Friday, 14 January 2022

Add depth to your stencilling

Hello crafters, today I am showing the last tutorial in my Mixed Media series on the STAMPlorations blog. I made 2 cards as examples of the technique I used. 

First this slimline card:  

CUTploration phrase - Art Happens
Die-cutting machine and embossing mat
Colouring medium

I reversed the process for my second card (with similar results)

All Blooms - ARTplorations Stencil
Die-cutting machine and embossing mat
Colouring medium

Hop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to find out how I made those and leave me a comment telling me what your thought of this and the previous posts of the series. 

Thanks for coming by,

Craftyfield      I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenge. 

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Winter Tales and ice

Hello crafters, today I have more sparkle and bling as inspiration for our Country View Challenge
This time I created a tag with the Stamperia Winter Tales collection. 

It broke my heart but I had to cut my chosen paper from the Winter tales 8x8 pad! I then glued it to a white tag and added a glittered border with gel medium and glitter. Scraps of paper and lace cover the rest of the tag.
I added a chipboard sentiment and some chipboard flowers from the Assorted Die Cuts Winter Tales - Quotes And Labels pack by applying thick gel medium first and finishing by sprinkling Stamperia Glamour - Sparkles in Sparkling White.
Look at the shine...

Pretty easy... the beautiful paper really does all the work!


You have plenty of time to enter our Country View Challenge and be in with the chance to win a lovely £20 voucher to spend at the shop

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the SSS Wednesday, and Allsorts challenges

Saturday, 8 January 2022

New Year, new stamps...

For those of us who have over indulged during the festivities we should be considering
 a dry January... but it's a new year so new be-gin-nings... 😏

I got the Keep Your Gin Up stamp set from Visible Image as a sort of Christmas present for myself and for its first outing I made a CAS card with it as I always think this is where you can really "see" the stamp design.
I stamped the images in Memento grey ink and the sentiments in black Versafine and red inks. Glasses, ice cubes and bottle have been coloured with pencils.

I am looking forward to create a series of such cards for a Gin connoisseur friend!

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield    I am entering the following challenges: 

Saturday, 1 January 2022

New Year cards with glitter

Did you welcome 2022 in style? Well I hope your are are ready for a whole new Country View Challenge! Our theme this month, chosen by Jo, is "Your year to sparkle and shine".  

I made this New Year card with glistening snow : 

I used an old aperture card which matched quite well the  Sizzix Christmas Shadow Box by Courtney Chilson (663611) set of dies. I cut out the trees from a failed background and the snow from glitter paper of course! I die-cut some greenery from scraps of green inked card and added glitter and mica powders to them. 

And to use the last aperture card, whilst I had the die set out I created a second card:

The background is a failed alcohol ink experiment (the running theme is using up bits and pieces taking undue space in my "craft room"!).
Without the antlers, it is now a doe with its hooves in the snow and a white rabbit. 

I will be back later this month with another inspiration piece for our Country View Challenge. Do check out the post for all the DT makes and the rules for the challenge (they have changed last month).
What hasn't changed is the £ 20 voucher you could win by linking your project(s)!
Thanks for coming by,


Friday, 31 December 2021

Goodbye 2021

A second year to chalk up to experience! Instead of Covid, Brexit and other tribulations we endured in 2021, this is what I will try to remember it for:


To maximise the video, click on the 3 vertical dots at the bottom of the slide show screen to open the Options menu and choose "Enter full screen! (To exit press Esc).

 See you all next year!


Friday, 24 December 2021

Merry Catmas!

After weeks of Christmas cards posts, it's finally time to wish you all a very

Happy Christmas!

from me and all my Snarky cats, gathered below for your viewing pleasure...


Thursday, 23 December 2021

Catty carollers

Rounding up our Country View Challenge inspiration posts, here's another Snarky Christmas Cats card. 
No apologies as I did warn you...

CAS greeting card with CMS 416 stamp set

First I made several masks for this cat image from the stamp set (CMS 416 - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), then I stamped the cat repeatedly in black (foreground) and grey, and coloured them with pencils. I added the music score behind them (a freebie from a magazine).

As I am writing this there is no sentiment stamped on the card but I wanted the freedom to use this card as a Christmas, New year or even a December Birthday card if required. 

