Another coloured pencil creation today, although to me this illustrates the difference between cheap coloured pencils & the more expensive Polychromos as the finish on the red golf bag is not as good as I’d like. It also shows the difference between colouring in artificial light and daylight, as it really doesn’t stand up to close up photography. Thankfully it does look better in real life! The layout is based on this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.
The golfing stamp is from an old set by Crafts UK, the golf ball was made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (it’s the reverse side), the spotty flag was stamped with a dotty background stamp & cut using an MFT die. The greeting is a Clearly Besotted stamp, embossed and then cut out with another MFT die.
I haven’t used coloured pencils for quite a while, but this quick & simple card uses my only Polychromos, which worked really well on the kraft cardstock. I heat embossed the flowers from the Clearly Besotted Friends Forever set, which is a recent purchase and therefore qualifies as my NBUS. I kept the card simple (although not very original!) by using a simple stamped greeting (again, Clearly Besotted) on an MFT die-cut flag and a few sequins.
I made this card earlier in the week and then almost forgot to enter it into this week’s challenge at CAS Mix Up! The theme for this month is watercolour wash but you also have to include stamping and something else of your choice, in my case diecutting and embossing.
This card evolved as I experimented. I started with the watercolour wash, which I did with my Zigs, but then wasn’t sure what to do next. I wanted to use some new (to me, at least) stamps which I had just bought off Ebay, so I stamped the flowers in Versamark then embossed them in silver. The petals are coloured in the same paint as the background, but I wasn’t sure I could paint over the watercolour wash with another colour so it was a nice surprise to find it worked very well!
Finishing the card was easy: the greeting is a combination of a die cut by Mama Elephant and a stamped word by Clearly Besotted. Thin strips of card at the side added a little extra interest, and I felt it needed the sequins to finish it off.
I was lucky enough, years ago, to be taught basic dressmaking at school. Every so often I’ve tried to pick up the threads (sorry!) and have another go, and each time the result wasn’t good enough to wear outside the house – but not this time! I saw a free blouse pattern on the So Sew Easy blog and decided to have a go. I already had some fabric which was in the bargain bin at Abakhan last year, and although it was a nightmare to sew with (it frays really badly), this was the finished result:
The instructions were really easy to follow, and I even made my own bias binding – a first for me, and a major achievement! The only things I changed were that I lengthened the sleeves very slightly & elasticated the bottom as it was just too voluminous for me. I’m so happy with the finished result, and even my far-more-expert-at-sewing sister was impressed. And all for about £5!
A last minute entry for the 300th Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Congratulations to Lesley & the rest of the design team, that’s an amazing achievement! The dog image was a freebie from Craft Stamper a few years back, minus the flower in his mouth but I added “wallpaper” & “carpet” in Promarkers to match the patterned papers from my stash & a little Anita’s Clear Gloss to give him a shiny nose.
Apologies for the blurry pictures, I’d sent the card off to the recipient before I noticed!
A quick and simple card based on the sketch at Cheerful Sketches. A Kaisercraft card stamp is the focal point, with papers from my stash and the birthday greeting is from a set by Paula Pascual. The numbers are dies by Tim Holtz.
My missing mojo is slowly returning although sadly the work-related stress isn’t going anywhere. Still, this is one of three cards I’ve enjoyed making today. The inspiration for it was a card by the super-talented Loll Thompson, not realising that she had made it as an example for this month’s CAS Mix Up challenge. What is it they say? “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”? But it’s with a little trepidation that I’m entering my card into the challenge as it’s a little too close to her inspiration for comfort!
I didn’t have any plain tissue paper to water colour, but I did have pink tissue paper which I scrumpled up, glued to cardstock with Mod Podge then heat embossed with Wow! silver embossing powder.
I then made the frame with dies by M & C Boutique which were a bargain (£5!) in The Works. I masked off an area the size of the frame then stamped the script (by Inkylicious) in Hero Arts Unicorn ink. The feather was die cut from the “offcut” middle of the frame then shaped a little & adhered with dimensional adhesive.
I used by own home made stamping tool (which is a variation of this one) to stamp the greeting (by Clearly Besotted) but then realised that everything was on the right hand side and the card didn’t look balanced, so I added a little bling to fill the gap.
Techniques: tissue paper, heat embossing, stamping, die cutting.
Still struggling with my missing mojo but this week’s sketch at Case This Sketch provided the inspiration for this quick & easy card. The most difficult bit was working out what size the patterned paper rectangles (by My Mind’s Eye) needed to be*! I also turned the sketch on its side so it would work with the die cut greeting by Mama Elephant, to which I added some clear Wink of Stella for a tiny amount of bling. You can just about see that in the photo below. The birthday word (by Clearly Besotted) was stamped in Versamark & embossed in white embossing powder. A few pearls from my stash finished the card off.
Like many people who craft, it is my antidote to stress. But sometimes even card making isn’t enough, and my mojo goes awol. Such has been the situation for the last month. Although I’ve made a few cards, getting started on them has been a struggle. When that happens I turn to challenges & YouTube videos to spark my creativity again.
One such challenge is the one at Die Cutting Divas where the theme of challenge 323 is Wedding/Anniversary. A recent Ebay purchase of a few sets of Hero Arts Stamp & Cut stamps included the one I’ve used above, Congrats.
It’s my brother & sister-in-law’s 35th wedding anniversary soon so I used a mix of Distress Inks to create the background, which was cut with a stitched square die. Then I die cut the Congrats die several times in white and also from the background. I layered up 3 white die cuts then added the coloured one on top, offsetting it slightly. The “on your anniversary” was a combination of stamps from other sets, stamped in Versamark then in Distress Ink to match the background. I then embossed it in clear embossing powder.
To keep the overall look simple, I stamped a few hearts from one of the other Hero Arts sets & embossed them in white.
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.