Friday, 26 August 2016

Halloween Fairy

Two fairy cards in one week?  Why, yes there is :)  This fairy is slightly different to the fairies from the other day though:

Not quite as dainty, is she?  I made this card for the challenge at Art Impressions "Too Cute to Spook", the Hip to be Square challenge at Simon Says Stamp, the current challenge at ColourQ and I based my card on the sketch at MFT.

I stamped and colored the fairy onto some X-Press It cardstock and colored some "ground" for her.  I cut the panel with a stitched square die and mounted that onto an Old Olive panel that was 4.75" square.  The sentiment is white embossed onto black and comes from the adorable Which Way is the Candy set by MFT.  Also in that set is the wee frog and I thought the look on his face went so well with my fairy that I stamped and fussy-cut him out before placing him at her feet.

I finished the card by coloring her dress in clear Wink of Stella and her wings and pom-poms in Star Dust Stickles.

Thanks for visiting.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Products used:

Stamps:  Birthday Fairy (Art Impressions), Which Way to the Candy (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  Old Olive, X-Press It, Black
Dies:  Stitched Squares (Lil Inkers), Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella, Star Dust Stickles, White EP


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Framed Silhouette

Hi!  Today's card was made using the beautiful Muse card as my inspiration.  I'm also linking it up to Addicted to CAS who have a cue word of "Silhouette".

I was inspired by Marilyn's warm background, black frame and silhouette images.  I started by sponging a mini layering stencil over white cardstock using various distress inks and then stamped my silhouette image.  I was going to mat that onto black, but saw my pierced rectangle frame dies and decided to go in that direction.  I used a black frame then a white frame, placed at an angle.  I then covered up most of the card and spritzed some Brushed Pewter Mica Spray across the bottom.  It is so beautiful and shimmery IRL.

Once I'd adhered that to a white card base, I sponged a scrap of card with Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Carved Pumpkin ink and die-cut the word "hello".  I layered that onto a black die-cut, slightly offsetting it to make it pop a bit more.

Thanks for visiting.

Products used:

Stamps:  Leaf Sprig (Stampendous)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  The Big, the Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter), Pierced Rectangle Frames (MFT)
Accessories:  Mini Layering Stencil #14, Brushed Pewter Mica Spray (Tim Holtz)


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Fairy Kisses

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge!  This week, our hostess is the fabulous Cindy Hall over at Pretty Impact (love that blog name!) and she has a layered sketch for us:

I took a few liberties with the sketch this week but if you close one eye and squint through the other, you should be able to see the sketch in my card :)

And if you're going cross-eyed and still can't see the sketch, I used the inside of the oval die-cut for the oval, the outer frame of the die-cut for the rectangular panel and the fairies are the horizontal panels.  Ah, yes, I can imagine you nodding your heads now :)  

I don't usually buy kits as there is generally something in there (like patterned paper) that I'll probably never use.  But when I saw these fairies in the Hero Arts My Monthly Kit, I knew these were the fairies for me.  Hero Arts and PSX were the first stamps I ever bought - in fact my first ever stamp purchase was a Hero Arts stamp called Italian Poetry Background - and I've still got it!  Anyway, back to the card.  I colored the fairies with Copics, put some Star Dust Stickles on their wings and die cut them.  The oval die-cut was cut from a panel of white cardstock and layered onto the card base using foam tape - lots and lots of teeny, tiny pieces of foam tape.  The sentiment was stamped in the cut-out and I positioned the fairies so that one of them was looking at the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting.  Be sure to check out the fabulous creations made by the Design Team - they're sure to inspire you to join in.

Products used:

Stamps:  My Monthly Kit (Midsummer Dream) Hero Arts
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  My Monthly Kit
Accessories:  Copics, Star Dust Stickles


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)