Saturday 28 February 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 175

It's been a fraught afternoon and evening for crafting: New Zealand vs Australia in the World Cup at Eden Park. In this cricket-mad household, it's a wonder anything got made at all!

But a tense and unbelievably exciting one-wicket win for New Zealand, with plenty of overs to spare, meant I could go to my room and turn my full attention to the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. My performance had been so cricket-affected that after the final ball (and suitable time for joyful victory rituals) I pulled apart the card I'd been doing on-and-off during the innings and started again!

I tried a different approach to the background stamp with this card. I wanted a slight distressed element in the card, so I used attached the white panel to the red base and then stamped using my fingers to press down on the paper. I did not press evenly around the edges and got this very slight inkiness on the red, which was just right.

Update: Delighted to be picked as a Perfect Princess at Freshly Made Sketches!

Card: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Black
Stamps: SU Dictionary, MFT Eye Chart
Ink: Black
Other: Stitched rectangle dies, MFT Geek is Chic Glasses die, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, dimensional, glossy accents.

Paper Craft Crew 133

Crushed Curry is a colour that languishes in my craft boxes, often ignored and unused. So, I was quite surprised to find myself reaching for it today for my vision of a summery card that could be multi-purpose: missing you, get well or maybe even sympathy. This was in response to yet another delightfully enticing sketch at Paper Craft Crew. Such a good discovery!

The layers of the 'you' are slightly offset to create a shadow effect. The edges of cut panels have been coloured black to add definition to the shapes. I'm very happy with the flower, made of four layers of flowers from the pansy punch that were cut in Crushed Curry and sponged with Calypso Coral. The top two layers, I snipped a little between petals to allow them to curl up more to create extra depth.

Card: Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry DSP, Whisper White, Black, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Vellum
Stamps: Crazy For You, Papillon Potpourri, Gorgeous Grunge, the rain splatter from French Foliage.
Ink: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Black Stazon
Other: Pansy Punch, Antique Brad, Leaf Sizzlit, Hello You Thinlit dies, Candy Dots, corner rounder, black marker pen to colour edges, sponge

Monday 23 February 2015

Paper Players 233

Although I love my job, today, as summer draws to a close, I wished I was at the beach. Before work, I'd checked Feedly and seen the new sketch at Paper Players.

So while daydreaming of the beach, the idea for a card to match the sketch came along.

I've said before that By The Seashore was the first ever SU set I got. In fact, it was the first stamp set I ever got fullstop and I've had used it so much, it was a good investment. Here I've stamped it onto Crumb Cake with Early Espresso and Island Indigo and then sponged the edges after fussy-cutting them out. The Espresso starfish I stamped off first so it would be a different shade.

I'm very pleased with the Hardwood panel. It's Pool Party on Pool Party and I finger stamped it so that it would be a little bit patchy and would look more beach-weathered. I also sponged the edge. By far the fiddliest bit was getting the baker's twine into a circle without getting glue over everything. Slow and steady won that race!

I really enjoyed interpreting this sketch and it's turned out to be a good masculine card, although fine for women as well. But I still wish I was at the beach!

Update: Delighted that this card was picked as A Cut Above at Paper Players.

Card: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Stamps: SU Hardwood, SU Wetlands, SU By the Seashore, Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Black Stazon.
Other: Circle die, Island Indigo baker's twine, Early Espresso marker to augment the bird stamp, dimensionals, sponges.

Sunday 22 February 2015

Match the Sketch 60

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've promised to make some wedding cards for a friend but I've been procrastinating. The sketch at As You See It gave me one idea and the sketch here at Match the Sketch gave me another. Serendipity!

Originally, I'd intended to make this card in Blushing Bride, only to discover that my last piece was about 1cm too short to make a good card base. So instead, it is done in Pool Party with touches of Coastal Cabana but I like it like this too.

The lace panel, like the white hearts, has had the edges sponged with Pool Party.

Card: Pool Party, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Stamps: SU I Love Lace, Clearly Besotted Love Blooms
Ink: Pool Party, Coastal Cabana
Other: Stitched rectangle dies, Sweet Heart punch, Whisper White organza ribbon, Coastal Cabana ribbon, Provocraft Swiss Dots and Victoria embossing folders, Sponges, Pearls, dimensionals.

As You See It 75

A friend recently asked me if I could make her a wedding card for a second-time-around wedding. I said I'd make her some and she could pick - but I haven't really done wedding cards before.

Procrastination is not your friend. So it was a great thing when the sketch from As You See It stirred an idea that led to some action on the wedding card front.

I'm also going to enter this card in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, where this week it is Simon Says Add A Little Texture. I've never entered anything here before but it was the Simon Says Stamp Store that taught me that on-line, international shopping is easy and fun and that stuff arrives FAST!

