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Silly!

Life hasn’t allowed me much time for crafting just lately, I’m hoping that normal service will be resumed eventually! But it’s a young relative’s second birthday today and this was the card I made for him:

Monkey card

It’s coloured with Promarkers and looks simple, but it took quite a bit of masking (using Pebeo Drawing Gum) and four attempts before I got it right! The cue card over at CASology this week is “Silly”, and although that isn’t something I normally do I thought this card might fit the bill. The number stamp is by Papermania, and the monkeys are from a very old set by (I think) Hero Arts. As the challenge over at 4 Crafty Chicks this week is Masking, I’m going to enter it over there, too.

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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”

LIM – One Layer week 158

The challenge over at Less is More this week is One Layer, and for once I’ve got myself organised in enough time to take part! This card is for a French friend whose birthday falls this week, and although she isn’t from Paris I know she loves it there so it seemed fitting to try out my recent purchase of some Stampin’ Up! stamps with a French theme.

This was my third attempt! The greeting was stamped using individual letter stamps, and my first attempt saw me mis-spelling “Bon” – you’d never guess I got a B in A-level French, would you? My excuse is the number of years since I took it . . . .
There was lots of masking and inking using my new Hero Arts Blackboard shadow inks which arrived yesterday, before sponging some Distress Spun Sugar over the ticket. Voila!
Cardstock: Anna Marie Designs
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Artistic Etchings, 
Crafty Individuals CI-128, 
Kirsty Wiseman for Personal Impressions Alpha Script PICSA6276
Inks: Hero Arts Shadow Inks: Black, Charcoal, Soft Granite
Distress Inks Spun Sugar

Poppy Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are so difficult but I always think poppies are quite appropriate. This was coloured using dry Derwent Inktense pencils blended with a blender pencil, then masked so I could do the background stamping.

I never intended the script stamp to be so patchy but my first attempt, using the first generation ink, was too dominant so I decided the second generation ink would be better. I’m entering this into this week’s challenge at Keep It Simple, where the theme is text.
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamps: Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms, Inkylicious Script Stamp,
Greeting: Inspired by Stamping
Inks: Memento London Fog
Inktense Pencils
 

New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I never stick to them.  This year will be different.  I have made only one resolution – to spend less time thinking about making cards (and browsing the web for inspiration) and more time actually making them!  This will, I hope, force me to experiment a bit more, to use more of my stash & to be prepared to take the risk that something might not work.  I’m also hoping it will mean that I will be less last-minute with my card making, but maybe I’m expecting too much!

So here are this week’s experiments, and I decided to use the new Sizzix stamps my husband bought me for Christmas.  The first two cards were inspired by Ali Reeve when I saw her demoing on Create & Craft a few days ago.  To make the inky backgrounds I made masks from copy paper & inked through them.  The butterflies were stamped & masked then coloured with a Lilac Promarker and the finished image was mounted onto dark purple cardstock.

Another inking & masking experiment.  The butterfly was “watercoloured” with a Sakura Silver Stardust pen.

Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus, Coredinations
Stamps: Sizzix, Imagination Crafts
Ink: Adirondack Cool Peri, Memento Tuxedo Black
 
I can’t remember where the inspiration for the third card came from.  The ink sponging didn’t turn out quite the way I planned but I decided that it wasn’t a completely unsuccessful experiment & it would do just fine.  The image & greeting are on a strip of card which was embossed across the top & bottom, but unfortunately the photo doesn’t show the embossing detail.   I used a strip of card left over from another card & it cunningly hides an earlier failed experiment to sponge directly onto the card!
 
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus, Coredinations
Stamps: Sizzix, Papermania Lucy Cromwell range
Ink: Adirondack Cool Peri & Eggplant, Distress Spun Sugar, Memento Tuxedo Black
 

Birthday Flowers

The techniques used on this card inspired me to do something similar.  I used a set of stamps designed by Paula Pascual, masking the central panel, then coloured the flowers with Promarkers.  I hadn’t been drinking when I took this first picture, honest!

I coloured the centre of the flowers with a Sakura Stardust pen to add a bit of subtle bling but unfortunately it’s so subtle it doesn’t really show in the pictures!  The main image was mounted on foam pads to finish.
Stamps: Simple Flowers PPCSA6006 by Paula Pascual, greeting stamp by Craft UK.