Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wait for it

It's my day to inspire over at Make the Day Special Stamp Store where we bring you all the best of the US craft brands without the dreaded import costs....   Today I am playing with one of our newer brands CASual Friday stamps who have some fabulous sentiment based stamps and when I saw the new "Wait for it" set I knew I had to play with it.  If you're not a "How I Met Your Mother" fan, then this card may be somewhat lost on you, but if like me you're a fan then I don't think I have to say much more...


I started with a black DL base card and cut a white panel from which I die cut some chevrons allowing the black base to show through.  Apart from the sentiment the only other decoration was some chevron and dotty washi tape.  For the sentiment I split the word LEGENDARY to make space for the "wait for it" to go in between in a nod to Barney Stinson.  I think this is a fun card for a guy and there are lots of great sentiments in the set.


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Inspired by Lilacs

So being stuck in looking after a patient recovering from surgery does have its advantages - I made another card today!

I decided to play in the current Clearly Besotted challenge which is "Spring" and my first thought of spring was Lilacs - I love when the trees come into bud.  I look the colours of lilacs and came up with this.


I die cut the rose die and embossed it with ranger verdigris powder.  I die cut it again from cardstock in lilac and darker purple and pieced the bits into the embossed version before covering them in glossy accents to give it a faux enamel look.  I finished with a very handy sentiment for when you miss a birthday like I did today.....

http://www.stampingsharing.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/clearly-besotted-challenge-10-spring.html

Friday, 11 April 2014

I made stuff!

I'm stuck at home with my husband who had surgery yesterday but the upside is I actually found time to make a couple of cards whilst he slept this afternoon.

Firstly I needed a sympathy card for a friend who is going through her second close family bereavement this year so I wanted something brighter and cheerier than the normal sympathy card as she needs a little light her in life just now.  I thought the MUSE card this week was the perfect jumping off point.  http://musecardclub.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/muse-challenge-62.html


I used Water Blooms from Mama Elephant and paired it with a sentiment from Avery Elle with a tiny red butterfly from Stampin Up to signify life after the darkness.

I also wanted to play with this week's LIM challenge as I've missed a few and turquoise is one of my favourite colours http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/colour-week-166.html


I used the lots of circles stamp from SSS and used all teal and turquoise inks I have and stamped them within a masked off circle in the centre of the card.   I decided a simple die cut sentiment was all that was needed to finish it off and as gold pairs so well with turquoise I die cut "friend" by Papersmooches from gold mirri card.  

Right better get back to the patient.....

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Mixed Messages

Our challenge this fortnight at Waltzingmouse Fanatics is all about getting more from your sentiments.  Clare makes some fabulous sentiment stamps and if you look at all the different sets there is heaps of potential to combine sentiments from different sets to make something extra special from them so that's what we want the fanatics to do - use at least 2 sentiments from 2 different stamps sets.   I used more than 2 and came up with this bleeding heart.......


I took lots of love related sentiments and stamped them into a heart I created by inking through a die cut heart frame.  The sets I used were:

  • My Heart
  • Compact Sentiments Part 2
  • Compact Sentiments
  • Country Labels 14
  • Say it Loud (all year sentiments)

I decided I wanted to go a little grungy - not my normal style but I gave it a good shot!  I spritzed my heart with water and did a little spritzing around the edges with a distress marker and my hand spritz tool.  I stamped some splatters from "Splat that" and then sprayed some copper shimmer over the top.  I finished with the arrows from one of the hearts in My Heart making it fit my bigger heart with masking.

Right - over to you - let's see you getting sentimental!

http://waltzingmousefanaticschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-15-mixed-messages.html



Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Prize Challenge Tag

We're launching the first of our monthly challenges over at Make the Day Special Stamp Store today so if you're a fan of US stamp brands and want to get your hands on £15 to spend in store then check out the blog for details of how to join in http://makethedayspecialcards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/monthly-prize-challenges-start-today.html

As we're starting easy with "anything goes" I decide to do something a little different and make a tag rather than a card....


To make the die cut happy all pink and jolly I went mad with washi tape and selected all the ones I had with pink in them (it seems I have quite a few!!!) and stuck them down in a random order with some overlapping and simply die cut the word using one of the happy trio dies from Wplus9.   I think this is a super quick and easy way to add a lot of interest to a simple project.

The rest of stamping is done with the companion stamp set - whole lotta happy - I added words (some over the washi) in black and pink and then added some of the stars in the same colours to draw the eye to the top of the tag.  I'm not normally a pink girl but I do like the new inks from Avery Elle and was drawn to the raspberry one - probably because I love raspberries but I guess I shouldn't try eating the ink lol!

You've got 3 whole weeks to play in the challenge and the only rule is that your project must feature one product we sell so I do hope you'll join us......     http://makethedayspecialcards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/monthly-prize-challenges-start-today.html

 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Retro Mother's Day

I needed to make another Mother's Day card and I loved the sketch at Retro Sketches this week so used that to make one.  http://retrosketches.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/retrosketches-107.html


I die cut a peony from striped paper letting it hang over the edge.  I cut it again from red spotted paper and pieced the petals into the outline and then removed the outline to leave white space.  Finished with a sentiment from the Crafts Meow.


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Ombre Die Cuts

Today I wanted to play along with Avery Elle's current challenge which is ombre/gradient which seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out their new inks which I have to say I really like!


I took a fairly simplistic approach and used 3 tonal inks - celery, lemongrass and mimosa and as they are lovely juicy pigment inks I used the direct to paper technique starting from the lightest and working down to the darkest ink


Then to create something interesting with the ombre paper I made I took the hello word die and die cut it.  I cut the same word again twice in white and layered them up behind the ombre for dimension.  To add a little interest I die cut it once more from black card but this one I offset just slightly to add to the dimensional quality.  One of the sentiments from the companion stamp set was all that was required to finish it off.
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