Monday, 16 October 2017

The Last of the Fall Leaves

Time to remind you that you only have until October 24 to enter your card in the CAS Watercolour challenge:

And don't forget, it's our first birthday celebration:

And we have prizes in honour of it:

$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)

Here's my reminder card:

I started by sprinkling a piece of coated cs with yellow and orange brushos and spritzing with water.   I die cut a bare-branched tree out of brown cs and glued it to this background.

Then I used the same brushos and technique on a scrap of watercolour paper.  Out of it, I die cut some little sprigs of leaves and snipped the leaves from their branches.  I glued a few leaves to the tree and glued the rest falling to the ground.

I mounted the panel on fun foam and added a sentiment underneath.  I made the card for my friend who invited me for Thanksgiving dinner.

Please head over to CAS Watercolour to see the mid-month inspiration from our Design Team and the October Guest Designer, Marcia of Marcia's Stampin Pad.

Stamps - Memory Box sentiment
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper - white and brown cs, coated cs
Size - A2
Accessories - yellow and orange Brushos, Impression Obsession Bare Tree die, Ali Express tiny leaf sprig die, fun foam

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Stars for Peace

Mid-month reminder time for CAS Mix Up!

I did something quite different to my first Design Team CAS Mix Up card (see here).

Instead of just layering of whole bunch of stencils on top of each other with ink, I started with a "Peace in a Star" stencil that Loll Thompson made for me on her Silhouette.  It looks like a die cut on the card, but is actually a stencil made out of acetate.  I added little bits of removable glue runner to hold it on the cs, then using a Clarity brush, I went over it with Distress Oxide Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber.

I left it in place and laid the Simon Says Stamp "Falling Stars" (the small stars) stencil over top of it and went over it with a finger dauber and Delicata Golden Glitz ink.

I removed the "Falling Stars" stencil and replaced it with the TCW "Random Stars" (the three larger stars) stencil and chose three strategically place stars and put Dreamweaver Gold embossing paste through them.  I removed it and the "Peace in a Star" stencil and let everything dry.  Once dry, I stamped "on earth" below the star (masking off the word "peace" on the stamp).

Trimmed the panel and popped it up on fun foam.

I have stamping, stencil layering, and for my choice, embossing paste.

Please come and join us at CAS Mix Up - you have until October 24th.

Stamps - "on earth" - part of Tim Holtz "peace on earth" stamp
Ink - Delicata Golden Glitz, Distress Oxide Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber
Paper - whtie cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - TCW Random Stars stencil, Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars stencil, homemade "Peace in a Star" stencil, Dreamweaver Gold embossing paste, fun foam

Friday, 13 October 2017

Favourite Stamps

Addicted to CAS used a code word for their challenge:

I had a very hard time choosing my favourite, but in the end went with a stamp of an English Cocker Spaniel (the breed of my dogs, and since they are my favourite little furry beings, I thought a stamp of them should be my favourite stamp).

Here's the two of them:

I stamped them in inks representing their colours and fussy cut them.  Then grounded them by stamping the sentiment below and added a bit of faint stenciling behind them for interest.

I'm giving the card to friends who are going to look after them when I'm away.

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Delphiniums are My Favourite Flower

This month's Flower Challenge is "Use Your Favorite Flower".  And it's their first birthday!  Happy Birthday to all of you who run it and on the Design Team!

Delphiniums are my favourite flower.  What I love about them are the tall spire shape of the flowers and all the lovely shades of blue, mauve, and purple that they come in.  I made a card using a combination of a delphinium die and stencil.

I stamped my sentiment on a piece of cs and then die cut it with the stitched rectangle and the Delphinium Circle dies.  If you don't know the Delphinium Circle die, it looks like this:

I created a background for the opening with two different blue sprays.  When I laid the die cut piece over it, it needed something more on the background so I took the Delphinium stencil and lightly sponged the flowers with Distress inks over the spray.   You can see how they fill in that centre gap in the die cut.

I then took the same colours of Distress inks and coloured the delphiniums of the die cut, making sure they came out more strongly coloured.  I went over just those ones with Wink of Stella.

The panel is popped up on a very thin layer of fun foam and the die cut delphiniums with thin foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress inks (Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac)
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box Delphinium Circle die and Delphinium stencil, Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangle die, Mr. Huey Powder Blue spray, Glimmer Mist Glacier spray, Wink of Stella, fun foam, foam tape