Saturday 24 March 2018

Just Peachy

This card combines two challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More! #284: CAS and Color Throwdown #485: black, white and peach. I impressed myself by working out that a good way to draw an exact rectangle in black ballpoint pen was to put a diecut on the Bigshot magnetic platform and draw inside it!

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Thursday 22 March 2018

HAPPY birthday!

How could I not feel happy when making a card that uses both sunshine and rainbows? And a lovely sentiment from Stampin' Up's 'Sunshine and Rainbows' stamp set?
This card is a response to two challenges: The Paper Players PP385: 'Rainbows' and Less is More's #367: one layer and stencils. I didn't use much by way of stamps etc, but oh my goodness I used a lot of different inks!

Made Using:
Stampin' Up inks: (from the top, then the left!) Sweet Sugar Plum, Basic Black, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry and Delightful Dijon for the sun. 
Other Products: Stampin' Up stamps: Sunshine and Rainbows (sentiment), Heart Happiness (hearts at top)
The Paper Mill layering stencil: Sunrays

Thursday 8 March 2018

Sale-a-Bration Card

This card is a response to two challenges: Freshly Made Sketch's challenge #327 and CAS Colours and Sketches' Challenge #262 - asking for the use of Crushed Curry, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist. I gave myself the further challenge of using only stamps and dies from the current Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration catalogue, since I'd acquired a few and not really explored some of them.
The card:

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St Patrick's Green

It's not often I use green as anything except a background colour, so I was intrigued to see if I could make a card in response to to 'green' challenges. The card drew inspiration from the colours and the graphic elements of The Card Concept's Challenge #88, and I ended up with a clean and layered card. From Fusion's latest challenge, I used the layout and (because it's heading towards St Patrick's day) a bit of leprechaun glitter!

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Tuesday 6 March 2018

Monochromatic hearts

I got a box of Stampin' Up goodies today, so dived right in and used some of them to make this very simple thank you card, responding to CAS(E) this Sketch's Challenge #261 and Less is More's 'monochromatic' themed challenge #366. I decided to go for a muted purple palette - my thank you cards are often very cheery and I thought it would be good to have a few on hand for more subdued occasions.
The card:

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Monday 5 March 2018

Flower Forward

Ooh! What a gorgeous set of colours in Fab Friday's latest challenge: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. I used them to stamp, to sponge and to watercolour on this card. Retro Rubber's sketch challenge rrcb#81 provided both the shape and the opportunity to go back to a stamp set I've always struggled to use effectively: Falling Flowers (and the accompanying dies, May Flowers) - from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue. The sentiment was also a year old, as it was from last year's sale-a-bration.
The card:

Made using heaps of Stampin' Up products!:
Ink: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party watercolour pencils 
Paper: Pool Party, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White
Stamps: Falling Flowers, Petal Palette, Designer Tee
Dies: Stitched Shapes, May Flowers, Bunch of Banners
Other products: Stazon Black ink, francheville pearls

Saturday 3 March 2018

A card for Esmé

I began, this time, by wanting to make a card for a new baby - Esmé - and ended up making two cards using the same two challenges: CAS Colours and Sketches #261 and Colour Throwdown's #482. Interesting that they ended up so different, despite their shared inspiration!
Card #1:
and Card #2: 

Card #1 made using:

Card #2 made using: