Archive | November 2013

End of an Era

Tomorrow night my son leaves his Scout troop to move up to Explorers. He’s had a fantastic time over the last few years, not least because his troop have a brilliant team of leaders who give up a huge amount of their free time & energy for the children. They’ve helped make him the young man he now is, so it seemed fitting to make a card to say “thank you”.

I cut the Scout logo out on my Craft Robo Lite in the normal Scout purple colour, and his Scout troop’s colours are green & blue which is why the colours are a bit more clashing than I would normally choose!
I’m entering this into this week’s challenge at Seize the Sketch.
Stamps: Inkylicious, Inspired by Stamping
Inks: Memento Paris Dusk, Yinks Leaf Green

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Mr & Mrs

Second post in 2 days – wonders will never cease, I haven’t done this much crafting in ages! And another entry for the Less is More challenge this week, to use designer paper in a CAS way. Not quite as CAS as my first entry but I hope it still qualifies.

The top part of the centre section is embossed with Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder, embellished with small pearls from my stash. 
The greeting by Inkwell Stamps is stamped with Brilliance Lightning Black so that it has a touch of gold to match the paper. The ribbon came from a box of Thorntons Chocolates (oh, the sacrifices I make for my crafting!).
Cardstock: Anna Marie Designs
Paper: Craft House
Stamp: Inkwell Stamps
Ribbon: Thorntons!

Kusadama Flowers

I love taking part in challenges when I get the chance. This week over at Less is More the challenge is to use designer paper in a CAS way – a perfect opportunity to make kusadama flowers, something I’ve wanted to try for ages. I needed a thank you card for my sister, who was my son’s sponsor at his confirmation last night and I know she’ll love them. The papers are by K & Company.

The greeting & stems were created in Craft Artist 2 Professional, and I coloured the text to match the paper.
As you can see, they certainly don’t lie flat so this presented another opportunity – this time, to use my new metric Scor-Pal, which I’ve wanted for ages & treated myself to at the NEC the other week. I adapted a box design which I found on the web and created a custom made box to present the card in.

Papers: K-ology Addison, code 628052

Confirmation Word Cloud

Our son was confirmed tonight; I wanted his card to be modern & unique, and tried to make a word cloud of my own in the shape of a metal cross I intended to use. Despite hours of experimentation I couldn’t get it to look right. Then I found Wordle. A lot of experimentation later and I eventually settled on this:

Black Forest

No, not the gateau! It’s the title of one of my new Inkylicious stamps that I bought over the weekend at the NEC. I also bought some new Adirondacks so some of those are in evidence for the first time on this card.

I also bought a couple of mountain/valley masks so I had a play with those, too. I was trying out some new card and it showed up brush marks when I used my Inkylicious brushes – this isn’t normally a problem so I switched to using a brayer which was better, and the sky looked better than it appears in the photos.
Cardstock: Anna Marie Designs
Stamps: All Inkylicious except greeting: Imagination Crafts
Inks: Adirondack Mountain Rose, Sunshine Yellow, Terra Cotta,
Memento Tuxedo Black

Sketch Saturday #284

I needed a quick card for a friend & this week’s sketch at Sketch Saturday appealed to me. Not for the first time, though, I realised I’m woefully short of masculine stamps, so I dug out one of a car which I’ve used quite a few times & coloured it with Promarkers to match the backing paper, which was in a pack I was given free from the Create & Craft stand at the NEC at the weekend. It doesn’t show up too well, but I added some matching twine as it looked a little bit bare. Not one of my best efforts but it will have to do!