Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Upside down dog

Hello, crafting friends!

Welcome to another Tuesday and another fun challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. This week is sketch week and this month's hostess Jenny has come up with a slimline design to get your creative juices flowing.

I must confess, the slimline format is not one I've particularly embraced but I have a new stamp set with horizontal images which I thought would work well for a long card.

This adorable pup is from Doggone Sweet by Penny Black which I fell in love with the minute I saw the upside down retriever! I recently guested at the very last Twofer challenge where the theme was Dogs/Cats and I'm afraid I was very much inspired by many of the dog stamps on display!!

I made a background for my little upside down dog by masking off the top of the card and sponging grey ink below it, then removed the mask and used Clearly Besotted's Tear Away stencil and some blue ink to create a puffy clouded sky above.

The pup was stamped in yellow ink, coloured with alcohol markers and coloured pencils, fussy cut and glued to the background. I finished it with an MFT sentiment which fitted neatly around the dog's ear. 

So now it's your turn! Do hop over to the CAS Colours and Sketches website to see all the gorgeous samples the design team has made to inspire you. You'll find the Linky Tool there too so that you can share your own creation. Have fun!

I used the colour palette at Cards 4 Guyz for this card. It was actually made for a dog-loving female friend who recently had a fall (I thought the upside down dog might raise a smile!) but it could perfectly well be used as a masculine card. I'm also sharing at the NBUS challenge where Darnell wants to see our Never Before Used Schtuff!

This is a rare photo of Eva with a ball:

She is not a dog that likes people to throw a ball for her to retrieve and is inclined to give you a 'go and get it yourself' kind of look if you try. She prefers to retrieve shoes and garments from around the house, cuttings I've put in a compost bag in the garden, or tissues. There are balls in her toy basket though and sometimes I ask her to get one so that I can reward her with a treat. She can differentiate between Ball, Sock, Fish and Squeaky, although sometimes she thinks it's quicker to just try them all at once!!

Sending hugs,

Sunday, 12 September 2021

A heart of gold

Hello, crafting friends!

I made a card in just a few minutes and I'm delighted with it! Come and see:

This stencilled rose is perfectly capable of carrying the whole card don't you think?! It's the recently released Pure Florals Rose stencil from Uniko and it was so quick and simple to sponge in an ink blend from yellow to  orange! I intensified the orange in the very heart of the rose which helps to add dimension to a one layer card.

A pretty, cursive sentiment from Altenew's Birthday Greetings in a darker orange finished the card. And now I want to make a whole set of cards in different colours - watch this space!

I'm joining in with Color Hues' one year anniversary challenge, Yellow/Orange - congratulations ladies! I'm also linking up at the NBUS challenge where Darnell wants to see your Never Before Used Schtuff; and Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge where Anything Goes.

In Victorian times, yellow roses meant a decrease in love or jealousy! Imagine receiving a bouquet of them!! Nowadays though, yellow roses symbolise friendship which I think is a much more appropriate way to use these beautiful warm flowers. Most of us don't think about the meanings of flowers before gifting them to our friends these days but Im beginning to wonder what we've been saying to one another!

Sending hugs,

Saturday, 11 September 2021

A special challenge for Kath

Hello, crafting friends!

If you were here yesterday, you'll have already read about a special challenge starting at Allsorts today. Many of us were deeply saddened recently to hear of the death of Kath, who designed on the Allsorts team. Today, her friends in the crafting community are paying tribute to her by making cards in a theme she chose: Favourite Stamps. Allsorts have added an extra option of Paper-Pieced Flowers as this was one of her favourite techniques.

It really was a favourite of hers. I remember reading one of her posts where she'd written that she actually hadn't paper-pieced the image that day: "I don't know why," she wrote with her deadpan humour. For my tribute, I've delved deep into my paper drawer to unearth some ancient Stampin' Up papers. I know she would have approved as she had papers from even longer ago!

I used Pure Poppies from Clearly Besotted - a favourite stamp of mine for sure, and I know Kath loved poppies too. I remember her ending a post in which she'd used a poppy by writing "Thanks for poppying by!" which made me laugh out loud! My flower heads were stamped on a dark pink printed paper and fussy cut. I cut a panel out of a paler pink patterned paper using a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle, stamped the flower stems directly onto it with black ink and attached the flower heads with glue.

To finish the card I coloured the bottom of the panel with a dark grey alcohol marker, used the same marker to colour the centres of the flowers and added a sentiment from MFT, stamped in dark pink ink, fussy cut and popped up on dimensional pads.

Everyone is welcome at Kath's special challenge today and I hope you will pay tribute to her whether you knew her well or would simply like to honour a fellow crafter who had a passion for the creativity we all share.

I used Jen Brum's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for this card (I flipped it) so I shall link up there; I'm also joining in with Kath Ricks' All About Occasions challenge at Watercooler Wednesday. And of course I'll be linking up at Allsorts with the Favourite Stamp plus the optional addition of Paper-Pieced Flower.

It's a quiet (and crafty hopeully!) weekend here and after a hectic summer, that is lovely! I shall walk with my golden girl as always and perhaps settle down with a film. Any suggestions?

