Monday, March 31, 2014

Blue Flower

Another flower card for you today.  I'm playing along with the Waltzingmouse Fanatics colour challenge (or the nearest I could get to the colours).   I've used the Funky Flowers set to build a flower.  (I drew in the stem with a marker pen.)  I double stamped the happy, first with paler blue then with the teal, slightly offset.  Tied some metallic thread around the panel, and I couldn't resist a bit of splatter.

I'm playing stretch-a-sketch again at CAS(E) This Sketch:

And I'm also playing along with Simon Says Monday Challenge where the rule is - no rules, it's an anything goes week.

Stamps: Watzingmouse Say It Loud, Funky Flowers

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring Bloom

I had a few challenges in mind when I was making this card.  The first one was Paper Artsy where there are several inspirational posts during the week.  This tag by Brenda Brown was the inspiration for my card:

I'm entering it into The Card Concept (shabby chic and vintage).  See the big flower on the cake?  That's the one.

At Simon Says Work It Wednesday it's Spring,

And at CASE Study, here's the gorgeous inspiration from Joni:
In my case, it's one big flower, and the sentiment banner is down at the bottom instead of splitting the image.

Images: Paper Artsy E Lin Brown 01, Ink & The Dog Mini 44 (script)
Stencil: TCW Mini Harlequin
Black lines: credit card
Inks: Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose Distress Inks, Versafine Onyx Black, Versafine Smoky Grey

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - March and Orange Jalfrezi Verdict

I'm playing along with Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2014.  This month it's all about smudge stamping and second generation stamping.  And using an airbrush which I haven't got, so I substituted that for sponging through a stencil.  The idea is that you stamp the image on one tag, huff on the stamp and stamp onto the second tag, getting a lighter image, then take a clean sponge to them to blur the images.  All went well until I added the wording stamp on the left-hand side of the tag as an afterthought.  By that time, I'd been moving the tags around, and stamped them the wrong way, so the first generation tag has the paler wording stamp, and the second generation tag has the stronger wording.  Oh, well.

Here is Tim's pair of tags:-

And the verdict on the previously untried orange and jalfrezi milk chocolate - fabulous!!  I won't be asking or my money back!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buttons And Chocolate Buttons

It's a week for buttons.  House of Cards have a challenge to use buttons on CAS/classic/elegant cards,

And Simon Says Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes With Buttons.

The new challenge at Simon Says Work It Wednesday is to create a card that makes you think of Spring

And the doors are still open at The Card Concept.  I think I'm Clean & Layered today.

I went to a ladies' event last night where there was a talk on chocolate.  With sample tasting.  Mmmmm.  This chocolatier makes unusual combinations.  Dark chocolate, lime and chilli.  Delicious, bought some.  Dark chocolate, lemongrass and Szechuan pepper.  Fabulous, bought some.  Milk chocolate, orange and jalfrezi.  Bought some, not tried it yet but he promised I'll like it or my money back :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Catching Up On Homework

I was too busy planning and partying last week and neglected my Online Card Class homework, so now I'm playing catch-up with a couple of cards.  This first one is for the Optical Illusion class.  Having masked the centre circle, I stamped the larger flowers in Memento Angel Pink, then masked and infilled with the smaller flowers in Rose Bud and the leaves in New Sprout.  I scribbled outlines around the leaves and flowers with a 0.005 black pen, then scribbled a border around the card, and stamped a sentiment from one of the Subway Art Builders sets (details below).

I'm also entering it into this week's CASE Study, where muse Joni has provided this gorgeous card:
And CAS(E) This Sketch:

Stamps: STAMPlorations Vignette Eclectic Florals and MOM Subway Art Builders No 2 - Grace In Each Step


This next card is for the Backgrounds Into The Foreground class (graffiti stamping), and I'm also entering it into the Winnie & Walter Playdate No. 1 and Join In To Win challenges:

I've used the colours in order of the family's tops, highlighting one word on each row to say "Happy Birthday To You", and overstamped with the lovely big Happy in corresponding colours.

Stamps:  Winnie & Walter The Big The Bold and The Happy

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy 50th, Maria!

Wheeeee!!!  We're having a surprise birthday party!  And the Party Girl is none other than Maria of rieslingmama who just happens to be 50 today :)

Cardmaker extraordinaire, Maria creates fabulous cards that often have a bit of an edge to them, a twist or an interpretation that nobody else thought of.

Many of you will have seen the evidence in her frequent appearances in Papercrafts & Scrapbooking Magazine, she was World Cardmaking Day 2013 winner in the birthday category, and is a Design Team member for STAMPlorations and Simply Create Too.  But you probably know all that already.

She's also a fun blog buddy!  Happy Birthday Maria!

I'm linking my card up to The Card Concept - I think I'm shabby chic today.

Ooh look, there's your birthday cake, Maria!

Come and join the party - link your card up here.  The drinks are on Maria (well, she does live in wineland)!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Twofer And A Video On Waxing

A couple of cards for you today.  This first one was inspired by Marion's card at Muse:

And by this photo at Winnie & Walter's Playdate No. 1 challenge.  I followed the colours of the clothing and interlocked the hellos to mimic the way that the family is interlocked.  I know the bokeh is part of the frame, but I wanted it to be represented in my card anyway.

