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 #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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Happy Easter!

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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


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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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Three in One

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I’m combining 3 challenges in one with this card; I liked the simplicity of the design over at Muse this week – their 200th challenge! I used the dotty paper from my stash & stamped/masked the main image. This is where the second challenge comes in: Darnell over at NBUS challenges everyone to use their “Never Before Used Schtuff”: the flowers are from a layering set by Prima called Bayou Flowers, which I’ve had for a while but never used. There’s also an optional theme of CASEing another card, which of course is exactly what the Muse challenge is! The third challenge is at Addicted to Stamps and More where the theme is “Anything Goes”.

I stamped the flower in Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, layered with Memento London Fog & Tuxedo Black. You can see the sheen of the ink in the close up below. The leaves were stamped in Memento Pistachio. Rather than CASEing the Muse card exactly, I decided to use a Lawn Cuts Cross-Stitched Square die to cut out the main image and decided to keep the greeting simple. It’s by Clearly Besotted, from the Many Mini Messages set, stamped in Versamark onto a scrap of black card then embossed in Wow! white embossing powder.

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Oh to be 40!

Front of cardOne of my husband’s relatives is mourning the passing of her thirties – how I wish that was my next big birthday!!! I felt I had to incorporate some black into her 40th birthday card to reflect this. The embellished paper by Cart-US has been in my stash for a very long time & has elements of black in it so I knew it would be perfect. I’ve based the card on the sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

The greeting, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on parchment paper, is by Clearly Besotted and the diecut numbers are by Die’Sire. I used gems from my stash to hide the spots of glue under the parchment to hold it in place.

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