Sunday, 23 November 2014

Anonymous Collage

Today's card was made for a few challenges:  Tuesdays Morning Sketches, Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge theme of Thanks/Thanksgiving, and the color challenge at ShowCASE Your Style.

I dug through my stamps to find a really old Stampers Anonymous stamp and used Cold Laminate and Gold Leaf to create a beautiful background for the image.

The rest of the card is fairly self-explanatory.  I used SSS Fog cardstock to frame the central image and also as a layer on the right hand side.  The die-cut sentiment represents the banner in the sketch and the enamel dot the button.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Anonymous Collage (Stampers Anonymous)
Ink:  Black Stazon
Cardstock:  White, Black, Fog (SSS), Cold Laminate
Accessories:  Enamel Dot, sequins, rhinestones, gold leaf, thank you die (PTI)


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Guiding Light

It's Freshly Made Sketches time - one of my favorite days of the week!  Today, the very talented Cindy Hall has a fabulous sketch, which offers so many opportunities to make it your own.

I kept my card low-key and unfussy as it's destined for a male ex work colleague who is having cancer surgery next week.  

For the background panel on the sketch, I chose to use embossing paste and the Rays stencil.  I colored the paste with some Goldenlocks ink to match the reeds I stamped along the bottom of the smaller panel.

I stamped the lighthouse and fussy cut it and that represents the top vertical panel on the sketch.  The sentiment comes from what is fast becoming my favorite sentiment set - Say it in Style by Clearly Besotted.

No frills or embellishments on this card because (a) it's for a man and (b) it's going through the mail.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some knock-out cards to inspire you so check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Guiding Light (WPlus9), Say It In Style (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Goldenlocks, Schoolhouse Red (SSS), Versafine
Cardstock:  White, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Rays Stencil (Tim Holtz), Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Corner Chomper


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Bells

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday.  This week, Sue has challenged us to create a card featuring Christmas bells.

For my card, I first had to find an image featuring Christmas bells!  As soon as I spied this image in the Jolly Follies set, I knew what I wanted to do.  

I cut a tag, then stamped and colored this adorable little mouse.  For the blue panels, I sponged Island Blue ink onto white cardstock.  I then white embossed some of the ultra-modern snowflakes from Freshly Fallen and cut the panel into three strips.  The tag is raised up on foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped in black and Island Blue ink.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please head over to Merry Monday to check out the rest of the design team's inspiration.

Products used:

Stamps:  Jolly Follies (Penny Black), Christmas (SSS), Freshly Fallen (PTI)
Ink:  Island Blue (SSS), Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  White Baker's Twine, Lil' Inkers Anytime Tags die, White EP, Copics


Monday, 17 November 2014

Merry Little Elf

Hi!  It's been a few days since I posted - I wasn't feeling like stamping.  I know, crazy, right!

Anyway, I did make up a little tag for the challenge at CASology, where the cue word is Festive.  I used a new stamp set called Merriest Elves from WPlus9.  These are the cutest little elves!

I stamped my elf onto white cardstock and colored him in.  I went for two different shades of green and two different shades of red.  I also stamped the "To" and "From" onto the stocking stripes.  I cut him out and popped him up on a white stitched tag, then ties some twine onto the top.

This is a short and sweet post today.  Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Merriest Elves (WPlus9)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Tags a Lot die (Mama Elephant), green and red twine


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Scribble Thanks

Welcome to Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch this week is from the very talented Kim Singdahlsen.

I used my new Papertrey Ink goodies again for this card - including the Linen Impression Plate which I've wanted since it was first introduced!

I started with a Tangerine Tango card base which I ran through with the Linen plate to give some subtle texture.  The white panel was stamped with the Circle Scribbles stamp set in both Tangerine Tango and Calypso Coral and was then also run through with the Linen plate.  I sewed some vellum onto the card base using three rows of stitching as per the sketch but it didn't show up enough so I covered that up with twine.

The Wet Paint die was cut from black cardstock then clear embossed several times to give it a glossy, raised finish.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you so I hope you go visit them.

Products used:

Stamps:  Circle Scribbles (PTI)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Versamark
Cardstock:  Tangerine Tango, Vellum, White
Accessories:  Wet Paint die, clear EP, black button, orange striped twine, scallop die (SU), Linen Impression Plate (PTI)


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Happy Snowman

When I went into my craft room today, I just didn't feel like stamping :(  So I decided just to do a bit of Copic coloring and see where that took me.

I colored up a beautiful snowman from Purple Onion's Stacey Yacula range and once I was finished, I decided to make him into a card.  I went looking for a suitable sketch as this fella is pretty big!  I found this week's Mojo Monday and went to work.

Isn't this snowman and his little bunny friend just too cute?  I cut each layer with stitched dies.  For the green layer, rather than use green cardstock, I sponged some Green Apple ink around the edges to give some added interest.  For the round element at the bottom, I didn't want to cover up my bunny, so I die-cut a vellum snowflake, punched two tiny holes in it and threaded some green twine through it before tying a little bow.

Looking at the snowflake in the photo, I might paint it with clear Wink of Stella and see if that makes it pop a bit more.

Thanks for visiting.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Warm Hearted (Purple Onion), Christmas Joy (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Green Apple (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Island Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, snowflake die (SU), green twine, Lil' Inkers Stitched Mats dies


Blue Ornaments

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday!  Today, our challenge hostess is Wendy and she is asking us to use blue and silver/gray ornaments on our cards.

Isn't that a gorgeous graphic?  For my card, I went with my new, favorite blue - Audrey Blue from Simon Says Stamp.

I embossed this gorgeous stamp from an Australian company called Stamp-it onto Audrey Blue using Versamark then embossed with Pewter embossing powder.  I cut out each ornament and sponged a bit of Audrey Blue around the edges to give it depth.  I then tied a wee bow from some silver and white bakers twine.  

The tag was cut and stamped with a stamp from Mama Elephant.  I chose this sentiment because (a) it fit on the tag; and (b) the swirly font looked a bit like the swirls on the ornament, but mainly because it fit on the tag :)

The Audrey Blue strip on the card base was cut with a scalloped die before being glued onto the card base then run through with the stitched rectangle mats die.  I love that thing and find myself wanting to use it for every card!  It adds so much interest for no more layers.

Thanks for visiting.  Have you checked out the beauties created by the rest of the Design Team - just gorgeous!

Products used:

Stamps:  Decorative Bauble (Stamp-it), Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Versamark, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Tags a lot (Mama Elephant), Stitched Rectangles Mats (Lil Inkers), Pewter EP, SilverWhite Bakers Twine (SU), Large Scallop Die (SU)