Thursday, 3 September 2015

Make a Wish

Hi and welcome!  It's time for another challenge from Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is Amy and she has a wonderful sketch for us.

For my card, I decided to use the Graphic Twist die from Simon Says Stamp that I got a while ago but hadn't used until now.  I sponged Apricot, Duckling and Steel Blue onto some white scraps and die-cut the image from each color.  I then put it back together using all three colors.

I kept the rest of the card very plain, stamping the sentiment from another NBUS set from PTI called Good Times.  

Looking at the photos now, if I were to make this card again, I would bring the die cut down a little bit on the panel.  Hey, who am I kidding - I never make the same card twice so it is what it is!

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful cards using this sketch and we'd love to see you in the gallery.

Products used:

Stamps:  Good Times (PTI)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Apricot, Duckling, Steel Blue (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Black
Accessories:  Graphic Twist die (SSS), Pierced Rectangle Stax (MFT)


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Holly Berries

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday!  Today's challenge comes to you courtesy of me and I'm looking for some holly on your Christmas cards.

I chose this image because it really appealed to me - not remembering I only had one stamp that features holly in a significant way :)  So after a bit of thought about how I could make this stamp look a bit different to the other cards I'd made using it, I came up with this:

Not terribly exciting!  I stamped the holly in Green Leaf ink, then overstamped the berries in Lipstick Red ink before fussy cutting it out.  I then placed it inside a black die-cut Holiday Frame.  I colored the berries with Wink of Stella.  And that's it!

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the rest of the design team's cards and I hope you'll have a go at this yourself.  This is our last two-week challenge before we go back to weekly challenges.

Products used:

Stamps:  Holly Berries (SSS)
Ink:  Green Leaf, Lipstick Red (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Black
Accessories:  Holiday Frames (SSS), Wink of Stella


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Muse Birthday

Hi!  Today's card was made for the current Muse Challenge, the CAS theme at Addicted to Stamps and the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

The inspiration I took from Tracey's fabulous card was the general layout with the vertical image, the horizontal banner and the flowers.  I also tried to stick close to the colors Tracy used and the white-embossed, non-scripty font on the sentiment.

For the vertical part of the layout I used a stencil and some embossing paste.  The banner was sponged with Melon ink and then white-embossed and die cut.  The flowers were colored with Copics before being die cut and popped up on foam tape.  Behind the flowers and banners is a wad of silver thread.

Thanks for visiting.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog


Products used:

Stamps:  Beautiful Friend (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Melon (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, silver thread, white EP, Beautiful Friend dies, Dot Fade Stencil (TH), Embossing Paste, Pierced Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), white gel pen


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

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Tag For You

I'm so excited to be a guest designer at Tag You're It this week, due to my card winning a recent challenge.  Here is the beautiful inspiration tag made by Carol Mayne.

I was really drawn to the black, white and gold color scheme as well as the circle element on the tag.  I didn't have anything graphic for the background like Carol's card so I went for some stripes instead.

I die cut the sentiment from gold foil cardstock and layered it up about four deep with black cardstock.  On the card base I adhered some striped paper and a strip of gold foil.  The white layer is popped up on foam tape as is the tag.

I finished the card with some gold sequins to mimic the stars on Carol's card.  Thanks to the Tag You're It team for letting me "tag along" this week :)  Be sure to check out the beautiful and clever inspiration from the rest of the team.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Cardstock:  White, Gold Foil, Black, Dots & Stripes Neutral Paper (MFT)
Accessories:  Tag Me, Tag Me Too (Reverse Confetti), Baker's Twine, sequins, Pierced Circle Stax (MFT)


Thursday, 27 August 2015

At the Beach

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Day!  Wasn't last week's challenge amazing!  So many beautiful entries - we were thrilled with the response.  This week, Narelle is our sketch hostess and she has got a couple of layers for us (surprise! surprise!) :)

I took a couple of liberties with the sketch but I think you can still see it in my card:

The horizontal element is the horizon and the vertical element is the palm tree.  The circle element is the shaker.

I just adored the Penguins in Paradise set as soon as it was released and am so glad I now have it.  This penguin is just too cute!  I cut and colored him, along with the palm tree before setting them aside to work on the card base.  

I first cut the circle so I knew where I wanted my sea and sand to meet.  I then carefully sponged on both the card base and the top panel so they lined up.  I used white and silver flat sequins as well as some clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter in my shaker.  After making the shaker component, I put everything together. The glitter has given the acetate a frosted look which is really pretty.

Thanks for visiting.  As always, the design team have some wonderful inspiration for you, so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Penguins in Paradise (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tumbled Glass, Old Paper
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Accessories:  Copics, Pierced Circle Stax (MFT), Penguins in Paradise dies, sequins, Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter, Wink of Stella


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Cute as a Bug

Hi!  I managed to take some time today to join in with the current Tag You're It Challenge, where my friend Jen Mitchell is the designer.  Jen used an adorable bear on her tag, so I decided to follow suit - to a degree - and use a critter.

I took the basic layout and the background color as inspiration from Jen's tag.  I also used an offset banner for the sentiment.

A lot of people put their NBUS to one side and don't file it away until they've used it at least once.  I never did that and always filed my NBUS as soon as I got it.  Maybe because I was scared the pile would topple over and bury me :)  I got a few orders in over the last couple of weeks and decided that this time I would keep it separate from my other product until I've used it.  I'm making inroads and this is another new set that can now be filed.

I stamped the branch, hive and bee onto X-Press It cardstock and colored them with Copics before cutting them out.  They then got a liberal coating of Wink of Stella.  I die-cut the tag from watercolor paper and wet it liberally with water before dropping on some Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon ink - lightest at the top.  Once that was dry, I could put my tag together.  Now, somehow when I went to stick my little bee onto the tag with foam tape, I realised his leg had vanished.  I couldn't find it anywhere so I had to stamp and die-cut another bee and cut off its leg and perform some surgery.  You can see in the close-up what I mean:

A happy ending and no animals were harmed in the making of this tag :)

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Cute as a Bug (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon
Cardstock:  Watercolor, X-Press It
Accessories:  Cute as a Bug dies, Copics, Tags a Lot (Mama Elephant), Blueprints 21 (MFT), Wink of Stella


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Rock Candy Flowers

Today's card used the (flipped) sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the colors from Color Throwdown.

I flipped the sketch to suit the angled panel die-cut I had on hand.  I could have cut it by hand but, you know, where there's a die, why fussy cut :)

I white embossed the sentiment on the panel and die cut the flower and leaves from a NBUS set by Essentials by Ellen.  I wanted to lift the die-cuts somehow so decided to lay down a bit of glue on the pieces and drop them into some Distress Glitter.  It looks quite cool in real life.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Keep it Simple:  Just Because (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango (SU)
Accessories:  White EP, Blueprints 15 (MFT), Bold Blossoms die (Essentials by Ellen), Tim Holts Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at CAS(E) This Sketch.