Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Blog Hop for Lesley

Hi and welcome to this very special blog post.  We are having a blog hop for Lesley Croghan!  Now I'm sure most of you know Lesley - creator of gorgeous cards and fabulous challenges.  Lesley offered me a spot on my first ever design team, Merry Monday, then a spot on the SugarPea Designs Challenge Team, then a spot on Fusion and a spot on Inspired by all the Little Things.  So I have a lot to thank Lesley for.

Lesley and Corey, along with Rolley and Penny (their furbabies) are having a baby girl and we want to show them how happy we are for them.  A group of us each made a card and sent it to the wonderful Lori Turner and she collated everything and sent it on to Lesley.

Here is the card I made:

I was looking through my stamps for a suitable image for a baby card when I saw this wood-mounted Penny Black stamp I have had for years.  It just seemed perfect to me, so I stamped and colored it with Copics.

Once that was finished, I worked on the card base.  I adhered some watercolor wash patterned paper down the right hand side of the card base and then a scalloped border die-cut.  The die-cut sentiment is from Paper Smooches and foiled in gold.  Here are a couple of photos from different angles.

I even decorated the inside of this card, which is unheard of for me 😊

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please head on over to Lori's blog and see all the other cards created for this special occasion.  And don't forget to leave Lesley some love and good wishes on her blog, too.

Huge thanks to Lori for organising this and to Nance for the fabulous blog badge.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Hydrangea Hello

It's time for another fun challenge at Just Add Ink and this week, we have a color challenge for you.Image may contain: text

Aren't these fun colors?  I don't have the Stampin' Up colors so went with some Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Worn Lipstick and I think they came out pretty close!

I started by doing some ink-blending onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock with the two inks.  I went over the line where they joined several times to give a seamless blend.  Once I was happy, I flicked some water onto the panel and set it aside to dry.  I did happen to find some Smoky Slate cardstock, so used that for my card base and also for the die-cut hello, which was painted with clear sparkle pen.

Once the inked panel was dry, I white-embossed the Mondo Hydrangea stamp onto the bottom left corner and heat set it.  Using fun foam, I adhered that panel onto the card base and then used spray adhesive for the sentiment.

I did happen to film a video while I was making this card and you can see it by clicking here or by watching below.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Please check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team and have a go yourself.  Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, a close match will also work.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Fireside Chair

Welcome to another sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches, where this week our hostess is the lovely, witty and talented Dirty Girl Linda Callahan.

I love wide-open, CAS sketches like this one and knew immediately what I was going to make:

Yes, a newspaper-reading squirrel!  How cute is that!

I flipped the sketch so my chair was facing into the fireplace, but other than that I stuck to the sketch.  The fireplace was stamped directly onto a pierced white panel and colored with Copics.  The sentiment was stamped underneath the fireplace.  The chair and squirrel were stamped on scraps and cut with the co-ordinating dies.  I then cut a slit in the chair so I could tuck the squirrel into the seat which was then popped up on foam tape before being added to the panel.  

The panel was then adhered to a white top-folding card base and my card was done!

This is such a wide-open sketch that I predict we'll get a full gallery this week, so head on over and check it out.  While you're there, take a look at the fabulous cards created by the design team.

I'm linking this card up to the CAS challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Bokeh Bunny

Hi and welcome!  I made the card I'm showing today on the weekend, using the latest sketch from MFT and the colors from Just Us Girls.

I created the bokeh background using distress inks in pinks and purples and then went over the top with the SSS Bokeh Lights stencil and white pigment ink, before setting it aside.  The overlay was cut from vellum using a stitched cloud die.  I stamped and colored the bunny with Copic markers and adhered him to the vellum with foam tape.  The sentiment and little banners were adhered with liquid glue.  I dotted some more liquid glue behind those elements to adhere my vellum to the bokeh panel.  After mounting it onto a white top-folding card base, I finished with some clear sequins.

Thanks for visiting!  I also created a video of this card which you can watch below or over on YouTube.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Green Umbrellas

Hi and welcome!  I took some time yesterday to make a card for a few challenges.

I used the colors from Color Throwdown, the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the Bit o' Green challenge at Simon Says Stamp, as well as being inspired by Jenny's gorgeous card at Time Out.  I should probably explain how I was inspired by Jenny's card though, as it might not be obvious.  My cloud is her branch and my umbrellas are her birdhouses.  As well as that, the spring theme brought to mind March showers, hence the umbrella theme.  And, I've just realised I put the sentiment in the wrong spot for the sketch, so apologies to the CTS girls!

