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    Gratefully inspired

    Hi crafters. I went on the Altenew Educators “For the love of flowers” blog hop and was particularly inspired by a card by Maryam. She coloured the Inked Rose stamp in a galaxy style. I liked the way she used added the purple and blue watercolours and decided to try and colour some flowers like that. I stamped the flowers from Grateful Heart on watercolour paper in black. I wet areas and dropped in various purple and blues. I left some white areas like Maryam did. I coloured the centers with glitter gel pens. I added some watercoloured leaves from the Adore You stamp set. I adhered all these to…

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    Hair clips

    Hi crafters. I realised that the hair clips I made this week probably qualify for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, which is something feminine. It may be a bit of a stretch, but they even have stamping! I started with old and secondhand hair clips and stripped off anything stuck on top. The 2 with dark bases have either black gesso or black StazOn ink on them. The rest is mainly hot gluing gems and pearls. The round one is a bit different. I had some wooden shapes. I rubbed white paint onto a circle and when that was dry, I stamped a Stampendous Textures vintage looking stamp on…

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    A feminine wrap

    Hi crafters. I needed to wrap some large presents, so I made some girly wrapping paper. I had kraft paper already. I used the large 12×12 Kaisercraft Damask stencil with white and purple fluoro paints. I just put the paints on plastic and dipped a foam roller in it without mixing it properly, so there is variegated colour. I made a few meters. I am entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Something feminine. Happy crafting Christine

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    Inspired by music

    Hi crafters. Simon says Stamp has an inspired by music challenge. I decided to white emboss the Kaisercraft skeet music on some watercolour paper and see what happened. I added some brown and Grey watercolour. I added a kraft frame cut with the Simon says Stamp A7 thin frames die. The sentiment is a Lil Inkers die cut from dyed book paper plus kraft. This was popped up. I added a couple of Kaisercraft wooden palm leaves and some gems and dots. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: Inspired by music. Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes Happy crafting,

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    Saved from the bin

    Hi crafters. I was reading a Dina Wakley book from the library (Art journal Courage), when I came to a section about what to do if you’ve done too many layers and cluttered a page beyond redemption. I had a page like that. It is old and I was going to throw it out. It had multiple stencil layers, some done with texture paste. Dina’s solution is draw shapes and then paint over the background around it. I drew some plants with black paint pen, and scribbled some water soluble crayons around the edges. I then painted the background with white acrylic. The white blended with the crayons. I went…

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    Many foil stripes

    Hi crafters. I’m always on the lookout for ways to use my foil quill pen. Because it is drawn by hand, the design has to embrace the imperfect, wobbly look. When I saw this card by Lydia ( the last card), I knew this would be great to try, and great for some current challenges. I started by making a stencil using the mega J die from Altenew. I chose J as it doesn’t have any bothersome middle bits, and there are a few J’s in the family to offload it to. I took out lots of hotfoil scraps and placed them under my J stencil one at a time,…

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    Take it easy

    Hi crafters. I have another entry for the current Paper Smooches Challenge which is a colour challenge. I used the Design Motifs Stamp set plus a sentiment from Feel Better Sampler. I found similar inks for most of the colours but did the lilac by stamping light blue then light pink on top. Happy crafting, Christine

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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…