Saturday, 31 January 2015

CAS 4 - Day - 5 - Inking Tricks

Day 5 already!  Well, today I chose to do the 'DIY Inkpad Technique' that Laura Bassen demonstrated and the 'Ink Patterns' by JenniferR.

For the DIY inkpad, I took a number of layers of baby wipes and squeezed my Stampin' Up reinkers in Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum onto the pad of wipes. Next, I took the border stamp  from Uniko's, 'Background Builders: Squared' and stamped that a few times with the DIY inkpad, leaving a gap for the sentiment.

Next, I mounted the panel on to a base of Stampin' Up, Blackberry Bliss cardstock and cut two thin strips to border the gap I'd left for the sentiment.

Finally, I mounted the whole thing on to a card base and stamped the greeting, which was from, Clearly Besotted, 'A Little Sentimental' set in Blackberry Bliss ink.

This is my card

For the second card, I masked off the bottom portion of the card, which was going to be my grassy area, and also, cut a circle from masking paper for the sun.

Then, I sponged the background, using Distress Inks, in, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimon and then, reversed the mask and sponged the grass in Peeled Paint, I did this a little more roughly because I wanted to get a bit of texture into the grassy area.

Finally, I stamped the images and sentiment from Altenew's, 'Shadow Play' stamp set.  Here is the second card.

As always, I appreciate your visits and comments very much and will reciprocate wherever possible.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Hazel xx

Friday, 30 January 2015

CAS 4 - Day 4 - Adding Texture - Card #2

Right . . . I managed to get card number two finished, just before the last of the daylight disappeared!  I had chosen to try Jocelyn Olson's 'Embossing Paste' technique, which calls for two layers of embossing, one on top of the other, with two different stencils.

First, I added a bit of watercolour to both corners of the card using cheap watercolours and had to let that dry.  Next, I took the Simon Says Stamp, 'Dots and Lines' stencil and embossed the first layer onto the background, then had to let that dry.

Once dry, I took the Hero Arts, 'Leaf and Flourish' stencil and just embossed part of the design in each coloured corner and, you guessed it, had to leave that to dry . . . are you beginning to see, why I had to post these separately and nearly lost the light?

Once that was dry, I cut two leaf stems (sorry, can't remember who they are by) out of vellum and stuck one in each corner.

I finished the whole thing off with another My Favorite Things, 'Happy' die and the Altenew, Label Love, stamp set - only using the birthday part this time - finishing with a sprinkle of sequins.

Thank you again for taking the time to stop by and for leaving messages, I appreciate you all and try to reciprocate where possible.  Have a great evening/ day.  Hazel xx

CAS 4 - Day 4 - Adding Texture

Well. today, as the post title says, it is Day 4 of the CAS 4 course and it is about adding texture.  My card posts are going to have to be separated today as, while I type this, card number two is drying.  So for card one I chose to do Yana's, 'Faux Embossing' technique.  Both of  today's techniques are a bit fiddly, but worth it.

First I die cut a load of flowers and leaves with the Creative Expressions, 'Cornelia' Die set, it has a great number of dies in this set of varying sizes, so it made cutting them out quicker - I only had to do two passes through my cutting machine rather than a load.

Next, I laid them out roughly where I wanted them on the card front - without sticking them down - just to get an idea of the layout, it was only when I was happy with the layout that I started to stick them down one by one - at one stage I forgot that I was in the process of sticking them down, and when I got a piece of debris on it, I . . . blew on it to remove the debris and, . . . yes, die cuts flew like confetti on a windy day, Duh!!  The worst of it was, I didn't learn from that mistake and did it again a bit later on!!!

Next, I die cut a My Favorite Things, 'Happy' die and mounted that on to the front of the card, stamped Altenew 'Label Love' happy birthday on a piece of scrap card and cut it into a banner shape and mounted that underneath the 'Happy' word, with foam tape in the middle and a glue dot each end, to give it 'movement'.

I finished the card off by cutting a layered flower from 'Cottage Cuts' and gave the inside corner the same treatment as the front of the card.

Here are the pictures

Right, I'm off to see if card number two is dry yet, and thank you for taking the time to visit and leave comments, as it makes my day, I will of course reciprocate where possible!  have a great day!  Hazel xx

Thursday, 29 January 2015

CAS 4 - Day 3 - Inked Backgrounds

Today's (or yesterdays in USA) lessons were 'Inked Backgrounds' and the techniques I chose to try were, Jennifer McGuire's 'Layered Inking' and Karolyn's 'Velveteen Stamping', this is the card I am going to show you first.

First, I stamped the, Just Rite, 'Elegant Fronds' in white pigment ink on to white cardstock and let that dry.  Then, I stamped the flowers and leaves from the, Altenew, 'Lacy Scrolls' stamp set and that was stamped in Stampin' Up's, 'Melon Mambo' and 'Gumball Green' inks.

