Monday, 24 April 2017

Paper Players 341

One of the reasons I like school holidays is that I have a better chance of joining in at The Paper Players. This week, there is a sketch challenge that I was pleased to be able to get to.

I'm still in the honeymoon phase with the Eastern Palace suite, fresh from the forthcoming catalogue as a pre-release to demonstrators - and to the public, starting in May.  So, since we're still honeymooning, it was on my mind when I saw the sketch, which is how I ended up here....

I do like the way the various medallion dies layer so seamlessly with both the existing circle dies and the stitched framelit dies, making it so easy to layer designs. Also on show here is one of the new in-colours for 2017-19, Tranquil Tide which works very well with Dapper Denim.

Card: Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, paper from the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP collection, Gold foil
Stamps: Eastern Beauty, Floral Phrases
Inks: Dapper Denim. versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, Eastern Medallions thinlits, Eastern Gold stickers, mini tassels assortment, dimensionals, Layering circles framelits, Dapper Denim stampin' write marker to colour cut edges of sentiment.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

CAS 219 JAI 356

I started today with two challenges in mind and somewhere along the way, they morphed into one and then separated again. So in this one post are two cards with a shared genesis but for two challenges. Variations on a theme, I guess.

The two challenges that I started from were the colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches

and the rather intriguing challenge at Just Add Ink...

I'd always liked the look of bokeh backgrounds but had never experimented with making one before. So last night, instead of watching the rugby, I played around with bokeh using Mint Macaron and Old Olive and that happened because I was thinking about the circles from the JAI challenge.

While making up the dragonflies for the Colours and Sketches card, I realised how good the background looked with gold - so that lead to a second card using metallics for the JAI challenge. 

Here they are. For the CAS Colours and Sketches colour challenge....

The dragonflies are stacked to give some height. I've stamped over them using the wing pattern from the large dragonfly stamp then given them a coat of clear Wink of Stella.

For the JAI Choose Two challenge, using circles and metallics...

I played around with giving the dragonfly layers but in the end, decided that plain gold worked best with the colours of the background, making it light and airy and playful.

And here they are together, fraternal twins...

And just like children, hard to pick a favourite!

Ingredients for CAS Colours and Sketches card
Card: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Big on Birthdays
Inks: Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, White pigment ink
Other: Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Metallic Enamel Shapes, clear Wink of Stella

Ingredients for JAI Choose Two card
As above, except for no Wink of Stella
Gold foil paper, Gold metallic thread, versamark, gold embossing powder, dimensionals

As You See It 148 - DT card

After last week's lovely sketch, this week at As You See It, we have a beautiful spring colour challenge for you.

With those colours, it was hard to go past florals. Touches of Texture is a fabulous set and I enjoyed getting out for this challenge. I black embossed the flower cluster and coloured it with markers.

We'd love to have you join us in this challenge. You have two weeks until Wednesday 3 May, 11.55 p.m. PST to show us how you see this challenge.

Card: Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Garden Green, Whisper White
Stamps: Touches of Texture, One Big Meaning
Inks: Versamark, Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Stampin' Write markers in Garden Green and Pink Pirouette
Other: Black embossing powder, Layering Oval framelits, dimensionals, Washi Tape from Warmth and Cheer (retired), button in Garden Green (retired) and Garden Green twine (retired), dimensionals.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 284

I got out Birthday Blooms last week because going through the retiring list reminded me that I'd not used it in a while. Thankfully, it's not retiring but it was still on my desk after I'd made a card for another challenge and I decided that I wasn't done with it yet.

I've taken inspiration from this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

Last time, I coloured that glorious bloom with watercolour on watercolour paper. Today, I've used colour pencils and blender pen on shimmery white. I've gone for a very opulent look which seemed right for an anniversary.

I made two gold embossed outline images of the blooms, coloured them with watercolour pencils then fussy cut them. The flower centres have had a coat of clear Wink of Stella. One bloom I cut down smaller. The sentiment is also gold embossed. The layout gave me plenty of places to tape the foiled acetate without any tape showing.

Card: Basic Black, Shimmery white cardstock, foiled acetate 
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Falling for You
Colour: versamark and gold embossing powder, watercolour pencils, blender pen
Other: dimensionals

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Colour Inkspiration 7

Easter is also the start of first term school holidays. This translates into more crafting time for me, so I was happy to get a chance today to work on the latest palette from Colour Inkspiration.

When the retiring list came out, I went through my catalogue marking the outgoing items. This was not only good to do in terms of saying goodbye to things but it was a great way to be reminded of things that were still in. One of those was the ever so lovely Birthday Blooms set that I hadn't used in a while.

In all of the two years that Tip Top Taupe has been an in-colour, I've never quite made up my mind about it. I loved how it looked with Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder and I sometimes thought it looked stylishly elegant and sometimes I thought it looked dull and uninteresting. Colour procrastination... 

I watercoloured the flowers after stamping them in Tip Top Taupe then fussy cut them and gave the centre a lick of Wink of Stella.

After creating the background, I layered over it with vellum. I embossed the sentiment using clear embossing powder because I like the glossy yet subtle effect of it.

So today I'm coming down on the side of liking Tip Top Taupe ... a lot.

Card: Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Vellum, watercolour paper
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Inks: Versamark, Tip Top Taupe, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight.
Other: Clear embossing powder, clear Wink of Stella, aquapainter.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

CAS Colours and Sketches 218

Looking through the catalogue to see what was retiring reminded me of this set, Seaside Shore, which was my first purchase from last year's catalogue. I've used the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches for inspiration.

I find I never have enough Thank You cards, so this seemed a good chance to stock up.

I like the clean, crisp look of this card stemming from the strong colours, white space and straight lines. Good to have a card in the stash that could be given to a man, as well.

Card: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Stamps: Seaside Shore, Thoughtful Banners
Inks: Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Emerald Envy, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky
Other: Aquapainter, sponges, dimensionals

SIP 94

It was with sadness this week that I made this sympathy card. 

I used the challenge at Stamp, Ink, Paper for inspiration: the bottom line of die cut, light blue and bird. Best Birds is a set I’ve not used nearly enough, although in the past I’ve used it for happier events.

The die cut bird and branch are layered to give them some height. The die cut flowers are not. The vellum circle is die cut using Layering Circles framelits. The bird's breast is a pale wash of Soft Sky.

Update: Delighted to be a Winning Pick at Stamp, Ink, Paper.

Card: Soft Sky, Vellum, watercolour paper, Sahara Sand to layer the die cuts.
Stamps: Best Birds, Better Together
Inks: Versamark, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride

Other: Copper embossing powder, Layering Circle Framelits, Birds and Blooms thinlits, pearls, aqua painter, Softly Falling embossing folder.