I'm also entering it into the current FUSION challenge, where I've just used the sketch:-

Stamps:  Winnie & Walter: The Big The Bold and The Happy; STAMPlorations Vignette Retro Mod Shapes (circle)


And for my next trick, I've made a video for you.  I did a stall at a pop-up cafe in the village yesterday.  I wanted to take some encaustic wax cards to sell but needed to make a new batch.  When I posted some wax cards on my blog at the beginning of the year, some of you had asked for a tutorial, so I thought I may as well video the process while I was making this new batch.  (Don't worry, the video is less than 3 minutes long - I speeded/sped? it up.  Whatever, it's quick.)

The bad news is that there were only 12 customers all morning.  The good news is I sold a wax card and a framed wax picture, and the organiser has asked me to try for the village fair later in the year.

Here's the card that's featured in the video:

I'm entering it into the challenge at Clearly Besotted - In Flight (see the little birds?).  Sentiment from the Fabulous Fuchsias set.
To be honest, I'm in a quandary about this.  I've always thought of wax cards as separate from stamped cards and therefore they don't "fit" into blog challenges.  But are they any different from, say, watercoloured cards or paper-pieced cards or stencilled cards?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sending Hugs

I'm behind on my school work at Online Card Class.  This card is inspired by Laura B's plaid card on Day 5, although I've masked one area and stamped the bands of colour using the back of a sentiment stamp rather than spongeing them.  Spongeing?  Sponging?  Whatever, I didn't.

I've used the sketch from Waltzingmouse Fanatics (and I didn't even change it!):

I've used the colour scheme from Just Us Girls:

I've used masking so I can enter it into Less is More:

And at CAS on Sunday, it's a one layer wonder challenge.

Off to catch up on my school work now.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Not-Birthday Anita!

Anita in France (aka My Papercraft World) was very coy about her birthday last month, so it snook by us all.  But Bev from Happy Dance cooked up a plan to give her a surprise belated birthday party, ably assisted by Party Planner Extraordinaire, Darnell. (And I've just caught a glimpse of all the party food and drink on Bev's post - I'm in there!!)

I cased this fabulous card by Wida, who is starring on the Penny Black blog all week.  And if you think this card from yesterday is fab, check out what she made for today's post!

Wida's card
So Happy Birthday for last month, Anita!  (If the Queen can have two birthdays a year, I don't see why you can't!)  If nothing else, it's an excuse to open a bottle of France's finest :))

Monday, March 17, 2014

STAMPlorations Sketch #8

It's time for a new sketch at STAMPlorations.  I've re-arranged the sketch slightly (no surprise there, then!) to turn it into a cake with candles.  The cake is made from the chevron stamp from Vignette Chevron and Arrows, the candles are made from Vignette Live Laugh Love, and I've used a leaf from Vignette Eclectic Florals for the flames.  The sentiment is also from Vignette Chevron and Arrows.

The sketch challenges are sponsored by our sister shop, All About Scrapping. The winner gets to pick 3 DIGITAL products from the shop -- any combination of printable sheetsPhotoshop templates, and digital paper packs. The winner will also be invited as a Guest Designer in next month's sketch challenge.

I'm entering my card into Seize The Birthday, with the topping - Stitches.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Clematis Fence

I've been making woodgrain backgrounds again.  This time, it's a fence with a clematis growing up it.    Or trailing down it, depending on your point of view.  Online Card Class has been covering inlaid die cuts but mine is definitely more than a one layer card.  I was also inspired by Gayatri's fabulous DT card for CAS(E) This Sketch where she also used inlaid die cuts in vibrant colours.  I've gone for a less vibrant palette and taken a small liberty or two with the sketch.

I also had the inspiration photo from Curtain Call in mind when I made the card.  See the wooden barrel and the flowers.

I've used a Magenta stamp for the flowers, so I can enter it into Magenta's March challenge, Spring Is Coming.    Think Clematis Montana Rubens -ish.
The challenge at Simon Says Monday Challenge is D for Distress.  Distress Inks and distressed edges for me.

And at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, it's Mother's Day or Special Girl:

Usual procedure for making the fence: score, smooch Distress Ink (Antique Linen) in a random fashion but following the grain, buff with kitchen roll, smooch Distress Ink (Walnut Stain) to fill blank areas, buff with kitchen roll.

Diecut Clustered Leaves from white card, stamp text with Versafine Smoky Grey, smooch with Distress Ink (Bundled Sage).  Die cut Clustered Leaves from distressed fence, replace with green leaves die cut.  Stamp flowers on white card with Versafine Onyx Black, colour with Distress Inks (Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord), cut out.  I added some pink to outline the flowers and give them a bit more oomph.  Speech bubble from X-Cut.  Sentiment from unknown.

ETA:  I forgot to link it up to FUSION!  I've used the sketch:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Birthday Stripes

I'm catching up on my homework for Online Card Class, and I've combined two techniques.  The coloured stripes are faux letterpress, but it's not easy to see in the photo (fine in IRL).  I also liked Shari's graffiti stamped card which is why it's all on an angle.  Shari's had different sentiments and fonts, but I've stuck with one word and used it - a lot!

I'm also entering this into Little Tangles where the challenge is to continue your theme onto the inside of the card.  Here's my insides :)

I'm also entering it into Keep It Simple, where the challenge is Stripes.