Monday, 8 February 2016

Silver Love

Hi, again!  This is my third post today, but the linky at CASology is closing and I want to link my card to that challenge.

I just had to make a card for this week's challenge at Less Is More - white on white is such a hard challenge, but so beautiful!  I went for a love card and am also linking it to the current Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge, CAS on Sunday and AAA Cards - the latter two both have love/Valentine themed challenges.  For Tic-Tac-Toe I'm using the top row - Love, Shimmer and Hearts.


It's hard to see in the photo, but I've white embossed cascading hearts all down the front panel of this card.  You can see them slightly better in the close-up photo below.  I adhered two strips of silver glimmer paper down each side of the panel then used craft foam as a backing and mounted it onto a white card base.  I also adhered some white cardstock to some craft foam before die-cutting the sentiment.


It's so hard to photograph white-on-white card, but trust me when I say this is much prettier IRL :)

Thanks for visiting.  It's back to work for me tomorrow, but at least it's a short week!  It's been so nice having a long weekend.


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Products used:

Stamps:  Charming Cascades (CTMH)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, silver glimmer
Dies:  Little Letters (MFT), You (SSS)
Accessories:  Craft Foam, White EP

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add: This card got a shout out at CASology.

Critter Love

Hi and welcome back for my second card today!  I'm rushing to get this posted as I just realised the linky at Mojo Monday closes in two hours!

This card was made for the following challenges:  Mojo Monday; Just Us Girls and Sweet Stampin' Challenge.


I'll be quick with my explanation :)  I stamped and Copic-colored the adorable little dog holding his rose, then die-cut both the image panel and a Smoke panel using pierced square dies.  I cut a Slate layer and die-cut the top and bottom with a Basic Stitch Lines die.  The image panel is popped up with foam tape.  The Smoke panel was lightly sponged with Smoke ink and a grid stencil to add interest.  Finally, I colored the rose with Wink of Stella.


Thanks for visiting.


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Products used:

Stamps:  Critter Party (Penny Black), KIS Valentine (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Smoke
Cardstock:  White, Smoke, Slate, X-Press it
Dies:  Pierced Square Stax dies, Basic Stitch Lines (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella, Large Grid Stencil (MFT)

Cheers
Karren

Big Thanks

Hi!  I made this card late last night and while the background came together quickly, the front panel took a bit longer as I couldn't decide what to put in it.  This is version 3.0:


I used Linda's sketch at Pals Paper Arts and the current challenge at Pinterest Inspired Challenge.  I wanted a long narrow front panel but couldn't find anything appropriate to fit, so ended up with this sentiment and lots of white space :)

For my background panel, I took a piece of watercolor paper and white embossed the Worn Grid stamp from Unity.  I then used Sonja's controlled watercolor technique to apply ink.  I used several distress inks, trying to match the colors of the inspiration picture.  Once it was dry, it looked a bit patchy so I went over the whole thing with Tumbled Glass ink to give it some cohesion, then went round the edges with Vintage Photo ink before die-cutting it with an angled die.

I layered that onto a black card base and put another thin strip of black on the bottom panel to match the sketch.  The sentiment was stamped with High Dive ink and layered onto a black panel.  I finished with some dark grey enamel dots.



I'm also entering this into Stampin' Royalty's Card for Guys challenge.  This is my second entry there.

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Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Worn Grid (Unity), Big Thanks (CAS-ual Fridays)
Ink:  Versamark, High Dive, Scattered Straw, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo
Cardstock:  Black, white, watercolor
Dies:  Blueprints 18
Accessories:  White EP, enamel dots

Cheers
Karren

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Oriental Happiness

Hi, I had so much fun making this card!  The theme at The Male Room is "Oriental" and it gave me the opportunity to pull out some unmounted plates I've had since the early 2000's from a stamp company called Non Sequitur.  I'm also linking to the "Cards for Guys" challenge at Stampin' Royalty.


I started by making the vertical panel by sponging various distress inks onto a piece of white cardstock.  I then used the Crocodile stencil and Pumice Stone ink to add a bit of interest, before flicking some water onto the panel.  Once I was happy with the result, I sponged Vintage Photo around the edges before stamping the Asian Text image three times down the panel, using my Misti for placement.

The panel was then layered onto some black cardstock and then onto a Neenah Desert Storm card base.  I then went looking for an Asian-looking sentiment and found the Ori Kami set by Altenew.  I stamped the sentiment onto the card base using black ink then stamped the bird onto a piece of white card onto which I'd smooshed Blueprint Sketch ink and then flicked water on.  I fussy cut the bird and adhered him using foam tape.



