Thursday, 29 June 2017

Romantic Roses

For The Card Concept's challenge #76 (Romantic Roses), I made a clean and layered card. My response was a fairly literal take on the inspiration photo - well, what better than a bunch of red roses? - although I'm using the peony roses from Stampin' Up's new Beautiful Bouquet suite. Here's the photo:

and my card - I used the embossed panel to try to capture the texture of the shutters, and black glitter card for the wrapping for a bit of bling. 

Made using: 
Stampin' Up products:
Beautiful Bouquet stamps and dies; Stitched Shapes framelits
Whisper White paper
Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Garden Green and Basic Black ink
Christmas embossing folder
Other products:
Craftwise metallic twine, Rosie's glitter cardstock

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Zigzag birthday

I was happy to call myself patriotic when working with the Fusion inspiration colours this week in their '4th of July' challenge, since the colours of the New Zealand flag are also red, white and blue. For the layout, I turned to Fab Friday's sketch #115. I love the stamp set - a recent acquisition - kind of quirky and lots of possibilities.
Here's the card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up:  Whisper White paper, DSP from 'Pop of Pink' set and inks - Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi and Basic Black. 
Stamp and Dies: Simon Says Stamp 'Artsy Flower Parts'

Rainbow Flowers

I tired a few different ideas for the lovely sketch from Less is More this week (#334), but in the end settled on keeping it really CAS by using my favourite little punch to make a rainbow of flowers. Here's the card:

Made using: ek tiny petal punch, Stampin' Up card (Whisper White, Wisteria wonder, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Rose Red), Francheville rhinestones, Stampin' Up's Thoughtful Banners (sentiment) and some random purple card left over from my daughter's school days.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Guest design for Retro Rubber

I was extremely excited to be chosen as a guest designer by Retro Rubber - and this emotion quickly morphed into extreme nervousness!
However, the sketch was inviting and beautiful in its simplicity:

... and I do love going back to stamps that have languished a little while I'm playing with new toys. Here's the result:

For this card, I started by reverse embossing a piece of Whisper White card, using 'Falling Flowers' stamps from the 2016 - 2017 Stampin' Up catalogue, and then sponging on Marina Mist and Lost Lagoon ink. The upper card is stamped with one of the 'Petite Petals' stamps from Stampin' Up's 2015 - 2016 catalogue, in Marina Mist. The sentiment is from 'Crazy about You' stampset, also from the 2015 - 2016 catalogue. The ribbon looks like it has to be Island Indigo in colour, but I won it as a spot prize at a demonstration, so I don't know catalogue details, sorry. The matt and base card are Island Indigo and Lost Lagoon, respectively. Teh only non- Stampin' Up product I used is the little Francheville pearls.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Cheerful Daisies

I liked the colours and options suggested by the latest Hand Stamped Sentiments inspiration image (HSS#266) :
It gave me the opportunity to use my new Stitched Daisies, which I've been coveting for a while but only just acquired. I love everything about them!
here's the card: 

Made using:
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Daisies dies, diamondpress thank you ministamp and die, 
Stampin Up 
paper: kraft, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight; 
ink: Tangerine Tango and Crumb Cake
stamps: Grateful Bunch (inside) and Crazy about You (inside sentiment)
dies: Bouquet Bunch
I also used this crazy kids' paper for the matt: Little Hands' Sticky Sparkle sheets. 

Sunday, 18 June 2017


What an interesting sketch Freshly Made Sketches #292 was!
I managed, kind of accidentally, to turn it into a technical challenge by deciding I would make the circles different shades of card. Then somehow, during that process, I managed to reverse the sketch. I'm still not sure how that happened, except that it's got to do with my appalling lack of spatial awareness (is that even what it's called? When you can't work out which way around things go - like the paper in the photocopier when you're trying to double-side something manually?)
Anyway - here's the card:

Made Using
Stampin' Up: 'Affectionately Yours' DSP, Big on Birthdays stamps (sentiment), Layering Circles dies, Blossom Bunch punch, Dapper Denim, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party paper
Other: ek tiny flower punch, Rosie's Epoxy Dots.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Let's eat cake

A few days ago, a friend introduced me to long post-it notes - a product I didn't know existed. Those 5 inches of stick make long masked edges much easier! I used them to create the base shape for this card, which combines two challenges: Less is More's#332 One layer 'sweet things' and CAS(E) this sketch's #225:
Previously, I've found one layer cards very difficult - I just keep on wanting to add bits - so I was pleased I've restrained myself this time. 

Made Using:
Stampin' Up Ink: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black
Other: Stampin' up Whisper White paper, gold embossing powder and Endless Birthday Wishes stamps; Versamark watermark ink
Stamp set: 

Monday, 5 June 2017

Chalkboard baking

This card, for Fusion's 'Chalkboard Baking' Challenge, was fun to make - it forced me out of my comfort zone. It's funny - it never occurs to me to use grey on a card, but when I'm invited to in a challenge, I always like doing so.
I recently bought white ink, and the main challenge for this card was cleaning it up - it goes EVERYWHERE!
Here's the challenge:
and here's my card:

Lots of different products went into creating this card, despite its simplicity. 
Made Using:
Stampin' Up ink: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Stampin' Up Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Grey
Stampin' Up stampset -  Postage Collection and enamel dots - brights
Other Products: papercraft stampset: Alphabet Reverse, My Favourite Things stampset and dies: Kitschy Kitchen.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Paisley Elegance

My first decisions for this card were about colour: as soon as I saw the elegance of The Card Concept's 'Freshly Elegant' challenge, I wanted to use those cool, elegant tones, with a bit of gold bling, of course.
I began with the lovely little floral paisley stamp and die, sponged pink and gold embossed, then looked for inspiration about what to do with it, finding what I needed with the CAS(E) this sketch's challenge #224.

