Thursday, 3 September 2015

Muse 131 - Thanks

This is the first card I made for this week's Muse challenge, where Guest Muse Carol has given us this inspiration:

To be honest, although I truly was inspired by Carol's feathers, I'm not sure how good an interpretation this is of her card. But I love this new Papertrey Leaf die (I used the smaller one) and I was determined to use it!

I focused on Carol's
-element (I used a leaf instead of a feather, but I think they're similar)
-stitched panel (I used MFT Pierced Square Stax)
-placement of black script sentiment (I used PTI Super Swoosh)

I missed out on the repetition and many of Carols colours, focusing mostly on the autumnal red/yellow/oranges.

Anyway, there's still time for another try, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

EH Pin-Sights Challenge - Many Thanks

This is my third post today! (Trying to meet a deadline). 
Please scroll down for CASology and One-Layer Simplicity cards.

Playing along with the current (almost finished!!) Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge:

August Pinsights

I was inspired by the flowery hat and yellow beads in the photo on the bottom left, as well as the sea of mint green of the dishes.

I used a die from Wild Garden. I cut it once in white and once out of my Coastal Cabana panel. I coloured the petals and (what are those called?!) yellow things with copics and inlaid the whole thing into the focal panel. I finished with a sentiment from Fancy Thanks.

Simple and summery!

CASology 162 - Write

This is my second post today. For my One-Layer Simplicity card, please scroll down.

This week's CASology Cue Card is Write.

I didn't actually write this, but it looks like I did, doesn't it? The sentiment is from a company called Paper Sushi, and the little flower is from Altenew's Doodle Blooms.

To make sure that everything worked together, I chose stamps that had similar line widths - this helps to unify the design, and in this case, make it look like I might have written and then hand-drawn the two elements.

I stamped it in Versamark (because it is the crispest, darkest black ink I have), but I did not emboss it with clear embossing powder as I usually do, in order to really make it look handwritten.

Now it's your turn - we know you're made of the 'write' stuff and we can't wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to check out the rest of the DT blogs for more inspiration!

OLS20 - What's Your Number?

Welcome to September! It's my turn to host One-Layer Simplicity and we're having a number-themed challenge! Make sure you pop over and check out the details. The challenge runs until September 24 at midnight, so you have lots of time to get creative!

I used an old Stampin' Up Stamp for the sentiment. An old Papertrey set for the heart border. And an unknown ruler I found in my old 'clear stamps' storage (back before I kept them labelled!). I hope you'll get a chance to join us!

Monday, 31 August 2015

Uniko Challenge - Summer

This is my card for Uniko's current challenge: Summer, with the optional twist of being inspired by this photo:

Well, that's quite a place, now isn't it? I was inspired by the colours and by the use of the outline hearts. I used Flower Power #7, All Occasion Sentiments2, and Simply Said Birthday.

I stamped all the black first, in Versafine, and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then stamped the solid flowers, slightly offsetting them from the outlines to create parts that were 'inside' the outline. Those 'inside' portions were then shaded with Copics in matching, but slightly darker shades, for additional depth and contrast.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

MCV17 - Merry Little Christmas

This is my card for this week's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Guest Muse Kristie has given us this clean, crisp inspiration:

I focused on Kristie's
-colour combination
-use of black frame (although I changed the proportion)
-addition of small amounts of sparkle
-vertical/mixed-font sentiment

I used a sentiment from Papertrey's Jolly Holiday and the lights from Simon's Build A Snowman. I coloured the lights with copics and then added Stickles for some shine.

I hope you'll get a chance to join us - the deadline for this week's challenge is Wednesday morning at 8 am. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites (even if you didn't link up a card) until Thursday morning at 8. Voting Results will be posted on Thursday at noon.

Friday, 28 August 2015

MFTWSC243, Muse 130 - Birthday Wishes

A very CAS card for two challenges - Muse 130, where Tracey has given us this inspiration:

I focused on Tracey's flowers as well as the colour scheme (yellow, orange, brown and green).

and the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge:

For such a simple card, I really managed to use a lot of products!

- Buildable Blooms Stamps and Die-namics
- Modern Blooms Stamps and Die-namics
- Birthday Bears Stamps
- Die-namics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Squares
- Limelight Dye Ink

My other colours were Adirondack Summer Sunshine, Wendy Vecchi Buttercup and Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar. I also sponged a little Tumbled Glass under the flower to help it pop a bit.

I hope you'll get a chance to join us at Muse this week. The deadline is Monday morning at 8 am EDT. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites until Tuesday morning. Voting results will be posted on Tuesday at noon.