Thursday, 19 April 2018

Silhouette Cards al la Jennifer McGuire Version 3

Third and final version for now anyway, I apologise if you thought this was going to be a animal or a person, its not its just flowers again, but if its any consolation its my favourite one of the batch.

Image: "just darling" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "geometric 1" Clearly Besotted
Inks: "wilted violet" and "picked raspberry" distress oxides
Dies: A2 stitched rectangle stax from MFT
Card: "red" Recollection from Michaels

Monday, 16 April 2018

Silhouette Cards al la Jennifer McGuire Version 2

The Second version of the Silhouette cards and made at the same time as version 1 but this time I used butterflies rather than flowers. I am sure this would work equally well with maybe a person stamp or an animal and I might need to try that soon.

I am still trying to continue the multiple cards in one style/sitting and so far so good, I don't always manage it but when I do I feel accomplished so I know this is the way to remove stress for me.

Image: "elegant butterflies " Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "simply quilled" Clearly Besotted
Inks: "salty ocean", "twisted citroen" and "peacock feathers" distress oxides
Dies: A2 stitched rectangle stax from MFT

Friday, 13 April 2018

Silhouette Cards al la Jennifer McGuire Version 1

Quite a while ago Jennifer McGuire showed a technique where she used outline stamps to create silhouettes and I was intrigued. I thought about making the cards when I saw the video but other more urgent makes got in the way so it has taken over six months to get around to this and I am disappointed in myself as it is such a quick, easy and effective design to replicate.

I blended the inks before stamping the images, in hindsight I should have stamped them first like JM did but I thought it looked more work lol. Once I stamped the images in versa fine I waited until the ink was dry then coloured with a sharpie, it took three coats over the inks and its not perfect but it still looks good.

I will definitely be doing this again, in fact I might try it with images that aren't flowers lol.

Image: "take good care" Clearly Besotted
Sentiment: "sweet little sentiments" Clearly Besotted
Inks: "wilted violet" and "picked raspberry" distress oxides
Dies: A2 stitched rectangle stax from MFT
Card: "purple" Limetree

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lili of the Valley Number Bears Version 2

This is probably the brightest of the batch makes and matches the personality of the recipient perfectly. Of course I wish I had put their names on these but there is always next year.

You will have probably noticed that this card is different to the first version, that was a Eclipse card but this little ones name was too long to fit on the card so I decided to just colour and mount it instead. After this one they all follow the same pattern as all the other names were too big. Maybe I need more alphabet dies....

Image: "number bear" Lili of the Valley Digistamp
Dies: XXL stitched square from Crealies
Card: "raspberry fizz" Papertrey Ink

Bear - E47, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40
Ground - W4, 2
Number - RV09, 06, 04, 17, 19

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Altenew Flowers

I am a huge fan of the layered flowers from Altenew, especially once they introduced the outlines which meant they could be coloured as well as stamped.

I am shocked but not surprised that I have had both of these sets for a while and they have been barely used, and by barely I mean the peony has never been used. I am so bad for this, buying and not using that I am almost tempted to inflict a stash buying ban but I know that only makes me worse lol.

Maybe I need to start "shopping my stash" I mean I liked the stuff enough to buy it so surely I like it enough to actually use it. That might be a challenge to myself, see how long I can shop my stash for.

Images: "beautiful day" and "peony bouquet" both Altenew
Inks: "citrus burst, fresh lemon, maple yellow and honey drizzle" from the Pocketful of Sunshine set       " frayed leaf and forest glades" from the Green Fields set " soft lilac, lavender fields, deep iris, midnight violet" from the Shades of Purple and "bamboo, olive" from the Tropical Forest set all from Altenew
Sentiment: "happy everything" clearly besotted and number dies (unbranded)
Cardstock: Michaels 65lb white and "amethyst allure" from Papertrey Ink

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Heart and Sole

This set is so perfect for all the runners in our lives, ok I only know about three but still its uber cute lol.

My original idea was to have the shoe look like it was running through grass and mud but that didn't look very pretty on the card so I thought lets go abstract instead lol. I am happy with the result and I hope the recipient likes it too.

Image and Sentiment: "heart and sole" Papertrey ink
Inks: "picked raspberry" and "wilted violet" both Distress Oxides
Stencil: "splatters" Tim Holtz
Dies: "a2 stitched stax 2 and a2 stax 1" both MFT

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April Fool

Now I could have posted a random weird card or even posted a mixed media piece but instead I thought I would just say "pinch, punch first of the returns" lol

Enjoy your April Fools day and I hope you don't get caught out.