Next, I got a piece of 'Gumball Green' card and stamped Avery Elle's 'Woodgrain & More' stamp in versamark ink for a tone on tone effect.  Then I stamped the little tag with Paula Pascual, 'Every Day Messages', put twine through it and wound it round the front of the card and fastened it at the back with tape and popped the tag up on foam tape.

Finally, I mounted the whole thing on to a card base and added a few sequins and this is the card!

The second technique was, 'Layered Inking', which involved blending a couple of distress inks together on a background piece and then overstamping with Versamark, and the Versamark was supposed to react with the distress inks and lighten those areas . . . but in Hazel's world nothing goes as it does for everyone else and the Versamark just dried into the background and didn't show up at all!!

So, I did the only thing I could do so I didn't get behind again, I . . . cheated!  What I did, was, I restamped with white pigment ink . . . well, it's still technichally 'layered stamping' isn't it?  Please tell me you'd have done the same?!!

The stamps I used were, Simon Says Stamp, 'Lots Of Dots' (for the moon) and Lawn Fawn, 'Starry Backdrops' and the dies were, Clearly Besotted, 'On The Line'.

Finally I finished it with a greeting from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, 'Compliments Of The Season'

This is the end result.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and I appreciate all your comments and will reciprocate where possible.  Have a good day/evening.  Hazel xx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

CAS 4 - Day 2 - DIY Stamp

I managed to get one more card done for Day 2 of the CAS 4 course and this time, it was DIY stamps, by Shari Caroll.

First I cut my Memory Box, 'Chloe Stem' die out of white fun foam and mounted it on to my acrylic block with temporary adhesive . . . which on fun foam, wasn't as nearly temporary as when it is on smooth cardstock!  Then I coated it with Memento, 'Rich Cocoa' and stamped it on a panel of, Stampin' Up, 'Natural' cardstock.

Next, I took the 'stamp' off the block and adhered it to my card layer and then stamped my greeting from the Simon Says Stamp, 'Friendship Sayings' and layered it on to a strip of chocolate brown cardstock and a panel of patterned paper.

Finally, I mounted the finished panel on to a natural card base and added a few homemade sequins and glitter 'gems' (glitter glue).

By now, I had nearly lost all light, so I only have the full cards, no detail shots, as the pictures were very poor.

Thanks as usual, for popping by and for any comments, I really appreciate it!  have a great day/evening.  Hazel xx

Mind The Gap

Well today, I have managed to make a start on the new online card class CAS4 . . . finally.  Anyway, I'd better get to it, otherwise I will get behind again! 

 There were three wonderful techniques, by three of my favourite designers, Kristina Werner, Debby Hughes and Shari Caroll.  Jennifer McGuire, another of my favourite designers is also on the DT, but not today.

Anywho, I chose to do Kristina's technique because, it included ink blending and I'm not very good at that so I thought it would encourage me to practice.  The technique was called, 'Gap Die Cutting'.

 I originally was going to use the Mama Elephant, 'So Breezy' stamp set, but I discovered I have lost the kite!  I can't imagine how it has happened because I've not even had chance to use it yet . . . most irritating!  It is almost like it never came with it in the first place, is that even possible?  Well, I suppose I'd better 'move on' as they say, and 'get over it'.

This is was my attempt, you will see by the sponge marks on the bottom, that it is not perfect, but it's better than some of my attempts in the past.  All supplies will be listed below the pics.

Supplies used:

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, 'Hello Sunshie' and Mama Elephant, 'Sunny Skies'
Inks For Blending:  Distress Inks, 'Barn Door', 'Ripe Persimon', 'Spiced Marmalade' & 'Scattered Straw'
Ink For Sun: Memento, 'Dandelion'

For those who wished my mother a Happy Birthday I would like to thank you all on her behalf, she was thrilled to think that people she had never even met and who lived on the other side of the world cared enough to wish her well!

As always, thank you for visiting and leaving your comments, I will reciprocate where possible!  have a good day/evening.  Hazel xx

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Lost Day!!

Well, today (yesterday US time)  I was supposed to start the new online class CAS 4, however, life had other plans for me . . . as it does, as a result I am now one day behind at least and Day 2, is shaping up to be no better.  

The only thing I can do now, is skip anything I've missed, go on to the next and try to go back and catch up when and where I can.

I will post them as and when I do make them, but for now I am off to pick up my 89 year old mother, to give her a birthday tea and spoil her rotten!

Sorry, there is no card today, but tomorrow . . . hopefully.

Have a great day/evening.  Hazel x

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Happy Little Stampers CAS - Watercolour Challenge - Take 5!!

