Thursday, 21 August 2014

Time for Tea

It's Freshly Made Sketches day and this week, the supremely talented and hilarious Linda Callahan is our hostess.  And here's her sketch:

There are so many options for the two floral elements - they don't have to be flowers.  For my card I went with circles.

The blue circles started out white and were sponged with Tumbled Glass ink.  Once that was dry, I stamped over the top with an image from Tim Holtz's Papillon set and Picket Fence Distress Stain.  This gave a very subtle impression.  For the horizontal panel, I sponged with Scattered Straw ink.  The Distress Stain didn't show against the lemon color, so I over-stamped with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink.  You can see some of the subtle over-stamping in this close-up.

The teapot and teacup were colored with Copics and then cut out and adhered with dimensionals.  Some gray twine finished off the card.

Thanks for looking.  Be sure to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Cup of Life (Verve), Papillon (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold
Cardstock:  White Linen, Whisper White, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Copics, American Crafts Twine, Picket Fence Distress Stain, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Circles


Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Welcome to another Merry Monday challenge.  This week, Sue is our challenge hostess and she has a color challenge for us - black, gold and silver.

I chose to use black and white as my main colors, with splatters of gold and silver made with Twinkling H2Os, which I've just re-discovered after not using them for many years.

I used a die cut sent to me by my Merry Monday Secret Santa last year and black-embossed it a couple of times to give it some dimension and shine.  For the white panel, I simply flicked Twinkling H2Os in gold and silver onto the panel using a paintbrush.  Once it dried, I adhered the sentiment and then finished the card with some rhinestones.  In this next photo, you can see the shimmer:

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have time to join in the challenge.  Don't forget - Christmas isn't that far away :)

Products used:

Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories:  Black EP, Gold and Silver Twinkling H2Os, Basic Rhinestones


Monday, 18 August 2014

Triangle Celebration

Today's card started out as my background for this week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge, but then I couldn't work out how to deal with the rectangular panel over the top, so I parked this card and created something else for FMS.  

I hate throwing away my stamped bits so this card base was sitting on the side of my desk and then along came the Addicted to CAS challenge with its code word of "Geometric".  Perfect!  So I resurrected my card, added a sentiment and some homemade enamel dots and I was done.

The card base started with the triangle image from Trifecta being white embossed then each individual triangle being colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I then went looking for a sentiment to fit the space and Shenanigans worked perfectly.  

I'm also entering this into the Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Linky Party.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Trifecta (Mama Elephant), Shenanigans (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Prismacolor Pencils, White EP, Enamel Dots


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Twinkling Baby

Hi and welcome!  Today's card is for a very special reason.  Mindy, who runs the Fab Friday challenge, had a baby recently and the rest of the Fab Friday team hijacked the planned challenge to do a baby card challenge!  Fun, right?  Mindy had a little boy, so I kept my card in the blue/green spectrum, which also meets the criteria at Just Us Girls this week.

For my card, I dug out my Twinkling H2Os which I've had for many, many years and barely used.  In fact, probably 90% of them have never been used!  To create the background, I first white embossed the image and sentiment onto watercolor paper.  I then wet the paper and dropped on the Twinkling H2Os using a paintbrush.  Look at that shimmer!

I finished the card with some homemade enamel dots which I made using Perler beads.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find any locally so had to order online and the minimum size was 6000 beads, so I've got enough for several lifetimes :)

Thanks for visiting.  Congrats to Mindy on your beautiful little boy.

Products used:

Stamps:  Celebrate Baby (SU)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Cool Caribbean, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Accessories:  Twinkling H2Os, White EP, Enamel Dots


Thursday, 14 August 2014


Hi and welcome to what is a freezing cold Thursday here in Christchurch!  We've had a pretty mild winter so far, but today is bitterly cold and I'm glad I could spend the afternoon tucked up with a heater in my craft room!

I made a card today for two challenges:  Seize the Sketch, which has a fabulous CAS sketch by Katie, and the color challenge at The Paper Players, which has some gorgeous colors chosen by Nance.

I chose to use the adorable Mama Elephant set called Honey Bunny for my today's card.  I stamped the little bunnies on Xpress-it cardstock and colored them with Copics.  I gave them Blushing Bride tails and the flowers were colored in Hello Honey and Calypso Coral (or as close as I could get with Copics).  The sentiment was stamped with Basic Gray ink and the card base is also Basic Gray.

The bunnies are popped up on dimensionals.  A very CAS card!

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Honey Bunny (ME)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray
Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Whisper White, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Copic markers, enamel dots, Wink of Stella


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout-out at both Paper Players and Seize the Sketch.

Starry Birthday

Welcome back to another Freshly Made Sketch Challenge!  This week, the very talented and lovely Rita Wright is our challenge hostess.

For my card, I went with a stenciled look.

There's a bit of NBUS in this card - the Simon Says Stamp Fog ink is a beautiful, soft shade of gray and blends beautifully!  I very carefully sponged it over a new stencil after masking off an area on the card base.  I then sponged onto a panel of Whisper White before layering that onto so Fog cardstock.  

For the die-cut sentiment, I used a DTP technique with a new-to-me Archival inkpak called Viridian, which is a beautiful minty-green color.  After die-cutting I clear-embossed the sentiment for more dimension.  I layered several black die-cuts under the Viridian layer to give a raised look.  The stamped sentiment is from a Winnie & Walter set.  Big white enamel dots on a couple of die-cut stars finished off the card.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the gorgeousness presented by the rest of the design team and I hope you find the time to give this sketch a go yourself.

Products used:

Stamps:  The Big, the Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Ink:  Fog (SSS), Viridian (Archival), Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Fog 
Accessories:  Lil Inkers Stitched Stars, Enamel Dots, Happy die (Clearly Besotted), Mini Numbers Collage Stencil (Crafters Workshop), clear EP


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Christmas Plaid

It's Merry Monday time again and this week Wendy has challenged us to use pinecones, greenery and plaid ribbon on our cards.

Now I don't own any plaid ribbon at all, so rather than buy some, I decided to sponge my own plaid.  It's not exactly a ribbon, but I hope it'll pass muster.

I've made a few plaid pieces in the last few days and this one was made with Distress Inks.  In hindsight, that wasn't a good idea because the distress inks stay wet for longer, so after sponging each stripe, I had to heat set before placing the mask down for the next color!  I also think the SU inks gave a much crisper and defined line between the colors.  Oh well, live and learn :)

The colors I used for the plaid were Festive Berries, Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo.  I die-cut and stamped the little pinecone from PTI's Peaceful Pinecones set.  The white panel is actually inlaid into the card base, making this a one layer card apart from the die-cut.  The reason for that is because no way on earth was I going to sponge a whole card front, so I cut out the centre panel before sponging!

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have time to check out the rest of the design team's creations.

Products used:

Stamps:  Peaceful Pinecones, Signature Christmas (PTI)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU), Vintage Photo, Festive Berries, Iced Spruce (Ranger)
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Peaceful Pinecones die, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles, Always Artichoke and Early Espresso markers