Tuesday, July 30, 2013

PDC #192

We were back on a colour splash week at Play Date Cafe this week, the last colour splash being the first challenge I took part in.

I diecided to bend the rules slightly and use the white as my "splash".

Monday, July 29, 2013

MIM #127

For this weeks Make it Monday challenge we were asked to combine background stamps to make a double stamped background.
I started stamping the whole card face in background basics: twinkle and Sentiment signs, firstly just aqua mist and then in a combination of aqua mist and Hibiscus burst, Although I liked the second effect better it felt a little overwhelming so I die cut mat stack 3 from the double stamped background and just used this as an accent instead.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

PTI July Blog Hop #2

This card is obviously inspired by today's weather - rain, rain and more rain.
Never mind, last week we were complaining about the heat.
I used this colour scheme as inspirationFruits-of-Summer-6
I bought the umbrella stamp at a yard sale at one of my local paper crafting stores earlier this week (how lucky am I to have 2 great stores within 10 miles) and thought mini blooms would make a lovely "fabric".
I stamped off the flowers around the sentiment first just to give it a lighter feel (there's probably a technical term for this?)

PTI July Blog hop

Having not expected to have time to take part this time, rain has forced us indoors today so I thought I'd knock out a very quick and simple card.
I used this colour palette for inspirationFruits-of-Summer-5
and used the teacher tickets stamps with the sentiment from Birthday style (as usual - still can't get enough of this set)
As ever, I'm not sure about the brad placement. I'm going to have to find a class in "How to position your brads" or just stop using them as they always have me stumped. Perhaps I need to learn to embrace white space!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Feeling Nautical

The last thing I should be doing is start new challenges - I really spend too much time on them already. But when I saw this challenge from Curtain Call I knew I had to have a go.
This is the inspiration picture

And this is where I went with it

I downloaded the starfish image as clip art and coloured it in with watercolour pencils.
Great new challenge.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

PDC #191

Here are the colours for this weeks Play Date Cafe challenge.

I am very lucky to have 2 great scrapbook/stamping shops close by and one of the had a yard sale this past weekend where I picked up a hero arts background stamp for very little so I thought I'd have a play with it for this card.

I used Hero Arts soft cantaloupe ink (but it's looking distinctly peachy to me). All the little sentiments are taken from various PTI sets, as are the little labels die cuts.

Monday, July 22, 2013

MIM #126

This week's challenge was, again, much harder to do than Betsy made it look. I used to try and do these 3D type letters when I was at school and always struggled with it.
With a Royal baby arriving today what else could I do but make a baby boy card.

SSS - By the sea

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp was entitled "By the sea"
I kept it very simple with some sailing flags (some of which are even real) and simple sentiment from PTI Birthday style.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

SSS Monday -Green

The challenge previously known as vintage, and now called the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was this week entitled "green".
My card ended up with a lot less green in it than I'd thought it was going to, and the beautiful, subtle, carrot stamp in the background ended up too subtle for the camera to pick up, but it's quite pretty despite that.
This is the third time I've actually photographed the card and decided I didn't like certain elements on it and gone to have another go at it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A blog named Hero #28

The challenge at A Blog Named Hero this time is to use one of the fabulous Hero Arts design team as a source of inspiration.
I used this card by Sally Traidman as my starting point, particularly the speckled paint as a background.

I masked off a large heart and then flicked away with the paint for a while (in the process covering all the debris cluttering up my workspace with little specks of paint as well). I then stamped a slightly smaller heart with the Hero Arts Script stamp but it felt too stark left plain white so I inked it up with Memento Rose bud.
The brads look pink in my work area but obviously the light catches them differently in the photo and they look more green.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MIM #125

This weeks challenge was to use plain watercolor paint with a stamp, and then to just edge with ink.
I used a peachy colour from an old set of child's paints and edged one sunflower in Melon berry - which doesn't show up; a second in summer sunrise - which again didn't show up and the third with terracotta tile - while showed up far too much! Oh well, live and learn.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pin It/Something Sweet

Before I even had chance to tidy away the debris from the last post I had a phone call to let us know that my husband's 98 year old Grandmother had taken a tumble and broken a hip so I needed a very special (albeit quick) get well soon card.
Same Inks, same supplies, same challenges....
Simon Says Stamp
Play Date Cafe
but hopefully a slightly different take.
The thing I'm most proud of with this card is that fact that it all started as white cardstock; not a scrap of patterned paper used but all created with stamps. Now I wouldn't have even dreamed of doing that 1 year ago.

