Friday, 2 December 2016

Paper Player 323 Inkspire Me 278

I've had my eye on the appealing sketch at The Paper Players all week. During the day, I had an idea for the sketch, so with work over and the weekend just beginning, I got into my craft room to see if I could make it happen.

To make the sky, I put some peel-off stars on before I sponged the sky. Then I stamped the stars from Holly Jolly Greetings in silver before removing the stickers. I was tempted to leave the little silver stars on but they detracted too much from the star on the tree. The Lucky Stars embossing folder, used on the card front, continues the starry night theme.

The 'Merry Christmas' is cut down from Simon Says Stamp Holiday Frames die. I backed the Christmas so that I could put back in the bits of the R and A to make them whole rather than outlines only.

I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out.

I'm also entering this card into the Alpine Christmas Challenge at Inkspire Me because I saw it this morning before work and it got me thinking about snowy scenes.

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper
Stamps: Totally Trees
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Island Indigo
Other: Simon Says Stamp Holiday Frames die, Peel-off stars, sponges, Lucky Stars embossing folder, Silver metallic star shape.

Monday, 28 November 2016

CC&S201 and JAI338

After a bit of a drought on the ideas front, it was great to finally find some inspiration tonight after work, especially when it was brought about by two of my favourite challenges.

Just Add Ink has an inspiration photo this week.

I love the colours, especially the rich blues and purples with the touches of metal from the brushes.
I paired it with the sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches.

Here's where it ended up...

After sponging and blending the masked vertical column, I sprinkled it with water to get some spots of lifted colour. This not only gave some interest but it helped to suggest rain or tears, which goes with the sympathy sentiment.

After stamping the images in ink, I added in some copper embossed leaves at the bottom and some copper splatters at the top, adding to the rain effect.

And on the inside...

Update: Delighted to get an Honourable Mention at Just Add Ink this week.

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Watercolour paper, Whisper White (inside)
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Butterfly Basics, Better Together
Inks: Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark, Tuxedo Black
Other: Copper embossing powder, Sponges, water, masking tape.
All products Stampin' Up.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Freshly Made Sketches 264

Sometimes, when you buy a stamp set, you just get obsessed with it. That's what's happened with one of my recent purchases, Altenew's Peony Bouquet. I've used it several times of late and here it is again in this card inspired by the this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

The aspect I like the most about this sketch is the way the round element breaks out of the panel it's in and nudges into the card base. That's what I wanted my flower (round element) to do.

I like the way my SU stuff fits so well with any stamp set.

Card: Hello Honey, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, SU Timeless Textures and Sunshine Sayings
Inks: SU Old Olive, So Saffron, Delightful Dijon, Wild Wasabi, Memento Tuxedo Black.
Other: SU Softly Falling embossing folder, Hello Honey satin stitched ribbon, Altenew Peony Bouquet dies, dimensionals.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Paper Players 322 CCMC 434

Today's card is inspired by the Clean and Simple challenge at The Paper Players and the colour challenge at Create with Connie and Mary.

This card turned out to be an exercise in enforced restraint. I was aiming for simple and almost home-spun so fought a constant battle with myself to NOT do things. So, I've considered and discarded several techniques, embellishments and bits: gold emboss the sentiment, sponge a Dijon background for the trees, layering the panel, colouring the hills, adding a curlicue to the sentiment.... Each and every one I talked myself out of doing  - and I'm pleased I did. I like the cleanness of the result which lets the homespun warmth of the paper carry the weight and warmth of the greeting.

I could have hand cut the trees but to make sure they all had the same angle I punched a normal sized tree, then punched the cut tree to make a smaller version. Then I trimmed the trunks to match the hill lines.

Update: Delighted to be a winner to Create with Connie and Mary this week.

Card: Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, DSP from Warmth and Cheer stack
Stamps: Oh What Fun!, Thoughtful Branches
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Other: Tree punch, Gold metallic shapes.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

CAS Colours and Sketches 200

CAS Colours and Sketches is one of my favourite challenges and I've played it a lot since discovering it way back at Challenge 96. Congratulations team, on running such a great challenge for such a long time.

The 200th challenge hit colour week and the challenge is this:

Lucky I like blue!

Dapper Denim has become a favourite blue. The butterfly's top lacy layer is Dapper Denim on white and the underlayer is plain Dapper Denim.  The Soft Sky banner is embossed using the Softly Falling folder. I did include four blues: Dapper Denim, Soft Sky, Marina Mist and a touch of Night of Navy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAS Colours and Sketches!

Update: Delighted to be a Weekly Winner at CAS Colours and Sketches.
(but not, I think, for my photography this week!)
Card: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Playful Backgrounds
Inks: Dapper Denim, Marina Mist
Other: Softly Falling embossing folder, Night of Navy solid baker's twine, brad base and Soft Sky candy dot, Dapper Denim stamp'n'write marker (to outline the cut edge of the butterfly), Butterfly framelits.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch 197and CCMC432

I've been doing a spot of tidying up in my craft room, sorting retired and non-retired stamps. So today's card uses a couple of retired stamps. The colour combination at Create with Connie and Mary has been calling to me for a couple of days, it's so lovely.

In my tidy up, I was reminded of the first background stamp I ever bought which was Beautifully Baroque. Handling this stamp gave me an idea for the current challenge at Cas(e) This Sketch.

I masked off part of the stamp and used a stamp-a-majig so I could have better control over which part of the stamp was used. After embossing it in copper, I coloured the central medallion with a Stamp'n'write marker. I like that it makes this part seem to be 3D, even though it isn't.

I'm also happy with the stamping of the same stamp on the card base in Night of Navy. It's subtle but just adds a little bit extra detail and unity. I like the way this card turned out, so thanks to both challenges for getting me started on it.

Card: Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Copper foil
Stamps: Beautifully Baroque, Happy Birthday Everyone
Inks: Night of Navy, Versamark
Other: Copper embossing powder, Night of Navy Stamp'n'write marker

Fab Friday 100 FMS 261

There is something special about 100. Possibly it's because I come from a household where cricket is an important sport - or maybe not - but it was hard to pass up a challenge with 100 in it. Added to that, the fact that the colour challenge at Fab Friday is absolutely gorgeous made this challenge irresistible!

I've teamed this up with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, because I liked that too.

This colour combination was recently used at another challenge. Nice for me that it's appeared again, as I had two ideas the first time round. It's been very satisfying to have a reason to develop the second.

The dragonfly has a vellum underwing that I've coloured Delightful Dijon and then applied Wink of Stella to the front side, although that is quite hard to see in the photo. I added the gold metallic shapes, instead of the rhinestones that I'd originally planned, because they picked up the Delightful Dijon better.

Card: Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, vellum
Stamps: SU Summer Silhouettes, W&W Big, Bold and Party
Inks: Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Spellbinders Dragonfly die, Gold metallic shapes, Clear Wink of Stella, Delightful Dijon Stamp'n'write marker, sponges