they are perfect for the bokeh technique. They worked like a treat and the resulting panel has been used as the backdrop for the numbers.

I made this card by cutting the numbers into an A5 (UK size) panel on my ScanNcut. I backed the numbers with acetate and glued the middle of the zero onto the acetate too.

The bokeh panel was created by cutting a piece of card large enough to cover the cut-out numbers with room for 3d foam tape around the edge. It was coloured all over with shaded lilac distress stain, then repeatedly and randomly stamped with the solid circles in 1) shaded lilac distress ink, 2) shaded lilac distress oxide 3) wilted violet distress oxide 4) picket fence distress ink and finally 5) versacolor opaque white inks.


The caterpillar image was coloured with promarkers in greens, purples and golds and then it was fussy cut and just laid onto the front panel so that the tiny bubbles from the Dare To Swim set could be positioned and stamped. The bubbles were coloured in with promarkers to match the bokeh background.

Shaker tape was added to the outside edge of the bokeh panel, and then some green, gold and white sequins were laid into the centre. The acetate was treated with an anti-static pad to stop the sequins from sticking to it, and then the front panel was stuck to the bokeh panel. The whole of the front was adhered to a card blank and the caterpillar image was added with more 3d foam pads.







Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.com/product/the-caterpillar/        https://visibleimage.com/product/the-ripple-effect/

 https://visibleimage.com/product/dare-to-swim/    


Other Supplies:

Distress stain, shaded lilac, Distress Ink (shaded lilac, picket fence) Distress Oxide (shaded lilac, wilted violet). Versacolor opaque white, Memento tuxedo black ink, promarkers, acetate, shaker tape, foam pads, white card.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Colour Crazy Challenge #33 - Coloured image anything goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge August - Dots and/or Stripes
Creates and Makes Challenge #23 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge #184 - Animals
Everybody Art Challenge #430 - Stamp
HeARTful Stamping Challenge 19-26 August - Anything Goes + a stamp
Passion for Promarkers #458 - Happy Birthday
The Corrosive Challenge August - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 21st August - Anything Goes
Whoopsie Daisy Challenge August - Anything Goes Option of Clean and Simple

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

18 Aug 2018

Less is More #378 - Sketch 24

Hi. It's another very short post from me today as I am still having a little holiday with my children and grandchildren.

We have a great sketch as the challenge at Less is More today but due to the holiday I only had the time to make the one card. However, if you head on over to the challenge blog you will find some some fantastic inspiration from the design team.

Frosted Cupcakes

I just had to get out these fabulous stamps again. They are ones I bought from our sponsor, STAMPlorations, and these little images are really useful for quick cards. Who can resist a sugary coated frosted cupcake? I can't.


STAMPS: STAMPlorations party mates and fond expressions
DIES: Sweet Pea Designs card front builders
INKS: Memnto Tuxedo Black
OTHER: Promarkers (soft lime, yellow & sunflower; cerise, carmine & hot pink; artic blue, sky blue& true blue; raw sienna, terracotta & chestnut; ruby & lipstick red), stardust stickles, glossy accents, white card, fun foam, tiny star confetti.


 

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That's it from me for now. I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

16 Aug 2018

Queen of Rainbow Hearts

Hello there.  I hope you are all well. I'm having a bit of a holiday at the moment as I have my two girls, son-in-law, 3 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren staying with me. It's lovely to have them all here and I adore being able to spend some quality time with them all in the sun, although I admit that I'll be a little exhausted when they go back home and will miss them so much. But for now it is beach, swimming, water parks and zoomarine fun all the way.

So today's card is a quickie to make. I thought I'd reverse the focus of the colours on this card so that the image is classic gold embossing on white card, and the background is a riot of rainbow colour. And I also wanted to show that these Wonderland stamps look fabulous even without colouring them. So you do not have to be a really good colourist to make a card with these brilliant images.

Of course I'm using the fantastic stencil from Visible Image called Dark Hearts and teaming it with the wonderful Queen of Hearts.




I used several colours of dye inks blended to make a rainbow background, then I added the stencil and inked through it with black ink. The stencil lines up perfectly so that you can extend it to make a rectangular background as I have done here. Then I simply heat embossed the sentiment, heart and queen of hearts image, and I popped them up on foam pads.

Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
  https://visibleimage.com/product/the-queen-of-hearts/      https://visibleimage.com/product/dark-hearts/


Other Supplies:

Hunkydory Prism Inks (red chilli, orange zest, canary yellow, rainforest green, blue lagoon, purple velvet, midnight black) Ranger Perfect medium clear ink, Stampendous detail gold embossing powder, 3d foam pads, white card.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A bit more time to craft #74 - Anything Goes
A perfect time to craft August - Anything Goes
Creates and Makes #23 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #151 - Anything Goes
Dare to be Artyz - Anything Goes
Pammies Inky Pinkies August - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #8 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 14th Aug week - Anything Goes

Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx

4 Aug 2018

Less is More #377 - Pets

Hi there!
At the time this post goes live I will be in the UK. I'm taking a brief trip over to help my Mum out with some stuff that needs to be sorted.  Then, when I arrive back home I'll have a house full of my kids and grandchildren. We are going to have such fun and I can't wait to spend some quality time with them.

