Thursday, 13 October 2016

Project: Leaves and Trees at Moving Along With the Times

This week I'm pleased to host a Trees and Leaves challenge at Moving Along with the Times. It's autumn, my favourite time of year, and I want to see lovely colors and textures that make this time of year so special.

For my card I used Inkadoo Fossil Stamps with a dye ink on a corresponding piece of card and then fussy cut them out (they are simple shapes so that's easy!). I laid them across a kraft card that had been stamped with woodgrain in a brown dye ink. I wanted to incorporate something with a woodgrain pattern as I wasn't showing a full tree.

The hello greeting is a die cut from Claire and I painstakingly covered it in red glitter - I wanted it to pop more, my what a fuss!

I hope you find the theme inspiring, please join in the fun!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Project 368: Tricky heat embossed background stamp

On my playdate with Claire I decided to try a stamp that I won in a challenge ages ago but have been too afraid to use. It's a bit flimsy, not a clear stamp, and so detailed that I wasn't really sure how to use it. Claire told me to get over myself and try it anyway.

I heat embossed it in white and then blended over using a mix of muted greens. I haven't blended in a while and it was good to get the balance of colors right. I layered it over some brown and then used a scrap of yellow for the thanks die.

Once she gave me the confidence it didn't take very long at all!

And now as a freebie: this is an embossed purple cow from a new animal set Claire got. Super weird and random, right?

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Project 367: Repeated sentiment cards

Claire and I got together for a playdate this weekend as she was in town and decided to try a technique she saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog. The idea was to stamp an image, mask it, then repeat a sentiment across/through it.

The card here does this, where I used a lovely little leaf stamp from Creative Stamping magazine earlier this year and used a stamp from Claire. I kept the layout simple and just added the stitched die to a green card blank.

The headline card is a bit different. I rediscovered the beautiful fish stamp from last June's Creative Stamping but I didn't think the shape would work well with masking. So instead I repeated the sentiment everywhere and then added the image as a fussy-cut-out layer raised on foam. The little corner dots are enamel accents though I may regret them...not sure about them now.

Final one doesn't have the same treatment but because of the horizontal stack I decided to include it in this post. The colored strips were cut off from other cards and I thought they worked really well against black stock. The OMG stamp is from the same set as Rad! above.

Really fun to try the new technique with Claire, I was sad we didn't blitz through more but it was the weekend and eating and drinking and chatting needed to be done as well!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Project 366: Mini donut card set

My girlfriend Carrie is coming to visit me next week and I can't wait! Ages ago she commented that she liked this donut stamp set by My Favorite Things and I thought it'd be fun if I had something silly for her when she arrived.

I only made a few of these and here are my favorite two. For all of them I used an aqua brush and distress inks to create a simple background. The donuts are die cut using concentric circle dies and then a smaller ring created in a bright color for icing. I added individual sprinkles in contrasting colors from the set. The sentiment was stamped straight over the background to complete them. Really impactful for such a sweet little set, I hope Carrie likes them!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Project 365: Fun fruity cards

Last year Claire got me this great fruit set from Sizzix in the Black Friday sale last year and I love it. The images are so joyful and fun to play with. I decided to have a bit of a play with the, the cards aren't for anyone in particular or for a challenge, they just took my fancy and I thought I'd make some cards!

The headline card was the product of serendipity - the green and blue cards are scraps that I had on my desk from an epic clear out of my scrap folders. I haphazardly threw the stamped and die cut fruit slices on my desk and as they landed on the pile of scraps I thought they looked good layered like that. I added some enamel accent dots around the edges to make it stand out a little bit. The greeting is from Claire - forgive me I can't remember where it's from - but I thought the bright blue ink made it really stand out.

This second make looks simple but has a bit more than meets the eye. The background is painted using Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks and an aqua brush. The sentiment is heat embossed in white (the birthday is from Stampin' Up Endless Birthday Wishes set) so it stands out against the paint. The cherries are stamped and die-cut but I wasn't that impressed with the depth of color. So I went over them with enamel accents and now they really pop.

This set is so much fun, I'm pleased I took time to have a play with no real objective as it made me a lot more creative.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Project 364: Modern Nordic greetings for Christmas

I am playing around with Christmas ideas and I wanted to make some simple cards that featured these big Tim Holtz script greetings I bought earlier this year.

Last year I bought some Nordic-themed paper for a specific project and I have a bunch left over. I thought they would be a great backdrop to the greetings and, because they're so fun and patterned, very little else was needed.

I die cut all my greetings up front and then played around with what went where. Because the papers are so busy I decided to back them on some colored blocks - all scraps. Score.

The headline is a fun one, and all I added was some bling to dot the j and i in the greeting.

This one I kept really simple, not even adding the bling.

An alternative one here, I got a bit of a scummy glue stain on the 'snow' so I covered it in glitter. Bit weird, but I decided to go with it. It was better than the smudged glue stain!

Finally this one features a different sentiment, a Dieversions Let it snow die that I got much earlier this year. It is much smaller than the other ones so I used a small scrap of the green paper and cut down a small white card as a base, using a red card scrap with a corrgated scrap to make it stand out. Using scraps and creating some fun new things - WIN.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Project 363: Preppy Christmas cards

I had tried my basket weave embossing folder on some die cut Christmas trees to see if the texture worked and decided to try something a bit different. I looked through my box of cut dies and found these double stitched rings from Claire. I picked out pink, navy and red ones as I thought they could work with the lovely green of the trees.

For the headline, I used a sentiment set that Claire gifted me (from a prize draw was it? or Cheiron?) as I thought the really long headline worked well in the landscape format. I added little colored enamel dots to make it preppy and modern.

For some, I used a small ring and cut the card down to a short rectangle and used an alternative greeting from the same set.

And I had to show this: as I was moving one of the red ones to dry I dropped it and some of the enamel dots smudged. I was so cross! So I had a look at what I had in my little bag of Christmas tricks and used some punched snowflakes that are from 4 or 5 years ago when we did about 100 cards that had punched snowflakes from photo paper and dotted them around to cover the smudges.

As I already had everything die cut they were really easy - I made 5 in about 8 minutes!