Saturday, 1 October 2016

What's the 'WORD' at Just Us Girls?

Once again it is 'Word Week' at
Just Us Girls and Sharyn is our Host
choosing LEAVES as 'The Word'
It's getting that time of the year over the pond called 'Fall'
and I am celebrating 'Spring' -
however to keep in line with the challenge
I have made my card using gilding flakes
in what I call 'Autumn' colours.
Now anyone that has used these flakes knows
the mess you can get yourself into -
gluing the shaped dies with the flakes
(don't breathe out)
and making sure you have covered them all.
I really did get messy with this card because
after I successfully glued flakes to my fingers
I cleaned them off just to get inky again
with my background.
Those leaves I think turned out beautifully
and needed a background to match.
Using a Memory Box stencil I painted it up
with Inka Gold using my fingers yes my fingers
to give it a little dimension.
I popped it up after it was dry also popping
those leaves from an old  Cuttlebug die.
Added some coloured cotton
and that very American sentiment from GKD
Finished with some gems.
I really did enjoy making this card -
after all what's fun if you
don't get a bit messy just sometimes.
Now pop over to Our Blog to admire
what our Guest for October - Jaydee
and the Team have made.
Join us and you could be our
Chic of the Week and in the running for
Guest Designer in December.
It so happens that over at
Mod Squad their challenge is Falling Leaves
so I am joining in the fun there with this card.
Details Here
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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Time to play 'Tic Tac Toe'

A Crafty Friend of mine (Thanks Cheryl)
 told me about a blog called
 Stampin Smiles Designs
so of course I checked it out
and what better excuse to get some
 new crafty itemsout and play -
so that's just what I did.
You can find the Details Here
I chose to go top left to bottom right
(stencil, blues/greens and texture)
so I could try out my new stencils from
ARTplorations - Happy Flowers
and Square Dance.
The texture came from
Mont Marte Pearl White Acrylic Paint.
Blue & Green coloured background was
inked on watercolour paper with a
variety of Tim Holtz distress inks.
Added some script words to the sides
Happy - Spellbinder die
Birthday - Pink & Maine Birthday Wishes.
My floral feature is popped.
Finished off with some scoring on the side.
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

I Love to 'SPLAT'

Over at The Mod Squad there is a
Fabulous Challenge going on and Good Friends
Judy Woodland and Vicki Dutcher are Hosting.
What is it? Create your Inner 'SPLAT'
Details - Here
I love that kind of technique - getting a little bit inky
and creating a great result.
I decided not to go with a splatter stencil
instead inked up several TH distress inks,
wet them and added my splats to water colour paper
with a sheet of plastic. I did add a touch of
black splats to match up with my
Happy Birthday die from Spellbinders
and the butterfly from Inkadinkado
(which has been heat embossed for the first time)
Cut my card stock using a stitched die
and popping for dimension.
I thought the colours of those decorations on
the yummy cupcakes were similar to those I used above
so entering it in the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #377
Hope you like what you see.
I love reading your comments.
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Sunday, 25 September 2016


I got Happy Mail a few days ago and was keen to get it inked.
As the stamp I used is small I thought a simple
Thank You card would be just right.
I found a few challenges to link this card up to and they are Pals Paper Arts
Details can be found Here
and at As You LIke It 
for their Favourite Colour Combo and Why Here
Now my all time favourite colour is purple but
I really love the soft colours of Aquas and Pinks
so that is what I went with which I tried to match
 the colours above but not quite as I would have liked.
Here are the products I used -
Basic coloured card stock.
SU Calypso Coral stamped with
a Katzelkraft stamp for the background.
Floral image is by STAMPlorations Framed Dogwood
heat embossed then
inked and touched up with Twinkling H2O.
Finished off with white cotton and
Thank You sentiment from SU
cut from vellum.
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