Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge # 355

Hi Friends! It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! This week, it's a photo inspiration challenge.



Here's my card



I was inspired by the colours, the beachy feeling and the wood slats of the central photo. I used Avery Elle's Beside the Sea stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped the beach houses and added colour with Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils. I used the die to cut out the houses. For the background, I used distress inks (tumbled glass and antique linen) applied with ink blending tools to create the sky and sand. When I placed the houses on the background, it looked "weird", as the stark white border didn't fit. So I inked the white spaces, so the sky and sand matched. I added a top sheet, from which a large circle was diecut out, to frame the scene. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped with Hero Arts mint julep ink. I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

We'd love to see how you are inspired by the photos above.

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sue


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Sunday, 18 August 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch! #335

Loving the new sketch this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!



I just had to join in. Here's my card


I went for a rainbow look using STAMPlorations ARTplorations Prim Triangles stencil and distress inks (salty ocean, twisted citron, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, candied apple, wilted violet). I used a post-it note to help keep the colours separate, so that the colours looked like strips through the stencil. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Many Thanks stamp set. I trimmed the panel down and matted on black cardstock.

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sue


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Less is More Challenge #402 OLC Stencils

I was stumped by the challenge last week at Less is More. However, this week, I was inspired.



Here's my card


On my white A2 cardbase, I masked off a 1.75" horizontal strip on the bottom half, with post-it tape. I used Hero Arts Mermaid Sea Waves stencil and added colour with Distress inks (cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, salty ocean) with ink daubers. I carefully removed the post-it tape. I stamped the sentiment and a few fish using Simon Says STAMP's Best Fishes stamp set. 

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sue


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Your Next Stamp - Challenge #120

Congratulations to Your Next Stamp's 10th Anniversary! Their challenge right now, on their blog is 

THANK YOU

I don't know about you. I can always use more "thank you" cards. Here's my card


I used YNS's Many Thanks stamp set for my card. For this one-layer card,  I masked off a 1.5" area with post-it tape on my A2 card base. I stamped the many sentiments from the stamp set, using my MISTI, and Hero Arts charcoal and pale tomato ink. I then added some distress ink (spun sugar) to the masked area and carefully removed the post-it tape. 

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sue


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Thursday, 15 August 2019

AAA Cards CAS Game #146

There's a card challenge at AAA Cards - CAS Game #146




I decided to make a card for this challenge. Often, the time-consuming part is trying t decide what to do. If I'm trying to create something in a short period of time, I tend to go back to some of my favorite card styles. I decided not to add the optional twist of Summer to my card. Here's my one-layer card.


So, one-layer cards tend to intimidate me. I mean, what happens when you make a mistake or drop your stamp or smudge something? Right, it's just half a piece of cardstock. Move on ... right? I started by stamping the cute tea party image from Unity Stamps' Tea Love stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto an A2 card base, using my MISTI. I let the ink dry a bit before moving to my next step. I masked off an area, just over 1.5" wide using post-it tape. I then added distress oxides (peacock feathers, twisted citron, salty ocean) using one of those oval make-up brushes. Those make-up brushes are so easy to use and make ink application seem so smooth. I carefully removed the post-it tape - emphasis on "carefully". I have ruined a few cards by not carefully removing the post-it tape. I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set to complete the card. Once I decided what to do, it took me less than 5 minutes to complete. 

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sue

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch! #334

WOW! Two cards posted on the same day. Hoping this creative mojo continues. I find that playing with paper is good for me - it's so relaxing, well, except when things don't go according to plan!

I have a card for the current sketch challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!




Here's my one layer card




On an A2 card base, I started by stamping the sentiment from Simon Says STAMP's Flower Friend stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used my MISTI to be sure of a good impression. I then lightly marked with a pencil, a rectangle, approximately 2.25" x 2.5". I did this to try to keep my stamping within the rectangle. I stamped various flowers and leaves from Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia and Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia using Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Fresh Peach, Green Hills and Butter Bar inks. I hand-drew a frame with a fine tip black marker. When I was sure that the ink had dried, I carefully erased my pencil marks.

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sue



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Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

It seems that my crafting mojo is making an appearance. I've been able to keep up with my design team obligations. However, I haven't seemed to find neither the inspiration nor the time to join in with other card challenges. Hoping that this is a trend that I can continue.

Today, I have a card for the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge


This week the challenge is
ADD A DIE CUT
We are showcasing Memory Box Products this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some we would love to see them used


Here's my card


 


It was difficult to chose the die to use. I have quite a few - many, in fact, that I've never used. I can't recall, if I've ever used this die before. It's Memory Box's Verona Bouquet. I die cut using white cardstock and kept the pieces together. I find it easier to add colour with ink daubers when the panel is still somewhat intact. I added distress inks (wilted violet, mustard seed and peeled paint) to the die. I felt that it looked best on kraft card. I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Salutations stamp set with Hero Arts Soft Granite ink. I trimmed the kraft panel down and adhered it to a white A2 card base.

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sue


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