Tuesday 30 June 2015

get well soon

Hello again. yes I have had another play with Jo's bubbles stencil. I do love it. I made this card for my son's friend who has hurt himself and is not able to go to school and so had to pull out of the school play. I'm sure he's gutted as this chap loves acting and he is good at it.


So I used the new colours of distress ink, and added colour through larger circles with: fossilized amber, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon, abandoned coral. I tried to keep the little circles monochromatic.
Then using black archival ink and the wee folk, I stamped the 2 boys as shown. I extended the rope of the swinging lad to make it look as if it is under and over the gaps between circles. I added a bit of shadow with hickory smoke under the boy holding the bubble.
Same bleaching and white pen as in my previous post. Went round the edge with a black pen.


I stamped the sentiment on a separate piece of card and edged in black again. mounted it on an A6 card with foam tape for a bit of dimension and hopefully it goes with the sketch above.
So I hope Ross like it, Theresa xx.
Stamps and stencil are from Claritystamp.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simon says Stamp Monday challenge - summer (colours used are the summer hues)
TTCRD - anything goes

Friday 26 June 2015

something fishy ...

 Hello my crafty friends. I was determined to make a CAS card using stencils which was the challenge over at Less is More.

Hopefully it is a quick post today. I used this very versatile stencil called Jo's bubbles. Using brushes I inked with cracked pistachio distress ink and then mermaid lagoon.

I faux bleached with water and a paint brush little areas over bubbles to create dimension and added a highlight with a white pen.
I stamped the fish with black archival ink and used the same distress markers to colour it in. Then I highlighted it with clear wink of stella which is really difficult to see.
I stamped the sentiment in lower right hand corner.

Stamps and stencil are from Claritystamp.

So i hope you like my CAS card, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

TTCRD - anything goes
CAS on Sunday - one layer

Fancy folds...... my first project for the fussy and fancy challenge

Hello my friends. I am very excited to be sharing this project with you as it is the first one on the Fussy and Fancy DT. This was a challenge that I participated in quite frequently and on a few occasions i made the top 5 and now I am part of the girls..... I am so chuffed.

Enough waffle and onto the card.
I started with a papermania 12x12 paper from their capsule collection which I folded in half and glued together. This gave me the base card. I then die cut it to get the 'fancy' folds. This is achievable without a die but is a bit fiddly.

The die also comes with dies for mats for all panels. So I die cut the rectangles in gold mirri and the scalloped ones in white centura pearl card.

On the central white mat I stamped the sentiment in versamark and embossed in detail gold powder. I matted and layered all the pieces as shown. Then i die cut some flourishes with a spellbinders die in gold mirri and arranged them as shown.

 It was now time to add more embellishments. On the front panel I added some white tulle and a double bow in gold edged ribbon. The central rose is from Sweet lilac Flowers who is one of the sponsors this time. The 2 lilies are from my stash.
I also added some ribbon and a small rose from Sweet lilac Flowers to the sentiment panel.

This is how the card looks from the top - it shows you all the folds. And the bonus is that when it folds down it is A6 size (10x15 cm).

So that is my first offering and I hope you like it and it offers some inspiration.

Go on then, join us in this challenge and don't forget to look at the Fussy and Fancy Challenge blog for more inspiration from my teamies.

I would like to enter the card in the following challenges:

Everybody art challenge - multi-fold card
Ladybug crafts: June challenge - use your dies
Inky impressions challenge - embellish it

Wednesday 24 June 2015


Hello again. It's been a good few days since my last blog. The days are flying by.....
On Sunday it was my friend's 40th and this is the card I made for her.

I started with a piece of centura pearl card and using the matte side I stamped the feathers in versamark and clear embossed. This creates a resist for the next part.
Then I inked background with distress inks. I used chipped sapphire, stormy sky, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and evergreen bough.

Then using same inks and splats from the texture set, I added first and second generation images to background. I also used the text stamp which I held in my hand to stamp randomly across background.

 I stamped the 2 large feathers on a separate piece of card in cobalt archival ink. I coloured them in with distress markers: squeezed lemonade, evergreen bough an peacock feathers.
I fussy cut them and 'feathered' them as much as I dared.
I stamped sentiment in cobalt blue and die cut it.
Finally I mounted the card as shown. Some ribbon. twine and pearls finish it off.
All the stamps are from Sheena Douglass.

So I hope my friend liked my effort and if you do too I'd love to read what you think, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

TTCRD - anything goes
Fat-Tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a twist: a touch of summer (blue and                                                                                                                  yellow..... sea and sun)
Sister act card challenge - anything goes

Thursday 18 June 2015

home is where the heart is.......

Hello again. Today i'm popping in with 2  CAS cards. I was having a look at The Less is More blog and the theme was home.

These cards are created in same way, just using different background and colour of ink and house stamp.

The brown one is stamped with gathered twigs distress ink on ivory linen card. I thought this would give a canvas-like look. So I stamped and dried lightly with heat gun and then pulled out colour with a damp brush. This creates shading without much fuss.
The sentiment is stamped in potting soil archival ink.

The blue one uses chipped sapphire distress ink and a different stamp. Here I also stamped some birds in first and second generation ink to create depth.

