Saturday, 30 July 2016

More Henna Elements

Can you even stand it? Seems like lately, when I pull out a floral set, I can't make just one. I've made 4 more with Altenew's Henna Elements.

I absolutely love how you can get so much 'dimension' from these flowers due to the images themselves and by enhancing them with shades of Copics.

After all the drama, my brain was screaming for something a little cleaner, so I made this elegant card, using the same sentiment idea. Love how the letters line up with the stems!

This one was inspired by this pin 
Love the gold with the blues and greens. I cut my panel down so I could have a bit of white space! Sentiment from Brushed Sentiments;

This was also inspired by a pin:
Ceramic Bowl Flowers Blue Black White Botanicals Painted Floral Turquoise Housewarming Wedding Gift by sewZinski.:

Friday, 29 July 2016

MCV55 - Merry Christmas

We've got Kevin Bray as our guest Muse at Muse: ChristmasVisions this week and he has provided us with the sweetest inspiration:

I lifted my own rainbow tree-line idea from last week's card and reused it with a different stamp. I sponged my sky (and I found it much harder to get a smooth blend on Neenah - the smooth finish on Whisper White makes that an easier blend, but Copics are better on Neenah..... these are serious problems! lol!). (also for Day 25 of #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge).

I focused on Kevin's:
-penguin theme (with a red piece of clothing!)
-blue sky
-bright fun colours

I used:
-Papertrey Tremendous Treats: Christmas
-Poppy Stamps I'm Dreaming of A White Christmas
-MFT Pierced Circle die
-Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass)

Thursday, 28 July 2016

July Pin-Sights: Merry Little Christmas

Here's my card for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge where our inspiration comes from this collection of images:


I focused on the 4 corner images. My tree is inspired by the red sugar sticks and the red glitter tape. My background is inspired by the red bowls and the gift bags.

I used:
-Essentials by Ellen Christmas Scribbles, embossed in glittery red, glittery gold and black ep
-old Stampin' Up Polka dot paper
-gold glitter cardstock
-MFT Pierced circle die
-red glitter ep
-gold glitter ep

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Muse 176 - Thanks

Here's my card for this week's Muse challenge and Day 23 of #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge. We have Linda S as a guest and she's given us this pretty inspiration:

I focused on Linda's:
-flower theme
-2 purple flowers with green leaves
-general layout (flower position, sentiment position, minus the diagonal cut)
-(I'm SO proud of this) - partial die cut technique

This card came about for another reason too - one of the crafters I follow on Instagram (@doodleincolor) made a gorgeous card using this set. I commented that I had the set and should use it more often - we went back and forth a few times and ended with her challenging me to watercolour my card - this is the result!

I watercoloured the big flower and leaves on one panel and the smaller flower separately.

I started with a wash of distress inks over the whole thing, then layered up some colour on the flowers and leaves.

I finished with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to get my colours to the vibrancy I wanted.

I cut the smaller flower out using matching dies and popped it up on the panel.

I used a pierced square die to cut my panel, very carefully using the partial die cut technique so that the top leaf could poke out of the square.

I used:
-Altenew Hennah Elements
-Distress Inks
-Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
-Pretty Pink Posh Sequins

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

CASology 208 - Journey

This week's CASology Cue Card is Journey!

I am far behind on making cards for my Church Christmas Card project (information here), and the summer is a good time to catch up (kids are away at camp!). And this week's Cue Card provides the perfect inspiration!

Masking and sponging distress ink is not always thought of as particularly clean, but if you limit it to about 1/3 of your card and ensure that there's lots of white space, it can work really well! I'm using this 'colouring' method for Day 22 of #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge via Instagram.

I used:
-Stampin' Up Come to Bethlehem
-Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire)
-Avery Elle Double-Pierced Rectangle die

The nice thing about sponging a smaller area like this is that you can whip up 24 of these pretty quickly!

Now it's your turn. Summer is a perfect time for travelling - we can't wait to see your Journey cards! Make sure you stop by the rest of the DT for more inspiration:

Monday, 25 July 2016

Seize the Birthday - Another Floral Multiple

Once again, I spent some time making more than one card with a stamp set - this time Artful Flowers from Simon Says Stamp. I enjoyed exploring different-but-same colour combinations - lots of pinks, corals, oranges and yellows - as well as different methods for shading the petals.

I was surprised to find that I think I prefer the softer colours (I know they're still bright!).

I'm linking up to Seize the Birthday's Anything Goes with Optional Bold and Bright theme.  Also both for Day 21 of #thedailymarker30day colouring challenge (via Instagram) and for Simon's Flickr Challenge (sssflickrchallenge#50).

Sunday, 24 July 2016

FS494 - It's Your Day

This week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper is Jen Carter. She has a growing gallery full of fun cards. I picked this one as my inspiration:

I focused on Jen's:
-daisy theme
-colour scheme

I changed:
-number of flowers
-added more white
-grey (in the sentiment) to silver glitter

I used:
-Hero Arts Lia Griffith Mum dies
-Hero Arts June 2016 kit
-Avery Elle Double-Pierced Circle Dies
-Avery Elle Double-Pierced Square Dies