Sunday, 12 November 2017

60th Wedding Anniversary card

I loved the colours in the latest CAS Colours and Sketches challenge (#248) - Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide and  Metallic Silver - and they provided the basis for my thinking about a 60th wedding anniversary card for an uncle and aunt. (His brother and wife have the same anniversary this year, so I'll be making another one soon!) The metallic silver went nicely, I thought, with the 'diamond' anniversary, but I added a few diamonds (well, diamantes, but they still look good!) to keep the card appropriate for the celebration.
Here's the card:

Made Using:
Stampin' Up Products: Emerald Envy and Tranquil Tide ink and paper, Sky is the Limit stampset (for sentiment)
francheville diamantes
Kaisercraft Numbers Decorative Dies, Flutter clear stamps
Silver craft paper

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Orange Light

As You See It's challenge #160 was the first time I've attempted a speed challenge, and I took the bloggers at their word and prepared before I started - my craft table looked like I was preparing for surgery. I regretted deciding on masking the card for the background cross (in fact, I confess, I had to start the whole thing again - does rehearsal count?). Anyway, I was a few seconds over in the end, but I'm still counting it!
And fortuitously, the colours of this challenge (shades of orange and neutrals) matched up with Color Throwdown's Challenge #464 - so I got double the entry for that stress!
Here's the card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up card: Whisper White, Tip top Taupe, Cajun Craze, ink: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, stamps: Make a Medallion, dies: Layering Circles

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Christmas quilted star

Here's my second play with the wonderful Christmas Quilt set by Stampin' Up - it might be replacing Totally Trees in my affections! I used CAS(E) this Sketch's challenge #241 as a starting point for the layout and, even though the DSP set isn't at all 'Christmassy', was surprised to see that the result was.
Here it is:

Made using:
Stampin' Up: Christmas Quilt stamps, Quilt Builder framelits, foil snowflakes, enamel shapes Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Garden Green ink, Garden Green, Rose Red and Whisper White paper.
Other Products: My Favorite Things Plaid Background builder stamps.

Breast cancer awareness

I was pleased to be able to combine two challenges with this card: In(k)spire Me's sketch #319 and Time Out's invitation to make a card for either friendship or breast cancer awareness - both worthy subjects. I have just bought the Christmas Quilt stamps and dies from Stampin' Up and already love them, and here, experimented with a band across the card made using some of the stamps. I used some of Stampin' Up's  newest in-season colours, because of the two lovely and very different pinks.
Here's the card:

Made using Stampin' Up products: 
Christmas Quilt  and Sending Thoughts stamps, Quilt Builder framelits, Ink (Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink), Paper (Berry Burst, Whisper White, Powder Pink), pink ribbon (sorry, don't know exact details except that I think it's the same company!)

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.