Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Stampin' Royalty 347 - Monchrome

This week's challenge at Stampin' Royalty - to make monochromatic project - brought me back to my recent experiments with making faux metallic paper. I love the richness of the browns/golds for a Christmas card.

Card: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Stamps: Totally Trees, Holly Berry Happiness
Inks: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Versamark
Other: Holly embossing folder, Gold embossing powder, linen twine, metallic star shape.
All products Stampin Up.

Monday, 26 September 2016

House of Cards - Birds

When the reminder about the Birds and/or colour challenge at The House of Cards came through this morning, it really did jog my memory as well as give me a pleasurable way to spend a miserable afternoon.

I've not used my Best Birds set as often as I'd thought, so I had a perfect excuse to dig it out today. I started out using the colour palette as inspiration too although, now I have had a second look at it, I see I've deviated from it a bit.

Originally, I had a circle of vellum gold embossed with the hessian background stamp that is part of this set but in the end, after much umming and ahhing, I took it out. I think the simple sponged background lets the bird shine more and creates a more celebratory air.

Card: Soft Sky, Peek-a-boo Peach, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Stamps: Best Birds
Inks: Soft Slate, Soft Sky, Basic Grey, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, Linen twine, Sparkle embossing folder, water and paintbrush, Stamp'n'write markers to highlight the painting, sponges

Paper Players 314

I loved the sketch at The Paper Players this morning and set to work on it straight away. Although the card looks good in real life, I've struggled to get a decent photograph of it.

Metallic embossing is notoriously difficult to capture, so I hope that viewers use a little imagination...

What I am particularly happy with is the Christmas tree. I stamped it first in Early Espresso, then added in the leaf block with Pear Pizzazz. Finally, I restamped the branch area only in Versamark and embossed it in copper and added a little embossed star to match. I like the contrast between the copper blinginess and the humble linen twine. 

Card: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Copper foil, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Merry Medley background stamp, Totally Trees, Holly Berry Happiness (sentiment)
Inks: Versamark, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Linen twine, Copper embossing powder, dimensionals, Pinecone embellishment.
All products Stampin' Up.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

CAS Colours and Sketches 192

I've spent the afternoon playing around with fancy things: copper and silver embossing, silver glimmer paper, baker's boxes and window sheets all in aid of some upcoming Christmas classes. 

Yet all the while this lovely sketch at CAS Colours and Sketches seemed to be calling me to play with it and eventually, I succumbed to its charm.

Sometimes it's hard to beat simplicity: a classic colour combination, some stamping and lots of open space.

Thanks for a great sketch to play with this week.

Card: Garden Green, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Holly Berry Happiness, Holly Jolly Greetings
Inks: Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Oval punch, Oval Scallop punch, dimensionals

Friday, 23 September 2016

FMS 255

As I talked about yesterday, I've both been on holiday and have received some new stamps that arrived while I was gone. Today, I spent some time acquainting myself with the second of the Altenew sets I bought, Peony Bouquet. Beautiful - but the flowers are four step stamps, so quite a bit of practice was required! To focus my thinking, I was aiming to produce a card for the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

Yesterday's playing also reacquainted me with Delightful Dijon, a colour I usually by-pass but it got another outing today.

I've stamped the multi-layered leaves and grunge splatters directly onto the card but die cut the flowers so I could build up some dimension - and so I could play around with the matching framelits.

Card: Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, SU Touches of Texture and Timeless Textures, W&W Big, Bold and Party.
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, So Saffron, Hello Honey and Delightful Dijon
Other: Peony Bouquet framelits, Sparkle embossing folder, dimensionals

Thursday, 22 September 2016

GDP54 and FabFriday96

So, I've been away on holiday for the last couple of weeks. It was fabulous seeing parts of New Zealand I've not seen and spending time with my husband. Going to see Peter Jackson's Hobbiton set for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies was a great favourite of the many things we did, along with exploring parts of New Zealand's early colonial history.

But I digress. I was very pleased to get back home and find that, in my absence, my new Altenew stamps had arrived. So very exciting! I've spent a lot of today playing with them and to give that play focus I've taken inspiration from two challenges. The first is the sketch from the Global Design Project.

The second was the colour challenge at Fab Friday.

The Altenew sets I bought (yes, I got two) I got because in addition to offering layered stamping they gave me a chance to explore water colouring which is what I've done today. Well, more of an ink wash really. I hope neutrals are ok in the colour challenge because I've used a touch of gold and Soft Slate as well.

Great sketch - I loved working with it. It's funny how your view of colours can change. Initially, I didn't like Delightful Dijon but I've used it in a couple of things lately and now feel that I'll buy a pack of it. It's actually great!

And I just can't resist adding in a Hobbit set photo - it's amazing to walk around the best representation of Tolkien's Shire you'll ever see. A real Hobbit village in the middle of a sheep farm! I feel a re-read of the books coming on...

Card: Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon, watercolour paper
Stamps: Altenew Tulips, SU Timeless Textures
Inks: Emerald Envy, Delightful Dijon, Soft Slate, versamark
Other: SU Softly Falling embossing folder, gold embossing powder, Delightful Dijon and Emerald Envy stamp'n'write markers, Emerald Envy solid twine, dimensionals, paintbrush and water.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

LIM 293

The challenge at Less is More this week is to create a one layer card using your favourite flower.
I'm a bit of an avoider where one layer cards are concerned, but I do so love my Wild About Flowers set...

The background was created using a spodge in stamped-off Wisteria Wonder, a fine splatter of Sweet Sugarplum and some medium splats in Perfect Plum. The flower is stamped in black and Elegant Eggplant.

Card: Whisper White, heavy weight
Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures, Better Together
Inks: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Sweet Sugarplum, Elegant Eggplant, Tuxedo Black.