You still have a week to enter our Country View Challenge and only 2 shopping days till x-mas, so do get on with it! Who knows you might win one of 2 lovely £20 vouchers to spend on crafty stuff... now wouldn't that be the best Christmas present?!

Happy Christmas!!!

I am entering the We Love Stamping and Paperbabe challenges.

Sunday, 19 December 2021

Snarky Cat Christmas 11

The excitement is palpable... 
only dented by the Covid restrictions in place and possibly those to come! 

So, whatever happens.... "Don't get your tinsel in a tangle"!

 My Snarky cat has a point... 
The cat, sentiment and snowflakes are all from the Snarky  Christmas Cats set (CMS416) from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. I stamped the cat in a Versafine Clair Pinecone and Shady lane (the green knit), the sentiment in  Versafine black and the Snowflakes with a Kaleidacolor in Blue Breeze.

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield     I am entering the SSS Monday, We Love Stamping
                                                          Stamping Sensations, Paperbabe and Allsorts challenges

Friday, 17 December 2021

Stencils and foils double the fun

Today I am featuring on the STAMPlorations blog with a Mixed Media tutorial. Just in time for Christmas, I chose a technique full of shine.
And best of all it's a two-fer!!!

For the most reflective, metallic, shine, foils are the best. Today I am using Hot foils, which require the use of a laminator. (I think it is possible to use an iron but I  wouldn't risk it!)


Winter Flowers ARTplorations stencil
Gel medium (thick)
Hot Foils 

I made this card with the "positive" motif of the stencil:

The foil gives a mirror like finish which is difficult to photograph,
 so here's a picture showing the shine:

Then there is the "negative" which I used to make those tags to match:

And a picture without the sun reflection:


If you want details on the technique(s) I used , hop to the STAMPlorations blog to follow my tutorial.

Thanks for coming by,
 Craftyfield  I am entering the Addicted to Stamps, SSS Wednesday 
                                                          and River of creativity challenges. 

Sunday, 12 December 2021

2 Gnomes and A Bauble

I would say it's another departure from my normal style, but, seeing last months' posts,
 I have to question if it's a passing fad, brought on by opportunity (read new stamps...),
 or a change of personal style. I need to think about that! 

All this to explain another "cute" card with gnome. Sorry.😳

Stamps and papers, including the one I used for the matching envelope, are from Creative Stamping magazine (Issue 102) featuring designs by Polkadoodles.
I stamped the image with Archival ink in grey (the bauble and stars in yellow) and coloured it with pencils.
The sentiment is stamped with Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves to create the gradated look..
The die I used to cut the mats is from a set by Julie Hickey Designs Layers frames banners rectangle die set (JHD-CUT-1003).

I hope the kids like it....

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the We Love To Create, PolkadoodlesLost Coast Designs challenges.

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Snarky Cat Christmas 9

Is the Christmas dinner ordered? 
No, not me, on account that I wasn't supposed to be home... and now it too late to order a proper bird or one of these fancy things that only requires to be shoved into the oven.
At least my Snarky cat won't be missing out... 
he's sitting on his dinner supplies and no one will take it away from him!!!

As for previous cards, the cat and sentiment are from the Snarky  Christmas Cats set (CMS416) from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. The cat, stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone, the top sentiment in  Shady Lane and the bottom one in Memento Rhubarb Stalk.

Until next time... meow! (yes one or two more Snarkies on the way...)

 Craftyfield     I am entering the Paperbabe, We Love Stamping, and Stamping Sensations challenges

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Gnome-azing Christmas

Leaving aside my Snarky Cats to rest for a bit, today is a Gnome day! 
Yes I am doing cute... and classic red & green Christmas...
What a weird year this turns out to be!!!

Stamps and papers, including the one I used for the matching envelope, are from Creative Stamping magazine (Issue 102) featuring designs by Polkadoodles.
I stamped the image with Archival ink in grey, coloured it with pencils  and fussy cut it. The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Clair in Shady Lane.
The die I used to cut the mat is from a set by Julie Hickey Designs Layers frames banners rectangle die set (JHD-CUT-1003)

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the We Love To Create, PolkadoodlesStamping SensationsLost Coast DesignsSSS WednesdayRiver of creativity and Uniko challenges