25 Jul 2019

Proud Of You!




Hello there. Well, my guests have gone now, the house is almost back to normal and there is just a little more washing to do before I'm back up and running again. It has been wonderful having people in the house and going out and about with them.....but it is torturous when you can't get into your craft room to play. I'm looking forward to getting in there this weekend, even if it is a baking 35 degrees inside!  Anyway, on to my card.

Today's card has been made with the LGBTQIA community in mind. I have used a number of stamp sets on this card - even though it is really clean and simple. That's not normally like me - I like to use 2 or max 3 stamp sets to make my cards achievable and affordable for everyone. However, it's good  to change things up from time to time to show how a number of different sets work beautifully together. Of course all the stamps are from the latest release at Visible Image.

This is the simplest card to make.

On a white panel stamp the swipes of colour using a rainbow of distress inks and the swatch stamp from the Have I Told You set.


Stamp the figure in black ink onto white card and fussy cut it out (hopefully there will be a die of this figure soon - hint hint!)


Now stamp the sentiment in black ink onto a small panel of white card. Attach the sentiment and the panel with the rainbow swatches to a card blank with fun foam for dimension. Attach the figure over the inked colours with 3d foam pads.



Stamp the inside of the card blank with two colours of ink using the swatch stamp again. Stamp the sentiment into place. Now (being very careful with masking this stamp) ink up the face only on the trust your own madness stamp and stamp that into place too.





Stamps Used:

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


             


Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (festive berries, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn, blueprint sketch, wilted violet, picked raspberries, broken china), Versafine onyx black ink, white card, fu foam, 3d foam pads.

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

21 Jul 2019

AAA Guest Designer - Leaves will grow


Hello there. I'm thrilled and delighted to be guest designing with the awesome AAA card challenge today.



They have a fab theme this time which was a lovely challenge for me because I do like to use a few stamps normally, but I stuck with the one image of the new tree from Visible Image



I think this Tree Of Life stamp set is a new favourite of mine and the two sentiments I've used are positive too.

This card was made by blending a rainbow of distress ink onto a card blank (making sure I masked off the edges first!), stamping the tree, colouring the leaves and adding some stickles to them for a bit of bling. Then I die cut a circle into a panel of white card (and some fun foam for mounting the panel on), and stamped the sentiment. The panel was added over the card blank on top of the fun foam so that the tree appeared in the centre of the opening.

On the inside I stamped the leaves several times and coloured them with Zig clean colour real brushes before stamping the sentiment into place.


Stamps And Stencil Used:

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

   

Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (festive berries, carved pumpkin, mustard seed, mowed lawn, bglueprint sketch, wilted violet), Versafine onyx black ink, Lawn Fawn stitched circles dies, stardust Stickles, fun foam, white card.
Inside coloured with Zigs ( 022 Carmine red, 070 orange, 051 lemon yellow, 047 may green, 032 persian blue, 080 violet)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart #247 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #394 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #172 - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #98 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 16 July - Anything Goes (second card from me)
Try It on Tuesdays - Colours Of The Rainbow

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

20 Jul 2019

Less is More #400 - Use Small Stamps



The new challenge at Less is More is all about using small stamps today - that is images that are less than 2 inches. So I made 3 cards, one with a small image and two with peg stamps.

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1) Sympathy


On these first two cards I used the same set of stamps. I haven't taken my peg stamps out for years and years and I'd forgotten how pretty they can look. Peg stamps have to be the smallest stamps that I have. Here I have a monochrome cascade of the images.



So easy to make. Randomly stamp the peg stamps in greys on a panel. Die cut and glue on the sentiment. Add fun foam under the panel, mat the panel to black card and then attach the whole thing to a card blank.

STAMPS: Habico Peg Stamps tropical flowers
DIES: Tattered Lace
INKS: Prism Inks ( grey marl, thundercloud,slate grey, midnight black), Adirondack slate, Verscolor #92 Silver
OTHER: White card, black card fun foam


2) If You Believe


And here I have stamped a background directly onto the card blank with the same stamps, but this time using colours. It's a great way to add some interest when you want to concentrate on just a sentiment in the centre of a card.



