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.
A lovely French friend celebrates her 60th birthday today. She doesn’t look her age and is always stylish, as so many French women are, and I hope that the card I’ve made reflects that. She also loves red so there was never any question about what colour I should incorporate! The stamp is “Giant Poppy” by IndigoBlu, and I spent a happy evening colouring the whole image in the only 2 Copic markers I own, which happen to be red.
Once I’d coloured it, I spent ages trying to decide what on earth to do with it, so I decided to be brave and cut the image as I felt it had more impact that way. As soon as I’d done that, the card came together very quickly. The die cut numbers are by Robert Addams, the birthday die cut is by Clearly Besotted and is liberally coated in Wink of Stella. Clearly Besotted also produced the greeting stamp which I embossed in Wow! gold embossing powder. I thought of adding a little bling but decided to leave it alone. I’m entering this over at Stamping Sensations where the theme this month is “Anything Goes”.
I’m way out of my comfort zone with the bright colours I’ve used for this card! The images are from the Altenew Persian Motifs set which I finally managed to get hold of last week after waiting what seemed like ages for them to come in stock over at Make the Day Special. I’ve used Zig Clean Colour watercolour pens, without diluting them, on Crafters Companion watercolour card and the layout is based on the current sketch over at Case This Sketch.
When I’d finished painting the image I was tempted to tone down the finished card by using a more neutral card but I didn’t have any that matched, so I was forced to go with the bold option of bright orange card by American Crafts as a base. I then stumbled across a free “happy” cutting file to use with my Sizzix Eclips which fitted with the sketch perfectly. A touch of Wink of Stella turned the boring black card into glittery cardstock. A stamped, embossed word from the Many Mini Messages stamp set from Clearly Besotted finished the greeting but I felt the card was still lacking something, so I added a few Doodlebug sprinkles to fill up a little bit of white space.
I loved the simple sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week but I also wanted to go over & join the fun in the Snippet Playground. With this card I’ve managed to do both, and as it’s a birthday card I’ll enter it into the challenge over at CASology, too, where the cue card is “Birthday”.
The snippet of paper has been in my stash for ages, I’m not sure of the maker. You can’t see it in the photo but I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to some of the stripes. The chipboard flowers have also been in my stash for years; I painted them with a couple of coats of gesso then once that had dried, coloured them with Mulberry Promarker. I found some Crackle Accents and decided to see what that looked like, so here’s a close-up:
To be honest the flowers didn’t turn out as I’d imagined at all but I really quite like them – I think they look a bit weird in the photo but trust me, they look much better in real life!
The greeting by Clearly Besotted was stamped in Memento Lulu Lavender, and the Happy Birthday was given the Wink of Stella treatment, too.
This card is based on the sketch at the Clean & Simple challenge 297, but by a happy accident I’ve just discovered that it also qualifies me for this week’s LIM challenge which is to use something recycled. Possibly not CAS enough for LIM, though!
The backing paper is from my stash. The butterflies are cut from the reverse side of some of my previous stamping mistakes! That’s the first bit of recycling. The butteflies were stamped then coloured in Promarker to match the backing paper. The white sections have had Anita’s Clear Gloss applied to add a bit more dimension, and the largest butterfly has had clear Wink of Stella applied although the photos don’t show it.
The greeting is also stamped, and the second bit of recycling is the ribbon, cut from the inside of a blouse and coloured with the same Promarker.
This was our son’s Christmas card this year. As an avid guitarist the phrase “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” seemed most appropriate. I was going to cut out the tree & guitar on my new Eclips but ended up doing it by hand (long story!). I got the tree from here then paper-pieced it. The guitar was stamped in Adirondack Red Pepper then glittered with my Wink of Stella clear pen & the rest was done in Craft Artist 2 Professional: