30 May 2019

Today Is A Good Day





Hi! I hope you are having a good day!  Positive sentiments are so good, aren't they? The minute you read them your mood usually brightens. So today I have a positive card made with some Visible Image stamps, acrylic paint, inks and UTEE

This is super-quick to make too.

Brayer some light blue acrylic paint onto a gelli plate and place the strobes stencil on top. Then lay some white card over the top and press all over. When you remove the card you have your background print so just cut it down to size. (Don't forget to take a second print from the gelli plate for another background of the negative print!)


Stamp the face in a rainbow of ink colours and fussy cut each one out, press each one onto a versamark clear ink pad and then cover with ulta thick embossing crystals.



To stop the faces blowing about when you heat emboss them, die cut some circles into some scrap card and place a face inside each circle and heat emboss it whilst it is in that cut out circle.



Repeat the process of heat embossing with UTEE again so that you have 2 layers of heat embossing on each face.

Stamp the sentiment onto a smaller panel with rounded corners and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. Raise the background on fun foam and attach it to your card blank. Attach the sentiment in the centre using more fun foam.


Then arrange the faces around the sentiment and attach to the card using thinner foam tape.






Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
              


Other Supplies:

Gelli Plate, Daler Rowney acrylic paint (#130 coeruleum hue), Speedball brayer, white super smooth card. Prism inks ( blackcurrant jam, red chilli, orange zest, canary yellow, rainforest green, peacock green, blue lagoon, purple velvet), Versamark clear ink, Cosmic Shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals clear, circle die, WOW! metallic gold rich embossing powder)


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a challenge week 10 - Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #244 - Anything Goes
Simply Create too #149 - AG with no twist
The Corrosive Challenge May - Anything Goes
Through the craft room door 28 May - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #432 - Stencilling
Just Us Girls #439 Photo inspiration



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

25 May 2019

Less is More #396 CAS Embossing




Hello! Well, I'm back from my UK trip and I had a wonderful time with my girls and grandchildren ....and the weather was kind to us too, which is always a bonus.

But I'm not here to chat about that. It's time to introduce a new challenge at Less is More and this time it is about CAS embossing...so LESS THAN 1/3 of the card should be embossed.

  Cue Card
  
 
  Sponsor






Head on over to the challenge blog for some fantastic inspiration from the design team

I have 2 cards for you today so let's take a look at them

1) Floral For A Friend


This first card was actually made at the beginning of April for a card exchange, so I am okay to post it here because the recipient has had it for weeks. It has a combination of dry embossing and heat embossing. And I have to say....I love this flower!



Stamp and heat emboss the flower twice and the leaves once. Colour them with Zig clean colour real brushes then fussy cut them out. Cut a panel a little smaller than the card blank then dry emboss 3 lines along one edge, making each one smaller. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment as the stalk. Mount the panel to the card blank with fun foam. Add the flower and leaves on foam too, then cut the middle petal from the second flower and mount this on top with more foam. Add 3 tiny gold gems.
Use only the middle petal of the second flower.


STAMPS: CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami
INKS: Versamark clear ink 
OTHER: WOW! primary ebony embossing powder, white card, Zig clean color brush markers, fun foam, gold gems


2) Let It Snow

On this card I went for the de-bossed look just for a change. 



I'm still making the odd Christmas card so that there isn't that mad rush n October/November.

This is a really old embossing folderby Sizzix and I have no idea what it is called now. So, simple matting and layering with de-bossed to the front, add a die cut sentiment that has been sparkled and a couple of gems and the job is done. This design would be good for batch making cards.

DIES: x-cut mini sentiment dies
OTHER: Sizzix embossing folder, pearl card, light blue card, clear gems, stardust Stickles.



I'd like to enter these cards into the following challenges:


Let It Snow

Crimbo Crackers #185 - Anything Goes
Ike's World #120 - E is for embossing
Sweet Stamping Christmas May - ATG with twist of snowflakes

Floral for a friend

Addicted To Stamps and More! #342 - Make Your Mark 
Little Red Wagon #498 - Flower Frenzy
Paperminutes #589 - Friendship
AAA Cards #183 - up to one third and bright colours


CAS(e) this sketch #323


Time Out Challenges #136       My card uses the colours of the flowers and the lines from the table/tablecloth



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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

23 May 2019

Blue Hummingbird

Hello there. Today I'm sharing a hummingbird card that I made with the beautiful Visible Image Life Is Beautiful and Organics stamps.

I love the way this card turned out and I hope you like it too. It reminds me of the gorgeous wisteria that I had growing in the garden when I lived in the UK.