Sending hugs,

Colouring over the lines

Hello, crafting friends!

Welcome to a brand new challenge at Addicted to CAS where I am hosting this week! What code word have I chosen? Well since autumn has put in an appearance here in the heart of England:

Leaves are a favourite motif of mine and I use them all year round, but I particularly like the colours of autumn and it's always fun to transition to rusts and golds after enjoying the bright colours throughout the summer.

This is the simplest of cards! I stamped three of the leaves from Reverse Confetti's Fall Foliage, using Stazon ink. These were then watercoloured with autumnal colours, washing the colour over the outlines and allowing the colour to pool in interesting shapes. 

I finished with a popped up sentiment from Clearly Besotted, stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut with paper snips. The panel was cut to size with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle and attached to a card base.

So now it's your turn and I can't wait to see your leafy creations! The team has made some glorious cards to inspire you and you can check those out on the Addicted to CAS challenge website. You'll also find the Linky Tool there so that you can link up our own cards. Have fun - and don't forget we are a clean and simple challenge so don't forget to include plenty of that all important clear space!

I'm linking this card up with Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge where Anything Goes; I'm also joining in again at CAS Mix Up where Leslie has chosen a theme of Autumn Colours with watercolouring; Also AAA Cards where they want to see up to 1/3rd of the card front used, with an optional theme of Leaves; I also think this works well for a masculine card so I'm linking up at The Male Room where the theme is Natures Bounty.

Just as the summer arrives in the Southern hemisphere, our mini heat wave appears to be over and the leaves are turning in earnest now. My thoughts are beginning to turn to sweaters, autumn birthdays, tidying up the garden and trimming all the hedges and maybe even unearthing some warm throws and woollies to cosy up the living spaces. How about you? How do you get ready for the cooler weather?

Sending hugs,

Friday, 10 September 2021

Disappearing into the paper drawer

Hello, crafting friends!

Boy am I glad to see you! I went and had a rummage in my designer paper drawer a good while ago and have only just found my way out!! It all started when I was looking in my snippets box and found a flower I'd cut out of some paper but never used, and then wondered if I could find any snippets of paper that might look good with it, and one thing led to another...

While I was making this card, I was thinking about lovely Kath, who many of you will know as one of the talented design team members at the Allsorts challenge, and who very sadly passed away recently. She loved her papers and often wowed her fans with beautiful paper-pieced creations. Allsorts is going to be hosting a special challenge in Kath's memory tomorrow and everyone is welcome to join in to pay tribute to her. Hope to see you there!

My card is much simpler than Kath's paper-pieced beauties. I simply chose some snippets which I thought would look good with the flower, die cut them with one of Lawn Fawn's stitched Hillside border dies and Heffy Doodles stitched rectangle dies and glued them to a card base. I used a little off cut of the blue paper and cut tiny circles out of it with a punch and used those to decorate the centre of the flower.

All the papers are from Stampin' Up. I've been hoarding waiting for the right moment to use the cloudy paper for many years, and the 'grass' is from the same pack as the snipped-out flower, a freebie in the spring sale-a-bration sale. The stamped sentiment label was found at the bottom of the snippet box.

I'm linking up at Allsorts where I've gone for the Anything Goes option; I'm also joining in at Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is Birthdays;  I'm also hopping over to the Snippets Playground where there's a Ruby's Memory challenge and Miss Di wants to see our cards made with off-cuts and left overs!

I enjoyed a lovely day out with my youngest son yesterdayy. He had found a botanical gardens to take me to and even pretended to take an interest as I exclaimed at all the beautiful planting ;)

I absolutely adored this shapely sculpture called The Meteor made by sculptor Jon Roberts. It rests on a wooden plinth in the centre of a area enclosed by clipped hedges and planted with ethereal grasses and a variety of white flowers.

Later we had an ice cream in a beautiful woodland area overlooking a lake filled with swans and ducks and geese. "Eva would love it here!" I said foolishly. My son and I looked at each other, and then at the wild fowl splashing about in the water, and laughed and laughed!

Sending hugs,

Thursday, 9 September 2021

A leafy hello

Hello, crafting friends!

Welcome to a whole bunch of fun at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge! It was my turn to devise the board this week and I hope you'll be so inspired you'll be making LOADS of cards :D

I chose the centre column for my card - Watercolour Techniques/Leaves/Shades of Orange/Yellow - and used Uniko's Nature's Treasure stencil which comes with a mask as well. 

The masks were positioned onto a card base first and I sponged diluted blue ink around them before removing them, replacing with the stencil, and sponging orange and yellow inks into the leaves. I left the stencil in place while I splattered rust-coloured diluted ink, then removed it to add the black splatters.

The sentiment from Uniko's Floral Vines was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock. I trimmed it and popped it up with dimensional pads.

So, now it's your turn! Which row or column will you choose? Do hop over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge website to drool over the gorgeous samples made by my teamies. You'll find the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post so that you can link up your own creation. I can't wait to see what you make!

