Monday, 27 March 2017

Paper Players 337

There's a very pretty, layered sketch in the latest challenge from The Paper Players that I was keen to play with.

I'd been playing with the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits and had cut one of the small bumblebees in copper foil to see what it looked like because it was always being overlooked for the flashier dragonfly dies. While playing around with it, I came up with this card.

I like the bumble bees stamped onto Crumb Cake in the background. Their lacy wings are beautiful.

Card: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, copper foil
Stamps: Avant Garden, Dragonfly Dreams, Labeller Alphabet
Inks: Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other: Honeycomb embossing folder, Detailed Dragonfly framelits, Circle framelits, Dimensionals

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Just Add Ink 252

There's also a colour challenge at Just Add Ink this week.

Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo are colours that I don't often use but they look great with Smoky Slate so I was tempted into playing with them. I haven't used the umbrella girl from Beautiful You very much but when I have, I've been drawn to use watercolour and it's happened today too.

I think it does have an encouraging feel, so I'm happy with how this card has turned out.

Card: Smoky Slate base,  Flirty Flamingo, Watercolour paper, DSP from Carried Away, Whisper White
Stamps: Beautiful You
Inks: Flirty Flamingo and Stampin' Write marker, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray Stampin' Write marker, Black Stazon
Other:  Flirty Flamingo ruched ribbon, Tempting Turquoise enamel shapes, Stitched oval framelit, dimensionals, aquapainter

CAS Colours and Sketches 215

It's colour week at CAS Colours and Sketches and the colours chosen are rich and vibrant.

I've used them today as inspiration for a retirement card for a colleague who has worked at the same school for around 40 years. 

Card: Rich Razzleberry, watercolour paper
Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Timeless Textures
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pacific Point
Other: Postit notes, sponges, enamel shapes

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Create with Connie and Mary 450

There's a very sweet colour challenge at Create with Connie and Mary this week.

One of the sets that I bought from the Occasions catalogue has languished pretty much unused for some time now, so I got out Custom Tee for this challenge. It's going to be a great set, very versatile, I think.

I thought initially that this would be a nice card for a mum to give a daughter or friend but I guess it could just as well be to any loved one or even for a mother's day card.

The background is lively and busy, so I left the t-shirts quite plain with two of them alike, representing all the rest of the million!

On the inside...

I'm entering this card into the challenge at Connie and Mary's Facebook page.

Card: Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Stamps: Custom Tee, Playful Backgrounds
Inks: Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Mint Macaron
Other: Tee-Shirt Builder framelits, dimensionals

As You See It Challenge 146 - DT Card

Welcome to the new challenge at As You See It. This week, Amanda has given us a theme challenge: My Favourite Thing About Spring is....

This involved a bit of a shift in thinking for me, as in New Zealand we're moving rapidly into autumn and spring is a distant memory. 

There are many things to like about spring but I like the vitality and energy of it: the way that leaves pop out overnight, bulbs force their way out of the ground, flowers bud, the emerging riot of colour, the wind and showers of rain. 

My camellias are among the first things to flower in my garden. So my card is meant to bring those things to mind. The rather abstract flowers from Avant Garden are reminiscent of my various pink camellias. The Softly Falling embossing brings to mind the spring rains and echoes the dots in the centre panel. The angled mat adds to the sense of movement and energy of spring - along with a pop of spring greenery. 

I hope you can see and enjoy my vision of spring here but we'd all love to see how you see this challenge. You have until 11.55 p.m. on Wednesday April 5 PST to join us.

Card: Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Stamps: Avant Garden
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Other: Softly Falling embossing folder, Blushing Bride twine, dimensionals

Saturday, 18 March 2017

GDP78 and CI5

It's been a hectic time since school went back so I'm enjoying a quiet Saturday morning at last! I've made a card using two sources of inspiration. Firstly, the sketch challenge at Global Design Project.

Secondly, the supremely lovely colour combination at Colour Inkspiration, which I've been hoping to get to ever since the challenge opened almost a fortnight ago.

In this card, I've taken the change below the line in the sketch to be a change in texture, rather than a change in colour or pattern.

The bird is stacked on two other bird shaped to give him some depth and the branch on one. I've left the branch to hang over the frame a bit.

The sky background is sponged on watercolour paper and then it's been flicked with water to lift some of the colour.  The sentiment is clear embossed over Sahara Sand ink.

I had been thinking of a baby girl card as I was making it but now I think it could also suit an engagement or even a wedding or anniversary. One thing I do know for sure is that I don't use Best Birds enough!

Update: Utterly, utterly delighted to be a winner at Global Design Project this week!
Further update: So very delighted to be in the Top 5 at Colour Inkspiration as well!

Card: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, watercolour paper
Stamps: Best Birds
Inks: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, versamark
Other: Falling Petals embossing folder, Birds and Blooms framelits, Blushing Bride twine, Layered circles framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals, pearls, clear embossing powder, aquapainter.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Retro Rubber Challenge 58 - DT card

Our new Retro Rubber challenge is sure to be a favourite - Anything Goes. As usual, you must use stamps that are at least a year old and tell us how old the stamps are. Other than that, the sky's the limit on this one!

Being able to choose anything was harder than it sounded. As I was looking through my stamps, I came across a couple of old favourites. Although neither is retired, both Wetlands (AC 2013-14) and Hardwood (OC 2014) have been around for a while. I always thought they worked well together.

I've also used the mini-netting stamp from Butterfly Basics to add some texture.

I wanted a small scale sentiment so I turned to another old faithful set, Clearly Besotted's Many Mini Messages. It looks like this one is still available too but I bought it online in 2015. Although it is hard to see in the photo, the birds' reflections are highlighted with Wink of Stella.

I'd also like to enter this card into the challenge at Fab Friday, since it was their sketch that I used as inspiration.

So, please, dig out your old stamps and give them an outing at Retro Rubber. You have two weeks to play with us. Entries will close on 24 March.

Update: So pleased to be picked in the Fab Four at Fab Friday.

Card: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamps: SU Hardwood, Wetlands, Butterfly Basics and Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages
Inks: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Other: Sponges, Burlap ribbon, Doily, dimensionals, clear Wink of Stella