Sunday, 8 February 2015

Steampunk Edgar - Hels Sheridan Blog Challengeproject


Hi everyone, today I have been playing with a papier mache hanging plaque, some Crafters Companion Embossing folders, wooden cogs, black card, radiant rain black paint, tesco go create copper metallic paint, a touch of copper treasure gold, Paper Artsy white chalk paint as a base coat, a paper artsy sentiment stamp and last but not least, the delightful 'Edgar' stamp from Visible Image that I coloured with just graphite pencils a few weeks ago and he has been sat patiently waiting for me to do something with him.

I began by simply giving the whole plaque a coat of white chalk paint and letting it dry. It doesn't take many minutes. I then used a dry brush and roughly painted black radiant rain paint over the whole thing. The beauty of this paint is, its more of a graphite grey than a dark black. I then took another dry brush and  applied a thin sparse layer of Tesco Go Create Copper metallic paint - if you've walked passed this range of paints in the past as they are 'kids stuff', I urge you to give it a try. Gorgeous range of colours and a beautiful sheen when its dry - and very economical too. 

I embossed a piece of black card with the "Distress" 8 x 8 embossing folder from Crafters Companion and tore it back to the right size for the plaque. I brushed over it VERY LIGHTLY with the radiant rain and copper paint, just to bring out the embossing detail.

I then did the same with the "Dry Stone Wall" embossing folder and tore it across for the corners. 


I didn't prime the wooden cogs. I simply put a dot of radiant rain next to a dot of metallic paint and dabbed a dry brush into both to semi-mix them and dabbed it onto the cog - instant rust effect.


For the sentiment, I brushed over a piece of white cardstock with what was left on the brush and stamped over the top with a black archival ink pad. The sentiment reads 'Let each man exercise the art he knows'.
It hasn't come out very clearly on the photos (sorry) 

I then layered it onto a waste piece of the distress embossed card.


To finish, I just touched the edges with Treasure gold in Copper to add highlights and then attached Edgar (who was cut out on the silhouette cameo using the pixscan mat) 

Thank to my bestie, Jax, I am now going to enter this piece of artwork into Hels Sheridan's Blog Challenge  which this week is 'Locomotion'


Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today

Cazz xx





Sunday, 4 January 2015

Tatty Twinkles birthday card


Long time no blog so please let me take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year.

I needed to make a card for a work colleagues forthcoming birthday from the rest of the staff so for this card I have chosen to use the Tatty Twinkles images from Polka Doodles / Tattered Lace cd-rom.

I took the images I wanted into Serif Craft Artist Pro to size them right for the size of card
 (8" x 8" in this case).

Once printed onto Kraft card, I used the Spectrum Noir "essentials" pencil set for all the colouring,
along with "Zest-it" blending solution and paper stubs. 

I used the Cameo Pixscan mat to cut all the images out.

The background was made using 3 or 4 shades of pan pastels and then a few sprays of iridescent gold spray to create another layer of interest.

Hand drew the stems onto the background and attached the images with pinflair.

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x




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Monday, 15 December 2014

2 more bespoke cards

Evening everyone. Had a nice evening colouring and making up a card and will show you that one later on in the post. For how, here is a card I did for a friend's friend. As soon as my friend gave me the details of the lady the card is for, I immediately knew I have to use 'Blanche' from Saturated Canary for the card - she just fits the bill so well. 

I used promarkers as the base then highlighted certain area's with spectrum noir pencils. The embossing folder was a freebie from a magazine. I used dark purple card then three shades of Treasure Gold to bring out the detail of the embossing. 

The ivy die is from Joanna Sheena and I also used a swirl die but can't remember the manufacturer (sorry). The purple flowers are from my stash.


When I had finished colouring, Blanche, I put the card stock onto a pixscan mat and after scanning and tracing the image, increasing the border by a mm or 2, I cut her out on the silhouette cameo.


And now for the second card that I have made this evening. It is for a man to give to his wife.
The digi stamp is called 'Christmas Shopping Emma' from Pink Gem Designs and I know the lady likes to shop so again, the image fitted the bill perfectly. 'Emma' is coloured entirely with spectrum noir pencils
along with 'zest-it' blending solution.


