Monday, 31 May 2010

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 22 - Least and Most

The challenge over on Crafty Cardmakers this week was to use your least favourite and favourite colours. At the moment one of my favourite (but subtle) colours is Grey. For my least favourite I have chosen Orange as I never know what to do with it! I started with a white card blank and then added orange card that I edged with a Fiskars Punch and Emboss punch. Down the centre I placed a piece of white card that I had stamped on with my Creative Expressions French Script Stamp inking it with a grey felt pen. I scribbed the pen on a tile, spritzed it with water and then sponge the edges of the card too. The central stamp is Hero Arts Verbena which I've coloured with grey, orange and a touch of red felt pen and again spritzed.

A little bird

It was my Mother in Law's birthday so I thought this Joanna Sheen stamp was just the thing. I stamped it in black StazOn onto watercolour paper and the watercoloured it using my trusty Whispers Pens. I wasn't happy with the look when I finished and after checking my bird book I could see why! Blackcaps are not BROWN! but grey, so I had to make adjustments, lol. The bg paper is from a lovely K&Co 6x6 pad alled Hydrangea Stripe and the image is cut and backed using my cuttlebug and nesties.

My attempt at a Side Stepped card

I like to make something different for my niece Aimee and as she is a keen gardener and works at a Garden Centre I made her this sidestepped card using a tutorial from It was really easy to follow. I used Art Impression Clear Stamps (Poject Series 6 English Garden) for the door and pots which were watercoloured with Whispers pens and then Stamps Away Montage set K400a and Floral Filigree Wreath Tapestry Stamps for the flowers which I then covered with flowersoft. The Happy Birthday is an Anitas stamp, and the flowers from my small(ish!!!) stash


I am making Deco pages for a group I am in and I made this card to go with the pages themed 'Dressmaking' for my friend Lynne. The stamp is from Joanna Sheen stamped onto tissue paper and coloured on the back with Inktense pencils. The little background stamps are from a set of CDs that I've had ages and thought they would come in useful. I think my sewing machine (courtesy of my sister's lovely Mother in Law) needs a service but I quite like the effect,and the tapemeasure bow was in a packet of sewing themed embellishments I had hidden away in a drawer. I think I prefer the card to the actual pages I made.

Alice Cards

These are a couple of Alice cards I made with some fabulous stamps from the Artistic Stamper that I borrowed from my friend Lucy. I love the Queen of Hearts - so bossy and so unlike me, lol! And the White Rabbit mades a fabulous late birthday card.

My clever friend

My clever friend Teresa makes and sells Digi stamps and I thought this one was just crying out for some of my secret stash of flowersoft to be added to it! I coloured the image 'watercolour style' with Whisper pens (yep, I'm still using the cheap ones) and then added the flowersoft to the bushes. I mounted it on card that I had mopped up excess ink with and then ran through my cuttlebug with the tiny mosaic folder so that it looks a bit like masonry and then added frames (with dear old nesties) with holographic card.

Alice Canvas

I made this Alice canvas on my last playday with my friend Lucy using her lovely stamps. This is the 'naughty' image, lol. I stamped onto tissue and then coloured the image from the back with pencils. The small images are stamped onto stampbord and then the white highlights scratched in.