Friday, 11 July 2014

Case Study Challenge #199

Wow, I don't know what I'm thinking of, but here am I entering my humble card into one of the most respected challenges out there!  Case Study Challenge includes designers at the forefront of this business working to inspire us! I admire the work of every one involved with this challenge, and was inspired by the muse card, so just went for it.


This card has been made for my grand-daughter, who, upon opening a card I had once made for her (I think it was her birthday last year, when I was there to see it being opened - not that I only make for her birthday lol) - said to her younger sister,  'look at all the detail she has put into it!' Bless!  So this card has details, even though I think it is still a clean card, though there isn't much white space.

Inspired by the circles of Shari's muse card, and trying for a stamped version similar to her current inspiration, I used a Simon Says stamp of the month set to create scribbled circles in various sizes.  I used a Memory Box die for the Happy Birthday banner, and the loopy string is part of a SSS pennant die.  The alphabet letters are cut from two IO dies.  The die cut number 8 was created by adhering various strips of cardstock together, and were cut out using a MFT die.  Lots of dies were used in the making of this card - plus lots of ink!  A few sequins and pearls add the 'details'.  I hope Lucy likes this one!



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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Earth Tones

My card today has been created using earth tones, which fortunately is the recipe for this week's challenge at Less is More - Challenge 179.  Our grandson has just returned from his school's camp to Central Australia, and in helping him collate his photo album, the colours of our 'red centre' have been seared into my brain!  Anyone who has flown west over Australia will know that for hours and hours, all that can be seen from the plane is the red earth of our outback.  So my card pays homage to this hot country, with warm thoughts and warm hearts.
The stamp is by Stamp-It (Perth), and the background used three warm colours of Distress Ink:  Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon on watercolour paper.  The sentiment is by Paper Smooches.



Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sweet n' Sassy Friday Challenge

Another quick post today because I have just come across a challenge at SnS which is all about animals!  I love to make cards with animals in them, and have just completed several baby cards featuring elephants, but more of that later.  The card I am choosing for this challenge uses a gorgeous stamp by Stampendous called Spring Chick!  I coloured her brightly, mounted the image on aqua cardstock, then onto a yellow card covered with the hexagon hive die cut by Stampin' Up.  I added a frangipani bloom because I wanted to ground the bright yellow.  No sentiment on the front because this card could say anything you wanted it to.




Watercolour vase

Watercolour techniques are everywhere at the moment, and I am loving them!  As a total novice at anything 'arty', I love that the supplies needed are not expensive and in fact you can use inks etc that you might already have.  Just buy some true watercolour paper, and some sort of brush or aqua painter, and you can start to create some amazing effects  The challenge at Less is More this week is just that - use water to move your colour - so I am entering a card I have made - my very first watercolour card - which I created following a tutorial by Dawn Wolesagle from WPlus9.  I didn't have the stamps she used, but I did have another WPlus9 stamp set, called Folk Art Florals, so I had a 'go'.  I love the result, but of course, need to practise a lot more!  I'm showing it here, just to be part of this challenge.

 
I used Distress markers for the colour, just scribbling them onto an acrylic block and spritzing with water to dilute.  The sentiment by Simon Says Stamp is stamped in Versafine Vintage Sepia.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Less is More #176

This week's challenge at Less is More, is a one-layer card, with the prompt:  off the edge.  As is my usual method of participating in a challenge, I haven't yet looked at any other entries, but I have had plenty of ideas myself, but most of them require another panel of cardstock!  I'm sure if I thought harder I could adapt my ideas, but I have a sore leg (what a baby!) and I don't think I'm feeling as on top of things as I should be.  One of the 10 BCCs (skin cancer) I had cut out 5 weeks ago still hasn't healed, and is now more painful than when it was first 'done'.  Lower legs are notoriously difficult to heal, I believe, but I'm back to keeping my leg up and now taking anti-biotics, so will be on the mend soon, I hope.  You really didn't need to know all that, of course, so here is my card:

I have used images and sentiment from Stampin' Up's Peaceful Petals stamp set, coloured with Copics.  I quite like the design, so am happy with the result.
Now I plan on stamping out quite a few images in readiness for colouring, during my week ahead - that is a good prospect for me.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

LIM #175 - colours of my bedroom

The great idea for the colour challenge at Less is More this week is to choose the colours of your bedroom.  I would expect that if you choose the colours of your bedroom yourself, then they must be colours you like!  My husband was just saying today that purple (and yellow, but we'll leave that part out) were always his favourite colours.  Luckily then, that we have 'aubergine' and predominantly white in our bedroom, with a little dash of other colour such as pink, lime, orange.  And maybe that is why my latest card has just those colours in it, so perfect for this challenge.
 My card today has been a bit of an experimentation, using stencils, both bought and home made, and a couple of Memory Box dies - I love their daintiness.  But you can see that this card echos the colours in my bedroom.  I do apologise for the terrible photo of it, but it is impossible to take a better shot, as I'm looking into a wall of windows!  Our bed linen is usually white, with the only colour coming from the aubergine feature wall behind the bed, the roman blinds and our big cushions, but with winter here now, we have added a very pretty quilted cover.

In addition to the LIM challenge, I'm adding this extra card to the post, because I have a very busy week ahead, and wanted to post the card I have been working on (ie thinking about) for a few days - a 60th wedding anniversary card requested by a friend.  I rather like how it has turned out, with the recipients' names on the inside in similar presentation to the front.  The centre square is a kind of shaker, with tiny confetti inside, in the same colours as the numerals - a mixture of hearts, stars and sequins.  It will be posted to the UK next month, so I hope it is up to standard - and more importantly, that they like it!




Sunday, 1 June 2014

Less is More Lucky Dip

If you are like me, then you love stamping more than anything else when making a card!  I certainly love my dies, paper, and embellishments, but if there is little or no stamping on my card, I feel a bit of a fraud!  Well, if you feel like me, then this week at Less is More, is just for you.  Challenge 174 is a lucky dip, and it is to use more than one stamp.
Here are my entries - yes, both of them!

My first was created with a stamp by Acid Drops and Whatnots, which was a free gift in the Australian magazine, Simply Papercraft, and I used the sentiment from the same set.   I teamed this fun image with the wave stamp which is by Stamps of Life, and was part of last month's Stamp of the Month.  For the splashes, I used raindrop dies by Sweet 'n Sassy, a stitched sun die cut by Lil' Inker, and some washi tape for the side panels.


For this more traditional card, I used a lovely flower from the Gina K set, A Year of Flowers, and the sentiment is by Stampin' Up!.  The photo frame is a die by SU and the striped embossing folder is by Cuttlebug.  I coloured the flowers with SU ink, Rich Razzleberry, with sakura pen sparkle in the centres.