Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Boss Turns 50

Welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Day!  This week our very talented European team member, Cindy Lovell is our hostess.  Check out the fabulous sketch she has come up with for us:


My boss (well, he was my boss up until a couple of weeks ago) turns 50 soon and he and I have a standing joke each year about who is the oldest, because he is only 3 weeks older than me.  I decided I couldn't let his 50th go by without a card to rub it in celebrate.


I went for a chalkboard look for the background, using a NBUS stamp from Hero Arts called Chalk Background.  Check out the cool effect of this stamp:


The DSP strips in the background are from the old Night & Day Specialty DSP which I hoard!  The polka dot piece is actually printed acetate which I've adhered to a piece of white cardstock so it stands out a bit more.

I cut the "50" from Hello Honey cardstock and adhered it using dimensional adhesive onto a circle stamped with the Dictionary stamp in Fog ink before being cut with a circle die.


Thanks for visiting.  Don't forget to check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team.  They'll amaze you, as always!

Product used:

Stamps:  Chalk Background (Hero Arts), Shenanigans (CAS-ual Fridays), Dictionary (SU)
Ink:  Unicorn White (Hero Arts), Versamark, Fog (SSS)
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Hello Honey, Night & Day DSP
Accessories:  White EP, By the Numbers Dies (PTI), Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Circles and Rectangles

Cheers
Karren

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Red and Green Christmas

Hi and a very special welcome to the Merry Monday challenge.  This week it's my turn to host and I chose what I think is a fun challenge.


I had a vague idea when I came up with the challenge what I wanted to use for my card.  Unfortunately, that idea didn't pan out and I had to go back to the drawing board.  I wanted a really big sentiment, so ended up using a Silhouette cut file.  


My plan was to use the "Merry" in one color and the "Christmas" in a second color, but when it came out of the Cameo, it looked too nice to cut up, so I ended up making two cards.  And because I used a very old NBUS stamp (the poinsettia), I'm also entering this into Darnell's second NBUS challenge.  I've had this Penny Black stamp for many years and this is the first time I've used it.  I colored the image with Copics.

The Silhouette sentiment was clear-embossed three times to give it a lovely shiny, raised finish.  It was then adhered using 3,482 tiny little bits of dimensional tape :) Here's a close-up (and BTW it looks all speckly in this photo, but it's not really).


The second card:


On this card, I moved the sentiment up higher and then thought it looked odd, so stamped the sentiment underneath (from PTI's Two Feet Deep - more NBUS!)

And both cards together:


Congratulations, Darnell on 600+ followers!  What an achievement!

Thanks for visiting.  Please check out the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team and give my challenge a go.

Products used:

Stamps:  Two Feet Deep (PTI), Brush Poinsettia (Penny Black)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Clear EP, Silhouette Cameo

Cheers
Karren


Monday, 15 September 2014

Blue Flowers

It's a chilly Monday afternoon here, so what better than to stamp :)

I made a card today using the gorgeous colors from Color Throwdown and the versatile sketch from Viva la Verve.



I went with a Basic Gray cardbase for this card which always adds a bit of drama!  The flowers were colored with Copics and the leaves were stamped with Lucky Limeade ink.  The sentiment panel was a piece of white cardstock that I colored with Copics to match the darker blue flower.  I then white-embossed the sentiment from Poppy Birthday.

The center of each flower and the sentiment panel were painted with clear Wink of Stella for a subtle shimmer.

Thanks for visiting.




Products used:

Stamps:  Poppy Birthday, Lean on Me (Verve), Leafy Accents (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Whisper White, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, White Ep, Pointed Flowers die, Leafy Accents die, Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles dies

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card was featured on Viva la Verve and was also Featured Stamper on Color Throwdown.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dandelion Honey

I hope the title of this post didn't fool you into thinking I had a recipe for you hee hee :)

Today's card combines three challenges:  the sketch from Fusion, the colors from ColourMe and the word from CASology.



I stuck with a white on white card accented with some spritzing using Coastal Cabana ink in the top right and bottom left corners.  The flower panel is raised on dimensional tape.  The dandelions were stamps with Hello Honey ink and the stems stamped in Smoky Slate ink.  

The sentiment was clear embossed and the sequins and enamel dot are meant to represent the star shape in the sketch.

What isn't apparent from this photo is that the flower panel is dry embossed with the Ampersand folder to give a bit of added texture.  Here's a close-up where you can just make out the embossing.



I think it's apparent how I interpreted the "three" in the CASology challenge :)

Thanks for visiting.






Products used:

Stamps:  Dandelion Dreams (Clearly Besotted), Mum's the Word (stems) (PTI)
Ink:  Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Versamark
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Spritzer Tool, sequins, enamel dot, Ampersand Embossing Folder (SU)

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got top honors at CASology this week.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Daffodil Baby

Welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge day!  This week, Jen Brum is our sketch hostess. You must check out Jen's blog - she is full of talent!


I decided to make a baby card, for some unknown reason.  I pulled out a stamp I've had for a long time and never yet used (NBUS) and spent some relaxing time coloring it.



The sentiment comes from a Simon Says Stamp set called Friendship Messages.  The Xpress-it cardstock is layered onto Daffodil Delight and some candy dots and an enamel dot finish off the card.

I'm entering this card in the latest KIS challenge which is asking for baby cards.




Thanks for visiting.  Make sure you check out the beautiful samples from the rest of the design team.  We have everything from flying bunnies to flying leaves this week and they are all awesome :)

Products used:

Stamps:  Two by Two (SU), Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Candy Dots, Enamel Dots

Cheers
Karren

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Autumn Leaves

I got the urge yesterday to make another autumn card - even though it was a glorious spring day!  This time I sponged a manila tag with various distress inks then over-stamped some realistic leaf images.





The tag is quite big and even though I cut some off the length, it still takes over the card.  The sentiment is white-embossed over a patch of sponged Fired Brick ink.  Once all the stamping was done, I flicked some water onto the tag.



The card base had some subtle embossing folder inking on it to break up the Crumb Cake a bit.  Then I adhered thin strips of black down each side.

I'm entering this into Curtain Call and Paper Players who both have fall challenges.




Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  With Gratitude (SU), French Foliage (SU), The Big, the Bold and the Happy (W&W)
Ink:  Distress Inks - Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo; Stazon, Versamark
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake,Basic Black, Manila Tag
Accessories:  Picket Fence Distress Stain, Dot Matrix EF (Tim Holtz), White EP

Cheers
Karren

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

Merry Mice

Hi and welcome to Merry Monday - the place that helps you get organised for Christmas all year long!  This week, Debbie has challenged us to use transportation on our cards.




I rifled through my Christmas stamps looking for something with a vehicle on it and came up with this mouse-powered vehicle:





This is a gorgeous Penny Black image which I colored with Copics.  The image is quite large, so my card is 5 1/2" square.  I am not an expert, or even intermediate, Copic colorer so I've signed up for the latest Online Card Class, which is on Copic coloring!  I can't wait!  In the meantime, here's a close up of my beginner coloring - and I confess I used the color image on the back of the stamp pack for this!


Thanks so much for visiting.  If you haven't already checked out the rest of the inspiration from the design team, be sure to head on over to Merry Monday and give this fun challenge a go.

Products used:

Stamps:  Jolly Follies (Penny Black), Christmas (SSS), Lovely as a Tree (SU)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Forest Moss Distress Ink
Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Xpress-it
Accessories:  Copic markers, sequins, Merry Christmas die (SSS)

Cheers
Karren