Sunday, 31 July 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Stitching

Hi Everyone!

We have a new challenge up at the AAA Cards Challenge!  This week the theme is Stitching - add any sort of stitching to your card (it could eveb be die-cut or drawn on if you don't have access to a sewing machine or hand stitcher).  This week's sponsors are Uniko and there is a 10 GBP voucher up for grabs to the winner!

For my card, I went with the hand drawn stitching look.  I used the Hand Stitched stamp set by Neat and Tangled to emboss the image in Hero Arts white embossing powder in the center of some Ellen Hutson Bristol Smooth card stock.

I'm still on an ink blending kick since I discovered it is so much easier on the Bristol Smooth, so I blended some Simon Says Stamp inks in Rosie Cheeks, Duckling and Apricot over the image and added white stitched lines with a Signo Broad white gel pen.

I white embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set onto some scrap white card stock and blended Rosie Cheeks all over it so it was darker.  I then trimmed it out and popped it up on foam squares.  Simple!

We do hope you'll join us this week at AAA Cards.  Just click the image below, and check out the other DT cards for inspiration.   Don't forget to keep your cards CAS!

Have a wonderful week!


Sunday, 17 July 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Stash Favourite

Hi everyone,

This week at the AAA Cards Challenge, we're asking you all to dig out your most favourite product (or products) from your stash and get creating!  We have $20 from Stampendous up for grabs to the lucky winner!

For my card this week I chose a few of my faves (even though it is supposed to be one - oops!!) - Distress Inks,  Embossing Paste and Silver embossing powder.

I have tried and tried and tried to do ink blending in the past - with the new mini blending tool and the old square one, on all sorts of paper including watercolour, I just fail miserably - tool marks, dark colour, even squeaking!  Well this time it worked - and the SECRET?  Bristol Smooth paper (I used Julie's Bristol from Ellen Hutson). OMG.  I tried it as it is so good for blending with the Zig Clear Color Markers and for Distress it works just as well. It was so easy!!   I blended my two favourite Distress Ink colours - Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio up from the bottom very lightly, fading out about a third of the way up.  

I then took a Tim Holtz flower stencil and lightly misted over with Tattered Angels sparkly shimmer spray (you can't quite see this in the pic unfortunately but in real life it's like a shimmery shadow).

When that was dry, I used the stencil again, shifted over to the side slightly and added Dreamweaver Embossing Paste in white.  I embossed a sentiment in Ranger Super Fine silver embossing powder from one of my favourite stamp companies - Power Poppy and popped it up on foam squares.  To finish I added simple blobs of Glossy Accents to keep it CAS.

I can't wait to see what your stash favourites are!  Come join us!

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, 16 July 2016

Things Are Always Better in the Morning - Time Out Challenge #61

Hi everyone,

As I was getting so into my ink blending I wanted to pull another card together for a challenge.   I saw the Time Out Challenge were doing an 'Inspired By Words' week, and the words were lovely:

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine"
Anthony J. D'Angelo

I thought ink blending + sunshine = sunset :)

Here's my card:

On a piece of Bristol Smooth (Julie's Bristol from Ellen Hutson), I blended, from the bottom up, Duckling, Rosie Cheeks and Sunkist from Simon Says Stamp, and then Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks.  I then die cut with a Stitched Oval by Simon Says Stamp. 

I splattered Tattered Angels clear shimmer spray, white acrylic paint and water to make stars (using a paintbrush and tapping gently).  When it was completely dry I added my sentiment from a set by Power Poppy (it's from Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird) embossed in Antique Gold (because it's such a lovely warm sunny tone of gold) by Simon Says Stamp.

To finish, I added a few drops of glossy accents, and mounted on a Stone grey card base from Simon Says Stamp.

It makes me feel really chilled and happy when I look at it - I hope it does the same for you!!


Sunday, 3 July 2016

AAA Cards Challenge - Tags!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to another AAA Cards Challenge - this week it is Tags.  This week we have a $20 prize from our sponsors Happy Little Stampers up for grabs.

For my card this week I finally got to use the amazingly awesome Flamingo Print Background from The Ton.   I embossed it onto Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold embossing powder.  I then heavily blended Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves over the top and left to dry.

From a 110lb Neenah Solar White card base I die cut a Pierced Tag Die by My Favorite Things in the center.  On the tag itself I punched a small hole and stamped a sentiment from Short Stacks by Power Poppy stamps in Memento Luxe ink in Lilac Posies using the MISTI.  I was then able to double stamp again having edged the sentiment stamp with Delicata Gold to give it a sparkle that matches the Flamingo background.  I added some gold twine from my stash.

To finish, I adhered the Flamingo background behind the window I had cut (if you like, you can adhere more white cardstock inside or even patterned paper to cover up the background piece seamlessly for a more finished look).  I then adhered the tag using foam tape at a jaunty angle so only a small part of the background peeped through (this is a clean and simple CAS card challenge after all).

We can't wait to see what you come up with go visit the AAA site for more inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Have a wonderful 4th of July tomorrow to all the Americans!!

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