STAMPS: Habico Peg Stamps tropical flowers
INKS: Prism Inks ( canary yellow, orange zest, red chilli, blackcurrant jam, purple velvet, rainforest green, peacock green, evergreen), Versafine onyx black
OTHER: White card, fun foam


3) Flower


I have been itching to colour the swet little flower pot stamp from this Visible Image set since I first received it.

Using some postage stamp shaped dies, die cut a piece of white card and a piece of vellum. On the vellum white heat emboss the word 'flower'. On the white card, stamp the image and colour it with Zigs. Attach both die cuts to a card blank, raising the smaller on on 3d foam pads.

STAMPS: Visible Image(stay weird, random art of kindness)
DIES: Happy Little Stampers (now discontinued)
ZIGS: Flowerpot (021 light carmine, 022 carmine red, 023 scarlet red, 048 emerald green, 049 green shadow,050 yellow, 051 lemon yellow, 061 light brown, 067 mustard, 202 peach pink, 302 haze blue, 400 marine green
OTHER: Whte card, vellum, 3D foam pads

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

Sympathy
Get Creative Challenge #82 - Anything Goes optional Monochromatic

Believe
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Make your own background

Flower
The Three Muses - Flowers

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

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

18 Jul 2019

It's okay

 



Hello there.

Isn't that a fantastic sentiment?

We should all give ourselves permission to not be okay from time to time, because we do tend to be rather hard on ourselves, don't we? Pretending everything is fantastic all the time, when it actually isn't.  I'm not sure that is a very healthy way to live, so we could do with this reminder to not be okay every once in a while.

I thought that sentiment works perfectly with the hand image too.

All the fab stamps used on my card today are by Visible Image. and this is how I made it:


First repeat stamp and heat emboss the hand in white embossing powder onto a white panel.



Make an oval template by die cutting an oval shape into scrap paper. Secure the embossed panel underneath the template making sure that only one of the embossed hands shows through the aperture. Blend wilted violet all over the aperture. Now stamp the circles and dots from the Stay Weird set into place with the other two inks.


Remove the template and using a paintbrush and clear water, paint inside the hand to lift off the ink and make it lighter.



Stamp the lines from the shape it up set onto the front of the card, and also inside - see below. (To be honest, if I made this card again I would stamp those lines as the very first step, then ink the oval into place and finally do the repeat stamping and heat embossing on the top. It would be easier to get the placement of the hand in the oval right doing it that way. I was just lucky it all worked out when I made this card).



Stamp the sentiment onto a small panel of white card. Mount the sentiment and the panel onto fun foam and attach them to a card blank.


Inside I playfully added the trust your own madness sentiment - because sometimes we feel like we are going mad when we are not okay, so this lets us know that we are alright really.



Stamps Used:

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

   


Other Supplies:

Versamark clear ink, WOW!opaque bright white embossing powder, Distress Oxide Inks (blueprint sketch, wilted violet, seedless preserves), paintbrush, water, white card, blending tool, 3dfoam pad.


I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
A place To Start July - Anything Goes
Atlantic Hearts Sketch #325


Get Creative #82 - AG with option of monochromatic
The Corrosive Challenge  #7 July - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door July 1 - 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 Jul 2019

A Zen Garden


I'm sending you a little bit of zen today!

I have been doing yoga regularly in the mornings and knew I wanted to make a 3d picture for my yoga area as soon as I saw the mindful moments stamp set by  Visible Image. However, this particular picture has been sent in to Visible Image - so I need to make another one for me now. It's a good job I took photos so that I have this step by step.

First some distress oxide inks direct onto a canvas and spritz with water to make the colours blend together. Concentrate the darker ink on the outside of the canvas.


On some card, make a background by smooshing  lots of green inks using both oxide and distress inks.


Using various foliage dies, cut out some leaves. Keep any waste that looks like grass tufts too.


You can stamp and fussy cut some leaves too. Here I stamped the tree and scribbled over it with zig pens and then fussy cut it to make some leafy branches.


I also used the lotus flower stamps to make leaves. Attach some leaves and 'grass' directly onto the canvas and save others for attaching onto the frame


 Stamp and heat emboss the figure onto gold mirror/holographic card and fussy cut that. Then attach it direct to the canvas before adding the canvas into the box frame.

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Now make tabs for the leaves you are adding into the frame and glue those onto the box frame.




Namaste!

