Thursday, 26 March 2015

Birthday Cogs

Hi and welcome!  Today's sketch for Freshly Made Sketches comes to us from Amy O'Neill, who has the most amazing eye for color!  Check out her sketch:

I have to confess the big panel in the middle had me stumped.  It looks perfect for patterned paper, but I don't ever think to use patterned paper.  In the end, the idea to use some patterned paper finally dawned on me (doh!) and I came up with this card.

I wanted to make a masculine card so chose some paper that had a masculine feel.  Once I had the paper cut, it looked too bare, so I hunted through my dies and came up with this NBUS die that I got a couple of months ago.  I cut it from black cardstock and stuck it to the patterned paper.  

The sentiment comes from my new favorite set Label Love and this time I clear embossed over the top to add some texture to an otherwise un-adorned card.

And that's it for this week!  Be sure to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of our design team.  

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Label Love
Ink:  Archival Black
Cardstock:  Black, Smoke (SSS), Rosie's Wedding Patterned Paper
Accessories:  Clear EP, Memory Box Steampunk Corner Die


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Embossed Trees

Welcome to Merry Monday where Kathy is today challenging us to feature a tree on our Christmas cards.  

My card came together quickly after I found a dry-embossed panel featuring a tree which I'd already stuck behind the die-cut Christmas Frames die.

As the bulk of the card was already completed, all I needed to do was put it on a card base!  I chose a Smoky Slate card base and embossed the tree again on that after die-cutting it with the stitched rectangle die. 

I placed a few silver CTMH sticky-back sequins on the card and was done!  Here's a close-up so you can actually see there are trees on my card :)

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have done marvelous things with this challenge so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate (SU)
Accessories:  Christmas Frames die (SSS), Reindeer Silhouette EF (Couture Creations), sequins (CTMH)


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Awesome Day

Our challenge this week at The Paper Players comes from LeAnne and she has a fabulous sketch for us.

I pulled out So 80's and some orange embossing powder for my card and worked from there.

I did a bit of clear-embossing on the card base to break up the black.  On the sentiment panel, I embossed the word "Awesome" first with Tangerine Tango EP, then the "Hope your day is" in white.  Over top of that, I clear embossed the pattern.

I die-cut some tags and threaded some grey twine through them before sticking them down onto the card.  The star stamp was clear-embossed and then cut out.

Thanks for visiting.  I'm linking this to the current challenge at Just Us Girls to use black, white and one other color. Check out how the rest of the design team have used this cool sketch.

Products used:

Stamps:  So 80's (WP9)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Black, White, This n That Epic Day, Night & Day (SU)
Accessories:  Clear EP, White EP, Tangerine Tango EP, twine, Candy Dot, Tiny Tags die (SSS)


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Birthday Wishes

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Day.  A huge thanks to those of you who had a go with my sketch last week.  The gallery was beautiful and it made it hard to choose a winner!

This week, the lovely fussy-cut queen Narelle is our hostess and she has a wonderful sketch for us.

I loved this sketch as soon as I saw it - there's something about a long vertical panel that really appeals to me - not to mention the circle.  I love circle elements on cards.

I used the current challenge at Seize the Birthday for my card - to focus on the sentiment.  I also wanted to make a masculine card, hence the color scheme.

I started with a Fog cardbase and stamped the diagonal stripes from Basic Borders down the sides.  The patterned paper has some faint writing on it and comes from the Epic Day range from SU.  It was cut with a stitched rectangle die and popped up on foam tape.  The sentiment caused me fits!  Firstly I stamped it in black and struggled to get good coverage.  Once I got one that looked okay, I couldn't line up the circle die properly!  So I cut the circle first then tried stamping on it.  After about 4 tries, I finally got something that worked!  I am waiting on delivery of a MISTI and, believe me, I really needed it when I made this card :)

Instead of the banner, I strung some grey twine around the card and then used some foam tape to place the sentiment on top.  I colored the sentiment with my Wink of Stella.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the amazing design team have done with this sketch.

Products used:

Stamps:  Basic Borders (Mama Elephant), Roundabout Additions (Reverse Confetti)
Ink:  Archival Black
Cardstock:  Fog (SSS), This n That Epic Day (SU)
Accessories:  Stitched Circles and Rectangles Dies (Lil' Inkers), Grey Twine, Wink of Stella


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Row of Gifts

Hi and welcome!  It's Merry Monday Challenge Day and this week, it's my turn to hostess.  I chose a simple challenge - feature gifts on your card.  Easy, right?

I had originally planned to make a row of rainbow gifts but ended up going with a totally neutral card.

I was looking for some cardstock and found some Fog - my favorite neutral!  It was at that point I decided to go with Fog, white and black and came up with this very simple card.

I used a 4 1/2" square card base and adhered the white gifts die-cut along the bottom. I then stamped a very simple sentiment in Archival Black and that was that!

Thanks for visiting.  I would love it if you added a card to our gallery.  In the meantime, check out the wonderful cards from the rest of the design team.

Products used:

Stamps:  Holly Berries (SSS)
Ink:  Black Archival
Cardstock: Fog (SSS), white
Accessories:  Brilliant Gifts die (SSS)


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Distress Flowers

Hi!  It's time for another challenge from The Paper Players and this week Ann is challenging us to make a CAS floral card.  

I had just received some Altenew sets and included in my order was Persian Motifs.  Now, I have to admit that this set intimidates me because there are some absolutely stunning cards out there using this set, not least of which those made by my blogging friend, Marika.

Anyway, I decided to have a go with this set and came up with this watercolored card:

I used distress inks and a paintbrush to color, so it's quite loose with not a lot of shading.  Once I'd finished coloring the sheet of watercolor paper, I then used a curved die to cut it into two.  

I then went looking through my collection for a long but small sentiment and found one in Clearly Besotted's Sweet Little Sentiments set.  I placed it on my stamp press and laid the die next to it.  I then curved the stamp around the die before stamped it onto the card base.

The colored panels are popped up with foam tape to give some added interest.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some CAS beauties to inspire you, so be sure to head over there and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Persian Motifs (Altenew), Sweet Little Sentiments (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Versamark, Archival Black (Ranger), Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive (Distress)
Cardstock:  White, Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Stitched Slopes and Hills die (SSS), White EP



It's late Sunday afternoon here in New Zealand and I spent most of the afternoon stamping - a perfect Sunday :)  I decided I wanted to do some Copic coloring as I haven't done much at all since I started work in January and I felt really rusty.  My first attempt will show up down the track as it was a future design team commitment, but this was my second attempt and I'm pleased that the technique was starting to come back.

I used the sketch from Fusion and the colors from Color Throwdown for this card.  What you can't see in the photo is that down each side of the grey panel I have scored two lines 1/4" apart.  This adds a bit of interest as I couldn't figure out how to handle that panel in the sketch.

The flowers were stamped and colored with Copics then cut out using the matching die.  I cut a piece of Blue Violet cardstock as that was the closest match to the colors and white embossed the sentiment.  Looking back at the challenge colors, I got my purples a bit dark, but I hope it is still okay.

To finish off the card, I tied some white baker's twine around the grey panel and curled the ends.

Thanks for visiting.  

Products used:

Stamps:  Fresh Flowers (Clearly Besotted), Strictly Sentiments (WP9)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, X-press It, Smoky Slate (SU), Blue Violet (SSS)
Accessories:  Fresh Flowers die (CB), Copics, white baker's twine, scoreboard, white EP, corner rounder