Sunday, 13 August 2017

Project 436: A masked blended sketch and color challenge

I saw the colors at Color Throwdown and was going back and forth in my mind for the past few days trying to think of what to do. Then I discovered the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and something came together in my mind.

I masked the right hand border and blendd using Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserve distress ink and added some bleached water dots. I added a few feathers stamped and die cut and faised them on foam for texture. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Balloon Celebrations.

By making it a birthday card I also wanted to enter the CAS on Friday birthday challenge.

I ended up liking the treatment so much I did it in two other color combinations.


I liked it so much I ended up spending the rest of my day blending and masking so the challenges were truly inspirational! 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Project: Welcome kitten card for Sketch Saturday

Happy Saturday! This week we have a great sketch for you at Sketch Saturday by Alex - hopefully it will inspire some great projects.

Our sponsor is MMedel Illustrations and we have a prize of 2 digis + a discount coupon so it's definitely worth playing along!

For my take, I took this cute kitten set and chose a cat (yawning? singing? something vocal!) and colored it using ProMarkers to match the colorings on my friend's new little kitten. I added touches of gel pen as white accents. The hello border down the side is an old sentiment I have had for ages and decided that by repeating it there was more of a pattern that worked with the balance. I added giant buttons to complete the sketch and it has a playful masculine appeal now. I'm pleased and so is my friend, it looks just like her cat:

Be sure to join the fun by Friday the 11th of August to be in with a chance of winning the prizes!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Project: Things that fly at MAWTT

I have been making a lot of cards lately that involve birds, butterflies, hot air balloons, and I realised that I seem to be obsessed with things that fly. I thought it would be the perfect challenge for Moving Along with the Times this week!

My card features a set of bug stamps that I heat embossed in black. I put them on a strip of watercolour paper that I painted using an aqua brush and Distress Inks. I tried to choose colors associated with that particular bug and I'm really happy with the combination. I added a sentiment from Tim Holtz idea-ology stickers that I thought worked well for the set. I tried it on white, black and kraft card and decided black looked best.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Project 435: Watercolored cards

As I was on a craft date with Claire this weekend I was feeling more brave in my card makes. These might not look very brave but look! The paper is torn, not trimmed! Small things.

We made the headline card as a joint challenge with repeated image/text in a resist and a watercolored background and her card is pretty awesome, I hope she shares it soon. I got a bit bored with the heat embossing as the stamp took quite a lot of powder but otherwise I liked the combination of colors I got from Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink. The little tag is covering an oops where I messed up my stamping. I liked it better neat on the card but then had to hide the mistake. Oh well!

The next card uses the ripped scrap from the headline, painted in Mowed Lawn ink. The image is a new Tim Holtz that I heat embossed in black. I embossed a yellow scrap in a woodgrain folder to go with the leaf. The little tag is a new punch from EK Success.

Finally I thought I'd share this just as a freebie. The frame is cut from the headline card from yesterday. I used a flower freebie from a card magazine and a thank you from a set I got second hand. I colored it all using ProMarkers and added some pearl and glitter accents to the flowers and sentiment. It's a girly but I like it, it's very different from my recent makes.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Project 434: Scraps and dies

I wanted to bring a bunch of cards to my sister and mom (who I am seeing today!) and they said thank you cards and blank cards are the most useful so I concentrated my efforts there. I also wanted to use the dozens of scraps I had lurking on my desk so in a bid to clear out, I decided to make some of my dies work hard to use up the scraps and make some fun cards without too much planning.

The headline was a fun one to make - I really struggle with that big leaf die. It really only works with really thick card and the little holes are an absolute challenge to get out cleanly. I got one clean one, ruined 2 other scraps and abandoned my plans for a set. The background is from a small square pad and I used a stitched die to get a border. The tag is punched and stamped and it came together with just a handful of pieces.

These came together through a collection of scraps. All the papers you see here were die cut or trimmed to size. The green paper on the cactus sheet was stamped using a chevron background stamp but otherwise it's dies only - no stamps at all. 

Finally I thought I'd show this set. These papers are prized possessions but I decided my sister and mom were worth it to use them. I die cut some giant scottie dog dies in different purples and then added a tartan paper with a candy - super simple.

All in all a pleasing collection! I can't wait to see which my family go for.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Project 433: A blue/circle/animal tic tac toe challenge

I love following along with The Paper Players as their challenges are always fun and accessible. This week they have a Tic Tac Toe and I thought it would be a great way to play along.

I chose the bottom row: Blue Animal Circle

I heat embossed my hummingbird stamp, and then die cut it and layered it over a blue stitched die. The background is watercolored using Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks. I added a few enamel dots and a little thank you stamp to complete it. I love the simplicity of it, it's a simple but pretty card. It's the first card from my playdate with Claire, she really helped with the inspiration.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Project 432: super CAS challenge

I saw a number of challenges that I thought would combine for a fun CAS card.

I took the colours from Color Throwdown, the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the challenge of 'no stamps, only dies' from CAS-UAL Fridays to come up with my entry.

