Monday, 5 October 2015

Silhouette Sympathy

Hi and welcome!  This card, unlike the one I made last week, is fortunately not needed so will go into my stash.  However, I wanted to join in the challenge at Just Us Girls who have a "sympathy" word challenge.  I'm also joining in at Friday Mashup who are looking for a full colored background (check) and/or a silhouette image (check); Simply Create Too has an autumn theme, Time Out Challenges has a quote featuring the word "autumn" and I used the colors from Color Throwdown.  Phew!  So after all that, here's my card:

I watercolored the background using various distress inks, then splattered ink onto the panel with a paintbrush before also spritzing water to take away some of the color.  Once that was dry, I stamped the silhouette image from Paper Garden onto the right hand side of the watercolored panel.  I really like this image as it has some text and nicks built into the acrylic which gives a nice effect.

I then dug out my With Sympathy die to find in the packet I already had one die-cut in black and covered with Glossy Accents.  Score!  So I adhered that to the watercolored panel and then onto an Early Espresso card base.  I rounded the bottom corners, which in hindsight, I wish I hadn't but you can't put back bits you've cut away :)

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Products used:

Stamps:  Paper Garden (CTMH)
Ink:  Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint distress inks, Ranger Archival Black
Cardstock:  Watercolor, black, Early Espresso
Accessories:  With Sympathy die (SSS), Glossy Accents, Corner Chomper


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Color Throwdown.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

PInk and Grey

Hi!  I made a quick (for me, anyway!) card this morning as I couldn't let the week go by without playing along with the inspiration photo at Just Add Ink!  I also chose to play along with Avery Elle's Think Pink challenge and the CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

I have been watching the videos over at Craftsy where Deepti hosts a class on watercoloring.  I have learned quite a bit watching these videos and am now trying to get some practice in!  The background of this card was done using masking tape and painting on some diluted Hickory Smoke ink.  Once it was dry, I rounded the bottom corners and adhered it to a white card base.

I sponged Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry distress inks onto a scrap of white in an ombre fashion then die-cut the Hello word before painting it with Wink of Stella.  The rest of the sentiment comes from the Love Notes set and was cut out and popped up on foam tape.  I deliberately didn't put any embellishments on the card, wanting to keep a clean and graphic look.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Love Notes (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Ranger Archival Black, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Hickory Smoke
Cardstock:  White, Watercolor
Accessories:  Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle), Wink of Stella


Saturday, 3 October 2015


Hi and welcome!  Today's card is for the Geek Chic challenge at City Crafter, the Science cue word at CASology and the color challenge at ColourQ.

I went for a very simple card as it will mostly likely end up going to one of the three males in my household so I didn't want any frills.

I die-cut the white panel before stamping the image and sentiment.  I used my Misti to line up the colored stamping in Jellybean, Lipstick Red and Sunshine inks.  The patterned paper is from one of the old SU color family packs and is adhered directly on to the card base.  The white panel is popped up on foam tape.

And that's it!

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Products used:

Stamps:  Scientifically Speaking (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Jellybean, Sunshine, Lipstick Red
Cardstock:  White, Patterned Paper (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched Basic Edges (MFT)


Friday, 2 October 2015


Hi and welcome back to another fabulous challenge at Fusion!  Today our inspiration pic has some gorgeous autumn tones and check our our sketch:

For my card, I used elements of the sketch but mainly focused on the mint green can and the floral arrangement to come up with this card:

I used an image from the CTMH set Country Born and colored it on X-Press It cardstock using Copics.  Because I wanted more of a rustic look, I toned down the white background by coloring with various light colored markers.  The Desert Storm base was embossed with a brick folder and some very old SU patterned paper was used along the bottom.  A thin strip of black cardstock was added as was the Verve sentiment.  

And that's it!  A pretty simple, rustic-yet-clean card!  I hope you'll have time to join us.  Choose either the sketch or the inspiration pic - or both - and make a card.  Check out the design team for some fabulous inspiration!

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Stamps:  Country Born (CTMH), Poppy Birthday (Verve)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, Black, X-Press It, Outlaw PP
Accessories:  Pierced Circle Stax (MFT), Copics, enamel dots, Brick Embossing Folder (SU)


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Happy Thoughts

Hi and welcome!  We have fun sketch for you today at Freshly Made Sketches and its creator is the fabulous Linda Callahan.

As you can see from my card, I took a fairly literal approach to the sketch, sticking with the circle theme.

I used two different sized dies to die cut some circle frames of white cardstock that I'd sponged with Mint Candy, Duckling and Apricot inks.  Once the circle frames were cut, I added some more sponging near the bottom for an ombre effect.  The sentiment was also white cardstock sponged with Steel Blue ink and then stacked on top of four other layers of white and slightly offset so the white shows.

The base of the card was die-cut with a stitched rectangle frame then I used a Donna Downey stencil and some translucent embossing paste for a soft textured background.

I'm linking this card up to the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Ombre.

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Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the wonderful inspiration from the rest of this fabulous team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sending Happy Thoughts (SSS)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Steel Blue, Duckling, Apricot, Mint Candy (SSS)
Cardstock:  Stone (PTI), white
Accessories:  Spellbinders circle dies, Sending die (SSS), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Translucent EP, Scribble Script stencil (Donna Downey)


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Monster Pyramid

Hi!  This is the end of my short 3-day break from work.  I've had some fun in the craft room as well as spending time with my boys.  This card was made for Lesley's monster/birthday themed Challenge and also the "M" challenge at Cardz for Guys.  My "M" words are monsters and masking.

I started my card by cutting masks of all six monsters using Eclipse masking paper.  I then arranged them in a pyramid on some X-Press It cardstock and carefully removing masks as needed, I stamped each monster.  Once that was complete, I colored with Copics in a semi-rainbow fashion.  To create a background, I masked the monsters again and sponged Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass distress inks.

For the sentiment banner, after I'd embossed and die-cut it, I carefully cut around the feet of the bottom three monsters and tucked the banner under their feet - giving them something to "stand on".  Blueprints dies came to the rescue with layering as did some Reverse Confetti banner dies to tie in with the inspiration picture.  I quite like this little card which I think would be suitable for a young boy.  My favorite monster has to be the teal one in the center bottom.  I wanted to color him red because I think he looks like the red M & M :)

Thanks for visiting.  I'm also linking this to Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge to use a stamp.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Out of this World (Clearly Besotted), KIS Birthday (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass
Cardstock:  White, black, X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), Blueprints 20 and 21 (MFT), Double Banner Garland (Reverse Confetti)


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at The Challenge.

Follow Your Dreams

This card was made for the challenge at Just Us Girls, as well as the Dream cue word at Addicted to CAS and the shiny theme at Less is More.

I started by stamping the Wide Stripes background stamp onto a white card base.  Using my Misti, I had to stamp it about 6 times to get good coverage!  I then stamped the floral stamp onto a white panel and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  The sentiment was cut in half to make it fit and I then drew the dots with a multi-liner pen so it didn't look too offset.

A strip of gold foil card down each side and some gold sequins and my card was finished.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Delicate Florals (Penny Black), Dandelion Dreams (Clearly Besotted)  Wide Stripes (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Black
Cardstock:  White, Black, Gold
Accessories:  Prismacolor pencils, gold sequins