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Rainbow Festive Wishes

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Who'd of thought I'd be making a Christmas card in April with woolly hats in rainbow colours whilst we have lovely warm sunshine outside!  Well thanks to the  CAS Christmas  card challenge and their "rainbow" prompt here is my cosy & warm card. Using my wreath builder template and stamping platform makes the job so much easier to position the single woolly hat, turning the panel and stamping each time in a different distress oxide colour.  I love that the stamping reveals a star/poinsettia shape pattern in the middle.  My rainbow colours go anticlockwise and there are eight instead of the usual seven.  Now I've taken photos I see there are some pencil lines still to rub out! I embossed a couple of square dies onto the stamped panel as a frame.  Sentiments and snowflakes embossed with detail gold EP.  Yes a non-traditional festive card but I like the happy colours and another one completed ahead of time. I've used - 5x5" white card base Hunkydory stamp

Happy Bee-day

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Buzzing in with a card for two challenges ...  CAS Mix Up  and  Freshly Made Sketches . The cute bee is wishing the recipient a Happy Bee-day.       It's always lovely to revisit paper piecing.  I've made a fun mushroom high-rise bee home using the colourful inside of an envelope from a supermarket for the paper piecing element.  To create the high-rise I stamped and masked the individual stamps as I went along die-cutting the finished panel with a wavy edge and thin colour border to loosely fit in with the sketch (a wider border didn't look right so had to run with a thin one).  Bee and sentiment stamped on the card base with some ink splattering and die cut coloured dots as finishing touches. I've used - 6x6" white card base Funky Fossil Bees Knees stamp set Unbranded stitched border die Distress Inks for splattering Linking up with - CAS Mix Up  (stamping, paper piecing, die-cutting, ink splattering) Freshly Made Sketches  #480 - A Sketch by Jen B Thank you for

Happy Easter

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Sharing a set of Easter cards using some pre-printed Easter die-cut decoupage images that I won as a challenge prize and patterned papers from my stash.  Not my usual style of crafting but I did like how they turned out. The background pattern paper strips were arranged in a herringbone pattern.  Here's a link to a good tutorial which shows how to do five different versions.  Would like to try some of the other versions in the future though I did use up a lot of double sided tape in the process! The decoupage bunny images were mounted on vellum mats so the pretty background could still be seen with a stamped and gold embossed sentiment.  Only two decoupage layers per card so they were flat for posting. For these next two cards I covered a card base with patterned paper and hand cut into shape.  Added die cut shapes on the head for the hen's comb, beak & wattles, a sequin eye, die cut wing & some flowers with the decoupage chick/eggs image.  Stamped & white embossed

Post Box Christmas Wishes

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A quick post to join in with  CAS Christmas Card  challenge who are celebrating their 3rd birthday this month with a colour theme of kraft, red & white. A really simple die cut card using a post box set and stitched border.  Post box cut twice from red & white card from my stash so the snowflakes & ridge details could be pieced back in.  Added three little birds in brown kraft card and a Christmas card about to be posted. Sentiment stamped & embossed with opaque white EP. I've used -  A6 tent fold Kraft card base Post Box die set from The Works Unbranded stitched border die Mag freebie sentiment stamp Linking up with - CAS Christmas Card Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge   Challenge 534  anything goes as long as it's Christmas Thank you for visiting - I'd love you to leave a comment if you have time -  Steph x

All Geared up ...

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This month  CAS Mix Up  is celebrating it's 5th Birthday.  I was really pleased when I discovered this group of challenges some two years ago now as I wanted to be inspired to improve on my clean and simple makes and the DT have certainly done just that with so many different techniques to try along the way too! The gears were die cut from watercolour card, sprinkled with black, dark brown & lemon brushos then spritzed with water.  Whilst still wet they were flipped over and pressed onto my card panel.  Water colouring is still my least favourite technique and I had a right mishmash of undefined print/colour in the centre but luckily more success on the edges.  I used far too much water I think. Decided on a deconstructed clock face centrepiece with a group of small gold embossed cogs/gears and a separate outer ring.  The watercoloured die cut gears were heat embossed with holographic EP to allow the colours to show through with some added sparkle in contrast to the muted print

Funky Florals

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Sharing a stamped card with gold heat embossing using a newly purchased stamp set by Funky Fossil.  Colours inspired by a photo I came across of some Indian fabric. The stamp set called Funky Florals includes lots of individual floral elements and one larger cluster.  The larger cluster was stamped and heat embossed on my panel then coloured with promarkers.  To give more depth three separate elements (two leaves and a flower) were fussy cut, shaped and adhered on top with silicone.  On a strip of vellum, coloured on the reverse with a blue promarker, the Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped and gold embossed too. Added a simple stencilled pattern at the bottom.  The blue matt layer echoes the same blue in some of the leaves.  Placed a few die cut gold dots as finishing touches. I've used -  7x5" white card base Neenah ultra-smooth solar white card Funky Fossil - Funky Florals & Happy Words stamp sets Detail gold EP; Promarkers Funky Fossil - Watercolour Lines stencil tumb

Football Meerkat Spinner

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Sharing a fun football spinner card featuring those Hobby Art Meerkat Madness stamps again. One of the larger Meerkats was stamped/embossed first then covered with a post it note mask before sponging and blending four distress oxide inks over the panel.  To create more interest in the background I used a word stencil next with the same DO's for a tone on tone look finally adding Versamark ink and clear EP for a bit of shine. It was easy to hand draw on the football kit to customise the Meerkat, simply coloured with Promarkers leaving some thin white stripes on the edges.  The slider aperture was cut horizontally across with the cut out reinserted onto the base card to make the Meerkat whole again!  Stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment around the card base edge before adding my finished panel on top with foam strips complete with football spinner in the aperture. I wanted to have two Meerkats either side of the football spinner as though they were heading the ball back and forth so I