Monday, May 14, 2018

Create along - May 2018

As soon as I saw Lizzie's card I knew I'd be using it as a basis for my entry into this month's Create along with us. Her card is so streamlined and elegant.

My first mistake was picking a die cut that was just too intricate. The second was trying to add a glitter paper to the mix - that sucker did not want to cut, no matter how many shims I added. The result is a card best viewed through soft focus, and not a patch on the original.
Another graduation card made though, so not a complete bust!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

MIM - Masked sentiments

Nothing subtle about today's card for PTI's Make it Monday Challenge. I did a full on plaid pattern using PTI Super stripes set and 5 distress ink colours, having first masked the sentiment from PTI Paper Clippings - congratulations.
Operating on Murphy's Law, a little of the base card pulled up and ripped as I was removing the mask, but a quick die cut star hid most of the damage, and helped balance the "graduate" sentiment.
My son graduates High school very soon now so I've got a huge number of graduate cards and thank you cards to make in the next few weeks - this at least gets me started.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Transformation Tuesday

I thought I'd have a go at transforming a card I loved this week, rather than my usual picks from the reject drawer, but I found it rather hard to move on when I like the original. The card I used as my start point has a shadow die cut over an ombre base.
For my transformation I decided to stack the shadows, and use them to recreate the ombre effect instead. I think I might need to keep going next time and fill the whole space of the medallion but PTI card stock is so thick I'd have ended up with a card too thick to post! Cheap card stock might be the answer (here, if nowhere else!)
I wasn't happy with the plain white underneath so I did a very quick watercolour wash in the gaps, and used the same wash on the sentiment strip.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

MIM #321

I was feeling a little blue as a result of seeing my sister off after an all too short visit yesterday so decided to make a card to send to her to tell her how much I loved our time together again.
I picked the What the doodle - sun set. For some reason I barely used these sets when I first got them, but now I'm using them all the time. This technique is perfect for them.
I stamped a few of the cloud images on the card base and added a little sponging and random doodling. You might just be able to make out a few of the same clouds diecut from vellum too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PTI April blog hop

A very quick card for this month's blog hop at Papertrey ink.

This is the inspiration piece. I knew I had a piece of patterned paper with a similar feel to it as the background, so that was my start point. I also pulled the gilding from the teacups as the focal point for gold embossed sentiment (penned sentiments - such a lovely set)

I used a few heart sequins from the shaker and sprinkles kit, and the rose clusters (from Sweet life) to mimic the cup pattern.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SSS Wednesday - Happy Birthday

Last week was my birthday, and one of my presents was a voucher for crafting supplies (what else?!). I've been reading some great things about Altenew so I spent most of my voucher on a few of their cover plates and this one, Doodled lace, made me do a little happy dance. It is simply stunning. So much so that I made 3 cards straight off using all the same supplies, just cutting away different portions to leave room for a sentiment.
The sentiments on all 3 are from Papertrey Ink, and are matted on Pinefeather card.

ABNH - Favourite Hero Arts product

After a bit of a hiatus, A Blog named Hero is back, and their current challenge is to use you favourite Hero Arts product. Easy peasy.
My favourite product is the Rain dance stencil. I've used it on lots of cards before and I never get tired of it.
For this card I used the stencil 3 ways. First up I swiped distress ink pads onto the stencil, spritzed with water and then lay the stencil down onto a card base to smoosh on the colours. Once this was dry I replaced the stencil, lining it up with where it had been for the first step, then sponged Hero arts mint julep ink through the stencil. Finally I used a light grey Staedtler fineliner to trace around the inside of each shape (time consuming yes, but it adds a lovely extra element).
The card was finished with a die cut sentiment from March's My Monthly Hero kit (which was also a contender in the favourite product selections) and a simple sentiment.