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    The journey

    Hi crafters. I made a card for the Simon says Stamp travel/ transport challenges. I wanted to try stamping the Darkroom Door world map on black paper with unicorn white pigment ink. I stamped it twice at an angle with some masking. The black strip was embossed using the Cuttlebug Old Paris embossing folder. I then rubbed a Versamark ink pad over the surface and embossed with clear powder. The next 2 layers were cut with the Spellbinders Labels 44. The larger one is from Grey/blue (looks more white in the photo) pattern paper stamped with the Kaisercraft background postmarks stamp. The top layer has a sentiment from https://www.experimentsincraft.com/?p=2312the Stamplorations…

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    Ombré glitter.

    Hi crafters. I made an ombré card for the CAS mix up card challenge for June. I felt the need for sparkle and this is what happened. I have these glitter foam squares with adhesive on the back. I got them at the secondhand shop but I have seen them in children’s craft kits at the discount store. I had 2 golds, 2 reds and an orange so I did an ombré block. I stuck them onto a scrap of cardstock and added red fun foam to the back. I tried a stamped background but I didn’t think that was working. I used another secondhand product instead – self adhesive…

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    PearlEx bird

    Hi crafters. The CAS stencil challenge this month is Perfect Pearls/ PearlEx. I decided to make a card with the Stamplorations Perched bird stencil. I taped the stencil to the 5×7 cardstock and masked the edges. I stamped The Kaisercraft script stamp into the opening and white embossed it. I next applied embossing ink through the stencil. I cleaned the stencil and applied the PearlEx through the stencil. I used Red russet and Super Bronze. It was pretty clean when I lifted off the stencil but I still managed to smudge it every 5 min, even after water mist setting. I sprayed it with matt spray sealer so hopefully it…

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    With sympathy

    Hi crafters. The new challenge at A Blog Named Hero is sympathy cards. I started with the gel press and black, silver, blue and white paints. I used a couple of Hero Arts stencils and kept going until I had a few prints to choose from. This card uses the Hero Arts tropical background stencil. I liked the muted, organic look with a bit of contrast. I trimmed it a little and added a sentiment from the Hero greetings occasions stamp set with navy embossing powder and adhered it to a dark blue panel.

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    Adventure

    Hi crafters. The Simon says Stamp Monday challenge theme is vacation. This made me think travel. I started by collaging an atlas map, a piece of street directory and a picture from a brochure onto a piece of card and gave it a wash of white gesso. I stamped the Darkroom Door world map, Kaiercraft background postmarks, and various second hand wood block stamps onto tissue paper. I tore these apart and added them over the maps. I gessoed this too. I then added distress stains. These weren’t drying completely so I sealed them with matt medium then added more colour with water soluble crayons. I die cut the letters…

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    The male room

    Hi crafters. I have the honour of being a guest designer on The Male Room for their latest challenge #113 which is Cooking/Baking. I looked at my supplies and decided I would make cake cards. I had a few ideas but wasn’t sure if this first one would turn out, so I actually have 3 cards in total. For the first card, I wanted it cake shaped. I started by grabbing a 5×7 envelope and some scrap paper and working out how high the cake could be with the ‘eat cake’ on top. I had originally thought I would do a watercolour cake but then I saw aluminium tape at…

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    Fusion challenge

    Hi crafters. The current Fusion challenge has such a sweet photo I couldn’t resist. I have been sewing on cards lately and I thought some ombré cotton would fit with the photo very well. I die cut the Paper Smooches cross stitch die in the centre of some pink cardstock. I stitched it with 2 colours of ombré cotton. The bird is from Flora and Fauna Floral aviary set and is coloured with alcohol markers. He is sitting on a branch from the Tim Holtz small tattered florals die set. I stamped the sentiment from the Flora and Fauna love bug set on a vellum heart. The panel was matted…

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    CAS wedding

    Hi crafters. I have another wedding card. I’m up to date now thanks to the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge which is anniversary/ wedding this week. I decided to do a CAS ombré card which will also fit with the CAS mix up challenge for June. I started by masking a rectangular area on a panel and stamping the Impression Obsession Gradation Stamp in Versamark ink. I sprinkled on an ombré of powders: Judikins Diamond, Silver, Platinum, Gold and WOW pearl gold sparkle embossing glitter. I wasn’t getting a great impression at the edges so I restamped, cut out the rectangle and touched up dots with a Versamark pen. (My…

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    Glittery wedding.

    Hi crafters. I need a couple of wedding cards for later in the year so I thought I should start while the Simon says Stamp Monday challenge is anniversary/ wedding. I tried something else before this card but it wasn’t working. This card started with a piece of dark grungy pattern paper. I put it in a Kaisercraft damask embossing folder which I inked up with embossing ink. I took the paper out and covered it in WOW pearl gold sparkle embossing glitter. This is awesome stuff! I then rubbed over the raised bits with embossing ink and embossed with liquid platinum embossing powder. Unfortunately I covered some of the…

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    Stitched pineapple

    Hi crafters. I saw the new challenge at Paper Smooches and I couldn’t get this fabulous photo out of my head. Pink and yellow is a particularly happy combination. I decided to stitch a pineapple. I couldn’t find a pattern which was right so I used the Paper Smooches cross stitch die and cut an area that would fit on a 5×7 card, then drew a pineapple shape and just made up the rest. I used mainly crotchet cotton and a bit of floss. I was going to stitch the pink areas of the pineapple but I thought it looked more modern and fitted with photo better to leave them…