Tuesday 30 May 2017

White (and silver!) Wedding

As I potter around on Pinterest, I occasionally see cards made of only one colour. I'm especially impressed by the all-white ones, and what the craftspeople do to give the cards impact and flair, using the white to full advantage. I'm a bit of a fan of colour, but I thought I'd see if I could accomplish what these wonderful people are doing, using As You See It's Challenge 'Love and Marriage' and The Paper Players' PP346 sketch challenge to spur me on. 
Well, to cut a long story short, I COULDN'T! I just had to add silver (Is silver a colour? It is, isn't it...). So it doesn't really count as an all-white card, but I like it anyway. (Although it was extremely hard to do it justice when I was taking the photos.) Now I just have to wait for someone I know to get married!

Made Using: Stampin' Up Whisper White card, Bloomin' Love and Thoughtful Banners stamp set, Bloomin' Hearts thinlits, Squares Collection framelits and silver embossing powder.
Ohter products: ek 1" corner punch, American Craft Pow! silver glitter paper, Francheville pearls and design objectives cut and emboss folder - floral pattern.

Monday 29 May 2017

Say it with flowers

This card is a response to three challenges: Retro Rubber's 'Colour My World Challenge 63: 

Fab Friday's sketch challenge 113:

and Just Add Ink's #361 to choose two from flowers, washi and watercolour.
The flowers are from the Stampin' Up set 'Awesomely Artistic', which satisfies the Retro Rubber requirement of a stamp older than a year, because it appears in the 2105/16 catalogue (it may be older, but that's when I got converted to making cards!) I loved the sketch's invitation to put the flowers front and centre, and the lines behind the circle just begged for washi tape, which meant that JAI's challenge fitted beautifully.
Anyway - here's the final result:

Made Using:
Stampin' Up: Awesomely Artistic stampset, Banners for you stampset, Bunch of Banners framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, Whisper White and Pool Party card, washi tape from Affectionately Yours suite, Basic Black Ink, Cucumber Crush and Elegant Eggplant marker pens.
Other Products: Fiskar small butterfly punch, American Craft Pow! glitter paper, Faber Castell water colour pencils, Wink of Stella (clear)

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.