Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MIM #166

There may have been a smidge too much partying this weekend, so I really wasn't feeling very crafty when I sat down to watch Dawn's Make It Monday video. However, I thought of a very simple way to use it and, other than taking far too many attempts to line the die up with the image, it worked pretty well.
I've made versions of this card before, as I love this boutique borders frame with a simple initial inside, but I have to say that the debossing takes it to a new level. I tried debossing the letter and that hasn't worked so well (too small maybe?), and I'm thinking it might have been nice to deboss the rectangular frame rather than simply die cut it but that'll have to wait until my head is slightly less foggy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

MIM #165

A super simple card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink (at least it will be when Nichole's blog is back up!)
Instead of starting with a stamp, I started with a stencil (Heidi Swapp mini stencil - frames) and sponged on Hawaiian Shore ink. Then I used a watercolour brush to spread it all around a bit as Betsy demonstrated. Once I'd blurred the edges enough, while still leaving the "hello" just legible, I left it to dry and then stamped the "friend" sentiment from Wet Paint in smoky shadow.
My watercolour paper had a slight grey cast so it looked wrong mounted on white card stock so instead I used a bright pattern as contrast to the very simple panel.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

SSS/FMS combo

I needed one more masculine card so I decided to combine 2 challenges - "challenge M" at Simon Says Stamp as this card is Masculine, uses a Masking technique, contains Metal and is stamped on paper with a Musical score printed on it. and this weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, which looks like this.
I had to flip the central square around so I wasn't adding the elements over the top of the word. I had to sit on my hands to stop myself from adding something to the plain cream background but I'm pleased I resisted.

SSS Monday - Challenge M #2

I'm using this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp to catch up on some Masculine cards (M for masculine is my very loose take on the challenge!)
I recently joined pinterest and have been spending many happy hours looking for card inspiration (I was even delighted to find a few of my own). I was particularly on the look out for masculine cards as they really aren't something I make unless I have to. My card is inspired by this one

SSS Monday - Challenge M #1

This weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Monday is to use "M" as an inspiration and I decided to use it as an opportunity to make a few Masculine cards are these are ones that I never have enough of and I've several birthdays coming up.
This card is inspired by this card.
I mentioned recently that I was struggling to find a woodgrain background stamp I really liked, but then I found this one by Impression Obsession and now I'm a very happy stamper.
I used a score board along the edges of each of the "planks" so when I stamped over with the green images there was a little gap in the ink, as there would be on a real fence!

Monday, May 12, 2014

MIM #164

I am playing along with this weeks Make It Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
The execution is a little scruffy, and there's a big shadow in the photo, but apart from that (!) I do like the general idea of the card.
The "baby" and sentiment are from the wonderful words series, and the star is from the Tree with trimmings set (although there are lots of sets that include a little star).
The inks are limeade ice, new leaf, spring rain, blueberry sky and enchanted evening.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

12 tags - May

I have been wanting to play along with Tim Holtz's 12 tags of .... series for quite some time now but this month really inspired me to have a go.
I immediately saw it as an opportunity to create something to celebrate my son's final year at Middle School. He's had a fantastic year - from winning an essay contest and the school spelling bee to achieving top 5 for his cross country team. Math even made sense (most of the time). I couldn't be more proud of him. So instead of raiding my trinkets, I used some of his.
I tinted the base tag with Mustard seed, shabby shutters and peeled paint distress stains as the boy is into green at the moment. For the tiles I used a school report sheet from Authentique's Curiosity pad which seemed fitting!
My fabulous local craft store (Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook) opened a few boxes of newly delivered stock for me and found the shadowpress words. I used a black sharpie to define the impressed part even more.
I think I'm going to put it in a shadow box frame and give it to him as a surprise at the end of term. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

MIM #163 - envelope wraps

Feeling a bit "meh" about my first attempt at this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I used clear embossing powder to add some address lines, and watercoloured over the top with berry sorbet ink. The chevrons (in Hawaiian shores) are from "postmarks" and all the other elements are from "Tea for Two additions". At first I just stamped the tea cup but decided I wanted it to stand out a little more so added the die cut image .