Monday 30 April 2018

Watercolour Hare


The theme at Time Out this week is 'Wild' and that reminded me to play with a hare silhouette stencil and mask which I have put in my Folksy shop but not used on a card as yet....

I used the stencil on watercolour card.  First I wetted the card within the silhouette and then added sparkle pens to create a watercolour effect - the colours spread and merged within the image.  Once it was dry, I drew round the hare to give a more definite outline.  I then stamped some Indigoblu silhouette leaves in front of the hare, before masking the hare and stamping further flowers so that they look as if they are behind him.  The sentiment is from Uniko.

I shall link up for a third time at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.  

I have also used the stencil on a small mixed media canvas:

I drew round the hare image and flipped the stencil so that they were facing each other.  Then I traced round the image with Pebeo Cerne Relief which provides a raised outline.  I used Pebeo's moon, prisme and vitrail paints in the hares which mix and merge to create magic combinations.  Once that was dry I painted the background with acrylic paints creating layers using stencils and grasses using the side of a credit card.  

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday 29 April 2018



I have a new stencil to share with you today which I think gives you lots of options for making cool cards for guys! I have used the stencil and the mask to make the following:

Here I used the stencil aperture and dabbed through with white and blue acrylic paints.  I stippled the colours to give the wave some variation of colour.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps (no longer available) and is white embossed.

I effectively used the same technique by stippling around the surfer mask.

I will link the first card up at CASology as I think it works great with their cue card - Active.  I will also link up at Time Out as I think this wave looks pretty wild :)  I would also like to play along with this week's Anything Goes challenge at Simon's Wednesday Challenge.

I hope you like the new is available in my Folksy shop :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday 28 April 2018

Wish Big


I inked up my Shooting Stars stencil again the other day and made this card:

I created a rainbow effect with distress inks and added a new sentiment stamp from Altenew.  The little critter is from Mama Elephant and I coloured him with pencils.  I drew a line to the mdf star so that he is swinging from it.  

I shall link up at CASology where the cue card is Active and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week.  I shall also link up for a second time at Inkspirational where the theme is Play because I think that he looks like he is having a lot of fun!  Finally, I shall link up at Seize the Birthday's Anything Goes challenge.

You can get this stencil and the mdf stars in my Folksy shop.

I hope you are having a fun weekend :)

Sarah x

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Flowers in Spring


I have a few floral cards to share today.  First up is a card made using my new Floral Beauty stencil which I have simply inked through:

I used a combination of Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral distress oxides and simply highlighted the flowers with black pearls.  The butterfly is punched from black glitter cardstock and the central panel uses black glitter cardstock too.  The sentiment is from Stamplorations.

I shall link this card up at Simon's Monday Challenge where the theme is Flower Power and at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is CAS.

I have also used sparkle pens to watercolour some Tim Holtz florals - they add a subtle shimmer to the image:

The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  I added some extra splatters to emphasise the watercolour look.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Anything Goes. 

I hope you like these cards :)  Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday 23 April 2018

Flying By


I have been eyeing up the lovely tropical leaf and parrot stamp set from Altenew for ages and decided to get it last week whilst we were having a brief spell of warm weather :)  I thought the parrot would go well with my Forest Foliage stencil and this is what I made with them:

I simply stamped and masked the parrot before inking the foliage stencil through a circle mask and lightly inked round the edge to give the circle soft definition.  I coloured the parrot with spectrum noir pencils and added an Altenew sentiment from the iris set.  I have been so busy playing with stencils that it is ages since I coloured anything in with took me ages to unearth them from under a load of other crafty supplies!  I shall link up at Less is More where the theme is Bring it Back and at Seize the Birthday where the theme is vibrant colours.

I hope you like my tropical design :)  The stencil is available in my Folksy store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday 21 April 2018



I wanted to make a card to play along with the challenge at The Male Room which focuses on symmetry.  I have created a simple one layer card using my Geometric Crosses stencil:

I just inked through the stencil with Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink and stamped images from MFT to complete the design.  The clean lines of the stencil and stamp give a crisp, graphic feel to the card which I think works well for mens cards :)

I shall also link up at the new challenge over at Inkspirational where the word prompt is Play.

The Geo Crosses stencil is available in my Folksy shop.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Thursday 19 April 2018

Getting Messy


When I get the chance to have a good crafting session, I often like to try out more 'messy' techniques and this weekend I was playing with colour bursts and pixie powders along with my stencils (of course!).

First up I created a soft watercolour background with creative expressions pixie powders as a background for my elegant lady stencil:

Once the background was dry, I used poppy stencils black gloss paste through the stencil and admired the effect!  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I used black glitter card to highlight the edges of the panel.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where we are using sparkle and shine.  The pixie powders have shimmery mica in them and the black glitter card adds a bit more subtle sparkle.  I shall also link up at Happy Little Stampers watercolour challenge (without the optional rainbow twist).

I also have another new stencil - Floral Beauty - which I layered over a slightly more vibrant background created using colour bursts and pixie powders.  I simply inked around the edges of the stencil aperture with black soot distress ink.  I then added doodling in black and white pens to help give the flowers definition and finished off with a black glitter butterfly.  I shall link this up at Simon's Monday Challenge where this week's theme is doodling.

