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Sunday, 20 August 2017

CTC#142 Thinking of You

Welcome back for another week. It's been a busy week here preparing for markets again here but I managed to create something for this week's look at the love and sympathy pages. I have chosen the sweet watercolour umbrella card on page 93.

My watercolouring is the sponge and splash technique (I've done that before and you can read more instructions here). I used a foam roller to layer on plenty of ink, then spritzed the watercolour paper with water, then splashed a bit more clean water on for good measure! The clean water lifts some of the colour off creating marvellous backgrounds.

The Watts of Occasions stamp set is so much fun to use, I heat embossed the images with silver and applied more Crushed Curry Ink with a sponge dauber.

Next this week on the hop is Peta

And before me this week is Julia

Don't forget we love to see what you create using the same pages for inspiration.

Thanks for looking, and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Grateful Bunch Birthday

I love a square card and these are a few I've been busy making for the markets.
I am a blue and white lover! - and blue and white always seems to be popular at my stall 
So while many of these products are retired they still make up nicely.

My preferred size is a DSP square cut to 71/2" which makes an envelope to fit a card 41/2 by 9.
Decorator squares are then easily cut to 31/2" or 4" and then layered down in size.

I do miss this Grateful Bunch set.... but there are loads of other sets which work just as well.

Thanks for looking and remember-

"don't just post online, 
post something pretty!" 

Friday, 18 August 2017

Embossing Paste Background for any occasion and JAI#373

At the embossing paste class on the weekend I demonstrated how to use 2 different colours of paste and blend them together over the stencil.
For this card I used the inkpad to stamp a generous amount of colour onto the silicone sheet and mixed the paste directly into this. I didn't use reinker drops as the colour is a bit unpredictable. This way you can add as much or as little colour as you like, picking it up from your inked area on the silicone.
I used Berry Burst and Peekaboo Peach and spread them over the mask from opposite sides.
I was very keen to use some of the stunning soft crinkle ribbon which I acquired last week!

This card is created directly onto Sahara Sand cardstock.

I love using embossing paste over stamped images, but using it over DSP also produces some lovely effects.
It is hard to go past the woodgrain paper. The sentiment stamped under the embossing is from the new Painted HArvest set.
This week's challenge over at Stampin' Up! Only Challenges is to use butterflies or dragonflies so I am entering this card this week.

I am entering these cards into Just Add Ink#373 this week 

I was inspired to make these cards after seeing a class that Jacque Williams taught and her video on Embossing Paste.
It was such a fun card to make - and a quick way to get a lot of impact.

thanks for looking and remember,

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Using New and Old bits and pieces for CTS#234

I confess I own a little bit of DSP!! So I occasionally force myself to use some! I have to convince myself that it's ok to cut it! (#loveitchopit!)
But it's so nice when a new product makes you reinvent an old product.
The foil Frenzy DSP comes in four colours - Berry, Tangerine, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist.

I'm so pleased to say that the Lemon Lime is a vibrant lime colour and seems to tone very nicely with Old Olive and with Pear Pizazz. It's a versatile colour.
I tried it with some of the Pretty Petals (retired) paper which has quite a lot of old olive, and was pleasantly surprised at how well they go together.
I created a quick set of thankyou cards using the layout from Case This Sketch #234.
I added a small loop of the shimmery ribbon, some baker's twine and a leaf stamped and punched using the COMING Painted Harvest stamp set and matching leaf punch. It's gorgeous!

What paper do you have lying around that you could reinvent?

Thanks for looking, and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"

Father's Day cards using Foil Frenzy

It's sometimes not easy to come up with masculine cards but at class last weekend we focused on Father's Day and embossing paste techniques. These are 2 of the cards we made on Saturday.
The Foil Frenzy  kraft DSP is sp bright and fun. I've also used images from one of my current faves- Bookcase Builder ( If you follow me you will have seen other Father's Day cards here). I've also used the Badges and Banners set whcih is one of those sets which I have used way more than I would have predicted - love a matching punch and stamp.
Sneak Peak also of the fabulous leaf image and matching punch from the coming Sunflower Set.

This is my colour Palette.

I've also used words and sentiments from Guy Greetings and Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Thanks for looking, and remember

"don't just post online,
post something pretty!"