Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Sketch Challenge using Bloom and Grow for Inspire. Create. Challenges

And welcome to this weeks Inspire. Create Challenge post. Can you believe we are on challenge #47?!
This week we have this wonderfully versatile sketch to work with...
And I knew I wanted to make a stamped and coloured wreath with some of the gorgeous flowers from the Bloom and Grow bundle! What a great set this is, especially if you love colouring :-)
 Once I'd coloured the flowers this sentiment just seemed perfect for the image, especially as we are heading straight into wedding season, right?
I layered the floral image onto Purple Posy card then heat embossed the sentiment in gold onto vellum, wrapping it behind the main panel to hide the glue. Finishing with a few sequins.
I am seriously loving colouring with my Blends right now, possibly helped by treating myself to a few new colours recently ;-)
What are you going to make for this challenge? Head to the challenge blog to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT. It's a really great sketch and we've all made very different cards...
  Thanks for looking today!
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Friday, 5 July 2019

Friday Round Up with cardsandacuppa

Hello and welcome to the first weekly round up here!
Let's get sharing what I have made/shared this week :-) I've been colouring with my Blends pens, a lot.
TOP TIPS: Use Memento ink or any water based ink pad (for example Smoky Slate or Sahara Sand both work great for a more "no line" effect, more on that next week)
Use regular Whisper White (or Very Vanilla) card stock. I've found the ink much less likely to "bleed" with regular WW when using Blends.
If you have any questions please drop me a message at sarah-janerae at sky dot com
This first card uses the Grandmas House stamp set. So cute and perfect with notecards.
 Then I made this one with the Bloom and Grow stamps and dies. Funny story, I forgot I had dies for these images and *some* of the cards you'll see next week might have been hand cut... lol.
Flirty Flamingo flowers with a Rococo Rose card base.
 This Free as a Bird card with laser cut paper was super popular on Instagram, gathering my most amount of likes ever!
 Then I made a card using the Good Morning Magnolia set in So Saffron stamped onto Vanilla card for a more vintage feel.
This cute note card uses some of the small sprigs from Bloom and Grow again. Sentiment is from the Botanical Bliss stamp set.
 And finally for this week I have a pair of butterfly cards which were the centre of  two "Floating Frame" makes we made recently. The outer creations can also be found on my social media pages :-)
So, that's all my shares for this week, I have added some links at the end of this post but not everything, so any questions please do ask :-)
I'll be sharing all this week on FB and Insta so if you'd like to follow me there and be the first to know then that'd be fab!
And I'll be back on here next Wednesday with my ICC card, 'till then, happy stamping :-)
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Thursday, 4 July 2019

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Hello and welcome to my cardsandacuppa blog!
So, you may have noticed I'm not blogging on here so much lately? I did a post on my Instagram and Facebook recently explaining all but I wanted to hop over to here and share what's going with my lovely blog readers too :-)
I do love this blog and I am so very grateful for you taking the time reading the babble I write ;-)
But, I have found in recent weeks/months I am struggling to keep up with everything both at home and online so I made a decision to share more cards and quicker! That basically means I am sharing full cards on social media most days instead of (always) waiting 'till I get chance to blog them "properly".
I am still keeping this blog (and of course all the tutorials and creations on here) and have commited to at least one post fortnightly for my DT role at Inspire. Create Challenges.
 I have to be honest and tell you I've found that I really do share more now!
So, having said all that I have made another decision today. I have decided I am going to start to do a weekly round up of what I have shared on social media, starting this Friday (tomorrow).
The post will be less chatty with fewer pictures and all the cards can be found on my Facebook and Instagram during the week before I post here. So to be in the know, first, please do check out my social media sites and follow me there. All links are at the end of this post or simply search "cardsandacuppa".
I am always grateful to my followers both here and on social media so I really do hope this change will be good for everybody? Thanks for following and for reading today's post.
So until Fridays round up,
Happy Stamping!
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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Inspire. Create Challenge #46 New In Colours

And welcome to another challenge with Inspire. Create!
This week we have been playing with new In Colours. I have a couple of favourites already...
I'm loving Rococo Rose and Seaside Spray, probably because I added these colours to my Blends pens collection so they have had a little work out already ;-) 
So, I used the On To Adventure stamp set and I wanted to make the characters younger looking as I think they are fab but totally not just for retirement cards, here I made this a snappy, fun card...
 I used a baby wipe to swipe some of the new Seaside Spray ink at the bottom of some thick white card but I found that a little pae so I then dabbed the ink with the baby wipe before adding splatters with an aqua painter too.
I die cut the sentiment using the new Hand Lettered Prose dies after the ink was completely dry. I added two more layers of the sentiment into the spaces before topping with the coloured layer at the top.
 Then I topped the card with a Blends coloured chap from the On To Adventure set before adding a few (retired) star shaped enamel shapes which reminded me of a camera flash!
So, that's my make using some of the new In Colours but for a ton more inspiration please head over to the challenge blog and see what the rest of the DT have made. You can also upload your creations there too ;-)
Thanks so much for looking here today :-)
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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Inspire. Create challenge #45: Embossing

Hello and welcome to another week with Inspire. Create Challenges :-)
This week the theme is embossing. Now, you can use either dry embossing (folders) or heat embossing so using ink and embossing powder, or both, for this challenge. We would just like to see your makes with any kind of embossing!
As I'm sure you have noticed  I love to heat emboss so this was a no brainer for me.
 I wanted to use the Free As A Bird set in class this week so this is one of the card we made there too...
 I started with a watercolour wash on shimmer card and added a splatter of both same colour ink and some white shimmer paint.
We then added the leaves and flowers, made by stamping both and then watercolouring using the stamped images and a little extra of the same colour ink. This gives this loose washed look to the images.
TIP: Be careful not to over work the images as they'll lose their definition.
And yes, we fussy (hand) cut all these leaves and flowers but it didn't take toooo long... and the end result was worth it, don't you think? ;-)

I wanted a crisper image for the bird so I stamped in Memento ink and heat embossed it with clear powder so it was waterproof for watercolouring. While it's not absolutely necessary to heat emboss I prefer to when I want to work with a looser wash of ink, like here.
So, that's all from me for today, to see lots more "embossing" inspiration and to add your own make head over to the challenge blog HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today!
I'll be back soon with more, 'till then, happy stamping :-)
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