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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

CTS #223

Front of card

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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Happy Easter!

Front of Easter card

A quick and simple card for Easter: the daffodil stamp & greeting are by Clearly Besotted, coloured with Promarkers & a mixture of cheap W H Smith pencils & Derwent Coloursoft, of which I only have a few. The “ribbon” at the back is one of the palms from Palm Sunday Mass last week. This was based on the sketch at challenge #218 at CAS Colours and Sketches, and I’m also entering into the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps.

Close of up daffodil

NBUS #8

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The theme for this fortnight over at Darnell’s NBUS Challenge (NBUS=Never-Before-Used =-Schtuff!!) is coloured pencils on kraft. I bought some cheap coloured pencils from W H Smith a long, long time ago when they were in the sale, and they’ve languished unloved in a drawer ever since.

I’ve spent pretty much all my crafting time since Christmas re-cataloguing my clear stamp collection so I decided to have a go at the challenge as a break from the monotony. I’m not entirely happy with the result – maybe that’s what you get when you use cheap pencils! – but from a distance it’s not too bad;-) I didn’t use any blending fluid, I wasn’t sure how well it would work on kraft, and in any case I couldn’t find it!  Here’s the close-up so you can see what I mean:

Close up

 

Cocker Spaniel Cutie!

Front of card

My husband’s family used to own a much-loved cocker spaniel, so when I saw this digital stamp over at Just Inklined I knew it would be perfect for my father-in-law’s birthday. I had a lovely time colouring it in Promarkers, but then I didn’t know what to do with it!

Then I saw that this month’s challenge at Virginia’s View is plaid or stripes, so that gave me an idea for the background. I combined it with the Sketch Saturday challenge which is to use an old sketch. I therefore chose sketch number 272:

When I came to place the sentiment, it didn’t really work in the position of the sketch so I hope they’ll forgive me for varying it just slightly. Anyway, here’s a close-up of the cute puppy:

Close up of image

Mother’s Day Flowers

Mother's Day Card

If you live in the UK it won’t have escaped your notice that yesterday was Mother’s Day. This was my card for my Mum, inspired by the sketch at Paper Play Sketches. The main image is a Stampendous agapanthus stamp, coloured using the whitewash technique. I kept it simple as my Mum prefers CAS cards. The greeting was a mix of stamps by Clearly Besotted, stamped in Memento Grape Jelly and then cut out using a Spellbinders label die.

Mother's day card closeup

I’m entering this into the following challenges: