Friday, 9 October 2015

Muse 136 - Hello

This is my card for this week's Muse challenge. Joan has given us a beautifully watercoloured inspiration:

I focused on Joan's:
-colour scheme (I reversed the white and the kraft, my flowers are sponged with distress inks)
-basic layout
-theme (My flower is created with Hero Arts dies)
-white script sentiment (mine is Paper Smooches)

The deadline for this challenge is Monday morning at 8 am EDT. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites until Tuesday at 8. Voting results will be posted at noon on Tuesday.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Mix-it-Up Merry Christmas

Playing along with Ellen Hutson's Mix it Up challenge, using Essentials by Ellen and WPlus9.

I used a flower from the Wild Garden die set as a poinsettia by cutting it twice, colouring it with copics and layering it. I coated the red layer in Wink of Stella and added a gold enamel dot.

For my sentiment, I used Handlettered Holiday, embossed in gold.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Paper Smooches October GD - Part 1

Today's my first post as October Guest Designer for Paper Smooches. I'm so excited to be playing with new stamps and dies and really mixing them up!

First I combined a sentiment from Holiday Cheer with the new Merry Christmas die. The Merry Christmas die was cut in white and coloured with a red Copic. To ensure my mat matched, I coloured it with the same Copic.  Then I cut and coloured some of the adorable Holiday Lights. See how you can actually hang the lights off their string (or a die-cut sentiment!). They were all coloured with copics, given two coats of Wink of Stella and then a top coat of Glossy Accents. Unfortunately, only the green decided to sparkle for the photo!

Also linking up to Simon's Wednesday Challenge - CAS Christmas and Viriginia's View Colour Challenge.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

CASology 167 - Silly!

This week's CASology Cue Card is Silly!

Making this card reminded me why I hang onto certain stamps, even though I don't use them often. These eyes are from an old, old Stampendous Cupcake set. At least I think they are - I can't find the set anywhere online - it may not be Stampendous, but it had a big cupcake and lots of different faces. For the shocked mouth, I used a small oval from Paper Smooches Shadows. The sentiment is from MFT Piece of Cake.

Originally I stamped it all on a flat white panel, but it seemed a bit boring - almost too much white space! So I decided to cut out a circle to make the face look more like a face. I inlaid the circle back into the panel - you can see where the cut is, but there are no additional layers, helping to keep this card very CAS.

I know that I've seen a similar idea before but I can't remember where or when - please let me know if you know so I can give credit.

Now it's your turn to be silly! I predict a hilarious gallery this week and I just can't wait!

Be sure to check out the DT's blogs for more inspiration:

Saturday, 3 October 2015

MCV22 - Warm Heart

Here's my card for this week's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Guest Muse Marilyn has given us this whimsical inspiration:

I focused on Marilyn's:
-colour scheme of predominantly navy and white with a little pop of colour
-snowman theme (mine is a 2007 Stampin' Up snowman from Perfect Presentation)
-navy and white layer (mine is actually stamped using a Penny Black background stamp)
-reference from the sentiment to the image (hers is ornament, mine is heart- my sentiment and heart are from Avery Elle's Polar Pals)
-general layout and stitched layers (I used MFT Pierced Squares).

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us - the deadline is Wednesday morning at 8 am. At that time you can vote until Thursday morning at 8. Voting results will be posted on Thursday at 8.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Muse 135, TO41 - Autumn Thank you!

This is my card for this week's Muse Challenge where Tracey has given us this fall-warm-up card!

I'm also linking up to the current Time Out Autumn challenge.

I focused on Tracey's:
-colour scheme
-stitched leaf (mine are LawnFawn)
-sentiment with text and script (mine is Dark Room Door).

I used Paper Smooches' stitching die on my aqua and dark brown strips.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

CASology 166 - Science

This week's CASology Cue Card is Science!

What?! Meteorology is a science, isn't it? Or are you a sceptic like me? Seems like we pay billions of dollars and they still can't predict the weather. Like, not even tomorrow's weather. And don't get me started on 'long-range forecasts'! lol!

Anyway, I used dies from Waffle Flower (Partly Cloudy die) and Mama Elephant (Polaroid Fun) cut in soft colours. When it came time to add my MFT (Polynesian Paradise) sentiment, I used the new Stampin' Up Archival Basic Grey ink rather than black. The contrast is less harsh, but still crisp and clean!

Now it's time for you to turn your art into science! Make sure to get even more inspiration from the rest of the DT: