Sunday, 30 January 2011

Simply inspired


One of the blogs I follow avidly is Simplicity by Late Blossom.  I just find everything she does so inspiring.  She recently had a couple of posts on masking and I really loved what she did so I thought I'd have a play (if you look through her archive list you can see the posts I mean). 
The top card was made by first stamping the little girl from Lost Coast in Pine Needles Distress Ink and then masking her (not quite how it was done on the Simplicity blog but the little girl is not a silhouette stamp and I didn't want the background to show on her dress, etc). Then I put a mask over the card so I would have 1cm all round the edge, and filled in the middle with a Dandylion stamp (Hot off the Press Botanicals) in Peeled Paint Distress Ink (I stamped without re-inking to get the different shades).  I think this is my favourite of all of them. 
The next one didn't actually have any masking as my background stamp was not that big.  I stamped the French Script (Creative Expressions) in Shabby Shutters Distress Ink and then the lovely floral florish from Inkadinkado Garden Flowers Clear set, in Pine Needles (and the little sentiment from the same set.
Next I again used the french script stamp but this time stamped it in Sand ink and added the corner floral florishes (Inkadinkado Garden Flowers) and butterflies in Sepia (sorry I did these at a friends and used her inks and now I can't remember which inks these were!!!)
The last two were again done by stamping the images in black (both images from Paper Artsy Vintage Nudes Plate 2), masking them, then masking a border around the card edges and stamping over the top with a large background stamp - this time a brocade stamp from DoCrafts in Brilliance Pearlescent Beige.
I really enjoyed doing these and will see what other stamps I've got that I can do this with.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Gone Fishing


It's DH's birthday so I thought I'd make him a nice card.  I've had this Paper Arty stamp for ages (it's from Kids - Plate 2) and as he's a keen fisherman (understatement!) I decided to use this.  I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black and coloured it with Whispers Pens adding highlights with Sakura Stardust pen.  I cut it out and matted it with my Nestability Curved Rectangles.  The background paper is Paper Mania blue vellum stamped with hooks and fishes (See D's Fish Tales) in Versafine Majestic Blue then I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug using Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades folder Retro Circles and attached it with little square, silver brads.  The sentiment and the fish border is from the See D's set too, coloured again with Whispers Pens and Sakura Stardust.  The fish border is matted onto blue card edged with a Martha Stewart punch (Scallop Dot). 
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - M for Men
Cooking It Up With Katie - Sketch me a textured punch
My Time to Craft - Emboss, emboss, emboss
Southern Girls - Dry Embossing
Tellen's Place - Make it for the guys

Monday, 24 January 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 38 - Floral


It was my turn to choose the theme for this week's challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers so I choose a nice easy one - floral.  It was an easy choice for me as for a long time I have been a big fan of Joanne's blog Mainly Flowers.  She has some fabulous tutorials on her site and I used a couple of them for this card.  We are sponsored this week by the wonderful Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 voucher to spend at her online store.

The large flower is made with copy paper I painted with Magnolia Mageta Gold Starburst Stains and Gold Glimmer Mist.  I cut out 4 circles using Nestabilities Scalloped Circles, scrunched them up and opened them out, added the yellow centre (Doodlebug bumble bee crushed velvet paper cut with a Woodware Blink Blink punch) and all held together with a jewelled brad.

For the Daisies I punched out 2 flowers (Woodware Daisy punch), edged the petals with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and added a centre with the Bumble Bee crushed velvet paper.

The spray of flowers was made by adding small flowers (Woodware Multi Sun Flower punch) punched from the Starburst Stains paper with Liquid Pearls dots of white in the centre.  These were stuck onto a branch cut with QuickKutz vines (I added a bit of sponged Worn Lipstick to the vine).

I used L-Em Rock Fern punch for the large green leaves and McGill Pine punch for the small dark green leaves.

The sentiment is one of my favourites from Paper Make Up Stamps.

