Saturday 26 September 2015

silent night ....

Hello my friends. Today I decided to have a break from kraft card. When I saw this Stampendous stamp I had to have it. i love its simplicity and I think it really conveys a lot about the true meaning of Christmas.

It also screamed clean card to me and no embellishments. So that is what I did.

I stamped image twice in coffee archival ink and clear embossed it. Then I coloured it using distress inks. I know I used twisted citron, fossilized amber, hickory smoke, mermaid lagoon and tattered rose.
I then added a tiny bit of sparkle on star. I used white glitter with no interference colours so it glistens  and twinkles like a star.

The sentiment is from Claritystamp and I cut it out with a Tim Holtz labels die. I added some twine.
I mounted the lot on easel cards.
I do hope you like my 2 CAS cards as much as I enjoyed making them, Theresa xx

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

Word art Wednesday - anything goes
Simply less is more -  recipe: something shiny - the star
Paperminutes challenge - Weinachten im September

Tuesday 22 September 2015

TTCRD challenge and some more kraft card

Well it is time for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge, so it must be Tuesday. This week it is Team B's chance to offer some inspiration and hence my turn.

Our sponsor this week is the Frantic Stamper and they are offering a die for a prize which you can find here.

Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Christmas Light Card Panel

As promised I have resorted to kraft card once more. Colouring is all done with the new distress inks.
For more details you will need to look at the next TTCRD magazine which you will find here.
So please join us in this challenge. As you know the theme is always anything goes so whatever you make will be eligible. Theresa xx


Friday 18 September 2015

Magical ....

Hello again. And here is the promised kraft card. I can confirm it is an obsession now and it has taken over. I just keep reaching out for it. I must admit that I love the way it changes the look of everything you put on it including inks.

Anyway enough of my waffling. It is time for another Fussy and Fancy challenge and it is my team's turn to offer inspiration this week.
This week the theme is Fantasy and it is being hosted by Pat K. The sponsors are Live and Love Crafts.

Those who know me would know I struggle with anything along this theme as it really takes me out of my comfort zone. So I had a rummage through my hundreds of stamps and then remembered this set from Claritystamp. I hear you ask "why did you buy it when it's not your thing?" Actually I loved the mushroom with the snail and he came with it. I also talked myself into cutting his wings off if I really couldn't.
I guess I'd better get onto the card....

I stamped the mushroom in black archival ink on kraft card and clear embossed it. I masked it and added a moon and then inked the background with the Clarity brushes and distress inks. I used tumbled glass, mermaid lagoon and blue print sketch. I also added some abandoned coral in sky. For the hilly background I used twisted citron and cracked pistachio.
I lifted masks off and added a bit of hickory smoke to moon and wispy clouds.

I then coloured in the mushroom and snail with spectrum noir pencils using several shades of a colour to build dimension. I added some shading on outside with greys -only 3 shades though!- as this also increases depth.
Then I stamped Puk on a small piece of kraft card and clear embossed him. Then I also coloured him in with promarkers. I fussy cut him and yes chopped his wings off as I had other plans for him.
I then got some angelina film and fibre and stamped him on it using a hot iron and black archival ink. The same I did for the snail's shell.
I then attached the fibre wings to his back and the shell onto  the snail. I sat Puk on the mushroom and stck him down with glue gel.

I then thought I could combine it with the Claritystamp challenge so I needed to create some kind of stepper card. I then embossed some more kraft card with a leaf folder which I thought really goes. I inked it with mustard seed, tea dye, rusty hinge, twisted citron, cracked pistachio an gathered twigs and chopped it to fit the sides. 
For the front I stamped The word magical and clear embossed it and then dry embossed the card on either side it. I inked it in the same way.
I then die cut some flourishes and some foliage from the Tim Holtz dies. The leaves are from Sweet lilac flowers. The flowers come from a necklace I bought from Asda which I dismantled.
I also added some pearls for good measure.

So this card involves some of my favourite techniques, masking, inking backgrounds, embossing...... and I do hope you like it, Theresa xx.

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

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - love this technique 
Word art Wednesday - anything goes

Saturday 12 September 2015

today do whatever makes you happy.....

