Friday, 23 February 2018

Clarice Cliff Style Cottage

I love the artwork and pottery of Clarice Cliff, so it's no wonder I adore this set of Woodware stamps designed by Francoise Read and very much in the style of Clarice Cliff's work.

Sometimes I colour in the image in the rather offbeat colours that Cliff occasionally used - a whole landscape in shades of purple and orange, for instance, but for this new home card I've kept to more conventional ones. The corners and the sentiment are from the same stamp set and I've ruled a fine line between the corners to represent a frame.

I am sharing this with

Shopping Our Stash - Home Sweet Home
CAS on Friday - One Layer Wonder
Just add Ink - Just add H (house/home/hollyhocks)

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Tall tree

The world needs more DL sized cards! I don't know why it is but I very rarely think of making them, and yet that long, lean space is great for so many cards.

For this card, I cut a panel slightly smaller than the card front then die cut the Christmas tree from it. The die has stitching effect on both the inside and outside of the cutting line, making both the positive and negative die cuts useful.

Next I embossed the top part of the panel with a Darice snowflake folder, then stuck a panel of Christmas sentiment paper behind the aperture. The Altenew Christmas sentiment stamps that I recently won in the Playground use a very similar font, making this one perfect to stamp on the clear space at the bottom of the card.

Finally I attached the bow- a ready made one I rescued from some packaging at Christmas - and stuck the whole panel to the front of the card.

I am sharing this with

Little Red Wagon - Go Green!  - my recycling is the ribbon
Fab'n'Funky - Christmas

A breath of spring

It's lovely to see the first signs of spring appearing in the gardens and hedgerows. On the road to Farnborough this week I spotted a lovely little clump of primroses growing on the verge, the first I have seen this year, so I had to come home and dig out this lovely old stamp which I think originally came from Dimension 4th.

I used Brushos to create the background then stamped the medallion onto card in yellow and two shades of green, coloured the centres and fussy cut the layers.

I am sharing this with

Cardz 4 Galz  - stamping (no digis)
Make My Mondays - messy backgrounds  
Uniko - 6th Birthday Linky Party
Crafty Sentiments - Spring 

Glittery Kimono

Here it is folks, absolutely the last of my Iris folding cards. The card blanks and folding strips are all used up, the instruction leaflets and paper scraps discarded  - I'm not committing myself to NEVER doing any again but when I do I'll be cutting my own apertures and strips as and when I need them, not hoarding pre-cut ones for years or decades.

To be fair though, I got the original kits long before a die cutting machine was part of a crafter's essential kit - and I got the peel-offs I've used here at about the same time.

Since this style of kimono is a very masculine one, I chose strong masculine colours for the glitter papers and peel-offs but softened the effect with ornate corners rather than squared-off Oriental ones.

I am sharing this with

Use Your Stuff - Twinkle twinkle

Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine anything goes  

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Beet Route

One of my all time favourite stamp sets is Hero Arts "Stamp Your Own Salad" and today I've used it in a very CAS way.

The beetroot, leaves and sentiment are all stamped using the set, and I've added a "ground" line using a deckle edged ruler. I made sure a tiny bit of the beetroot showed above the ground because that's how Mark's beetroot look when they are in the garden. The rectangles are cut using Gummiapan Stitched Rectangle dies.

I die cut a little watering can to embellish it with but it looked all wrong, so that's gone into my bits box for on a future card.

I have made this for CAS-ology where the cue word is PUN.

Monday, 19 February 2018

A bit OTT for me!

Well, I've really gone a bit OTT by my standards today! I make a LOT of CAS cards, and often stray into messy or more complex territory, but seldom go full-on ribbon, lace, pearls, flowers, multiple die cuts and the whole shebang. However, Mother's Day is approaching and needs must......

(The usual disclaimer - in real life that ribbon is NOT bright orange, it's a lovely soft peach like the upper die cut doily)

The design of this card is inspired by the Butterfly Challenge where the wheel segments this time are paper piecing, pearls, patterned paper, peach, pink and purple. I've managed to combine all the segments except paper piecing and frankly last week's venture into it was enough to last me for quite some time!

I've used two pink patterned papers, pink heart gems and pink pearl braid, a purple flower, purple die cut butterfly, sentiment and doily and peach  ribbon and doily.

Incidentally that doily die is one of my oldest dies and yet I hardly ever use it because although the die cut comes out lovely and cleanly, the waste from all those little holes doesn't. It doesn't matter what I do to help them on their way (and that die has single-handedly killed a Tool'n'One) I end up having to pick them all out from the die with a pokey tool. One. By. One. So you can see how much love has gone into this card. I cut TWO of the blighters!

I am sharing it with The Butterfly Challenge and with 

Little Red Wagon - Luuurve

C.R.A.F.T - Mother's Day/Feminine 

And, thanks to Liz's suggestion, I am also sharing with The Crafty Calendar Challenge - 2 or more layers.

Stencilled stag

I'm sure you all know by now how much I love this stencil, I've used it so often. It makes such a tranquil Christmas scene which I think is perfect for a masculine card, especially when done using a dark background.

This time I used texture paste for the stencilling, sprinkling it with white glitter while still wet. The paste doesn't pick up a lot of glitter, just enough to give a gentle sparkle as the light changes. Some matting and layering and a stamped Altenew sentiment and the card was finished.

I am sharing this with

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything goes (or green)
Crafty Creations Challenge - anything goes
Winter Wonderland - tribute to Eileen, anything Christmas goes  
The Holly and Ivy - Anything Christmas Goes