Tuesday, 31 January 2017

MM233 - Love, Hope & Joy


For this week's Merry Monday challenge:



The challenge is to use 5 of something on a card. I chose snowflakes and colours (not counting the black sentiment!). I used two shades of ink on each snowflake. Spacing was tricky - it took me at least 5 attempts to finish this card - I finally decided to use a die-cut  5-pointed star in the centre to help make them even. I removed it before adding the sentiment.

I used:
-Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes
-Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings
-MFT Silver Sparkle Cardstock
-GinaK ink

Sunday, 29 January 2017

FS521 - You Amaze Me


Congratulations to Carolyn (snowmanqueen), this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper!

I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on:
-partially inlaid technique
-floral theme

I changed:
-layout
-colours
-added black
-watercoloured background

I watercoloured a background using distress inks and the sprayed it with shimmer mist. I cut the flower out of a white panel, then removed it before cutting the panel down to show off the watercolouring.

I used:
-Memory Box Tilth Flower
-MFT For the Boys

Saturday, 28 January 2017

SSSWC, ATSM226 - You Brighten My World


This new die arrived at my house on Friday. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! I started with a white square panel and cut the heart out from the corner. I cut the heart again in black for our my outline. I coloured 6 petals with copics and inlaid them into the heart. Finally, I finished with an old sentiment and a tiny gem for the flower centre.

A very sweet, CAS, graphic valentine for my daughter!

I'm linking up to 2 Anything Goes challenges - One at Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge and the other at Addicted to Stamps and More.

I used:
-Birch Press Prismatic Heart die
-Technique Tuesday Watt's Up

Friday, 27 January 2017

TCC65 - Celebrate!


Way back when, I was a 'clean and graphic' member of The Card Concept Design Team. I'm  using that style to play along with their current challenge:



I focused on the colours and the shiny circles on the dresser.

I used:
-SugarPea Designs Celebrate All the Things
-Distress Ink (Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin)

Thursday, 26 January 2017

AAA Cards/Pin-Sights Thanks


Today, I'm playing along with the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge.



I focused on the aqua hanging kitchen gadgets and the metallic script. The whole card is embossed in silver. The leaves are coloured with Copics and then Stardust Stickles. I love how they look like opals!

I'm also linking up to AAA Cards' Winter Chill challenge.



I used:
-Essentials by Ellen Homespun Christmas
-Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

MUSE200 - Sending Hugs


So much going on at Muse this week! It's our 200th Challenge AND we are now on Instagram! AND there's a giveaway to celebrate! Make sure you pop over to the blog for all the details!

Here's my card, inspired by Jenni's gorgeous dotty-floral card!



I focused on Jenni's:
-floral theme
-colours
-polka dots
-layout

I used:
-Altenew Adore You
-Simon Says Stamp Friendly Flowers
-Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
-Diamond Stickles

Sunday, 22 January 2017

NBUS8 - You're Awesome


I was playing around with some Never-Before-Used-Stuff tonight (a new stamp set and some Hero Arts Ombre Ink in Mermaid) and came up with this. Now I'm quickly posting to meet the deadline for Darnell's NBUS#8 challenge.

The stamp set arrived on Friday but the ink has been sitting in my craft room for a long time!

I used:
-Stampin' Up! Avant Garden (Sale-a-bration set)
-Mama Elephant Brushed Florals

FS520 - Happy Birthday!


This week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper is Lynne (aka Rooby-dooby-doo).  I chose this card as my inspiration:



Lynne's image comes from an old Stampin Up Hostess set, one of the first I ever owned! It's long gone now, but I created my card with a similar feeling.

I focused on Lynne's
-layout
-birthday theme
-floral theme
-colours

I changed
-fewer layers
-no text background
-no butterfly or scalloped edge

I used:
-Altenew Adore You
-Stampin' Up Milestone Moments
-Zig Cleancolor Real Brush Markers

Friday, 20 January 2017

MFTWSC316, TO75 - Thank You


I made this card for the current MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge:



and also the current Time Out Challenge, where our inspiration is this card from Ksenjia:



I focused on Ksenjia's
-leaves
-colours (minus the red)
-sparkly edge


I used:
-MFT Modern Blooms, Mini Modern Blooms
-MFT Soda Pop

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Muse 199 - Sunshine


Hello, Sunshine! This card is for this week's Muse challenge, where Tracey gave us this pretty card as our inspiration:



I focused on Tracey's:
-layout
-radiant lines
-popped up centre
-sparkle
-black text sentiment

I used:
-Stampin' Up Kinda Eclectic
-Altenew Hello Sunshine
-Diamond Stickles

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

SPDMIU27 - Hello, I Love You


Have you played along with this month's SugarPea Designs Mix-it-up Challenge yet? This month it's anything goes!



I used a layout that I've been seeing a lot lately. I love the bright rainbow of hugs and kisses around my Doors-themed sentiment.

I used:
-Talk is Chic (I had to perform a little surgery to create my custom sentiment)
-Beautiful Bauble

Check out the blog for all the details, but here are the highlights!

  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp the prize is $50!
  • Sweet Picks and our Main Winner are announced at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!

