Saturday, 27 August 2016

Spot the Peel-Off!

The Challenge at "Less is More" this week is to use a Sticker, Sticky Label or Peel Off!

When I first started crafting, I didn't have a die cutting machine and thought that Peel Offs were the Bee's Knees. I have to admit that over the years my opinion has changed but being a squirrel, I still have the odd supplies of them. Here I decided to use a few...but in disguise!
For this one I used a Peel Off of a snowflake within a frame, to act as a mask.
Having gently stuck it down, I inked the card with Versamark and heat embossed it with some WOW twinkly EP. I then removed the Peel off to re-use for a similar process.
The sentiment was die cut and then inked and embossed similarly.
Again I used a Peel Off as a mask and inked a rainbow of colours using sponge daubers. I then stamped a few random dots over the top and embossed in silver, finally removing the Peel Off.
The balloon was die cut using holographic wrapping paper attached to a piece of card for stiffening. The string is from a Memory Box thread die. This postage style rectangle is also from a Memory Box die.
For this final one I once more used a Peel Off as a mask. As the sails were open, I masked that area within the Peel Off with Elmers Rubber Cement, then inked the sky with a Blending brush over a die cut cloud which I moved around as I was inking. The sea was also applied with a blending brush. When dry I rubbed off the cement.
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.
I don't think I could have used the Peel Off in its original state...what was I thinking when I bought this sheet!
I can't see me using a lilac and gold Peel Off an any project anytime soon (not as is anyway)!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

LIM is feeling exotic

I tried to make this look like a tequila sunrise... I somehow associate fancy, colourful cocktails with exotic places as I like to try new ones when I go on cruises to warmer climes! I shall have to wait until January before the next not cocktail that is!
Here is  one layer card with dry embossed frame and sentiment, a simply stamped and clear embossed image coloured with watercolour pencils, blended with a water brush and given a coat of Glossy Accents.

This rather exotic looking, showy flower was made from a pair of dies from Memory Box... it's quite a whopper!
It was cut from card coloured with the shaving foam technique and then inlaid. The centre was cut from black card and encrusted with Micro beads set into Glossy Accents. The sentiment was cut from an alphabet from PTI and all the coloured card was gentle twinkled with Glamour Dust although it doesn't show up much on this picture. 

Friday, 19 August 2016


For this card I used a blending method which might not immediately spring to mind,... I blended a variety of embossing powders  over this negative flourish stamp from WOW.
It's so simple to do, really effective and a great way of using some powders that may not look their best alone! Lots look really good accompanied with a little gold or silver.
The butterfly is from SSS as is the sentiment!
It's actually the card I made for one of my LIM teamies Sarah G!
It's also for the challenge at AAA Cards

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Since attending the Happy Little Stampers retreat in Swindon a few weeks ago, my interest in Brushos has been rekindled. Although I had bought a set of them, they had remained practically unused, but now they are having a renaissance!
This card was made from part of an unsuccessful piece of experimentation, but a panel cut from the original piece looked good enough to use! The stamps are from PolkaDoodles, clear embossed and I shook and spritzed various shades  of Brushos over the stamping!
The sentiment is from Stamplorations, layered in black and white, the butterflies are from SSS and All Occasion Dies.