Black and White Masculine Card

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Another card using the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing Dies, they make it so easy to create great masculine cards.
This card is for the current challenge at Cardz4Guyz, which is to make a masculine card using only Black and White.
Black and White Sailing Card

So many ideas and options for that one, but I am loving this stamp and die set, so thought I would use it again for this card.
All of the elements on the card are part of this set of stamps and dies, apart from the “Hello”, which is from Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.
And my knotted row of knots…. lined up beautifully because I used my new favourite tool, the Stamparatus.  So much fun!

Hope you have a crafty evening.  Happy stamping!
Chris

Sailing in Winter

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My card today was inspired by a combination of two challenges, one to use the current Season (where ever you might be in the world) from Just Add Ink, and the other is to CASE a card from page 151 of the catalogue.

It’s Winter here in Australia, and recently it has been windy, blustery, cold, rainy, sunny, warm, overcast…. pretty much everything you can think of other than snow.  So I wanted to come up with something that felt like cold, windy and wintery.  Hmmm yes that was a challenge!
Sailing with Birds Card

The flying birds on this paper from the Bird Ballad DSP made me think of windy days, and I combined it with Gray Granite and Pretty Peacock.
The panel in the DSP was cut out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, and I have used the Sailing Home stamp set and Smooth Sailing Dies from the Come Sail Away Suite, which I am loving, so you will be seeing more of it over the next few weeks.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

The Art of Writing

My card today features some different Designer Series Papers to the ones I have been using recently.
Writing Card

The lovely stripey one in the background is from the Come Sail Away DSP, I love the soft colour, it would be wonderful for baby cards or feminine cards, or… well, any cards really.
Down the sides of the DSP, I have used a piercing tool to make the holes and then joined the dots using a marker.  It went a bit wobbly in a couple of places – I need more practice!

The pen and ink bottle have been fussy cut from the Follow Your Art DSP.
The words are from the New Wonders Host stamp set, and the background layer has been embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

The Male Room card challenges have a Multiple Layers challenge happening at the moment, so I think this one qualifies.

Have a crafty weekend!
Chris

Watercoloured Magnolia

The Magnolia Embossing Folder is one that is going to get a lot of use here, there are so many ideas and uses for it.  So many ideas in my head that I don’t know which one to choose first!
My card today was inspired by one that the talented Vicki Boucher has on her blog here, which I just loved and thought I would have a go at making.
Watercoloured Magnolia EF Card 1

My colours are similar to the ones Vicki used, I have used Smokey Slate as a background colour to help the flower pop, along with Calypso Coral, So Saffron and Old Olive.  And since I really wanted the flower to be the focal point with nothing to distract from it, I have just added “Hello” from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, in Smokey Slate.

First, I have embossed the Magnolia onto Shimmery White cardstock.  I didn’t have any watercolour paper to use, and while it’s not as good as our new watercolour paper, the Shimmery White does hold water quite well, so it’s great as a back up.

To get a really good overall watercolour effect, I have used the Aqua Painter to wash a layer of water over each petal or leaf before I added any colour, then added ink from an ink pad to the areas I wanted darkest first, pulling the colour out.  Then just added more layers of colour if I wanted it darker.

I hope you are having a crafty day,
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Colour Creations – Seaside Spray

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Seaside Spray is our colour today, and yes, it’s another pretty colour.
Magnolia Dies close up
My card uses the Magnolia Memory Dies combined with the Scripty Embossing Folder.
Magnolia Dies and Scripty

Another favourite, I love the Scripty Embossing Folder, it creates a lovely, subtle texture to the background.  I am starting to sound a bit repetitive, they all seem to be my favourites!  So many beautiful new things, it’s hard to choose just one favourite.

If you would like to see more ideas using Seaside Spray, head on over the Catherine’s blog where she has a list of everyone taking part.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Pink Embossed Magnolia

Just a quick post today to share one of the cards we will be making at my upcoming Big Shot Basics class on the 6th. 7th or 8th of July.
Pink Embossed Magnolia
Such a beautiful embossing folder, it is just so elegant, and works for any occasion.
I will be sharing some other ideas for this one at the class and also here in a couple of weeks.
The Petal Pink layer of this card has been run through the Big Shot with the Magnolia Embossing Folder, and then sponged with Whisper White craft ink to give the white areas of the petals.  The centres of the flowers have been coloured with Blender pens and So Saffron ink.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Colour Creations – Pretty Peacock

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Another of the gorgeous new In Colours to share with you today.
And I love this one, too, such a gorgeous colour!  I think its my favourite of the new In Colours.
Ok, I will probably say that about all of them.
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I have been keeping busy over the last week or so, there is a Jazz Festival which is held locally at this time each year, and this year my son and I performed on two days with a visiting band.  So that has kept us busy practicing our parts and then performing.

Not that it has stopped me from crafting, I just didn’t have a lot of time for blogging, so that’s why I have been a little quiet.

On the subject of crafting….
Today’s card uses the totally gorgeous Pretty Peacock, combined with Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, I love these colours!!
Pretty Peacock Butterflies
Butterflies from the Butterfly Gala stamp set have been heat embossed with white embossing powder, and then punched out with the matching Butterfly Duet punch.  The white layer behind the butterflies has been run through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

Make sure you check out the rest of the Pretty Peacock inspiration by going to Catherine’s blog.

Happy Stamping!
Chris