Thursday, 28 October 2021

Elf Trio

Hi!  Jennifer Timko created this week's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and as soon as I saw the trio of squares, I knew what I wanted to do.  So I took some time and just coloured and this is the result.

I arranged the three stamps and sentiment in my Misti and stamped them all at once onto a strip of X-Press It cardstock.  I then chose the colour scheme I wanted and spent some time colouring.  I did intend the pink to be a bit lighter but it's all good.  Once I was finished colouring, I adhered the panel to a card base of Blu Raspberry cardstock.

I finished by adding some clear Stickles to the pink ornament and the reindeer's nose.

Thanks for visiting!  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.

Stamps:  Christmas SELFies (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K.)
Cardstock:  Blu Raspberry (MFT), X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Stickles


Wednesday, 27 October 2021

CASE Me a Christmas Card - Smooshed Poinsettia

Hi!  I'm thrilled to have been asked again this year to join Michelle Lupton in her annual CASE Me a Christmas Card challenge.  The premise of this challenge is that we each choose a card of the other's and CASE it, putting our own spin on it.

I went with a "get well soon" card made by Michelle and turned it into this Christmas card.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the photo of Michelle's card, taken from her blog.

The elements I carried over to my card include the ink-smooshing technique, the peachy colour palette, the white embossing - although I did mine on the background and not the image, the floral theme and the black sentiment.

To make this card, I started by white embossing the background stamp onto watercolour paper and then smooshed various distress oxide inks onto watercolor cardstock, using an acetate sheet for the ink transfer.  I created a second smooshed panel for the poinsettia.  Once the panels were dry, I die-cut the poinsettia from the second panel and used some watercolor wash patterned paper for the leaves. I then used Coral Crush and Harvest Gold cardstocks to die-cut the tags and Harvest Gold for the centre of the flower.

I added the tags at an angle to provide a separation between the smooshing and also to add a bit more interest.  I then added the poinsettia and sprayed the petals and leaves with shimmer spray.  Finally I added the sentiment which was stacked three high.  


And now, here is Michelle's gorgeous card that I used as my inspiration.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please make sure you head over to Michelle's blog and check out her card.  I can't wait to see which of my cards she has chosen and how she has adapted it.

Thank you, Michelle, for inviting me to join in once again.  This is such a great concept and I enjoy it every year.

Products Used:

Stamps:  Outline Merry Christmas BG (SSS), Wonderful Christmas (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Watercolor, Watercolor Wash Brights, Coral Crush (MFT), Harvest Gold (PTI)
Dies:  Perfect Poinsettia (MFT), Tag Me (Reverse Confetti), Wonderful Christmas (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Shimmer Spray, White EP


Monday, 25 October 2021

Pastel Snowflakes

 Hi!  It's a long weekend here in New Zealand - the first since June - so I'm making the most of it by making cards.  This card uses the colours from this week's Color Throwdown challenge.

I had in mind to stamp some pastel snowflakes and ended up making three cards using these colours.

I stamped three snowflake stamps three times each and white-embossed them, before die-cutting them.  I then dry-embossed a strip of each of the three colours and adhered them down the sides of three card bases.

I chose a modern-looking sentiment and stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink in the bottom right corner of the card bases.  After that I arranged the snowflakes on each card and finished with some enamel dots in the colour of the embossed strip.  I didn't have any lavender dots, so used clear gems for that card.

I'm also linking this up to a new-to-me challenge called Peace on Earth 
Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Simply Snowflakes (MFT), Big Dots Holiday (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Periwinkle, Sno Cone, Bubblegum (MFT)
Dies:  Simply Snowflakes (MFT)
Accessories:  Knitting Pattern EF (Richard Garay), Enamel Dots, Clear Gems


Sunday, 24 October 2021

Big Thanks Shaker

Hi and welcome!  I'm playing along with the Waffle Flower October 2021 Challenge where we are asked to create a huge or full-panel shaker.  I used a nesting rectangle frame die to come up with this shaker card:

To create this card, I took a sheet of Modern Neutrals patterned paper and cut it in half.  From one half, I die-cut the second largest Nesting Rectangle Frame die.  I stamped the words "thank you" onto the centre panel and then adhered the outermost and centre panel onto a white card base.

