Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MIM #207

I love the technique on this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink, and for once went in with a really clear plan.
I made a card that I really wasn't happy with so I had to go back and try again, and I'm hoping I can edit the photos in the link (I could - that's a relief)
This was the first, blink and you'll miss it, submission, but it was just too cluttered so I went back and tried again and got to this instead.
Much better!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March blog hop - PTI

Blog inspiration
I wasn't particularly happy with the card I made for this weeks Make it Monday, but the great thing about having the March Blog Hop so soon after is that I get a chance at a re-do. The inspiration picture even has a mixed bag of patterns in the lamp shades.
This time around I used Lemon tart and Aqua mist inks. The stripes are again from background basics: Super stripes and the top layer is one of the blocks from Guide lines with an assortment of stars from the 2012 birthday tags. The sentiment is also from this set, stamped in Smoky shadow ink.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MIM #206

For some reason that I can't for the life of me remember, a couple of weeks ago I was looking at photos of Jasper Conran's fall/winter 2015-2016 fashion show and it is all about mixing patterns while keeping the colours constant. So it was serendipity to have this same concept come up on this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
I stuck with Sweet blush, classic kraft and Enchanted evening for all the elements.
The patterns are made up from all sorts  - the busiest is made using (mostly) the "Guide Lines" set that I bought last month before it headed into the vault.
The smaller banner is made using the "Keep it Simple" frames die.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hero Arts Nature Challenge #5

This is another card for the current challenge at Hero Arts
Hero Arts/Basic Grey Luscious Patterned flowers
Hero Arts/Basic Grey Little Black Dress Flower Star wreath
Hero Arts Five line background

Pale Tomato
PTI soft stone

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hero Arts Nature challenge #4

I thought I'd make one more card for the current Nature Challenge going on at Hero Arts.
I love how the Rain dance stencil looks like a school of fish - well, it does to me anyway!
The "Thank you" banner is from a Hero Arts/Studio Calico set, while the "Good friends" sentiment is from Hero Arts/Basic Grey - Life is fun.

MIM #205

February 2017 edit - I picked this as my favorite card. I've made lots of cards I like but this was just one that came together so easily, and I've used it as a base for lots of subsequent ones.

Lizzie showed us a great technique for this weeks Make it Monday at Papertrey Ink. Called "Confetti stamping" it really is just filling in space with lots of little images. I've done something similar before for a valentines card so instead of masking (which would be quicker as you don't have to worry so much about positioning at the edges) I stayed true to the brief and drew an outline to work inside. I'm glad I did as it gives a much softer effect.
I hate to tell you how many different stamp sets and inks I ended up using, but the sentiment is from Topiary Trio.
As I finished up the card I thought how great it would be to use this same layout for a child's birthday card, just using a number instead of the letter. I always struggle with cards that aren't too cutesy for the nephews so I'm off to try this out for an up-coming 9th birthday.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hero Arts Nature challenge #3

I've been making some cards for the Nature Challenge at Hero Arts.
I used one of the Hero Arts/Basic Grey "Little Black Dress" stamps for this card. I used Ripe persimmon, fired brick and peeled pain distress markers to colour the stamp and then spritzed to give a water colour effect. I stamped the image on the card base and also on the tag and lined the images up.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hero Arts Nature Challenge #2

Another card for the Nature challenge currently running on the Hero Arts blog.
Having gone very fussy for the previous cards I thought I'd try something super simple this time.
I used the "Life is Fun" set from Hero Arts/Basic grey for the two images and drew the frame around it freehand in the matching marker (pine needles distress ink).
Lots of white space for me, but I kind of like the simplicity.

Hero Arts - Nature challenge

While I was blog hopping Hero Arts' new catalog release I found details of their current challenge and thought I'd play along - Nature Challenge
I wanted to play around with the Simple Leaf background stamp from the Basic Grey Persimmon set and had a very clear idea of how I wanted it to look. This, as ever, didn't actually work out but I likely the end result anyway!
 I used an assortment of distress stains to color cardstock (at one point I had 6 different color combinations drying) and then used the Simple Leaf stamp, versamark and clear embossing powder over the top. One the embossing powder had created a mask I used a sponge applicator to shade the uncovered bits and finally ironed off the embossing powder.
The mat is from Hero Arts "le journal" set, while the butterflies are from Stamp you story - My favorite.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

MIM #203

A card for this weeks Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink.
Ashley challenged us to doodle with stamps, and it took a little thinking before I decided to make a cloudy sky background.
I started by using some distressed stains to make a gentle blue sky. I used PTIs cloud dies to cut 2 of each size cloud from craft foam and flipped one die cut over before sticking it to the block so I could vary the direction the clouds were pointing. Then I stamped using white pigment ink and left it to dry while I went to Staples and splurged on a set of fine point black pens.
I used the plane and banner from the "Fly away" mini kit to complete the card.