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Saturday, 25 March 2017

I’ve never seen you shine so bright



Sharing a quick CAS card I made using some of the stamps from the Beautiful You set from Stampin’ Up!.


I’ve really grown to love CAS cards and how elegant they can look, especially in a classic colour scheme of black and white with a pop of colour.  I chose to go with red for my colour pop to match the current theme at Try it on Tuesday of ‘The Lady in Red’.

Over at Stamp Ink Paper they are celebrating the birthday of one of their DT, Andrea, and are looking for birthday themed projects.  I don’t always put a birthday sentiment on my birthday cards but I really liked the one that came in the Beautiful You set so I added it to my card.  I just masked off the ‘gorgeous’ as it’s not really something I’d say to the recipient.

I resisted the urge to add in any shaker elements and therefore also stayed clear of my dies so I’m linking this up at CAS-ual Fridays where dies are currently not allowed.  For a bit of sparkle and bling I did add in a few tiny gems.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc
Ranger Archival Ink ~ Jet Black
Papers
Arches Paper ~ Watercolor Smooth
Bazzill Prismatic Cardstock ~ Black
Stamps
Challenges

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

…why don’t you show me the real Paris?



I’ve had a crafty weekend while the rain fell outside and this is the last card I made featuring Tim Holtz’s stamps from his Runway and Leaf Prints sets.


My inspiration comes from the current Fusion challenge where I’ve used both the sketch and the image.  I created my scene by first stamping the woman and the ‘trees’ in black ink then embossing ink covering them in clear embossing powder.  I ‘coloured’ the dress with a mix of yellow ink and embossing ink so I could also add in my clear embossing powder over the top.  Using the embossing powder meant I didn’t need to try and mask my images (particularly difficult for the thin parts of the trees) before adding in my watercolour background.  I used a Finnabair stamp for the background to help give me the grainy and splotchy effect I wanted.

Over at Craft Rocket they are looking for feminine projects, which mine certainly is, being rather chic and featuring an image of a woman.  I couldn’t resist adding a shaker element to this; it is the year of the shaker for me.  Rather than the background to the image I’ve just done the thin corner strip framing the focal element.  With all my foam tape creating my shaker I am also entering this in the current challenge at Southern Girls.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Embellishments
Craft Medley Cup Sequins Pailettes ~ Dazzling Metallics
Star Confetti from stash
Inks & Paints etc
Copic Various Inks ~ Y11
Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pad ~ Basic Black & Daffodil Delight
Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink ~ Alcohol Blending Solution, Gold Mixative & Sunshine Yellow
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Black Soot, Embossing, Hickory Smoke & Pumice Stone
Papers
Bazzill Prismatic Cardstock ~Black
Royal Langnickel 160gsm Paper ~ Watercolor
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Daffodil Delight
Stamps
Prima Finnabair ~ Dirty Walls
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ CMS273 Leaf Prints & CMS214 Runway
Challenges





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There are many people today who have, in fact, never seen an elf



This is the third Christmas card I’ve made on this wet and dreary weekend, featuring a cute image from Glimps called Surprise.


The inspiration for this card comes from Muse: Christmas Visions and the cute card by Cornelia Wenokor.  I used the image appearing from behind a design element, in my case flipping it sideways and having my elf appearing from behind a ‘north pole’.  I also picked up the texture of Cornelia’s brickwork and added in some True Snow on my pole, which I couldn’t help but make into a shaker.

With my image on the ‘edge’ as well I am also entering this into the E is for Edge challenge on at ABCChristmas.  Even after adding my sentiment I had lots of white space left but didn’t want to make my card too fussy so I added in a few snowflakes.  I stamped these with embossing ink and sprinkled on clear embossing powder so they are really subtle and are completely invisible in the photo!  Over at Jingle Belles they are looking for bling on your Christmas cards which gave me the idea of adding a gem to the middle of each snowflake to help them stand out a bit more.

Apart from the practice I need on my watercolouring I love this cute little elf; think I’ll be buying more images from Glimps.

Ingredients:
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Embellishments
Inks & Paints etc
Posca Metallic Pen ~ Gold
Papers
The House of Paper Romanesque ~ Pearl
Royal Langnickel 160gsm Paper ~ Watercolor
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Cherry Cobbler
Yellow Vellum from stash
Stamps
Stampin’ Up! ~ Serene Snowflakes (retired)
Challenges

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