Thursday, 2 October 2014

Serene Scene

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Day!  This is the day where you get to feast your eyes on some amazing cards made by my team-mates on the Freshly Made Sketches design team.  And this week, our challenge hostess is the incomparable Narelle Farrugia.  Check out her sketch:

Is this not an awesome sketch?  Here is my interpretation of it.  

As you can see, I used stamping for the two horizontal elements.  I stamped the two images onto Xpress-it cardstock and selectively colored them.  The sentiment is embossed with Pool Party EP but is very hard to see.  In hindsight, I wish I had used a darker color.

The shell was covered with Glossy Accents after being colored and is stuck on with dimensional tape.

I hope you've enjoyed this masculine birthday card.  Head on over to the FMS blog to check out the fabulous work of the design team.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Seaside Greetings (CTMH), Stipple Shells (SU), Happy Birthday (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  Soft Sky, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Copics, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats dies, Pool Party EP, Glossy Accents, circle Nestabilities


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Snowy Night

It's Merry Monday time and this week the fabulous Katie has challenged us to use polka dots and/or stripes on our cards.

For my card, I sort of used both - that's if you count the snowflakes as polka dots :)

My background was inspired by a card recently posted by Nichol Magouirk on the Simon Says Stamp blog.  Once I'd masked the moon and sponged the background in various colors of Distress Inks, I over-stamped the trees with Black Soot ink before sponging white ink through a snow stencil. 

The deer were silver embossed across three layers separately then married back up again.  What is hard to see in the photo is that the "snow banks" are striped DSP.

Thanks for visiting.  Head on over to Merry Monday to check out what the rest of the design team have been up to.

Products used:

Stamps:  Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Versamark, Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed (Distress Inks), Unicorn White (Hero Arts)
Cardstock:  Basic Black,Whisper White, Neutrals DSP
Accessories:  Silver EP (Ranger), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS) Spellbinders A2 Curved Dies


Monday, 29 September 2014

My Advice, Doll...

Today I decided to make a card just for the fun of it - no challenge, no intended recipient. Just me and my tools playing around for a few hours :)  

When I saw that my friend, Lesley Croghan, is now on the Art Impressions design team, it reminded me of the fun Art Impressions stamps I bought about 10 years ago, so I decided to dig them out and have some fun.  I'm doing the Copic Online Card Class and wanted some more practice coloring people.

These stamps are "Front and Backs", which means there is a front view and a back view.  How fun is that!  I colored Fanny and the wooden stand with Copics on Xpress-it cardstock before cutting them out.  

The tree was stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with Distress Inks before being masked off.  I then sponged the sky and grass before drawing in some tufts of grass with a Copic Multi-liner pen.

Then came the fun part - replicating the front onto the back of the watercolor sheet:

Here's a better shot of Fanny's rear end :)

Again, Fanny and the wooden stand are colored with Copics and then cut out.  

And here's the sentiment.  "My advice doll, pick an age you like and stick to it!"  I quite like 29.... :)

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Art Impressions
Ink:  Distress Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black, Black Stazon
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Watercolor
Accessories:  Copics, paintbrush, ink blending tools


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Yellow Peonies

Hi and welcome.  Here's a card I made today using the colors from the Card Concept (clean and simple category) and the inspiration photo from Just Us Girls.  We don't celebrate Halloween over here, so I concentrated on the yellow and red flowers in the barrow.

There was a lot of masking in this card!  I started by cutting a tag shape then stamped the various flowers and leaves from Pretty Peonies in the bottom left corner.  I then decided it would be fun to do the same stamping on the card base using the larger peonies in the set.  The tag is popped up on dimensional tape.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Pretty Peonies, Strictly Sentiments (WPlus9)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Lil Inkers Anytime Tags die, Stitched Rectangle Mats die, Daffodil Delight satin ribbon, white bakers twine


Friday, 26 September 2014

Ombre Sympathy

Today I have a card I made using this week's colors from ColourQ and the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch.  Unfortunately, I am in need of a sympathy card and this is what I came up with.

I drew a rectangle in my Silhouette program and then copied it to create the cut file used to create the white panel.

I sponged yellow and orange ink onto the Crumb Cake card base then stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy ink onto the white panel.

I then used dimensional tape to pop the panel up on the card base and finished off with some enamel dots.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon (Distress), Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy (SU)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Enamel Dots, Silhouette Cameo


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Awesome Day

It's Freshly Made Sketch day and this week I am the hostess!  I've designed a sketch incorporating a tag this week:

For my card, I decided to make a masculine card which also meets the challenge requirements at The Paper Players.

I went with a bright and graphic card today, using a NBUS stamp set from WPlus9 called So 80's. I stamped the word "awesome" in Real Red ink then fussy cut it out.  The "hope your day is" was black embossed before being cut out.

The tag was cut from some of my precious Cool Caribbean cardstock and the half-tone image was clear embossed onto it to add interest.  The patterned paper is adhered directly onto the card base but the white layer was popped up on dimensional tape, as was the tag.

Thanks for visiting.  Please be sure to check out the wonderful samples from the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  So 80's (WPlus9)
Ink:  Versamark, Real Red
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cool Caribbean, Celebrations DSP
Accessories:  Enamel Dots, Black EP, Clear EP, red twine


Edited to Add:  This card was chosen as "A Cut Above" at Paper Players.

Umbrella Man

Hi and welcome!  I'm so excited because today I get to be Guest Designer at Color Throwdown because my card was chosen as Featured Stamper last week.  How cool is that!!!

Here are the fantastic colors for this week:

Aren't they gorgeous? I had the intention of doing a very clean and graphic card using these crisp colors, but somehow I ended up with this card.

It might be hard to see where all the challenge colors are, but they are in there :)  I'd just received an order which had a lot of Tim Holtz layering stencils and the Mini Muse stamp set which has this "umbrella man" stamp which is one of my all-time favorites.  So of course, I had to use it all!

The card base is Crumb Cake. I sponged over several stencils using Stormy Sky, Crushed Olive and Pumice Stone distress inks, as well as Smoky Slate ink from SU.  After that, I used Picket Fence distress stain and the Shatter stencil for some white highlights.

The main panel is watercolor paper that I coated with Pumice Stone distress stain, then painted over with Crushed Olive and Stormy Sky ink.  I also used some Picket Fence stain on this piece as well.  Umbrella Man is clear embossed over black and then the "Live the life you've imagined" stamp was stamped several times down the right hand side. The edges of all panels were distressed and sponged with Vintage Photo ink.  A tiny little piece of filmstrip ribbon was stapled to the top left corner.

For the sentiment, I used a leftover piece of painted watercolor paper and dabbed on some Picket Fence paint to give more of a blank panel.  After that dried, I stamped the Penny Black sentiment.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the wonderful creations from the Color Throwdown team - their work is amazing!

I'm entering this card into the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is to use stencils and stamps.

Products used:

Stamps:  Mini Muse (Stampers Anonymous), Thinking of You (Penny Black)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Crushed Olive, Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo distress inks (Ranger), Smoky Slate (SU)
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Watercolor
Accessories:  Picket Fence Distress Stain and Paint, Pumice Stone Distress Stain, Tim Holtz Layering Stencils:  Speckles, Dot Fade, Measured, Schoolhouse, Shatter.  Tim Holtz Filmstrip ribbon, staples, MFT Fishtail Flag Die