01.02.2017

Simon Says … the colour of love

Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is

The Colour of Love

This week we are showcasing Reverse Confetti Products this week. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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This week’s challenge is all about love and I just LOVE this combination of stencilled background using the Hearts stencil and a bold, black, graphic sentiment.  I’ve always loved this combo.  The touches of gold add a little drama too – can’t go wrong with a bit of gold I say!!  I used my Clarity brushes with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress inks – these are amazing things – if you haven’t tried them I’d highly recommend them!  I was having so much fun I thought I’d carry on and whip up a second card while I was at it!

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
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You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
09.11.2016

Simon Says … Thanks/Thanksgiving

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Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the Thinking Of You Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

We will be back soon with the name of the lucky winner of the $50 Voucher

This week the challenge is

Thanks/Thanksgiving

This week we are showcasing Tim Holtz Products.  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store

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Hey there!  It’s a fabulous new challenge and this week we’re featuring Tim Holtz products.  As I’ve said before, I sometimes get a bit intimidated by TH stuff – I’m not an inky type really.  However, I LOVE his stencils and this Autumn Leaves one is gorgeous!  I used a few different Distress Inks to give a variety of shades on the leaves and the Thank You sentiment is cut using the Thank You die from Avery Elle.  I added a border strip to add a touch more detail to the design and finished off with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
05.02.2015

Sketched Blooms

Hello again.  I’m back today with one more card before the Clearly Besotted February 2015 release goes live tonight at 10pm BST.  Today I’m featuring the amazing Sketched Blooms stamp set and it is beautiful.  I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it and knew it was screaming to be watercoloured.  This time I went with distress ink rather than water colour paints.  I used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry (I think they’re probably my two most used distress colours), dabbed them onto a craft sheet and then spritzed the ink with water.  I stamped two large and one small flower in Versamark onto Tim Holtz water colour paper and then heat embossed them in white before die cutting them.  I then coloured the flowers in quite loosley to give a pretty, delicate tint.  I repeated this for the leaves using Peeled Paint distress ink.  For my card base I wanted to have more than just a plain base so to echo the softness of the flowers I cut a panel out of an A2 Neenah white card base and “joined” the front of the card back together with a panel of thick vellum.  By anchoring the flower cluster over the gap the card is given back it’s strength and so doesn’t collapse.

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I stamped the Hello sentiment also from the set (LOVE that font) in Fog pigment ink from Avery Elle (such a gorgeous shade of grey).  To finish the card I added a few splatters of Mister Huey Calico Shine and a few wee sequins (because … sequins).

Thanks for visiting – I really hope you’ve enjoyed this release and I can’t wait to see the cards around blogland once they start shipping.  Don’t forget to check out Steph and the rest of the design team for lots more inspiration.

 


04.09.2014

You’re “Sew” Kind

Hello again – back with another card featuring one of the new stamp sets from the Clearly Besotted’s September release called “Sew Special”.  This set has a gorgeous dress form image and lots of other handy little haberdashery-themed bits and pieces – so pretty.

First I created the background using distress ink pads by pressing them onto an acrylic block and then spraying with water and then stamping down onto a piece of water colour paper.  The distress inks blend beautifully and you end up with a gorgeous water-coloured area for your focal image.  Once that had dried I stamped the dress form and sentiment in Versafine ink and finished with a couple of pearls.

Sew Special 1Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by,

Caryn xxx

07.08.2014

Kiss, kiss <3

Been playing in my crafty space with the gorgeous Mama Elephant PANDAMONIUM stamp set and, what I now know to be a retired stencil from Memory Box!  I ran my card panel through my Big Shot to emboss the design before blending a combination of distress ink in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar onto the raised pattern.

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The wee pandas were then stamped and die cut (I love them SO much) and placed with a simple heart between them (coated in glossy accents).  The sentiment has been stamped onto a word bubble die cut (from Talk Bubbles by Simon Says Stamp).

This is the first card I’ve shared in AGES that hasn’t been a DT project – feels very weird!!

Thanks for dropping by!


18.01.2014

Case Study – turning up the heat!

Happy Saturday everyone – hope you’re enjoying your weekend?  I’ve enjoyed, erm ENDURED a week without the hubby whilst he’s been off skiing and although I’ve been struck down with a nasty cold for most of it, I have managed to fit in a bit of crafty time here and there.  I have also had a bit a of a play with my blog – just fancied a change – what do you think??  There’s still some bits and pieces I want to tweak but on the whole I think it’s ok!!

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So my card today was inspired by Donna Mikasa who is the current muse over at Case Study Challenge. Whilst hers screams “cool” I kinda veered the other way and went HOT!!  Well, we need some warmth at this time of year, don’t we??  (Australians need not answer that!!!).

merry Christmas Reindeer (1)I used my Martha Stewart mini score board to deboss some lines on to my mat then brayered over it with Dried Marigold distress ink.  The sentiment from the new Clearly Besotted Say it in Style set was then heat embossed in white.  To make it pop a wee bit more I rubbed some Spiced Marmalade DI just around the sentiment – adds just a touch of dimension!  Well, I am being a taxi for the best part of the afternoon so better get some jobs done!  Have a lovely weekend everyone xxx