Saturday, 18 April 2015

Muse114 - Thanks ever so much!

This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Michele provided us with this inspiration:

I focused on colour scheme, the row of blue elements and the sentiment on the right. This card is made using a mishmash of manufacturers' products and I love that we have the freedom to mix and match! The 'thanks' dots are made with a Neat&Tangled stamp, an MFT die and Hero Arts new ombre inkpad (Pool to Navy). The 'ever so much' is from Paper Smooches.

The deadline for this challenge is Monday at 8 am. At that time you can vote (even if you don't link up a card) for your top 3 until Tuesday at 8. The voting results will be posted Tuesday at noon. I hope to see you there!

Friday, 17 April 2015

EHPSC - Inspired by Joan. Twice.

My breath literally caught when I saw this card by Joan yesterday. That bright pink and bold green - sigh! I warned her that I would be casing it. Soon. So I did. And I didn't stop at one, either!

I used a similar technique for both cards - I stamped a 4.25x4.25 panel using Bold Blooms from Essentials by Ellen, in MFT Razzleberry and PTI New Leaf. Then I cut a shape out of the centre, layered it with foil cardstock and popped it up. I then adhered the whole panel to a white card so that the inside of the front is nice and clean.

For the first one, I used another Essentials by Ellen set - Fancy Thanks, stamped in HA Charcoal. I cut a square and popped it up with gold. I will link this one up to Ellen Hutson's Pinsights April challenge.

For the second one, I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment in black, and popped up a circle using silver foil cardstock.

This would make a beautiful gift set (I may simplify it to one layer) in different colours, with different sentiments!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

MM154 - Merry Christmas!

This week's Merry Monday challenge is "Let's Get Vintage". Um. No. I don't do vintage. Or so I thought! Then I remembered another challenge a long time ago, where the theme was Rustic. I didn't 'do' rustic back then (I still don't very often!) but I ended up with one of my all time favourite Christmas cards.

So in the same way I challenged myself two years ago to combine Rustic and CAS, yesterday, I challenged myself to combine Vintage and CAS. I think it was a success!

I started by using vintage-y colours (cream and Early Espresso), but keep the layout very simple. I used a script sentiment (unknown) and a 'vintage' PTI set, embossed in gold and then I coloured the leaves with distress markers in dark, muted colours.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Paper Smooches Goodies!

I got some new Paper Smooches goodies in the mail yesterday! I sat down right away and made these two simple cards.

The first one uses Twiggy Florets and it is crisp, classic and 'coloured' with Stickles. The sentiment was a little gift that Kim generously put into my package. I backed it onto MFT Summer Splash cardstock for some colour and a fresh feel.

The second is dramatic, but was very simple. I ran the new Happy Birthday Words die through my Big Shot, left it in the cardstock and then coloured and blended over it with Copics in rainbow order. I lost the dot for the i somewhere along the way, so I substituted some bling for a festive feel!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

CASology 142 - Sweet

This week's CASology Cue Card is Sweet!

I went sweet 3 ways - I used the word (Paper Smooches Sugar Rush stamped in HA Soft Granite), colours (pastel Copics), and shape (meant to look like candy dots by using  a Simon Says Stamp die of a row of dots, coloured, inlaid back into the panel then coated in Glossy Accents).

We can talk CAS forever - there are lots of debates and lots of opinions about it, but for me, it always comes down to one main component - white space. In fact, I believe if you have enough white space, your 'clean' will allow you to cheat a bit on the 'simple' and give leeway for a little bit of colour, pattern, texture (or all of them!).

Now it's your turn! Show us how sweet you can be!

Before you go, make sure to get some inspiration from the rest of the design team:

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Masked Roses

Yes, you're in the right place. I just thought I'd try something new. And messy! I recently bought some distress stain sprays (Lawn, Ocean, Raspberry and Mustard as well as Pewter) and thought I'd give them a try.

I used some of the Essentials By Ellen Bold Blooms die cuts as masks and then sprayed away in Lawn and Raspberry and Pewter (hard to show the shimmer in the photo), on Ranger watercolour paper. It definitely gives an interesting effect (and I have some very pretty die cuts now, to use on a future card!)

As for the mess, yes, it was. Despite spraying into an old shoe box, pretty much everything on my desk had a fine mist of pewter on it when I was finished. I tried again with a bigger box and had more success - as they say, practice makes perfect!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Muse Challenge #112 - Thank you!

This is my card for this week's Muse challenge, where Vicki has provided us with this inspiration:

I can tell you that Vicki's loose, artistic water colouring scared me a little bit at first and I think it may have scared some of you too - not too many cards in the gallery as I post this! But I hope that my card shows that you can make a card that is your own style but still inspired by Vicki's!

I focused on the colours, the pierced circle element, elements of the layout and the scripty sentiment. I decided to only have one black stripe and I decided that rather than dividing the card front top and bottom, I would divide it left to right.

I used a mask of a flower die - sponged once in Salty Ocean then turned and sponged again in Mustard Seed (it blended and turned a bit green!) by Sue Wilson and popped in some orange by using an enamel dot. My scripty Paper Sushi thank you also helps to tie my card back to Vicki's.

So, be brave! Take a shot! The deadline is Monday at 8 am. At that time you can vote (even if you don't link up a card) for your top 3 until Tuesday at 8. The voting results will be posted Tuesday at noon. I hope to see you there!