Wednesday 7 May 2014

Spring Bugs

Hello again,

What a lovely bank holiday weekend we had - must be a first!! Unfortunately I did not get much done down on the allotment due to having the in-laws visiting but I did get a couple of hours help digging part of the new allotment - I can accept that lol. I will try and remember to get a pic of the new allotment to share - there is a lovely large, but overgrown, pond at the bottom so I am hoping for plenty of wildlife to watch.

I made my net trio of ATC's yesterday - and as usual I am entering them for various craft challenges. The main theme for these cards was bugs, and the technique was to use gel pens and embossing powder - which I have never tried before. I also decided to give the CAS technique a go, but I am not sure I have quite got it right yet - let me know what you think!

So here are the ATC's.

The first one involved a blue card blank onto which a rose sticker was placed in the bottom left. Then two little bumblebees were stamped to either side, wings being coloured with green gel pen, and a butterfly to the right, using pink and blue gel pens and embossing powders to create a dimensional effect.

To be entered into: Simply Less is Moore (3 colours) - having used blue, pink and green; Papertake weekly - no patterned paperabc challenge - K is for keep it simple (one layer) and one layer simplicity - #5 Flowers

For these bugs I placed a simple patterned paper over a card base and stuck a felt flower and diamante butterfly to the right-hand corners. I stamped a bumblebee and a butterfly onto white cardstock, coloured them using gel pens and then used the wet gel ink to add embossing powders (one colour at a time of course). These were then cut out carefully and attached to the card base with 3d foam pads.

To be entered into: One crazy Stamper - Anything Goes with embellishment (dimante butterfly and felt flower); addicted to stamps - things with wingsCCM - #115 It's a bugs lifecard mania #46 - Emboss itink on my fingers week 306 - walk of life613 Avenue Create - anything goes with bling (bling being the embossing powder and the diamante butterfly); catch the bug - anything goessuzybee - anything goesdelightful sketches - add dimension (embossing); Simon Says Monday Challenge - Five (patterned paper, embellishments, stamps, embossing powder and gel pens)

For the final ATC I used a patterned card that I received with some ATC's. I took a pale pink paper and stamped a bumblebee twice and coloured with the gel pens, using iridescent embossing powder on the wings before cutting out into mini squares. The butterfly was stamped onto cream cardstock, coloured with gel pens and blue, pink, gold and red embossing powders used. This was then cut into a diamond and attached to the centre of the ATC with the bees above and below.

To be entered into Country View #15 Natures GloryAllsorts - butterflies and polkadoodle - something old (stamps), something new (patterned card)

Ooh I nearly forgot - another plus to having the in-laws here is that I now have a hanging basket planted, which will hopefully look fantastic once it fills out (although the plants already nearly fill the basket).
Hugz Tinz


  1. This is just lovely for our Butterflies theme, thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x (My Grand Calibur candy runs until the weekend here

  2. Cute cards Tinz! Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts this week for our Butterflies challenge x

  3. Very cute thks for joining us over at One Crazy Stamper!! Good luck

  4. What a sweet ATC!
    Thank you for joining the Less is More Challenge this week
    LIM Designer

  5. Lovely butterfly creations! Thanks for joining us at ATSC, Marlies

  6. Cute. Thank you so much for linking up with us in our “May Anything Goes” challenge at Catch The Bug! Please join us, again, next time, for a new challenge and more chances to win! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Bugaboo Stamps

  7. A very pretty ATC! Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  8. I'm sorry that I'm so late in visiting this time, but a new laptop has taken a little time to set up and get to know!!
    Looks like you had fun with these!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  9. Sorry it's taken me so long to approve your post but I have been offline and only got back on about an hour ago!

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Crafty Cardmakers and More

  10. Very pretty ATC's. Many thanks for sharing with us over at ABC Challenges. Take care, Ann-Marie xxx

  11. Lovely ATCs. Thank you for joining us at Country View challenges for our Nature's Glories challenge this month.

  12. Thank you for entering my challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More.
    Hugs Kimx


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