This is how I made it:





Ink up the hummingbird image using blending foam and Prism Inks.












Stamp it onto a piece of card, then stamp the image again on top using clear ink so that you can heat emboss with a clear sparkle embossing powder. Fussy cut the image and mount it onto foam.







Stamp the 'branches' onto the main panel using Altenew Inks. Stamp the hummingbird image again on the main panel so that you have the splatters. Doodle around the edge of the panel with a silver pen.










Ink up the edges of two panels in the darkest blue and green prism ink. Also ink a small piece of spare card with the dark blue ink and once that is totally dry, heat emboss the sentiment in silver. Fussy cut the sentiment pieces and mount onto foam tape.








Mount the main image panel onto the mats and then mount all that onto a card blank. Attach the hummingbird and the sentiment with 3d foam.

To make the flowers, add tiny drops of lilac liquid pearls (nuvo drops would work well too) in clusters for the flowers, and little sweeps of green for the leaves.








Inside: Create the tree with the lilacs again. Then stamp the sentiment from 'See Everything' in french navy ink.









Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
              

    


Other Supplies:

Hunkydory Prism Inks ( peacock green, blue lagoon, french navy, slate grey), Altenew Inks (milk chocolate & vanilla cream), Versamark clear ink, WOW! embossing powders (clear sparkle & metallic silver), Signo Uniball Silver, Liquid Pearls (lavender lace &mint green).


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craft Stamper Magazine May TIMI challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs 21 May - Anything Goes
Crazy for CAS #17 - Birds
Jo's Scrap Shack #282 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations May - English Country Garden
The Corrosive Challenge May - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 21 May - 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

16 May 2019

Mesh-ing with the Tin Man





Hello there. I thought it was time to give the fantastic Visible Image OZ Tin Man stamp a little outing. He has to be one of my favourite characters to colour and as he is 'metallic looking' something colourful behind him provides a nice contrast.Well, that's what I think, anyway.

I used 3 of my favourite colours of distress ink and added colour onto some plain white card.



Then I taped the Stop Meshing Around stencil over the top, added pearl dimension paste. removed the stencil and set the piece aside to dry overnight.



The next day I mounted the background onto some white card mats and onto an 8" square card blank.



The tin man was coloured with promarkers.

I actually made this card before I had received the matching Tin Man dies so I had to fussy cut him out. I must say that the dies make it SO much easier and I am really glad that I have them now!

He is attached to the card with thin 3d foam.



I also heat embossed the sentiment and 4 of the hearts that match the Stop Meshing Around stencil and then cut those out and attached them to the card with a thicker 3d foam. I found some clear heart gems and added one to each heart and one on the sentiment too.








Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
                  


Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac), low-tack masking tape, Sweet Poppy pearlescent dimension paste, Promarkers, 3d foam, Versamark clear ink, black embossing powder, clear gems.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Love To Craft May #34 - Anything Goes
Love To Scrap #LTSCG121- 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

11 May 2019

Less is More #395 - Beverages


Today I have a couple of cards for the new challenge that has just started at Less is More. I didn't have time to make any more as I am flying off to the UK tomorrow for a short visit to see my girls and my grandchildren....I can't wait!

Anyway, here is the challenge cue card, and the generous sponsor for the LIM challenges in May is CAS-ual Fridays


  Cue Card
  
 
  Sponsor






The guest designer at Less is More is the fab March winner, Helen from Helen's Crafty Haven. If you head on over to the challenge blog you'll see her beautiful card and get more fantastic inspiration from the design team.


1) My Cup Runneth Over


On my first card I have simple stamping and heat embossing on the coffee ring and sentiment. I do love embossing on vellum so I used that for the sentiment. Then a little bit of zig colouring on the coffee cup which was fussy cut and attached with 3d foam. Fast, simple but effective.


STAMPS: Visible Image (Ink Splats), CAS-ual Fridays (Serendipi-tea)
ZIGS: 202 peach pink, 222 pink flamingo, 900 warm grey 2, 031 cobalt blue, 302 haze blue
INKS: Tea dye Distress Ink, clear Versamark, onyx black Versafine
OTHER: WOW! embossing powders (clear, metallic rich gold), vellum, corner rounder, white card, red card blank

2) Generosi-TEA


This is my main LIM DT card. To make it I stamped the images and coloured them with promarkers. The sentiment was stamped on a water colour card panel, then I placed the images where I wanted them to be when the card was finished, but I didn't adhere them yet. A thin line was painted with clear water from the teapot spout to the cup. I removed the images and used some water colours to create the tea in the cup, teapot spout and on the water colour card, then I blended a little colour to 'ground' the cup. The water colour card was mounted onto foam and attached to a card blank. Then the cup was added flush to the panel, but the teapot was raised onto foam pads.




