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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Heartfelt Thanks .....



Made a very simple 'Thankyou' card on a Kraft card base.

I took a 4 x 4 inch square Kraft Card base and diecut a matt in patterned paper with a stitched edge die.  this was applied centrally to the card base.

I then diecut a tag in white card and into this diecut out a butterfly.  The sentiment (Inkadinkado) was stamped as shown in black Archival ink and the matt placed on foam pads to finish.

Sid xx

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Heart Scribbles ....



Here is another card in the 'Love' series, this time with black and on a square card !

I took a 5 x 5 inch white card base and diecut a slightly smaller matt with a stitched edge die. Working on this matt I added three hand drawn squiggly lines with a white Signo pen.

I then hand cut three hearts from patterned paper and added scribbles around them with a black Micron pen before adhering over the lines on foam pads. The matt was applied to the card on foam pads. I added some pink and lime green self adhesive pearls to decorate.

The sentiment was diecut from white card and added as shown to finish the card.

Think that this looks really elegant with the black background !

Sid xx

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Home .....



Sharing a 'Home' card made recently !

I started with a 4 x 4 inch white card blank and diecut two  matts, one in blue and one in white.  I then stamped the houses in black Memento ink onto the white matt and also stamped a 'spare' set on some more white card from which I trimmed out one of the houses and coloured with Copic  markers before overlaying on foam pads

The sentiment was stamped in Versafine onyx black ink, trimmed and matted on blue card before mounting on more foam pads.

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

You Shouldn't Have ......


A simple card saying 'Thanks' in a round about way !

I started with a 4 x 4 inch square Kraft base and cut a slightly smaller matt in some daisy patterned paper trying to centralise one of the daisies.

I then cut a stitched edge tag in white card and then cut a star into this with another die.  I then stamped the tag with the sentiment (Inkadinkado) in Versafine onyx black ink before mounting on foam pads with the star over the central daisy.

I added three yellow gems to finish.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hello, Hello ......



Just to say 'Hello' !!

I made this card from a 5 x 7 inch white card blank base.  I cut a slightly smaller matt in more white card.

I then cut 6 matts using two sizes of stitched edge dies.  I stamped the smaller matts with Versamark ink and a stamp (Inkadinkado) and then heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  Once embossed I coloured them using three shades of Distress ink applied with a blender pad and wiped off the ink to reveal the embossed image below.  I added stems with a Micron pen. These were then mounted on the larger square matts and applied as shown on foam pads.

The sentiment was diecut in cream card and stuck in place as shown with three self adhesive gems added to finish.  I think the squares look a bit like they could be leather .... what do you think ?

Sid xx

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunny Bloom .....


Sharing a card made entirely from die-cuts today.  The bloom and sentiment were diecut from some watercolour card which I have coloured with sunny coloured Brushos.

The remaining matts were cut using various dies and built up on foam pads as shown.

The card was finished with some coloured adhesive gems.

The card also meets this weeks City Crafter Challenge Blog challenge whose subject is 'Sunshine'.

Sid xx

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Geometry ? ........



Here's a CAS card using geometrical shapes as the design, in this case hexagons !

I die cut a number of printed papers with a hex die (Stampin'Up).  I then took a 5 x 7 white card blank and cut a slightly smaller matt out of white card.  I arranged the hexagons onto this matt until happy and then stuck them in place.

The decorated matt was then matted onto more printed paper and the design applied to the card front on foam pads.

The sentiment (Inkadinkado) was stamped on more white card in Versafine onyx black, trimmed and applied on more foam pads to finish.

This meets this weeks Challenge over on the 'Less Is More Challenge Blog' whose subject is 'Geometric'

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Friday, May 19, 2017

White on White ........



I really find Sympathy cards are very hard to make.

White on White is always a good way of conveying your thoughts and feelings at this difficult time.

I started with a white 5 x 7 inch white card blank.  I then cut a smaller matt and diecut into this with a fern die.  I then used an embossing folder and embossed the matt.  The matt was then applied on foam pads and the fern replaced on central foam pads back into the aperture.

The sentiment (PapertreyInk) was stamped on white card in london fog Memento ink, trimmed out and applied centrally on more foam pads to finish.

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Loving you .......



If your wanting to tell someone you love them then this card will hopefully fit the bill !

