Thursday, 14 April 2016

Smooshing with friends

I found a bit of time this afternoon to do some crafting so I could enter a couple of challenges before the deadlines. I try to enter the One Layer card challenge at Less is More as I find that one really makes me think outside the box. I combined it with the 'swooshing' challenge at Just Us Girls & the cue card of 'Pink' at CASology. Here's what I came up with ...

I rubbed an ink pad onto a craft sheet then spritzed it with water. I then laid a square card blank front over the top of it to get the 'swooshed' effect across the card. The hexagon pattern was then stamped across the top in the same colour. I stamped the 'Friend' sentiment in a different colour; overstamped with a versamark inkpad & embossed with clear embossing powder to make it stand out.

This wasn't my first attempt, my creative journey went something like this ...

This was my first attempt, but I thought it looked too busy, so I gave up with that one & came up with this ...

I still wasn't happy with that one, the 2 patterns seemed to jar with each other. So eventually it was third time lucky! Does anyone else have these trial & error moments?!

The geometric stamps were a free gift in a magazine ...

Thanks for popping by & take care.

Tam x

Docrafts Papermania 'Capsule Geometric Mono' stamps - free in a magazine
CB 'Sugar & spice' sentiment stamps
Altenew Crisp inks 'Red Cosmos' set
Versamark ink pad
Clear embossing powder

Challenge inspiration:
Less is More: ONE LAYER CARD 
challenge!  Geometric Shapes or Patterns

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


Two posts in one day! I wanted to enter the Less is More challenge again so here's what I came up with ...I bought this Visible Image stamp at a craft show recently & I've just placed an order with them for some other stamps ... watch this space!

Just very simple stamping ... the stamp & the sentiment say it all really! It makes me think of the Ed Sheeran song :)

Thanks for popping by & take care.

Tam x

Visible Image 'Sing' stamps
Adhesive stones
Inks: Versafine onyx black & SU real red

Less is More: Colour challenge ... White space but not  WHITE

Without the rain there'd be no rainbow

I've had a little break from crafting for the last week or so ...I had a steroid injection in my wrist which was a tad painful & also put it out of action for a day or 2. I then caught a rotten cough & cold so I've been feeling a little meh lately! I'm not one to moan though & I won't let anything keep me down for long! Which brings me nicely onto the sentiment of this card; always see the positive ...

I do like to join in with the challenges in blogland, so I've combined 3 of them to come up with this card. The rainbow is a die cut. You do need to die cut 6 times from 6 different coloured cardstock but it didn't take very long. I masked off a panel then stamped with 1st, 2nd & 3rd generation stamping (where you don't re-ink your stamp before stamping again). I emphasised the panel by scoring a line top & bottom. I wanted the raindrops to glisten so I added glossy accents to them all.

Thank you for popping by & take care.

Tam x

Paper Smooches 'Rainbow' die
CBS 'April Showers Additions' stamps
Glossy accents
SU cardstock

Challenge Inspiration
Less is More: A colour challenge ... White space but not  WHITE
Just Us Girls: Word Week ... Raindrops

CAS(E) this Sketch!: