Tuesday, 3 January 2017
First Cards & Two Challenges!
Hello one and all. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the new year in 2017 is kind to us all, with health and happiness in abundance!
The new year has started off better than the end of last year for us, as Mum is so much stronger than she was, she will always need a lot of support (well, she is 91 years old in a few weeks and with a dodgy heart), but thankfully, she is as good as she is going to get and more like her old self. I owe so much to all of you my friends for your words of support and thoughts and prayers during her ordeal, and she has asked me to thank you all on her behalf . . . so, thank you, thank you!
This is the first cards made of 2017 and I have neglected some of my usual challenges, so here are two that I made today for two of my favourites.
The first here is for the challenge that gave me my first shot at being in a design team, it is for the Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge that requires the use of a stencil this month.
This is the card . . . a shaker for next Christmas, as I don't intend to get caught out this year!
The second card is for another of my very favourites and that is my dear dear friends Loll and Bonnie's CAS Mix Up challenge which asks for, Stamping, Liquid Colours + Your Choice.
I wanted to try this technique that I saw on You Tube HERE however, I couldn't find my alcohol inks (and may never do so again, due to the appalling state of my craft room!) So, instead I improvised and used Stampin' Up re-inkers. I got a piece of watercolour paper and wet it liberally and then I dropped drips of 'Island Indigo' in spots and moved it around a bit. Then I spritzed with more water and repeated the dripping. I finished the piece, by laying it face down, once it was dry, in the residue on my mat and mopped up.
I wanted to make the piece the 'star' of the show, so I just dry embossed the top left corner with a die (my choice) and stamped the sentiment on a piece of white card-stock and punched a border, then mounted it to the front of the card base. Here it is.
Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment. You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.