Thursday 28 February 2013

What a difference paper can make!!!

 I made this card after a failed attempt at a different technique (see below for explanation).  I smooshed (that's a very technical term) Distress Inks onto my craft sheet (keeping the colours separate), sprayed them with water, then picked up the colour with my waterbrush and painted it onto watercolour paper. 

I made a card last month (see HERE)
  and another a couple of weeks ago (see HERE)
by smooshing some distress inks onto one edge of a piece of Stampin' Up watercolour paper, then drenching it in water to let the colour run to the other side of the paper. Well, I wanted to make a few more cards using the same technique, but I didn't have much of the SU paper left, so I used a different brand of watercolour paper.  I've used this other watercolour paper before, and it's been fine, but not for this technique!!
  On SU paper:

On OTHER paper:
I'll just have to remember NOT to try this technique with this paper again - I'll keep it for other watercolouring uses!! As you can see, it worked perfectly well for the card at the top of this post.

I hope you're having a good day - thanks for visiting :)

Monday 25 February 2013

Masculine card for 40th birthday

A friend's husband is turning 40 soon, so she asked me to make a card for him.

I thougth I'd try using this week's CAS(E) this sketch, as well as CASual Fridays theme, Hi Ho Silver, and Addicted to CAS codeword - Masculine.

Saturday 23 February 2013

Happy birthday, Isla

A friend of mine has a daughter, Isla, who is turning 8 soon.  My friend asked me to make her a card, so I asked which Disney princess is her favourite (Isla's favourite, not my friend's! LOL!) The answer was Cinderella ;)
 I die cut the letters of Isla's name out of blue cardstock (onto which I'd stamped a tiny flower from a Hero Arts set - stamped in HA Pool Party shadow ink) and silver glimmer paper, then adhered them slightly offset.   Cinderella is from a Disney/EK success clear stamp set, and I coloured her with Copics.
I'll be submitting this to CASual Fridays "Hi Ho Silver" challenge.

Muse challenge

This week's Muse at Muse Card Making Club is Marion Vagg.  She used a heap of washi tape - I am a latecomer to washi, but I thought I'd try making a card using washi instead of patterned paper.  My card looks NOTHING like Marion's, but I did use washi!! This is what I came up with:

I hope you're having a great day :)

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Buttons and Bows

A friend (who I am meeting for lunch) asked me this morning for a baby card (sex unspecified).  Not much time before I have to leave for lunch, so thought of this week's Paper Players challenge - Clean and Simple featuring Buttons and Bows for Baby. I reached for Lawn Fawn's "bright side" paper pad, and a sentiment from Stampin' Up.  I really wanted to use some plain white bakers twine for the bows, but I don't have any!! How is that possible?!?!?!

I hope you're having a lovely day :)

Good Luck!

I made this card for a workmate who is leaving soon. 

I hope you're having a lovely day :)

Saturday 16 February 2013

Vintage lace

I decided to make another card for A Blog Named Hero's challenge "If I could turn back time", but NOT go with shabby chic!  I wanted to make a CAS card, but with a vintage feel.  With this in mind, I thought I'd try using the colours of CASual Fridays challenge, "Black&White plus1".  This is what I came up with.

Seeing as the focal point is the red rose, I thought I'd also sumbit this to CASology - "RED"

I hope you're having a lovely day :)

**Update - after a couple of comments asking about the lace, it is not actual lace or a stamp, it is patterned paper (one of my favourites) from Cristina Re - you can find it HERE

Shabby Chic

A Blog Named Hero has a Shabby Chic challenge - whenever I think of this style, I think of lace, SU Antique brads, Distress inks on the paper edges, and browns and pinks (or sometimes pale blue, but not today!) 

White on white

I made this card for Simon Says Stamp's White on White challenge.  I really like how this card turned out but, geez, this one was hard to photograph!!  In real life, it looks a whole lot better, trust me!

 The close up gives you a much better idea of the texture on the base card - I used a PaperTrey Ink impression plate. 

Challenges, challenges

Combining a couple of challenges today - CAS(E) this sketch, CASology, and CASual Fridays.

I went with a literal interpretation of the sketch! LOL!

CASE study challenge

This week's CASE study challenge is to CASE Teri Anderson - her style is very trendy and eclectic! 

I went with the yellow and blue she used, and the idea of multiples, but with considerably less detail! 

 I hope you're having a sunshiney day ;)

Monday 11 February 2013

Prince Charming

This week's CASology cue card is "Fairytale".  I knew EXACTLY which stamp set to pull out - Lawn Fawn's "Critters Ever After".
 I hope you're having a great day ;)

Saturday 9 February 2013

Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2 - Day 10 - Take 6! Phew!

Well, I met the challenge I set for myself - I made 6 cards today using one stamp set (Hero Arts "Year Round Sentiments").  I added a Lawn Fawn border stamp to this card, as well as some pearls.

I'll be submitting this card to Lawnscaping Challenge: "Be my Valentine", to CAS(E) this Sketch #14, as well as to Simon Says Stamp "Have a Heart"JUGS - Use a Masking Technique, and JAI "Just Add Hearts"

In other news, this is my 500th Blog post!  Hooray!!  

I hope you're having a lovely day - thanks for visiting! 

Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2 - Day 10 - Take 5!

Phew! Up to 5 cards today using the same stamp set - Hero Arts "Year Round Sentiments".

For this card, I wanted to use a heap of stars - there are 3 stars in this set, so I grabbed a mini stamp set from Basic Grey which had 2 more stars and a sentiment that I could not resist (seeing as it is based on the handwriting of Kristina Werner, one of the FABULOUS instructors in the Online Card Classes!)
I think I might go back to this one and add some star dust Stickles to the small solid stars - what do you think?