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    Light the candles

    Hi crafters. The Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week is Humorous/Fun. I did some Copic colouring practise with this stamp from Art Impressions. I used a stencil from Kaisercraft to add Viva Modellier Creme gold confetti to a gel print. I popped up the image and sentiment on foam. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Humorous/ Fun card. Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: Use your favourite stamp. This is my favourite today. 😉 Happy crafting, Christine.

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    Adventurous??

    Hi crafters. The challenge at Timeout got me thinking. The theme is adventurous. This started me thinking about adventurousness in craft. I have done some extreme crafting in the past: where things melt, smoke and start to catch fire! I think being adventurous in craft is trying something that you haven’t done before or aren’t sure how it will turn out. Sometimes the adventurous part is posting a piece that is a bit different. What do you think? I had an idea, and I didn’t know if it would work, but I had a go anyway. I was looking for one of Lydia Fiedler’s gel press videos when I found…

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    CAS stains

    Hi crafters. I’ve been playing with this stamp as I thought it would be great for a CAS Christmas card. I’ve tried putting Karin and Arteza markers on it, I’ve tried putting Ken Oliver liquid metals and pigment powders on it, but this one with stains turned out the best. I don’t know the name or brand of this stamp as I got it second hand. If anyone knows can you leave a comment. It reminds me of Hero Arts ‘Clings’ as it is red rubber with a thick plastic layer on the cling side. For this card, I dabbed Distress stain daubers in Festive Berries, Candied Apple, Seedless Preserves…

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    Cute Christmas

    Hi crafters. The challenge at A Blog Named Hero is cute. I chose this Hero Arts Clings stamp called Snowy Village. I stamped it onto textured cardstock with an ombré of Altenew’s grey/blue inks. I stamped Sunny Studio’s Here comes Santa on top with Versafine onyx black. I then restamped the village stamp with embossing ink and embossed with Hero Arts Sparkle embossing powder. The ink colours darkened with the embossing so Santa is a little more camouflaged. I stamped a sentiment with a woodblock stamp but messed up, so I cut out the panel and popped it up on a square cardbase with foam. I think it’s cute so…

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    I dare you to doodle!

    Hi crafters. The current challenge at Simon says Stamp Monday challenge is doodling. Have you noticed people are afraid to doodle? I feel the reluctance myself, but it is only paper, right? If it really becomes a mess, paint over it or turn it over. I decided to JUST DO IT. I started by drawing thick lines with alcohol markers. I added Copic multiliner over the top. The sentiment is a Paper Smooches diecut coated in Nuvo crystal glaze. Be brave crafters and go out of your comfort zone. Christine

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    Doodled foiling

    Hi crafters. I wanted to try and use a piece of intense pink cardboard and do some doodling. Things just happened after that. I sometimes use this cardboard to diecut things that are going to be painted. I thought I would try and tone it down like Andrea does at Snapping Monsters. First, I just applied white and coloured paints. Still pretty intense! I thought it needs a lot more white. I stencilled some in with a Colorful Life Crossword stencil. I wondered how I was going to doodle on it. I decided to doodle around individual blocks. I put the stencil back on top and used my foil quill…

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    Pesky grey hares

    Hi crafters. One of my children lost the Father’s Day card I made for them a few months ago so I made a hasty replacement. I used the hare from the Tim Holtz Funny Farm stamp set. I stamped it 3 times on a stack of post it note paper so I could cut many masks in a short time. I stamped the hares in Memento London Fog ink and covered each with a mask and continued up the pile. I realised sometimes their feet were visible and looked a bit odd, so for later hares I wiped the ink off their feet with my finger before stamping. I coloured…

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    CAS embossing

    Hi crafters. I have another card for the CAS mix up challenge. I found this gold shimmer cardstock panel in a second hand shop and thought it would be great to dry emboss with a die. In the same shop I found the MFT Retro squares dies. ( It was a lucky day!). I dry embossed this die 3 times. I added a layered Kaisercraft Fern Leaf diecut. I wanted to have a darker grey sentiment to match the fern but opted for silver which was available. To tie in with that, I spatttered silver paint on top. I quickly realised the paint wouldn’t be shiny enough, so tipped the…

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    Foiling with a die

    Hi crafters. I have a card for a few challenges. The technique is based on the current CAS mix up challenge which is embossing with dies. When you use a Hotfoil machine it also impresses into the paper, so I decided to hotfoil and get embossing and foil at the same time. The background is a watercolour look pattern paper. I hotfoiled the Technique Tuesday Mandala Maker die onto the paper with silver iridescent foil. At the same time I foiled a sentiment from the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments 2 glimmer plates. You can vary the number of shims to get the right result. The glimmer plates are thicker than normal…

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    Christmas stockings

    Hi crafters. I had a bit of fun making my first Christmas card of the year. I used the Paper Smooches Stockings and Merry Christmas 2 dies. I used a scrap of wood grain embossed paper, plus a previously stencilled brick piece and some pattern paper for the background. I cut the stockings from all sorts of paper and glitter paper (what a great way to use up scraps). I added letters for every member of the receiving family using Tim Holtz Alphanumeric thin dies. I am entering this card in the following challenges: Paper Smooches 15-28 August Anything goes. Simon says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes Happy crafting, Christine