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Tropical Blooms

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Whenever I’m struggling for ideas it’s usually sketch challenges I turn to for inspiration, and this week is no exception. The sketch over at Paper Craft Crew was the basis for this card, which was created with the digital stamps available from Kate Hadfield Designs. I used Craft Artist II to create the multi-bloom image, printed it then coloured it with Promarkers & coloured pencils. Then it was fussy cut. The papers & bling were from my stash.Close up of image

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Three challenges in one this week: this card is based on sketch #142 at Tuesday Morning Sketches, where I almost forgot to enter it so this blog post is a bit rushed! I’m also entering it into the challenge at Stamping Sensations where this month’s theme is Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy. I can’t do the last two, but this stamp by IndigoBlu certainly qualifies in the first category. And I hope this card is CAS enough for the challenge at Addicted to CAS where this week’s theme is Pink.

I stamped it in Versamark then embossed it in Wow! detail white embossing powder then spent a relaxing evening painting it with my Zig markers in Wine Red and Almond Pink, blending it out with water & a fine paintbrush. Once I’d done that I wasn’t quite sure how to finish it off – I tried to use patterned paper but despite having hundreds of sheets I couldn’t find any that worked!

So instead I stamped the greeting (from Clearly Besotted Brushed Greetings II) and embossed it again, then used the Piestra Tile die by Memory Box to add a little interest.

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CAS Watercolour

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I came across a new (to me at least) watercolour challenge blog called CAS watercolour. As that’s one of my favourite colouring mediums, coupled with my favourite card-making style, I decided to enter this month’s challenge. This card is one I made earlier this month but hadn’t got around to featuring on my blog.

The flower image is by Clearly Besotted, painted in Windsor & Newton half-pan paints. The greeting stamp, embossed in Hero Arts embossing powder, and birthday die are also by Clearly Besotted. The number diecuts are by Die’sire, finished with Anita’s Clear Gloss. I kept the finished card simple with a few pearls.

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FMS #285

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A last minute entry for Freshly Made Sketches this week with a card for my Mum, from my son – where the main image is one painted by my late father – talk about keeping it in the family! The picture is slightly skewed, sorry, I really wasn’t drunk when I took it.

I couldn’t find any matching backing paper for the shape at the back, so I decided to use a stencil by Imagination Crafts instead, carefully moving it around and stencilling in Hero Arts Soft Olive to make the background shape. The greeting was a mixture of stamps by Clearly Besotted, the “gran” being a “grandmother” stamp which I masked off to only use the first part.

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FMS #284

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Sketches always seem to be my inspiration for cards, and this week’s by Karren at Freshly Made Sketches is no exception. I’m sure I’ll be forgiven for modifying it slightly to suit the greeting I used. The papers have been in my stash for years – the pink is suede so adds a little bit extra “je ne sais quoi”.  The word dies are by Mama Elephant, and the numbers are by Die’sire.

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Mojo Monday #493

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This card was for my Aunt’s 85th birthday yesterday; I wanted to use an image painted by my late father as I knew she would appreciate that. This week’s sketch at Mojo Monday was perfect to allow me to do that. I used some background paper and cardstock from my stash, and inked up a sentiment from Clearly Besotted.

Sorry the shot below is a little blurry, I’m still learning how to use my new camera!

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IndigoBlu Giant Peony

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My crafty friend Vicky celebrated her birthday yesterday, so of course for her I love to pull out all the stops! This is the IndigoBlu Giant Peony, stamped onto watercolour cardstock then embossed in white. I then spent an enjoyable evening with my Zig Clean Color pens until I was happy with the end result, although I’m sure the finished colours aren’t botanically accurate. A few sequins and an embossed greeting by Clearly Besotted were all I felt it needed to finish it off.

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I’m entering this into The Flower Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.

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