Saturday, 3 October 2015

MCV22 - Warm Heart

Here's my card for this week's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Guest Muse Marilyn has given us this whimsical inspiration:

I focused on Marilyn's:
-colour scheme of predominantly navy and white with a little pop of colour
-snowman theme (mine is a 2007 Stampin' Up snowman from Perfect Presentation)
-navy and white layer (mine is actually stamped using a Penny Black background stamp)
-reference from the sentiment to the image (hers is ornament, mine is heart- my sentiment and heart are from Avery Elle's Polar Pals)
-general layout and stitched layers (I used MFT Pierced Squares).

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us - the deadline is Wednesday morning at 8 am. At that time you can vote until Thursday morning at 8. Voting results will be posted on Thursday at 8.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Muse 135, TO41 - Autumn Thank you!

This is my card for this week's Muse Challenge where Tracey has given us this fall-warm-up card!

I'm also linking up to the current Time Out Autumn challenge.

I focused on Tracey's:
-colour scheme
-stitched leaf (mine are LawnFawn)
-sentiment with text and script (mine is Dark Room Door).

I used Paper Smooches' stitching die on my aqua and dark brown strips.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

CASology 166 - Science

This week's CASology Cue Card is Science!

What?! Meteorology is a science, isn't it? Or are you a sceptic like me? Seems like we pay billions of dollars and they still can't predict the weather. Like, not even tomorrow's weather. And don't get me started on 'long-range forecasts'! lol!

Anyway, I used dies from Waffle Flower (Partly Cloudy die) and Mama Elephant (Polaroid Fun) cut in soft colours. When it came time to add my MFT (Polynesian Paradise) sentiment, I used the new Stampin' Up Archival Basic Grey ink rather than black. The contrast is less harsh, but still crisp and clean!

Now it's time for you to turn your art into science! Make sure to get even more inspiration from the rest of the DT:

Monday, 28 September 2015

Ellen Hutson Pin-sights - Happy Day!

This is for the current Pin-Sights challenge over at The Classroom.


I was inspired by the photo in the bottom centre - that rainbow 'grid' of diamond rings really caught my eye!

I used a flower die from Bold Blooms and embossed a little stamp from the matching stamp set for the flower centres, using clear embossing powder. I sponged each flower with Distress Ink and laid them fairly haphazardly on a grey panel. I stamped the sentiment (also from Bold Blooms) in Versafine Onyx.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

MCV21, LIM243, PSS - Christmas Greetings

This is my card for this week's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge where we have a Guest Muse: Ingrid Blackburn. Ingrid gave us this wonderful, holly-ful inspiration:

I focused on Ingrid's:
-theme (holly - my leaf is from Paper Smooches Christmas Words 2 dies and the berries are from the Poinsettia set).
-gold sentiment (Christmas is also from the Christmas Words 2 set, greetings is from Metropolis).
-layout (I kept the white panel slightly longer so that the black cardbase only shows at the sides).
-bling (Ingrid used Gold ep and sequins, and I used inlaid foil cardstock).

It was fun to use foil cardstock to get some real shine and colour, but man, it's hard to photograph!

I'm also linking up to the current Paper Smooches Sparks challenge as well as Less Is More, where the recipe is 'Something Shiny'.

Anyway, I hope you'll join us - we are now less than 3 months away from the big day, people! The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday morning at 8 am EDT. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites until Thursday at 8 am. Voting results will be posted on Thursday at noon.

Muse134 - Beautiful Day

This is my card for this week's Muse challenge where Anita has given us this soft, pretty inspiration:

I mentioned the other day that I tried to make one card that would work for this challenge and also for the Time Out challenge. Two beautiful pastel cards - both with white embossing, one with circles, one with flowers. It should have worked. And it seemed to, when I started - I used Doodle Buds and embossed flowers and leaves in clear and then the sentiment with Versafine Black and clear. So far so good.

Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers. And the colours are so fun and vibrant that I just couldn't keep them soft! lol!

So, I focused on Anita's
-technique - watercolour over white/clear embossing
-placement and colour of sentiment
-black frame

and I had fun, which is of course, the most important thing!

AND we had exciting news - on Friday, we got our 400th Facebook like! To celebrate this momentous occasion, in addition to our normal voting process, one lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive some crafty goodies!

I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us. The deadline is Monday at 8 am EDT. At that time you can vote for your 3 favourites until Tuesday at 8. Voting results will be posted Tuesday at noon.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Uniko Guest (Part 2)

If you can believe it, this is my second guest post today. For my MFT post, please scroll down.

I'm also back today with the second of my Uniko Guest posts (here's the first). I've been working with All Occasion Sentiments #6  and I just love how well they work with all of the previous sets Uniko has released.

My first card was inspired by this pin. I used the daisy from Flower Power #7. I love the vibrant colour combination, but of course, I wanted some white space! I love how Beverley designed the 'you make me' (and the 'be your own kind of') bits of the sentiments to fit right into the main words ('smile' and beautiful').  I finished with the 3 hearts from Flower Power #3.

For my second card, I used Beautiful from the current release, and the rest of the sentiment is from All Occasion Sentiments #3. I created a background by die cutting and inlaying the beautiful graphic flower from Time. I sponged the panel as well as the cardbase in warm sunny colours.

I love the casual, handwritten feeling of the 'smile' sentiment and decided to have a little fun with it! I used simple die cut shapes to create a funny face that is sure to make the recipient smile.

I want to thank Bev for inviting me to Guest this month - what an privilege to be an honourary member of the Design Team!