Hello there. It's a break from kraft card today but I promise you there is more to come :).

This card is all worked on the front of the base card. Although it looks like I have matted and layered, it is all done with masking.
So I started by masking an area on an A6 card with a post it note. I then inked the background with distress inks (abandoned coral, mermaid lagoon, twisted citron and fossilized amber) using brushes.
I then stamped the 2 opposing corners with a corner stamp and black archival ink.

Then I removed the post it note and stamped the sentiment in the centre. I really love this sentiment and for me crafting makes me happy so I was doing just that.
I then stamped the butterfly and the blossoms again in black archival ink. I then coloured the butterfly with the same colours of background and then went over it with the clear wink of stella pen to add a bit of subtle bling.
Finally I went around central panel with a black micron pen.

All the stamps are by Sheena Douglass and they were a freebie in a magazine.

And voila! I hope this time i will not have problems with the challenges...... Theresa xx

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

Less is more challenge - one layer card: wishing
Word art Wednesday - anything goes
Creative knockouts challenge - CAS a day for daisies

Thursday 10 September 2015

green and gold

Hello my crafty friends. I did warn you that I'm in a kraft card mode. So here is another one.

This is rather a CAS offering for today. I started by embossing a piece of kraft card. Then i filled recesses with stickles glitter glue. I used holly green and gold.
I then went over the 'hanging threads' with a gold pen. I added green gems to embellish further.

I stamped the sentiment from Claritystamp in versamark and embossed in gold powder. I inked it with evergreen bough distress ink and cut it out in banner shape.
I cut another piece of kraft card larger than first and inked around the edge with evergreen bough. Then I assembled the card as shown.
All in all a quick make, Theresa xx

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

Less is more challenge - colour challenge: green and gold
Word art Wednesday - anything goes

Wednesday 9 September 2015

christmas and perfect partners

Hello again. I'm back with another Christmas card today. I am in a kraft card phase at the moment so I am predicting quite a few posts using this product.
I had bought these stamps and matching dies called Perfect partners by Sheena Douglass quite a few weeks ago and I was waiting for the right time to use them.

The main stamp is A6 in size and I decided to use it all in one piece. Probably I should have cut out just the central image but I liked the idea that like this it looked less perfect.
So I stamped it with versamark ink and embossed it in ivory. Then I distressed edges with the Tim Holtz distressing tool. I matted it on ivory and kraft and attached it to base card.

Then I die cut the poinsettia, twigs, pine needles and pine cones. I then stamped them with the corresponding stamp using coffee archival ink.
However for the poinsettia I stamped with versamark and embossed with gold detail powder.
I then shaped them and layered them up as shown.

You can see that I used 4 layers for flower. Then I finished the card off with a few pearls.

And as usual I do hope you like this natural look, Theresa xx

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

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - stamp and punch/die cut
Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge - use a stamp and blog hop
Crafting from the heart challenge - anything goes
Craft your passion challenge - always anything goes
Word art Wednesday - anything goes


Tuesday 8 September 2015

Family of carollers.....

Hello again my friends. It's been a while since I blogged but then i have been on holiday so haven't done much crafting. However I have been quite busy since we came back and below is one of my makes.

Incidentally this happens to be my first Christmas card for this year. It is my turn again on the TTCRD challenge to share some inspiration with you and this is my card for this week.


The sponsor is Drawn with Character and you can find the link to my didgi stamp here.

The colouring is all done with distress inks and a damp brush but for all the details you will need to look at the magazine published by TTCRD which you will find here.

 I did take several pics to try and capture all the details but I don't think the photos do it justice. There is bling and shine that is very visible to the naked eye but not on pics.

Just remember that our challenge is always anything goes and it runs on a weekly basis. So it is really simple to join in as anything you make will qualify. 

And there is always a prize up or grabs and designer spotlights that might earn you a guest DT spot too.

So go on. Join us in his week's know you want too. See you there, Theresa xx

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

Crafting by designs blogspot - september anything goes challenge
Crafting for all seasons - tic tac toe (die cuts, digi image, sentiment)
Creative moments challenge - anything goes/use a sntiment
Twisted Thursday challenge - anything goes: add layers