A quick post to enter this card into the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches, where the sketches frequently provide me with much-needed inspiration. This card is for the birthday of my old (old being the operative word!) boss.
The car stamp by Visible Image is a recent purchase, the car & background being watercoloured with my Zigs, and the trees are a stamp by Inkylicious. The numbers are by Sapphire Crafts, the greeting is computer generated. I added Anita’s Clear Gloss to the numbers & headlights to add a bit of dimension.
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.
A new addition to our family gave me the opportunity to use a Forever Friends stamp I’ve had in my stash for – well, forever! I decided to watercolour it using my Zig Clean Color markers, but once I’d done that I kept it very simple with a greeting and a hand-drawn border to echo the stitching on the Moses basket.
I’m entering this into the 4th birthday challenge at Addicted to CAS where the theme is “Congratulations”.
We received the shocking, sad news today that a man we have known for years has suddenly passed away. Our families’ lives have been loosely intertwined for over 50 years – his family was at school with mine, my son has been friends with his younger son from early childhood. So it was with heavy heart that I made this card for his family, particularly his widow who is a friend. The inspiration for this was challenge no 157 over at Muse, I really liked the way the sentiment filled the gap. I am also going to enter this in the Flower Power challenge at Stamping Sensations.
The flowers are by Altenew, coloured with Zig Clean Colour pens. The stamped greeting is by Hero Arts and the diecut “sympathy” is a new purchase from Clearly Besotted – I didn’t think I’d be using it quite this soon.
My son loves Westies, so when I saw this little cutie over at Little Claire, I knew instantly how I wanted his Christmas card to look. I kept it simple using paper piecing for both the dog & his little coat. The collar and baubles were coloured using a combination of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers (which work well on kraft cardstock) and a gold gel pen. I also “grounded” him with a little grey pen although I had to be careful to avoid it looking like a puddle!
I’m entering this into the “A special Christmas card” challenge over at Little Claire’s blog. Here’s a close-up:
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.
It’s been a while since I did any crafting as I’m still playing nurse to my poorly husband whilst doing all the other usual stuff. But recently I treated myself to a set of 48 Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens so I made the time to have a play with them the other night. I started off by stamping one of the Clearly Besotted “Fresh Flowers” stamps onto an Inkylicious tag, then embossing it with Wow! Platinum Fine detail embossing powder. Out came the the brush pens, which blended really well on the art card as long as I worked quickly. Once I’d done that, I really didn’t know what to do next – my mojo hasn’t had much practice just lately!
Then I was inspired by this card by Michelle Short, one of my favourite card makers, so I decided to fussy cut the flowers instead of using the tag. Then I used my Sizzix Eclips to cut the numbers out of Reeves watercolour card. I made a card base out of more Reeves card, and used the same Zig pens to make a background behind the numbers; I found the watercolours didn’t blend well on this card at all as they dried very quickly.
The greeting, by Paula Pascual, was also embossed, along with a strip across the bottom of the card. This card is for my boss, who has been really understanding over my home situation & has allowed me to work from home, for which I consider myself to be very lucky! I’m entering this into the following challenges: