Saturday, 1 October 2016

AAA74 and JAI331

Masking is a technique I really enjoy playing around with, so I was very interested in the latest challenge at AAA Cards. This is a site that I always look at but it's been a while since I entered there.

I'd been mulling over several options for this when one of my favourite challenge sites, Just Add Ink, offered up this theme challenge:

Suddenly, the way forward was clear and I came up with this double masked card using one of my most used and oldest sets, Papillon Potpourri.

I first cut a circular mask from photocopy paper and stamped the butterflies in Stazon onto watercolour paper. I water-coloured them using Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry. After they were dry, I added in some highlights with white gel pen before masking them out. Finally, I added in the distressed foliage in Mint Macaron before removing the original circular mask from the watercolour panel.

This is a peek at the inside.

I do like the effect created by this double mask - it looks a bit like a floating bubble. My lovely mother-in-law is turning 84 this week and I think it will be perfect for her.

Card: Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, watercolour paper, Whisper White (inside)
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Timeless Textures, Birthday Blooms (sentiment)
Inks: Black Stazon, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
Other: White gel pen, paintbrush, circle framelits and butterfly punches to make masks.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Paper Players 314 Take 2

I don't think I've ever put two entries into one competition before but here I am. I really liked the sketch this week at Paper Players.

I had an idea that I wanted to play with, which was to use an embossed version of Merry Medley as a background paper. Although I liked the card I made and entered it earlier in the week, it's just been bothering me ever since that I could have done it better. So here it is, take 2...

I like this one better but, if it starts to bother me that it could be even better, I promise not to impose a third version on anyone else!

Card: Garden Green, Copper foil paper, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Merry Medley, Holly Jolly Greetings, Holly Berry Happiness
Inks: Versamark, Tuxedo Black
Other: Copper embossing powder, Swirly Scribbles dies, Cherry Cobbler enamel shapes, dimensionals

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Stampin' Royalty 347 - Monochrome

This week's challenge at Stampin' Royalty - to make monochromatic project - brought me back to my recent experiments with making faux metallic paper. I love the richness of the browns/golds for a Christmas card.

Update: Very pleased to be a Top Pick at Stampin' Royalty.

Card: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Stamps: Totally Trees, Holly Berry Happiness
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Versamark
Other: Holly embossing folder, Gold embossing powder, linen twine, metallic star shape.
All products Stampin Up.

Monday, 26 September 2016

House of Cards - Birds

When the reminder about the Birds and/or colour challenge at The House of Cards came through this morning, it really did jog my memory as well as give me a pleasurable way to spend a miserable afternoon.

I've not used my Best Birds set as often as I'd thought, so I had a perfect excuse to dig it out today. I started out using the colour palette as inspiration too although, now I have had a second look at it, I see I've deviated from it a bit.

Originally, I had a circle of vellum gold embossed with the hessian background stamp that is part of this set but in the end, after much umming and ahhing, I took it out. I think the simple sponged background lets the bird shine more and creates a more celebratory air.

Card: Soft Sky, Peek-a-boo Peach, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamps: Best Birds
Inks: Soft Slate, Soft Sky, Basic Grey, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, Linen twine, Sparkle embossing folder, water and paintbrush, Stamp'n'write markers to highlight the painting, sponges

Paper Players 314

I loved the sketch at The Paper Players this morning and set to work on it straight away. Although the card looks good in real life, I've struggled to get a decent photograph of it.

Metallic embossing is notoriously difficult to capture, so I hope that viewers use a little imagination...

What I am particularly happy with is the Christmas tree. I stamped it first in Early Espresso, then added in the leaf block with Pear Pizzazz. Finally, I restamped the branch area only in Versamark and embossed it in copper and added a little embossed star to match. I like the contrast between the copper blinginess and the humble linen twine. 

Card: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Copper foil, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Merry Medley background stamp, Totally Trees, Holly Berry Happiness (sentiment)
Inks: Versamark, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Linen twine, Copper embossing powder, dimensionals, Pinecone embellishment.
All products Stampin' Up.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

CAS Colours and Sketches 192

I've spent the afternoon playing around with fancy things: copper and silver embossing, silver glimmer paper, baker's boxes and window sheets all in aid of some upcoming Christmas classes. 

Yet all the while this lovely sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches seemed to be calling me to play with it and eventually, I succumbed to its charm.

Sometimes it's hard to beat simplicity: a classic colour combination, some stamping and lots of open space.

Thanks for a great sketch to play with this week.

Card: Garden Green, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Holly Berry Happiness, Holly Jolly Greetings
Inks: Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Oval punch, Oval Scallop punch, dimensionals

Friday, 23 September 2016

FMS 255

As I talked about yesterday, I've both been on holiday and have received some new stamps that arrived while I was gone. Today, I spent some time acquainting myself with the second of the Altenew sets I bought, Peony Bouquet. Beautiful - but the flowers are four step stamps, so quite a bit of practice was required! To focus my thinking, I was aiming to produce a card for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

Yesterday's playing also reacquainted me with Delightful Dijon, a colour I usually by-pass but it got another outing today.

I've stamped the multi-layered leaves and grunge splatters directly onto the card but die cut the flowers so I could build up some dimension - and so I could play around with the matching framelits.

Card: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, SU Touches of Texture and Timeless Textures, W&W Big, Bold and Party.
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, So Saffron, Hello Honey and Delightful Dijon
Other: Peony Bouquet framelits, Sparkle embossing folder, dimensionals