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    Pinkfresh frame

    Hi crafters. I have a card for the March Pinkfresh studio challenge. Here are the colours: I wanted to use the frame from the Pinkfresh floral frame stamp set. I decided to emboss it on acetate. The acetate is actually coloured transparency film for copiers which I found secondhand. The colours suit the pastels in the challenge. To create additional framing I embossed other colours of acetate with the image from the heart and soul stamp set. I fussy cut everything out and cut the heart and soul pieces apart. I arranged it and adhered it with glue dots. The sentiment was cut using the classic words die set. The…

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    2020 Easter bunny

    Hi crafters. Maybe these times are getting to me, as when I saw the new Less is More challenge for a card without a sentiment, this is what popped into my head. I admit I have used this stamp recently, but he just seems to capture the Zeitgeist. I combined the Less is More challenge with Time Out #158 which is about purple and friendship. I started by stamping the Paper Artsy Zini #11 directly onto a white cardbase but I masked his lower eyes and mouth with some tape. I made a couple of hand masks and then stamped a Hero Arts woodblock egg. I drew his surgical mask…

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    Improvised Steampunk

    Hi crafters. The challenge at Simon says Stamp for Monday, is Steampunk. I don’t have any pipes or cogs or gears so I decided to improvise with stencils. I collaged some book paper into the panel, covered it with gesso and added circular, number and circuit breaker (to look like pipes) stencilling. I added stamping and acrylic paint, then gold wax over the circles. I put a copper paper scrap through an embossing folder, then put a wash of dark acrylic over it. I backed that with a deckle edged scrap, coated with stains and a sprinkle of verdigris powder. A couple of crackle finished, chipboard numbers finish it off.…

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    Circuit hugs

    Hi crafters. I decided it was a good time to do an uncomplicated card with a stencil that has been sitting there waiting to be used. I swiped some red and gold paints across a piece of cheap watercolour paper with a credit card. I placed the Donna Downey Circuit Board stencil over this and sponged on some black paint. The Stamp Market Skinny Upper Alphas were cut from gold paper and red fun foam. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything goes Stay well, Christine

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    Spun care

    Hi crafters. This is another salad spinner card ( see last post) from the technique Rieslingmama recently did in a post. This was one with more layers on top. I used white poster paint, ikea gold paint in squeeze bottle plus ink jet printer inks. The gold paint stays more separate from the white paint but the printer inks spread through it. The base is scrap grey cardboard coated in gesso. The white heat embossed sentiment is from Paper Smooches Feel Better Sampler. I couldn’t bear to cut this cut so I just kept it simple. I am entering this card in CAS mix up challenge: acrylic paint. Take care…

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    Forget the lettuce, give me some paint!

    Hi crafters. The backgrounds I made today were the most fun I had all week! Maria from Riesling Mama had a great post out recently on using your salad spinner to make artsy panels. I only really use my salad spinner at Christmas, so I thought this would be a much better use for it. Just in case I want to use it for salad, I lined the inside of the bowl with plastic wrap stuck to the top inside rim ( if it goes over it won’t spin). I had scrap cardboard which I cut to about 4×6 inches to fit in the bottom of the bowl. My ink…

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    Things suck

    Hi crafters. What a week? I have a card for the CAS stencil and CAS mix up challenges. The themes are heat embossing and acrylic paint. I have been wanting to use the Round in dots stencil from Funky Fossil for a while and thought these were great challenges for it. I found a Fiskars circle template the right size and sponged 3 greens into it with the lightest in the centre. I blended them a little with my finger before the paint dried. I then placed the stencil on top and pounced the embossing ink pad on top. I embossed with Simon says Stamp rose gold powder. I did…

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    Time Out Reminder

    Hi crafters. Today I have a card as guest designer for Time Out Challenge #157: Birthday. It’s their 6th Birthday so enter a card and join the celebration. The challenge is generously sponsored by Stamplorations. I used the Stamplorations Bloomdala Bliss #15 masks today. I sponged acrylic paint in aqua and pink/magenta through the masks. When that was dry I went back over the blooms with Vicki Boutin iridescent glaze to add some shimmer. The inner centres have some glitter glue painted on them for even more sparkle. The sentiment is from a retired Stamplorations stamp set called Celebrate Sentiment Builders. I also added some gems . Thanks for visiting,…

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    Birdie Birthday

    Hi crafters. I have a card for the current Time Out Challenge #157 which has a birthday theme. I started with the Stamplorations Perched Bird mask and sponged various acrylic paints around it. I then spattered some white paint. I initially stamped a sentiment in black inside the bird but I didn’t think it was quite right. Much later I decided to use this Rubber Moon sentiment and stamp it in 3 sections and colour them with paint. I fussy cut these out so they were the right length to cover the old sentiment and I like it better. There is a gloss coating over the words. I diecut the…

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    Nervous birthday wishes

    Hi crafters. I have the honour of being a guest designer for Time Out Challenges’ 6th birthday celebration challenge. This challenge is generously being sponsored by Stamplorations. The optional twist for the challenge is die cutting or fussy cutting. I decided to use some Stamplorations shaker balloons, which I cut from scrap and glued several layers together. I painted the edges with white gesso and glued an acetate layer on top. A top layer of white watercolour paper was added. I made the background using two Stamplorations stencils: Tribal triangles and Merry go round. I used a sponge to apply matt acrylic paint through the tribal triangles stencil and let…