Saturday, 8 June 2019

Best Wishes Flowers

When I saw As You See It's inspiration photo for challenge 202, I was struck by how the flowers glowed against the dark background.

Luckily, Just Add Ink's #460 - 'Emboss Resist' - reminded me of this technique. Serendipitously, (is that a word? I meant by a happy coincidence...) The Flower Challenge's #33 was to focus on backgrounds - so I've combined these three challenges in this card. I tried to get a different amount of clear embossing powder in the centre of each flower, by using a light touch with the fill-in colour stamp, after using the outline - I didn't want it too neat and tidy.

Ingredients: Stampin' Up card (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White), ink (Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, and Memento Black), Rectangle Stitched Framelits, stamps (Petal Palette for the sentiment, and Garden in Bloom), clear embossing powder, Nature's Twine in Calypso Coral, Versamark ink. 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019


I've just acquired (from the retiring catalogue) Stampin' Up!'s Bubble Over stamps and Bottles and Bubbles framelits. I got them because I thought they'd be useful - I hadn't realised they'd be fun!
I've used them here in response Cas(e) this Sketch's challenge #323 and Sunday Stamper's SSC205: Masculine Musings. I think making a beer card is a pretty safe bet - there'll be a bloke who needs it, somewhere!

Stampin' Up! card (Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White), ink (Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, and Memento Black), Bubble Over stamps and Bottles and Bubbles framelits, . Itty Bitty Birthdays stamps (sentiment)

Sunday, 5 May 2019

One layer flowers

An inviting challenge from Less Is More for Challenge #394 - One Layer Buds and Petals - led me to make this card. I've decided that I need to use Very Vanilla card more, so that was my starting point. I do like this lovely flower stamp - it's more versatile than it first appears, maybe because you can vary the intensity of the flowers with different colours.

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card in Very Vanilla, watercolour pencils in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, Stazon black ink, Derwent Inktense watercolour pencil in Shiraz, francheville rhinestones.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Cloud Nine Birthday

A lovely sketch from CAS Colours and Sketch's as their challenge #318 led me back to an old favourite, the 'Lift Me Up' Suite from Stampin' Up! I used two of the colours from Paper Craft Crew's 'Mystery Colour' challenge PPC334 - Coastal Cabana and Poppy Parade - and added Balmy Blue.
There's something about making a card with the sky in it that makes me feel good!

Ingredients: Stampin' Up card, (Balmy Blue, Whisper White), ink (Stazon Black, Memento Black), Lift Me Up stamps, dies (Rectangle Stitched, Up & Away), watercolour pencils (Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue), blender pen, Lift Me Up DSP.
Other: Derwent Inktense watercolour pencil in Poppy Red.

Plaid and roses

The Card Concept's challenge #113 was an intriguing mix of textures and colours - soft and strong together.

 I ended up using the contrast between the strong lines of the plaid and the delicate patterning on the china, as well as the black/white/pink/green colours, as the inspiration for this clean and layered card.

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card (Whisper White, Garden Green), Memento Black Ink, stamps, (Detailed with Love, Petal Palette), Petals and More thinlits, pearlized doilies.
Other: Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils (Field Green, Apple Green, Fushia), Faber Castell watercolour pencil in light magenta, My Favourite Things Plaid Background Builder stamp.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

One layer card for men

I was very excited to discover a challenge that caters for cards for men  - it will give me the impetus to make more! So thank you, The Male Room - and thanks for your current challenge TMR#109 - anything goes, with a one-layer twist. I opted for simple and one of my favourite ever Stampin' Up! sets, Totally Trees. I daubed the colour on to the stamps, so that the whole effect was muted rather than strong. As for the colours, I turned, for the second time, to the colour combo in Sunday Stamps latest challenge, SSC203, choosing, this time, the more 'masculine' options:

Here's the card:
Stampin' Up! Thick Whisper White card, ink, (Elegant Eggplant, Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Memento Black), and stamps (Totally Trees, Thoughtful Banners)

Rich colours

Hello from a Southern Hemisphere gorgeous autumn day. The sun is shining and the leaves are gold, red and bronze. The colours in Sunday Stamps challenge SSC203 look springlike, but their richness also suits my autumnal outlook:
I've used Global Design's sketch challenge #GDP186 to bring them to life:

Here's the card:

Stampin' Up! card, (Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape), Memento Black ink, watercolour pencils (Crushed Curry, Gorgeous Grape), stamps (Itty Bitty Birthdays, Butterfly Gala), dies (Stitched Shapes, Framelits - Square Collection, Petals and More, Butterfly Beauty), Needlepoint Nook DSP.
Other: Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils - Apple Green and Leaf Green.