I started with a 5 x 7 inch white card blank and cut a smaller matt in cream textured cardstock.  I stamped three hearts (Chocolate Baroque) onto patterned papers and hand trimmed these out.  The hearts were edged with hand drawn squiggles with a Micron pen.

I used the black Micron pen to draw three vertical squiggly lines on the right of the matt. and applied the hearts as shown on foam pads.

The 'with love' sentiment was diecut from black card and applied as shown at the base of the matt. Some coloured adhesive pearls were strategically placed and the matt applied to the card front on more foam pads to finish the card.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dream your dream .....



This is a very minimalist Clean & Simple Card I have crafted.  Unusually I have used a coloured background on this card.

I trimmed some pale pink card and creased into a 5 x 7 inch cardblank.  I then cut a strip in the same card and stamped this with the sentiment in Versafine onyx black ink.  This was mounted on the blank on foam pads.

I cut three strips from some coloured cards and applied these on foam pads as shown.  Finally I added some violet crystal drops to finish.

Sid xx

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Inchies .....



I run a closed Facebook Group called 'UK Stampers Forum' and we have a monthly Inchie Swap where we need to make 6 inchies and Swap with other like minded crafters.

These were made using an acrylic painted background which was then trimmed into 1 inch squares. These were mounted onto some heavy board for strength.  I then stamped some leaves (Uniko) in Versamark Ink and embossed them with two shades of green embossing powder.  The edges of the inchies were then heat embossed in light gold.

I added some tiny gems and some doodling & dots with Posca pens to finish.  If you fancy joining in an Inchie Swap why not join our Forum and take part  CLICK HERE to go to the Forum .... we would love to have you onboard.

Sid xx

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Lovely Birthday ......



Here is a simple birthday card made in the CAS style.

I started with a 5 x 7 inch white card blank folded tent style.  I then stamped a number of 'stems' with a stitch stamp (PapertreyInk) in black Archival ink as shown.

I then applied a number of pastel coloured mulberry paper flowers from Prima and finished the centres with self adhesive pearls.

The sentiment was stamped in onyx black Versafine ink, trimmed out and applied on foam pads to finish.

Sid xx

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mainly black ......



Here is a monochrome friendship card made in the CAS style and it fits the bill for the That's Crafty Challenge blog whose theme is 'Back to Black'

I started with a black 5 x 7 inch card blank and cut a white matt slightly smaller and applied to the card front.  Next I cut another smaller matt and embossed this with a spots embossing folder.

I then used more dies and cut leafy sprigs which I appled onto the black matt.  I then took more black card and stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed the sentiment (Woodware) with white embossing powder.

This was trimmed and shaped as a banner and was applied on foam pads as shown.  Two black adhesive gems were added to finish the card.

Sid xx

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thinking .....



Here is a CAS card made mainly with Kraft card !  I always think that kraft adds a sort of rustic, earthy and packaging look to whatever it is used on.

I took a 5 x 5 inch square Kraft card base and cut with a die another slightly smaller matt with a stitched edge die through the Sizzix Big Shot.

I then used a hexagon die and cut three apertures in this matt as shown.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder & the matt was then adhered on foam pads onto the card base.

Three small hearts were diecut from some teal design paper and adhered in the apertures on foam pads to finish.

Sid xx

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Glitzy Stars .....


Made another CAS card, this time with Stars and circles !

I started with a 5 x 7 inch white card blank.  Then I diecut a number of circles in white card in two different sizes and then diecut stitched stars into the circles.  I then cut more circles in different colours of glitter board to match the size of the original circles.

I laid out the glitter circles, adhering them when happy with the layout and overlaid with the star cutouts on foam pads.

The sentiment (PapertreyInk) was stamped in black Versafine ink onto more white card, trimmed and applied on more foam pads to finish the card.

Sid xx

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bunting Birthday .....


Here is a card made for a Colour Challenge this month over on the UK Stampers Forum Facebook Group.

I started with a 4 x 4 inch white card blank and diecut a black matt and a slightly smaller blue matt with a square stitched edge die through the Sizzix Big Shot.

I then diecut some bunting with another die in white card.  I coloured the flags with Copic Markers, backed the star cutouts with black card (as a contrast with the matt) and drew in a thin black line. The bunting was applied as shown and the stars were decorated with coloured self adhesive gems.