I stamped and Copic-colored my umbrellas onto a panel of white cardstock, and then gold-embossed the sentiment.  I die-cut a cloud shape and adhered that to the top left corner before mounting the whole panel onto a gold mat.  I then added some fun foam to the back and adhered it to a black top-folding card base.  To finish off the card, I added some tiny clear sequins to mimic raindrops.  I probably spent more time positioning the sequins than the rest of the card put together!  I took about 5 off the card and hopefully the less-is-more philosophy works 😃

Thanks for visiting!


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

Friday, 17 March 2017

Eiffel Tower

Hi!  It's Fusion time again and here is the new challenge:

I stuck with the photo inspiration for my card and actually made two cards!  I made the card at the bottom of this post first, but then a stamp order arrived that included the background stamp called Waterfall from a company called Katzelkraft and I thought that would work perfectly with the photo, so I made a second card.  Here it is:

I stamped the background in black and clear-embossed it.  I then adhered some fun foam to some Soft Stone cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with my Eiffel Tower die.  I also used the same die with a panel of black cardstock which I offset slight to create a shadow.  The sentiment is embossed with Crushed Curry EP.

For my next card, which is actually my first card 😃, I used silver metallic embossing paste over a stars stencil on a panel of Slate cardstock.  The rest of the card was made the same, except the EP on this card is Buttercup which I then outlined with a gray Copic marker.

Thanks for visiting.  Take a minute to check out the rest of the design team's cards - they are awesome!

Products used:

Stamps:  Shenanigans (CASual Fridays), Waterfall (Katzelkraft)
Ink:  Versamark, Intense Black
Cardstock:  Soft Stone, Slate, Black, White
Dies:  Eiffel Tower (MFT)
Accessories:  Crushed Curry EP (SU), Buttercup EP (Wendy Vecchi), fun foam, Silver Metallic EP (Wendy Vecchi) Stars stencil (MFT), clear EP


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Purple Hydrangea

I'm back with another card for the reminder post at The Flower Challenge where this month, we have an Anything Goes theme.

I must have been in a purple mood because my last card was also purple and I rarely use purples!

I was going for a quick and simple card, and I usually head down the ink-blended/silhouette stamp road when that happens.  I blended various purple distress inks onto a masked panel and then spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist.  After removing the masks, I stamped the hydrangea image from Penny Black and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.

I made a quick video showing how I made my card, which you can watch here or over on YouTube.

Thanks for visiting!  Please head on over to The Flower Challenge blog and see what my talented teamies have come up with.

All Star Birthday

It's time for another sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the fabulously talented Rita Wright.  Check out her multi-layered sketch:

At the time I was making my card using this sketch, I needed a card for my niece's 10th birthday.  I was looking for something a 'tween would like and found my All-Star die and decided to make a purple and black card featuring this trendy shoe.

I sponged some Lavender ink around the shoe to give it a bit of dimension and also sponged some Fog ink onto the white parts to make them look a bit "worn".  The "birthday" die comes from Stamplorations and matches the trendy look I was going for.

Thanks so much for visiting!  As always, the rest of the design team have come up with some fabulous cards using the sketch, so I hope you'll head on over and check them out.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Get Well Flowers

Hi and welcome!  For the first time in two weeks, I finally had some time to sit down and make a card purely for the fun of it and to meet a few challenges.  I used the sketch from MFT, the colors from Color Throwdown, the "For a Special Lady/Girl" challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the March Anything Goes With Dies challenge at HLS.

As you can see, I flipped the sketch onto its side and used a top-folding Soft Stone card base. I added a rounded panel that I'd smooshed green distress ink onto and to add a bit of extra interest, I also flicked some Black Soot ink onto the panel as well.  The flowers and leaves were cut from Cornflower and Sour Apple cardstock, with the center flower cut from Cornflower sparkle cardstock.  

The sentiment was die-cut from white cardstock and adhered onto the fishtail flag.  I finished the card with some Nuvo drops in white and green.

Thanks for visiting!


Rainbow Score

It's my turn to host over at Inspired By All The Little Things and this month, I chose a rainbow-themed inspiration photo.

Isn't this fabulous?  As for choosing my guest, well, that was easy.  Someone who loves rainbows and music?  None other than the fabulous Michelle Lupton.  And I really urge you to head on over to her blog and check out the card she made for the challenge - it is stunning!

For my card, I wanted to keep with the rainbow and music theme, so dug around my dies until I found this one from Memory Box:

I die-cut it out of the card base then again from a panel of Bristol Smooth that I'd inked up in rainbow colors.  I then used the Inlaid Die-cutting technique and popped the colored die back into the negative space on the card base.  In keeping with the music theme, I created my own sentiment using an alphabet stamp set.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have some gorgeous cards for you to check out and I hope you'll be inspired by either the colors or the image or something else that sparks your creativity.  I'd love to see you in the gallery.