Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SSS Wednesday - Happy Birthday

Last week was my birthday, and one of my presents was a voucher for crafting supplies (what else?!). I've been reading some great things about Altenew so I spent most of my voucher on a few of their cover plates and this one, Doodled lace, made me do a little happy dance. It is simply stunning. So much so that I made 3 cards straight off using all the same supplies, just cutting away different portions to leave room for a sentiment.
The sentiments on all 3 are from Papertrey Ink, and are matted on Pinefeather card.

ABNH - Favourite Hero Arts product

After a bit of a hiatus, A Blog named Hero is back, and their current challenge is to use you favourite Hero Arts product. Easy peasy.
My favourite product is the Rain dance stencil. I've used it on lots of cards before and I never get tired of it.
For this card I used the stencil 3 ways. First up I swiped distress ink pads onto the stencil, spritzed with water and then lay the stencil down onto a card base to smoosh on the colours. Once this was dry I replaced the stencil, lining it up with where it had been for the first step, then sponged Hero arts mint julep ink through the stencil. Finally I used a light grey Staedtler fineliner to trace around the inside of each shape (time consuming yes, but it adds a lovely extra element).
The card was finished with a die cut sentiment from March's My Monthly Hero kit (which was also a contender in the favourite product selections) and a simple sentiment.

Monday, April 2, 2018

MIM #317 - Outline images

Having prevaricated all week on the card for last week's challenge, I thought I'd quickly knock out the card for today's challenge at Papertrey Ink before I had a chance to overthink it.
The outline image is from What the doodle - feather. This series would seem like perfect options for anyone looking to go the non-flowery route. The solid images are from a recent My monthly hero kit, stamped in blueberry sky and enchanted evening inks.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Transformation Tuesday

I know you're supposed to take old projects and refresh them, but I took the card I had originally made for this weeks Make it Monday and didn't like enough to post, and reworked it to make something I was happier with using all the same techniques but a few different stamps.
This is the first one...
It's OK, but the colour I chose for the stencilled edge just wasn't right, and I didn't like the way the stencil looked over the flowers.
So I moved on to this....
This time I went masculine, and stuck with 2 colours of ink (distress oxides - they're just great for this sort of blended project). With both cards I embossed the images in white (doodlie doo for the first card, Star prints and Birthday style for the second) then sponged the inks over the tops, blending to smooth the transitions. Big basics die for the sentiment, slightly offset on a second diecut sponged with the same colours.

MIM #316 - stencilled edges

Sometimes with Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday challenges I have a really clear idea what I want my card to look like. This time - not so much. That's probably why I'm only getting to it on Sunday.

The recipients (well, one of them) is a birder, hence the feather image. The darkest one (stamped in stormy seas) is also dry embossed to add texture. The sentiments are exactly centered, and straight (I even measured and ruled lines to be sure. They just don't look it!
I get a feeling this card will be part of a future Transformation Tuesday project.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

PTI March Blog Hop

This month's Blog Hop at Papertrey ink had one of the prettiest inspiration pictures in ages. As a result I stuck pretty close to the original with my card.

I started off making the background, trying to get some of the variation in the wooden table. Starting with spring rain card stock I swiped the blueberry sky ink pad over the top to give  good mottled covering. Then I sponged enchanted evening and dark indigo ink through the small floral stencil of the woodblock prints set, and finally spritzed the ink on the stencil and pressed that into the cardstock. I love that you can just about make out the pattern, without it being too obvious.

Using the nest die from a recent My Monthly Hero kit I then built a bouquet using Sprig and spruces and Beautiful Berries - spring sets. It is finished with a tag and sentiment from Tiny tags.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

MIM #315

I went a little more girly than usual for this weeks' Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink. It must be Melissa's influence!
I bought a selection pack of the Frantage embossing powders a while ago, so used a couple of different ones on my card - shabby white and aged silver. As with previous attempts, my heat tool just blows the unattached powder right off, but heating from underneath first fixes this problem.

I used the rose cluster from the Sweet Life set as my focal point, stamped in lilac grace, amethyst allure and plum pudding, and a sentiment from the super swoosh die set.
I also masked a rectangle and sponged on lilac grace, to give an extra frame around the mat without adding any more bulk.