The sentiment (Woodware) was stamped on white card in Versafine onyx black ink and this was trimmed and matted on more black card.  The sentiment was then applied as shown on foam pads to finish.

Sid xx

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bright Circles .......



I love making CAS cards and I woke up one morning with an idea in my mind ....... so later that day I started to empty my mind and put the design into this card !

This card also meets the Challenge over on the 'That's Crafty' Challenge Blog whose theme is to make it 'Bright' !

I started with a 6 x 6 inch square white card blank.  I then chose 4 circular dies in different sizes and diecut lots of circles and circles-in-circles through the Sizzix machine.  I used a variety of bright coloured cards in 5 colours.

Once I had gathered a selection of these circles I assembled them in a number of configurations before choosing the one that I liked.  The circles were applied directly to the card front, some flat and some on foam pads to add dimension.

I then stamped the sentiment (Personal Impressions - Marion Emberson) as shown in Versafine onyx black.

Very simple but I like how effectively the circles lend themselves to a design.

Sid xx

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Leafy LIM Card ......



This card is made as my entry into the 'Less Is More Challenge' blog for this week which is to use the colours 'Grey & Yellow' on your card !

I started with a white 5 x 7 inch white card blank and cut a small oblong matt out of more white card. Onto more white card I stamped some leafy Uniko stamps from the 'Natures Treasures II' set in Yellow & Grey memento dye inks.  I trimmed these out and applied onto the oblong matt as shown.

The matt was applied on the left on foam pads and the sentiment (PapertreyInk) stamped in Versafine onyx black ink, trimmed out and applied on more pads as shown.

I coloured some adhesive gems with grey and yellow Copic markers before applying these as shown to finish the card.


Sid xx

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Floral Heaven postcard .....



I run a  Private Facebook Group called UK Stampers Forum and we are running a number of Swaps each month, one of which is a Postcard Swap where the postcard is sent 'naked' through the post to its recipient.  If you would like to join us and join some of our swaps click the link above.  We wouls love to have you onboard !

This month we are to make a postcard in the theme ' Floral Heaven' and this is my entry !

I started with a piece of heavy white card cut to 6 x 4 inches and produced a background using Distress Oxide inks in Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio & Faded Jeans !  I then added some splashes of Wilted Violet added with a paintbrush.

Once totally dry I used an embossing folder and embossed the card.  I then used more distress inks as paints and coloured the embossed design with a waterbrush.  The flower centres were highlighted with silver.  I stamped some butterflies in Sepia Archival Ink and the word 'Bloom' in Versafine black ink.  I then layered the postcard on more white card and it was then edged with dark blue Versamagic chalk ink and the whole thing given a seal with spray matte acrylic sealer to protect.

This also meets the Challenge this week over on the City Crafter Challenge Blog whose subject is 'You can do it - make a background'

Sid xx

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Get Well Butterflies .....


Unfortunately, from time to time, we all feel unwell and hope that this CAS get well card would cheer someone up if they were unwell !

I took a 5 x 5 inch white card blank and diecut a smaller matt with a stitched edge from more white card.  I then cut out 3 butterfly apertures with another die.  Next I cut a pink matt slightly larger than this and mounted this on  the card blank.  I then backed the pink with 3 different pieces of patterned paper and overlayed the white matt on foam pads over these.

I stamped the sentiment (PapertreyInk) in black Versafine ink and diecut this before mounting on foam pads and applying as shown.

Finishing touch was to add three self adhesive gems.

Sid xx

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Uplifting Butterfly ......


This CAS card was made recently and everybody loves butterflies after all !

I took a 4 x 4 inch white card blank, then diecut a square stitched edge matt in more white card.  I then diecut a butterfly in more white card.  The butterfly aperture was backed in lime green card and I cut another butterfly using more lime green card, collecting the butterfly 'waste' from the diecut.

I mounted the backed matt on foam pads as shown, decorated the matt and card with a selection of the 'waste' butterflies.  I applied the white butterfly on a foam pad and decorated the bodies of the butterflies with dimensional pearls.

The sentiment (Papertrey Ink) was stamped in Versafine onyx black on white card and this was matted onto more lime green card after trimming to finish !

A May Day butterfly card which meets the challenge for the Less Is More Challenge Blog whose theme is 'Shadow' this week.  The 3D wings on the butterfly leave a shadow of the design over the lime green background !

Sid xx

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