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.
*(Note to self for future ref: 2cm x 4.5cm!)
I’ve not done much crafting lately as my mojo has been on its holidays for a while! A few recent crafty purchases have inspired me a little, and this card for my aunt is the result.
The rose stencil is by Birds Cards, cut from Bazzill Basics card on my Sizzix Eclips. Unfortunately I removed it from the tacky mat without checking first that the blade had cut all the way through, so I spent a very long time finishing it off by hand but I was pleased with it in the end & it kept me out of trouble for a while! I mounted it on a piece of patterned paper by My Mind’s Eye.
The roses stamp is by Clearly Besotted, coloured in Ruby & Soft Green Promarkers, and the greeting is by Paula Pascual. I decided to add a few sequins to fill in a bit of white space. I’m entering this into the challenge over at Stamping Sensations where the theme is One for the Girls.
Yes, you did read that correctly. I will say right from the outset that this really isn’t recommended as it can stain your stamps – you have been warned! But if you ever find yourself in a situation (as I did) where you have no inks of the right colour to match your project, stamping with Promarkers does work. I used it for the greeting on this card:
Stamping with Promarkers wasn’t the only thing which took me out of my comfort zone with this card; SO many patterned papers on one card – really not my style! But they’re all from the same set (“Here is Happy” by My Mind’s Eye) so at least I knew they were colour-coordinated. The card design is based on the latest challenge over at Your Next Stamp, and I thought I’d met both the colour & sketch challenges until I realised that the grey had appeared as taupe on my tablet!
The image stamp was a freebie from Craft Stamper Magazine; although I had taupe ink which matched perfectly, try as I might I couldn’t get a cleanly-stamped image so I gave up & embossed it using Wow! Platinum embossing powder. The background cardstock is by Bazzill, the greeting stamp (with the afore-mentioned Promarker stamping) is from a long-retired set by Elzybells, and I finished it off with Doodlebug Sprinkles.
My nephew’s girlfriend turns 21 tomorrow; she’s a very pretty, girlie girl who – like most of her generation – loves shoes. She also loves Cath Kidston so, although this isn’t a Cath Kidston paper, I thought it was a similar style. As I’ve had a couple of weeks off work over Christmas I had the luxury of time to play with my Craft Robo, so I downloaded a shoe font from the internet, tidied up the graphic in the Silhouette Studio software & cut the shoe out. The greeting was produced in Craft Artist 2 Professional.
Although the shoe turned out exactly how I wanted it to, the completed card wasn’t quite how I imagined it for a few reasons: one, I couldn’t find matching cardstock for matting & layering so I had to improvise by using white linen card coloured with Promarkers & the ink seemed to dry patchy for once; two, the layout wasn’t what I had intended as my first attempt didn’t work out; three, I felt the greeting needed a bit more oomph but (as usual!) ran out of time.
Still, I’m not unhappy with the finished result & I hope Kasanita likes it, too.
Paper: My Mind’s Eye Pretty Please
Stick on gems: Hobby House
Gemstone key: from Crafts4&2Do, St Helens