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Three challenges in one this week: this card is based on sketch #142 at Tuesday Morning Sketches, where I almost forgot to enter it so this blog post is a bit rushed! I’m also entering it into the challenge at Stamping Sensations where this month’s theme is Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy. I can’t do the last two, but this stamp by IndigoBlu certainly qualifies in the first category. And I hope this card is CAS enough for the challenge at Addicted to CAS where this week’s theme is Pink.

I stamped it in Versamark then embossed it in Wow! detail white embossing powder then spent a relaxing evening painting it with my Zig markers in Wine Red and Almond Pink, blending it out with water & a fine paintbrush. Once I’d done that I wasn’t quite sure how to finish it off – I tried to use patterned paper but despite having hundreds of sheets I couldn’t find any that worked!

So instead I stamped the greeting (from Clearly Besotted Brushed Greetings II) and embossed it again, then used the Piestra Tile die by Memory Box to add a little interest.

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FMS #285

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A last minute entry for Freshly Made Sketches this week with a card for my Mum, from my son – where the main image is one painted by my late father – talk about keeping it in the family! The picture is slightly skewed, sorry, I really wasn’t drunk when I took it.

I couldn’t find any matching backing paper for the shape at the back, so I decided to use a stencil by Imagination Crafts instead, carefully moving it around and stencilling in Hero Arts Soft Olive to make the background shape. The greeting was a mixture of stamps by Clearly Besotted, the “gran” being a “grandmother” stamp which I masked off to only use the first part.

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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.

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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.



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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