Sunday, 1 May 2016

FS482 - Happy Birthday


This week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper is Vicki Parson (Basement Stamper). She's got a huge gallery full of fun cards and I chose this one (the one on the left) as my inspiration:




I focused on Vicki's:
-use of the circle backgrounds
-use of white dots on bold sponged colour
-general layout
-use of enamel dots
-kraft cardbase

I changed:
-theme to birthday
-colour scheme
-rectangle of white dots to half-circle
-used the background on the focal panel
-popped up my sentiment
-swapped the sun for a big black dot

I used:
-Papertrey Dot Spot
-Papertrey Keep It Simple Birthday
-Doodlebug Matte Enamel dots
-MFT Pierced Square and Circle dies
-Distress Inks


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Muse 162 - Happy Birthday


Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Jenny gave us a pretty-in-pink daisy as inspiration:



I focused on Jenni's:
-colour scheme (although I kicked my pink up a notch)
-general layout
-use of texture
-square card

I used:
-WPlus9 Happy die
-Unknown birthday sentiment
-Cuttlebug Dots embossing folder

Friday, 29 April 2016

3 Umbrella-inspired Fusion - Happy Mother's Day


Do you feel like you landed at Donna's blog by mistake? Good! I was so inspired by one of her cards this morning that I couldn't wait to case it!



I didn't have the same floral set (no one but the MFT DT has it yet - it's part of the May release!) but I hoped that I could achieve a similar watercoloured look. Turns out that since my set is made to look watercoloured that I didn't need to spray anything.

I combined my Donna-inspiration with this pretty photo at the current Fusion challenge:



And in the end, I'm loving this fresh, cheery Mother's Day card!

I used:
-Impression Obsession Watercolour Wildflowers
-Wplus9 You Equal Kind (little black dots)
-Hero Arts(?) Sentiment (can't find it anywhere!)

Thursday, 28 April 2016

MCV42 - Wishing you A Very Merry Christmas


This week we have a guest Muse at Muse: ChristmasVisions - Suchi! She has given us a one-layer wonder with this festive inspiration:




I love this simple, graphic ornament. To add a sparkly festive touch, I re-stamped the ornaments with versamark and embossed with iridescent embossing powder.

I focused on Suchi's
-colour scheme
-ornament theme
-black sentiment

I used:
-Stampin Up Lots of Joy
-Stampin Up Wishing You (retired)
-Ranger Dye Inks
-Doodlebug Silver Sparkle Sprinkles

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

MFTWSC278 - 24XHappy Birthday


Isn't this fun? I was looking around for a challenge to play with this morning and came across the current MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge:



I reduced it to one layer and used a rainbow of happy colours to add to the fun!

I'm also linking up to Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes




Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

I used:
-MFT Label Maker Sentiments
-MFT You Move Me (stars) (Retired)
-MFT Party Balloons (Retired)
-Ranger Dye Inks
-Versafine Onyx


On another topic, are you on Instagram? I joined about a year ago and after getting used to it have come to love it and view it as my main method of keeping in touch with many of the cardmakers I love! But I know that there are a few of you still not there and I miss you! (follow me by clicking the link to the right).

It's simple to use - you don't even have to put your own photos up - you can leave your account 'private' and just follow all your favourite people.

Your feed is just photos. No political nonsense or controversial opinions. No clicking from blog to blog. Just photo after photo after beautiful photo.  I have the app on my computer and I usually look at my feed there because I find it easier to type on a full keyboard (rather than on my phone).

It's so easy - either click the heart or double-click on the photo to like it. Leave a comment if you wish. Scroll to the next photo. SO. EASY. (have I mentioned that?)

If you do upload photos, you need to use your phone. You can hashtag information about your photo (what challenge it's for ie #mftwsc, #seizethebirthday what products you're using  ie #mftstamps) - these hashtags make it easy for people to search for your work.

It is definitely my favourite way to see what's being created out there - it's quick, efficient and easy! Give it a try!



Tuesday, 26 April 2016

IALT12 - Birthday Wishes


I've been having fun on my 'rainbow run' over the last week or so - lots of vibrant, energetic, colourful cards. But it's fun to try something different, too! This card was inspired by the current Inspired by All the Little Things challenge:




I knew I would be using pale colours to try and capture the dreamy feel of the inspiration, so to soften the look further, I stamped everything in grey.

I used:
-Waffleflower Lotus
- WPlus9 That is All

CASology 195 - Sprinkle


This week's CASology Cue Card is Sprinkle!



An interesting (and somewhat challenging!) word. For me. Not for you, I'm sure!

I went for the weather interpretation and made a card of encouragement. I used Waffle Flower's Rain Check stamp set and Partly Cloudy dies. I did all my stamping right on the card base and only popped up the cloud (edged in Stickles for some sparkle and definition). No other layers, no other embellishments. That (and all the white space) keeps this card very CAS.

Now it's your turn! We can't wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to stop by the rest of the DT for more inspiration: