Thursday, 14 May 2020

Cheerful Colours

Today's card is a response to two challenges: a colour challenge for Paper Players' PP490 (Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Granny Apple Green) and a sketch challenge from Fab Friday's #189
I do like the 'Dot to Dot' embossing folder - very funky!

Stampin' Up! card, (Whisper White, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo), ink (Memento Tuxedo Black), Dot to Dot embossing folder, Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp for the sentiment, Everything is Rosy and Sending Flowers dies, Small Daisy punch, enamel dot. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Spring Flowers

We're thinking about autumn colours down here in New Zealand, but it's still lovely to imagine spring. Retro Rubber helped me do that with their challenge #134: Spring Flowers.
I used an old favourite - Beautiful Bouquet,, from the 2017 Annual Catalogue - and a little of a new one - Ornate Frames. My mother-in-law liked the card, so that's the main thing!

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card (Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz), ink, (Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather), dies (Bouquet Bunch framelits, Ornate Frames dies, stamps (Beautiful Bouquet, Dressed to Impress  - sentiment), Calypso Coral ribbon.
Other - pearls/dots I don't know the origin of, sorry!

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Sending Hugs

This card is a response to two challenges: CAS(E) this Sketch's #371 and CAS Colours and Sketch's #369. I'm enjoying using the Stampin' Up! downloadable images, which also raise money for charity. This sentiment is from them. The 'Hexagons' 3D embossing folder definitely adds impact to the card!

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card (Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile), paper (In Colours DSP in Purple Posy), Purple Posy and Pretty Peacock markers, Hearts punches, In Colour embossed gems, dowloadable images, Hexagons 3D embossing folder
Other - Stazon black ink

Happy Wedding Day

By a happy coincidence, I saw Global Design Project's challenge #239 - Weddings - right when my Stampin' Up! order FINALLY arrived after lockdown Level 4 here in NZ. Those gorgeous borders just beg to be made into wedding cards! Just Add Ink's colour challenge #504 - Rococo Rose, Smoky Slate and Basic Grey - seemed like a match made in heaven. 
I only glued the centre of both the ornate border and the roses - I liked the way the edges rose off the page. In fact, I gently sponged Smoky Slate under the lacy border to heighten the shadowed effect. 
Now all we need is to be allowed to gather for weddings, and I'll be able to use it.
Keep safe, everyone. 

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card (Whisper White, Thick Whisper White), ink (Rococo Rose, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Stazon Black), Stamps (Petal Palette, Beautiful Bouquet - sentiment), dies, (Petals and More, Ornate Frames)
Other - francheville rhinestones.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Baby card

Well, I'm going to be a grandmother, so I'm making baby cards. I'll probably have 40 to choose from by September!
This particular one is a response to three challenges: Freshly Made Sketch's #430, Retro Rubber's #132, and CAS Colours and Sketch's #365 . I was pleased to use the cute little baby from Stampin' Up!'s 'Family and Friends' stamps (2019 Occasions Catalogue)  - I've often looked at that set and thought I must get more use from it.
I hope you're staying safe - keep well!

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card, (Very Vanilla, Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, Highland Heather), , stamps (Family and Friends, Zoo Babies), dies, (Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes, Squares), embossing folder with dots (don't know its name), Gorgeous Grape watercolour pencil.
Other: ink (Stazon Black), Faber Castell watercolour pencils in Flesh and Umber

Gardens and Libraries

A beautiful quotation from Time Out - their challenge #159 - was the starting point for this card:

Then, happily, As You See It asked me for my favourite set of colours - a rainbow - as their challenge #223.
Working out the book was tricky (well, it was for me, 40 years after my last maths lesson!) - but after some false starts, here's the card: 

Ingredients: Stampin' Up! card (Whisper White, Kraft, Highland Heather, So Saffron, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise), stamps, (Butterfly Gala, Itty Bitty Greetings), Sending Flowers dies, Butterfly Duet punch.
Other: Memento Tuxedo Black inkm francheville rhinestones, Authentique 'Accomplished' DSP

Wednesday, 8 April 2020


A very interesting sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch - CTS#366:

led me to Stampin' Up's! Honey Bee set. Something about the rectangles made me think about hexagons, I suppose. I used frames to lighten the effect of the rectangles, and black and gold Wink of Stella to highlight the bees.  Here's the card:

Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Basic Black card, Honey Bee stamps, Detailed Bee and Stitched Rectangle dies, Honey Bee DSP.
Other: Memento Black ink, Wink of Stella, some gold paper that I found in a drawer.