Stamps Used:

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


Other Supplies:

Distress Inks (bundled sage and pine needles), Distress Oxides (twisted citron, lucky clover, mowed lawn), Prism ink (evergreen), Zig clean color real brushes (004 flat green, 045 pale green, 048 emerald green), Tim Holtz alterations dies (festive greenery, spring greenery), Versamark clear ink, WOW! embossing powder (metallic gold rich), holographic gold card, white card, box frame, 


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

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

Hugs,
Sharon xx

6 Jul 2019

Less is More #399 - Celebrations



Hellooooooo! Welcome to July and a new challenge at Less is More has just started today.

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The fabulous guest designer at LIM is the May winner, Viv from Daizy Mae's craft blog and both she and the design team have made some fantastic cards which you can see by clicking HERE

I've been a little bit Inky and Technique-y with my cards today (all 3 of them!)

1) Joyful Celebrations


This first card was made with all those exam results in mind because this image always reminds me of graduates leaping for joy at the end of their studies. This one is a little involved to make, but it is perfectly easy to reproduce it.

Die cut an oval in some scrap card, lay it over a gelli plate and brayer blue lagoon ink through the aperture. Remove the mask and press a piece of white card on to the gelli plate so that the oval is off one edge, leaving enough room for the stamped image. Reattach the mask to the white panel then lightly blend around the edge. Stamp the script stamp through the aperture and also stamp some dotted circles in grey and blue ink. Spritz with a glimmer spray and then remove the mask and dry it. Stamp the image into place and curve the sentiment and stamp that into place. Add some white highlight to the image with a posca pen and add a few dots of white into the inked oval too. Draw a series of dots around the edge of the panel and join them together with straight lines. Mount the panel onto fun foam and then onto a card blank

STAMPS: Visible Image (tomorrow doesn't exist, scripted streets, you are not alone, go to words)
INKS: Prism (blue lagoon, french navy, slate grey) Distess Ink (peacock feathers)
DIES: Tim Holtz stitched ovals
OTHER: White card, Pearfect Pearls mist (mint), Posca Pen, light blue sharpie, gelli plate and brayer, fun foam.


2) Marker Stamping


I wanted to get back into using some grungy/distress techniques in a CAS way so I made this card with distress marker stamping. It was quick and easy to do.


Cut a panel from white card. Using a flourish stamp, colour it using the brush tip on a yellow distress marker and go over parts again with an orange one. 'Huff' on the stamp and stamp the image on the panel. Repeat this process one or two times, then stamp the same swirl onto the Kraft card blank. Blend over the whole panel with pumice stone distress ink, and whilst drying with a heat gun add some large drops of water. Stamp the sentiment (again I used a distress marker and 'huffed'). Add a little gold gilding wax to the outside edges of the panel, then mount it onto fun foam before mounting  onto a coordinating strip of blue card.

STAMPS: Hampton Art (flourish and bloom), Waltzing Mouse Stamps (say it loud)
DISTRESS MARKERS: Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Chipped Sapphire
INKS: Pumice Stone Distress Ink
OTHER: Kraft card blank, navy card, Distress Sprayer, gilding wax, fun foam.

3) Alcohol Marker Faux Bokeh


Finally, I came across this technique in an old Craft Stamper magazine a long time ago. I made a note of it and tried it out this week. Sadly, it didn't have the result I imagined or would have liked, but possibly that is because I need to use a specific type of paper. Maybe I'll try it again one day, possibly using glossy paper.



Using the lightest colour of alcohol marker and the chisel tip, scribble all over a small panel (don't worry about any smooth blending). Decide where you want the darkest colour to appear and scribble with the mid, then the dark colour alcohol marker. Use a pipette and add drops of isopropyl alcohol onto the panel.  When dry, stamp the word 'celebrate' repeatedly onto the panel. Now, using a pencil, draw the champagne glasses image from a brass stencil. Use liquid pearls to go over the line art and set aside to dry. Mat and mount it onto a card blank.

STAMPS: Happy Little Stampers (big bold birthday sentiments)
PROMARKERS: Orchid, Purple, Prussian)
DIES: Sizzix deckled rectangles
OTHER: Isopropyl Alcohol, pipette, Distress Ink(seedless preserves), Papermania brass stencil, pencil, liquid pearls (gold), white card, cream card


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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