Friday, 19 August 2016

Blended Music

Hi!  It's Friday evening and I've had a few minutes to sit down tonight and craft.  I made a card for the current Addicted to CAS challenge with a cue word of Music and I'm also linking up to Seize the Birthday.

I knew I wanted to do an emboss resist background using a sheet music background stamp but I didn't want to use my go-to distress blends of yellow/orange or blue/green.  So I had a look at my Pinterest board and found a beautiful blend by Tammy Tutterow and decided to try that.  I would never have thought to combine pink, blue and green but it looks really fresh and light.

I stuck with a tried and true layout and kept the embellishments really simple - a white-embossed sentiment tag and a few clear sequins.  I framed the background with a thin black mat to keep the light colors from disappearing into the white card base.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sheet Music Background, The Whole Herd (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Bundled Sage Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, black, watercolor
Dies:  Blueprints 20
Accessories:  White EP, sequins


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Just for Ewe

And here we have my final card for Camp Create - this time for the bonus challenge - Single Layer Savvy.

I created a scene involving a sheep frolicking across a hilly paddock, using the Ewe are the Best set, distress inks and Copic markers.

I started by creating masks for the hills, fence, sheep and the two trees.  I then numbered each mask so I knew in which order to stamp each image.  After doing my stamping, I colored the images with Copic markers before replacing some of the masks so I could sponge the sky and grass.  The grass is a lot darker than I would like because I got one of those annoying circular ink patches on my card and had to add more and more ink to try and cover it up :)

This was a fun challenge for me because I started stamping before die-cutting was around and masking was the only way to create scenes.  It reminded me how much I enjoy masking and how lazy I am because I always use the co-ordinating dies!

Thanks for visiting.  Sorry to bombard you this week with posts.  We'll go back to my normal schedule now :)


Products used:

Stamps:  Ewe are the Best (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Mowed Lawn, Broken China Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Stitched Cloud Edges, Blueprints 29 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics


Pink Roses

Hi!  I'm back with the last two cards for Camp Create at MFT Stamps.  This post has my card for the shadow stamping challenge and here is my card.

I went with a hot pink card base and the Scribble Roses stamp set.  I stamped the roses and leaves in white ink then went over the top with pink ink.  Originally I tried using the detail stamp in a darker pink ink on the roses but it wouldn't show up enough, so I went with the die-cut overlays.

I finished the card with a sentiment and die from  the Because You set, adding some Wink of Stella to the die-cut.

Thanks for visiting.


Products used:

Stamps:  Scribble Roses, Because You (MFT)
Ink:  Unicorn White (Hero Arts), Hollyhock (SSS), Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Doll Pink (SSS)
Dies:  Because You, Scribble Roses Overlay (MFT)
Accessories:  Wink of Stella

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Awesome Alphabet

Hi and welcome to another challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week our fabulous guest designer, Cecile Ribon, is our hostess and she has given us a bold, modern sketch.  Check it out:

Because the sketch was so bold, I decided to go bold with my card.  I broke out my alcohol inks which I haven't used in years and went to town.

First, I took a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock and various ink colors and just had some fun creating a pattern.  Once I was happy with the result, I stamped over it with a bold alphabet background stamp, using Jet Black Archival ink and matted onto some black cardstock.  Then I was stumped for what to use for the circular element as the sentiment was already sketched in at the top.  Hmmm!  How about splitting the sentiment? After stamping the first part of the sentiment, I die-cut the alcohol ink panel with the outline Awesome die leaving a gaping hole in my alcohol ink piece!  I filled the hole with a black die-cut Awesome word.  It looks and feels pretty cool in real life.

Thanks for visiting!  The rest of the design team have some wonderful examples to show you so be sure to head over to their blogs and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled), Alphabet Background (SSS)
Ink:  Jet Black Archival, Alcohol Inks (Denim, Butterscotch, Sailboat, Terra Cotta, Pesto Stream, Copper)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Alcohol Ink Cardstock (Ranger)
Dies:  Awesome (Neat & Tangled)


I Chews You

Hi and welcome to another fabulous challenge from SugarPea Designs.  This week we have a vintage themed inspiration photo as well as a gorgeous CAS sketch.

If you follow my blog, it won't surprise you that I followed the sketch!  While I love vintage, I'm not very good at vintage-style cardmaking, so I stuck with what I know and came up with this fun card:

It's Pete's and my 25th anniversary of our engagement this month - yep, we've been engaged for 25 years and never bothered getting married - you can't rush these things :)  Anyway, we're going away for a weekend soon and I plan on giving him this card.  I gave the couple non-zombie skin tones as I didn't want to frighten Pete away haha!

The card is pretty self-explanatory.  I colored the image with Copics and mounted onto a Soft Stone card base adding a thin strip of black top and bottom to frame the image.  The heart comes from the Talk is Chic set and was stamped in Lipstick ink and fussy-cut.  I then colored it with clear Wink of Stella.

Thanks for visiting!
Here are the guidelines to join in our challenge:

  • Create a new card or project using the sketch provided.
  • SugarPea Designs stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable.
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDMIU12 so that we may check out your beautiful work.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs store. However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $50!
  • We will announce our Main Winner at the end of each month.
  • The more times you play along during the month, the better chance you have of winning!
Be sure to visit the rest of the design team - they have some wonderful inspiration for you:

Products used:

Stamps:  Undying LoveTalk is Chic (SugarPea Designs)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Lipstick (SSS)
Cardstock:  Soft Stone (PTI), X-Press It, Black
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Embossed Skyline

And here is my fourth card for Camp Create for the Dry Embossing challenge:

It's hard to tell from the photo but I dry-embossed the Paris Skyline die onto a white card base and then masked it off so I could blend some night-sky colors into the background.  I used Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord and Black Soot inks.  Once I was finished blending, I splattered some water onto the card and finally some white acrylic paint.

I then removed the mask and stamped the sentiment from Adventure is Calling.

I got a great big splat of water on the left hand side so that resulted in me chopping the card from a standard A2 to a 4.25" x 4.25" square card!

Thanks for visiting.  Tomorrow I have a couple of scheduled DT posts, but I'll be back the next day with my final two cards.


Products used:

Stamps:  Adventure is Calling (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Black Soot Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Paris Skyline (MFT)
Accessories:  White acrylic paint


Heart Beat

Welcome to another post with a Camp Create theme!  Today it's Remarkable Resist and I have created this card for the challenge:

I clear-embossed the images from Keep on Rockin' onto a white card base and then sponged over them with various distress inks, starting with Twisted Citron in the bottom right corner, then Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and finally some Squeezed Lemonade which I sponged over the blue to create another shade of green.

I finished off the card with some lime enamel dots.

And that's it!  Pretty simple!

Thanks for visiting.


Products used:

Stamps:  Keep on Rockin' (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Squeezed Lemonade
Cardstock:  White
Accessories:  Enamel Dots, Clear EP