It is safe to say i really am in the swing of things again now!
I am in love with creating again and i can't seem to stop coming up with different ideas to try.
I created this CAS card using a free stamp from a recent issue of creative stamping. I used a blend of blue ink pads and my colourbox foam stamping pads to create the background and then used a black ink pad for the birds on a wire stamp.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
I was in a creative but tired mood and wanted to snuggle up on the sofa, so out came my laptop and for some reason i started creating colouring pages & digi stamps on my laptop using various design programs i had.
I have done some things like this by hand before, which i then turned into colouring pages for myself but i hadn't had a go at doing it on a computer before.
I really enjoyed it, although the day did dissappear!
Here are is one of the designs i created. All are now available to download from my website:
Swan stamped card
I was really pleased with the free stamps in the recent issue of creative stamping one of which was this wonderful swan stamp. It inspired me to create this shaped easel card.
I used blending chalks on this card, the first time i have used them they give a very light subtle blue sky effect behind the swans.
I used ink on the base to create a pond for the swans, i think it works really well adding just a touch of ink under the swans.
To the feathers of the swans i added dots of 3D silver outliner i thought this added a different texture.
I used gems and a peel off to finish the card although i used congratulations i think the swans could be used for other themed cards too.
A little while ago i became a design team member of 'Where the HeART is' Challenge Blog.
The first challenge i was set required me to use a butterfly image and create a mixed media piece that included some text. The wording that was advised was 'Be Free'
I have to admit, when i first received the image i was a little over whelmed. It looked more like an image i would use to print in A4 and colour than put with my mixed media creations. I didn't let my first thoughts stop me though, i gave myself time with the image and explored different ways of using it.
I decided to create a journal cover / diary cover and once finished i decided to add complementory strands that work well as book marks.
There are certainly things i would change if i was to do it again, for example i would use lighter blue tissue paper in the centre next to the butterfly and then add the darker shades as it got further out towards the edges.
Overall i'm happy with the final piece. I liked using the 3D paint pen (glass paint pen) as it enhanced the detail from the stamp that was hiding under the tissue paper.
Image supplied by
Cardboard from cereal box
Tissue paper - 3 different shades of blue
Faber Castell Art Grip Pencils
Colourful Threading cord
Papers - patterns of blue
Black Glass paint pen
Wooden Caption letters
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Experimenting with new dies.
I recently received a copy of Die-cutting essentials which came with a wonderful die set. I also purchased a new set of nesting dies from the X Cut range so of course i set to work experimenting. (the rounded flower die was a free die from another magazine that i have previously blogged about and is now a core favourite!)
The posy of flowers die had stems but i chose to cut them off so that they would fit onto one of these little 3 x 3 cards that i'm currently using. As the cards are so small i'm trying to keep the designs CAS.
I was very impressed with both the free die and the nesting dies they both cut really well.