Thursday, 18 May 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Monthly Challenge - May 2017 Revisited

The current challenge at STAMPlorations CAS is



Here's my card



I started by inking up a panel in a bit of a random fashion using distress inks (ripe persimmon, picked raspberry and cracked pistachio) and ink blending tools. I spritzed water on the ARTplorations Shower of Flutters stencil and then placed the stencil, spritzed side down, onto the inked panel. I pressed the stencil down to be sure that the water was "mixing" with the distress inks. I carefully removed the stencil to reveal the butterflies where the colours were "diluted"; almost a ghost-like appearance. Here's a close-up.



The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 - Shery Russ Designs stamp set. I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

We'd love for you to join us for our May CAS challenge.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Sunday, 14 May 2017

a2z Scrapbooking

It's my turn to post a card over at a2z Scrapbooking. I'm loving this time of year as the flowers are in bloom, the trees have beautiful blossoms and the world seems to be waking up from a long, cold winter. I thought that I'd make a floral card for today's post.

Here's my card



I started with Hero Arts CL124 Color Layering Fuchsia stamp set and Hero Arts AF392Color Layering Ink Cubes Fuchsia. Hero Arts has taken the hard work out of creating a multi-layer stamped image. The layered stamps are easy to position - there is some "wiggle room" and the ink cubes are already chosen. I find that I just need to take my time to get good impressions - I use my MISTI, so that just in case the impression, isn't quite right, I can re-ink and stamp again. I cut the image into an oval, popped it up with a slightly smaller oval cut from fun foam for added dimension and adhered it to a piece of dark purple cardstock. For the sentiment, from the same stamp set, I head embossed using silver embossing powder.

We'd love for you to join us at this month's challenge at a2z where the challenge is



Just be sure to use a Hero Arts image as the focal image. If you need some Hero Arts supplies, check out the a2z scrapbooking etsy store. If your cart gets over $25, use my code sue15 for 15% off your purchase.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Saturday, 13 May 2017

AAA Cards

It's been quite some time since I've been over at AAA Cards. When I saw the inspiration image, I just knew that I had to make time to create a card for the challenge.



Aren't the colours, yummy? LOVE colour - makes me so happy to see bright colours. 

Here's my card


I started by lightly marking off an area about 2.25" x 3" with a pencil. I used Hero Arts Lia Griffith's Garden Flowers by Lia stamp set for all the small flowers and leaves and stamped them within the marked off area. I used Hero Arts inks (Ultra Pink, Pale Tomato, Cornflower, Grape Juice, Emerald Green and Lemon Yellow) as I felt these colours were in the inspiration image.  The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP's Lots of Thanks stamp set. I hand-drew the frame around the flowers to complete the card.

Thanks for visiting.
sue

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Muse Challenge #214

It's been quite awhile since I've joined the group at Muse Card Challenge. I saw the stunning Muse card by Anita Bowden and I knew that I just had to find time to play at my craft table.

Here's Anita's card




I love this card. Surprisingly, the inspiration came quite easily. 

Here's my card.




I started with one of my recent purchases, Simon Says STAMP Cora Background. I stamped the image with Versamark ink and used clear embossing powder. Using a dry brush, I brushed away some of the embossing powder outside the "frame" of the background to leave some "open space". I heat set the powder. Using ink blending tools, I added colour - distress inks (seedless preserves, blueprint sketch and mermaid lagoon). The sentiment was die cut using Memory Box's Paintbrush Happy die.

Edited to add: I forgot to mention how I was inspired, although it might be obvious.

I was inspired by:
 - the large image
 - the three shades of inking
 - a "scripty" one word sentiment
 - the general layout of the card

Thanks for visiting. So happy to be participating with the Muse "family".
sue

Thursday, 4 May 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Monthly Challenge - May

Well, hello new month. Hoping that May brings much more sunshine and much less rain. It's time for a new monthly challenge at STAMPlorations CAS. For the month of May, the challenge is



Here's my card




I used the ARTplorations Ethnic Organic One stencil with distress inks (picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, peacock feathers, seedless preserves, cracked pistachio). I'm now wondering if there isn't enough white space to be CAS? Well, there is a little white space, left behind from the stencil. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set. I added a few sequins to add a bit of sparkle to the card.

We'd love for you to join us at STAMPlorations CAS. 

Thanks for visiting
sue

Monday, 1 May 2017

House of Cards - May Challenge

It's the 1st of May which means that it's time for another card challenge at House of Cards. The challenge is 


Add Sequins and/or Colors


Here's my card




I was inspired by the beautiful colours of this month's challenge. I started by lightly marking a 3" by 2.25" rectangle, with a pencil. I used Hero Arts Garden Flowers by Lia and Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Passion Flower, Lemon Yellow, Tide Pool, Soft Cantaloupe and Green Hills) and stamped, somewhat randomly within the rectangle. I erased the pencil marks and hand drew the frame with a black fine line marker.

The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. I matted the card with a green which matched the leaf colour.

Thanks for visiting
sue

Saturday, 29 April 2017

a2z Scrapbooking

I'm up today at a2z Scrapbooking

Here's my card



I started by using Simon Says STAMP Tri Square craft die with a piece of kraft cardstock. Then, I used a Cuttlebug Oxford embossing folder to add a bit of detail to the background. I chose three images from Hero Arts Purr stamp set and aligned them with the square cut-outs on a piece of white cardstock. I coloured the images with Copics. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I used Stampin' Up's oval and scalloped oval punches to complete the card.

If you're looking for Hero Arts products, take a look at the a2z Scrappbooking etsy store. When your cart gets to $25, use my code Sue15 for 15% off your purchase.

Thanks for visiting
sue