Saturday, 1 November 2014

Embossed Foliage

It's a glorious Saturday afternoon here in Christchurch and I should be outside enjoying it, but instead I decided to make a card in between loads of laundry.  I chose the Fusion Card Challenge - both sketch and inspiration photo as well as the "Thank fall" theme at Card Concept.  

I used my Silhouette to cut the three windows in a piece of black cardstock.  I then took a sheet of newsprint patterned paper and white embossed the foliage and sentiment. I stuck that behind the cut-out windows. 

From there I sponged Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon onto the newsprint, leaving the center the lightest color.  I finished off the card with some white homemade enamel dots.  I would call this card Clean and Layered.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Leaf Sprig (Stampendous), Say it in Style (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Versamark, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Cardstock:  White, black, First Edition DSP (SU)
Accessories:  Enamel Dots, Silhouette Cameo

Friday, 31 October 2014

Bloom and Grow

Hi!  It's a beautiful, still Spring evening here and I've just been outside cutting some roses for inside.  A perfect Friday evening!  

Today's card uses the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, albeit flipped from landscape to portrait.  

I have to admit that I took one or two liberties with the sketch - the vertical panel is wider on my card and the horizontal panels are flowers and a sentiment!  I hope the DT can still see the sketch :)

The background watercolored panel is layered behind the card base using foam tape to give added dimension.  The flowers were stamped on the card base and then the vertical panel was cut around it, a la Maile Belles.  The centers of the flowers were painted with clear Wink of Stella to give a nice, subtle shimmer.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Bloom & Grow (Verve)
Ink:  Soft Navy, Maliblue(?) (SSS), Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, watercolor
Accessories:  watercolor paints, sequins, rhinestones, Wink of Stella


Thursday, 30 October 2014


Hi!  Today's card was made using the fabulous sketch at The Paper Players and the colors at Color Throwdown.  As this is a birthday card and I used washi tape, I'm also entering this at Seize the Birthday.

I inked the head of my Penny Black flower in Goldenlocks ink then used a Wild Honey distress marker to add some darker shading near the base.  I inked the stem in Black Soot.  I then used a piece of washi tape for the vertical panel.  

Audrey Blue was the blue used for the layer and the sentiment and some homemade enamel dots finished this very CAS card.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Dreamy (Penny Black), Say it in Style (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Goldenlocks, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Audrey Blue
Accessories:  Wild Honey, Black Soot distress markers, enamel dots, corner chomper, Epic Day washi tape (SU)


Girly Card

I was not in a very creative frame of mind when I made this card and wrote this post, hence the lame title :)  I spent the weekend looking for a new car and test-driving several.  Talk about exhausting!  I haven't found a car yet, but at least I've narrowed down the list to the make and model that I want.  And of course now I have to endure all the phone calls from the car dealers trying to get me to buy their car!

Anyway, onto my card.  This week at Freshly Made Sketches, the very talented Rita Wright is our hostess.  You need to check out her blog - she is now on the Prickley Pear Design Team and is creating some wonderful cards using their images.

Check out this cool sketch - lots of layers!  I have to admit I struggled a bit with this one as I don't generally put a lot of layers on my cards and I very rarely use patterned paper, but I felt it needed some patterned paper, so dug through my hoards and came up with this card:

One of my young nieces is having a birthday next month so I thought I'd make a girly card that would appeal to an 8-year old (or maybe she's 9 - I lose track!)

I started with a Melon Mambo card base and then layered on some Pink Pirouette patterned paper and plain cardstock.  I took inspiration from Narelle's card last week and made my very first shaker card!  I know - where have I been!  I put sequins and some Dazzling Diamonds inside.  Apart from that sequin getting stuck to the foam tape at the top, I'm quite pleased with it.  I also took inspiration from fellow teamie, Jennifer Timko and embossed my butterfly on vellum - so I suppose you could say this was a real team effort :)

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have checked out the rest of the design team's cards - they're amazing as usual!

Products used:

Stamps:  Birthday Bash Sentiments (PTI), Papillon Potpourri (SU)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, White, Subtles DSP, acetate
Accessories:  Sequins, butterfly punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Sequins, Rhinestones, Stitched Mats Rectangles, Circle Nesties, Melon Mambo EP.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Christmas Frame

It's Merry Monday challenge day and this week Lesley is our challenge hostess and she is asking for dry embossing, snowflakes and neutral colors.

I went crisp and clean with my card and came up with this:

It's hard to see in the photo, but the white panel behind the gray frame is dry embossed with the Northern Flurries embossing folder.  I also tucked a little piece of black cardstock behind the word "Christmas" to make it pop.  The whole panel is popped up on foam tape.

Thanks for visiting.  If you haven't already, please check out the gorgeous cards created by the rest of the design team.  And make a special trip by LeAnne's blog as this is her last challenge with the Merry Monday team.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, Smoky Slate (SU)
Accessories:  Holiday Frames die (SSS), Northern Flurries EF (SU), white baker's twine


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Shiny Trees

Today's card was made for the challenge at The Paper Players, who are asking for a CAS card using silver or gold.  Now I mis-read those simple instructions and used silver and gold, so I hope my card still qualifies :)

I used the Winter Trees die cut with both silver and gold foil paper to create this shiny row of trees.  I mounted it using tiny little bits of foam tape so it's sitting off the card base.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and the third time in two days I've used this versatile set!

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sweet Little Sentiments (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, Silver, Gold
Accessories:  Winter Trees die (SSS)


Edited to Add:  This card got a mention at Paper Players.

And I Ran...

So, in thinking of a title for this post, my first thought was A Flock of Seagulls (you'll see why in a minute).  That immediately made me think of the 80's band of the same name and from there to their hit song "I Ran", hence the title of this post :)  And for anyone wanting a blast from the past, here's a link to the official video on YouTube.  You're welcome ;)

Anyway, enough blathering.  Here's this week's sketch for Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess this week is Jen Mitchell, the Queen of the Clean Splatter :)

And, just so you can make sense of that first paragraph, here's my card:

This is an old image from PSX which I just adore. I colored it with Copics, even using the colorless blender to move some color - which actually worked this time!  The panel was mounted onto Pool Party cardstock then onto the card base.  The sentiment is from Verve and the little baby starfish behind the sentiment is from WPlus9.

Thanks for visiting. Be sure to check out the Freshly Made Sketches blog and see the wonderful samples from the rest of the amazing design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  PSX G2891, Happy Hello (Verve), Guiding Light (WPlus9)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Dark Chocolate, Goldenlocks (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Pool Party
Accessories:  Copics, circle punches