Sunday, 27 July 2014

STAMPlorations bonanza!

Hello, hello!

I was going to start, as usual lately, with an apology for my absence - but that's getting tired, I know!  I have come to terms with the fact that I will make cards and post them as and when I can for the foreseeable future :)

I am here today with a card I made for both of the challenges currently going on over at the STAMPlorations blog.  This is for the monthly challenge which is to use Stamps and Glitter, and the bi-weekly challenge which is a sketch challenge.

I'm also entering this card into the challenge at Addicted to CAS where the code word is 'Celebrate'.

Here's my card...

I wasn't exactly sure where this card was going until I got started - it turned out better than I expected for a change!!  :)  I used my new STAMPlorations stamps that arrived on Friday - I love happy mail!!  This set is Sentiment Builders - Celebrate - it's too versatile, I love it!

I used WOW!'s Sparkling Snow embossing glitter for the sentiment and Glitz It Sparkles on the exclamation marks in the border.  I haven't really been able to capture the glitter in my photographs, but I gave it a go!

My mojo has waned somewhat over the last few months - but I am hoping that it will make a come back soon, and with a vengeance - I am definitely ready to be more creative than I have been of late!  :) 

Here are the STAMPlorations challenges...

And the Addicted to CAS challenge...

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it, especially as I am being super rubbish at visiting you all in return :(  Both of my jobs have been crazy busy lately so I'm glad I got a chance to sit at my desk and do something relaxing rather than working!

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Dark Grey
Stamps: STAMPlorations - Sentiment Builders: Celebrate; Stamping All Day - Distressing Stamp: Stain 
Ink:        Distress Ink - Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade; VersaColor - Sky Grey, White; SU! - Classic
                     Black; Papermania - Yellow
Other:    WOW! Sparkling Snow embossing glitter; Glitz It - Sparkles; sequins

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

I don't believe in time...


I'm back with another DT post for WOW! Embossing Powders and this month the theme is 'Time'.

This theme opens up a plethora of possibilities!!  As soon as I started thinking about it, the song 'Time' by Hootie And The Blowfish got stuck in my head and has been there ever since...hence the title of this post  :)

Despite the endless possibilities, I could not get the idea of a clock face to budge, so that's what I went with.  And, to me, birthdays are the measure of our lives in time - so I combined this with the clock face idea and this is how it went...

To create my clock face, I started by making a mask from printer paper with a circle die then stamped the WOW! De-Vine stamp in Versamark and embossed it using Calypso embossing glitter.  And, it would seem, Calypso is the colour of the month over at the WOW! shop - I love this colour, it covers really well with turquoise goodness and has a wonderful sparkle that my photography skills fail to convey in this image - sorry!  You'll just have to try it for yourselves to see what I mean :)

I hand wrote the sentiment onto my 'hands' - which is apt really!  It may not be obvious, but the sentiment is in violet to compliment the the turquoise.

A few pearls and some matting and there you have it - another card that took ages but looks like it took five minutes...which it might've done if only I'd had a plan when I started!  ;)

Thanks for taking the time to read this post - get your creative caps on now and I'll see you talented lot in the gallery!!

PS - Don't forget to keep checking back on all the other eye candy that will be provided by the DT throughout the month :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Pale Turquoise, Teal
Stamps:  WOW! - De-Vine Background Stamp
Ink:         VersaMark; Windsor & Newton - Violet
Other:     WOW! - Calypso Embossing Glitter; pearls

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy experimenting...

Get this - twice in two days!!

Hello people!

I'm here today with a card for CAS(E) This Sketch.  When I saw the sketch I thought it was really wide open to interpretation, but then what happened?  I sat down to make a card and would you mojo did a runner!!  How typical!  I had the whole of Saturday evening to myself to make cards and could I come up with anything - NO!!  I was beyond disappointed  :(

Then I stopped TRYING to make a card and just started experimenting and this is what happened...

I started by splodging some Distress Ink onto one of my acrylic blocks and then spritzing it with water and squishing it onto some card.  It didn't turn out quite how I thought but I'm happy with it!  

Then I wanted something else to go with it and I saw the roll of scrim on my desk and thought 'hmm?!' For those of you who don't know what scrim is (sorry if I'm being patronising!) it's the tape plasterers use to place over the joints between plasterboards before they skim.  It's like a sticky back nylon mesh.  I took a piece and stuck it to my acrylic block and then inked it with Versamark and stamped it onto the front of the card.  I was in a particularly impatient mood, so I had dried the Distress Ink smoosh with my heat gun already :)  I then heat embossed the scrim stamping with WOW! Ebony powder.  The sentiment is embossed in WOW! Black Glint, but you can't really see that in the photograph - sorry!

I like how my makeshift scrim stamp turned out!  And considering I had exactly ZERO mojo, I think this is OK  ;)

Again. last minute Larry is off to enter this into the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge before the deadline closes!

Thanks for stopping by ;)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Black, Smooth Grey
Stamps: Stamping All Day - Art Deco Birthday
Ink:        Distress Ink - Broken China, Crushed Olive; VersaMark
Other:    WOW! - Ebony, Black Glint e/p; Scrim; rhinestones