After pulling colour in same way, and drying with heat gun, I added some glitter glue where there was snow. I hope you can see it in close ups.

So I hope you like my CAS cards. All the stamps are from the Sheena Douglass range, a Little bit Scenic.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

Less is More - one layer card - home
TTCRD - anything goes
Sister act Card challenge - anything goes

Wednesday 17 June 2015

ship in a bottle ....

Hello again. This was the second of the cards that I created with the doodle pantry digi images.
I got the idea from the images themselves as one of them had a ship in a bottle.

I wanted to take it further. So I first cut out a bottle from acetate, leaving a 1cm edge on the sides.
Then I decided where it was going on the background sheet and drew faint pencil lines along the edges. I cut along these with a craft knife so i could then insert the extra edge that I had left earlier on acetate. (hope it makes sense!) 

I cut out 3 ship images to decoupage and create depth. Then stuck it down on background paper, which also comes with the image when you purchase it.
I also inked around the edges of the background with frayed burlap and gathered twigs.

I cut a cork cap out of thin cork and attached it to bottle. The bottle is then stuck down by slotting edges through the previously cut slots and securing with double sided tape.
This was then matted onto dark brown card.

The sentiment was printed off on the computer as I discovered that I need a stamp that says this.  I find that quite ironic considering I have probably thousands of stamps!
Anyhow, I cut it banner shaped and matted it onto brown and attached it as shown.
I stuck it down onto Kraft base card and finished it off with some brown pearls.

I do hope you like this effort with the digi stamps which is out of my comfort zone, Theresa xx.

i would like to enter this in the following challenges:

TTCRD - anything goes
sister act card challenge - anything goes

Friday 12 June 2015

sunset at sea ....

Well I'm back with another sea and sunset card. I do love to create these scenes. I love the sea and the colours of sunset and crating these transports me straight home to the beautiful island of Malta.

We have just spent a week there and I have observed a few sunsets at the beach. This is also the card I made for my husband on our 15th anniversary, he also loves he sea.

It is quite a simple card to make. I simple inked with distress inks and brushes through a circle with distress inks. I used a mask for the sun and squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, abandoned coral, tumbled glass and stormy sky. 

For the sea I used tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon, stormy sky, faded jeans and chipped sapphire.I added reflections with spectrum noir pencils.
The sandy area is inked with fossilized amber.
I added some waves with white pen and the glimmer with a clear wink of stella pen.
Then I stamped the sentiment from the sea set of stamps by Hobby Art.
I finished the card with a few shells, some pearls and a blue mat.

So I hope you like my offering. My hubbie sure did, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Hobby Art blog challenge - beside the seaside
sisteract card challenge - anything goes

Saturday 6 June 2015

royal butterfly

Hello my crafty friends. My offering today is an all Tim Holtz affair. This card will be winding itself to a very lovely lady as a belated birthday card.

I started with a piece of ivory card and I brushed all the new distress inks across it. I squidged some ink onto my glass mat and used a wide damp brush to pick colour up.

Next I inked the background number stamp with fossilized amber and twisted citron. I held it in my hand and stamped all over haphazardly, but covering the whole background.
Using a small pointed brush i added a bit more water to ink and flicked all over background. I used abandoned coral, mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio.

I dried it thoroughly and stamped the sentiment in black archival and heat embossed with clear powder. The crown got the same treatment. 
Then I added the argyle stamp to two corners in black archival. The rest of the stamps are in watering can.

 On a separate piece of card I stamped the swallow tail butterfly in black archival and heat embossed in clear. I coloured it with the same distress inks and a damp brush.
I then fussy cut it and shaped it and attached it to background.
I inked the edges with frayed burlap and gathered twigs.
I matted on black and attached to Kraft card.

So that is my card which I hope the recipient will like, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges: 

TTCRD - anything goes
Sisteract card challenge - anything goes

Friday 5 June 2015

sail away ....

Hello again. Today I am sharing with you the card I made for my father's birthday. I made this back in March as my father's birthday is in April. In fact this was also the first time I had used abandoned coral and I fell in love with the colour.

On a piece of 7x7 gelli card I stamped the image in black archival ink and heat embossed with clear detail powder. I masked image off and worked on background.
I masked off a moon, well sun in this case, and created a sunset with distress inks and brushes. I can't remember all colours but definitely abandoned coral and tumbled glass.
Then I removed mask and coloured in sun with mustard seed, wild honey and abandoned coral.
For the sea I used tumbled glass and possibly stormy sky.

Then I coloured main image with spectrum noir pencils. I glazed the boat and sails with clear embossing powder and a versamark pen. I think you can get a glimpse of it in one of the pics but it is difficult to photograph.
Then I used the rope stencil and used grunge paste to add some texture to the picture. Once dry, I sanded it lightly to get it as smooth as possible. Again I colored it in with spectrum noir pencils.

I hope you like my card and I do appreciate all your comments. I try and answer each one but somewhere I've read that you are not notified of responses, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Claritystamp challenge - boys, boys, boys
Fussy and fancy challenge - fun in the sun
TTCRD - anything goes
Fat-tastic Tuesday - anything goes with a twist: one layer
Sisteract card challenge - anything goes