Something sweet/Pin it

I'm all topsy turvy with my SSS challenges this week - my Vintage challenge looks far too CAS and this looks rather vintage. When I saw the title was Pin It I immediately saw it as a chance to use some teeny tiny clothes pins and then thought about the tutorial I saw on Splitcoast Stampers to make a milk carton and the 2 came together. I'm still  not quite clear from the tutorial how you'r actually supposed to keep the milk carton closed but this clothes pin does the job brilliantly.
Then I saw this color scheme from the Play Date Cafe this week and knew that I'd have to break on of my unwritten rules and actually double up on a challenge and enter this for both of them.
I have a friend coming in to look after my cats (yes, I know, crazy cat woman who scrapbooks - what are the odds) and I thought this would make a nice container for a gift card and something sweet as a little thank you.
Here's a little side view so you can see that it does really look like a milk carton
I dyed the ribbon with some Wild Honey Ink and the clothes pin with a little scattered straw to try and keep with the colours. I even found a stick pin in the right shade from a set my sister gave me ages ago. The stamps (apart from the words on the tag) are all by Darcie Heater.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A blog named Hero #27

The challenge at A Blog named Hero is to use your favourite stamp and just a touch of Basic Grey.
I cheated a smidge as I used my favourite "brushed frame" and used the kissing technique with another favourite "envelope pattern" to make the frame. I used papers from Basic Grey's "Phoebe" collection.
I love how this all came together. I drew the sailboat freehand and edged the pieces in "faded jeans" to give them a little more definition as the colours are all pretty close. I thought the flags at the side would play to the nautical theme. With all my family across the Atlantic this card will soon get used.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SSS - A little Stamping

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp this week was "a little stamping" so I pulled out a selection of my littlest heart shaped stamps, a word or two and a range of pink and red inks and made this card.
I'm totally out of season obviously but, as this was the first idea that came to me, I thought I might as well go with it. I started out with some butchers twine on the card too but thought it detracted from the simplicity. But that might just be me. Here's a picture with it on.
 What do you think?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MIM #124

This was really an excuse to try a masking technique I saw for use with embossing folders. It took me a few tries to get the thickness right in the Big Shot, but it worked rather well.
For the envelope I stamped off the balloons first to make them slightly lighter to stamp the name over.
I tried stamping the bow for the balloons in ink first but it didn't stand out enough so I added a real bit of twine over the top

PDC #189

Here is this weeks color combination for the Play Date Cafe:

Funnily, a friend was wearing exactly these colors in a pair of patterned trousers and that was all I could see when I sat down to make the card.
So here's to Jenny's trousers!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

MIM #123

This weeks MIM was about dyeing paint with re-inkers. Ashley used gesso, but, not having any (and having checked the entry criteria wording very carefully) I decided to make use of a bottle of white acrylic paint.
I wanted to make the moon - don't ask me why but that was the start point and everything else was chosen to work with that original thought.
I tinted the white paint with shaded lilac re-inker and painted a large circle. Once this was (just about) dry I made a slightly darker lilac and painted that on. Once this was dry I mixed some weathered wood in with the white and added some splodges to give an idea of the moons craters. Then I punched a circle out and inked up the edges slightly with milled lavender.
The sentiment was just right for a niece who's off to college.

Play Date Cafe

This weeks colors for the Play Date cafe are a bit "girly" for me, and it took a little while to get inspiration.
To be fair, I've made cards rather similar to this before as there's something about kites and clouds that just go together so nicely.
I recently got the new "Brush strokes" stamp from the Hero Arts Stamp you Story range and used this to add the subtle pale pink stripes behind the sentiment and in the clouds. It's a great set, and one I can see becoming a favorite.