I masked a stripe diagonally down the page and used Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks to blend the stripe. The sentiment is die cut from Stamping Up set and I added pearl accents for texture. I am really pleased with the blending and mask result, I may even make a few more of these as a set.. ..

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Project 431: A sunset surfer anniversary card

A colleague remembered her 5 year anniversary a bit late in the day - specifically it was 6:15 on a Wednesday for her anniversary on Thursday!

She was in a fast-paced brainstorm, listing things about their relationship and dates and we were trying to come up with gift ideas. She mentioned their first date was surfing and involved tequila shots on the beach and I thought: that would make a great card.

I started by paper cutting a surfer and surf board in black paper, then cut out my shot glasses and limes. I added glitter glue to represent the tequila and added white gel pen to the limes. I watercolored using Distress Inks to get the sunset and beach motif. The sentiment is die cut using white stock and I split it over the background and kraft card blank.

My colleague was really tickled by it so I'm pleased it worked out.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Project 430: A piñata sketch and color challenge

Claire recently bought me this fantastic little piñata set from Lawn Fawn and I was saving it for a birthday card for a colleague who I knew would appreciate it. 

Because the image and sentiment are relatively small I wanted to look at some sketches where things would be concentrated in one area so it wouldn't look too distant. I found a great one in CAS(E) This Sketch and then by magic the colors at Color Throwdown this week were a perfect complement to what I wanted to do:

I started with a stamp of the image and then colored it with ProMarkers and die cut it with the matching dies. I used foam tape to pop it out and then die cut stitched squares in white and turquoise to get the central panel. I used Enamel Accents to add confetti around the 'Smash!' part of the sentiment and large enamel dots to frame the central panel. The background paper is American Crafts and I have been saving it for a special occasion - I've loved the pattern and color and decided it was finally time to use it. That's what it's therefore after all! 

Really happy with how it came out, may have used slightly brighter ProMarkers if I were to do it again but all things considered I think it was a good inaugural card for the new set.

Project 429: A fun little rainbow challenge

I saw the rainbow challenge at Retro Rubber this week and I really wanted to play along:

I love rainbows - if colors follow the right sequence I'm over the moon and I find myself wanting to edit colors in patterns I find if they're close but not quite in the right order.

I decided to get out a set of hot air balloon stamps that I have had for about 3-4 years now, my mom gave them to me and I've always loved how perfect they are to take on color through almost any means. I heat embossed them in white then used an aqua brush and a range of Distress Inks to create the rainbow pattern.

For the background I used a cloud stencil with Broken China Distress Ink and then topped it all off with a sticker sentiment from Tim Holtz that I cut in half to fit the space. It's a really cheerful card and I'm really thrilled with out it came out, I think I may even turn it into a set as it was pretty easy!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Project 428: A little gnome Sketch Saturday card

This week at Sketch Saturday we have great sponsor in The Digi Stamp Boutique and I was really charmed by the sets available. This little gnome set was too much fun to play with this week's sketch:

I decided to flip the sketch horizontally and on the left I repeated the toadstool multiple times and colored it using ProMarkers. On the right I colored the gnome on the flowerpot and added a grass die in dark green to give it a bit of dimension. I heat embossed the sentiment from Stampin' UP in white so it would stand out against the blue card. The little gems accents complete the sketch. 

Please play along by Friday next week! 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Project 427: Another Masculine Thank You

I mentioned a few posts ago I was working on some masculine thank you cards. I liked the sketch at Always Playing With Paper and decided to make this a bit of fun: 

I used the pickle set Claire gave me and heat embossed it in black. I used Mown Lawn Distress Ink as a watercolor to add accents to the pickles and just a tiny touch of white gel pen. I used some really fun arrow paper clips in place of the banner tags and decided a bit of hardware would be perfect. Fun and simple but I'm really happy with it.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Project 426: Two takes on a sketch challenge

I saw the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and thought it would be fun to try some different ideas:

The headline is a very CAS version. I inverted the sketch and used a Tim Holtz stencil to create a sunburst at the top. For the two panels, I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and used alternative brush strokes to create the effect of differrent sections. I added some little sentiments from the Tim Holtz Ranger collection and I know just the friend to send it send it to.

This is an alternative version that is a bit less CAS but I do love it more. I used the color inspiration from Color Throwdown as i thought they'd be perfect for my sister's 30th birthday card.

This looks simple but was in fact a labor intensive card. I heat embossed each panel. The green panel has a houndstooth embossing folder and added numbers from a new freebie from Creative Stamping magazine. The panel on the right has dots from a Stampin' Up set and I did an ombre effect using Victorian Velvet and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks. Iadded a little pink balloon with baker string. The bottom panel has a sentiment from another magazine but I can't remember which. I added some Avery Elle stencilled hearts to make it look a bit less plain.

All in all I am really pleased with both of these and can't wait to get them off to their recipients.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Project 425: A masculine thank you

I have a few special thank you cards to send and I needed them to be masculine. 