Monday, 16 January 2017

You Inspire Me


I'm sure like me, you get inspiration from so many people and places! I love looking through blogland/FB/IG and seeing what everyone is up to. I love to see colour combinations, techniques, new products (of course!!) and new ways to use products I already have.

I made this card is just for fun, on a day I was feeling the need to colour! I chose vibrant colours and a bold sentiment to create a happy, energetic card! (I used Copics).

I used:
-Altenew Doodle Blooms
-Altenew Adore You

Sunday, 15 January 2017

FS519 - Merry


This week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper is Twila (aka tjdstampsalot). I chose a non-card project  as my inspiration:



I love the clean red, white and silver colour combination!

I focused on Twila's:
-retro ornament theme
-red and white colour combination
-silver from the left side of the tin

I changed:
-number of ornaments
-added a sentiment

I used:
-WPlus9/Simon Says Stamp Stamptember Holiday Trimmings





Friday, 13 January 2017

3-Challenge Merry Christmas


This card is for 3 challenges!

First, Ellen Hutson's Mix it Up Challenge with Avery Elle.

I used:
-Essentials by Ellen 'Tis the Season
-Avery Elle Joy to the World

Second, for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge.



Finally, for our new MONTHLY Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Kimberly gave us this inspiration:



I focused on Kimberly's:
-colours (aqua, red and white)
-snowflakes
-Santa theme


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Muse 198 - Happy Birthday


Yay! It's time to play with this week's Muse, brought to us by Anita:



I focused on Anita's:
-colours
-black strip
-circular, colourful focal point
-clean and graphic style

I cute out the daisy and then sponged it with distress ink. I then sprayed water droplets for some texture and coated the petals with Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen.

I used:
-A Jillian Vance Design Daisies Die
-Stampin' Up! Age Awareness

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Watercolour Flowers


The other day, my new Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections arrived (got them in MFT's sale just before Christmas). I decided to try creating some freehand flowers, rather than just colouring stamped images. These flowers used 5 colours - a pink, yellow, two greens and black. I learned a bit about layering, blending, hard and soft edges. I applied Dawn Woleslagle's (from WPlus9) advice that if you put a centre in a blob of colour, it will look like a flower.  Definitely want/need some more practice but I really enjoyed this first start.

Sentiment: Papertrey Ink Bigger Blooms

Saturday, 7 January 2017

FS518 - Birthday Wishes


This week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper is Pam (aka wearestampers). I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on Pam's:
-scalloped circle
-use of plaid
-big scripty sentiment
-heart embellishments

I changed:
-layout
-technique (inlaid die for 'birthday')
-colours

I used:
-Memory Box Pinpoint Scalloped Circle
-Mama Elephant Birthday script die
-A Jillian Vance Design Let it Snow
-Concord & 9th Love You, Mean it


MFTWSC314 - Happy Birthday


So it's that time of year in my family, when many of the boys and men have birthdays, creating a need for masculine cards. This one is for my dad and I used the current MFT Wednesday Sketch as my inspiration:



This is one of my favourite Happy Birthdays - its font is strong and graphic and perfect for masculine cards. I added some MFT Red Hot stars for a little celebration.

I used:
-MFT Delicious Birthday
-MFT You Move Me

ETA - the more I looked at this card, the less happy I got. So I did a do-over!


I changed to a square, changed the shade of red (garnet is January's birthstone). Lost a happy - and yet I am happier! lol!

Friday, 6 January 2017

CASology 230, TO74 - Cold


I feel a little strange today. For the first time ever, I am posting to CASology as a player, not a member of the DT! This week's Cue Card is Cold.


And the theme at Time Out Challenges is Winter, so I'll link up there as well.

I used my newest snowflake set and an older sentiment along with some cool MFT ink colours to make a frosty thank you card. To make the card even 'cooler', I re-stamped everything (using my MISTI, of course!) with Versamark and embossed with iridescent embossing powder. Capturing the sparkle was clearly beyond my skills as a photographer! lol!

I used:
-Simon Says Stamp Frozen Fractals
-Mama Elephant Pix's Favorite

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

MM229 - Glory to the Newborn King


My first Christmas card of 2017! And my first Church Christmas card, too - this design will be easy to reproduce 30 times! Especially with my MISTI! I love this classic Christmas colour combination of silver, white and cherry.

It's for this week's Merry Monday challenge, where the inspiration is Angels.



I used:
-Stampabilities Angels (from Hobby Lobby)
-Verve Angel Voices
-Stickles (wings and stars)
-Copics (shadows)

Sunday, 1 January 2017

FS517, TO73 - Hello, Sunshine


Happy New Year! 

This week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper is Tara (aka tkcspot). I chose this card as my inspiration:



I focused on Tara's:
-use of black and white and one colour
-floral theme
-horizontal black sentiment on the 'one colour'

I changed:
-the 'one' colour from pink to yellow
-more white space
-moved the sentiment to the bottom
-sponged the colour under the sentiment, rather than using coloured cardstock

I used:
-Altenew Hello, Sunshine
-Altenew Bamboo Roses
-Distress Ink, Copic, Stickles

Also linking up to Timeout #73 - With each sunrise we are given a chance for a new beginning.