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Saturday, 29 April 2017

On the first day of Christmas…



Managed to get another card finished today to add to my Christmas card stash using the lovely Pear Tree Partridge die from LDRS Creative.


This card was inspired by the current challenge at Jingle Belles, where they want you to take inspiration from the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”.  Seeing the challenge theme reminded me of this die in my stash so it seemed the perfect time to get it out of its packaging and give it some use.

I cut the die from a piece of watercolour paper and added in all the details with some Tim Holtz Reinkers.  I’ve just now realised that I didn’t run it back through my Crossover with an embossing mat for some added texture, doh!  Probably would have been a good idea seeing I am also entering my card in the current challenge at Allsorts, which has a theme of embossing.  Mine is added with the sentiment, one of Tim’s stamps, and some lovely gold embossing powder.  I also embossed the chest of the partridge as it had some pieces cut out that looked a bit odd to me being empty.  A dusting of silver embossing powder filled them in nicely and added a bit of sparkle to the partridge too.

Embossing is also the optional theme at Happy Little Stampers and their current Christmas challenge, which I’ve just made it in time to enter.  The die cut is so pretty I left this card quite CAS, I had thought about making the centre behind the partridge into a shaker but it seemed all a bit too fiddly and the card is already quite thick thanks to my multiple layers.  Why so many you ask?  Well, because now I have not just a partridge in a pear tree but also fiiiiive goooolden riiiings - ha, bet the song is well and truly stuck in your head now!

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Wow! Embossing Powder ~ Metallic Gold Rich Pale
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Embellishments
Close To My Heart Bitty Gems ~ Brown
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers ~ Various colours
Tsukineko ~ VersaMarker
Papers
Arches Smooth Paper ~ Watercolour 185gsm
Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallics Collection ~ Gold
Stamps
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS249 Scribbly Christmas
Challenges
Jingle Belles ~ “On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my TRUE LOVE gave to me...”

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Each flower speaks a word from the book of nature



I’m sharing a CAS card today featuring a stamp from the retired Stampin’ Up! set Friends Never Fade.


The layout of my card comes from CAS(E) this Sketch, where I’ve used my sentiment to frame the main motif, for which I’ve used a flower.  I didn’t have any appropriate sentiment stamps so I printed mine on the computer then added in the stamped flower.

For my colours I’ve used the current palette at Color Throwdown.  I wanted a bit more depth to the flower so I actually stamped it first in Melon Mambo and then added a third generation stamping of Rich Razzleberry over the top.  For some added shine I covered both the flower and sentiment in clear embossing powder.

Over at Addicted to Stamps and More their current theme is CAS so I am entering my card there.  I went totally CAS and resisted the urge to add in a couple of enamel dots for some bling but couldn’t help but add some matted layers in matching Stampin’ Up! Cardstock.  I’ve really come to love CAS cards, they still seem to take me forever to make (we won’t speak of the two sheets of ruined vellum and failed attempt at vellum layering that proceeded this finished card) but can turn out ever so elegant in their simplicity.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Inks & Paints etc
Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pad ~ Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry
Tsukineko ~ VersaMarker
Papers
Curious Metallics Cardstock ~ Cryogen White
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo
Stamps
Stampin’ Up! ~ Friends Never Fade
Challenges

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

devoted and obedient


I’m sharing a card today featuring a fun image from Jade Dragonne called Mad Nurse.

To make up my card I’ve followed the current sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch.  Thanks to me printing off the image three times on three different papers and trying three different mediums to colour it I have just got in under the wire for their challenge.  I’ve created my thin rectangular element with my digi (I did slightly distort it in Photoshop to get the proportions I needed, the original being not quite so thin faced) and my sentiment, which was computer generated.  I then added in the horizontal element (the sentiment in the sketch) with my fab new die from SugarPea Designs.

To fit with the CAS nature of CAS(E) this Sketch and the current theme at Always Fun challenges I have left this card deliberately CAS.  This included going with my monochromatic colour scheme and a pop of red for the traditional medical colours of red and white and the teeniest bit of highlighting in other colours on the cyanide and her eyes.

I’m also entering this in the current challenge over at CASology where the theme is season.  I’ve got two seasonal connections with this card, here in Australia it is graduation season, drive past any university and you’ll see crowds of capped and gowned people and beaming parents with cameras.  It’s also heading in to flu season, this image is a scene being played out regularly at work at the moment as the annual flu vaccinations have started to be doled out.  Have to say though, I’ve had more fun colouring her up than I’ve ever had facing a similar image in real life!
Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers ~ Black Soot, Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Hickory Smoke & Old Paper
Tsukineko ~ VersaMarker
Papers
Mondi Color Copy ~ 200gsm White
Stamps
Challenges

CASology #246 ~ SEASON 

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