Sunday, 19 February 2017

Global Design Project 74

I thought I'd use the sketch at Global Design Project to add to my masculine card stash.

By far the trickiest part of the card was to gold emboss only the 'VERY' in the greeting but I got there in the end! I like the neutral colour scheme with gold accents; it feels clean and classic.

Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Carried Away DSP, Gold glimmer paper.
Ink: Tuxedo Black, versamark
Stamps: Big on Birthdays
Other: Gold embossing powder, Lots of Labels framelits,  dimensionals, Stars cut from elements in Circle Card framelits and Mini Treat Bag framelits, narrow gold ribbon.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Retro Rubber 56 - DT

This week at  Retro Rubber Challenge, we're all about birthdays. Dust off your stamps that are older than a year and show us a birthday themed card.

For this challenge, I've used the set that was my one of my bonus free sets when I signed up with Stampin' Up in 2015. No Bones About It came out in the 2015-16 annual catalogue. As as kid, I was fascinated by dinosaurs and I managed to create the same love in one of my children, who was even more obsessive than I was.  Even so, I haven't used this set as much as it deserved and am pleased to have a reason to get it off the shelf.

It's essentially a one-layer card but the layering of the stamps makes it seem quite playful and lively and all of them are from the one set. 

You have two weeks to join us on this birthday challenge and we'd love to see what you do.

You must use at least one stamp that at least a year old, but there's no restrictions on anything else Don't forget to give us an approximate age for your stamp.

Card: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Stamps: No Bones About It.
Inks: Dapper Denim, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy
Other: Morrocan designer washi tape

The Paper Players 331

There is a very pretty, but quite difficult, colour challenge at The Paper Players this week.

Such a soft and dreamy colour palette lead to this creation, featuring the new Special Reason bundle and the Sale-a-bration set, Delicate Details.

I'm very happy with the result, but it's hard to go wrong with such lovely sets to work with.

Card: Smoky Slate, Copper Foil, Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Stamps: Special Reason, Delicate Details, Touches of Texture, Timeless Textures
Inks: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Versamark, Tuxedo Black
Other: Stylish Stems thinlits, Blushing Bride baker's twine and enamel shapes, Copper embossing powder, dimensionals

Sunday, 12 February 2017

FMS 274

I needed a 21st birthday card and nothing in my stash seemed quite right for the young lady I wanted it for. Inspirational rescue came in the form of the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

The balloons were a bit of an experiment with watercolour pencils. I wanted to get the effect of light hitting the balloon, so I stamped them on shimmery white cardstock, coloured them with pencil and used a blender pen on them.

It's got a celebratory feel to it, so hope she will like it!

Update: She did like it and especially liked the envelope which had matching balloons!

Card: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Shimmery white, silver glimmer paper, Basic Black.
Stamps: Balloon Celebrations, Banner Blast (retired)
Inks: Bermuda Bay, versamark, Bermuda Bay watercolour pencil
Other: Large Number framelits, Sparkle embossing folder, Balloon punch, Banner punch, Silver embossing powder, 0.5mm black marker pen, Mini treat bag framelits (for the star).

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Global Design Project 73

It's a bright and breezy colour combination this week at Global Design Project.

I thought they were such cheerful colours, that they'd make a good basis for a card of encouragement when someone, for whatever reason, was feeling down. Kinda Eclectic is a favourite set of mine and I've not used it in a while, so it had an outing today.

Card: Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, scraps of Watermelon Wonder
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Beautiful You
Inks: Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Smoky Slate
Other: Stampin'Write markers: Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Green, Basic Grey; Layering circle framelit, Emerald Envy twine, Daffodil Delight enamel shapes, brad base (from my post-retirement hoard), Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, dimensionals.

As You See It DT - Challenge 143

Welcome to another challenge at As You See It. This week, we have a colour challenge for you.

Such pretty colours that I'm afraid I got carried away with them. Usually, I like my colours to be subtle but having seen some glorious sunsets of late, I decided to go all out. Firstly, I sponged the clouds in Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum and a touch of Dapper Denim. Clearly, that sky was just waiting for a hot air balloon!

Then I tried out creating an acetate card front, which turned out to be easier than I thought. I think the secret is give the acetate fold a really good score and burnish. I tucked in a few more clouds behind the sentiment on the front because I wanted the illusion of more depth.

The Elegant Dots embossing folder looks a bit like wind gusts behind the sentiment too, just to help the theme along some more. The colour is all a bit in your face but sometimes, a good sunset is just like that. This is how it was in Havelock North a couple of nights before I made this card, which was inspired by this sunset.

We'd love to see what you do with these colours and you have two weeks to join in with us.

Card: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Acetate window sheet, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Inks: Dapper Denim. Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo
Other: Up and Away thinlits, Elegant Dots embossing folder, dimensionals, rhinestones, scallop punch to make the cloud mask, sponges

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Fab Friday 105

There's a fabulous sketch at Fab Friday this week.

I was tidying up my box of glimmer papers when I came across this Blushing Bride heart, left over from a class last February. It ended up being the basis for this card.

Card: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride glimmer paper, Falling in Love DSP.
Stamps: Floral Phrases, Bloomin' Love, Delicate Details
Inks: Sahara Sand
Other: Bloomin' Hearts thinlits, dimensionals, rhinestones.