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Embossing Puddles Background

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Recently I watched a technique video on YouTube  by Julie Hickey called Embossing Puddles - a direct to cardstock variation so had to give it a go.  I dipped into my stash of regular embossing powders some of which I've had for nearly 20 years! I placed random amounts of four different embossing powders onto a piece of black cardstock - you do need to use a good amount for the puddles to form.  Card was placed in between a folded sheet of baking parchment and heated with a heat tool keeping the nozzle very close.  You will be able see the powder melting.  I was very dubious of letting the nozzle touch the baking parchment at first as shown in the video but as long as it is only briefly you won't overheat your tool. I was doing this technique on black so both the yellow and orange embossing powder results came out quite grungy and I thought only suitable for a masculine card so created torn distress edges, simply topped with a die cut sentiment from a scrap of inked card and mou

Funky Fossil - Bugs and Blooms

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Made for my Dad's birthday - he does have a sense of humour, loves his garden and taking photos so this should go down well.  Another make using stamps, dies and patterned paper from Funky Fossil, my go to collection at the moment.  Love these happy bugs ... I guess the bee is thinking of robbing nectar from the flowers but his mask doesn't really hide who he is; he's got competition from the long nosed winged ant and I think the caterpillar is already well fed! Stamped images coloured with my new polychromo pencils (love their bright colours) and fussy cut.  Die cut three, single film strip frames from patterned paper to arrange over a stamped DI woodgrain panel.  Left the bottom frame for my sentiment a mixture of die cut alphas and stamping. Which bug is your favourite ... I've used - 5x7" white card blank Funky Fossil stamps -  Bugs and Blooms; Woodgrain; Rainy Day Critters (sentiment) Funky Fossil dies - Filmstrip; Ransom Note Alphas Funky Fossil Neutrals pape

Funky Fossil - On the Beach

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This little chap from Funky Fossil's Motley Crew stamp set has taken himself off to the beach on his holidays and decided to dip his toe into the water before going out paddle boarding.  He's wearing his water wings just in case!  I've combined lots of other Funky Fossil products to make this card - patterned paper, dies and a stencil. I've inked through a sunray stencil with three shades of distress oxides on the top part of my panel.  The bottom part has patterned paper die cut into strips with two different edges dies to create the beach and water.  The Motley Crew character has been coloured with promarkers and fussy cut; his 'water wings' are from the patterned paper to hide the colour underneath as it was too green for my liking! Die cut and paper pieced the sun umbrella and a second of the middle portion for a surf board stuck in the sand.  Finished with a die cut sentiment.  Panel mounted on a dark green matt. I've used - 6x6" white card base Fu

CAS Santa

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I've neglected creating clean and simple cards of late so sharing my second Christmas card of the year made with two challenges in mind  CAS Christmas Card  and  CAS Colours & Sketches .  One challenge prompt was 'Santa' and the other was a sketch so combined them both. On some textured cardstock I stamped 'Believe' with blue ink then stencilled stars with VersaMark ink, heat embossing with some Hanukkah embossing powder which is mainly silver with a hint of blue sparkle.  The panel is mounted on a pearlescent blue card base to link in with the blue of my stamping. This lovely classic Santa image was stamped on the same textured cardstock again with blue ink, fussy cut and adhered.  I gave his beard some shading but left the rest white as I didn't want to introduce any more colours. I've used - A6 card base - blue pearlescent card Magazine freebies stencil and stamps Papermania capsule white textured cardstock Memento nautical blue ink JudiKins Hanukka e

Christmas Joy

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Sharing my first Christmas card of the year.  Inspired by a recent video I dusted off my wreath builder template and revisited an older (non Christmas) stamp set choosing just two of them to create this wreath design. Firstly stamped with red and green distress oxides then watercoloured afterwards adding a few white dots on the leaves.  Die cut alphas for the sentiment mounted on a scalloped die cut to place in the centre.  Finished panel matted on dark green cardstock. I've used - 5x5" white scalloped card blank Funky Fossil stamp set - Funky Florals Distress Oxides - abandoned coral, evergreen bough Funky Fossil Ransom Note alpha dies Linking up with - Merry Little Christmas                                                         The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #45 Anything Christmas Goes                                             #90: ANYTHING GOES CHRISTMAS                                      Thank you for visiting - I'd love you to leave a comment if you have tim

Funky Fossil - Thank You!

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Just love this colour combination - dark blue & white with lime green!  I decided to cut up two pieces of Shibori patterned paper into triangles to make a patchwork quilt style background mounted on a grey matt... sadly I didn't make a note of what this pattern is called, I found lots to chose from online but can't find this one again. I discovered you have to be very precise in your cutting and my first attempt has a few flaws which of course can be masked with what you place on top.  I chose a quirky rock chick stamp character coloured with promarkers and combined with a die cut word & alphas from a scrap of patterned paper mounted on a vellum band across the middle. I've used - 6x6" white card base Funky Fossil Shibori & Kaleidescope patterned paper pads Funky Fossil Rock Chicks stamp set Promarkers in shades of green Funky Fossil Words & Ransom Note Alpha dies sets Linking up with - Krafty Chicks  #617 ALL OCCASIONS WEEK                   Craftyhaze

Fathers Day Garden Birds

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My Dad loves his garden, feeding birds and all things nature so for this year's father's day card I used a new forest glade stencil with stamps from a British garden birds set that came with a magazine several years ago. Distress oxide inks were brushed over the stencil to create a soft backdrop scene, I did use a circle mask too, just slipped that behind the tree branches then removed to add colour for the sun.  With the main stencil in place I added some leaves/flowers in soft grey at the top and bottom.  All the other stamps were cut out, coloured with promarkers and added on top as the main focal points.  Ripe blackberries and seed pods might not be seen just yet but I have noticed the fruits are starting to form when out walking.  I love catching a glimpse of a robin too and I'm sure once swallows have finished nesting we will see them swooping overhead. Sentiment was computer generated using 'A Amne Sans' font and tucked in at the bottom.  Dad did love his car