I cut a piece of light green background card to arrange my flowers on and corne unched it with an old fleur de lys punch that belonged to my Mum.  This was matted onto some pink card and then onto some patterned paper from American Traditional Designs - Pastel stack, and then onto a white card blank.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
One Stitch at a Time - As You Like It
Wild Orchid - Lets get Sentimental

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Monochrome Birdie

The other day I made some papers using my Starburst Stains and thought I'd have a play with them.  This one is made with Magnolia Magenta Gold and a bit of Gold Glimmer Mist.  The paper is really sparkly and shiny but I'm sorry the photo doesn't quite show this.  I stamped this little birdie from Crafty Individuals (CI-180) in Jet Black Archival Ink then matted and layered it with pink and black card.  My DP is from American Traditional Designs - the Brights stack.
I am entering this into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me - Monochrome
Do You Stack Up? - Pink

Happy Heart

I started off with an A5 cream card blank then topped it with some lovely paper from K&Co (Lifes Journey) adding a bit of cream lace across the bottom.  I stamped Serena (Stampsmith) in Vintage Sepia Versafine and cut and matted her using my Labels One Nestabilities die.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts (Anytime Messages) stamped again in Vintage Sepia onto cream card and then sponged round the edged.  This was then mounted onto my new Shapeabilities Fancy Tags die.  I made the flower by punching out 5 hearts (woodware punch) in cream and sponging the edges then stuck them together in a circle and added a paper flower and brad.
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
The Stampsmith - The Power of Love
Alphabet Challenge Blog - L for Ladies
Freshley Brewed - Spread some Love

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A Simply Elegant Birthday

I started with a square card blank then got out my Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen stamp set Retro Rose.  I bought this set by mistake (I really wanted the Venaissance set which I've since got but clicked on the wrong box!!!).  I have to admit, I have used this set so often I'm really glad I got it.  I stamped the open lily first in Colorbox Pigment Robin's Egg across the middle and then above and below in Colorbox Chalk Ink Bisque.  Then I added the birthday sentiment (no make on this stamp) and a couple of little Paper Mania pearls.  I a entering this card in the following challenges:
The Play Date Cafe - colour challenge
Let's Ink It Up - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Teal Blue and Brown
Prairie Fairy Fun Fridays - Happy Birthday

Naked Trees

The challenge for One Layer Wednesday this week is Barely There.  They want naked trees!  So here's mine, lol.  I stamped my trees (Encaustic Stamps) in Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  I got the different shades by reusing the stamp without re-inking.  Then I added a sentiment from Stampscapes in Brilliance Graphine Black. 
This card is being entered in the following challenges:
One Layer Wednesday - Barely There
Kaboodle Doodles - Black and White plus one other colour
Shabby Tea Rooms - White and Bright
Freshly Brewed - Black and White and one more colour

Monday, 17 January 2011

Use only pencils (Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight)

This week is a spotlight week over at CraftyCardmakers.  These spotlights are designed to look at different techniques, styles or products and various ways of using them.  This week we are spotlighting pencils. 

We are thrlled to be sponsored by Derwent Pencils who are offering the lucky winner a Tin of 12 INKTENSE pencils. 

Pen and ink offers strong, intense colour combined with a translucent effect. Now you can enjoy these distinctive qualities in an easy to use pencil. Inktense has a highly blendable texture and comes in a range of 71 jewel-like colours, plus a non-soluble outliner which allows you to draw outlines that are permanent, even when water is applied. Apply pure, vibrant dry colour then wash the pigment out completely to leave an ink-like effect. Once dry, the colour is permanent and can be worked over with other media. The possibilities are endless, the results stunning.
Inktense pencils can be used on fabric to create interesting silk paintings and unique quilting projects.

They do a huge range of pencils from watercolours through to metallics and coloursoft, something for everyone, do go check them out!

Don't be too impressed with my colouring.   I took a square of parchment, laid it over a picture of a blue tit and then copied it with my Derwent Studio pencils.  I hadn't played with these for a while but must get them out more often.  I mounted the image onto a square of navy card cut with my Nestabilities, and then onto a square of dark green card cut with a scalloped Nestie.  To hide the glue I used some gold corner peel-offs (alo added a couple to the edges of the card.  The DP is from K&C (Tim Coffee Daffodil Pad), and the card blank is pearlised.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Swing card

I was feeling lovey-dovey so decided to make a Valentine Swing card.  I cut an oval in a white card bank with my Nestabilities and decorated the opening with Tapestry Stamps (Floral Filigree Wreath) using Whispers Felt pens to colour them.  The central images are Penny Black stamps (Critter Party), stamped in Archival Ink (Jet Black) and again coloured with my Whispes pens.  The images were cut and matted with oval nesties and then stuck back to back with embroidery thread sandwiched between so I could hang it.  I then punched out 4 hearts (woodware punch), added a few pearls (stash) and here it is.
I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Penny Black at Allsorts - All you need is love
Bunny Zoe - Love is in the air
Lexi's Creation - Say it with love
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Valentine