Saturday, 23 May 2015

OLS16 - Blossom


I can't believe that we're almost through May! I finally took some time to play along with the current One-Layer Simplicity challenge, which is hosted by Heather this month. 

I pulled out one of my oldest stamps - this row of daisies by Unity Stamp Company. I will never give this stamp up (I should say stamps - I have it in a smaller size as well). I love the handrawn feel of these blossoms!

I stamped them and then masked them before sponging very some Tumbled Glass really lightly around them. I finished with a Dark Room Door sentiment. And then I coloured the daisies with Stardust Stickles. And the card warped. I left it to dry, hoping that it would settle back to flat, but it really didn't. This card will likely have to be cut down and attached to another card base.

So I made another card with the same supplies, but left the Stickles off this time. I changed the placement from vertical to horizontal and added some deeper blues to emphasize the contrast of the white daisies.

Anyway, you're almost out of time to play along with us at OLS this month (deadline is the end of the day on the 24th) - I hope we'll see you there!



Friday, 22 May 2015

Muse 118 - Three in a Row


This is my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where DT Member Marion has given us a very masculine inspiration:



I focused on the basic layout, the 3 inlaid dies, a neutral colour scheme including dp and the fur. Yes. The fur. Dogs have fur and so do my velvet brads. lol! I dug them out to add a bit of colour and texture to this more feminine take on Marion's card.

I used some old Stampin Up DP and some new PTI dies.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Happy Birthday


We're having a crazy-busy week this week, so this card was made a while ago for no particular reason other than I got a new present border die from Taylored Expressions.

I inlaid some aqua bits in (because we all know where those boxes come from and there's always good stuff inside! lol!) and gave them a coat of WoS for some shimmer. The sentiment is from Papertrey's Bigger Blooms.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Welcome Baby


You may be surprised to know that this was my original card for this week's CASology Cue Card, Wedding.

I planned to go with a shotgun wedding and use this baby card, but at the last minute, I lost my nerve and went with something a little more, well, traditional!

I call this one 'Google' baby (mostly because of the colours) and I think it's perfect for babies of parents who have grown up not remembering life before Google!

I made it for a friend who has a friend having a baby - they don't know the gender yet, so that's another plus to this primary-colour design.

I used MFT Monogram Alpha stamps (can't find it on the website - maybe it's retired) and an old unknown welcome.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

CASology 147 - Wedding


This week's CASology Cue Card is Wedding!



I know it's wedding season, but my husband and I are at that magical age where our friends and family are already married and our kids are too young to be getting married, so we don't have any weddings to go to this summer. I have a friend who works with 3 people who are planning weddings, so I will give this to her.

I used some of my new Impression Obsession Wedding Icons dies and inlaid them into a plain white card. The ring and church are cut in gold foil. The ring has a silver glimmer 'diamond' underneath it for extra sparkle. The dress was cut in white glitter paper.

By using such iconic images, and with such symmetrical placement, I just didn't have the heart (or nerve!) to add a sentiment.  To personalize this, I could move the 3 icons up and include the date at the bottom. I could also use a different colour card base, to match a colour scheme. I guess the cross on the church (or the church itself), could limit who you might give this to, but there are other non-religious icons in the die set that could be used instead.

Now it's your turn! Be sure to get more inspiration from the rest of the design team!



Monday, 18 May 2015

AAACards39 - Happy Birthday!


Happy Victoria Day! Here in Canada, we celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday every May - it's the unofficial start of summer and we've been having fabulous weather, sunny and warm! Perfect for bbq's, long walks and fireworks!

I'm sharing a card I made for AAACards 39th challenge, to celebrate their first birthday!


I pulled out one of my recent purchases, MFT's The Whole Herd to create this. I used the matching dies so that I could fit everyone including the hen and her chick onto the card!
I used a red panel to get a barn-y feeling, with all the critters peeking out through the door. They're so cute! I coloured them with Copics.

Thanks to Kimberly for reminding me to link up to Retrosketches as well.




Sunday, 17 May 2015

MCV2, OLCCC9 - Angel


This is my card for our second Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where DT member Chriss Blagrave has given us this inspiration:





and also for the current One Layer Christmas Card Challenge, which is 'anything goes' with angel as an optional twist.




I used Chriss' layout and a similar colour scheme - my golden Artful Stamper angel and Verve sentiment are embossed using 'Gold Pearl' embossing powder. To keep the card one-layer and to incorporate the teal of Chriss' inspiration, I sponged a strip of Tumbled Glass.