 The simplicity of the colours helped to keep the final card CAS, I think.

One of the images looks very pink in tone - I'm not quite sure what I did there!
Made using:
Stampin' Up: Whisper White and Crumbcake paper, Pink Pirouette ink, gold embossing powder, Paisley framelits, Paisleys and Posies and Shake and Celebrate stampsets, enamel dots

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

White (and silver!) Wedding

As I potter around on Pinterest, I occasionally see cards made of only one colour. I'm especially impressed by the all-white ones, and what the craftspeople do to give the cards impact and flair, using the white to full advantage. I'm a bit of a fan of colour, but I thought I'd see if I could accomplish what these wonderful people are doing, using As You See It's Challenge 'Love and Marriage' and The Paper Players' PP346 sketch challenge to spur me on. 
Well, to cut a long story short, I COULDN'T! I just had to add silver (Is silver a colour? It is, isn't it...). So it doesn't really count as an all-white card, but I like it anyway. (Although it was extremely hard to do it justice when I was taking the photos.) Now I just have to wait for someone I know to get married!

Made Using: Stampin' Up Whisper White card, Bloomin' Love and Thoughtful Banners stamp set, Bloomin' Hearts thinlits, Squares Collection framelits and silver embossing powder.
Ohter products: ek 1" corner punch, American Craft Pow! silver glitter paper, Francheville pearls and design objectives cut and emboss folder - floral pattern.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Say it with flowers

This card is a response to three challenges: Retro Rubber's 'Colour My World Challenge 63: 

Fab Friday's sketch challenge 113:

and Just Add Ink's #361 to choose two from flowers, washi and watercolour.
The flowers are from the Stampin' Up set 'Awesomely Artistic', which satisfies the Retro Rubber requirement of a stamp older than a year, because it appears in the 2105/16 catalogue (it may be older, but that's when I got converted to making cards!) I loved the sketch's invitation to put the flowers front and centre, and the lines behind the circle just begged for washi tape, which meant that JAI's challenge fitted beautifully.
Anyway - here's the final result:

Made Using:
Stampin' Up: Awesomely Artistic stampset, Banners for you stampset, Bunch of Banners framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, Whisper White and Pool Party card, washi tape from Affectionately Yours suite, Basic Black Ink, Cucumber Crush and Elegant Eggplant marker pens.
Other Products: Fiskar small butterfly punch, American Craft Pow! glitter paper, Faber Castell water colour pencils, Wink of Stella (clear)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Evening Sun

For this card, I finally saw an opportunity to use a piece of roughly textured paper I found in a stationery shop and had been hoarding. It made an interestingly textured base for my sponged background. I began by considering Time Out's challenge #83, a CAS challenge of a beautiful card by Hannelie from Desert Diva and then realised that Just Add Ink's sketch challenge #360 shared the common element of a central circle, so decided to combine them.

Made using: 
Stampin' Up:
Ink: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Rose Red, Blackberry Bliss 
Paper: Whisper White
Perfect Pairings stamp set (sentiment)
Stitched Framelit and Circles Collection dies
Other: ek flower punch, Kaisercraft flower wreath die set.

Butterfly Congratulations

This card is a response to two challenges: The Paper Players' PP345: Butterflies and Fab Friday's Colour Challenge 112:
I wanted to make the butterflies 'fly' so let their wings lift off the coral background. It's the first time I found a use for the Stampin' Up enamel shapes (other than the dots) so that was an added benefit. 

Made Using:
Stampin' Up ink: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Dapper Denim; paper: Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim; enamel dots and Vertical Greeting stamp (sentiment)
Diamond Press stamp and dies: 'enjoy the ride'

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mother's Day

I actually felt quite moved by the beautiful colours in Just Add Ink's colour challenge #357, since the pinks, purples and deep blue-green in the challenge were my own mother's favourite colours to wear.

I thought they worked well with SUO's Challenge #173: 'All that's Feminine': feminine without being too 'girly'.
My husband said he 'loved' the resulting card (I was pretty surprised since he's never previously expressed an opinion about a card!) which is good, because he'll be giving it to his own mum in a couple of weeks.

Made using Stampin' Up products as follows:
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White (I also used some watercolour paper left over from my daughter's school days)
Ink: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry
Stitched Shape Framelits and Bloomin' Heart Thinlits and Thoughtful Banners
Some little diamantes (I think they're Stampin' Up but not 100% sure because I've lost the packet...)

Monday, 1 May 2017

Lacy Happy Birthday

A very quick post so I make the deadline - this card is a response to two challenges: As You See It's  #148 (garden green, so saffron and pink pirouette) and CAS Colours and Sketches #220. I really wanted to try a new lace background stamp I've just bought, so used that as a starting point.

Made using:
Ink: Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Garden Green
Paper: Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Garden Green, Whisper White
Other: Stampin' Upbig on Birthdays Stamp (sentiment), ek miniature flower punch, Dienamics rectangular stiched frame die, Stampin' Up's Flourish thinlits, Kaisercrarft Hearts Border dies, Stampin' Up's subtle dots.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Say it with flowers

I couldn't resist Colour Throwdown's Challenge #439, since I love bright colours and so their red, orange, purple and yellow combination sounded great. I combined it with Freshly Made Sketches' sketch challenge #284. 

I sponged and then water-marked (I mean literally marked with drops of water!) the vertical strip, then punched out two half pansy shapes. I used the holes as placement for two raised pansies.

Made using:
Ink: Stampin' Up's Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Real Red and Tangelo Twist
Paper: Stampin' Up's Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss
Other: Stampin' Up's Enamel Bright Shapes, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Love and Affection and Thoughtful Banners Shapes and Pansy Punch.