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    Ornate frame

    Hi crafters. The current challenge at Simon says Stamp Monday is ‘Frame it’. This was a great opportunity to use my Simon say Stamp A7 frame dies. I cut 2 pieces of scrap cardboard with the frames and kept the outside frames. I haven’t disconnected my dies, so cutting gives me thin and thick frames. I took the 2 outer thicker frames and stencilled texture paste onto them through the Kaisercraft Tile pattern stencil. The other set of frames hadn’t fully separated as the cardboard was thick. I glued the thin and stencilled frames onto this. This layered frame was painted with gesso, then grey/brown metallic acrylic paint. I rubbed…

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    Paper bouquet

    Hi crafters. I have a card for a couple of challenges. I have used 3 different Kaisercraft pattern papers for the card. I white embossed the flowers from Altenew’s Adore You onto yellow distressed paper and the leaves onto a green pattern paper. The background is a dark green marble paper. I fussy cut all the images out. I spattered white and gold onto the background and embossed a sentiment from Altenew’s Story of Us stamp set. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Altenew February Inspiration Challenge Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: 2 or more pattern papers. Thanks for visiting, Christine

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    Pattern paper cows

    Hi crafters. There is a pattern paper challenge at Simon says Stamp so I used some paper to make a birthday card. I used some beautiful Vicki Boutin mixed media paper for the landscape. The Rubber Moon and Taylored Expressions cows were stamped on pattern paper and fussy cut. The hats and sentiment also come from the Taylored Expressions If Cows Could Talk stamp set. The balloons were cut from scraps with a teeny Poppy Stamps die and given a Wink of Stellar. The Rubber Moon present was paper pieced with Basic Grey paper. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Time Out #155: Inspired by words. Simon…

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    Japanese scene

    Hi crafters. The Japanese lady ( wood block stamp from Judikins) on this card has been sitting on my desk for months. I was given the origami paper for the main background last week. It just seemed perfect when the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week was: 2 or more patterned papers. I adhered the origami paper from Daiso to the top and a piece of Konnichiwa paper from Basic Grey on the bottom. I glued some raffia over the join. I recoloured my lady a bit to match the paper better, then adhered her with foam tape. Happy crafting, Christine

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    Paper Smooches Color Story

    Hi crafters. The current Paper Smooches challenge is a colour challenge. These are the colours: I masked some stripes and sponged on some acrylic paint in the challenge colours. They look a little darker in the photo. I had some black die cuts from the Paper Smooches Rainbow die, which I glued on. I decided to stamp the sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler in grey. I thought it needed more grey so I added grey lines to the stripes with an alcohol marker. Lastly, I added a few enamel dots. Happy crafting, Christine

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    From the heart

    Hi crafters. I have a Valentine’s Day card. I started by putting crackle paste through the Prima Finnabair Ornate Lace stencil. The paste didn’t actually crackle. When it was dry I painted the panel with turquoise, black and gold paint. I mixed some black and gold paint so it looks more like brass, and brushed that over the top. I also painted a Simon Says Stamp Burst die cut. I rubbed some gold wax over the panel as well. The Tim Holtz Heartfelt heart was coated with paint, stamped with the Hero Arts Nevermore stamp, and then covered with Crackle Accents. When it was dry, gold wax was rubbed into…

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    Painted with love

    Hi crafters. I’ve been experimenting with painting with acrylic, then stamping over the top. I decided to really test it with a detailed stamp. On this card I have used the Tim Holtz Glorious Bouquet stamp. First I stamped it in Fade Out ink, then I painted areas with matt acrylic. It is very detailed, so I didn’t try to be exact with colour placement. I did as much as I could work out before adding some black archival ink on top. That allowed me to work out what colour to place in the remaining areas. I then stamped a few times more with black archival ink. My stamping isn’t…

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    Love and Hearts

    Hi crafters. How could I resist the great colour combo in the latest Pinkfresh Studios Challenge. I used some matt acrylic paints on watercolour paper to make the background. I cut this with a 5×7 die and then drew a black border with a Copic multiliner and a ruler. The diecuts on top are all from a free with purchase Pinkfresh Studios die from January 2019. I cut the die from a few matching scraps plus a piece of paper that I painted with pink so it would match. I used the leftover hearts on the inside with a sentiment from the Pinkfresh floral frame stamp set. I am entering…

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    A secret admirer

    Hi crafters. I ordered some stripey washi tape but I didn’t realise how big the stripes and width was. I have used it here over some fluoro hot pink cardstock. It toned down the colour a lot and gave it a mottled texture so I went with that. I cut the heart freehand and painted it with pink chalk paint. I then stamped some grungy cracks over it. I used another grunge stamp to stamp with embossing ink and added WOW Raspberry coulis embossing glitter. This powder is fuchsia with blue glitter in it. I then rubbed embossing ink over it again and added bits of purple glitter and then…

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    Partial die cut sea

    Hi crafters. I have an entry for a couple of CAS challenges before the deadline. I partially die cut this scene using, Memory Box jellyfish, Kaisercraft flora branches and fish. The sentiment is from Salt Air sentiments by Papertrey Ink. The background is a new to me stencil by Dina Wakley called Gusts. I partially die cut using a long, thin 13inch cutting plate. The seaweed dies are actually on one plate which made it tricky. I hid a couple of imperfections with half pearls. I am entering this card in the following challenges: CAS mix up January Challenge: Partial die cutting. My choice is stencilling. CAS Stencil Challenge for…