Monday, 22 May 2017

Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge

Had some extra time in my craft space to play. I liked the current challenge at Simon Says STAMP Wednesday Challenge so joined in.

This week the challenge is

A Bit Of Sparkle 

This week we are showcasing our very own exclusive Simon Says Stamp Products. You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

Here's my card

I started with sparkly silver paper, which I die cut with Simon Says STAMP's Heart of Roses die. Then, I inked up a light pink cardstock with distress inks (picked raspberry and field berries) with ink blending tools. I also die cut using the same die, being careful not to lose any of the "small bits". I adhered the sparkly silver heart to the card and then carefully, added all the small pink pieces. Here's a close-up.

The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set.

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Freshly Made Sketches #288 - A Sketch by Jen M

Love long weekends - I have more time to craft! I'm playing along with the gang at Freshly Made Sketches this morning. Here's their great sketch

Here's my card

I wanted the Echo Park Magical Plaid 6x6 stencil after I had seen some examples online. It sure beats trying to stamp your own plaid paper. I initially tried to mimic plaid with straight lines of colour - the result was kind of blah. So, my next attempt was to add colour in random pattern using distress inks (cracked pistachio, ripe persimmon and salty ocean. I arranged the panel on a piece of blue cardstock, following the sketch. For the embellishment, I used Simon Says STAMP Lots of Love stamp set, Stampin Up's 1.5" circle punch and Stampin Up's scalloped circle punch.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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. 

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