Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Pinterest Inspired


This card looks like it was made for Monday's Papertrey blog hop (my card and the inspiration photo here). But I actually made it on the weekend, inspired by this card on my Inspiration board on Pinterest, using a recent Stampin' Up set.

Challenges are wonderful things - over the years I have 'met' many people and made many cards I would not have otherwise made. But I find every once in a while it's good to forget the challenges and just make something I like. Just for fun. This is one of those. And here's another:


This time I was inspired by this photo on my inspiration board. Back in my other life, I spent some time working with designers, developing a new 'visual identity' (aka logo) for the life insurance company I worked for. I got to know a little about the Pantone colour system, and I love the simple (yet still cool) design of their colour 'chips'. I masked a strip of white before sponging a panel in Picked Raspberry. I cut it using a PTI journaling card die and then stamped a Simon sentiment and a tiny heart.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

CASology 148 - Story


This week's CASology Cue Card is Story.



I've had these two stamps forever and I've made a number of wedding cards with them over the years. I tried something different this time. I stamped the Stampin' Up castle in soft grey, off the edge, so that there would be plenty of space for my long Verses sentiment and still plenty of white space. I created a mask for the castle and then sponged some soft blue and green around the edges for a hint of colour.

Now it's your turn to tell us your story! Make sure to check out the rest of the DT blogs for more inspiration!

Monday, 25 May 2015

PTI May Blog Hop - Hello!


A quick post to play along with the PTI May Blog Hop, where our inspiration is this photo:

Blog Hop Inspiration



I pulled out the old PTI Alpha-block stamp set and matching die and inked it up in a rainbow of colours. I popped them up for some dimension and that's about it!

USC21 - Flower Birthday


I had a busy week last week. Lots of events at our school and church (including 3 bake sales!) and it was so hard to watch the happy mail come in and not be able to play! Finally, last night I had a few minutes to sit down and play. I pulled out Uniko Studio's latest Flower Power (#7 to be exact). I love this graphic, symmetrical solid daisy and its matching outline!

I created a rainbow of 'loose' daisies (solids stamped then two outlines for each) and finished with a sentiment from Simply Said Birthday. And sparkly black enamel dots for centres.

I'm linking up to Uniko's Flower challenge.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

MCV3, MFTWSC229- Merry Christmas


I decided to combine two challenges for this card. The sketch came from MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge:




and the theme and colours came from this week's MCV challenge where we have our first inspiration from MCV DT Member Betty Wright and this gorgeous card:




I used MFT Electric Red cardstock and cut the 'ribbon' using MFT Stitched Snowdrifts dies. The Merry was cut in gold foil cardstock, using MFT Little Lowercase alpha dies.

The sprigs and pinecones are from Impression Obsession.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

OLS16 - Blossom


I can't believe that we're almost through May! I finally took some time to play along with the current One-Layer Simplicity challenge, which is hosted by Heather this month. 

I pulled out one of my oldest stamps - this row of daisies by Unity Stamp Company. I will never give this stamp up (I should say stamps - I have it in a smaller size as well). I love the handrawn feel of these blossoms!

I stamped them and then masked them before sponging very some Tumbled Glass really lightly around them. I finished with a Dark Room Door sentiment. And then I coloured the daisies with Stardust Stickles. And the card warped. I left it to dry, hoping that it would settle back to flat, but it really didn't. This card will likely have to be cut down and attached to another card base.

So I made another card with the same supplies, but left the Stickles off this time. I changed the placement from vertical to horizontal and added some deeper blues to emphasize the contrast of the white daisies.

Anyway, you're almost out of time to play along with us at OLS this month (deadline is the end of the day on the 24th) - I hope we'll see you there!



Friday, 22 May 2015

Muse 118 - Three in a Row


This is my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where DT Member Marion has given us a very masculine inspiration:



I focused on the basic layout, the 3 inlaid dies, a neutral colour scheme including dp and the fur. Yes. The fur. Dogs have fur and so do my velvet brads. lol! I dug them out to add a bit of colour and texture to this more feminine take on Marion's card.

I used some old Stampin Up DP and some new PTI dies.