Sunday, 17 September 2017

HAPPY Birthday

A quick post with a cheerful little card, made in response to two challenges: CASology's 'Cake' cue word and Fab Friday's #121 sketch.
I liked the idea of cake-fireworks - I'll give it to someone who really loves to celebrate their birthday!

Made using:
Stampin' Up Ink (Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight), Paper (Whisper White), Stamps (Endless Birthday Wishes, In the City, and Watercolour Pencils.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Feather Flight

I've previously struggled to find an entry point for quotation/word themed challenges, but just loved Time Out's Challenge #92 sentence: "Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds Rather than its Feathers." I had just tried a new sponging and masking technique (thanks as always to Jan for the lesson!) and immediately thought it could be used to suggest the movement - flight - of a feather. I teamed this challenge with the colours from Just Add Ink's Challenge #377 (Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim and Pool Party). I continue to be amazed with Lemon Lime Twist - it teams with so many different colour combinations - it's like an exciting neutral! 

Made Using:
Stampin' Up ink (Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Dapper Denim), paper (Dapper Denim, Pool Party)
Stamps: Rosie's 'spread your beautiful wings'
Other: francheville rhinestones, watercolour paper

Thursday, 31 August 2017


I just had to fit one more card in before taking off for 10 days to Samoa...
CASology's challenge 264, 'Square', seemed at first glance to be simple - but then when I thought a little more I realised I'm entirely used to working with rectangular card shapes. So it really was a challenge!
I kept it very simple with stitched frames and a little central image:

Made using:
Stampin' Up paper (Whisper White, So Saffron), stampin' write markers (Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim)
Other Products: My Favorite Things stitched square framelit dies.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Double Dipper

I couldn't resist having a go at CAS Colours and Sketches' Double Challenge #238, even though I'm new enough at stamping that I didn't have any of the colours - so had to substitute the closest ones I have.
I've been feeling like I wasn't getting maximum benefit from Stampin' Up's Eastern Suite, so when I saw the circle on the sketch, I thought, 'Right! Here's my chance.'  I also used I technique which is probably familiar to a lot of people but new to me - bukeh colouring.
Here's the result:

Made using:
Stampin' Up ink (Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White), paper (Whisper White, Shimmery White, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky), stamp sets (Eastern Beauty, Grateful Bunch), dies (Eastern Medallions, Layering Circles)
Other products: francheville rhinestones

Tiny House

I've been playing around with the Stampin' Up stamp set 'In the City' for a while now, but this is the first time I've used it for a challenge. I just love miniatures, and so love the doll's house feel of these stamps. I used Paper Player's challenge PP359 as a layout inspiration, and CASE'ed (that sounds so much better than stole!) the idea for the clouds from a card made by a friend of mine, (or perhaps I should call her my card addiction enabler), Jan Clothier (her blog is here - she is an inspiration).
Here's the result:

 Made Using:
Stampin' Up ink (Marina Mist, Watermelon Wonder, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Soft Sky); paper (Whisper White, Shimmery White, Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, stampin' write markers (Island Indigo, Hello Honey), Mica Flakes Trio Pack, embossing paste,  In the City stamps, Layering Circles dies
Other products: My Favorite Things dies (Stitched Basic Edges)

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Thanks for lifting me upUp and Away

I loved the colour combination in Colour Throwdown;s #457 and had intended to make a very subtly coloured card, full of delicate detail. So much for that idea - the colours got stronger the more I played around. I did, however, work hard to keep the clouds light, in keeping with As you See It's sketch #157 - I liked the idea of them gently supporting the rest of the image, rather than being an overwhelming part of it. To that end, I used vellum and the outline stamp in Whisper White, rather than a bolder die cut white.
Here's the card:

Made using: Stampin' Up paper (Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey), ink (Basic Black, Whisper White, Smoky Slate), vellum (Botanical Gardens), Stamp sets (Lift Me Up), dies (Up and Away).
Other Products: francheville rhinestones, My Favourite Things Dies (a freebie) for the sentiment

Spring Flower birthday

I was immediately attracted to the colours in Global Design Project's #101 - a great combination, where the richness of the navy offsets the sweet Flirty Flamingo and is complemented by Bermuda Bay. I've been wanting to experiment further with two of my birthday stampsets (see below) so used this as an opportunity.
The result is colourful and bold! Here it is:
Made using:
Stampin' Up paper (Whisper White, Bermuda Bay), Ink (Night of Navy), stampin' write pens (Bermuda Bay, flirty Flamingo) stamp sets (Big on Birthdays, Happy Birthday Gorgeous), enamel shapes. 
Other products: francheville rhinestones,