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Distress Oxides – I Caved!

Crafting Supplies, Handmade Cards
Distress Oxides

So this might have happened this morning. I totally blame Lesley Oman for being an enabler! 🙂 She kindly sent me the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink pad one after I won it in a Giveway this week, though so far I had resisted the craze but as soon as I tried them, bang! Had to have more. They really are wonderful inks and I had some fun exploring this morning.

I created this gorgeous background using a mix of Faded Jeans and Broken China, before stamping over the blended background with the MFT Mermaid Scales background stamp. Wonderful results and I’m sure it will make at least one gorgeous card in the future.

Distress Oxides Background

 

 

Happy Mail and A Big Heffy Thanks!

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
Hungry Heffy Thanks! (Lawn Fawn)

For the last couple of months Lesley Oman of Hungry Heffy Crafts has been holding a Friday night crafting session. I’ve not been able to attend all of them but I did manage to catch the episode on 9th June. Of course, it helped that she said she had a fantastic announcement! I’m really happy for her in that she and her husband are starting up their own stamp company! Woot! Heffy Doodle Stamps will be launching via Kickstarter on 3rd July 2017 and Lesley needs our help to promote it as far and wide as possible! Go check out her website for some sneak peaks of the really cute set she’s designed! I’m really excited about this as we definitely need more UK based high quality stamp companies!

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Cat-Ful of Thanks with Mama Elephant

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Catful of Thanks (Mama Elephant)

It’s been a while since my last update, during which I have moved house and job. I am currently fighting with my ISP to actually provide me with a decent internet connection so am having to make do with 4G on my phone. It’s really like being back in the dark ages! 🙂

I wanted to say thank you to my neighbour in the flat I’ve just moved out of. She loves cats so what better way to say this than with a Lawn Fawn scripty thanks and the Mama Elephant Page Hugger cats? I love how this turned out, despite it probably being one of the most dull cards I’ve made in terms of colour!

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Showcasing… Series: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

This post will be the first in my Showcasing… Series where I will take one of the stamp sets I own, find some of the amazing cards other makers have created using the set and then create a set of cards of my own. The first set I would like to Showcase is the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland set. Even if it is only April, I have to start early on my Christmas stash! I fell in love with this set after seeing some of the truly amazing cards created using the stamps, especially with the sillouette birch trees and deer. One of the first ever dies I purchased was the Memory Box Deer Trio and this set made me remember old times! This is an older set by Mama Elephant (SHC), released back in October 2013 I think, and has coordinating dies available (SHC).

Winter Wonderland Stamps (Mama Elephant) Winter Wonderland Creative Cuts (Mama Elephant)

The first card I found was this one from Nicole Spohr (blog post and video). I love the stark white embossing against the inked background – it gives a wonderful effect! I loved this one so much that I recreated this card with a few minor changes. I choose two colour variations, one using Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, the other using Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. I mounted them on black card and used white heat embossing on black sentiment banners.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

Another card using this stamp set was created by Yaneia (blog post, video tutorial). I love how she wasn’t restricted by the traditional colours on her cards and got some gorgeous results with some pretty cheap watercolour paints.

To recreate this card in my own way I used three different colours from my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours after I had heat embossed and masked my background. It took me a couple of layers to get the colour intensity I was looking for. I then used two different Lawn Fawn inks to stamp and clear heat emboss my sentiment in the bottom corner.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

A great start to my Christmas card stash, I think!

Anniversary with Lawn Fawn and Concord & 9th

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Love Anniversary (Lawn Fawn, Concord & 9th)

This card was a challenge for me as I don’t have a lot of anniversary related stamps. In fact, the only stamp I had that mentioned anniversary was the Lawn Fawn Happy Everything stamp set, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it after inking such a pretty background! I made this colourful card for my parents who have been married for 35 years – congrats to you! The card was also inspired a little by this card from Kristina Werner with her beautiful pastel inking as I’ve been looking for other ideas on how to use this background stamp.

Love Anniversary (Lawn Fawn, Concord & 9th)

I started out on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock and blended several colours of Distress Inks in rainbow colours (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon).

After heat setting, I then stamped the Barnyard Background by Concord & 9th in Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. I then went over again with the inks, this time shifting the colour bands down slightly so the darker ink would highlight the lighter ink under the embossing powder. I buffed off the ink that had pooled over the embossing powder to get a really nice effect, I think! I will have to experiment with different colours with this technique.

I then stamped a load of the Fab Flowers from the Fawn Fawn set onto some black cardstock and white heat embossed. After die cutting with the cordinating dies, I arranged them on the bottom of the card and adhered with some Multi Medium Matte. This took a little bit of effort and some extra stamp blocks to press them down onto the embossed background.

I really struggled with the sentiment but finally decided to cut the Scripty Love from both black and white cardstock, adhering them slightly offset to give a shadowed look and layering over a simple black cardstock banner.

I adhered the card to an A2 white card base and finished off with some black and white sequins and some Glossy Accents on the love sentiment.

Entered into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Out of this World Birthday with MFT

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Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

This has to be one of my favourite cards I have made this year. I love bright colours on a white background and I really love the cute space stamp sets that all the companies seem to be coming out with recently. This card features the new MFT Space Explorer set with a sentiment from the Out of this World set from Lawn Fawn. I have to give credit where it is due by stating that this birthday card is inspired by Ashley Marcu (see her design team blog post here). I loved how she had the spaceman rocketing up into space and had to try my own version of this.

I started out by masking a slice out with some post-it tape on some smooth white card stock. I blended Squeezed Lemonade with some Wild Honey Distress Inks to make the rocket blast. I then switched the masking so I could ink up the rest of the night sky using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (white, black and silver) to add some splatter to the background for a starry effect. Using an MFT die, I cut out a circle for the focal point background.

Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

On some Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped out the astronaut and three of the planets. I coloured them in with my Copic markers using some reds, blues, greens and cool greys. I added some pale yellow to the reflective parts of his suit to tie in the yellow of his rocket blast. I had originally intended to use the coordinating dies but felt that the white border would detract from the scene I had created in the background, so I fussy cut out the pieces and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I added a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the pieces before adding some Glossy Accents to the astronaut’s visor and control panel.

On the front panel of the A2 smooth white card base I white heat embossed some stars to give some subtle interest to the background. From the same card, I white heat embossed the sentiment and ink blended some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for a matching birthday sentiment banner. I cut the ends on one side to make a banner and trimmed it to the width of my card.

Out of this World Birthday - My Favorite Things

To assemble, I used my tape runner to adhere the background sky to the base before using some foam tape to pop up the astronaut, planets and sentiment.

It’s been a while since I was able to bring out my Copics to experiment but I think I need to do it more often! I really like the reflection effect and it warms up the scene nicely. I am sure this template will be used to create many more birthday cards in the future!

Out of This World Birthday with 2CuteInk

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Out of this World Birthday - 2CuteInk

I haven’t had a chance to use many digital stamps recently, sadly enough. I am a member of 2CuteInk‘s monthly stamp club and I knew that as soon as I saw this cutie included in this month’s goodies I had to colour him! This brightly coloured birthday card can be for a male or female recipient and will be going to my brother later on this month.

Out of this World Birthday - 2CuteInk

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