Card: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder plain and DSP.
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Love Blossoms
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Embossing folders: Provocraft Textile, Victoria and Swiss Dots and SU Beautifully Baroque.
Other: SU Something Borrowed embellishment, SU Whisper White ribbon, Elegant Eggplant marker to colour each cut edge, Heart punch, rhinestone, dimensionals.

Saturday 21 February 2015

Paper Craft Crew 132

Another delightful sketch this week and as a personal challenge I decided to only use Stampin' Up stuff.

The card base is Blackberry Bliss and I used Crumb Cake with it - it's a favourite combination of mine. The Hardwood background stamp is in Crumb Cake on Whisper White and the edges lightly sponged in the same ink.

I cut the bottom third from the small SU doily and lightly sponged the edges in Blackberry Bliss. The small blossoms, cut using an itty-bitty punch, were cut in white and sponged various shades of Blackberry Bliss.  The cherry blossom branch is from Eastern Blooms, a set I got second-hand last year. On the hardwood panel, it is stamped in Early Espresso and, on the label, in Crumb Cake and then overlaid so the stamp is complete. Some of the stamped blossoms have been replaced by the cut blossoms or pearls.

I do love the linen twine - I'm already into my second packet and will have to stockpile if it ever retires! The SU-only personal challenge hit a bit of a problem when it turned out my SU pearls had run out and I had to use some others I had.

Update: Delighted to be picked as a Featured Artisan for this card.

Card: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Stamps: Hardwood, Eastern Blooms, sentiment from Wetlands
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Other: Small doily, Blackberry Bliss ribbon, linen twine, Itty Bitty Punch, Pearls, Decorative Labe punch, sponge, Dimensionals.

PPA240 and JAI251

Last weekend,  I made a card using my Sprightly Sprockets dies. They were still on my desk and as they are such fun to use, they ended up contributing to this card for Pals Paper Arts and Just Add Ink too.

Pals Paper Arts provided this sketch:

while Just Add Ink's theme was to "Just Add Thanks."

I've had fun experimenting with faux metal, ever since I saw a video by Allison Okamitsu on rusted metal embellishments and had another play around with these cogs today. They started life this morning as a piece of corrugated cardboard from the recycling box.

I ummed and ahhed over using the three candy dots in the centre circle but in the end I put them on because they drew attention to the thank you, they linked the Elegant Eggplant together more and their shape replicated the circle holes in the cog, so added to the overall unity of the card.

And I'm still having a little love affair with the I Love Lace stamp.

Update: Delighted to have this card in the Top 3 picks at Pals Paper Arts.

Card: Elegant Eggplant, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Lotus Blooms, I Love Lace
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Sahara Sand in the card.
Other: Butterfly punch, Elegant Eggplant candy dots, Square Lattice embossing folder, sponge for the light inking around the lace panel, dimensionals to lift the centre circle and small cogs, Elegant Eggplant marker to colour all cut edges.
For the Cogs
Corrugated cardboard, Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets dies, gold ink, Cajun Craze and Pool Party, Clear and gold embossing powder.

Friday 20 February 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 174

I really loved the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches  this week. It was another great one.

The card ended up being a collection of favourites: a favourite colour combination, an old favourite stamp set (Kinda Eclectic) and new favourites (I Love Lace and the sentiment from Clearly Besotted).

The lace panel is Crumb Cake on Whisper White, which was then cut to create the diagonal line. The cut edges were coloured with Early Espresso to give more definition. The leaves were stamped before the top layer was raised on dimensionals so that the formation appears over two levels.

I just adore the combination of Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss and Crumb Cake and I'm happy with how this card turned out.

Card: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss (for the under-butterfly)
Stamps:  SU I Love Lace, SU Kinda Eclectic, Clearly Besotted Fabulous Fuchsia
Ink: Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss
Other: Butterfly punch, Brad Base, Crumb Cake candy dot, linen twine, dimensionals, Early Espresso marker pen.

Sunday 15 February 2015

Paper Craft Crew 131

 After the summery weather of the last few days, today is feeling quite wintery so that makes it a good day to go to my craft room. Too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy: all good reasons.

I wanted to enter the Paper Craft Crew Challenge but it's taken me a while to come up with an idea that I liked. The sketch was, as usual, both challenging and interesting.

Everything in this card is Stampin' Up, except for the Spellbinders Sprightly Sprocket dies that I used to cut the cogs out of corrugated cardboard. Then I used a mixture of gold, cajun craze, gold embossing powder and clear embossing powder and lot of blending, heating, smearing and layering to get a faux metal effect. I learned of this idea from a Stampin' Up video clip by Allison Okamitsu.

Not so clear in the photos is the gentle ink distressing in Perfect Plum around the edges of the Beautifully Baroque panel and the gold ink lightly daubed over the Wild Wasabi leaves.

The big cog is raised from the panel by dimensionals and that, along with the eventual height of the flower, will send me back to my room to create a package style envelope for this wedding card!

