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.
Long time no post (again!). I’m hoping that eventually hubby will be well enough to get back to work and earn some money so that life – and crafting, of course – can return to normal. Well, I can dream can’t I?!
Anyway, I finally got around to making a card this week. My boss retires on Tuesday and this is the card I made for her:
The picture was painted using Winsor & Newton watercolour paints; the stamps are by Inkylicious, Elzybells, and the deckchair one was free from a magazine. I cut it out using a craft knife to give a little bit of dimension. The border was embossed & coloured with a Promarker, here’s a close-up:
I’m entering this into the challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges as it’s loosely based on one of the sketches on there.
The challenge over at Sketch Saturday this week is to choose any sketch from numbers 215-362. I chose number 225 which looks like this:
Apart from elongating it, I stuck pretty much to the sketch. The main image is a stamp by Inkylicious called Windswept, inked in Memento Olive Grove onto watercolour paper which had been pre-painted with a sky image in my Cotman watercolours. The paper had been in my stash for years, as had the brads, but they both matched perfectly. I then stamped the Clearly Besotted greeting in Olive Grove, too.
Ever made a card where everything that could go wrong, does go wrong? Yes, I thought so! This was one of those cards for me. I wanted to play along with the colour challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays, where the theme is tan, white & a bright colour. The allium stamp is by Inkylicious & is a two-step stamp but I only used the outline part, inking it up with Hero Arts Unicorn white ink then painting the flower head with Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paint in Aqua Mist. So far, so good.
I had decided I wanted to play along with the Sew Cute challenge over at Kitty Bee designs but almost broke my newly-repaired sewing machine trying to sew a border round the main image. I had to hand-sew a second border to cover up the mess of the first! Then I thought the white stem didn’t stand out enough, so I tried painting some of the Aqua Mist over the top but the result was so bad I hand-stitched the stem to cover up the mess. I kept the rest of it simple (didn’t want to tempt fate!) by die-cutting the Thanks word using a die by Clearly Besotted.
This card is for a very special young man called Owen, who loves music and is the life and soul of any party he goes to – he loves celebrating birthdays, even if it’s not his own!
I’m entering this into the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp, where the challenge is “Make it Sparkle”. Although this card doesn’t look sparkly, I painted the large birthday letters with clear Wink of Stella as I hope you can see in this close-up –
Stamps: Inkylicious musical background, Woodware Large & Small Greetings
The cue card over at CASology this week is shine, so I took the opportunity to again use up some of the crafty stash which has been languishing unused for way too long. This time it was a shiny “Wish” sticker which I’ve teamed with an Inkylicious dandelion stamp, a Flower Soft greeting and some sparkly embossing glitter.
Despite the distinct lack of sunshine when I took the photos, the embossing glitter really does shine!
Sticker: “Life of the Party” by Momenta
Stamps: Inkylicious, Flower Soft
Embossing Glitter: Cosmic Shimmer “Silver Fish Sparkle”
The theme over at Less is More this week is “Flowers” so I took the opportunity to practice watercolour painting again. I’ve also belatedly realised that I didn’t enter this into this week’s “Flower” challenge over at CASology as I’d intended to. The poppy stamps are by Inkylicious, one of my favourite stamp companies. I stamped & masked the images in Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Then I smooched Adirondack Terracotta ink onto an acrylic block, mixing it with water then using that to paint the main image. The black is Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour paint. The greeting is a Lucy Cromwell for Papermania stamp, stamped in Hero Arts Charcoal ink. Although the card looked too plain without any embellishments I tried to keep them to a minimum, just using a few pearls to finish it off.