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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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:
In my experience men don’t like fussy cards, which suits me just fine as I simply can’t make them! Sketch Saturday‘s sketch this week appealed to me as it’s quite simple, with a little bit of extra interest whilst still not being over the top. I used an Indigo Blu stamp for the main image, stamped in Hero Arts black ink, and some patterned paper from my stash.
The little recipient of this card is mad on Thomas the Tank Engine so I hope he likes this alternative! The stamps are by Kirsty Wiseman, and had never seen ink before. The backing paper was from my stash and the sketch is from Sketch Saturday.