I started with her face and the hat and kept popping back to add a few highlights as I went along.


I then moved onto her coat. I wanted it to look like a suede coat so added lots of light layers of colour rather than a heavy layer. I also used the same colours for the sleeve cuffs and the boot tops.


The boots were coloured with the same colours as the coat.
The bags were simply coloured with 1 or 2 colours.

I used a red and an orange for the flowers both on the bag and the hat.


To finish the card, I used a snowflake stamp onto an 8 x 8 blank card using 2 shades of 
adirondack ink pads.
Matted the image onto a piece of light blue card and used another piece of the same card to emboss. I used an ink duster and an adirondack inkpad to bring out the embossing. I then die cut 2 snowflakes from the same blue card stock and once attached to the card, added a card candi to the centre.

I created the tickets in Serif Craft Artist  - note the number of the tickets :-) See what I did there? lolo




Small blue gems added to the coat for the buttons gives it a nice bit of bling. 
And finally, I used a clear Wink Of Stella pen on the flowers and the snowflakes on the bag.


Thank you for stopping by my blog today x




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Friday, 21 November 2014

Fabulous gothic birthday card.


Here is the birthday card that I made for my best mate, Jax. I know she loves a bit of purple and gothic so what better digistamp to use than one from the fabulous range by Kenny K 

I used Spectrum Noir pencils throughout for this design along with pencil stumps and blending solution.
The blending solution I currently use is called Zest It Pencil Blend. It has a lovely citrus aroma to it.

The background is simply various distress inks on neenah card stock, sprayed with water and a visible image cracked stamp along the edge. 

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x

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Monday, 17 November 2014

It's been a month or more since I last blogged - oops :-)

I used to be so good at blogging on a regular basis - now look at me - bad Cazz :-)  Anyways, here are a few cards I have been working on since I last blogged.

This first one was made using a background created with distress inks, grunge paste through a honeycomb stencil and inked over once dry. The '21' and the sentiment were cut on the silhouette cameo and the wooden cogs added at the end. 

This next card was made for a little lady and I also made a matching make up bag from calico and VersaCraft inkpads. The alphabet stamp set is from Dreamees. 

The topper on the card is from the Frederika CD by Polka Doodles and coloured with promarkers. 


This card was made for Nigel May - it is so him :-)  The whole page was created in Serif Craft Artist 2 and I positioned the Tex Digi stamp by Kenny K where I wanted it on the page then simply printed the while thing off on Neenah cardstock.

I then used promarkers to colour Tex - there was a lot of flesh to colour lolol 

This wedding card was made using a digistamp from Jellypark. There are some lovely digistamps available from Claires site and if you like to make cards to make children smile, there is also a link to the PostPals site, so please pop over and have a look at the Jellypark site.The digital image comes with the 'wedding day' sentiment as part of the digistamp so I took the image into Serif craft artist and added the 'on your' and the names. I used promarkers to colour the image 

This wedding card was a simple, elegant style.. I used a Darice stitched honeycomb embossing folder for the background. A digital stamp for the sentiment and the flowers were cut from the Heartfelt creations sunflower die.

And finally for this posting, this set of 24 Xmas cards are for a bulk order, 6 of each design all created in Serif Craft Artist 2.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
Hope you like what you see

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Addicted to CAS Challenge card #49 - Stencil

A really quick card this evening. I bought a spritzer ages ago from a shops bargain bucket and only ever got it out of the box once. So, whilst, blog surfing earlier, I came across this weeks Addicted to CAS Challenge for this week - #49 Stencil. So I opened the box, played about on a scrap of paper til I got the nib setting right on my promarker (which I happened to have to hand), dug out a stencil and came up with this 


I then ran the 6" x 6" card through my ebosser with the border embossing folder, and added some double sided tape and gilding flakes to finish.

