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.
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.
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!
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.
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 crafty friend Vicky celebrated her birthday yesterday, so of course for her I love to pull out all the stops! This is the IndigoBlu Giant Peony, stamped onto watercolour cardstock then embossed in white. I then spent an enjoyable evening with my Zig Clean Color pens until I was happy with the end result, although I’m sure the finished colours aren’t botanically accurate. A few sequins and an embossed greeting by Clearly Besotted were all I felt it needed to finish it off.
I’m entering this into The Flower Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.
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.