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Showing posts with label Visible Image stamps. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Visible Image stamps. Show all posts

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Follow your heart .......

Happy Sunday ......

I know ..... late again! Sorry ....... this moving house lark is playing with my blogging clock!
Normal service will resume shortly ..... I'm going to make a start on my craft room today!!

It's time for this month's Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge and the theme for February is .....

I've got some actual Artist Trading Cards for you today ..... not the wooden block kind like in my last two posts ......

ATC's .... in case you're not familiar with them, are little pieces of artwork, size 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches .... and they are so much fun to make.

This little set started out from a piece of previously coloured cardstock from my stash, coloured with Distress Inks and the smooshing technique ..... I think!
And I've used stamps, and die cuts along with a little heat embossing to decorate the ATC's 

This heart is from Visible Image ...... stamped directly on the ATC in black and heat embossed with clear powder.  I then stamped the heart  again onto white cardstock using a red ink and fussy cut away all the splatters around the edge.
The sentiment was then stamped and heat embossed on the top before layering the heart onto the ATC.

For this one I used a simple die cut heart balloon ..... and coloured it with red ink.  A few splatters of white ink add a bit more interest to the background.

Last but not least ..... a simple red heart stamped in the centre of the ATC (I did use the MISTI to get a nice deep coverage)  I doodled around the edge with a white gel pen and then heat embossed that fab sentiment from STAMPlorations over the top.
To finish off I doodled faux stitching around the ATCs and layered them all onto black cardstock.

As with all the Happy Little Stampers challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner, which will be doubled if the winning ATC has been created using HLS stamps.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .....

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Happy Birthday Lauren .........

Happy Wednesday to you ......

It's a special day today ...... it's Lauren's birthday! Is it really 26 years ...... how time flies.
Luckily I managed to find time to make her a birthday card ...... using a stamp I bought especially for the occasion!

The pretty lady is from Penny Black, and she's simply been stamped in black Versafine ink and then watercoloured using Distress Inks .......

I then stamped the daughter definition from Visible Image, across the bottom.  I used Gold Shimmer Delicata ink to stamp with and then added gold embossing powder just over the word daughter to make it stand out a little (not sure this really comes across well in the photo)

A few gold and silver ink splatters onto the background ......

Some sparkly sequins and a sentiment .......

And of course a little something on the inside ......

Same image, second generation stamping and of course those gold and silver splatters .....

Happy Birthday sweetheart ...... I think she'll be more interested with what's inside the card to be honest ..... a little bit of cash to spend on herself!

As this month's CAS Watercolour challenge has a Birthday theme, I thought I'd play along

Loll and the team have some gorgeous inspiration pieces on there and the gallery looks amazing .... why not join in the fun.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.
As it's Lauren's birthday we're off out for a nice family lunch ......

We're off to Enzo's ..... Lauren hasn't been before so she's in for a treat.
It's a lovely little Italian restaurant, only 5 minutes walk from where we live.  The food is amazing, and I'm afraid Dry January has been put on hold for 24 hours ...... sigh! (and it was going so well) 

I was planning on having just one glass of wine at lunch time today (well it is Lauren's birthday) but ........ I actually gave in to temptation last night!!  Hubby opened a rather nice bottle of  Chianti and after the busy day I'd had, I couldn't resist.  I only had one glass though, plus a small top up.  It's not a completely dry January now ........ more like a bit damp!

Cheerio until next time ......

Friday, 6 October 2017

It's that Friday feeling again .......

Happy end of the week ......

Phew!! And what a fun, busy week it's been.

Let's get the weekend started though shall we.  It's the first Friday of the month and you know what that means .......  it's the Craft Stamper Challenge!

As always the theme is Anything Goes ....... so it's entirely up to you what you create.  Just make sure to include some rubber stamping on your project somewhere.

I've gone with the Christmas/Winter theme ..... surprise! surprise!  It's been quite the festive week here on the blog. 
I've used one of the brand new stamps from Visible Image ....... Snow is Falling  I love this large snowflake .........

The background is Distress Ink (Stormy Sky) smooshed over a piece of white cardstock.  I applied dots of masking fluid onto the card before doing the smooshing, and once the ink was dry I rubbed the masking fluid away to reveal dots of white .... the start of my snowy sky

I then used the smaller stamps from the set, with various colours of Distress Oxide inks, along with first and second generation stamping, to build up more layers and detail around the edges .......

Then came the heat embossing ....... some around the edges with the smaller snowflake and a sparkly white embossing powder, and the large snowflake in the centre to create my focal point

For this I used plain old white embossing powder and then added the sparkle over the top with some crystal glitter

To finish off, I stamped the words (which also come in the set ..... great value) onto a strip of vellum and heat embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum EP

Stamped and embossed one of the small snowflakes for a little more detail and added a touch more sparkle to the edges of the vellum using a quickie glue pen and crystal glitter.

