Sunday, 29 May 2016

MCV46 - Merry Christmas


I love the bold graphic style of the inspiration that Steph, our Guest Muse at MCV has given us:




I am fascinated by how her green panel seems to glow (perfectly appropriate for a 'Shine Bright' card). I guessed which colours she used (and got it wrong! lol!) and tried to get a similar look by sponging the lighter colour in the centre and then the darker one around the edges.

I wanted a bit more red, so I masked and sponged a couple of lines that helped set up my diagonal layout.

I focused on Steph's:
-colours
-technique (green sponged panel)
-use of black silhouette and sentiment
-white border
-of course, the Steph 'signature' - a Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequin with Silver Stickles in the centre.

I used:
-Gina K Mistletoe Memories (retired?)
-MFT Christmas Tree
-Festive Berries, Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn distress inks
- MFT Pierced Square die

Saturday, 28 May 2016

FS486 - Happy Birthday


This week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper is Melanie (aka StitchesandSmudges) and I'm the hostess! Melanie's gallery has a wide variety of styles and techniques and lots of really fun cards to case! I chose this one as my inspiration:



I focused on Melanie's:
-use of negative space from a die cut
-pattern and colour under a white panel (including a frame around the white panel)
-green die cut
-script sentiment

I changed:
-butterfly to flower
-stamped background to watercoloured
-stamped sentiment rather than die cut

I used:
-Hero Arts Flower die
-Avery Elle Sentiment
-MFT Stamps balloon string die(stem) and leaf die
-Ken Oliver Colorburst powders to create my background

Friday, 27 May 2016

Watercolour Cards


Still playing with Concord & 9th's You Are Enough. This time I watercoloured, using Distress inks. Again, I cut the edge so that the flower petals could hang over a little bit. Sentiment is from Birdie Banners.

I also made this card for Simon's Wednesday Challenge, where Technique Tuesday products are being featured:


The red edge was created by putting some red Ken Oliver Colourburst powder into a container of water and letting the paper soak it up for a while - I love the movement of the edge - almost like it was splashing! I used an old Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday sentiment.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Inspired by Laura - Hello, Lovely!


My new Concord & 9th goodies arrived and I couldn't wait to play with this big, dramatic flower from You are Enough. I simply stamped the outline and then the two colours and coloured the stem with a Copic.

For my layout, I decided to use a trick that I saw Laura Bassen use earlier this week on a floral card. I cut a straight line down the left side of the flower and fussy cut the petal so that it extends over the MFT patterned paper. I think the black diagonal stripes work well with the sentiment that I put together from Birdie Banners and Wonderful Women.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Muse 167 - Happy Birthday


It occurs to me now, as I'm posting this, that I was really happy when I saw that Jenni's Muse inspiration for this week isn't flowers.



I love flowers. I love floral inspiration. And I've loved all the beautiful floral inspiration from our Muse design team. But I was excited to see something other than flowers this week.

And then I made a flower card!

I focused on Jenni's
-rainbow colour scheme
-birthday theme
-use of diecuts with black accents

I sponged a rainbow panel and then cut the flowers out and inlaid the petals into my white panel. I used enamel dots to 'solidify' the flower centres and make them look more like daisies and less like poinsettias.

I used:
-Simon Says Stamp Simple Poinsettia Cutouts
-Simon Says Stamp Square Greetings (retired)
-Distress inks
-Black enamel dots

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

MFTWSC281 Happy Belated Birthday


Gaah! This card is not really a belated birthday card, it's just late for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge! I missed the deadline by a couple of hours. Here are the details anyway:



I used:
-MFT Blue Prints #26 (balloon die)
-MFT Birthday Bears (sentiment)
-MFT Birthday Wishes & Balloons (balloon string)
-MFT You Move Me (retired) (stars)

I cut the balloon out of a panel I created the other day using Ken Oliver Color Burst powders. So fun!

CASology 199 - Fast


This week's CASology Cue Card is Fast!



We hit a milestone this week. My son got his driver's license. Boy that was fast - feels like last week he was 2, identifying every Honda Civic he saw (that's what we drove at the time), as "our car".

Needless to say, our insurance has increased substantially. And my hair is getting greyer by the minute. But you can't hold them back, as much as you want to keep them safe at home.

I made this card for him and positioned the Inkadinkado car almost off the card front to demonstrate movement and speed. I grounded the car and with a Stampin' Up sentiment and added a stylish exhaust stream from Papertrey's Fancy Flourishes. I love how the flourish has a similar classic/vintage feel as the car. (if you're noticing a same-but-different feel as this card I made for him when he was accepted to his summer flying course, it's because this kid is constantly moving forward!)

Now it's your turn! The DT has some more inspiration for you - be sure to check it out!