Thursday, 8 March 2018

Sale-a-Bration Card

This card is a response to two challenges: Freshly Made Sketch's challenge #327 and CAS Colours and Sketches' Challenge #262 - asking for the use of Crushed Curry, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist. I gave myself the further challenge of using only stamps and dies from the current Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration catalogue, since I'd acquired a few and not really explored some of them.
The card:

Made Using:

St Patrick's Green

It's not often I use green as anything except a background colour, so I was intrigued to see if I could make a card in response to to 'green' challenges. The card drew inspiration from the colours and the graphic elements of The Card Concept's Challenge #88, and I ended up with a clean and layered card. From Fusion's latest challenge, I used the layout and (because it's heading towards St Patrick's day) a bit of leprechaun glitter!

Made using:

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Monochromatic hearts

I got a box of Stampin' Up goodies today, so dived right in and used some of them to make this very simple thank you card, responding to CAS(E) this Sketch's Challenge #261 and Less is More's 'monochromatic' themed challenge #366. I decided to go for a muted purple palette - my thank you cards are often very cheery and I thought it would be good to have a few on hand for more subdued occasions.
The card:

Made using:

Monday, 5 March 2018

Flower Forward

Ooh! What a gorgeous set of colours in Fab Friday's latest challenge: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. I used them to stamp, to sponge and to watercolour on this card. Retro Rubber's sketch challenge rrcb#81 provided both the shape and the opportunity to go back to a stamp set I've always struggled to use effectively: Falling Flowers (and the accompanying dies, May Flowers) - from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue. The sentiment was also a year old, as it was from last year's sale-a-bration.
The card:

Made using heaps of Stampin' Up products!:
Ink: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party watercolour pencils 
Paper: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White
Stamps: Falling Flowers, Petal Palette, Designer Tee
Dies: Stitched Shapes, May Flowers, Bunch of Banners
Other products: Stazon Black ink, francheville pearls

Saturday, 3 March 2018

A card for Esmé

I began, this time, by wanting to make a card for a new baby - Esmé - and ended up making two cards using the same two challenges: CAS Colours and Sketches #261 and Colour Throwdown's #482. Interesting that they ended up so different, despite their shared inspiration!
Card #1:
and Card #2: 

Card #1 made using:

Card #2 made using:

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Masculine Valentine

I loved Time Out's photo inspiration #102, and combined it with SUO's invitation in challenge #193 to use 'hearts a'plenty' to make a card for my husband for Valentine's Day. I hope he'll like the bold composition and colours (or at least will be too polite to say if he doesn't!)
The card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up paper (Cajun Crazy, Gold, Basic Black and Pop of Pink dsp) ink (Basic Black), dies (Sweet and Sassy, Celebrate You), enamel hearts and stamp (Thoughtful Banners for 'love')

Framed Butterfly

I loved the colour combination in Hand Stamped Sentiment's challenge #282 and utilised Freshly Made Sketch's challenge #322 to showcase them. I love the sentiment, and followed its instruction as I made the card!

Made using: Stampin' Up paper (Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Love Blossoms DSP), ink (Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Perfect Plum (pen)), 
Also: francheville rhinestones, Sizzix Thinlits 'Hello Summer' (sentiment), Kaisercraft Flutter dies