Thursday, 27 November 2014

Birthday Paint

Hi and welcome back for another Freshly Made Sketch challenge!  This week, the lovely Jen Brum is our challenge hostess and she has a fabulous sketch for us:

I decided to make a birthday card, which may end up going to my soon-to-be 17 year old son.

I started with a white card base and a white top panel.  I stamped a couple of paint splashes using Fog ink and then stamped the word Birthday from PTI's Wet Paint set.

For the die cut "happy", I cut three out of Green Apple cardstock and one from black cardstock, stacking them all up, but offsetting the black one slightly to create a shadow.  I clear-embossed the top layer a couple of times to give it some dimension.

I layered that panel onto a piece of black cardstock and finished off with some Lucky Limeade baker's twine.

I'm entering this card into the Sweet Stampin' birthday challenge.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some amazing inspiration for you, so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Wet Paint, Watercolor Wonder (PTI)
Ink:  Fog (SSS), Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Green Apple (SSS)
Accessories:  Clear EP, Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine (SU)


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Baby Blue

Hi!  Today's card was made using the sketch at Fusion.  The only part of the inspiration photo I used was the music notes and I didn't make a Christmas card.  I decided I wanted to use Sea Glass and Surf Blue - two beautiful colors from Simon Says Stamp.  That led me to making a baby card.

I die cut my white card base with a stitched rectangles die.  I then layered on another white panel which had been stamped with a music notes background, using Sea Glass ink.  I then cut an open circle from Surf Blue and a smaller circle from Sea Glass.

The sentiment comes from PTI and I finished the card off with a white button and some blue twine.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Recital (Prima Marketing), Boutique Borders Baby (PTI)
Ink:  Surf Blue, Sea Glass (SSS)
Cardstock:  Surf Blue, Sea Glass, White
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Circles dies (Lil Inkers), Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), Circle Nestabilities, White Button (SU), twine (American Crafts)


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Stocking Elf

Hi and welcome to another Merry Monday challenge.  This week, the lovely Bonnie is challenging us to use green, red and white in our cards.

For my card, I used the Merriest Wishes stamp set again, so apologies if this looks similar to the tag I posted a couple of weeks ago :)

When I was thinking about how to showcase my little elf, I remembered seeing Loll's gorgeous tag with the stenciled brickwork.  So I was heavily inspired by Loll for this card.  I stenciled some embossing paste over a brickworks stencil and then sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds to make it all glittery.  The elf was colored with Copics and cut out before being popped up on foam tape.  The word "merry" was die cut from PTI's Wet Paint Holiday dies and painted with Wink of Stella for some added shimmer.  You can see the sparkly bricks a bit better in this photo:

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Products used:

Stamps:  Merriest Wishes (WPlus9), Wet Paint Holiday (PTI)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White, Green Apple (SSS)
Accessories:  Copics, Bricks Stencil, Wink of Stella, Wet Paint Holiday dies, embossing paste, dazzling diamonds


Monday, 24 November 2014

Triangle Birthday

Hi and welcome.  Today's card came to me pretty quickly, which is unusual.  I saw the sketch at Just Add Ink and wanted to play along because I love this style of sketch and hadn't played there for quite some time.  I also loved the colours at ColourMe.  To top it off, I'm linking up to Seize the Birthday.  My card doesn't feature the optional topping of leaves, but I figured it had autumn colours and that helps :)

With the exception of the sentiment, this card is SUO - something I haven't done in a long time!  I started out with a piece of Very Vanilla and randomly sponged Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze over the panel, making sure to overlap the colors.  I then flicked water onto the panel before running it through the Big Shot with the Tiny Triangles embossing folder.

I cut the panel into three sections and layered them onto another piece of Very Vanilla.  The centre panel is popped up on foam tape to add a bit more interest.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and was stamped in Soft Suede and also run through with the same embossing folder.  And that's it!

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze
Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder


Edited to Add:  This card got top honours at Colour Me.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Anonymous Collage

Today's card was made for a few challenges:  Tuesdays Morning Sketches, Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge theme of Thanks/Thanksgiving, and the color challenge at ShowCASE Your Style.

I dug through my stamps to find a really old Stampers Anonymous stamp and used Cold Laminate and Gold Leaf to create a beautiful background for the image.

The rest of the card is fairly self-explanatory.  I used SSS Fog cardstock to frame the central image and also as a layer on the right hand side.  The die-cut sentiment represents the banner in the sketch and the enamel dot the button.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Anonymous Collage (Stampers Anonymous)
Ink:  Black Stazon
Cardstock:  White, Black, Fog (SSS), Cold Laminate
Accessories:  Enamel Dot, sequins, rhinestones, gold leaf, thank you die (PTI)


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Guiding Light

It's Freshly Made Sketches time - one of my favorite days of the week!  Today, the very talented Cindy Hall has a fabulous sketch, which offers so many opportunities to make it your own.

I kept my card low-key and unfussy as it's destined for a male ex work colleague who is having cancer surgery next week.  

For the background panel on the sketch, I chose to use embossing paste and the Rays stencil.  I colored the paste with some Goldenlocks ink to match the reeds I stamped along the bottom of the smaller panel.

I stamped the lighthouse and fussy cut it and that represents the top vertical panel on the sketch.  The sentiment comes from what is fast becoming my favorite sentiment set - Say it in Style by Clearly Besotted.

No frills or embellishments on this card because (a) it's for a man and (b) it's going through the mail.

Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some knock-out cards to inspire you so check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Guiding Light (WPlus9), Say It In Style (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Goldenlocks, Schoolhouse Red (SSS), Versafine
Cardstock:  White, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Rays Stencil (Tim Holtz), Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste, Corner Chomper


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Bells

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday.  This week, Sue has challenged us to create a card featuring Christmas bells.

For my card, I first had to find an image featuring Christmas bells!  As soon as I spied this image in the Jolly Follies set, I knew what I wanted to do.  

I cut a tag, then stamped and colored this adorable little mouse.  For the blue panels, I sponged Island Blue ink onto white cardstock.  I then white embossed some of the ultra-modern snowflakes from Freshly Fallen and cut the panel into three strips.  The tag is raised up on foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped in black and Island Blue ink.

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please head over to Merry Monday to check out the rest of the design team's inspiration.

Products used:

Stamps:  Jolly Follies (Penny Black), Christmas (SSS), Freshly Fallen (PTI)
Ink:  Island Blue (SSS), Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  White Baker's Twine, Lil' Inkers Anytime Tags die, White EP, Copics