Monday, 30 January 2012

Keeping it Simple

Get on over to Mojo Monday.  Sketch no 226 is a real keeper.  I had my square card made so quickly that I now want to try a round version (or maybe make a round topper to have for another card).

My card doesn't have a sentiment and please believe me that 'in person' it doesn't need one.  It is one for my stash to send a 'thinking of you' message inside.  The brown glitter really sparkles - even thought it looks so dull in the photo.

I have had this little birdie image stamped and glittered for years and sitting in front of me for inspiration with two of his brothers with turquoise and brown dots.  I will have to search for the stamp set again and do a repeat.  I am not usually a 'pastels' fan but I will hold on to this card for as long as possible - yum!

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped card blank from stash
  • Designer paper on top is from a Forever Friends Black & Gold stack
  • Beige & white swirls paper was purchased at a pick 'n' mix paper stand at a craft fair
  • Bird stamp I have since 2008 - picked up in Walmart possibly - not 100 percent on that one
  • Ribbon from stash


Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Another of my favourite challenges I love to browse for inspiration, and I love Kath Stewart's work especially (her blog is one of the first I discovered on the 'net').  And again, it's another challenge I don't usually enter even with all the PB stamps I now own - shame on me!!!

For challenge no 186 the theme is floral frenzy - how wonderful.  I kept my card fairly simple, a square patch of floral patterned paper and the hedgie is holding a bunch of flowers which I Glossy Accented.  To finish off I cut the edges of the striped card with decorative scissors, added a trim punched with a Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch and the branch was cut with my Cricut (Christmas pressie from hubby)

Check out the other Design Team member's samples - they are simply wonderful.  Ideal to kick-start lazy mojos!!!

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped card blank from stash
  • Designer paper & striped paper also from stash
  • PB Hedgie is from one of the Transparent sets
  • Image coloured with Promarkers

It's Pretty Pink

I had the most fun stamping by the fire on Saturday evening.  My go-to challenge after work on Saturday is the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge even though I don't enter it.  I have no excuse because I now have a few of Claire's stamp sets to my name.

I am always so impressed by the DT's samples each week and this week was no different.  I chose to follow in the steps of Kelly Schirmer and create my own designer paper using tiny Waltzingmouse stamps.

I just 'went' for it.  I started by distressing the edge of a white square of card with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I was a bit heavy-handed first time around so I flipped the card blank over and this was my 'barely distressed' effort.  Wow Aged Mahogany hardly needs to touch the card to colour it - this was the effect I got around the edge with a very dry sponge!  

I used a tiny 'berry' 'dot' from the WM Festive Foliage set - first time this little 'dot' was inked.  I used a strong pink from a Color Box Chalk ink stack stamped it with the fresh coat of ink and stamped it again before i re-inked it the next time around.   (If I had time I would have loved to have added Glossy Accents to the 'polka dots' not covered by the topper for an extra effect.  Instead I went on to make some more designer sheets in different colourways.)  The next tiny stamp I used was the one you see stamped in black - from the WM You're Lovely set.  And lastly, the tiny trio of stars that I used is from the WM Christmas Cottage set.

To finish off I kinda followed the sketch with a top scalloped border cut with a Martha Stewart Punch,  tied some chiffon ribbon round the top and added a topper stamped from the WM You're Lovely set again.  Sentiment to be added later - this card is for my crafty stash.

Card Recipe:
  • Scalloped square card base from stash
  • Background card created using Distress Ink and WM stamps
  • Ribbon from Meiflower


Refreshing Colours ....

....for a Spring-like challenge at There She Goes challenge blog.  They have provided a fab photo as inspiration using 'put you in a good mood colours' in my opinion.  Here is my card:

And to give my card more than one outing in a challenge today I am also entering it into 'A Passion for Papertrey'  - inspired by a book challenge - loosely I am basing my card on Cecelia Ahern's 'PS I Love You' book where the main female character gets pieces of mail from her dead husband beginning with a milestone birthday message???!!!!

Card Recipe:
  • Main image is one of the Friendship jar fillers (being used without the jar) by Papertrey Ink and coloured using only 4 Promarker shades - Antique Pink, Cocktail Pink, Grass and Pine.
  • I also used one of Papertrey's ric-rac border dies to cut a strip of white card stock to go across the card
  • The pink background I can't accredit - my apologies, my aunt was having a clear out of crafty stash and she gave me tons of loose 12 x 12 papers.
  • The green 'print-effect' background paper is one by Stampin' Up
  • Also in the picture is a music-score embossed card - made using a Cuttlebug folder