Saturday, 25 April 2015

Dandelion Dreams

Hi! It's the start of a three day weekend here as we're celebrating ANZAC Day today, where we commemorate those who were killed in war and honour returned servicemen and women.  The day falls on the 25th of April, but in terms of public holidays it has been Mondayised and so this year we get Monday off work. 

To start the weekend (and after housework, of course), I made a card for a couple of challenges that I haven't had a chance to play in for a while.  The ombre cue word at CASology is particularly appealing as I love the ombre look.  I combined that with the colors at Color Throwdown and the sketch at Pals Paper Arts - although I did take the sketch a bit liberally :) 

I created an ombre panel by sponging with Lemon Chiffon, Goldenlocks and Sunshine inks, going from light to dark.  I then used my Misti to stamp the dandelion heads on both the ombre panel and the card base and getting them in exactly the right place!  Gotta love the Misti!  I used a Copic Multiliner to draw the stems as the ones that come with the set weren't long enough.  I flicked some water onto the panel to give a bit of added interest as well.

I layered the ombre panel onto some black card and then onto the card base.

Thanks for visiting.


Products used:

Stamps:  Dandelion Dreams (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Archival Black (Ranger), Lemon Chiffon, Goldenlocks, Sunshine (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Black
Accessories:  sponge, water, Copic multiliner


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Rock Star

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Day!  Today, our hostess is the very
talented and funny Linda Callahan.  Linda has come up with a very versatile sketch for us.

For my card, I decided to use the inspiration pic at The Card Concept and produced what I guess would be a Clean and Layered card.

And a bit of advice - heat-setting translucent embossing paste gives it a crackled look, so if you don't want that look, don't heat-set!  I got a bit impatient for it to dry so gave it a blast.  I quite liked the crackled effect so decided to use it.
I again pulled out my new Blueprints dies for most of this card - love those things and have got a few more sets on the way!  I inlaid the star and its frame then decided it didn't stand out enough so cut a black star and popped that up on foam tape.  You can see a peek of pink star underneath, which is quite a cool look.

I hope you'll check out the rest of the design team's inspiration and have a go at this sketch yourself.
Thanks for visiting.
Products used:
Stamps:  Label Love (Altenew)
Ink:  Ranger Archival Black
Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Black, Melon Mambo (SU)
Accessories:  Equaliser stencil (MFT), Translucent Embossing Paste, MFT Stitched Traditional Tag Stax, Blueprints 18 dies

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Animal Christmas

Welcome to Merry Monday Challenge Day.  Today's challenge comes to us from Sue who has challenged us to use a cat or dog on our card.

I covered all bases and used a cat and two dogs!

I just love this Simon Says Stamp image and decided to make a polaroid image.  I sponged some Tumbled Glass ink onto some white card and then stenciled using the Falling Snow stencil.

After I colored the image with Copics, I fussy cut it and popped it behind the Merry Christmas frame die-cut using foam tape.

And that's it.

Thanks for visiting.  It's raining cats and dogs at the Merry Monday blog (groan!), so be sure to head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Furry Christmas (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Tumbled Glass
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Christmas frame (SSS), Falling Snow Stencil (SSS)


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Vellum Leaves

Hi and welcome to The Paper Players challenge!  This week, Nance has challenged us to make a CAS card using watercolor.  

I went about as CAS as possible with my watercoloring - merely dropping some watercolor paints onto a white card base and letting them do their thing!

I went with blue and aqua paints and concentrated on one spot on the card base.  Once that dried, I adhered some vellum leaves, silver thread and a die-cut sentiment.  A few sequins and this CAS card was finished.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the watercolored beauties created by the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:  

Stamps:  Roundabout Additions (Reverse Confetti)
Cardstock:  White, Vellum
Ink:  Island Blue (SSS)
Accessories:  Lil' Inkers Stitched Circles, silver thread, Clustered Leaves die (SSS), Kuretake Gambai paints, sequins


That Elephant...

Hi and welcome!  This week I received an order of much-"needed" crafty supplies and included in the order was the super-cute Unforgettable set by WPlus9.  Who doesn't love those adorable wee elephants?  So, of course, I had to ink them up and get out the Copics to make a card using them.

I used the current sketch from Deconstructed Sketches, the colors from ColourQ and the inspiration pic from Card Concept (my card is Clean and Layered).

I stamped and colored this adorable little elephant and his party hat before cutting them with the matching dies.  For the background, I stamped a Graph Background stamp onto white cardstock using Fog ink for a soft graphic background.  Lots of stitched dies were also put to good use as well as some of the pieces from my new Blueprints die sets.

I hope it's okay with the ColourQ ladies, but I went with Smoke instead of Basic Gray to create a softer looking card.

Deconstructed Sketch 197

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Unforgettable (WP9), Graph Background (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Fog (SSS)
Cardstock:  Smoke, Doll Pink (SSS), White 
Accessories: Copics, Unforgettable dies (WP9), Blueprints 8 & 22 (MFT), Enamel Dot, Lil' Inkers Stitched Squares and Circles


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Roisin is 5

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketches!  Today's challenges comes to us from Rita - who is fast becoming an expert at coloring with Copics!  Here's her sketch for today.

I needed a birthday card for my youngest niece, Roisin, who recently turned 5, so came up with this card.

I Copic-colored the little fox and balloons before cutting them out with the matching dies.  I then created a little background for him using a cloud die-cut as a stencil.  The slope was sponged with Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn inks.  

I die-cut a "5" and colored it with Wink of Stella before covering it with Glossy Accents.  Once it was dry, I sat the fox on it and gave him the balloons to hold!  A white-embossed sentiment and the card was finished.

Thanks for visiting.  As always, the rest of the design team have some wonderful cards for your viewing pleasure.

Products used:

Stamps:  Up and Away (Mama Elephant), More Fresh Cuts (WP9)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint Distress Inks, Versamark
Cardstock:  Burnt Orange (SSS), White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Up and Away dies, By the Numbers dies (PTI), Copic Markers, White Gel Pen, White EP, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Flat Bottomed Clouds dies (MFT), Stitched Slopes and Hills dies (SSS)


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Sleigh Ride

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday!  Today's challenge comes to us from Nina, who has challenged us to create a vintage-style Christmas card.

I'm not 100% happy with my card - it's been a while since I made a vintage card and it took a long time to come up with something vintage-y.

I decided to channel Nina, our challenge hostess, and use patterned paper for my card.  All three panels on this card come from my Secret Santa gift from Sue, my fellow Merry Monday team member.  Thanks, Sue!

I stamped the sleigh using Archival Black ink and sponged and distressed the edges.  I did the same with the other two panels but didn't distress the sentiment panel.  Instead I popped that up on dimensional tape. 

I finished off the card with a brown button and some twine.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful vintage creations to tempt you, so make sure you check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  In the Meadow (PTI)
Ink:  Archival Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Kaisercraft Gingerbread Patterned Paper
Accessories:  Linen Thread, button