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Happy Easter

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Loved the layout for the current Freshly Made Sketches #379 challenge and thought I would combine two challenges in one with our CAS spots & dots challenge with friends/members over on docrafts.


Thinking outside the box the rabbits have replaced one of the circles in the sketch and they are cut from a scrap of spots patterned paper with an offset shadow.  The grassy strip has dots from a snowfall drift EF and I've chosen non traditional Easter colours too.

I've used - A6 card base cut from Crafter's Companion ivory pearl cardstock First Edition Woodland Themed dies (rabbit) Gemini Snowfall Drift EF Apple Blossom sentiment stamp Unbranded stitched & circle burst dies Playing along at -
Freshly Made Sketches #379 challenge

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Mother's Day Heart

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I was trying out a new-to-me technique with my Distress Oxides inks on glossy cardstock and love the vibrant shiny result achieved by wiping over with a moist wet wipe after the inks were smooched and dry.  This year's Mother's Day card was the result.

I tried this technique on Clarity glossy chromo card with squeezed lemonade & picked raspberry DO's then stamped a beautiful floral heart on top embossing with white EP.  To bring out the flowers more I painted them with picked raspberry.  The layout was from a sketch challenge with friends/members over on docrafts.


I'm so pleased the three parchment flowers are finally on a card as I made them years and years ago when I was going to parchment evening classes!  Sentiment just stamped on vellum and wrapped around the bottom.

I've used - 6x6 white card blank Tonic twisted twine border die
Clarity glossy chromo card
Distress Oxides Mag freebie Floral Mehndi heart stamp Judikins opaque white EP Apple Blossom sentiment stamp

Music Birthday with Distress Oxide Backgound

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I set out to create a background using Distress Oxides and acrylic blocks ... this is the result of my play session colourful and random.  My three colour combination was shaded lilac, picked raspberry & squeezed lemonade spritzed with water before pressing down onto watercolour card.  I used three different sized but small acrylic blocks and overlapped them as I went along.


I die cut a lovely music sentiment out of the panel to keep for another card and inserted back in a plain white one then set about stamping and embossing in white some music notes floating around before mounting on grape coloured cardstock for a darker contrast.
My card was made with two challenges in mind ... one with friends/members over on docrafts for our music themed embossing/outline challenge and Just Add Ink Challenge #445  to "Add Embossing" to our projects ... I chose embossing powder for both. I've used - A6 landscape white card base Distress Oxides Unbranded music sentiment die Various mu…

CAS Paper Pieced Ivy

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It was great to see that Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge chose to feature the paper piecing technique this time round which I have done on and off in the past.  I decided to keep to a CAS design on kraft card so went hunting for a suitable stamp in my collection and eventually chose an ivy stamp as the leaves were straightforward to cut!


I love the white embossed look on kraft card which I've achieved using the ivy and sentiment stamps although it's hard not to get any stray specks of white even though I do use an anti-static pad!  Chose some bright pink and blue patterned paper and stamped the ivy again this time in black to add a contrast cutting away the double outline border before shaping and mounting with silicone glue for a slightly raised effect.

Finishing touch was a little blue bird stamped on top of the sentiment.

I've used - 13.5cm sq white card blank Papermania Kraftstax card Claritystamp ivy, sentiment & bird stamps
JudiKins opaque white EP

Playing along a…

Stencilled Background - With Love

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Dusted off an old set of Penny Black stamps to use on this year's Valentine card as I remembered one of the frog/toad characters was sat fishing with a heart.  This card also features a new-to-me technique of inking through stacked stencils which I came across on Splitcoaststampers here.


I started inking through a brick wall stencil with tumbled glass, bundled sage & scattered straw distress inks until I was happy with the look.  While that first stencil was still in place I lined up the next stencil on top and inked through again just with tumbled glass to get the dots pattern on the actual bricks.  This technique works well with an open stencil and another more detailed one.

I've coloured the happily fishing toad with promarkers and he's cut out and mounted on top of a stencilled puddle splat coloured with distress inks and outlined in black marker pen.  For a finishing touch I've doodled some hanging dangles in the top corner with added die cut red hearts.


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Under the Sea - Salt Technique with Brushos

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Happy 1st Blog Birthday!  Has it really been a whole year since I started on this new journey into blogland!  Yesterday was my blog’s first birthday ... I've enjoyed the experience and loved being able to enter card challenges from all over the world and chuffed to have been picked for mentions in two.  So on to today's card - this an open card, I'll add a sentiment later when I know who it's for.

I've got a long list of different techniques I want to try one day and when I saw the current challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond was Salt Technique (which happens to be on my list) I decided to play along.


I tried using course and fine sea salt after I had applied a watercolour layer of brusho colours.  The multi coloured & blue panels used course sea salt and the green panel fine sea salt.

Must admit I was expecting more dramatic results, may be it wasn't wet enough or may be I needed to add more salt, either way I ended up with more subtle effects.  A techni…

Woodware Countryside Stems Birthday

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Sharing another card made with some more of my new purchases, another set of Woodware stamps by Jane Gill, this has five single countryside stems plus a sentiment.  It's great the stylised stems are all separate, makes layout placement totally your choice and the open outlines ideal for extra doodling or zentangle ... one day I'll try that.


I started with a Distress Oxide background using picked raspberry, cracked pistacio & spiced marmalade inks added direct to watercolour card with a blending tool before spritzing with water and leaving to dry naturally.  Once the stems were stamped & embossed I've added more colour direct from the ink pads with a water brush to highlight some of the open outlines.

A pretty stitched scalloped aperture was die cut from plain card and mounted over the top.  Added three thin strips of leftover background to the top corner and a hand cut sentiment white embossed on black card with three little coloured dots to add to the flow of the …