I can't wait to see your projects in the gallery.

As always we have a challenge sponsor, and this month it's the fabulous rubber stamp company........ IndigoBlu

The prize for the challenge winner is an amazing THREE stamp sets ..... so get those crafty hats on!

There'll also be a Design Winner ..... chosen by the DT.  You .... could have your winning project published in the Craft Stamper magazine.

Speaking of the magazine the latest issue hits the shelves today or, if you're a subscriber then you've probably already received your copy

It's full of amazing projects this month ..... there's cards, mixed media, home decor and even a little something from Me!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
I'm in the old craft room again today .... playing with ooops! I mean working with stencils and texture pastes and glitters and lots of fun stuff.
I'll be back later too ..... this month's blog challenges are still getting started.

Cheerio until next time ....

Friday, 14 April 2017

Go where your dreams take you .......

Happy Good Friday!

Looking forward to the long weekend ........ let's get the Easter break started with a little reminder for this month's Craft Stamper Challenge.
As always the theme is Anything Goes as long as there's some rubber stamping on there somewhere ..... couldn't be simpler.

We have a great prize for the challenge winner, from the fabulous rubber stamp company ...... Visible Image

One lucky entry will receive 3 Visible Image stamp sets .... yes I did say three sets!

Need some inspiration? ..... well here goes

Mica powders, one of my favourite Visible Image stamps and a little bit of heat embossing

I started by giving a piece of smooth watercolour card a very light wash of colour using mica powders mixed with water ...... I used a blue and a green from the Luscious range from IndigoBlu, blending the colours towards the bottom.
I flicked the card with more water and let it sit for a few seconds before mopping up the excess ..... love the effect that this gave .......

I stamped the sentiment ...... from the Visible Image Where Dreams Take You set, and heat embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum EP.

I then stamped the butterfly randomly over the card using black Versafine ink ..... it's from the Visible Image Own Kind of Beautiful set and is such a pretty butterfly.
I stamped it again onto another piece of coloured cardstock and fussy cut around it before attaching it over one of the butterflies on my card

Look how pretty the sheen is from the mica ....... and I used the tiniest amount of powder for the background so these little pots are going to last you ages!

I added a few sequins here and there and some dots of glitter glue for added sparkle.

And for the inside ...... I brushed some of the colour across the centre of the card and stamped that pretty butterfly again

Check out the Craft Stamper blog for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and then why not join in the fun.  I can't wait to see what you create ..... happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ........ have a great Easter weekend. Not too many chocolate eggs!
I'm looking forward to spending some time in the old craft room as we haven't got that much planned. We've got a party tomorrow evening ...... Lauren and Robbie's engagement bash, and then it's the usual family Sunday lunch at ours.
I had hoped our new table would have arrived this week, it was due on the island around the 4th ...... but we're still waiting (sigh!)  I thought last Sunday's family meal would have been the final one on our current table ..... at least it's going out happy!

Ooops!  The red wine carafe had dripped ...... just in the right place.  He's even got hair if you look at it in a certain light! ......... hmmm I think maybe there had been a little too much red wine that afternoon.  We thought it was funny!

Cheerio until next time .....

Friday, 3 February 2017

Smile ........ it's the Craft Stamper challenge

Good morning ....... Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday of the month, so that means the launch of February's Craft Stamper Challenge.

Just like last month there's no challenge theme ....... Anything Goes from now on.  All we ask is that there is actual rubber stamping somewhere on your projects ..... easy!

Our sponsor for February is the fabulous Seven Hills Crafts (they're one of my favourite places to shop online!)

And our challenge winner will receive a fantastic £25 voucher to spend in the store!

Don't forget there's a design winner too .... chosen by the DT.  They will have their winning project published in the Craft Stamper magazine, be invited to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge and have a winners profile on the CS Blog!! So get out those stamps and get creating!

Here's a little fun design for you ....... great for teenagers, or guys!  
Lots of repeat stamping of the cute little smiley face from Visible Image ..... made a little easier by using my MISTI!

I've simply stamped the image using black Versafine ink and then coloured the faces with a little bit of Mustard Seed Distress Ink .....

I stamped the face again onto a separate piece of card, coloured him and fussy cut around it before attaching it onto the front of my card using foam pads for dimension

I also gave it a coat of Glossy Accents to make it stand out from the rest  ....... love the shine!

There's another little smile on the inside too ......

I just love this sentiment from Woodware ......

This was actually our son's birthday card.  Chris is now old enough to know better ...... he's 27 ..... boy that makes me feel old!!! ....... but he still gets away with things .... funny that!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
Mine's going to be spent emptying cupboards and packing boxes ........ oh joy!   Time for a clear out I think.

Cheerio until next time ......
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