Sunday, 25 June 2017

Muse Card Challenge - #221 - Goodbye Jenni

The current challenge at Muse Card Club is this beautiful card by Jenni Murray

Sadly, she's moving on to other opportunities and I wish here the very best in whatever she's going to be doing. Looking forward to seeing her beautiful work in "blogland". 

Here's my card

I'm visiting a friend for the weekend, so only had a few stamp sets at my disposal. Happily, I was able to create something that was inspired by Jenni's card.

I was inspired by the 

  • central sentiment on teal/turquoise
  • thank you theme
  • square card
  • colour scheme
  • general layout (although I moved the heart)
I used Papertrey Ink's Keep it SImple: Thank You stamp set, Simon Says STAMP Lot of Thanks stamp set, Simon Says STAMP Thanks stamp set, Clearly Besotted's Flowers and Flourishes stamp set and Hero Arts Color Layering Sea Turtle stamp set with Hero Arts inks (Soft Cantaloupe, Butter Bar, Pale Tomato, Greeh Hills, Tide Pool).

edited to add: I used my MISTI to create the card. Pretty sure, I would not have attempted this style of card, without it!

Thanks for visiting and thank you Jenni for all the inspiration here at Muse.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Simply Irresistible with Heather Telford and the Foiled Fox

Something on Facebook caught my eye - a challenge hosted by both Heather Telford and the Foiled Fox - titled Simply Irresistible. With a name like that, who wouldn't be intrigued. 

The challenge is to use the Emboss Resist technique with distress oxides.  

I checked out Heather's blog and tried to re-create her card, with my own twist. 

Here's my card

I used Altenew's Adore You stamp set, Versamark ink and WOW!'s Rose Gold embossing powder which was heat set. (Aside, if you haven't tried WOW!'s Rose Gold embossing powder, you need to - the colour is incredible!) Using ink blending tools, I applied distress oxides (wilted violet and worn lipstick - trying to focus the worn lipstick around the flowers). Like Heather, I added Wink of Stella over the flower petals for some added sparkle. 

Here's a close-up. 

I matted the panel on gold cardstock to emphasize the rose gold embossing.

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CAS(E) this Sketch #226

When I saw the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch

I just knew what to do. I flipped the sketch. Here's my card.

I decided to try out my distress oxides - spiced marmalade, worn lipstick and vintage photo. I smooshed them on a teflon sheet and spritzed some water. I placed the 96 lb bristol panel in the puddles of colour and moved the panel around. I used my heat tool to heat set the ink. I also spritzed water for some droplets. I kept placing the panel in the puddles of colour until I was happy with the result. I was so happy to use my new stamp set - Sneak a Peek from Taylored Expressions. I had such a difficult time trying to chose an image. I settled on the kitty and added colour with Copics. I decided to mat the watercolour panel with black for a bit of pop. I added glossy accents to the kitty's eyes. The sentiment was diecut from gold cardstock with MFT Die-namics Happy Hellos. I added a few sequins to complete the card. 

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Guest Designer at CASology - Week 254

Someone pinch me. I can't really believe that my card here was selected "Winner for the Week 250" and included an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at CASology

Here's this week's Cue Card

Here's my card

I started with Your Next Stamp's Home Sweet Home stamp set, stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I cut out a 3.5" circle from masking paper. I adhered it, slightly offset to the right. I also punched a 7/8" circle from masking paper and placed it "partially" behind the house to mimic the sun. I added distress inks to look like a sunset - mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry and faded jeans. I wasn't sure what sentiment to add - settled on this gratitude sentiment, from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. 

Thanks so much to the gang at CASology for this opportunity.

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge - TTTC002

Who doesn't love a game of tic tac toe? OK, maybe not a game, but a challenge with flexibility at Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Here's my card

I chose the centre column - embossing, gray and diecut. I started with a piece of gray cardstock and Cuttlebug's Chicken Wire embossing folder. The die cuts were made with scraps of pink cardstock and MFT DIe-Namics Flower and Leaf Trio. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Keep it Simple Thank You stamp set. 

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

STAMPlorations CAS Mid-June Post

Reminding you of the current challenge at STAMPlorations CAS

I've created another card for this challenge.


I used STAMPlorations Birds of Paradise stamp set, stamped the bird with Archival ink. With a water brush and distress inks (faded jeans, dusty concord and hickory smoke), I coloured in the bird. For the background, I "diluted" distress inks (tumbled glass and hickory smoke) to mimic the sky and the ground. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 stamp set.

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

AAA Cards: CAS Game #91

Happy 3rd Birthday to AAA Cards. This week, there's a birthday bash there and "a birthday-themed challenge".

Here's my card

I've had the Paper Smooches' Birthday Buddies stamp set for some time and haven't really played with it. I stamped the worm on a piece of watercolour paper and added colour with distress inks and a water brush. I matted the watercolour panel with a piece of kraft cardstock and popped it up with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

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