The combination of the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and CAS on Sunday were perfect challenges for what I needed:

I used watercolor paper and heat embossed a tree in black. I used Mustard Seed Distress Ink to paint the background. The sentiment is an ancient one that I heat embossed as well to make it stand out. I was happy sticking with the primary color brief, it was just the inspiration I needed. 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Project: Sketch Saturday 8 July

Hello and happy Saturday!

This week's Sketch Saturday challenge is a lot of fun

And we are sponsored by the excellent collection of digis Drawn with Character. 

I went with the PB&J image and it went so well with this layout. I coloured the image using ProMarkers and then die cut the square. I decided to keep the colors brown and purple to go with the image, so I embossed a tan piece of card using a triangle folder from Sizzix and and then die cut the background into a square. I separated the sentiment from the image so I could turn it into a tag - I made it quite a bit bigger than the sketch because I wanted it to have more prominence. I was able to use a little brown and pink bow I had in my stash, how perfect is that?

Definitely check out the challenge, be sure to get in your entry before Friday!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Project 424: A big dill card

I had a couple of minutes to craft tonight and I thought I would knock up a quick and funny card using these AWESOME pickle stamps Claire gave me.

As an inaugural card, I kept it really simple. I die cut squares in green and black, and then colored the pickle with ProMarkers and die cut it using the matching dies. I added a tiny hint of white gel pen. Super simple, but I'm in love.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Project: Wedding, Engagement and Anniversary at MAWTT

I loved the theme this week so much that I decided to do a card for each of our category options at Moving Along with the Times this week.

The wedding card headliner was really fun, we have a wedding coming up and I wanted to make something colourful and different for them. The sentiments were from a magazine, I think Quick Cards and I embossed them in white powder and then blended over it using Mustard Seed and Peacock Feather distress ink. I used an Avery Elle stencil in Blueprint Sketch to stand out.

For the next two cards I decided to play with a Moroccan tile background stamp. I used a few different blues to get depth and then spritzed it with water. I covered the full background and then did two versions, all featuring the same sentiment stamp set as the headline. The Anniversary card features these great little felt birds I have had forever, I thought they were weird and kitsch and perfect for an anniversary card. The cake die is a bit fiddly so I only popped out the bigger spaces, not the little dots as they are so fiddly. Very simple but full of character. I like it, can't wait to see what everyone else makes!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Project 423: A hen-do collage

I got asked to print photos to contribute to a friend's bachelorette party/hen do book and it occurred to me that I have so few printed photos this was going to be really hard! I scanned all of my social media accounts and decided there was only one good recent photo of us but, as a friend of 12 years, I couldn't go with just one little image so I decided to supplement the only way I know how: with crafting!

I made my dies do most of the heavy lifting, and added detailing in enamel accents to the dart board and the college crest (that's our Oxford college where we met). She lives in Hong Kong (thus the dragon) and lived in Italy (thus the flag) and loves to travel. The bottle is more symbolic of how we pass our time - lots of casual drinking!

And this is the one image I did decide to print, which I jazzed up with some stickers from Tim Holtz's Ranger range. I was pretty happy with the result, it definitely stands out amid all the other photos!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Project: Sketch Saturday 24th June

Hello and welcome to another fun Saturday challenge at Sketch Saturday!

Here's the sketch:

This week's challenge is sponsored by Just Me Digital Stamps and her images are gorgeous. I'm featuring Fantastic Mr Fox and he's such a cutie.

I decided to make the image sentiment nice and big, and then colored it with ProMarkers. The brown card is embossed using a woodgrain folder. The green vine is a Martha Stewart punch that I punched in dark green card and then carefully cut down the line - it's supposed to be twice as wide and I thought it would work well as a border if I got it a bit smaller.

I had such fun playing with the sketch, I hope you do to. Be sure to enter before Friday!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Project 422: A summery sketch and color challenge

I haven't been doing too many challenges outside of my DT challenges lately as I've been bogged down with work and family commitments. But this weekend I was keen to play with some of my stash so I found some great challenges to make it more fun.

I decided to combine Freshly Made Sketches' layout with the color combo at The Color Throwdown:

The result is the summery card above! The image is from Stampin' Up and I colored it with ProMarkers, added some white gel pen accents and then die cut it into a circle. The paper is from American Crafts and is one of my favourites, I have been saving a small scrap for absolute ages. I added little touches of yellow in the dots and added sand to make it a bit more prominent. Really pleased with it, I think it's a fun little summer card!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Project 421: A dino color sketch challenge

It's my FIL's birthday soon and as he is like a big kid I always like to make him fun cards. I saw the colors and sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and The Paper Players and thought they would go together perfectly for the card I wanted to create:

The stamp set is from Stampin' Up and I've had it for 2 years, so I thought I would link up with Retro Rubber's Anything Goes challenge this week as well.

I flipped the sketch on the side and stamped two panels with the triceratops stamp in lime green and light orange. The dots are enamel accents. The sentiment is a die cut square with white ink - I was going embossed, then didn't, and now kind of wish I had. Oh well! It's playful and fun and that's what I was going for so I'm pretty satisfied with it :)