Friday 1 July 2016

The Same But Different

Good morning and welcome from sunny Spain, (I'm only on holiday I haven't moved lol). It's time for a new challenge today at Country View Crafts, and Hazel has chosen circles. On the design team we work a little in advance, and at this point with a couple of days left before my holidays (they don't call me last minute Sue for nothing), I needed a birthday card for my soon to be 14 year old niece,  a Fathers Day card, and a circles project! Mmm time to combine methinks, so here are my cards.

You know the routine, lots of pictures, not many words :-)

This is like the old white cat in a snowstorm joke. 
This is a piece of Ranger Watercolour paper that's been gessoed, then stencilled with various round stencils, and glass beads texture gel, DecoArt Modeling Paste, and Rock Candy Crackle for (hopefully) different effects.
These are the Distress Paint colours for my Father's Day card.

Dry brushed with a big stiff brush, the texture is starting to come through.
Then a little bit more colour (red is my Dads favourite)

Then did the same with the second lot of colours.

out with the distress crayons

and lots of stencils - don't judge me by my stencils, I will clean them sometime I promise.

Ok, backgrounds done, ready to decorate now.

I've used the Crazy Cats stamps, and the corresponding dies, together with the Handwritten Celebrate and Holiday Words.

The cats have been coloured with Distress Inks. I've added a few sequins too on my girly card.

These are my beaded texture gel circles.

Painty and crayoned circles,

 and even wooly circles.

I love the way these stamps and dies can be used for teenagers and Grandparents. They are just FUN.

I hope that you can join in with our challenge this month. Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking x


  1. Great cards Sue, amazing how time constraints can get you motivated and these are perfect for your last minute needs xxx

  2. What lovely makes many textured circles and such lovely colours, enjoy the end of your hols and please send some sunshine home ;0) x

  3. Fantastic fun cards, Sue! I love them!

  4. Such wonderful ideas on these. You have taken these images and made them your own.

    Hope the holiday is going well

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Great textures and colours Sue. Hope that you are having a lovely time....wouldn't bother coming back to the rain just yet!mxx

  6. First the backgrounds are fa-bu-lous! So envious of your TH stencils, clean or not! And you're right the stamps are great fun for cards of all occasions. Both cards are fantastic!

  7. Wonderful circles and fab crazy cats sue. Great combining xx

  8. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous - those backgrounds are to die for! Amazing vivid colours and layers full of life and movement... I love both of them! Sorry to have missed so much again lately. I've got a couple of quiet weeks in the Czech Republic coming up soon, so hope to do some proper catching up then.
    Alison x

  9. Loving the vibrant colours Sue, very eye catching. Hope,you are having a fabulous time. Tracy x

  10. Great cards Sue, love those backgrounds, had more or less forgotten about my distress paints!! So much stuff and so little time - lol x

  11. Beautiful cards, Sue! Love your textured and colorful circle background and of course the funny cats!
    Hope you enjoy your holidays!
    xx Evelyn

  12. Love your circle cards, Sue - what a great way to tie up those last minute projects! :D

  13. I so love these cards. The colours are so brilliant and the crazy cats are perfect. Happy crafting, Angela x

  14. One of these cats is not like the other - one of these cats just isn't the same - can you guess which cat is not like the other before I finish this game!
    Sandy xx

  15. They'll love them... Great cards Sue.. Hope you are having a fabulous time in warm and sunny Spain!
    Corrie x

  16. These are brill and fab! Love them - texture, colour and wonderful layouts. Great work Sue xxx

  17. Ooo Sue, these are fab, hope you had a lovely holiday xoxo


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