Hope you  like it and thanks for stopping by my blog today x


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Engagement card


Hi everyone, long time no blog, but I thought this card deserved a proper run down and 'ingredients' 

Digistamp - Available from Bugaboo Digi Stamp site 
Backing papers - Prima Botanical collection
Flowers - Serif Craft Artist Pro 2 'African Safari' DigiKit. Resized and copied to suit
Ivy Die - Joanna Sheen Signature Collection 
Spectrum Noir Pencils
Zest-it pencil blend

All images were printed onto cream watercolour lightweight card stock, then I used my pixscan mat and my silhouette cameo to cut them all out.



Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x

Monday, 4 August 2014

1914 - 2014 4th August. Lights Out at 10pm Uk Time to commemorate the start of World War 1

Today, 100 years ago, the world saw the beginning of World War 1. 

Tonight, between 10pm & 11pm, people are being asked to turn their lights out and light a candle in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

More details can be found here 

http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/lights-out


I have made this simple card to simply 'Remember'


I created the background using Fresco paints from paper artsy. I watched Leandra do a demonstration on Sunday at Stamperama using a baby brayer so this is my version. I have had the poppy stamp for a long time and I can't remember who it comes from. I think it may be from Sheena Douglass's range.
The leaf die if from one of Sue Wilsons die sets.


I coloured the poppy with promarkers from the latest Ltd Edition Spring / Summer 2014 collection, after I had embossed the stamped image with fine detail gold powder.

I then mounted the background onto black card and left a very thin border before mounting onto matt gold mirri card.

The 'remember' stamp is from HobbyArt Stamps Commemorative set and is well worth a look

I'd like to enter this card into the Addicted to CAS challenge #44 this week.

Hope you like it and thank you for looking 



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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Addicted to CAS: Challenge #43 - Celebrate

Good afternoon blogger's, hope this post finds you all well.

Today I have made a card that I am going to enter into the current Addicted To CAS Challenge - The theme this time is - celebrate


I used my silhouette cameo for this card throughout.

I position a 6x6 card blank onto my cutting mat and placed the cutting file where I wanted it to be.

I ungrouped the file so it only cut the outer line from the card blank. This then gave me the aperture. I left the cut out on the cutting mat and using a sketch pen, I placed the word 'Celebrate' 
 and I glued the cut out through the aperture onto the inner leaf of the card.

Leaving everything in place, I highlight the flourish part of the cutting file and used some
shimmer paper to cut the file.


To add interest, I folded the front of the card in half and added a couple of strips of the same paper used for the flourish cut out.



Very clean, very simple.

Hope you like it and thank you for dropping by my blog today x



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CAKE birthday card


Here is the card I have made for one of the chiropractors in town. 
Vicki is full of life and a piece of cake never goes amiss.

The digital stamp is from Redonkadoodles and coloured with Promarkers. I have been following tutorials on YouTube by Kimberly Brown - and am pleased to say, my colouring has got a lot better since doing so. I also use Neenah Card Stock.

The rest of the card was composed in Serif Craft Artist professional 2 and colour matched throughout 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today x


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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July 2014 card round up so far

Hi all, once again, here's a round up of what I have been making so far this July. 

As ever, I have used many different mediums, techniques, tools etc etc etc and I'll give a little bit of info for each one, just to keep the post brief.

First up, Aiden's camper van card.
Van paper pieced for a Silhouette cameo cutting file
Wording cut on Silhouette with matching mat
Backing paper & sentiment designed in Craft Artist Pro 2



Topper is one I have had for many years. Created a line drawing from it and 'drew' it on Silhouette Cameo
Film strip & name created in Silhouette software
Other embellishments from a silhouette cutting file
Photo corners from a Tim Holtz Bigz Die


Digi stamp from Mo Manning, coloured with promarkers.
Background created in Craft Artist Pro 2. Hand coloured with promarkers
Other embellishments from Silhouette cutting file 


Digistamp from Paolaspapers on Etsy
Coloured with promarkers
Backing paper from Craft Artist pro 2
Floral die cuts 


Embossing folder that came with ebosser
Distress inks
Create & Craft dies


Digital image from Polka doodles Digi on Etsy
Coloured with promarkers
Backing created in Craft Artist 2 


Simple sympathy card
main dies - Tonic
various floral dies


Digital image from Redonkadoodles 
Coloured with promarkers
background created in craft artist pro 2


Ta-dah :-) 

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