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Monday, 23 October 2017

You are a pumpkin



Finally got to making my first Hallowe’en card of the season, this one features a die cut, Layered Jack-o-Lantern, and stamp, from the Pumpkinhead set, both by Tim Holtz.


I followed Linda’s sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for my card.  I used my two pumpkins for the circle elements and my chippies and Nuvo drops for the horizontal element.  I really needed a third BOO! chippie to finish off my line but only had one in each size so I’m going with one boo per pumpkin and that’s why there’s only two.

I made both the pumpkins from watercolour paper.  The die cut I coloured after cutting each of the pieces and then layered them up with foam tape to add dimension.  The stamped image was double stamped, in black ink and then embossing so I could add clear embossing powder and make the lines really pop.  I coloured it with my Distress Markers, which I also used to colour the chippies before I topped them with clear embossing powder too.

For a bit more interest to the background I spritzed the black cardstock with Perfect Pearls Mist so it’s lovely and shiny.  I stuck to a very traditional Hallowe’en palette for this card and as it is rather dark I think it will work well for one of the two male cards I need this Hallowe’en.  With its masculine feel I am entering it in the current Cardz 4 Guys challenge.

As I also have a couple of pumpkins on my card I am also entering it at City Crafter for their current challenge.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Embellishments

Inks & Paints etc
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists ~ Perfect Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Black Soot, Carved Pumpkin, Embossing, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge & Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~ Black Soot, Forest Moss, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint & Rusty Hinge
Papers
Stamps
Challenges


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Sunday, 24 September 2017

…for she has held a star



Sharing a card I made for a colleague who is expecting, featuring the lovely Uptown Girl Brynn has a Baby Shower from Stamping Bella.


The mother-to-be is not really your traditional kind of girl so I decided to go really non-traditional with this card and started with the colour palette from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I didn’t have any designer paper that matched the colours so I made my own with the matching Stampin’ Up! inks and some Tim Holtz background stamps.  I stamped twice, one with the ink colour and once in Embossing Ink to add a layer of clear embossing powder.  Love the texture this gives to the card, even if it doesn’t show up well in a photo.  Stamped in the matching sentiment to the image and also added clear embossing powder over.  Love the pop of yellow against the darker background colours, picked this up in her pretty dress too and the few sequins I added for embellies.  I also embossed the image, adding the clear embossing powder makes the black lines really dark and shiny, looks great in real life and made the thin bits a bit stronger to survive the fussy cutting that was just a tad bit painful to do!

I’ve used just the sketch half of the Fusion challenge for the layout of my card.  It was a fairly simple sketch but allowed me to pile on my layers and therefore also enter the current challenge at Sweet Stampers.  I’ve double matted each of the backgrounds I made, in the matching solid cardstock colour from Stampin’ Up! and a Bazzill Smoothie black layer.  Used the solid cardstocks as a final mat with another layer of Bazzill black over my white card base for a really solid card made a bit larger than I usually do at 6x8 to enable a few people to sign it.

The mother-to-be hasn’t said whether she’s expecting a girl or a boy so I did the gift bags in both blue and pink, the only traditional baby colours on the card.  And while this is a really non-traditional baby shower card I really like how it came together and the mother-to-be loved it, which is what really matters in the end.

Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Hair E23, E25, E27, E29
Outfit N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N6, N8, N10, Y000, Y02, Y21, Y23, Y26, 0, 100
Gifts B0000, B000, B00, B01, B02, B04, R24, R29, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV13, RV21
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
CC Designs Cutters ~ Nested Circles(retired)
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc
Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pad ~ Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Night of Navy & So Saffron
Papers
Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock ~ Blackberry Swirl & White
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Always Artichoke & Night of Navy
Stamps
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS221 Mesh & Linen & CMS 243 Plaid & Nordic
Challenges

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Ever since my twelfth, I’ve been looking forward to my sweet sixteen


I’m sharing a card today featuring Lisa’s Giraffe from Saturated Canary.


This is going out to my niece who is turning 16, which kinda makes me feel a bit old!  But it did give me the opportunity to mark the occasion by putting her age on the card thereby allowing me to play in the current challenge at Moving Along With the Times.

I fussy cut my image so I could remove the giraffe and have her holding on to a balloon instead.  I could have started with another image but this one actually looks a lot like my niece.  To match the floating balloon I decided on a cloud filled background.  I created some on the base using a Snow Marker although they don’t look so fluffy in the photo.  For the shaker window background I started by laying down the alcohol ink in shades of blue and then added in the clouds with Distress Paint topped with some Pearl Mixative for a bit of shine.  I then used white sequins to tie in with the white clouds.

Absolutely loving the Make it Crafty chippies, especially when topped with a layer of clear embossing powder to make them shiny.  This time I double embossed the top layer, first with gold embossing powder and then with clear.  Added the clear powder on top really toned down the gold, making it appear aged.

I’ve used the current board over at the Tic Tac Toe challenge to help with my card design.  I’ve gone with the left column and added accents in gold and dimension through my shaker window, layered chipboard and Snow Marker clouds.  The shaker window also gave me the final element of acetate.

With the shaker element I’ve added some wiggle to my card, it doesn’t show in the photo but the balloon is also wiggly thanks to an Action Wobble.  And all that wiggling matches the current theme at Southern Girls, where I’m also entering my card.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
WOW! Embossing Powder ~ Metallic Gold Rich Pale
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Sizzix Tim’s Holtz Alterations Framelets ~ 660953 Crazy Stuff
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc 
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colours ~ No 33 Orange, No 36 Wine Red, No 42 Bright Yellow, No 46 Brown, No 51 May Green, No 63 Persian Blue & No 66 Menthol Violet
Marvy Uchida ~ Snow Marker
Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink ~ Mermaid, Pearl Mixative, Sailboat Blue & Stream
Tim Holtz Distress Paint ~ Picket Fence
Papers
Arches Watercolor Paper ~ 185gsm Smooth
Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock ~ Bermuda Blue & Island Breeze
Couture Creations ~ Acetate
Yupo ~ 200gsm White
Stamps
Saturated Canary ~ Lisa’s Giraffe
Challenges

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Monday, 4 September 2017

… there is no such thing as separation



Sharing another farewell card I made featuring a die cut from Joanna Sheen’s Signature Dies’ range called Starburst.


The layout of my card follows the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, where I am just under the wire to enter.  I swapped out the three stacked stars for my die cut and filled in the negative space of the die with some chippies from Make it Crafty.

The colour scheme is taken from the current colour combo challenge at TGIF.  I’ve used the Stampin’ Up! colours they referenced in the cardstock and I coloured my chippies with Soft Sky ink.  To make the chippie stars and starburst really shine I topped them with clear embossing powder.  My sentiment was printed onto vellum to allow me to emboss it also, it is printed in brown to mirror the Early Espresso but it wasn’t as dark as it should have been so it doesn’t show up as really brown against the Soft Sky mat.

Over at Cardz 4 Guyz they are asking for something beginning with the letter ‘D’ on your project.  I have a die cut so I am entering my card in their challenge.


Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc
Papers
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach & Soft Sky
Challenges

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