I'm linking this card up with Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge where Anything Goes; I'm also joining in with Just Us Girls where they are celebrating their 600th challenge (woohooo!) with a '6 of Anything' theme - I've added 6 leaves on my card; Leslie has chosen Watercolour Autumn Colours as the theme at CAS Mix Up this month and I'm playing along there too.

Just when we thought autumn had arrived, summer decided to put in a late appearance and we've all been wandering about in shorts and fanning ourselves! Thunderstorms are forecast for tomorrow and honestly, whoever is mucking about with the weather can you please stop now!

Sending hugs,

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Thanks and leaves

Hello, crafting friends!

Welcome back to your usual bundle of Tuesday fun courtesy of CAS Colours and Sketches. It's a new month and Jenny is taking over hosting duties, and the first colour palette she has chosen is a beauty:

I don't own a single one of these colours so I've gone for the closest match I had. I mention that because if you don't have those colours, please don't feel you can't join in - just go for a close match and if you don't have suitable inks, take a look at your markers and/or card stock.

I decided the paler greish blue-green reminded me of eucalyptus leaves so I brought out my Beautiful Branches stamp set by Concord & 9th. The branch  is a lovely curved shape and I used the round leaf image to stamp foliage all the way up it, adding shading with a coloured pencil in the very dark greyish green. The card panel was trimmed to  size with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle.

I  thought a die cut sentiment would look great as a pop of pink but found that it looked a little disconnected from the leaf image. To link it more closely, I scored some lines using my score board and that did the trick.

So now it's your turn! There's lots of inspiration from my teamies over at the CAS colours and Sketches website so do hop over and take a look. At the bottom of the post, you'll  find the Linky Tool which will enable you to share your own creation. Have fun!

The theme at Stamping Sensations this month is Stamp of the Moment and I've used Beautiful Branches,  a stamp set that is rarely off my desk! I'm also linking up with Chocolate Baroque where Anything Goes this month (with Celebrations as an optional theme.)

I heard a very silly joke about eucalyptus leaves once and I feel that this is the moment to share it with you:

Q: What did the Koala Bears say after their manicure?
A: "Eucalyptus!"

*shuffles off sheepishly to get coat*

Sending hugs,

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Birthday dahlias

Hello, crafting friends!

We have an exciting new challenge for you at CAS Colours and Sketches today! Whenever there's a fifth Tuesday in  any month, we bring you The Double - that means we inspire you with both a colour palette and a sketch :) Come and see what Bhavya, this month's host, has come up with:

I thought I'd go floral with these colours, bringing out Clearly Besotted's Perfect Dahlias, which made the perfect shape for the sketch.

The flower cluster was stamped onto a panel using a neutral ink and I added colour with coloured pencils in the challenge colours. The blue is faded out in the background but is not very obvious in the photo! The sentiment, from Uniko's Simply Said Blocks, was stamped, trimmed into a flag shape and popped up on dimensional pads.

I had the idea of cutting the panel to size with the Spellbinders Hemstitch frame but made a complete mess of it! To save it, I tried trimming the panel down further with my guillotine which resulted in this sort of postage stamp style edge. I matted it onto a piece of Rose Red card stock which emphasised the edging and there - I kind of liked it!

Ok, so now it's over to you! Do hop over to the CAS Colours and Sketches website and take a look at the fabulous samples my teamies have made to inspire you. You will also find the Linky Tool there so that you can link up your own creation. Have fun!

I'm playing along with The Paper Players where Jaydee has come yup with a tic tac toe board - I've chosen the first column Feminine/Birthdayy/Florals; also Watercooler Wednesday where Cathy is hosting the All Things Feminine theme; and Allsorts where Tracy has chosen a Clean and Simple challenge.

While I was taking photos of this card my lovely assistant was keeping an eye on me...

... just in case I SHOULD decide to get a snack out!

Sending hugs,

Saturday, 28 August 2021

Celebrate in nature

Hello, crafting friends!

Happy Saturday and welcome to another fun challenge at Addicted to CAS! Toni is our host for the next two weeks and I love the code word she has chosen - and I think you will too :)

Yes, it's another excuse to get our nature themed stamps and dies out, as if we need any encouragement!

I masked the bottom and edges of a nice thick card base and stamped a gorgeous Queen Anne's Lace image from Funky Fossil off the bottom edge. I added some watercolour detail for the background and allowed it to dry.

When it was completely dry, I removed the masks, stamped a birthday sentiment from Pinkfresh Studios and added flowers to the plants with a Posca white acrylic paint pen. I finished the card with three blue butterflies from Butterfly Kisses by Mama Elephant and added a little shading with coloured pencils.

Right, now it's your turn! There's heaps of inspiration from my team mates on the Addicted to CAS blog and you'll find the Linky Tool there too so that you can link up your own creation. Remember that we are a clean and simple challenge won't you, so don't forget to leave that all-important clear space.

I’m linking this card up at Just Add Ink where the theme is 'Just Add N' and my N is for Nature; also Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge where Anything Goes using watercolouring techniques.

I love Queen Anne’s lace, although you never know what you might find lurking in there...

Aargh! It’s the Beige Beast!!!

Sending hugs,