Saturday, 13 August 2011

Butterfly birthday wishes

This card just uses simple components from a QVC kit - the butterfly oval is decoupaged with four layers.

This is for:

365 cards day 165: 30 minutes or less
Make my Monday 10: birds or bugs
Pattie's creations 28: animals or insects
Flutter by Wednesday 166: open, with a butterfly
Anything goes 47: happy birthday
Spoon full of sugar 162: happy birthday
Just for fun: black and white

New addition to the flock

This week's Pile it on 32 is 'down on the farm' (just getting in on the last day) - it got me thinking about cows, ducks, pigs ... and sheep - and I remembered a set of Elzybells stamps that I bought quite some time ago and so far they had not seen ink.

So I used the sheep family stamp with the appropriate sentiment, with a little copic colouring.

The DCWV background paper is years old (still comes in handy) and there's a bit of irony (sheep ... wool) adding the little bit of knitting!

This is also for:

Sweet stampin: on the farm
Pattie's creations 28: animals or insects
365 cards day 164: team colours - when I was at secondary school (many years ago!) I was in Nelson house and the colour of the team was green
I did it: children
Bling it on 6: A B C - animal, baby, colouring

Make a wish

This is a quick card because time is running out to link for Hels' Sunday stamper 166 that expires this evening.

No patterned paper used, just distressing with mustard seed and tea dye DIs, both on the background and on the stamped image (Paperbug studio: silences), adding the sentiment and the Poundland felt flower with button.

This is also for:

Challenge up your life 50: no patterned paper
Inspiration avenue: sun kissed
Dream valley 13: distressing
Charisma cardz 32: distressing
Simply create 50: time to distress
Catch the bug: distressed or shabby chic
I did it: children
The stamp man 29: anything goes with summer colours
Cutie Sunday 146: flower power
Pixie cottage 81: say it with flowers
Lollipop crafts 43: monochromatic
Crazy 4 challenges 100: monochromatic colouring

Back to the safety of patterned paper!

Having recently made quite a few 'clean & simple' no patterned paper cards, I've gone back to the safety net of patterned papers for this one - I've used Kate Knight's appropriately named Totally tropical summer papers - the colours really are vibrant.

The stamped images are some from a favourite Hero arts printed flowers set, masking the two smaller ones to stamp the larger. These were coloured with copics and the scalloped circle cut with a nestie and distressed with spiced marmalade DI before taking the nestie off to reveal the white edge.

The colours are for ColourQ 97:

and also for Cupcake inspirations 122:

using Erin's sketch for Sunday sketch and stamp 67:

With the addition of the three half pearls for the sketch, the card is also for Stamp dreams 94: recipe - flowers, half pearls and text (on the flowers).

This is also for:

Dream valley 13: distressing
Ribbon carousel 15: get edgy with Jessica Diedrich
Charisma cardz 32: distressing
Simply create 50: time to distress
Catch the bug: distressed or shabby chic
The stamp man 29: anything goes with summer colours
My craft spot 20: it's hot out there - hot, bright colours
The craft garden August: bold, bright and loud
Created by hand: multi-colours
Crafty Ann 47: scallops and/or fancy borders
Cutie stampers 108: recipe - 3 flowers, 2 papers, 1 ribbon
Stamp n doodle: recipe - come see the ingredients - ribbon, a punch/die cut and pearls
365 cards day 162: at odds - 3 patterned papers, 3 stamped flowers
Cutie Sunday 146: flower power
Pixie cottage 81: say it with flowers

Simple ... I don't think so

When I saw today's Less is more week 28 - to make a one layer card using ink, I thought I would combine this with one that I've been wanting to make for Sketchy colors 79: pink, white and gold, where this inspiration photo was given:

The colours are very similar too for Stamptacular 123 photo inspiration:


And I used the sketch for CPS 230:

I won't tell you the number of tries I had at this before I got what I wanted to achieve - hence the title of the post!

Despite swiping the card blank with an antistatic bag before stamping the Magenta daisy stamp with versamark ready to heat emboss using hisbiscus rose orange powder, some of this powder remained around the daisy in the background, which didn't look too bad, but looked odd with the rest of the card white. In the end, after a few different attempts, I decided to make sure my card was swiped well with the antistatic and then poured the embossing powder over the whole card and not just the image, so I've ended up with a hint of a pink sparkle on the entire card as well as well defined petals. I then stamped the swirls and heat embossed with detail gold. This is for The crazy challenge 79: embossed. So, as a result of trial and error, I achieved something a bit different with the embossing powder than usual.

Unfortunately, however many attempts I made to get a photo, the flower and bottom swirl don't show shiny embossed as irl, but you get the idea from the top swirl.


CHNC challenge 33: simply Christmas

It's time for another challenge on my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge blog and this time for challenge 33 I'm asking for cards with one layer or at least for them to be kept clean and simple. I usually rely quite heavily on using patterned paper on my cards, but recently I've been making quite a few 'clean and simple' cards and even 'one layer' ones.

For my card I've used a large PM stamp 'bauble decoration' - I inked with versamark and heat embossed with detail gold. As this is a large stamp I made a 7 x 5 card blank to use landscape. The strip across the top is a piece of double sided tape covered with detail gold embossing powder and heated.

When I have my sale to raise money for Tearfund I usually make up some packs of five cards so I think I'll be making some more of these.

I'm linking this for:

Ooh-la-la 86: oh Christmas!
Fab n funky 85: it's Christmas
Cards for men 16: clean & simple - I think this would be suitable to send to a man
Freshly brewed 59: clean and simple using less than 3 embellishments
Crafty catz 95: emboss it