Monday, 18 June 2018

Project: Smooshed paper wine cards

Last week two of my colleagues put together a wine night for our office and, honestly, I don't think I've had that much fun in the office...ever. It was an absolute hit. We went on until 11pm, just laughing and seeing where we could get a restaurant to deliver us wine when we went beyond what was originally catered.

I wanted to make thank you cards for the two who organized it and I have this great Simon Says Stamp set that works so well. I started with a small square card blank and used Distress Oxides to create a smooshed pattern for the background. I then used my I-wish-I-were-a-Misti to get a super crisp black impression from the stamps. It was quick and easy to get two done and I think they are spot on. I just hope it inspires them to do another wine night!

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Project: Blended texture paste star card

I loved the layout at CAS(E) This Sketch this week, I had so many ideas but ended up going with one of the simplest:

I started with a piece of graph paper and blended it with Distress Oxides for a chalky finish. I then added silver Nuvo glitter paste through a star stencil for an irregular spray of sparkly stars. The sentiment is from a Lawn Fawn set that I got second-hand from a demonstrator.

I love playing with a few techniques in one go, and getting to sneak in glitter and a rainbow will always make the exercise a bit more fun!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Project: A blended rock and roll sketch card

It's my father-in-law's birthday this week and I wanted to make him a music-related card to reflect his favourite hobby. I found the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches perfect as I have a record stamp that works brilliantly for the layout:

I started by blending the card base with Distress Oxides and giving them a splash of water for a splattered effect. I then masked off a central panel and then stamped the Happy Birthday records over it. I got a really neat dissolve effect from the mask that was technically an error but I love it. I then added a sentiment that is perfect for the rock and roll theme. It's really CAS and masculine and I think my FIL is going to love it. 

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Project: Raincoat dolly and ducky for Sketch Saturday

Another happy Saturday to join in the fun at Sketch Saturday! The sketch this is week is SUPER flexible:

I love this image from our sponsor The Paper Nest Dolls and I decided to color it to look like one of my friends. I used ProMarkers to color the image and then die cut it into a circle. I embossed a turquoise sheet with dots to tie into the raincoat.

I then added enamel accents to the raincoat and dots to the sentiment, which was from a magazine freebie. I kind of wish I had added them to the boots and not the raincoat. That was a mistake. Oh well. I added glitter to the duck bill and the barrette in the girl's hair and I like that as a feature.

It's a simple little one and I hope you are able to follow along!

Monday, 4 June 2018

Project: Blended giraffe with a stamped border

I got this freebie set of wild animal stamps and it came with a border stamp that I loved but couldn't figure out how to use. I have so many like this and I never know what o do with them! In the magazine there was a card made using the border and I thought, you know what, let's give that a go.

I blended the card using Distress Inks and then stamped the border on top. Quite tricky at times to line it up but I was happy with the result. I think next time I will be really meticulous and measure the space to fill it out. But it's ok for now. I added the giraffe from the set to the middle as I had kept the panel quite narrow and thought it fit the space perfectly.

I've left off a greeting - for now - as I couldn't make up my mind about what to use this for. But I love the colors and way it came out, some good learnings for next time.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Project: A tropical music card challenge

I have had a thoroughly relaxing Monday today - I just love a day off! I was inspired by the challenge  at Retro Rubber this week:

 I decided to get out one of my favourite summery sets - the Creative Stamping magazine set from one of the summer months of 2015. There isn't a bad stamp in the whole set, they're all a joy to use in isolation or combination. 

Because it's kind of an oval shape I decided to use the guitar but wasn't happy with the sentiment...until I remembered the music set from Creative Stamping magazine of now I get to use a border stamp, a sentiment and a feature image all from 2-3 years ago. I stamped the border and sentiment directly onto a textured orange card that is from the Trader Jane Recollections set. 

The image is coloured with ProMarkers and then fussy cut out. I used tiny gold glitter glue dots to add a bit more to the paper and then added a hand drawn border - mainly because I cut my orange card too small and it looked weird! There is a bit of gold on the music to complete the dot in the sketch - hard to see though. 

Really fun challenge, thanks Retro Rubber team :) x 

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Project: Wedding cards for Sketch Saturday

This week at Sketch Saturday we have a fun sketch for you to play with and an amazing sponsor MMedel Illustrations. Here's the sketch:

I rotated the sketch so the band ran across the top, with the little sentiment box on the bottom left corner. The image was colored with ProMarkers and then I die cut it out. In the headline card I used a square and the card below I opted for a rectangle. I added a spot of glitter glue to the flowers and the veil and dress. The background for each uses a big rose stencil and Distress Ink.

The headline card features spotted ribbon but I made a big oops on the stencil on the card below so I had to cover it with a bigger strip of paper! I used paper hearts from my collection (I regularly punch or die cut hearts in paper scraps as they are so handy) and then die cut the initials of two couples getting married this summer on top.

They are pretty busy but I think the attention to detail is fun. And happily I have two personalised wedding cards to give! Hope you enjoy the sketch as well :)