Sunday, 27 July 2014

LIM #182

This week, in celebration of Chrissie's birthday - very best wishes, Chrissie! - the challenge at Less is More is Anything Goes!  Woo hoo!

This post includes my latest play with the cute animals from Mama Elephant's stamp set, Up Up and Away.  A gorgeous set, but a new one for me.  Here is my card for this week.

 I first coloured the branch and flowers with DI through a stencil - I like how this looks.  I then bravely (because the card was almost finished) used the little dash lines from the set to mark out the border for my sentiment, phew - that looks OK, but then I may have gone a tad too far, with the sketchy blue sky, using a Copic marker - B00, blended with the colourless blender pen.  I do like the contrast of the blue, but I need to practise that technique.

As I said, this is a new stamp set for me, and my first card - seen below - just didn't seem right without some colour beneath the image, so I couldn't really enter it into the challenge, because there is NO white space. However, I loved making it, and the soft effect created by the coordinating colours and paper pieced umbrella.

This final card, using the last of the animals, is for my youngest grand-daughter, whose birthday is not until November.  However, I'll probably give it to her some time in October, when we are visiting them in the US - I love to see her face when she opens her present!  She loves rainbows, and usually manages to draw them into every picture, so this background paper (from SSS card kit) with its tiny rainbows, hearts and stars is perfect for her.  Not CAS at all of course, but I don't think she would like a card that was too CAS yet!  In time, I'm sure she will, but until then, it's incumbent on me to fit in as much as I can onto a card - it shows how much I care lol!

Art Impressions challenge #140

Big Birthdays! is the title of the challenge at Art Impressions this week.  I have recently acquired a few of these fun stamp sets, so am entering one of my latest creations - I usually have the candles or a cake on the card as well, but this time I'm leaving it up to your imagination - I hope it still works.

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!

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.