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#HB2u

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Hello fellow crafters yes it's been a while but life, lost mojo and then the hot weather has meant no proper crafting for what seems like ages. I have a new follow by email button on the sidebar as by now most of you will know that the Feedburner email subscription service is ending soon so please register if you'd like to carry on seeing what I create 😊 I really couldn't put off any longer to make this masculine birthday card so chose a simple CAS inked panel design. Started by masking off the centre section on my card blank and brushed over squeezed lemonade DO ink.  Once dry I stamped random lower case letters in hickory smoke DO then changed to a versa mark ink pad and stamped some more brushing those with silver iridescent mica powder for a lighter shiny tone. Showing the shine! On top of the inked panel are die cut stitched circles with the on-line user acronym of Happy Birthday to you #HB2u stamped in black with clear EP and edged in black to make them stand out mor

CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Guest Designer

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Very pleased and excited to be sharing as guest designer for  CAS Christmas Card  ... it's their June 'Snowman' challenge ... thank you so much!  I was delighted to win their April challenge with this card .                                 My jolly snowman is a Penny Black stamp from an old set stamped and embossed onto some white pearlised cardstock as my card blank.  He's coloured with promarkers and some smudged white gelly roll pen for highlights.  He was then masked off before I sponged blue distress inks through a Funky Fossil rooftops stencil to create a towering urban backdrop softening the inking towards the bottom. Added more white highlights on the rooftops too Finished with a stamped and embossed sentiment.  It's not very often I create a one layer card, just didn't want to cover up the lovely pearl effect! Do hope you'll hop over to  CAS Christmas Card  to see all the other lovely snow people cards that the design team have created and why not j

Sunflower Happy Bee-day

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Had a play with my Funky Fossil stamps and stencil to create this sunflower bee card.  Last year my Dad gave me some sunflower seedlings that he had grown which I potted on and had a really lovely display of traditional yellow and ruby sunflowers in our back garden which the bees loved to visit. Started by running the sunflower stencil through my Big Shot to dry emboss the design straight onto my card blank.  Keeping the stencil in place I used three yellow/orange colours of distress oxide inks to brush over the petals for an ombré look with hickory smoke for the centre. The bees, honeycomb and sentiment were stamped and heat embossed on vellum before cutting cut and adhering with tiny dots of glue.  Coloured with my very old parchment Perga Color pens which amazingly still work.  Each bee has a stamped hexagon and bee trails doodled behind for movement. I've used - 6x6" white card blank Funky Fossil Sunflower stencil Funky Fossil Bees Knees & Geo Bugs stamp sets Anita'

Christmas Foliage & Berries

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I've changed the traditional red berries to white on this festive card (just to be different) as I decided I wanted to go with a gold, green and white colour theme inspired by the current challenge at  CAS Christmas . Started with brushing distress oxide ink through a bauble stencil directly on my card blank then flicked on some water to create highlights before stamping on a wreath stamp.  Die cut lots of white dots to adhere over the top of the berries with a matching stamped and fussy cut white bow. The holy leaves and bauble top are coloured with a gold gel pen for contrast.  To complete the design I added extra stamped foliage at the top with enamel accent berries and below a lovely script sentiment which is the current  Fezziwigs Festive Frolics  prompt. I've used - 6x6" white card blank Versafine Olympia Green ink pad & clear EP Funky Fossil bauble stencil Distress Oxide - wild honey Butterfly Kisses wreath stamp Xcut adhesive pearlised textured sheet Mag freebi

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