Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday Focus

I needed to make a card for the daughter of one of my husband's nieces and was so taken by the Colour Q inspiration photo and colours that the beginnings of a suitable card quickly formed. 

The colours and her age made this Manga girl stamp come to mind and so I was off to a great start. I adore this stamp and used it quite a bit when I first bought it, but now it's been gathering dust and was long overdue for some love.

I chose this bold sentiment because it's modern simplicity matched the image so perfectly. And the stripes down the side of my card not only set off the Manga Girl but also picked up on the stripy stockings from the inspiration image.

Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Manga Girl #1; uniko Studio, All Occasion Sentiments #2, Clearly Besotted, Diagonal Stripe
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, pumpkin pie
Promarkers: lilac, leaf green, spice, cool grey 5

Great to have you drop by today, thanks so much.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Today's card uses the sketch from Sketch Saturday and the theme from Less is More - little creatures.                    We'd love you to display our banner                                                        
I bought these hedgehog stamps the other week when I went to the Sincerely Yours craft show at Newark. I think they are so cute and I meant to save them for Valentine's day, but then this challenge appeared and I knew I'd have to use them.

I embossed a grassy background for the hedgehogs and then stamped and coloured them with a few hearts sprinkled.

The sentiment went on another piece of card and I rounded the top corners to echo the curve of the hedgehog backs.  The little banner and a sprinkle added and I was done.

Stamps: lawn fawn, hedgehugs
Inks: SU, cherry cobbler; Memento, rich cocoa
Flexmarkers: saddle brown, nutmeg, dusky pink
Embossing: magazine freebie
Embellishments: doodlebug sprinkles, day to day asst.

Thanks for looking today, your visit is much appreciated.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Words

Halloween has hit The Male Room for their current challenge and so I get to share another Halloween card that I made over the weekend.

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I decided to go a bit more subtle with this card and create something a bit more teenager/adult themed. I used my ink dusters to make a background and then stamped the tree, bird, bat and sentiment on top.

Don't you just love this scary looking crow sitting menacingly on the branch? 

I added a little wink of stella glitter to the bottom of the moon, just to add atmosphere!

After I'd stamped the sentiment I did wonder if I should have gone with something a bit more grown up, but as I quite liked the rest of the card I decided to leave it.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Fright Night
Inks: Adirondack, purple twilight, meadow; Memento, tuxedo black; SU, pumpkin pie
Embellishment: Wink of Stella, clear

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tuesday Talk

I always try to include at least one Autumn layout in my yearly scrapbook album and this year I used the new sketch challenge at The Memory Nest as my starting point.

Two weeks ago we were at Belton house for the greyhound walk and we decided then that we would return when the trees had changed. So off we went and yes there was a big difference, so glad we went back before the winds arrived.

The twist to this layout challenge is to add stitching - not a problem. I love how stitching looks on scrapbook pages and cards but don't always remember this - so it's great to have a little push.

I made my three banner tags using part of the photograph that I'd trimmed off the bottom, just felt I needed a square photo. For some reason I always feel guilty trimming photos, so it was really good to find a use for these bits.

And have you spotted those stamp sets again?  Now they've made it onto my scrapbook pages I ought to do a little journalling about how I can't stop using them - a new page idea? Maybe!

Paper: A very old left over piece from a pad.
Stamps: SU, Gorgeous Grunge & Kinda Eclectic
Inks: SU, pumpkin pie; Memento, rich cocoa
Alphas: Bella Blvd, Sophisticates
Embellishments: Simple Stories, sweater weather; Scrap 365, wooden shapes

Thanks so much for looking today. Hope you like what you've seen and will come back again another day.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Monday Moments

So pleased CAS(E) this Sketch is having an extended challenge, means I got time to play with their lovely sketch and create a bright sparky card.

My starting point was punching the right hand border in hot pink. I then considered colours to stamp that gorgeous grunge and plumped for bright yellow as a lovely clashy contrast to the pink.

I was so taken by Deanne's DT card and was very influenced by her placing of elements to the left of the vertical border.

Stamps: SU, Gorgeous Grunge; Uniko Studio, Flower Power #1 & #2
Inks: SU, daffodil delight & melon mambo
Punch: tonic border
Embellishments: sequins from my stash

Thanks for looking today, so pleased to have you visit.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

AAA Cards Game 25 - INSPIRE

This week AAA Cards is asking you to be INSPIRED by Halloween.

Such a bold colourful photo with so many aspects to focus on.  I decided to keep my background simple and added texture by using an embossing folder.

Then I wanted to pick up on some of the colours and fun aspect.  So I went with purple and orange to stamp the pumpkins and spider and both were liberally sparkled up with Stickles.

I wanted to echo the 3D look of the inspiration so popped the sparkly pumkins up onto foam and mounted them slightly off centre on top of a repeat stamping.

Finally I added a fun element by attaching the spider to my card with a strip of acetate. This should make the spider jump and move a bit as the card is removed from the envelope. SCARY!!!

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Fright Night & Halloween Spirit
Inks: SU, pumpkin pie; Memento, grape jelly
Embossing: Cuttlebug folder
Embellishments: Stickles, star dust

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, hope you enjoyed it!

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Unscripted Sketches Game 7

Today sees the start of Game 7 at Unscripted Sketches.  And a new PL page for me.

A lot going on in this sketch, so I repeated the checkerboard paper over the card and linked the three elements with buttons to help it look co-ordinated.

I stamped the vertical line and added an Ali Edwards overlay to the photo.

Here's the top half of the page that this card has been popped into - more revealed next week.

Paper: My Mind's Eye, Miss Caroline Dilly Dally
Stamps: SU, PL Point & Click
Inks: Memento, Paris dusk
Die: Clearly Besotted, Journal It
Photo overlay: Ali Edwards Digital, Everyday Life Cursive
Embellishments: Shimelle, die cut cardstock shapes; buttons from my stash

Thanks for dropping by today, I do appreciate your time.

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