Thursday, 25 August 2016

Project 349: Simple cake birthday card

I have been travelling for work for the past week so I wanted to get back and get a little craft session in. I browsed some challenges and really liked a few that I could combine:

So here's what I did: I colored the cake from a Fishers set that is about 3 years old - it could actually be almost 4 as I think Claire got it for me in autumn 2013 when I was back home for Black Friday...anyway. It's been around for a while. The paper is Recollections Neapolitan stack and this is one of the last little scraps.

The cake is colored with ProMarkers in Yellow, Grass, Pressed Leaf, Cinnamon and Walnut. I die cut using stitched circles and added an extra color to make it stand out a bit more. The cake is enhanced with gold glitter glue and green Enamel Accents from Ranger. I just got this and I LOVE IT. I added the little chipboard star to match the sketch.

The sentiment is a set Claire gave me a while ago, maybe about 18 months?

It was a card of much indecision, which is strange as it's so simple, but I like when I can combine a few things that make me think harder about my choices.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Project 348: Ombre balloon birthday cards

I have been visiting Pinterest this week for inspiration and came across this great card featuring the Stampin' Up Balloon Celebration set from Inking Idaho:

I thought, oh man that's good. So I cased it as soon as I could. 

The headline card was my first attempt, using 3 dye inks to build up the ombre effect. I added a big greeting that I have had for ages and that was that. I really like the cracks in the ink, it looks like bit like a screen print. 

For this second card I was playing with format to get a higher concentration. I used the smaller balloon stamp and mixed dye and pigment inks for greater variety. I used a Fiskars birthday greeting that is so cheerful. 

Super easy once you get the hang of it, I think I will make these in bulk to give away to people.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Project: CAS project at Moving Along With the Times

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Moving Along with the Times. The challenge for the next two weeks is Clean And Simples (CAS) and this is one of my favourite themes, thanks Sue!

I spent a long time crafting my card - it might not look it but I conceived the idea and then spent three attempts trying to get it right. Like Goldilocks - this one feels just right! 

I masked off the edge of my card and used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean to blend the margin. The balloon is from Balloon Celebration by Stampin' Up. I heat embossed it using gold shimmer embossing powder - this was a second attempt but I'm pleased with it. 

One of my earlier attempts had a greeting that didn't use the space as it should have. So I had an idea; what if I introduced a big block of color to serve as my greeting? I added a little Happy Birthday from a Creative Stamping magazine freebie set (maybe from June this year?) and then I die cut out the letters of my buddy Nick who turns 30-something in a few weeks. I needed a short name and he was the next in line that met my requirements! I chose corrugated orange card from Claire - a previous attempt had this in yellow but it was too flimsy. Another lesson learned. Corrugated card is a joy to die-cut, by the way. So clean! So sharp! 

All in all I am super happy with it and how bold and clean it is. 

Can't wait to see what you come up with, you have until the 31st of August to enter! 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Project 347: Party girl birthday card

Today's card is an example of looking at a sketch for ages, wondering what to do and then everything coming together in about 10 minutes. I was inspried by the sketch at Sketch Saturday and really wanted to find a way to make it work but all my ideas were just sort of meh. I was flipping through my stamps when I came across this image from Creative Stamping's Oscar-inspired set this winter.

I colored her with ProMarkers, and I would like to enter the I <3 ProMarkers Birthday challenge this week. 

The paper is from the Neopolitan collection from Recollections.The birthday greeting is a combination of two stamps from Stampin' Up Endless birthday wishes. 

I added the bling and that was that - I was pleased I was able to make work after struggling so much to start!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Project 346: Masking, blending, embossing - oh my!

I was really intrigued by the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch this week - it leaves a lot up to interpretation. I hope the team like my idea here.

I used a new stamp set that Claire gave me featuring different travel image - this bi-plane looked cute on an angle and I thought it was a fun way to represent the curly swoosh of the sketch.

I heat embossed the planes in black and then heat embossed a Sizzix greeting in bright yellow. I masked off a strip down the side and left an inch strip for blending. I used Salty Ocean distress ink to pop against the yellow. A few little enamel dots and that was it.

I really liked the techniques used and was pleased how it all came together.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Project 345: CAS balloon birthday card

This week I was looking through Pinterest and stumbled across this fabulous card by a Stampin Up demonstrator in the Netherlands called Jacqueline.

I had to case it. Immediately.

The colors at Color Throwdown this week were perfect:

The stamp set (balloons, greeting and stars) are all from Balloon Celebration by Stampin' Up and the balloons are punched with the coordinating punch set. I hand drew the border as I thought that was a lovely detail on the inspiration card.

I am so pleased with the result and am so glad I found this inspiration on Pinterest.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Project 344: A simple fairy card

I stole this image from Claire a few months' back from her folder of stamped but not colored images. We share our kit and thieving is one of the ways we validate our stash. I loved this Stampin Bella image and thought she would look great in green, a bit different from the normal sickly pinks of fairy princesses.

I decided to color her with ProMarkers and fussy cut her out. I used this warm grey tile print paper as the background and added a Recollections greeting from a Valentine's day set featuring flamingos...I thought it was great with her.

I'm not convinced by the bling in the top, I felt like it needed something but I'm not sure that was it...

Simple card but I really enjoyed it. Might consider swapping something for that corner though!