Sunday, 30 January 2011

CASE Study Challenge #24 - Love cards

Here's my entry to CASE Study Challenge #24. Gotta have flowers indeed.

For this one, I tried a technique I saw in this video by Tim Holtz. Basically, you stamp on the embossing folder before embossing and then ink the raised parts. It gives a really interesting effect, even in monochrome. I was surprised that the Stampin Up inks blended well using circular motions just as I would with distressing inks; I've always used dabbing with SU before.

To make the flowers pop a bit, I decided to paint over them with glitter paint (Derivan) boosted with Dazzling Diamonds for a bit more sparkle. I think this provided contrast against the matte background. I made two cards, one of which is mounted on contrasting purple cardstock to match the purple heart brad as well as give a purple tinge to the sparkles.

cardstock: SU whisper white (yes I started with white), Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush
stamps: SU Very vintage, Artistic Etchings
ink: SU Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive

Inspiration card by  Mercy

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Simplicity + The Play Date Cafe

I discovered a new challenge site - Simplicity - via Danielle Daws, via Just Add Ink (don't you just love hyperlinks?).

The challenge is called One Layer Wednesday! After making cards with at least 3 layers, this was a definite challenge. OLW 37 is just sentiments or really - just words as definition stamps are allowed. To up the ante, I thought I'd do the Play Date Cafe Challenge 665 - the colours and inspiration (Quentin Blake) are just delightful.

Like my entry into CSC #23 - this card made me smile every step of the way. In fact, it made me smile through to another card. so quick, simple, so fun!

So which one will I enter. It probably doesn't matter but I'll pick the 2nd one. I just had to add that ribbon to make the green pop a bit more.

Here's a bit more detail about this card...

First, I put the "hi" mask on (Tim Holtz) and stamped over with Hero Arts Friends definition stamp inked with Spiced Marmalade and Shabby Shutters. I blended the colours a little. Then I stamped "thinking of you" (Stampin Up) and was delighted that all the fonts actually match!

Finally, the ribbon - just through 2 slits. Maybe I'll make a tutorial for that as it's really simple and I've not come acros on the web.

Simplicity OLW challenge
Play Date Cafe

That's 4 cards for challenges in 1 night. I'm so pleased with myself. :-)

JAI 52 - a sketch challenge

When I saw the Just Add Ink challenge #53 - I knew exactly which die to use (Tim Holtz) as I've been meaning to make a card using it. The JAI inspiration card gave me the perfect layout.

It's a really simple sketch. I was going to use Stampin Up DSP but I still have some graduated background, left-over from my CSC challenge entry. In fact, I used the same techniques here: heat-emboss, ink, mount on black, sentiment and ribbon.

I know I'll be using this sketch again and maybe next time actually use DSP!!!

CSC #23 - blending ink

This card made me smile every step of the way. It's my entry to Case Study Challenge #23, inspired by this card by Mercy Kerin.

Here's a quick walkthrough:

  1. Prepare gradated base using Tim Holtz distress inks: Mustard Seed and Shabby Shutters (yellow and green)
  2. 2-step stamp the main panel: first in black then in Versamark. This is then heat-embossed (clear powder)
  3. Ink unembossed areas using said distress inks
  4. Add green ribbon, sparkly string and black button.
  5. Mount on black card and assemble. Stamp sentiment.
  6. Stitch!!! (I rarely do this). Instead of the usual stitches, I went for french knots as they are 3D and, in sparkly string, serve as good as bling.
  7. Mount on white card and voila.
Sentiment is from Stampin Up. Main panel is from Hero Arts.

I hope this made you smile, too.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Just Add Ink 51 - Monochrome

Quick post here to show my entry to JAI Challenge 51. I love colours so this was a definite challenge. To make it even more interesting - to me, at least - I decided to use yellow - a colour I hardly ever use. Yep, I fought the urge to go for cream/ivory.

Well, here it is. Lots of texture and inking. The background was spritzed with perfect pearls mist for a water-coloury effect and, of course, a bit of glimmer - as most say, this effect just doesn't photograph well. The flower was stamped as well.  All products by Stampin Up unless otherwise stated.

cardstock: Daffodil Delight
paper: various Daffodil Delight DSP
stamps: French Filligree, Artistic Etchings
punches: Scallop Trim corner punch, 3/4 inch circle, Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet, EK success butterfly
other: Basic Pearls, Perfect Pearls mist, Kaisercraft paper flower

The centre of the flower is actually a cut-out from an embossed strip of cardstock (Cuttlebug). I thought it looked better this way.

That's it. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 17 January 2011

CSC #22- card and gift

Yay! I actually finished in time to submit my entry to the CSC #22. I love the colour combo - Crumb Cake (Kraft) and Baja Breeze - from the inspiration card; reminded me of my entry to CSC #16.

It actually shows two things I absolutely love: reading and stamping! The simple corner embellishment is a really simple origami bookmark. It slips on and off so the (lucky) card recipient can use it. :-)

I wanted to "ruffle" some ribbon but couldn't find anything suitable so I ruffled up lace instead and turned it into a flower....I've always wanted to do that!

I also used a couple of border punches.
cardstock: Stampin Up Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
paper: SU DSP (retired)
stamp: Hero Arts Friend definition, SU Always, Making Memories alphabet

Here's the inspiration card by Mercy Kerin.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

CSC #21 - back to bears

This is my entry to latest Case Study Challenge #21; that is, if I'm not too late!! I've missed a few of their challenges lately.

I had so much fun creating this card - you wouldn't even think that the background started out as a blank white card. It's been stamped, distressed, inked, sprayed and sponged - not necessarily in that order.

I've been playing with textures lately and this card shows a fair bit; I even used buttons. I also used a very old stamp of mine - this bear is soooo adorable, obviously enjoying a box of chocolates (who wouldn't?). It's got a matching male bear stamp which I might use pretty soon, too.

Here's the inspiration created by  Mercy Kerin, by the way.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

It's a Tardis Lamp

Daughter Miss 9 is super-keen on Doctor Who. On a whim, I created a Tardis lamp. It was going to be just a re-decorated milk carton but ended up being a project in itself.

It measures 5 inches in height with cut-out windows covered with vellum. Once I got started, my daughter got into it and suggested I put a lightbulb on top. Fortunately, I had on-hand a battery-operated light garland which served quite well.

Here it is. 

Having a score board really helped. The windows, including the phone window, are from the Quickutz Santa's workshop set.