Thursday, April 30, 2015

Freshly made sketches challenge #184

Freshly Made Sketchs Challenge #184.

I Inked the left of the card with Distress ink (peacock feathers, cracked pistachio and tumbled glass).
I don't have many ornameltal die cuts yet, just some snowflakes and stars, hearts, squares, etc, you know basic shapes.
Instead of a tag I die cut the word Hoera (hooray) in that position. Die cut a few more in plain white and stacked them to give a little dimension (just 3)
Added rhinestones with gluedots to help your eye travel across the card.

For more information on the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays: use Yellow

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays: use Yellow.
I used the Simon Says Stamp small Hello and diecut it a bunch of times from yellow, green and blue cardstock.
At first I wanted to only use yellow, but I went for a bit of rainbow here, pastelly one, but rainbow.
Before diecutting I stuck some Elizabeth Crafts double sided adhesive (2 inches wide) on the back of the cardstock, so that when I diecut the Hello, I have instant stickers, making life much easier.
I partially inked the "just saying thanks" stamp from a set I don't want to name, cos it's a bit flawed, it doesn't stamp all the words correctly as it was cut too close to the sentiments... you can see a bit of J and Y are missing..:-(

Matching rhinestones to help the eye travel across the card.

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Prima Marketing and anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Prima Marketing and anything goes.

I have one Prima Marketing product I'm aware of, so I used it abondantly on this card ;-).

I've stamped it with Staz-on on Watercolor paper and then watercolored it with Distress inks and Talens ecoline (a fluid transparent very vibrant watercolor). I diluted the colors a little with Perfect Pearls mist, just because I wanted the shimmer.

I like the word Amour on this stamp so I made a Heart in mucht the same fashion, but made sure the amour is nice and in the middle instead of on the bottom.
then matched it's position to fit the background as in highlight stamping. It's now a little out of center, but I don't mind that, infact I think it gives a dynamic feel to the card. The heart is raised with foam tape.
Added a few rhinestones in matching colors .

For more information on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

I've also entered this on the Word Art Wednesdays challenge anything goes #181, see this

Monday, April 27, 2015

Inkspirational challenge #81: space

Inkspirational challenge #81: space.
Found yet another, new to me, challenge,  so for my first entry I've made a foiled card.
I've used holographic gold foil for the stars and white for the sentiment, so it would stand out, both are from WOW!.
I've made the starry background in Photoshop (you could use Word too), then printed it out on my laser printer on dark shimmery blue cardstock as to resemble the night sky.
I've mounted it with foam tape on white cardstock.

next i'll be printing something on black carstock...wonder if I can still see where I printed, and tone on tone is also drawing me in ;-)....I've tries with stamping and embossing powders, but I really prefer the slick look from a printed sheet to be honest

For more info on the Inkspirational challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: anything goes.

I've made a Mother's day card, as Mother's day is just round the corner.
I've used two Simon Says Stamp Dies as inspiration, but as I don't own those I made something similar in Photoshop (you could also use Word).
I hope that's ok...
I've then printed it with my laserprinter and foiled it in red.
Mounted it on a cardbase with foam tape.

see the dies here

For more info on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, see this

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AAA cards challenge #38: there's a hole in my card

AAA cards challenge #38: there's a hole in my card.

Great I thought I can finally put my Art Impressions stampset to good use.
I had wanted it since I saw it, bought it a few weeks ago, started coloring, then lost the plot so I put the colored imaga aside in my project bin, I just couldn't figure out how to assemble this lot.
And let me tell you, it looks like it wasn't my best crafty day as I messed this card up more times than I care to count....
Infact halfway through I started on another one with a lovely easy peasy die cut and stamp from Lawn Fawn, but I wasn't going to give up surely?
So I bit the bullit and carried on.
It's a birthday card with a window into a house full of cats. The wood pattern is to resemble wallpaper or woodpanelling if you prefer, infact I have wallpaper like that in my living room ;-)
The  back of the cats is my favorite part.
the two black and white ones are an impression of my own cats and they had a few friends over for a
Hope you like it..still sweating lol...this card brought me to breaking point, seriously...

 Here are my adorable cheeky twins sleeping "comfortably"on top of laundry tower.

For more info on this AAA cards Challenge, see this

This is the other one, watercolored front panel with diecut, raised on foam and a Spectrum Noir colored flower.
the sentiment is from Joy Craft's cherry blosson tree set.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: clean and simple with Hero Arts

For this entry to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, I've made a super Clean and Simple card.
Inspired by my entry to CAS on Sunday, but different again.
I've used the Simon Says Stamp Thanks on  a line.
I've mounted that on Hot pink cardstock with glue runner.
Added a few Hero Arts pearls.
the thanks was glued with Gel Medium mat. 

For more info on the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge, see this

CAS on Sunday: white +1 color

Cas on Sunday: white +1 color.
I've diecut the sentiment (thanks) with a diecut from Simon says stamp (thanks on a line). Made all kinds of crazy manouvres to partial diecut it, but in retrospect I think I didn;t need to do all that ;-) lol....
mounted it on a pink mat for my color.
Added 3 pink sequins in different sizes.
Very white if you ask me ;-)

For more info on the CAS on Sunday challenge, see this

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Addicted to CAS: gold, black and white

For this Addicted to CAs challenge I made the starry background in Word and printed it out with my laserprinter so I could foil it.
I actually reinstalled the printer and was surprised there was some ink left in had uninstalled it as the cartridges ran empty a few years ago and always all 4 at the same time, it was very costly to run it....anyway...

