Today, I have used my Prima Confections Watercolour pans from thier "Tropical" collection, with a paint brush through the Visible Image "Entwined Butterflies" stencil to make this vibrant background for the card. The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair "Monarch" and using the Visible Image stamp set called "Express Yourself".
After using the kraft card earlier today, I felt the need for colour, making this get well card, which was a really quick make. I used Versafine Clair "Nocturne" ink to stamp the WOW! "Blossom" clear stamp floral image. I coloured the daisies using a white Signo pen and some of the other flowers using silver and gold Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pens (unfortunately the photo doesn't really pick this out). The sentiment was printed out then die cut.
I'm not a huge fan of kraft card for stamping as it tends not to be the best surface for stamping on, but decided to stretch myself by using it to play with some new stamps I purchased at the weekend. To stretch myself further, I thought I would make a card for a male - foolish Sam!
I stamped the Visible Image "Fibonacci" grid/swirl using Versafine Clair "Glamorous" onto the kraft card. Using Versafine Clair "Nocturne", I stamped the fish and the word "Rebel" from their "Art Rebel" set. Finally, I inked the edges in black ink and added a few touches of gold pen.
I was in need of some male gift wrap, but didn't have anything suitable, so decided to adapt a brown paper bag I had put by. On two pieces of Kraft card I used black Versafine ink through the Visible Image "Strobe" Stencil. I then used stamps from the grid/curve from the Visible Image set called "Fibonacci" stamped in Versafine Clair "Glamorous". I made a matching tag using the same strobe stencil
I have been away for the weekend at a crafting retreat held by Sharon Everett of the "The Forget Me Not Kraft Kabin" who have a bricks and mortar shop in Essex.
The venue for the retreat was "Dunston Hall" in Norwich, a beautiful hotel with a golf course and spa (I didn't have time for either). For me, the retreat couln't have been much further away, travelling by train from Anglesey across country to East Anglia but it was certainly worth it. Over the weekend there were three workshops with three different tutors. Tracey Scott, Eileen Godwin and Marion Emberson. Unfortunately, I woke very early Saturday morning with a migraine so wasn't able to attend the workshop by Tracey. I sat in on the workshop by Eileen in the afternoon (I've known her on-line for many years, so it was fabulous to meet in person), but went back to bed, as I was still feeling poorly. I was so annoyed with myself for missing these as this retreat had been planned for over a year. Fortunately, I was feeling better by the evening and was able to join the group for dinner and a make-and-take with Sharon Everett. On Sunday morning, I took part in the workshop given by Marion Emberson who is a WOW embossing powder ambassador. In the past, I have only done heat embossing, so it was great to see other ways that you can heat emboss. I made the canvas above at the workshop. It consists of normal embossing with a stamp, creating an enamel effect tile (there should be a photo on there, but I managed to lose it). We were shown a Melt-it pouring technique and also how to use embossing powders on textures. I loved it all and would love to attend another one of Marion's workshops in the future. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and after a mammoth 9 hour train journey back to Anglesey, I got in at 1:45am, still wired I was still awake at 3:30am, so this morning I am feeling more than a little second hand!
A friend is celebrating her "special" birthday with a themed party of "Alice In Wonderland". Unfortunately, we are not able to attend, as we both have different plans organised for the weekend. This is the card I made for her. I had saved a pack of small playing cards from a Christmas cracker, so used these as the base. I'm not sure where the "Alice" stamps came from or who made them. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set called "Stylish Sentiments" stamped in Versafine "Black Onyx' ink.
It's time for another challenge on the "My Time To Craft Challenge Blog". Challenge #397 is "Tag You're It". This is the tag that I have made as part of the Design Team. If you have a minute to spare, please do pop over and take a look at the other fab creations by my Design Team colleagues and maybe even enter yourself.
For my tag, I started off by using Dylusions Spray Ink in the shades of "Fresh Lime" and "Squeezed Orange" onto a manilla coloured plain tag. I then used masking tape to keep a stencil in place and used three shades of Distress Inks with a blending tool through the stencil to create the background pattern. I then inked the edges in black ink. Both the stamps used on this tag are by Stampers Anonymous and are from two different sets. The butterfly is part of "Perspective (CMS213)" and the sentiment is from the "Random Quotes (CMS182)" set. Both were stamped in Versafine Clair "Nocturne" ink. Finally, I added white high-light areas using a Signo Pen and a slight gold shimmer to the butterfly spots using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.