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.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Coffee time!

I used Fab Friday's Challenge #107 to try out a new set of stamps and dies I'm so excited to use: MFT's Kitschy Kitchen. I love the retro feel - it's rivaling Stampin' Up's Totally Trees in my affections.
Instead of a doily, I thought a tablecloth would suit the style of the stamps more.

Made using:
My Favourite Things Kitschy Kitchen stamps and dies
Stampin' Up's Moonlight Designer DSP, baker's twine, Whisper White  paper, Melon Mabo, Early Espresso and Wild Wasabi inks and Stitched Shapes Framelits

Spotlit friendship

I liked the flexibility of Time Out's 3rd birthday challenge: Love and/or Friendship. For me, it helped to have the bit of extra focus provided by the extra challenge of spotlight stamping.
I used Grateful Bunch, this time, because the sentiments suited the challenge (and because I love those flowers!)

Made using:
Stampin Up: Grateful Bunch Stampset, Daisies punch, Whisper White and Pacific Point paper, Basic Black and Pacific Point ink.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Birthday girl

Well, this has never happened to me before, but as soon as I saw Jane's spring colours:
 in CAS Colours and Sketches' Challenge #211, a card sprang fully formed into my mind, so I trundled off immediately to my craft room (aka my daughter's bedroom - but she's left home so I reckon I can claim it) and made it.
I used the just-arrived Custom Tee stampset and T-Shirt Builder Framelits, and returned to older stamps for the background.

Made Using 
Stampin' Up:
Paper: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush
Stampsets: Custom Tee, Designer Tee, Playful Backgrounds
Framelits: T-Shirt Builder

Monday, 20 February 2017

Delicate Thank You

I had a number of false starts trying to use The Flower Challenge's Guest Designer, Therese's, beautiful card. I enjoyed her video, and learnt a lot from it.
My ideas didn't coalesce until I managed to combine some of her techniques with the sketch from Fusion's current challenge, 'Pretty in Pink'.
I've used elements from both the sketch and the image in this challenge, but haven't followed either exactly. I wanted to use Therese's ombre technique for the sentiment, but didn't have a die cut small enough for the stamp, so sponged card in an ombre style and then cut the banner from it (if you look closely, you can see a little bit of what I was trying for!).

Made Using:
Paper: Stampin' Up Whisper White, Rosie's Vellum and Foil pad (In Style)
Ink: Stampin' Up's Blackberry Bliss, Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride
Other: Stampin' Up copper embossing powder, Banner punch, Thoughtful Banners stamps and Florish Thinlits, and Francheville Adhesive Rhinestones

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Birthday Boy

My son's birthday is coming up, and he's been overseas for some years now, so I wanted to make a card that evoked home. I used CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #210 as a starter:
I've experimented with a couple of things on this card. First, I'm very tentatively trying Copic markers, so used these on the vertical panel. Second, I tried embossing over black stamped images - I didn't want a totally embossed image, but a kind of fill in look. I'm pleased with the results.

The images themselves are New Zealand flora: a ponga koru (the ponga fern is the source of our national symbol, the silver fern, and the koru, or spiral shape has many meanings, among them harmony and new life); the pohutukawa tree (about which I've previously posted) and a kowhai (pronounced caw-fie) blossom. The last will remind my son, I hope, of his sister - they both got a two-blossom kowhai tattoo to represent their relationship before he left.
Made using:
Paper: Stampin' Up's Whisper White, Pacific Point. Kraft paper also - can't remember whose.
Ink: Stampin' Up's Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Real Red.
Embossing: Stampin' Up Gold and Real Red, American Crafts Green Glitter Finish.
Stamps: Stampin' Up Sassy Salutations and Crazy about You (both for sentiments) and craft creations Kiwiana Christmas stamps.
Other - Copic Markers: Robin's Egg Blue, Process Blue and Lapis Lazuli.; washi tape which may be Stampin' Up but I'm not sure.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CAS trees- totally!

Challenge PP331 from The Paper Players was a very subtle and beautiful colour challenge, with a photo of the most gorgeously restrained interior design as a further inspiration.
Like the challenge's designer, Nance, I was struck by the fresh, clean lines of the room and wanted to make a card with the same feel. This meant that I kept on wondering about additions and then deciding against them. The end result is very CAS indeed:

Made using: Stampin' Up products: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Copper foil papers; Copper embossing powder, Totally Trees and Sheltering Tree (sentiment) stamp sets, 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Balloon Congratulations

The lovely crisp colours of Global Design Project's GDP#073:
 leant themselves to a crisp, simple design. I found such a design in CAS(E) this Sketch's #208:
I absolutely love the clouds in Stampin' Up's Lift Me Up stamp set, so took the cloud in the sketch literally. I returned to an old favourite, Balloon Celebration, for the balloons, and used a New Zealand koru pattern to emboss. I ended up sponging ink onto white card for the balloons to get the right depth of colour, and I heat embossed the sentiment in black just to add an extra crispness. 

Made Using:
Stampin' Up: Whisper White and Basic Black Paper: Lift Me Up and Balloon Celebration stamp sets, baker's twine, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight and Emerald Envy inks.
Craft Creations: New Zealand koru embossing folder
American Crafts: Black glitter finish embossing powder.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Simple Thanks

For this card, I combined the colour wheel challenge of Less is More's 6th birthday Challenge  and the sketch of Freshly Made Sketch's FMS273. I chose a simply repetition to emphasise the graduated colours and used new (to me) product - Stampin' Up's blender brush - to graduate the colours within each flower.

Made using:
Stampin' Up: Very Vanilla Paper, Bloomin' Love Stamp, Crazy About You stamp (sentiment).
Also used Faber Castell watercolour pencils and Francheville pearls.

Balloon Sunset

I used the opportunity of the double challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches (#208) to have my first play withe the Stampin; Up 'Lift Me Up' stamps and 'Up & Away' dies. Fun! I've rotated the sketch and been a little liberal in my interpretation - hope that's okay. I also had to go with the closest colours I have, since my card habit post

dates the colours in the sketch.

Made using
Stampin; Up 'Lift Me Up' stamps and 'Up & Away' dies; Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach papers; Mint Macaron and Tangerine Tango Ink,

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Motorbike Valentine

I sat down at my card table absolutely determined to find a challenge that would enable me to use the 'One Wild Ride' stamp set to make a Valentine's Day card for my motorbike-loving husband - something kind of manly but still a little romantic. I found my inspiration in Stamp, Ink, Paper's Challenge 84: a tic tac toe grid from which I selected red, baker's twine and a circular element.

I'm pleased with the result, but it's extremely hard to photograph - I embossed the bike and xoxo in copper, made the circle from copper foil and used red glimmer paper for the hearts. In 'real life' the copper is quite subtle and the red stands out.
On the inside, I amused myself by combining a very girly, flourishy sentiment with motorbike tracks and a smudged edge in Chocolate chip. A final touch was a motorbike on the envelope.
I hope he likes it!

Made using:
Stampin' Up stamps: One Wild Ride, Bloomin' Love, Beautiful Ride (for the 'action' lines.
Stampin' Up paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, copper oil
Other products: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink, copper embossing powder and heart border punch, Rosie's baker's twine, red glimmer paper (maker unknown).