Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Evening Sun

For this card, I finally saw an opportunity to use a piece of roughly textured paper I found in a stationery shop and had been hoarding. It made an interestingly textured base for my sponged background. I began by considering Time Out's challenge #83, a CAS challenge of a beautiful card by Hannelie from Desert Diva and then realised that Just Add Ink's sketch challenge #360 shared the common element of a central circle, so decided to combine them.

Made using: 
Stampin' Up:
Ink: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Rose Red, Blackberry Bliss 
Paper: Whisper White
Perfect Pairings stamp set (sentiment)
Stitched Framelit and Circles Collection dies
Other: ek flower punch, Kaisercraft flower wreath die set.

Butterfly Congratulations

This card is a response to two challenges: The Paper Players' PP345: Butterflies and Fab Friday's Colour Challenge 112:
I wanted to make the butterflies 'fly' so let their wings lift off the coral background. It's the first time I found a use for the Stampin' Up enamel shapes (other than the dots) so that was an added benefit. 

Made Using:
Stampin' Up ink: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Dapper Denim; paper: Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim; enamel dots and Vertical Greeting stamp (sentiment)
Diamond Press stamp and dies: 'enjoy the ride'

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mother's Day

I actually felt quite moved by the beautiful colours in Just Add Ink's colour challenge #357, since the pinks, purples and deep blue-green in the challenge were my own mother's favourite colours to wear.

I thought they worked well with SUO's Challenge #173: 'All that's Feminine': feminine without being too 'girly'.
My husband said he 'loved' the resulting card (I was pretty surprised since he's never previously expressed an opinion about a card!) which is good, because he'll be giving it to his own mum in a couple of weeks.

Made using Stampin' Up products as follows:
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White (I also used some watercolour paper left over from my daughter's school days)
Ink: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry
Stitched Shape Framelits and Bloomin' Heart Thinlits and Thoughtful Banners
Some little diamantes (I think they're Stampin' Up but not 100% sure because I've lost the packet...)

Monday, 1 May 2017

Lacy Happy Birthday

A very quick post so I make the deadline - this card is a response to two challenges: As You See It's  #148 (garden green, so saffron and pink pirouette) and CAS Colours and Sketches #220. I really wanted to try a new lace background stamp I've just bought, so used that as a starting point.

Made using:
Ink: Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Garden Green
Paper: Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Garden Green, Whisper White
Other: Stampin' Upbig on Birthdays Stamp (sentiment), ek miniature flower punch, Dienamics rectangular stiched frame die, Stampin' Up's Flourish thinlits, Kaisercrarft Hearts Border dies, Stampin' Up's subtle dots.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Say it with flowers

I couldn't resist Colour Throwdown's Challenge #439, since I love bright colours and so their red, orange, purple and yellow combination sounded great. I combined it with Freshly Made Sketches' sketch challenge #284. 

I sponged and then water-marked (I mean literally marked with drops of water!) the vertical strip, then punched out two half pansy shapes. I used the holes as placement for two raised pansies.

Made using:
Ink: Stampin' Up's Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Real Red and Tangelo Twist
Paper: Stampin' Up's Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss
Other: Stampin' Up's Enamel Bright Shapes, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Love and Affection and Thoughtful Banners Shapes and Pansy Punch.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Birthday Bouquet

Goodness - it feels like a long time since I've posted here, but it's only been a couple of weeks. Funny how, when you go away for a holiday, it seems to make your 'normal' life seem so distant. Anyway, when I came back and saw the colours at CAS Colours and Sketches this week, I knew I had to enter - I just loved them:
Added impetus was provided by Less is More's invitation to use a frame. I'd been wanting to try something a friend and I had discussed - using a square framelit to make a rectangular frame.
This is the card I ended up with:
Made using:
Paper: Stampin' Up's Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Stampin' Up's Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Stamp: My Favourite Things' Kitschy Kitchen
Dies: Stampin' Up's Stitched Shapes, My Favourite Things' Kitschy Kitchen and I'm not sure which bit of the last one is the name - so - Sizzix/Drop-ins/Stephanie Barnard's Celebrate Sentiments.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Amazing Birthday

An elegant, sophisticated colour scheme from CAS Colours and Sketches' Challenge #213:

led to my first try with a stamp set I've just bought: Stampin' Up's Mixed Borders. I kept the image and sentiment pretty much contained, but couldn't resist adding a few little flowers!
I wondered, when I looked at the photo, whether I'd got the sentiment crooked, but on re-examination of the card itself have decided it's just the angle of the photo.

Made using:
Stampin' Up: Mixed Borders stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant and Smoky Slate Paper and Ink, Crushed Curry ink and Candy Dots.