Thursday, 18 December 2014

Pop of Black

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Day.  Our lovely hostess this week is the very talented Queen of Layers - Narelle Farrugia.  And, speaking of layers - check out her sketch:

I have to admit, I struggled a bit with this sketch - so many layers for this CAS girl :)  So I fell back on the old stand-by when a card isn't working - black layers.  I find layering with black really helps bring everything together for a more cohesive end result.

As you can see, I flipped the sketch on its side.  I used Lost Lagoon as my base color, along with white, black and vellum.  The horizontal and vertical panels were embossed with the Tiny Triangles embossing folder to add some interest.

I love the font on this sentiment, and while I don't currently need a get well card, I'm sure the need will come around soon enough.  This card was designed along masculine lines to suit a male.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have a wonderful array of gorgeous cards to tempt you for this, our last challenge of the year.

Products used:

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen (SU)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, black, white, vellum
Accessories:  Circle and Rectangle Stitched Mats dies (Lil Inkers), Circle Nestabilities, Tiny Triangles EF (SU), black twine, enamel dots


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Icy Snowman

Hi and welcome!  Today I have the great pleasure of being Guest Designer at a relatively new challenge called Retro Rubber.  This is a great challenge and quite unique in that, as well as the usual sketch and color challenges, the twist is you should use older stamps for your cards!  By older, preferably more than a year old - you don't need to go back to last century unless you want to :) 

Like most of us, I love everything that's new and often neglect some amazing old stamps in my sizeable collection, so this challenge is a great way to share the love :)

Anyway, I won their second challenge and was invited to play along as GD on this challenge, which is a cool color challenge to use silver, blue and white on a holiday card.

The stamps I used on this card come from an Inkadinkado set I've had for probably 5 years.  I silver embossed the snowman onto a piece of Midnight Muse cardstock then cut it out with a stitched circle die to get the stitch lines on the inside of the circle.  I then used the same circle die to cut a circle out of a piece of white cardstock which added stitching to the outside of the circle. 

The sentiment was stamped in Midnight Muse ink and the whole panel was mounted onto the blue panel using foam tape.  A strip of silver glitter paper added a bit of sparkle down the right hand side as did the rhinestones.

I hope you'll find time to support Retro Rubber Challenge.  I wish them all the best!

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Holiday Silhouettes (Inkadinkado)
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Midnight Muse, Silver Glitter Paper
Accessories:  Pewter EP, Lil' Inkers Stitched Mats Circle Dies, rhinestones


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Cocoa Time

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday.  This week, it's my turn to host the challenge and I've gone for an easy theme, given that Christmas is only 10 days away!  My challenge is to create a winter-themed Christmas card.  Easy, right?

For my card, I decided to create a little scene using some Purple Onion stamps from the Stacey Yacula collection.  

I stamped three separate images onto some X-pressit cardstock and colored them with Copics.  For the record, my little cabin is sinking into the snow on purpose (actually, I didn't realise I'd stamped it crooked until I was coloring it at the very end).

The sentiment comes from PTI's Two Feet Deep set and suited this little scene perfectly.  I kept the layout really simple and just layered the panel onto a 5 1/4" square Early Espresso cardbase.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have done a great job with my challenge and I hope that you can squeeze in a few minutes to make a card to link up to the gallery.

Products used:

Stamps:  Snow Cabin, Louis, Cocoa Stand (Purple Onion), Two Feet Deep (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  X-pressit, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Copics


Monday, 15 December 2014

Birthday Flowers

I've moved away from making Christmas cards today and made a bright and cheery birthday card.  This card uses the fabulous sketch at Retro Sketches, the colors at Color Throwdown and I'm also entering it into the current Seize the Birthday challenge.

I used both pink and red shades in my flowers so I hope this meets the criteria at Color Throwdown.  The leaves were colored in shades of green and I outlined the whole image with aqua to tie in with the scalloped piece.  The right hand panel is washi tape.

The sentiment is a free digi from Hannelie at Desert Diva - she regularly offers wonderful sentiments and this is the first time I actually thought ahead and printed one out before starting my card :)

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Delicate Florals (Penny Black)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, Coastal Cabana
Accessories:  Washi Tape (SU), Copic Markers, Digi Sentiment (Desert Diva)


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Silver Snowflakes

Today I'm playing along with the Blue Christmas challenge at AAA Cards, the sketch from Fusion and the color challenge at Colour Me.

I started out by silver-embossing the sentiment onto some vellum paper then cutting it with a banner die.  The snowflakes were die-cut with silver paper.  For the top of the card, I embossed with a SU embossing folder then die cut with a scallop die.  A white layer provided some contrast with the card base.  I put dots of glue under the rhinestones to adhere the vellum to the card base.  Some silver elastic cord finished the card.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Peace on Earth (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Vellum, white
Accessories:  Delicate Designs EF, Large Scallop die (SU), Maryanne and Melody dies (SSS), silver elastic cord (SU), Banner die (SU), rhinestones


Friday, 12 December 2014

Sparkly Snowflakes

I took some time this morning to make a card using the colors from Pals Paper Arts, the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the "sparkle" challenge at Just Us Girls.

I just want to say for the record, that I hate working with glitter :)  I cracked open my Heat & Stick powder for this card and it was so old that it was all lumpy.  Between that and accidentally turning on my heat gun before putting excess glitter back in the container, I had glitter and powder everywhere!  It was so bad, I had to stop in the middle of making this card and vacuum the floor!  Here's a couple of close-up shots so you can hopefully see the glittery snowflakes.

Anyway, back to the card.  I sponged Soft Sky, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink in ombre fashion onto some watercolor paper.  I then die-cut some snowflakes and glittered them (make is sound so easy, doesn't it!).  The sentiment is white embossed and the whole watercolor panel is popped up on foam tape.  Some random sequins finish off the card.

Thanks so much for visiting.


Products used:

Stamps:  Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Versamark, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
Cardstock:  White, Watercolor
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Heat & Stick powder, white EP, Eliza die (SSS), Lindeman and Rizza dies (Memory Box), sequins


Edited to Add:  This card was a pick at Pals Paper Arts.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Wreath

As well as being Freshly Made Sketch Challenge day, I also have the privilege of being the hostess.  I hope you'll like my sketch:

I kept my card simple with lots of white space.

I stamped the various components of the wreath using before cutting out with the matching dies.  I painted Wink of Stella over the pinecones and berries before putting it all together.  The scalloped strip was cut with some Olive cardstock and all the white panels were run through the Big Shot with PTIs Canvas plate to give a subtle texture.  The rectangular panel is popped up on foam tape.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you'll have some time to make a card using my sketch.  And be sure to check out what my teamies have done with the sketch - amazing!

Products used:

Stamps:  Autumn Blessings, Holly Berries (SSS)
Ink:  Olive, Schoolhouse Red, Sparrow (SSS), Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Olive
Accessories:  Fall Wreath die (SSS), Rectangle Scalloped Nestabilities, Canvas plate (PTI), American Crafts Twine.