I hope you like them :)


As always, you can find them in my Folksy shop!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday 16 April 2018

Stylish Stencils


A quick post with a few more makes from the weekend.  First up is another new stencil - I absolutely love this stylish lady - I wish that I had both her eyelashes and hair :)

I simply inked through the stencil in black ink before masking off the face and embossing the hair with clear holographic powder.  I added a strip of washi tape down the side and a simple sentiment on the side.  I think it looks really striking in black and white.

I wanted to play along with The Library Challenge where the inspiration is the fabulous Memoirs of a Geisha - I loved the graphic look of the cover and was struck by the red lips which is what I focused on here.  I painted through my lips stencil with red shimmer paint and then clear embossed it for added gloss.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

Memoirs of a Geisha


Both stencils are in my Folksy store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday 15 April 2018

Shooting Stars


I have had fun playing with a new stencil today - using different techniques and media can create so many different looks with a single design.  The stencil is called Shooting Stars and this is what I have made with it:

I dabbed through the stencil with flitterglu and used silver gilding flakes to bring out the trail of stars.  The silver embossed sentiment is from Hero Arts and I added one of my mdf star embellishments at the top of the card having used silver embossing powder on it.  The card is a blue/black, by the way - it looks black on the screen.....I shall link it up at Less is More  where the challenge is to 'bring something back' as my gilding flakes have been very neglected over the past few years.  In fact, I had to buy some more glue as it had dried up :)

On this card I used Tonic Nuvo gold glitter paste through the stencil along with a sentiment from MFT.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where we are adding texture.

Here, I simply inked through the stencil with various shades of distress oxide and combined it with a lovely large sentiment from Uniko.  I shall link up at CASology where the cue card is Believe.

I hope you like this new stencil which is available for sale in my Folksy store.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday 13 April 2018

Fruit and Flowers


I am just stopping by with a few cards that I have made with images that I coloured whilst on holiday over Easter.  I managed to squeeze some stamped images and sparkle pens in to the case :)

First up is a card made with a beautiful ranunculus stamp from WPlus9:

I simply watercoloured the image with the sparkle pens and cut it out with a heart die.  I shall link up at Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is Make Your Mark.

Next I watercoloured the lemon image from Sheena Douglass and used my triangle grid stencil on the card base.  I think the blues and yellows give a mediterranean feel:

I shall link this card up at AAA Cards challenge where we are using our favourite techniques - for me they are watercolouring and, of course, stencilling!  I will also link up at Happy Little Stampers April Watercolour Challenge which is Anything Goes (with the optional twist of rainbow).

You can purchase the triangle grid stencil from my Folksy store.

Triangle Grid Mylar Stencil

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Take It Make It Challenge


The April TIMI challenge is open on the Craft Stamper blog.  It is really easy to get involved - anything goes as long as your project includes stamping :)

I stamped a background from Studio Line in black and sepia archival ink to create a variegated look and adhered a large butterfly from Inkylicious that I have watercoloured with sparkle pens - it has a shimmer in real life!  The sentiment is from Uniko Studio.

I like the combination of pretty and grungy elements - what do you think?  The rest of the DT have fab projects to inspire you over at the Craft Stamper blog and it would be great to see your creations in the gallery :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday 9 April 2018



I am just stopping by with two different looks for cards made with a fab sentiment die from Stamplorations and a couple of my stencils.  One is grungy and monochrome whilst the other is bright and bold.

Starting with bright and bold:

I simply sprayed through my honeycomb stencil with a range of colours which created a bright and inky background.  The large congrats sentiment is die cut from black card and adhered to a square of vellum to ensure that it stands out from the busy background.

I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where we are celebrating birthdays and at Stamplorations April Challenge where we are focusing on the sentiment.

Here I used my geometric grid stencil with grey and silver misters to create a variegated look in the background.  I used some aged silver embossing powder to give the die cut sentiment a distressed and metallic look.  I also used some Stamplorations stamps around the edge of the card to enhance the grungy look.

I was able to create a second card by turning the stencil over and blotting the inky surface on to a clean piece of white card.  This gives a paler and more patchy effect.  I simply die cut and popped up the central panel and used the same die cut sentiment from Stamplorations.

I hope you like the effect that I have created by using misters through stencils.  They do not give a precise look but can create some fun and quick backgrounds.  As always, you can find the stencils that I have used in my Folksy shop!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Thursday 5 April 2018

Time Out Reminder


I am delighted to be back with a reminder card as GD for the current challenge at Time Out where we are using a gorgeous photo as our inspiration:

I really love the cut out detail on the white vase and decided to focus on that specific element in my card.

I went over my new Moroccan Star stencil with white gloss paste and was really pleased with the crisp finish against the dark blue card.  I die cut a square from the same blue card and popped that up over the centre of the panel before adhering a die cut sentiment from Sizzix which picks out the yellow from the photo.

I hope you like this latest card and have the opportunity to play along with us at Time Out.  The amazing DT have more inspiration to share over on the challenge blog.

As always, you can get this stencil in my Folksy shop :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x