Thursday, 25 September 2014

Embossing Paste II

Once you start playing with embossing paste, you don't want to stop!

I used the left over "orange" - the pink and yellow had got pretty mixed by the end - and swiped it over the Tim Holtz Speckles stencil.

The Hero Arts Night and Day flower set is one of my favourite at the moment. So many ways to use it. This time I inked with Distress Markers.

Added Wink of Stella to the blossoms.

Will be entering this to the Simon Says Work-it Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes, but especially with Hero Arts products.

And the CASE Study Challenge Blog

Embossing Paste 1

I had fun with embossing paste yesterday.

For the first card, I did double embossing : embossing paste & then embossing powder.

 I mixed up 2 tiny batches of embossing paste & ink : one with Distress Ink Mustard Seed and the other with Picked Raspberry. Using the Hero Arts Large Blossom stencil, I smeared the yellow first, then the pink and then in some areas mixed the 2 to get the orange tinge.

Once it was dry, I stamped the Flower Dot Pattern stamp and embossed in white. Great texture.

Will be entering this to the Simon Says Work-it Wednesday Challenge : Anything Goes, but especially with Hero Arts products.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

2 Cards 1 set

I only recently discovered Darnell's NBUS Challenge (Never-Before-Used Schtuff!), which for someone with "buy-online-itis" like me is just perfect. I could be playing in this challenge for weeks without using the same set twice. I am so far behind in inking up my newbies.

So for my first entry, I just entered my most recent card using new stamps. But I had skim-read the challenge and had totally missed an added little optional challenge :

1. Christmas
2. Use the same stamp in 2 ways
3. Both of the above
4. None of the above

I guess my first entry was actually option 4.

But option 2 is my favorite. I LOVE finding more than one way of using a stamp.

So this here are my 2 :
- the first : crisp and clean in ordered colours using Hero Arts dye inks (in my challenge colours of orange, etc) ...

- the second : a watercolour, artsy effect with random colour using Distress Inks spritzed with water (in my go-to colours of blue and green). Love this! Like a peacock.

Which style do you prefer?

Monday, 22 September 2014

Pink Enamel

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the Fusion Challenge, was Pink Enamel.

It is late, and I can't get the light right to catch the lovely pearl embossing powder! But here it is. (I may try to get a better shot in the morning.)

This angle is a little better.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Muse Challenge #85

I really struggled to get my mojo going with this Muse Challenge

I had wanted to go with something quite modern and CAS. Mixing the 2 SSS stamp sets - Scribble Flowers and Favorite Flowers, I came up with this.

I didn't want the swirls to be in black, so stamped in Versamark, and embossed in white.

Hello Friend

One Layer Simplicity Challenge #9 : Hip to be Square.

A little bit of masking ...

I will also enter this into the NBUS Challenge #2 (Never-BeforeUsed Schtuff). Thank you Darnell for organising this .... I have way too many "virgin" stamps due to excessive one-line shopping!!! They arrive too fast that I I feel inundated. I think a moratorium on buying new stamps is in dire need! 

Friday, 19 September 2014


This week's CASology challenge ...

I was inspired by the lovely sunset tonight. I just love sunsets .... I feel they are a once off painting gifted to us.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Happy Birthday

My last entry for the SSS Flickr Challenge #1. I don't think I've ever made so many "orange" cards!! It is so not my go-to colour. Been quite a challenge.

I think this is my favorite ... more CAS and light.

The centers and little dots were mounted on foam dots, and I add some white enamel accents. I love this chevron ribbon from May Arts.

Leaves 3

The last of my leaves series for the SSS Flickr Challenge #1. I added the swirls stamps of the Favorite Flowers set, and the sentiment and tag of the Tiny Tags set.

I inked up a white silk ribbon with the distress inks to match the background. I added glossy accents to the swirls to make them shine like berries.

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