Thanks for visiting.


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Before I go, my son asked me to post his first attempt at watercoloring.  This is an Art Impressions image and he found some cheap, old watercolors of mine and wanted to try them out.  Not too bad for a first attempt :)



Products used:

Stamps:  Oriental Love Letters plate (Non Sequitur), Ori Kami (Altenew)
Ink:  Ranger Archival Black, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, white, black
Accessories:  Crocodile stencil (Tim Holtz)

Cheers
Karren

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Love You Roses

Hi and welcome!  Today's card was made using the current sketch at MFT as well as the colors at Color Throwdown.  There are also many Valentine/love themed challenges out there at the moment (not surprisingly!) and I've chosen to link my card up to Simon Says Stamp (Have a Heart), Friday Mashup's Valentine-themed challenge and the Card Concept, where I've categorised my card as Classy and Elegant.  Phew!  I don't think I've broken any challenge rules and linked up to too many challenges :)


When I saw the graphic at Card Concept, I was inspired by the repeat pattern in pink, red and white, but instead of using hearts I went with roses and used MFT's Roses All Over background stamp.  I white-embossed it onto watercolor cardstock, then randomly painted it with Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries distress inks.  Once it was dry, I cut it using a pierced rectangle die and layered it with foam tape onto a white panel that is 1/8" larger than the watercolored piece.

I then took one of the curve dies from Blueprints 25 and used it to die-cute some Slate cardstock.  I white embossed the word "you" which I took from the Amazing stamp set.  Then I was on the hunt for a die-cut word "love".  Believe it or not, I only have one and that is from PTI's Wet Paint dies.  I die-cut that with Seaglass cardstock then added liquid glue all over the front before dropping it into my Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  Love that stuff!

For the heart, I smooshed Worn Lipstick ink onto a scrap of watercolor paper and die-cut it using the smallest heart in the Pierced Heart Stax.  I then also added distress glitter to that as well before adhering it to the card front.


And that's my card!  Considering I don't make many Valentine's, I'm quite happy with this.

Thanks for visiting.



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Products used:

Stamps:  Roses All Over, Amazing (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries
Cardstock:  White, Slate, Seaglass, Watercolor
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Stax, Pierced Heart Stax, Blueprints 25 (MFT), Wet Paint (PTI)
Accessories:  Rock Candy Distress Glitter

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Color Throwdown.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Brusho Hearts

It's time for another challenge at Fusion!  Check out the challenge graphic:


Once again, I combined both the sketch and photo to come up with this card:



I took a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled on some Brushos in purples, blues, oranges and greens.  I then spritzed the panel with a Perfect Pearls and water combo and watched the colors mix!  I die-cut three hearts and adhered them to a white panel.  With the leftover Brusho piece, I cut a thin strip to adhere to the side of the panel - this time with the blues/purples at the top rather than the bottom.  The card is so shimmery IRL.  Check out this close up:


Thanks for visting!  Be sure to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team.  I hope you'll join us!

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, watercolor, black
Dies:  Pierced Heart Stax (MFT), Noted (PTI)
Accessories:  Brushos, Perfect Pearls, Wink of Stella

Cheers
Karren

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Nuts About You

Hi and welcome to another fabulous sketch at SugarPea Designs Challenge.  This week, we are welcoming a new member of the design team - Kerin Sylvester!  Welcome, Kerin!  We have a wonderful CAS sketch, which allows lots of room for creativity.


I decided to use the cute Nuts About You set.  Never having seen a squirrel in real life as we don't have them here in New Zealand, I had to rely on the internet for coloring tips.  


Unfortunately, I didn't quite get the brush of his tail right, but I think he's still pretty cute!  After I'd colored him up, I cut him out with the Zig Zag Stitched Circle Dies.  For the background, I took some Early Espresso cardstock and sponged over an Aspen Tree stencil with Dark Chocolate ink.  I then cut a thin panel for the left hand side to mimic the sketch and adhered both panels onto a white card base with foam tape.  The sentiment was white-embossed onto the dark cardstock.  A thread nest of silver thread was put behind Mr Squirrel and adhered with foam tape.


Thanks for visiting.  Here are the guidelines to join in - and you want to join in because the prize is randomly drawn and so worth it!



  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS39 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $75!
  • We will announce our Sweet Picks and our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team - they have some wonderful inspiration for you:


Products used:

Stamps:  Nuts About You (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Early Espresso
Dies:  Zig Zag Stitched Circles (SugarPea Designs)
Accessories:  Silver Thread, Aspen Trees stencil (Crafter's Workshop), Copics, White EP

Cheers
Karren