Onto the die-cut frame I adhered an acetate panel to the back and then two layers of foam tape.

I added a whole lot of various sequins to the centre panel and then carefully adhered the frame.  To finish the card, I added a white-embossed sub-sentiment and a few sequins stuck to the outside of the acetate.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Thank You (Waffle Flower)
Ink:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Wild Cherry (MFT) Modern Neutrals (Waffle Flower)
Dies:  Nesting Rectangle Frames (Waffle Flower)
Accessories:  Sequins, White EP



Thursday, 21 October 2021

Joyful Bouquet

Hi!  Jacquie Southas is our sketch hostess this week over at Freshly Made Sketches and she has given us a sketch with wide open space.  Here's what I made:

I just got some washi tape and co-ordinating die from PinkFresh Studio and I paired it with some gold hot-foiling to create an easy but elegant card.  The card base is Berry Sorbet from PTI and the gold frames are from Spellbinders as is the sentiment.

There's not much else to say about this card, so I'll leave it there.  I hope you visit the FMS blog and check out the wonderful cards made by the design team.

Products Used:

Cardstock:  Berry Sorbet (PTI), White
Dies:  Joyful Bouquet (PinkFresh Studios); Essential Duo Lines Glimmer Rectangles, Essential Glimmer Sentiments (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Joyful Bouquet Washi Tape


Friday, 15 October 2021

Good Idea

Hi!  A quick post from me today bringing you my card for the latest Fusion challenge, where I created a fusion of both photo and sketch. 

I did go with darker shades of the colours in the photo though because I wanted a more intense feel to my card.  The cups were stamped, using a mask, omto X-Press It cardstock and coloured with Copics.  I then die-cut several layers and elements to match the sketch.

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the challenge and the rest of the DT cards.

Products used:

Stamps:  Coffee Addict (SugarPea Designs), Coffee Break (MFT)
Ink:  Amalgam (Gina K)
Cardstock:  X-Press It, Black, Adriatic (Hero Arts), Persimmon (MFT), B&W Stripes (MFT)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stax, Blueprints 25m Basic Stitched Edges (MFT), Stitched Scalloped Edges (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics


Thursday, 14 October 2021

Embossed Foliage

Welcome to the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge, where our hostess this week is Judy Rozema

I happened to catch the tail-end of a live by Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9 in their Facebook group a few weeks ago and was blown away by the card she was putting together using the Rose Builder and Hellebore stamp sets and some silver-embossed foliage.  Unfortunately I can't link to it as you need to be a member of the FB group to be able to view it.  I was so impressed I immediately wanted to create something similar and this is the result:

It's hard to see in the photo, but all the foliage is silver-embossed.  I used various sets to get the leaves I wanted.  The hellebore were already stamped and in my stash so I can't remember which inks I used but they would have been Altenew grays.  
The patterned paper is from Whimsy Stamps Blurry Flurries pack and I just love all the patterns in this pack - so much so that I bought two packs last year.

The sentiment is from MFT stamps and is white-embossed onto black.  Finally I finished with some sparkling clear confetti.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards made by the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Rose Builder, Hellebore Builder (WPlus9), Peaceful Pinecones (PTI), Christmas Essentials (SSS), Snow Globe Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Pink Pearl, Rouge, Coral Bliss, Crimson (Alt), Versamark, Various Grays (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Blurry Flurries (Whimsy Stamps)
Dies:  Rose Builder, Hellebore Builder (WPlus9), Peaceful Pinecones (PTI), Christmas Essentials (SSS), Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Sparkling Sand EP (Wow), Sparkling Clear Confetti (PPP)