So as the preparations for all these activities took up so much of my time recently, I only had the spare time to create one card for this challenge at Less is More. Here is the cue card:



Our generous sponsor for August is:

https://stamplorations.auctivacommerce.com/
 

and we're also joined by the talented Hannelie, who was our June winner. Pease head over to her blog to leave her some love because she has made a fabulous card for us.

Also, if you go to the challenge blog  you'll find some fantastic inspiration from the rest of the LIM design team.

Naughty Mr Pussy Cat!

I just can't stop playing with this brilliant Cheshire Cat image from Visible Image! I love colouring him and today he's appearing as a naughty ginger tom.

This card has been inspired by a card that Jo Capper-Sandon entered into a Less is More challenge in 2011 (crikey! 7 years ago now!). I loved her design and had to pay homage to it with this little number. You can see her original card by clicking HERE.

I've also done a little decoupage and layered his arms onto foam pads, and then added a second layer of his face.

STAMPS: Visible Image The Cheshire Cat
STENCILS: Visible Image : fibres & Distorted Chess
INKS: Distress Inks (squeezed lemonade, mustard seeds, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge) Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black
PROMARKERS: Soft lime, yellow & sunflower; amber, orange & burnt orange; pastel green, mint and lush green; cerise and carmine
OTHER: White card, blending tools craft knife, 3d foam pads, glossy accents

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That's it from me for now.

I hope to have a few more cards for you next time....but I may not venture into my craft room if I am having too much fun in the swimming pool and at the beach! Anyway, have a good couple of weeks everyone.
Hugs,
Sharon xx

2 Aug 2018

As Mad As A Cat

Hello there.

Today I'm sharing one of the cards that I made with the fantastic Cheshire Cat stamp and the time tunnel stencil from Visible Image.

It has been ages since I picked up my alcohol pens, in fact it is so long that I had forgotten how much I love to colour with promarkers. I was absolutely delighted when Visible Image released their wonderland stamps because that gives us all the chance to break out our different colouring mediums.  The whole Wonderland set is really awesome!   And they are a joy to colour.

How I made this card:

The cat was coloured with promarkers and then fussy cut. The sentiment was stamped and trimmed into a rectangle shape. Then the background was made.

 

 

To make the background:

First, mark the top of one side of the time tunnel stencil with a piece of washi or masking tape; this will help to line up the masks you need to make when you ink.

Take a piece of scrap paper, mark the top of the scrap paper to correspond with the mark on the stencil and number it (No 1), then draw round one of the openings in the stencil. Take another piece of scrap paper, mark the top again, number it (No 2) and draw round one opening in the stencil, adjacent to the first one you drew around. Continue like this until you have been all the way around the stencil (you should have 8 pieces of scrap paper).

To cut out your scrap paper masks, you need to cut about 1 to 2mm outside the lines you have drawn i.e. make the holes slightly larger than you have drawn them. Be careful in the centre where the lines are closer together - but if you do cut too wide there, it doesn't really matter because the cat image will hide that part.

Use masking tape to attach the stencil to the card that you are going to ink. Attach your first mask, making sure where you marked the top corresponds to the marked top on the stencil, then ink through the opening.  Remove the first mask and attach the second mask, then ink through that with the next colour. Continue this until the whole stencil has been inked through and you have a rainbow of swirls.

Remove the stencil and trim the panel. Back it onto some black card and then add it to a card blank. Use Nuvo Drops to add swirls of dots alongside each inked swirl and set aside to dry.

Once dry, attach the sentiment and the cat.

Stamps & Stencil Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
 https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/the-cheshire-cat/        https://visibleimage.co.uk/product/time-tunnel/


Other Supplies:

Colouring Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Promarkers (warm grey 1,3 & 5, cerise, carmine & hot pink, lush green, mint & holly), Distress Inks (picked raspberry, barn door, spiced marmalade, mustard seeds, mowed lawn, peacock feathers, faded jeans, seedless preserves)  Nuvo Crystal Drops (gloss simply white), black and white card.


Visible Image social media and other links (just click on the words in capital letters):

SHOP where the fantastic stamps are sold
BLOG with all the latest news and posts
FACEBOOK PAGE with info, inspiration and weekly giveaways
FACEBOOK GROUP come share your work with us and enter the monthly 'show and tell' challenges
INSTAGRAM
PINterest

I hope you like this card. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.

Hugs,
Sharon xx