Thursday, 11 February 2016

Seize The Birthday - Birdie Wishes

Oh, look what flew to my house yesterday! I was so excited to receive my WPlus9 order that I dropped everything to make a card right away! I chose to use the sketch from Seize The Birthday: (ETA- oops, missed the deadline!)

These birds are so cute and unique in their style that it was very easy to justify this purchase despite my determination to use more of what I already have. Let's not talk about the sentiment set that also jumped into my cart....

This bird seemed to be jumping for joy and I finally figured out that he is the french-fry bird (related to one of the sentiments in the set) and that's what is in his mouth.

I coloured him as a robin with copics (#thedailymarker 30day) and stickles and softly sponged the circle with Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn.

I used:
-WPlus9 Happy Birds and matching dies
-WPlus9 That is All for the sentiment and hearts (oops, I said I wasn't going to talk about it!)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Joy is here!

Guess what we got last weekend? A new niece/cousin! And guess what her name is? (hint - a fun way to use certain Christmas supplies all year long!)

We are so excited for my sister and her family! We are hoping to travel to meet her this week!

After I die cut her name, I used a little heart die to replace the dot on the 'i'. I added a little blue bird for a Fairy Tale feel.

I used
-Clearly Besotted Joy die (retired?!)
- Simon Says Stamp heart die
-Avery Elle Pierced Rectangle die
-Memory Box Contempo Birds dies
-Hot pink mirror cardstock

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

CASology 184 - Valentine

This week's CASology Cue Card is Valentine!

This card may look familiar - I have cased myself here. Last July, I made this one:

This sentiment is perfect for a valentine on its own, but by replacing the arrowhead with red hearts, it's even better.

If you're using a sentiment as a focal point, it's fun to try different ways of adding interest - maybe a new position? (wink!)

I used Essentials by Ellen Love You So and Fancy Thanks (for the solid heart). This dark, dark black ink is Stampin' Up's new Archival Basic Black and the red is Ranger's Classic Cherry dye ink.

Now it's your turn! We can't wait to see all your Valentines this week! Be sure to get more inspiration by visiting the rest of the DT blogs!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

FS470 - Happy Birthday To You

Here's my card for this week's Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper challenge, where our Featured Stamper is actually a scrapbooker! Congratulations, Beatrice - you have a wonderful gallery!

This is the first time I've seen a gallery that is almost all scrapbook layouts and at first, I wasn't sure what to do - I have never scrapped. But I put my thinking cap on and came up with this card, inspired by this layout:

I focused on Beatrice's:
-layout (vertical strip off-set from the centre)
-use of flowers
-colour combination

I changed:
-proportion of colours, adding more white and yellow/orange
-reversed her white sentiment on black to black on white
-reversed the blue and black layers

I used WPlus9's Doodle Buds and Strictly Sentiments 1. I tried a very loose method of colouring with Copics (#thedailymarker30day). My very 'colour it properly' brain is struggling a little bit with the result, but I like it - it seems to go well with the sketchy feeling of the flowers.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

CTS158 - Happy Birthday

Here's my very simple card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

I took some artistic license with it - there are only 2 streamers and the sentiment isn't layered over them, but it's fun. I do like how the 'brushed' sentiment has a ribbon-y feeling that works well with the streamers. I stamped the streamers with two colours to add a bit more interest.

I used Avery Elle's Brushed and Mardi Gras.

Friday, 5 February 2016

CC48 - Adore You

Here's my card for the current Card Concept Challenge, where we are inspired by this pretty photo of heart-shaped cookies. After the agony of yesterday's card, this one came together pretty easily, so I'll probably keep making cards. Don't laugh, I was this close to throwing it all out! lol! But I would miss you all too much!

I used
-Ellen Hutson Folk Hearts die
-MFT Pierced Square die
-Concord & 9th Love You, Mean It.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Muse 151 - Smile

Oh I had grand plans for Wednesday. It was too rainy to walk, so I planned pretty much the full day at home with nothing to do but make cards. (well, there's always other stuff to do, but you know what I mean!)

I started with Muse 151, where Michele has given us a pretty card and a fun song-based challenge:

I focused on Michele's colours and chose a Bowie song*. I pulled out one of my all-time favourite stamps (Both End Blossoms by Stampin' Up) and got started.

I wanted to participate in #thedailymarker30daychallenge as well so I decided to try the negative space colouring technique that Jennifer McGuire showed us the other day. (She always makes it look sooooo easy, doesn't she? lol!)

I had trouble stamping, then embossing, then masking, then sponging (repeat, repeat, repeat). I ended up with this:

In the end, I managed to salvage one, cut it into a strip using one edge of a pierced rectangle die on each side of my panel.

I finished it off with a Concord & 9th sentiment. And then had trouble folding the card without cracking it, and photographing it.

*The Bowie song is "Oh You Pretty Things".  Interestingly, he wrote another one more recently called "The Pretty Things are Going to Hell".  Maybe that one was more appropriate for this poor little card! lol!