Thursday, 26 May 2016

Inspired by Laura - Hello, Lovely!

My new Concord & 9th goodies arrived and I couldn't wait to play with this big, dramatic flower from You are Enough. I simply stamped the outline and then the two colours and coloured the stem with a Copic.

For my layout, I decided to use a trick that I saw Laura Bassen use earlier this week on a floral card. I cut a straight line down the left side of the flower and fussy cut the petal so that it extends over the MFT patterned paper. I think the black diagonal stripes work well with the sentiment that I put together from Birdie Banners and Wonderful Women.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Muse 167 - Happy Birthday

It occurs to me now, as I'm posting this, that I was really happy when I saw that Jenni's Muse inspiration for this week isn't flowers.

I love flowers. I love floral inspiration. And I've loved all the beautiful floral inspiration from our Muse design team. But I was excited to see something other than flowers this week.

And then I made a flower card!

I focused on Jenni's
-rainbow colour scheme
-birthday theme
-use of diecuts with black accents

I sponged a rainbow panel and then cut the flowers out and inlaid the petals into my white panel. I used enamel dots to 'solidify' the flower centres and make them look more like daisies and less like poinsettias.

I used:
-Simon Says Stamp Simple Poinsettia Cutouts
-Simon Says Stamp Square Greetings (retired)
-Distress inks
-Black enamel dots

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

MFTWSC281 Happy Belated Birthday

Gaah! This card is not really a belated birthday card, it's just late for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! I missed the deadline by a couple of hours. Here are the details anyway:

I used:
-MFT Blue Prints #26 (balloon die)
-MFT Birthday Bears (sentiment)
-MFT Birthday Wishes & Balloons (balloon string)
-MFT You Move Me (retired) (stars)

I cut the balloon out of a panel I created the other day using Ken Oliver Color Burst powders. So fun!

CASology 199 - Fast

This week's CASology Cue Card is Fast!

We hit a milestone this week. My son got his driver's license. Boy that was fast - feels like last week he was 2, identifying every Honda Civic he saw (that's what we drove at the time), as "our car".

Needless to say, our insurance has increased substantially. And my hair is getting greyer by the minute. But you can't hold them back, as much as you want to keep them safe at home.

I made this card for him and positioned the Inkadinkado car almost off the card front to demonstrate movement and speed. I grounded the car and with a Stampin' Up sentiment and added a stylish exhaust stream from Papertrey's Fancy Flourishes. I love how the flourish has a similar classic/vintage feel as the car. (if you're noticing a same-but-different feel as this card I made for him when he was accepted to his summer flying course, it's because this kid is constantly moving forward!)

Now it's your turn! The DT has some more inspiration for you - be sure to check it out!

Monday, 23 May 2016

IALT16 - Happiness

This week's inspiration photo from Inspired By All The Little Things is quite interesting:

I focused on the:
-colour scheme

I used:
-PTI Vertical Cover Plate
-MFT Pierced Square die
-Distress inks (Cracked Pistachio & Peacock Feathers combined to get the 'right' green, Salty Ocean)
-Hero Arts CL885
-Stampin Up Sentiment

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Pin-Sights Hello Friend

I'm playing along with the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge - here's the inspiration:


I used the centre portion to inspire my washed background and black sentiment and then added a flower to pick up on all the florals in the photos.

I'm still getting used to the watercolours - I found it difficult to get the two colours to really fade out towards the centre. The flower was fun, though - it's about 4 different layers of different reds and purples and I love the variation in colour this technique gives.

I used:
-Essentials by Ellen Bohemian Garden and matching die
-Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks
-Essentials by Ellen All Inside
-Kuretake Gansai Tambi

FS485 - Happy Birthday

This week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper is Sarah Moerman. I recently found out that Sarah and I lived in the same neighbourhood for a short time when we were kids. Isn't it funny how small the world can be!  She is the perfect choice to be a Featured Stamper - she has a great gallery full of cards that you'll want to case! I chose this one:

I focused on Sarah's:
-striped rainbow dp
-circular focal point
-black script sentiment

I changed:
-kraft to white
-'yes' to daisy
-black stars to sparkly enamel dots

I used:
-PTI Beautiful Blooms II Number 3 die
-Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Borders
-old, old dp from my stash (maybe Crate Paper?) ETA - a fellow hoarder has informed me that it's from Pebbles Fun in the Sun Collection.