Friday, 12 October 2018

Pastel Leaves

Hi!  I'm here with another fun challenge from the team at Fusion and here is my card!

And here is the challenge graphic:

To make my card, I started by dry embossing the Frames die into a white top-folding card base.  It's hard to see in the photos, but it gives a nice subtle frame around the card.  The leaves were made using various Distress Oxide inks blended onto a Bristol Smooth panel.  I deliberately went for pastel shades to match the photo.  Once I was done blending in a rainbow fashion, I spritzed the panel with shimmer spray.  It looks so pretty in real life!  

After die-cutting the leaves, I arranged them onto the card base, still in rainbow fashion.  I finished with a sentiment from a Gina K Designs stamp set.

Thanks for visiting!  The design team have some gorgeous cards, so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm linking this up to Paper Players who have a leaves challenge (this is my second entry) and to CASology (it may be small, but there is an exclamation mark on my card 😄)

Products used:

Stamps:  Inspiration Mosaic (Gina K Designs)
Ink:  Extreme Black, Tattered Rose, Spiced Marmaladem, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Leaves (Impression Obsession), Frame (SSS)
Accessories:  Shimmer Spray

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Leaves and Bricks

Hi all!  I'm lucky enough to have three days off work and this is my second day.  Yesterday was spent with my 16 year old son (gotta take advantage when they still want to be seen in public with their mother!)  Today is hopefully going to be spent stamping and I'm off to a good start with one card made and it's only noon 😄

I made this card using the current sketch at MFT, the leaves theme at Paper Players and the stencil theme at Sweet Stampin'.

I started by die-cutting the frame from Blueprints 27.  Using that as a template I lightly penciled around the outside so I knew where to mask for the stenciling.  Using a very small amount of Hickory Smoke distress ink, I mixed up a pale gray embossing paste then added it over the top of the English Brick Wall stencil.  I remove the masking tape and set it aside to dry.

I then went to work on the leaves.  I ended up using nine different distress inks to get these leaves!  I kept adding color, water and dropping my sheet of Bristol Smooth in the resulting mix.  once I was happy with the colors, I flicked on some Ground Espresso, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint inks.

The Falling Leaves dies were used to cut from the distress inked panel and I lightly sponged around the edges with the same three inks used to flick ink onto the panel.  The sentiment is white embossed onto Jellybean Green cardstock and cut with one of the banner dies in Blueprints 27.

Then it was time to assemble the card.  The frame went down first and then the sentiment.  From there, the leaves were added - either directly to the card or on foam tape.  I finished with some clear droplets.

Thanks for visiting!

Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  More Essential Sentiments (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint, Ground Espresso, Aged Mahogany Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Jellybean Green (MFT)
Dies:  Blueprints 27, Falling Leaves (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Clear Droplets, English Brick Wall Stencil (MFT), White Embossing Paste


Snowmen Trio

Hi and welcome!  I'm here with a card for the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge and this week, I'm your hostess. 

This is the third iteration of this card!  The snowmen were on all three cards and were re-housed three times until I decided this would be their home 😄 I ink-blended a night sky onto a piece of white cardstock using Distress Inks and then die-cut with both the Inside/Out Stitched Circle die and the Galactic Background die.  I used the dies from Scenic Snow Globe to create my background scene, adding some Snow Marker for snowy dimension.

The snowmen come from last year's Stamptember Gina K set and the sentiment comes from this year's Stamptember Gina K set.  To try and disguise that I stamped the sentiment a bit too far left, I added some irridescent snowflake sequins.

And, in the interests of full disclosure, the smallest snowman is sitting up a little bit too high but I had to position him like that as I damaged the snowman beside him moving him around so many times!

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have created some gorgeous cards from my sketch so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm going to link this up to the Holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Products used:

Stamps:  Joy of the Season, Warmer With You (SSS/Gina K)
Ink:  Extreme Black (MFT), Versafine Onyx Black, Mermaid Lagoonm, Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, X-Press It
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Scenic Snow Globe (MFT), Galactic Cover (Mama Elephant)
Accessories:  Copics, Snow Marker, Sequins


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Bold Birthday

Hi and welcome!  Today's card uses the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the lovely Cecile Ribon.  I pulled out a previously created alcohol ink panel which made short work of my card:

Don't you love that rainbow of boldness?  I can't remember the colors, but I created it at the same time I made this card, so the colors probably come from that list.  I also added some gold foil before it was completely dry.  A thin strip of black separated the alcohol-inked panel from the card base.  The die-cut sentiment is from Birch Press Designs and stacked three high and finished with some clear sparkle pen.  Here are another couple of photos from different angles.

Thanks for visiting!  The DT have created some gorgeous cards with Cecile's sketch, so I hope you'll check them out.

Products used:

Inks:  Alcohol Inks (sorry, can't remember colors)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Yupo, gold foil
Dies:  Just Because Sugar Script (Birch Press Designs)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Hello Kitty

Hi and welcome!  I'm here with the card I created and the two cards I received as part of the Card Chain Challenge.  This month I went with the sketch and the cats theme to come up with this card, which was sent to Helen in Ohio.

This adorable image is from Newton's Nook and was colored with Copic markers as part of the last 30 Day Marker Challenge, so I don't have the colors that I used.

The patterned papers were die-cut with stitched dies and adhered to a white top-folding card base.  The circular piece is actually foiled and is sparkly in real life.

I finished with a hello die from MFT cut from Steel Gray cardstock.

And here are the two gorgeous cards I received from Betty (photos borrowed from Betty's blog).  I was so touched that Betty send an Autumn card as well as a Spring card, as we are coming into Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.

I am really enjoying participating in this challenge each month and I urge you to join in if you're anything like me and love sending and receiving beautiful handmade cards.  The October challenge is open until 6 October for sign-up.

Here is the challenge graphic.

Theme Options:  Food, Cats, Friendship


Product/Technique:  Wool or Twine

Products used:

Stamps:  Newton Loves Boxes (Newton's Nook)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, Steel Gray (MFT), Forever (Rosie's Studio), Wood & Notebook Basics (Sn@p)
Dies:  Blueprints 31, Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Simply Hello and Love You (MFT)
Accessories:  Copic Markers