Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Paper Players 318, LIM Acetate

I've had the most fabulous long weekend away with a friend while our respective husbands were off doing their own thing. The only negative to the scenario was the lack of card-making opportunities!

This morning, while checking out my feeds, I discovered two lovely and compatible challenges. The sketch at The Paper Players, one of my favourite challenges, was gorgeous - as usual.

Meanwhile, it was recipe week at Less is More and the recipe was to use acetate or vellum.

I recently purchased some magnificent foil acetate. Like many of my paper purchases, it seemed destined to end up suffering from "I-can't-use-you-you're-too-beautiful syndrome." Fortunately, I managed to overcome that for today's card...

I'm also still very much in the in-love phase with my new Altenew Peony Bouquet set. I'm still playing with it a lot, trying out new colours and uses. This is normally not a colourway I'd use but the apricots and oranges do seem to work well with black and gold.

Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Foil acetate
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, SU Zoo Babies (retired for the sentiment)
Inks: Tuxedo Black, versamark, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Tangelo Twist, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Other: gold embossing powder, Peony Bouquet dies

CAS Colours and Sketches 196 - DT call

This week's colour combo at CAS Colours and Sketches is almost my favourite Christmas combination. I think gold still tops copper as my favourite metallic but it's a near-run thing!

I've made a lot of cards using Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler recently but this morning, I put together this card for the challenge.

I like the way the Swirly Scribbles dies are so versatile that they also make fabulous Christmas wreaths in a variety of sizes. Layered, they look very pretty.

I'm feeling a little nostalgic because this is Challenge 196 and I think that the first time I discovered CAS Colours and Sketches was Challenge 96. It seemed a kind of sign that I should have a try for the Design Team call.

Card: Very Vanilla, Copper Foil, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Oh What Fun!, Holly Berry Happiness
Inks: versamark, Tuxedo Black
Other: Swirly Scribbles dies, Cherry Cobbler enamel dots, Copper embossing powder, Holly builder punch and dimensionals for the bow.
All products Stampin' Up.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Merry Monday Christmas 218

An all year round site entirely devoted to Christmas Cards! That's the Merry Monday challenge, a site I've not played at before. This week's challenge is...

So, I had this idea of some tartan Christmas trees against a sponged background and some hills. Since Christmas for us is a summer event, I just couldn't do snowy hills so we've got a summery scene instead.

The front layer of hills is popped up on dimensionals. The hills were created with Simon Says Stamp Stitched Hills and Slopes dies, which are pretty much NBUS even though I've had them a while. I think I'll use them more, now.

The trees are varying numbers of layers thick in order to create more sense of depth.

Card: Garden Green, Whisper White, DSP from Warmth and Cheer stack and Trim this Christmas stack (retired)
Stamps: Oh What Fun!
Inks: Garden Green, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake
Other: Tree punch (retired), Simon Says Stamp Stitched Hills and Slopes dies, Metallics enamel shapes, dimensionals, sponges

Pals Paper Arts 322

I really should be spending my time doing other things but I so wanted to get a card done for the sketch at Pals Paper Arts because it's been nagging at me ever since I saw it to come play with it.

In fact, it took me a while because there were SO many possibilities and because I didn't find it an easy sketch to get balance with. Anyway, here's how it turned out.

Card: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper
Stamps: Holly Jolly Greetings
Inks: Night of Navy
Other: Delicate Ornaments thinlits, Floral Boutique washi tape, Silver trim cord (retired), dimensionals, Night of Navy marker

Monday, 17 October 2016

Freshly Made Flowers

Today's card is inspired by two challenges: the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the 'anything goes floral' theme at a brand new challenge, The Flower Challenge.

Update: Utterly delighted to be chosen as The Queen of Clean at Freshly Made Sketches.

Card: Basic Black, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Blushing Bride DSP
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, W&W Big, Bold and Party
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red
Other: Peony Bouquet die, Basic Gray marker to colour cut edges, sequins (unknown provenance), dimensionals

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Case This Sketch 194

A thunderstorm struck with a vengeance this afternoon, so what's a girl to do but retreat to the craftroom where the latest sketch from Cas(e) This Sketch was waiting.

I've 'landscaped' the sketch and done something I seldom do - grabbed out the patterned paper. I'm often seduced by lovely paper and then leave it sitting in my drawer so today's wee challenge to myself was to use some!

I'm feeling pretty pleased with the bright and cheerful result.

Card: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, DSP from Pop of Pink suite.
Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Labeler Alphabet
Inks: Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Other: Little Letters thinlits (retired), dimensionals.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Global Design Project 57

The wonderful colour challenge at Global Design Project has stuck with me ever since I saw it earlier in the week.

Over the last few days, I've mentally designed several cards and mentally experimented with three new techniques but when I sat down to actually turn one of these ideas into reality, the colours seemed to have a mind of their own. In the end, I didn't do anything really fancy. I just let those delicious colours speak for themselves in the company of a stamp set I've really under-utilized: Number of Years.

The stamps lend themselves to an impressionistic approach so I've used double strength Blushing Bride in places to give more illusion of depth as single strength pink recedes quickly into the background.

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Stamps: Number of Years
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride
Other: Mint Macaron Washi Tape (from Affectionately Yours), Blushing Bride baker's twine, pearls, dimensionals.