Thursday, 17 April 2014

Under the weather

A work friend of mine recently had an accident, and so is home recovering from some broken bones.  I made this for her:
The sentiment is from Newton's Nook (one of their March releases), and the image is from Annabelle Stamps - isn't it just the cutest?  I love it!  I coloured it with Copics and then added some Wink of Stella to the umbrella and the water. 
I'll be submitting this to The Card Concept's latest challenge theme, "Use an Umbrella" in their Clean and Simple category.
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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Combining some challenges

 I used this Hero Arts "Heart Winged Butterfly" last week by stamping and white embossing it onto vellum (you can see that card HERE).  I thought I'd try it in bold black and oranges today. 
I stamped the butterfly twice, using Memento Tuxedo Black for the one in the foreground, and Versafine smokey grey stamped off once for the shadow. I coloured the wings with Copics.  I really like how the shadow shows through the wings of the butterfly in the foreground, making it look like it has translucent wings.  I added Wink of Stella to the wing to add to the effect.
I then used my blending tool to add Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks, before using a Kaiser Craft stencil to add the leaves in Mowed Lawn DI. 
I will be submitting this card to 4 challenges - The Card Concept "Use a butterfly theme"KIS "use a stencil" , Virginia's View, which is ALSO a stencil challenge, and Less is More "one layer and shadow stamping"
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Bon Voyage

My mum wanted a quick Bon Voyage card for her hairdresser, who is going on a trip to Italy soon.  I thought I'd play along with Annabelle Stamps challenge, which is a sketch.
I don't have a stamp that says "bon voyage", so I wrote it by hand on the banner die from Simon Says Stamp.  The stamps are all from "Fanciful Flowers" from Annabelle stamps, stamped with various Hero Arts shadow inks.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Addicted to CAS - Codeword: Far Away

When I hear the words "Far Away", fairytales immediately pop into my head, so I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use for this week's Addicted to CAS challenge - Lawn Fawn's "Critters Ever After".
 I was tempted to draw in a drawbridge instead of just a path leading to the doors, but I thought it would take away from the CASness a bit too much. 
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Please pop on over to Addicted to CAS to check out what the rest of the design team has come up with!

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Fusion #8

It's time for a Fusion challenge!  This week's Fusion inspiration photo just cried out to me for a wedding card to be made, and I decided to make a fusion of the photo and the sketch.
Make sure you drop on over to Fusion to see what the rest of the design team have come up with from this week's inspiration.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A new die cut and a butterfly

I made this card on the weekend - I actually made 3 versions, and have given 2 as birthday cards already!
I stamped the Hero Arts "Heart winged butterfly" in Versamark onto vellum and white embossed before fussy cutting it out.  I added colour to the back of the vellum with 3 Copics.  I then adhered it (with Glossy Accents for the body and clear foam adhesive for the wings) over the "Fairytale flower border" die from Memory box (fresh out of its packet!) and stamped a sentiment from Stampin' Up in Versafine Smokey Grey ink. The card base is made from Knight white hammered cardstock, which gives it some subtle texture.

I'll be submitting this card to The Card Concept's butterfly challenge - this card probably fits their "clean and layering" category.
I'll also be submitting it to Time Out challenges "Home Sweet Home" - love the white on white, the texture, and the butterflies, or course!
Thanks for visiting - have a lovely day :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Two similar cards with different colouring media

Here are two cards I made at the recent craft retreat I attended (these Penny Black flower stamps are on my wish list!)

For this first one, I coloured the image with Copics. The sentiment is from Avery Elle.
 For the second card, I borrowed Lyndal Higgins' Inktense pencils and had a play with some water :)  I can't remember exactly where that sentiment came from - I think it's Darkroom Door? 

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

La-La Land Luka

On the recent craft retreat I attended (seriously, when's the next one!!), the lovely Debbie Pamment gave me some printed digi images to practice my Copic colouring (and after watching Debbie, Sue Kohler , Jenny Dix and Joy Taylor in action, all of whom are La-La Land DT members,  I REALLY need to practice!!). 

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Creating a background for A Blog Named Hero

There's a new challenge up at A Blog Named Hero - you must create a background without using a background stamp or patterned paper! We're also playing with goodies from Freckled Fawn this month - this is what I came up with:

Thanks to Freckled Fawn for their sponsorship this month :)
Make sure you visit us at A Blog Named Hero to check out what the rest of the NEW DT has made.
As always, there's a prized provided by our amazingly generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp!
Thanks for visiting - have a great day :)


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Happy 2nd birthday, ABNH Blog Hop!!

Welcome to this blog hop for A Blog Named Hero's 2nd birthday!
I hope you have come from Kathy Racoosin's blog, The Daily Marker.

Our theme is 2 - 2 of something or the number 2.   I used 2 stamps (my favourite HA sentiment stamp and one of my favourite HA images), 2 types of stamp (1 clear and 1 wood mount), 2 colours (pink and purple), 2 types of cardstock (white and a pink offcut), 2 colouring media (Copics and Distress Inks), and 2 Distresss ink techniques (blending and stamping with water - can you see on the top and bottom borders, there's some colour removed - I stamped the same butterfly flowers stamp with water over the sponged ink).
Now, because the theme is 2, I had to make 2 cards, didn't I!  I used the same 2 colours of Distress Inks and the same 2 stamps, but went more CAS with some masking. (To get the mask to be on the same curve as the sentiment, I mounted the sentiment onto an acrylic block on a curve first and stamped it onto the card front, and also onto a piece of masking paper.  I then cut the masking paper right down the middle of the sentiment (into 2 pieces, haha!), following the curve of the words, and then mounted the bottom bit of mask above the sentiment and the top bit of the mask below the sentiment.)

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