STAMPS:  CAS-ual Fridays (Serendipi-tea)
INKS: Memento (tuxedo black), Stazon (timber brown), Distress Ink (old paper)
OTHER:  Ivory card blank, white card, Promarkers (ivory, pastel beige, khaki, gold), water colour card, paint brush and water, Zig clean colour real brushes (061 light brown, 065 mid brown), fun foam, foam pads

I'd like to enter these cards into the following challenges:


1) My cup runneth over
 AAA Challenge #139 - Sketch + optional twist shaker.

Ike's World #120 - E is for embossing/Anything Goes
Imagine That Creative Playground 05 May - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 7 May - Anything Goes

2) Generosi-tea
Passion For Promarkers #492 - Feminine
Pile It On #154 - Beverages + enter into at least one other challenge
The Southern Girls Challenge Team Lou - Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC220 - All about occasions. Thanking someone is a rare occasion nowadays!


LIM BLOG
LIM FACEBOOK PAGE
LIM INSTAGRAM

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

10 May 2019

Guest Designer for Craft Stamper Magazine TIMI challenge



Hi! I'm delighted to say that I am guest designing with The Craft Stamper TIMI challenge today.   I was tickled pink that I won their challenge in March and part of the 'winnings' was to be a guest designer with them on a future challenge. It is an anything goes challenge.

For my card I made a shaving foam technique background (more info on that technique can be found by clicking HERE) and added an acetate overlay on top. The image was heat embossed in black on heat embossable acetate then I coloured parts of the eye with promarkers on the reverse of the acetate and also added some glitter to the larger circles, before securing the acetate to the shaving foam background. The sentiments were heat embossed with black embossing powder and popped up on 3d foam.

Simple but effective.

STAMPS: Visible Image See Everything
DISTRESS REINKERS: Spun sugar, Worn Lipsttick, Squeezed Lemonade, Faded Jeans, Tea Dye
INKS: Versamark clear
EMBOSSING POWDERS: Wow! Primary Ebony
OTHER: White card, Shaving Foam, Cocktail stick, Heat embossable acetate, Promarkers (lilac, violet, sugar plum, emerald, holly), Nuvo Glitter Drops (white blizzard) ,

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

A Bit More Time To Craft #91 - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft May #5 - Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge May #4 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #63 - Anything Goes
Love To Craft May #34 - Anything Goes
The Happy Craft Challenge May - Anything Goes

I hope you like that card and that you feel tempted to play along with this challenge this month.

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

9 May 2019

Snow is falling



Hi! Today I'm starting to get ahead with my 2019 Christmas card makes. Yes, I know it is only May, but it is never too early to make a start, is it? If you are like me you generally have a mad panic in November and December trying to get all your cards made.

So, I thought I would give the fantastic snow is falling stamp set from Visible Image an outing.

And I wanted to use up one of the salt backgrounds that I had made that reminded me of frost on windows.

Here's how I made this card:

I made a salt background by adding watercolours to masked off piece of water colour paper, after first wetting the portion that I wanted coloured. I sprinkled on table salt and set it aside to dry.






Once dried  I created a silver embossed border around the coloured part too to disguise any messy edges.







I heat embossed white snowflakes  in a random pattern with sparkling snow embossing glitter.





This made a pretty good background.






On some heat embossable acetate I heat embossed the large snowflake in midas touch embossing glitter then fussy cut around it leaving a strip at the top so that it could be attached to the card.




The sentiment was heat embossed in silver and then the strip on the large snowflake was sandwiched between the coloured panel and card stock, leaving the large snowflake to wobble and move in the breeze.










Stamps Used:

(please click on the picture to be taken direct to the stamp set in the online store):
         


Other Supplies:

Water colour paper, Gansai Tambi water colour paints, table salt, Versamark clear ink, WOW! embossing glitter (sparkling snow, midas touch), WOW! embossing powder (metallic silver), heat embossable acetate, coloured card blank, water, paintbrush, heat embossing tool, low tack tape, scissors .


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Dragonfly Dreams 5th May - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #FFC280 - Anything Goes
Just Us Girls #486 - Word Week - Movement
My Time To Craft #396 - CAS
QKR Stampede #346 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Add something metallic (midas touch EG & silver EP)

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