Sunday, 18 August 2019

Enjoy Life for FMS 400(2) and Inspire Create 49

What better way to spend a miserable winter afternoon than in my craft room? Inspiration came from two places: the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, where they are into week 2 of celebrations for their 400th challenge, and the colours at Inspire. Create.



This card came together quickly. I masked off the top section of the white card front and sponged Pool Party and Mango Melody together. 


I put the whole thing, mask and all, into StamparatusTM  to stamp the grass. The mask was left in place as I just wanted the tips of the grass and not the whole width. Then I stamped in the boy on the bike using Basic Gray. Finally, I added in the 'Enjoy today' from Good Morning Magnolia. The bike and the grass is from Enjoy Life.


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Update: Delighted to be the Top Pick at Inspire.Create Challenge!

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

TGIF225

It seemed kind of fitting that during the All Blacks test match against the Wallabies tonight, I should have a go at the 'All on Black' challenge at TGIF.


To me, this challenge seemed to be made for a technique I've always enjoyed playing around with and that is Joseph's Coat. So I started by sponging a piece of Whisper White card with Call Me Clover, Granny Apple Green and Garden Green. Then I clear embossed the fern stamp from Daisy Lane over it. Finally, I smeared Tuxedo Black over the top and wiped off the excess with tissues.

That made such a vibrant ground for the rest of the card to build up from.


I punched, sponged and layered up the daisy. The Granny Apple Green strip behind the sentiment is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. I've added in some die cut foliage pieces from the Wild Rose dies, which I've sponged lightly to blend the greens more.


I'm really happy with the brightness and vibrancy of this card. I think it will bring a smile to the recipient. Or at least, I hope so.

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Just Add Ink 470

The challenge at Just Add Ink was just too intriguing to pass up! Just Add.... no stamping!


How challenging is that?!

It seemed a good excuse to use something from my pre-order Holiday Catalogue box. The Mercury Glass Designer Acetate had been looking at me accusingly, wondering why it was still in the packet...


This beautiful silvery-patterned acetate makes such a statement on its own that it only needed a simple treatment to make a card. I love the way that whatever's underneath peeks through the pattern on the acetate. The copper foil added warmth to the Night of Navy and Mercury Glass. The filagree die-cut and the self-adhesive Star Designer Elements are also in the 2019 Holiday Catalogue, available on 4 September.


The Night of Navy strip has been run through the Subtle embossing folder, giving a pretty parchment paper look pattern that's a nice contrast to the shattered glass look of the designer acetate sheet and the glittery words.

It turns out that it's quite difficult to make a card without using a single stamp but it was a fun challenge. Thank you, JAI team!

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NOTE: The Mercury Glass Designer Acetate, Star Designer elements  and Christmas Layers dies will be available 4 September.

Friday, 16 August 2019

As You See It 207 - Design Team Card

At As You See It, we're back to the beginning of our new rotation of challenges so it's sketch week. This is my kind of sketch - and so it would be since I've had the privilege of creating it. 😀


Since my pre-order of Christmas Catalogue items arrived this week, I've used this challenge as a chance to have a first play with some things.

Feels Like Frost is a DSP stack with the most marvellous photographic images on one side and pretty white and silver designs on the other. The horizontal strip in this card is the reverse of this blue snow pine photographic image. The reverse will lend itself to sponging too, I'm sure. It was hard to choose which of the designs to use for the first try out, they were all so pretty!


The co-ordinating Frosted Frames dies are perfect for die-cut accents that match the images in the photographs, and for frames for sentiments. I've cut the stitched-edge sentiment piece and used it as a backing for a cluster of foliage instead.


The sentiment is from another Christmas Catalogue set, Itty Bitty Christmas. This set is an absolute must-have in your Christmas collection - it's full of perfect little Christmas messages.

All of these new Christmas items will be available on 4 September. Start your wish list now!

We'd love to see what you do with this challenge. Visit the As You See It Challenge blog to see what the rest of the team have done and to link up your entry.

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Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set
Feels Like Frost DSP
Frosted Frames dies (coordinate with Frosted Foliage stamp set)


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