Wednesday 9 March 2016


Having been inspired (on more than one occasion) by the very very clever Loll who is another 'Queen of the CAS' style I really wanted to try and perfect the 'smooshing' technique. 
Tried a lot and failed miserably - too wet, too dry, not enough ink, blotchy rather than a lovely swirly colour finish etc etc etc!
However, practice makes perfect so I persevered and finally managed two pieces of smooshed background that I was happy with.

The first was a lovely blue/green combo then I stamped a sentiment on it and made a mess. It wasn't only the paper that had a blue background - the air saw it's fair share!

Here is the second piece using Fossilised Amber, Abandoned Coral and Squeezed Lemonade DI.
Thankfully the stamping and white embossing of the sentiment went unhindered this time.
Added a few teeny blingy gems to the Chloe stem die cuts and mounted onto white cardstock.

Not too bad... and am determined to try and rescue the other piece - even if it means it's only a very small background piece or I use it to cut out a flower with!
The only annoying thing is I tried this and am getting better then Loll comes up with 'smooshing with acetate' and I now have to practice that!
Loll and Bonnie have a new Challenge Blog called CAS Mix Up so as my card featured the 3 things required Smooshing (Watercolouring), Stamping (Sentiment), Your choice (Die Cutting) am paying them a visit.
Also the smooshy piece and the die cuts were from odd scraps so it's the Playground for me too - (if I can get my head through the gate cos Miss Di selected my poppy card amongst her top picks last week - and I'm told she picked it without having any of Sarn's hooch either!!)

Challenges -
LIM - Citrus
Dragonfly Dreams - Use a Die Cut
CUYL - Use a Die Cut

Thanks for looking - appreciate any tips and comments! Have a nice day whatever you're doing. x


aussie aNNie said...

Lovely creation, fabulous colours too..xx


Beautiful card Viv
Dianne xx :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Viv I think you;ce cracked Loll's smooshing technique you ended up with a gorgeou card and a beautiful background


Esther said...

You hard work was definitely worth it - what a gorgeous background! I love the simplicity and 'pop' of the layout and the colours you've chosen. Fab!

Sarn said...

Oh my goodness me . . . I just LOVE this card pretty card Viv. Chloe stem is a fave die of mine and I love your pretty smooshed background too. Really must pop over to the CAS Mix Up challenge and take a look!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carole said...

I think you have a perfect background there Viv...your perseverance paid off! Lovely card.

Connie said...

lovely way to use this pretty die. Looks awesome with the white backdrop.

brenda said...

Lush colours Viv. Thanks for the photo, quick comment as waiting for the men in green.


Unknown said...

Gorgeous card and you've given me another idea for how to use my Chloe stem die! Karen x

Elaine said...

Great CAS card!

pinky said...

I haven't a clue with these inky techniques Viv but always love seeing the finished projects. This one is just gorgeous.

Loll said...

Hi Viv. This is beautiful. You said before that you struggle with CAS ... I don't think so. This is CAS PERFECTION! LOVE your smooshed background -- those colours are gorgeous. And love the white framing and those pretty white blooms. The placement of your tiny gems is perfect too. Thanks so much for all your kind words, and for playing along with our new challenge. I saw your card highlighted at the Playground last week ... amazing design - congrats! xx

Di said...

And another fabby snippets card from you Missie! LOVE this - glorious background you made and it's just an all round wonderful card.

Thanks for coming to play in the Playground!


Di xx

Mrs A. said...

Beautifully smooshed backing and the colours are gorgeous. I keep meaning to buy that wretched chloe die and keep forgetting .Der!!
smooshing with acetate? I need to go and lie down in a very dark room.!!!!! hugs Mrs A.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Adorable CAS, love the tones of the inked background and the diecuts with the little gems!

Dora said...


Bonnie said...

Your poppy card was gorgeous and fully deserved mention, Viv! No hootch needed. LOL! I love your smooshed background with the beautiful sentiment and die cuts! Those tiny rhinestones make the sweetest extra bit of WOW! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

Pia S said...

Love orange! And your CAS design is really pretty, I like how you placed the orange piece onto a white panel and white card base.

Meggymay said...

Viv, the smooshing looks awesome. You have created a very beautiful card.
Yvonne xx

Kathleen said...

I haven't a clue what smooshing is, sound like something you do on the dance floor, spelt wrong.
Love the background and the Chloe stems.

Kath x

Wendy said...

Love this Viv, gorgeous colour & design.
Wendy xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is really gorgeous!
Kevin xx

Crafty Pearly said...

Very pretty:) Thank you for joining us at Dragonfly Dreams it is very much appreciated. Hugs, Traci xx

Doreen said...

A gorgeous CAS card

Chrissie said...

This is simple and lovely Viv... lots of citrusy white space!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

What a glorious piece of smoothing it is Viv! I love the delicate swirly effect it has created and it makes the white die cuts really pop. Ha ha. Laughed at the air turning craft room has had the blue air a few times too ;-)
Thanks for joining us at Less is More.
Sharon xx

Sarah G said...

Your smooshed background looks perfect with the die cut blooms - you have definitely perfected this technique, Viv! Thanks for sharing with us at Less Is More :)

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Absolute Stunner Viv! Love the colour hues and fabulous die-cut floral image too.
The BG is like an orange and grapefruit sorbet - hmmmm....good enough to eat!
Thanks for sharing and playing along at Less is More this week. Sarah x

Viv said...

Ooh Viv lovely card and smooshing too, it all looks so very pretty.The little gems add the perfect touch also.Must check out that new challenge too, thanks! Enjoy your weekend ;) Viv xx

Anne said...

Super smooshing Viv - well done for persevering!
Thanks so much for joining us this week
"Less is More"

Pat said...

I love your super smooshing Viv and the Chloe Stem stands out so prettily against the beautiful citrus colours in the background. x

Ela said...

Love the white silhouettes ahainst the soft background. So pretty.
Thanks for playing along over at Challenge up your Life.

Nandini said...

Love the smooshed background and the lovely Chloe Stem die cuts. Found your blog through the CAS Mix-up Challenge blog.