Card: Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, vellum
Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts, Petite Petals, Papillon Potpourri
Inks: Perfect Plum, gold, versamark, Cajun Craze
Other: Spellbinder Sprightly Sprocket dies, Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty punch, Leaf sizzlit, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, sponges, embossing powder (gold and clear), dimensionals, Perfect Plum ribbon, Perfect Plum brad, pearls

Saturday 14 February 2015

Create with Connie and Mary 342

Yesterday, I got myself into a bit of a shabby chic mode after helping my daughter with her request for a "dark Valentine" card and then spotting a colour challenge at ColourQ that inspired me to move onto the dark side myself. Seems that this shabby chic mode continues today in this challenge for Create with Connie and Mary.

The lacy panel is black I Love Lace stamped onto Sahara Sand and gently distressed with black ink. The Sahara Sand leaves, cut with a now retired leaf sizzlit, have also been distressed. They were quite fiddly to do and in the end, I used a cotton bud to do it. They are not tightly glued down, only dotted in places, to give more sense of depth and movement. All other cut edges have been coloured a black stamp'n'write marker to give better definition and to tie the elements together more. The top three layers of the flower have been gently curled up and those layers have been popped up on dimensionals from the bottom Hello Honey layer to give more depth. The black and Hello Honey "thanks" have been slightly offset to create a shadow.

Card: Black, Hello Honey, Sahara Sand, white scraps for the two large flowers.
Stamps: I Love Lace, Flower Shoppe, Petite Petals
Ink: Black, Hello Honey, Sahara Sand
Other: Hello You thinlits, Leaf sizzlit, Pansy punch, Petite Petals punch, Hello Honey ribbon, Brad base and black candy dot, dimensionals, sponge, black marker pen

Friday 13 February 2015


Even Goths have birthdays and there's a special Goth lady in our family. She asked me to help her make a dark Valentine card for her other half recently and so when I saw this great colour challenge at ColourQ, I was inspired to try to make something she would like.

I also really like using newsprint - well, either old book pages or my SU Dictionary stamp. I was slightly hampered by not actually owning anything from the SU Brights collection, including Real Red, but I found a part piece of an un-named red that seemed a good match with Real Red in the catalogue and for ink I've used Distress Ink Barn Door and Versacolour Cardinal. So, here's what happened:

I rounded the corners of the card to echo the central circular panel. But most of all, I think this will appeal to my Goth girl.

Update: So happy to have this card picked as a Colour Queen Courtier at ColourQ

Card: Black, un-named Red, Whisper White, Vellum
Stamps: SU Dictionary, SU Flowering Flourishes, SU Papillon Potpourri, Clearly Besotted Fabulous Fuchsia (sentiment).
Ink: Black, Distress Ink Soot Noir and Barn Door, Versacolour Cardinal.
Other: Circle framelits, Butterfly punch, Black rhinestones, Dimensionals to raise circle panel and butterfly, sponges, corner rounder punch.

Sunday 8 February 2015

CTS 109

The weather this long weekend has been superb - perfect summer days, hot but not too hot. I luxuriated on the first day in my craft room but reality eventually set in with the list of jobs - like clean out the shed. But while getting ready to cook dinner, I had a great idea for a card for this week's Cas(e) This Sketch. Needless to say, dinner will be late...

It was a great way to end a fabulous weekend!

Card: Whisper White, DSP from Best Day Ever pack (Sale-a-bration), Coastal Cabana (under butterfly)
Stamps: SU Kinda Eclectic, Kaisercraft Script, Clearly Besottted Fabulous Fuchsia (sentiment)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Black
Other: Stitched rectangular die, circle framelit, butterfly punch, Coastal Cabana ribbon, linen twine, candy dot and brad base, dimensionals.

Saturday 7 February 2015

As You See It 73

The challenges at As You See It always look so interesting. I love the way the challenges are presented on the page: so enticing!

I love these summery colours in the free paper from Sale-abration and they suited the weather here today. Coastal Cabana could well become my new favourite colour. The card is a birthday card and the "Happy Birthday" is on the inside.

Card: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, So Saffron, Best Day Ever DSP, vellum.
Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Clearly Besotted Good Times
Other: Stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp, Clearly Besotted Good Times die, Circle framelit, Early Espresso marker to colour cut edges, SU Decorative Dots embossing folder, Coastal Cabana buttons, Linen twine, Dimensionals to lift yellow circle and bicycle.

Just Add Ink 249

This is the first Just Add Ink challenge I've played this year and it was an interesting one for me as I don't usually play around with hexagons. Quite a bit of thinking time went into what I might do for this game, before I remembered my TCW chicken wire mask. I felt much happier once I re-discovered that!

Card: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Stamps: SU Kinda Eclectic, Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages
Inks: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo
Other: Oval scallop punch, oval framelits, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, Island Indigo baker's twine, dimensionals, Coral Calypso candy dots, brad base, butterfly punches, Island Indigo marker pen. daubers.