Archive | February 2015

Birds on a Wire

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A trip to a craft show at Leigh yesterday with a very short shopping list turned into a spending spree because Inkylicious had a stand there for the first time. This birds stamp was one of the ones I bought, and I pictured this card in my head as soon as I saw the stamp. It’s simply stamped in Versafine Smoky Gray then watercoloured in Aquamarkers in Gold Ochre & Frost Blue. The greeting, stamped in the same ink, is by Paula Pascual.

I’m entering this into this week’s challenge over at Less is More where the theme is Wings.

Amour!

It’s one layer week over at Less is More with the theme of “Love”. This was a really quick & simple card involving a Stampin’ Up! stamp heat embossed in white, a mask cut with a Spellbinders heart die & Hero Arts Pale Tomato Shadow Ink sponged through the mask.

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I’m entering this into the following challenges:
Less is More – One layer “Love”
CASology – “Love”
Addicted to CAS – “Mask”

Hugs & Kisses

The latest challenge over at Addicted to CAS is Hugs & Kisses; I liked the new sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches so I decided to play along there for the first time. The only image stamp I had which fitted the hugs part of the challenge was this old Forever Friends one.

I stamped the image in Memento Toffee Crunch onto Limetree Crafts card, then dug out my Promarkers for the first time in a while. I used Oatmeal, Vanilla & Ivory for the fur, Sand Dune for the noses & envelope, Oasis & Cornflower for the gift. The sentiment, by Francoise Read for Woodware, was stamped in Hero Arts Pastel Blue Shadow Ink. The backing paper was a Forever Friends one from my stash.

Key to my Heart

Wonders will never cease – two cards in one day, and a week early for Valentine’s day rather than my usual last minute rush! A very quick card for my husband using some recently-purchased Clearly Besotted stamps.

As with my first card of the day this is based on the sketch over at Case this Sketch. The stamps were simply inked in Memento Tuxedo Black & Love Letter; using dewdrop ink pads made it easy to ink the “key” in the sentiment a different colour to the rest. A strip of backing paper which has been in my stash for ages, plus a strip of textured black cardstock kept it CAS, and I carefully covered the padlock in Anita’s Clear Gloss.

Happy Birthday Less is More!

One of my favourite challenge blogs, Less is More, celebrates its 4th birthday so what better way to mark the occasion than to make them a birthday card? The theme is pink & grey, and I’ve combined this with the current sketch over at Case this Sketch.

Two things about this card are unusual for me: one, I knew exactly how I wanted it to look and two, I was able to devote enough time this morning to making it! I started off with the Clearly Besotted “Full of Surprise” present & balloons. The present was stamped in Hero Arts Soft Granite, the balloons in Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. I then painted the ribbons to match.
The number 4 (by Kirsty Wiseman for Personal Impressions) and the greeting (maker unknown) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The paper by Teresa Collins was fussy cut, then I painted one of the stripes in Picked Raspberry, and the edge in Wink of Stella which unfortunately doesn’t show up in the photos. I finished off with a black sequin in the centre of the bow.
Happy Birthday Less is More – long may you continue!

I Heart Fuchsias

Another day, another challenge! At the moment I’m trying really hard to use up some of the stash I’ve accumulated over the last few years but never touched, also mixing it with some of my newer acquisitions. This card is based on the sketch over at I {Heart} Card Sketches although it can’t be entered into the challenge there as I didn’t use one of their images.

This card uses the Clearly Besotted stamps free with this month’s Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves & Angel Pink. The backing paper, flowers & jewelled brad have been in my stash for a very long time. I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the main fuchsia, which I hope you can see in the picture below.

Crackle Flower

I’m determined to use up some of the (many) patterned papers I’ve hoarded for a very long time, and the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seemed like the ideal way to do that. If I’m not too late this will be my second entry for the current challenge over at CASology where the cue card is “birthday”.

I’m not sure who the papers are by, but I added a subtle touch of bling to some of the stripes & diamonds with my Wink of Stella. The greeting is by Paula Pascual & it’s stamped in Lulu Lavender. I’m also not sure who made the chipboard flower, but I added a little bit of texture to it by painting it with Distress Crackle Paint and added a jewelled brad by My Mind’s Eye.