I am having such a ball with all this watercolouring, I thought I would give something a little more 'structured' a go.  I have never been very good at colouring things, whether it be, pencils, watercolour paints or markers, so I decided to have a practice and use the resulting card for the Happy Little Stampers CAS - Watercolour Challenge

I had watched numerous videos on You Tube on how to use watercolours for colouring and decided that the easiest method for me, was to heat emboss the image first, in order for it to 'contain' the paint, as it seems that watercolours have a mind of their own . . . nothing wrong with that, I admire independence, but I wanted to 'control' it . . . call me a control freak if you like, but I make no apologies for it! 

Anywho, first I stamped, the image with versamark on to watercolour card, then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Next, I wet the card with water and set to work.  The end result wasn't as lovely as I have seen it done elsewhere, by all these very talented folk who can do amazing things with paints, pencils and markers, but for me, I didn't think it wasn't too shabby.

Finally I mounted it on to some natural cardstock, stamped a greeting and added a few splashes of paint to give it that authentic watercolour look.  This is the end result.  All supplies are listed below.

Supplies used:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up, 'Natural' & watercolour cardstock.
Stamps - Clearly Besotted, 'Fresh Flowers' and Mama Elephant, 'Everyday Greetings'
Paints - Peerless Watercolours

Thank you for taking the time to visit and I appreciate all you lovely people who leave comments and I try to reciprocate, where possible.  have a good weekend.  Hazel x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Yet More NBUS For CAS.ology - That I Missed :(

The past couple of weeks have been great because I have had the kick up the rear needed to use stuff that I had purchased and then not got around to using, or in some cases - ahem, quite a lot of cases - forgot I even had . . . which also meant I discovered quite a few 'duplicate' purchases!

The impetus was the terrfic challenge over at Darnell's blog HERE . . . and if any of you don't know, although I would be amazed if you didn't, Darnell was the one resposible for the acronym NBUS, standing for, Never Before Used Schtuff!

Then came  CAS.ology Week 129 - NBUS Challenge   and I was off!

This time it was the turn of the Memory Box, 'Chloe Stem' die that was the star of the show.  I cut it out of gold foil and white cardstock and then inlaid the gold die cut into the negative space of the white panel.  To finish off I adhered two strips of striped paper that I made with a MFT background stamp and mounted the inlaid panel on top, finishing off with a sprinkle of gold sequins.  Then, when I went to post it for the challenge, I found I'd missed it . . . oh, well, never mind!  Here it is anyway!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I appreciate any comments you may have and will reciprocate where possible.  Have a great crafty day/evening.  Hazel x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Split Sentiments For Two Challenges

Today, I thought I'd try a new technique that was inspired by a card I saw a couple of days ago on Maile Belle's wonderful blog, Simply Stamped!   I am going to enter this for the CASology: Week 129: NBUS challenge, because the stamp set has never been used, Altenew's Super Script 2

and also, the Happy Little Stampers CAS #1 - Watercolour challenge, because, as you know, I've been watercolouring every piece of cardstock in site this past week!

This is the card

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Another (Vivid) Watercolour CAS Card For Happy Little Stampers

At the moment I am having a ball creating watercolour pieces and the instigators are Happy Little Stampers, who's challenge this month is to create a Clean And Simple card with watercolouring in it, you will find the challenge HERE  or, click on the badge below

This time I created a watercolour piece, but cut it up into various size strips, then I stuck them 'haphazzard' style to create an eye catching border.  I finished the card with a fairly bold sentiment and a couple of co-ordinating gems.  Appologies for the poor pictures, but time was getting away with me and I was losing the light (you know how it is right?)

All supplies are listed below.

Supplies used:

Cheap bingo daubers on watercolour cardstock
Clearly Besotted, 'Say It In Style' stamped with Versafine, Black Onyx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Two Birds . . . One Card.

Today's card was made with two challenges in mind.  The CAS.ology Week 129 - NBUS Challenge which calls for 'something new to you, and the Craft Stamper - Take It Make It January Challenge - 'Take A Stamp', which calls for us to make a card that has to incorporate the use of a stamp or stamps.

The stamp I used was one that I bought a while back but never got round to using, hence the NBUS - Darnell's acronym for Never Before Used Schtuff - so it was the ideal thing to use for both of the challenges and here is the card.

The stamp I used was My Favorite Things 'Spotlight Sentiments' and the inspiration was a card I saw a while back, that I think was made by one of the MFT team, sorry, but I forget where and who, but if I find it again, I will link to it.

Supplies used:

My Favorite Things, 'Spotlight Sentiments' stamps and My Favorite Things, 'Blueprints 18' dies set.

American Crafts, Textured cardstock and Wink Of Stella, Clear.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today and I appreciate all your comments and will reciprocate.  Hazel x