Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Merry Monday Christmas 218

An all year round site entirely devoted to Christmas Cards! That's the Merry Monday challenge, a site I've not played at before. This week's challenge is...

So, I had this idea of some tartan Christmas trees against a sponged background and some hills. Since Christmas for us is a summer event, I just couldn't do snowy hills so we've got a summery scene instead.

The front layer of hills is popped up on dimensionals. The hills were created with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Hills and Slopes dies, which are pretty much NBUS even though I've had them a while. I think I'll use them more, now.

The trees are varying numbers of layers thick in order to create more sense of depth.

Card: Garden Green, Whisper White, DSP from Warmth and Cheer stack and Trim this Christmas stack (retired)
Stamps: Oh What Fun!
Inks: Garden Green, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake
Other: Tree punch (retired), Simon Says Stamp Stitched Hills and Slopes dies, Metallics enamel shapes, dimensionals, sponges

Pals Paper Arts 322

I really should be spending my time doing other things but I so wanted to get a card done for the sketch at Pals Paper Arts because it's been nagging at me ever since I saw it to come play with it.

In fact, it took me a while because there were SO many possibilities and because I didn't find it an easy sketch to get balance with. Anyway, here's how it turned out.

Card: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings
Inks: Night of Navy
Other: Delicate Ornaments thinlits, Floral Boutique washi tape, Silver trim cord (retired), dimensionals, Night of Navy marker

Monday, 17 October 2016

Freshly Made Flowers

Today's card is inspired by two challenges: the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the 'anything goes floral' theme at a brand new challenge, The Flower Challenge.

Update: Utterly delighted to be chosen as The Queen of Clean at Freshly Made Sketches.

Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Blushing Bride DSP
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, W&W Big, Bold and Party
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red
Other: Peony Bouquet die, Basic Gray marker to colour cut edges, sequins (unknown provenance), dimensionals

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Case This Sketch 194

A thunderstorm struck with a vengeance this afternoon, so what's a girl to do but retreat to the craftroom where the latest sketch from Cas(e) This Sketch was waiting.

I've 'landscaped' the sketch and done something I seldom do - grabbed out the patterned paper. I'm often seduced by lovely paper and then leave it sitting in my drawer so today's wee challenge to myself was to use some!

I'm feeling pretty pleased with the bright and cheerful result.

Card: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, DSP from Pop of Pink suite.
Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Labeler Alphabet
Inks: Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Other: Little Letters thinlits (retired), dimensionals.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Global Design Project 57

The wonderful colour challenge at Global Design Project has stuck with me ever since I saw it earlier in the week.

Over the last few days, I've mentally designed several cards and mentally experimented with three new techniques but when I sat down to actually turn one of these ideas into reality, the colours seemed to have a mind of their own. In the end, I didn't do anything really fancy. I just let those delicious colours speak for themselves in the company of a stamp set I've really under-utilized: Number of Years.

The stamps lend themselves to an impressionistic approach so I've used double strength Blushing Bride in places to give more illusion of depth as single strength pink recedes quickly into the background.

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Stamps: Number of Years
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride
Other: Mint Macaron Washi Tape (from Affectionately Yours), Blushing Bride baker's twine, pearls, dimensionals.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

AAA Challenge 75

I kept thinking about the challenge graphic at AAA Cards challenge. It was pretty and it was out of my comfort zone somehow. I've never done rainbow colours before.

It turned out to be more difficult that I thought, with a number of false starts finding their way to the bin. I used the dotty background stamp from Timeless Textures and after spending quite a lot of time getting it perfectly lined up, decided that it looked too clinical and then put a couple of random stamps over the top of it. I wanted it to look light and airy, to pick up the polka dots from the inspiration photo but at the same time act like foliage in a tree with dappled light.

I resisted the temptation to add any Wink of Stella, Perfect Pearls or other highlights to the butterflies although I did attach them with glue dots in the centre so that their wings lift ever so slightly off the page.

Card: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White; scraps of Rose Red, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Sunshine Sayings, Timeless Textures
Inks: Wild Wasabi, Tuxedo Black
Other:  Bitty Butterfly punch, pearls, dimensionals

Sunday, 9 October 2016

CAS Colours and Sketches 194 CAS(E) 193

I didn't mean to play two challenges at once! There I was putting together my bits and bobs to make something for the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch, as it was one of my favourite sketches ever, when I realised that I was putting out the colours from CAS Colours and Sketches.

So I just went with it. Blogland is currently full of autumn challenges - which I enjoy, as the colours are so rich - but here in New Zealand, it's spring. The colours suggested springtime and flowers and I do have a soft spot for masking and sponging, so here it is. Rather like the spring growth, I seem to have been a little exuberant myself.

Wink of Stella continues to be difficult to photograph!

For such a card that seems so exuberant, it's only one-step removed from being a one-layer card and easily could have been one.

Card: Whisper White
Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Endless Birthday Wishes, Touches of Texture (dragonfly)
Inks: Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point (the closest I have to Tempting Turqoise)
Other: Sponges,  Clear Wink of Stella, Metallic enamel shapes, Stamp'n'write marker to partially colour the dragonfly.