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    Hey there

    Hi crafters. The current Paper Smooches challenge is ‘happy things’. It may not be obvious why a kraft card is happy, but this card makes me happy. I decided to make a stitched frame with a die from the Stitch builder dies. I used a T ruler to place the die on the kraft panel. I then cut it again at a right angle, again checking with the T ruler so it didn’t get wonky. Once the frame was cut I stamped Botanicals 2 images inside the frame with ground espresso distress ink. I restamped over this to emboss the images with Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder. This sparkle has…

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    CAS lemon

    Hi crafters. I have a card combining a few challenges. I started with the photo for the Stamplorations April Theme and Photo challenge: I looked at the photo and what I had, and decided to make segmented flowers with white outlines like the segments of citrus in the photo. The CAS challenge has the optional theme of lemon yellow so I made lemon flowers, with white in between the segments. The background of the above photo is a dark wooden surface so I placed my flowers on dark wood paper. I started by cutting flowers from the CUTplorations Trendy Spring Blooms die set from white glitter paper. I glued these…

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    E is for…

    Hi crafters. The latest challenge at Simon says Stamp Monday is “E is for...”. Well in this case, E is for: embroidered embellishment, envy, extra, excitement, expressionism and of course: EXPERIMENT! It started out with ENVY over Dina Wakley’’s fantastic art which is a form of expressionism. The wild colours and trying something new caused the EXCITEMENT. It was hard to finish as I kept adding something EXTRA. The whole thing was an EXPERIMENT. I started with a piece of pattern paper that I hated, as then there is no concern about what if it doesn’t turn out. I gessoed it and scribbled in the gesso with the end of…

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    Homage to Dina

    Hi crafters. I needed some bright colours, so I let my inner Dina Wakley loose. I admire her bright, funky art works. I painted the background with acrylics and did some messy stencilling. I tore some masks from scrap and sponged the background with diluted white paint. I had a lot of trouble trying to do white lines. The white paint and gel pens I have are not drawing or only when I press down. (If anyone has advice on making trouble free white lines please let me know in the comments). I tried stencilling with white paint and TCW script stencil but it’s blurry. I used a Dina TCW…

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    Giggle more

    Hi crafters. I have a card for the Paper Smooches colour challenge. Here are the colours: I decided to stitch a card in a string art type way. I used a die from the Paper Smooches Stitch Builder set to cut 5 rows of holes . I didn’t cut all the way to the centre. I sewed with cottons in challenge colours. The sentiment from the Uplifters stamp set was embossed in white and cut with a circle die. There were gaps without stitching due to the length of each line of holes being different. I placed the circle to cover the gaps. I am also entering this card in…

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    XOXO

    Hi crafters. I had another smooshed background left from using the colours for the April Altenew inspiration challenge. I trimmed it and added some rose gold circles cut with the Altenew Fine Frames Circles die. I then experimented to see if I could emboss a sentiment on chunky glitter cardstock. I used a sentiment from the Story of us stamp set. I found an old jar of embossing powder similar to the pink in the challenge. I embossed it twice, and filled in a couple of missing specks with an alcohol marker. I adhered it, popped up on foam.

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    Little things

    Hi crafters. I wanted to make a background for the April Altenew inspiration challenge, so I played around with the colours and different media. I was trying sprays in peach and grey but I had too much grey so I smooshed some onto this panel and let it run, and sprayed it with water. I was impatient so I heated it to dry it and got extra lines as the pigment moved and dried. On another panel I tried alcohol inks on glossy card stock. This didn’t work out so well but I thought I could die cut it. I didn’t get a peach on that panel so I added…

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    Texture 2

    Hi crafters. I have another texture card. This time I wanted to try adding texture to pattern paper. I was given this Kaisercraft pattern paper called shutter for Christmas. I thought it would make a great masculine card. I added some tinted texture paste to it through the Clearly Besotted Diamond Lattice stencil. I sprinkled some Ranger copper and lime mixed media powders over the paste. I added more green with some Stazon stamping with the Kaisercraft diamonds stamp. I added some rusty hinge stain with a brush and rubbed ground espresso ink around the top edges.The sentiment is the Poppystamps Happy Bday Pop Culture cut out cut from green…

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    Texture 1

    Hi crafters. The current Simon says Stamp Monday challenge is to add some texture. I used the Neat and Tangled Nested Hexagons stencil to add texture paste to kraft card stock. The sentiment is a new to me die from Poppystamps called Happy Bday Pop Culture cut out. I cut it from a scrap of Kaisercraft paper which has orange flocking. I backed it with a piece of book paper which had been stained brown. Happy crafting, Christine

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    Gilded hello

    Hi crafters. I have a card for the gilding flakes challenge at CAS stencil challenge. I was trying for a modern CAS look. I started with a wash of watercolours in a rough rectangle. The watercolour included pearlised watercolour so it has a sheen. Next I placed the Dina Wakley Scribbled faces stencil over the watercolour and sponged some Flitterglue through it. I then applied some gold gilding flakes. The Flitterglue did spread a bit in places, so I adjusted the gilding in places with a craft knife. The adhesive which was exposed was removed with an adhesive eraser. I did the hot foil quill pen sentiment by hand with…