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My card-making mojo has deserted me just lately but the Color Inspiration Link Up, for images which have been hand-coloured, caught my attention this week because of the sheer simplicity of the challenge. Frames also seem to be cropping up in a number of cards, too, so I combine both sources of inspiration to create the card above.

The frame was created using square dies by Gummiapan & Tonic; the car stamp is by Visible Image, coloured in my only 2 Copic markers! The greys are Promarkers, and although it isn’t obvious in the photos I used Anita’s Clear Gloss on the headlights. The greeting is by Simon Says Stamp, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black then embossed with clear embossing powder. Done!

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CTS #247

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I always think masculine cards should be simple – no fuss & definitely no frills! So the sketch at Case This Sketch this week appealed to me and I took the opportunity to use up some of my (huge!) stash of patterned paper in the process. The greeting is by Woodware, I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then spent ages trying to work out what to do for the curved shape but settled, in the end, on a simple circle shape using a die by Swedish House Crafts.

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It’s a Classic!

Front of cardA quick post to enter this card into the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where the sketches frequently provide me with much-needed inspiration. This card is for the birthday of my old (old being the operative word!) boss.

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The car stamp by Visible Image is a recent purchase, the car & background being watercoloured with my Zigs, and the trees are a stamp by Inkylicious. The numbers are by Sapphire Crafts, the greeting is computer generated. I added Anita’s Clear Gloss to the numbers & headlights to add a bit of dimension.

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FMS #307

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Another coloured pencil creation today, although to me this illustrates the difference between cheap coloured pencils & the more expensive Polychromos as the finish on the red golf bag is not as good as I’d like. It also shows the difference between colouring in artificial light and daylight, as it really doesn’t stand up to close up photography. Thankfully it does look better in real life! The layout is based on this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

The golfing stamp is from an old set by Crafts UK, the golf ball was made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (it’s the reverse side), the spotty flag was stamped with a dotty background stamp & cut using an MFT die. The greeting is a Clearly Besotted stamp, embossed and then cut out with another MFT die.

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FMS #300!

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A last minute entry for the 300th Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Congratulations to Lesley & the rest of the design team, that’s an amazing achievement! The dog image was a freebie from Craft Stamper a few years back, minus the flower in his mouth but I added “wallpaper” & “carpet” in Promarkers to match the patterned papers from my stash & a little Anita’s Clear Gloss to give him a shiny nose.

Apologies for the blurry pictures, I’d sent the card off to the recipient before I noticed!

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CTS #223

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This card is for my nephew’s 25th birthday – where on earth did the years go? It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since he was a toddler, sitting in the bath making up silly songs! Anyway it’s based on the sketch at Case This Sketch, albeit changed around a little bit to accommodate the partial die cutting I did for the greeting. This turned out to be way trickier than I thought it would be & involved lots of extra cutting with craft knife & scissors.  A bit of patterned paper & a Kaisercraft stamped image coloured with Promarkers finishes it off.

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60!

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My brother, the oldest of my siblings, turns 60 on Wednesday, and although I’m a few years behind him in age I’m finding it hard to get my head around any of us being so “old”! Anyway, my Mum asked me to make a card from her, to him, and the above is what I came up with.

The card is loosely based on this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches; my first attempt was much closer to the sketch but although other people’s cards look great with the greeting printed sideways, mine just didn’t look right so I had to do it again.  The stamps are from the Clearly Besotted Basic Numbers set, stamped in Memento New Sprout. The die cut letters are by Diamond Press.

The main image was painted by my late father so that, although he can’t be here to sign the card in person, this is the next best thing. I wanted the image to be the star so I kept the paper very low key.  Here’s a slightly closer image:

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Snoozing Chap

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It’s a friend’s birthday next week, and I knew I wanted to use this digital stamp called “Snoozing Chap with Beer” from Digistamp Boutique. I coloured it with Promarkers and mounted it on a stitched square by Gummiapan. Then I used the sketch at Watercooler Wednesday,  some papers from my stash and finished with a diecut greeting by Your Next Stamp which was a recent purchase.

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Two Wheels Good!

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My brother-in-law has recently taken up motorcycling again after several years of car driving. The good thing about this is that it gives me the opportunity to make him a card about something other than golf & cricket!

The main image is from the long-gone Mad About Cards, printed on canvas paper to add some texture. The silver handlebars etc are painted with a Wink of Luna silver pen. The backing paper is from my stash. The tyre tracks and wheels are from a set of stamps by Kaisercraft called On the Move and I’ve added some Ranger Matte Accents (which look distinctly glossy to me!) to the wheels to add a little extra interest.

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The layout is based on the sketch at Mojo Monday and I’m also entering this into the challenge at The Male Room where the theme is wheels.