Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Hedgie Baby

Hi and welcome back to my second post today.  This card is for the current challenge at Less is More, who are asking for a Little Creatures card.

I had to do a bit of searching to find any little creatures in my stash, but finally came up with this old Penny Black stamp of a baby hedgehog and thought it would suffice.


This is effectively a one layer card as the frame is inlaid using the frames die from Simon Says Stamp.  I didn't have any lemon cardstock so colored the frame outline using the Lemon Chiffon inkpad.

I stamped and colored the hedgie using Copics then put all the card pieces back into the card base.  A few enamel dots finished off the card.



Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  In a Nutshell (Penny Black), Sweet Little Sentiments (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Lemon Chiffon (SSS)
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Enamel Dots

Cheers
Karren

Candy Girl

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses a free digi plus instructions provided by Marianne Walker.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to try coloring this cute girl!  I'm entering this card into several challenges:  Addicted to Stamps & More are looking for holiday cards; Digi Sketch Challenge have a cool sketch, AAA Cards and Sweet Stamping are both looking for Halloween cards, and Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge features the colors I used to color my image.  Phew - that's a lot of challenges :)


I printed out the digi image and followed Marianne's instructions on how to color her.  I then die-cut the image using a stitched mats square die.  The scallops down the right hand side were cut with a scallop nestie and the sentiment is white-embossed onto a black card base.

Some home-made enamel dots finished off the card.

Thanks for visiting.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Free Digi from Marianne Walker, Sweet Little Sentiments (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Black, gray, X-pressit
Accessories:  Copic markers, enamel dots

Cheers
Karren

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pink Christmas

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday!  It's getting closer and closer to Christmas, so I hope you're building up your stash of Christmas cards?  This week, Lori has challenged us to use non-traditional colors on our Christmas cards.


For my card, I went with Primrose Petals and Island Indigo against a white backdrop.


I got the Winter Friends set from SSS which has the most adorable images.  I used the snowman and colored him with pink and teal copic markers before painting him with Wink of Stella.



The sentiment was cut from Primrose Petals cardstock.  I used the tiny frame from SSS Frames dies to outline my images.  

Another very CAS card!  Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the fabulous cards from the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Winter Friends (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White Linen, Xpress-it, Primrose Petals, Island Indigo
Accessories:  Merry Christmas die (SSS), Frames die (SSS), Cold Weather Friends dies (SSS), Copic markers, Wink of Stella

Cheers
Karren

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Friend

For my second card today, I used the colors from Just Us Girls and the sketch from Pals Paper Arts.


I'm trying to get some Copic practice after completing the recent Online Card Class.  I bought a few digis from Saturated Canary to practice coloring people and this is one I colored tonight using the colors from Just Us Girls.

I went with a purple and black background and some stitched mats to create a bit of interest.  The sentiment was white-embossed on the black panel.

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Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches), Saturated Canary digi
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, X-pressit
Accessories:  Copics, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles, white EP

Cheers
Karren

Starry Night

Today's card is my first attempt at a galaxy scene and let's just say you need to squint to see a galaxy in this background :)  But I'm putting it up anyway.


The galaxy theme is this week's challenge at Friday Mashup plus I used the sketch at Mojo Monday - although the proportions are a bit off due to the size of the sentiment.

I created my galaxy using watercolor paints.  I did try another one using distress inks and might use that another day.  After it was dry, I white embossed the sentiment and stars.  I decided the yellow was most prominent so used some Crushed Curry cardstock for the scalloped piece which I scored at the end of each scallop.  I carried the scoring over to the black panel to mimic the sketch.  I wrapped some striped blue twine around the panel before using foam tape to adhere to a white card base.

Thanks for visiting.


Products used:

Stamps:  Make a Wish (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Watercolor, white, black, Crushed Curry
Accessories:  watercolor paints, baker's twine, white EP, large scallops die (SU),score board

Cheers
Karren

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Yellow Flowers

Such an original blog post title, wouldn't you agree?  Anyway, welcome to another sketch from the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge.  Today, our very own super-talented Dirty Girl (and past Artisan winner), Jen Timko is our hostess.

Isn't this an elegant sketch?  Here's what I did with it:


This flower was one of my practice ones from the recent Copic Markers for Cardmakers class I took.  I cut it out to use on a card, then had to try and match the colors to cardstock I had!  I ended up using my second-most hated SU color - Garden Green.  For the record, my most hated SU color is Rich Razzleberry - sorry, lovers of Rich Razzleberry and Garden Green :)

Anyway, I couldn't find a matching yellow so decided to make my own by using the Direct to Paper technique with Squeezed Lemonade ink.  Not a bad match!


The sentiment was white embossed and came out a bit blotchy for some reason - maybe my Versamark pad needs re-inking.  The little scallop was cut using the large scallop frame from Simon Says Stamp's frames dies.  The flowers and leaves were painted with Wink of Stella.

So, after all that, thanks for visiting and make sure you check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Flower (Clearly Besotted), Summer Garden (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark, Squeezed Lemonade
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Xpress-it, Garden Green
Accessories:  Copics,Wink of Stella, white EP, Frames die (SSS)

Cheers
Karren

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Jug of Flowers

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses the sketch from Lesley's "The Challenge".  I flipped the sketch and came up with this card:



I used Mama Elephant's Sweet Havana set to stamp this card for a friend, going through a tough time at the moment.  I stamped the jug with Cobblestone ink, then used some gray Copics to give some depth and roundness to the jug.  I stamped the flowers in Lavender and Blue Violet ink, leaving a couple of them without the dotty bits to make it look like they are different flowers.  In hindsight, it just looks like I forgot to stamp the dotty bits!  The leaves were stamped in Beanstalk Green and Green Leaf inks.  

The banner is from the Tags a Lot die set and is bigger than the banner that comes with Sweet Havana, so I could fit the flower as well as the sentiment.  I used Wink of Stella to paint over all the flowers.




Thanks for visiting.




Products used:

Stamps:  Sweet Havana (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Blue Violet, Lavender, Green Leaf, Beanstalk Green, Cobblestone (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Fog (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, Lil Inkers Circle and Rectangle Stitched Mats dies, Sweet Havana dies (ME), Tags a Lot (ME), Wink of Stella

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got top honors at The Challenge.