Thursday, 21 May 2015

You Rock

It's time for another fabulous sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the creative and talented Cindy Lovell.  

I decided to pull out the Blueprints dies again for my card and came up with this.

This is a very simple card, only using dies.  I used both Blueprints 11 and Blueprints 20.  Black, white and Island Blue were the colors.  The "You Rock" is inlaid as is the single star in the white panel, but there was no way I was going to inlay all those little circles in the zig zag die cut :)

Thanks for visiting.  As always, the rest of the design team have created some wonderful cards so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Cardstock:  Black, white, Island Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Blueprints 11, Blueprints 20


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Joyful Wishes

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday - where you get to make your Christmas cards one week at a time :)  This week Debbie is our hostess and her challenge is to use a non-evergreen tree on your card.

I have been wanting the Joy to the Woods set from Lawn Fawn since I first saw it and I finally got it a couple of months ago, so I had to use it for my card.

I stamped and cut the birch trees before lightly coloring with Copics.  I also colored the ornament and the little squirrel.  I die cut a snowy slope before sponging and lightly coloring with a paintbrush and water.  I then arranged my pieces on my card and stamped the sentiment.

Be sure to check out the fabulous cards created by the design team and give this fun challenge a go.

Products used:

Stamps:  Joy to the Woods (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Balck, Archival Black, Tumbled Glass
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Joy to the Woods dies, Copics, Wink of Stella, Stitched Slopes and Hills dies (SSS)


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Thanks So Much

And it's Paper Players Challenge Day!  This week Jaydee has a very cool challenge theme for us - CAS Girly Thanks.  

For my card, I combined the sketch at Verve with the colors at Just Add Ink to come up with this card.

I ended up not using any Verve stamps on my card but did use a brand new-to-me set from a company I've never bought from before - Stamplorations.  I started my card by sponging some Pear Pizzazz ink onto a white cardbase using the Diagonal Stripes stencil by MFT.    I embossed the "thanks so much" stamps onto a piece of vellum using Pool Party EP then cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  Behind that panel, I second-generation stamped the Tiny Alphabet Background from SSS using Crumb Cake ink. 

I die cut a butterfly with Calypso Coral cardstock and also cut a solid butterfly shape out of vellum.  I dropped some silver thread behind the butterfly and arranged a few enamel dots and my card was done.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful thank you cards for your viewing pleasure so be sure to check them out.

JAI #262

 Products used:

Stamps:  Sentiment Builders Thanks (Stamplorations), Tiny Alphabet Background (SSS)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Vellum, Calypso Coral, Black
Accessories:  Effera Butterfly Wings, Rhone Butterfly Wings (Memory Box), Pool Party EP, Silver Thread, Enamel Dots, Diagonal Strips Stencil (MFT)


Saturday, 16 May 2015

Belated Mother's Day

I am late getting my Mother's Day card made for my mum.  I tried last weekend, but it just wasn't working so I walked away.  I'm seeing my parents tomorrow, so I had to make it today.  No pressure!

After a couple of hours with no success, I decided to use a Close to My Heart set as my mum is a consultant for them.  This is what I came up with.

I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the inspiration pic from Fusion Card Challenge.

I used the Mother's Day set from CTMH and stamped and cut the 50's housewife with the cake.  BTW, this is definitely not my mother - she doesn't do the cooking in their house - she's too busy volunteering her time and being on numerous committees.  Anyway, back to the card.  The center panel was stamped with the Tiny Alphabet Background stamp in Fog ink on Fog cardstock.  I then stamped the sentiment.  That panel was layered onto some Chiffon cardstock.  

I thought the Fog card base looked a bit plain so I dug through my Blueprints dies and came up with this row of circle cut-outs, so used that on the top and bottom of the center panel.  

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:  

Stamps:  Mother's Day (CTMH), Tiny Alphabet Background (SSS)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger), Fog (SSS)
Cardstock:  Fog, Chiffon, White
Accessories:  Blueprints 21


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Hey There

It's time for my favorite sketch challenge - Freshly Made Sketches!  This week, our hostess is the wonderful and clever Jen Brum.

And here's Jen's sketch:

I received the Bird Crazy set some weeks ago and was a bit too intimidated to break it open and color one of those adorable birds.  On the weekend, though, I finally colored up a bird in a very simplistic way and put him on my card.

I really just had a bit of fun with this card and stenciled some brickwork on the bottom panel and stamped the Script Stripes stamp on the top panel.  I then went looking for a sentiment to fit between the lines and came up with Sentiment Sampler.

The bird is popped up on foam tape to give a bit of dimension.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have done some amazing things with this sketch so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Bird Crazy (Stampers Anonymous), Script Stripes (SSS), Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Green Apple (SSS), Gathered Twigs (Distress), Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, Vanilla, X-press It
Accessories:  Copics, Mini Brick Stencil (Crafters Workshop), Blueprints 18 (MFT)


Monday, 11 May 2015

Sponged Snowflakes

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday challenge day!  This week, our hostess is Deanne and her challenge is to use a stencil.  What a cool challenge - I love my stencils!

For my card, I used a Memory Box stencil and some distress inks:

I first sponged Tumbled Glass over the whole stencil and card front, then went around the sides with Peacock Feathers to create a bit of dimension.  Then I flicked some water over it to add more interest. 

The sentiment is white embossed and I finished off the card with a few sequins.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's fabulous cards.

Products used:

Stamps:  Peace on Earth (SSS)
Ink:  Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers (Distress), Versamark
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Memory Box stencil, white EP, sequins


Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Elephant Returns

It's time for another challenge from The Paper Players and this week it's LeAnne's turn.  She has given us a color challenge.  Check it out:

When I first saw Pistachio Pudding in the lineup, I gulped.  I really, really don't like that color.  As you can see from my card, I used it very sparingly!

I decided to pull out the adorable Unforgettable set again and color another elephant.  This one didn't get any pink inside his ears because pink isn't a challenge color :)  

On the card base I masked off a section using torn copy paper.  I then mixed up some embossing paste with some Mint ink and used my Tiny Dots stencil to create one of the two "banners" on the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.

The elephant was colored with Copics and his hat was stamped using Mint ink from Simon Says Stamp, because my Pistachio Pudding ink and cardstock has been put into a very deep, dark corner so I don't have to look at it :)

I white embossed the sentiment onto some Lost Lagoon cardstock and rounded one corner.  That and the elephant are popped up on foam tape.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have used these colors in wonderful ways, so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Unforgettable (WP9)
Ink:  Mint (SSS), Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Lost Lagoon, X-Press it
Accessories:  Copics, Unforgettable dies, Tiny Dots Stencil (SSS), embossing paste, white EP