Saturday, 3 February 2018

Masculine Valentine

I loved Time Out's photo inspiration #102, and combined it with SUO's invitation in challenge #193 to use 'hearts a'plenty' to make a card for my husband for Valentine's Day. I hope he'll like the bold composition and colours (or at least will be too polite to say if he doesn't!)
The card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up paper (Cajun Crazy, Gold, Basic Black and Pop of Pink dsp) ink (Basic Black), dies (Sweet and Sassy, Celebrate You), enamel hearts and stamp (Thoughtful Banners for 'love')

Framed Butterfly

I loved the colour combination in Hand Stamped Sentiment's challenge #282 and utilised Freshly Made Sketch's challenge #322 to showcase them. I love the sentiment, and followed its instruction as I made the card!

Made using: Stampin' Up paper (Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Love Blossoms DSP), ink (Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Perfect Plum (pen)), 
Also: francheville rhinestones, Sizzix Thinlits 'Hello Summer' (sentiment), Kaisercraft Flutter dies

Flower Garden

I'd kind of forgotten about the Stampin' Up Beautiful Bouquet stamps until a friend reminded me the other day. Once I looked at them again, I wanted to use them - and CAS(E) this Sketch's Challenge CTS #257 and Colour Throwdown's palette #478 gave me the chance.
The card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up stamps (Beautiful Bouquet), dies (Bouquet Bunch), ink (Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist and Basic Black) and paper (Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist)
Other: francheville pearls

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Botanicals revisited

I was lucky, with this card, to find a sketch and colours I thought combined well: CAS Colours and Sketches #255 (Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky) and Fab Friday's #129:

 I used some old favourites to make the card: I like me, they're kind of semi-retired!
The card:

Made using Stampin' Up:
Dies: Botanical Builder, Flourish
Stamp: Vertical Greetings (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky
Embossing Folder: I think it was called Christmas?
Other: American Crafts POW glitter paper (white) and Rosie dots: enamel and glitter enamel 

Thursday, 18 January 2018


I was immediately drawn to the colour combination in the latest Colour Throwdown Challenge (#476; Kraft, Light Blue and White) and used those colours in Freshly Made Sketch's Challenge #320.  For the koru (swirl) shapes inside the frame, I sponged an embossing folder with blue ink and then embossed the card. I backed the sentiment with Kraft paper to give it a bit more oomph.

Made using:
Stampin' Up: paper (Whisper White, Marina Mist, Kraft) ink (Marina Mist) Quilt Builder and Celebrate You thinlits Glitter Enamel dot.
Other: Craft Creations koru embossing folder and a random bit of blue paper left over from my daughter. 

Hearts & Flowers

I love both the symbolism and the shape of hearts, and am enjoying my recent purchases of Stampin' Up's Sweet and Sassy Framelits and Heart Happiness stamps. Hand Stamped Sentiment's Challenge #281 and Stamp, Ink, Paper's SIP#133 allowed me to use both:

I stamped and then hand-coloured the big heart, and used a little device which both stamps and embosses hearts for the white hearts. 
Made using:
Stampin' Up:Paper (Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White), Sweet and Sassy Framelits, Heart Happiness stamp set, Shake and Celebrate stamp (sentiment) Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, Basic Black ink.
Copic Markers: V122, V04, B02, B05, RV21, G99, YG03, Y21, Y17

Monday, 15 January 2018

Framed Flowers

I thought the latest colour challenge from The Paper Players (#376) was great: Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide. I especially liked how we could choose one other colour to use. I sponged quite an intense background with Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist and framed it with the Tranquil Tide, so chose Pink Pirouette to lightly sponge flowers and for the top layer of the sentiment - just to lighten things up.
The card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up: paper (Whisper White, Basic Black, Shimmering White, Pink Pirouette, Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist); ink (Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Lemon Lime Twist, Pink Pirouette), Celebrate you thinlits (sentiment)
Craft Creations Mega Nesting Rectangle Dies
Sizzix Jim Holtz Small Tattered Florals Thinlits
francheville rhinestones