I had to cos my first attempt at this card (not foiling) was inking trough a starry stencil, heat embossing WOW! bonding powder and then foiling via a laminator.
Works fine except I'm not keen on all the particles that were left behind,  cool for a distressed look, but not CAS surely?

The banner is from Simon Says Stamp and the thank you sentiment is a die from Memory box I used with some gold cardstock.

For more information on the Addiceted to CAs challenge, see this

This was the first run of the challenge, sorry the foil looks black, like glitter it's really ahrd to capture shiny surfaces.
On this I've heat embossed the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Tilted banners set.

Less is more challenge #221: add a TAG

For this week's Less is more challenge I've used watercolor paper, a Ranger Dylusions stamp called Mushroom madness.
The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Gleeful gardens set.
Coloring with Ranger Distress inks.
Tag is made with same watercolor paper. Splattering also Distress inks.

For more information on the Less is more challenge,see this

Thursday, April 23, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #120

For the CAS(E) this sketch challenge #120 I actually made 3 cards as a proces.
I ended up with this on on the left as my entry.
Bird and background are coloured with distress inks.

My first entry also looks a lot like the sketch, but I changed the orientation, then when I placed the sentiment I kinda felt like I messed it up, and that I had stepped away from the sketch too much.
Alos don't like the little blue shadow that grounds the bird.
In the card above I just placed him on the border, so it looks like it's standing on the white.

This first card didn't feel CAS enough to me.

I moved on to this image, orientation as in the sketch, sentiment, as in sketch, splotchy background added to the image, because there is no way I can cut that out!
I made the background splotchy by adding watercolor whilst using the heatgun to dry the paper, so the drips don't get the chance to fan out, if that's the right technical term ;-).
Torn the edges and mounted it with foam tape....
better, but not it  either.

The third card to me is more CAS and mor elike the sketch, although I changed the placement of the sentiment (again), just because the bird is looking up. The Speech bubble might be a little cheesy, but I liked it. 3 gems to make your eyes travel across the card.

For more info on this CAS(E) this Sketch challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: CAS and Hero Arts #2

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: CAS and Hero Arts.

I wasn't completely happy with entry #1, so I rethought the design and made it more CAS in my opinion.
Same colors of Distress inks, same Simon Says Stamp die.
Omitted the Hero Arts La letre stamp, but still used the Hero Arts Gems.

Went for a bit of rainbow.
The Die doesn;t fit the entire card front (in Dutch sizes anyway) so I mounted it with foam tape on a card base.

For more info on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

for my first entry, I made this:, you can read about it here

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Freshly made sketches challenge #183

Freshly made sketches challenge #183.

I've used a Scrapberry stencil as a stamp for the floral panel, inked with Distress inks.
For the bar at the bottom I used the same inks to mimic the 2 bars in the sketch.
The sponged bar looks much better blended in real life than on the photo :-(
I've stamped my sentiment on vellum, to tone down the floral panel and I used a bold stamp from Sizzix so it would stand out even more.

For More info on the Freshly made Sketches challenge, see this

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: CAS and Hero Arts

For this week´s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, I´ve used a few Hero arts products, some of which you can't see, like the Hero arts stamp scrubber and cleaning spray.
Others, like the La letre stamp and the gemstones are pretty obvious. The Thanks is from Simon Says Stamp (thanks on a line), die cut from metallic cardstock wich i've made into a sticker by adhering Elizabeth Crafts double sided adhesive prior to diecutting.

The ripped effect is made with Distress inks, I first stamped la letre with water to "eat" some ink away, but then also stamped it with Distress ink on top.

For more info on the Simon Says STamp Wednesday Challenge, see this

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Addicted to CAS challenge: showers

Addicted to CAS challenge: showers.
In this case a Baby Shower.
I've used water color paper for a no-line watercoloring with Distress inks.
I've sponged Distress inks through a raindrops stencil from Scrapberry's.
Die cut and mounted the bears with foam for some dimension, but still white on white and clean/sharp edges.
The bears are from Joy Crafts clearstamps set : baby.
Then I've die cut  hello and baby from blue metallic cardstock. The hello is from Simon Says Stamp and is called small hello and the Baby is from Finley's ABC by Lawn Fawn.
I used double sided sticky tape (2.5inch) from Elizabeth crafts on the back prior to die cutting to give me instant stickers, very handy.
For more info ont his Addicted to CAS challenge, see this

Lawnscaping Challenge #104: sketch inspired

Lawnscaping challenge: sketch inspired.
I wanted a mostly one layer card, so I've masked off three areas and sponged the background with Distress inks in an ombre like effect.
Then  I've stamped Lawn Fawn's critters from the past in the 3 windows and colored them in with alcohol markers.
I've used the stones also as clouds, clever eh?
I've die cut a circle for the sentiment and popped it up with foam tape so I could arrange some leaves behind it.
I've covered the little blue egg with Glossy Accents.
For more info on this Lawn Scaping Challenge, see this

I was awarded the Honorable gnome badge for my card, so thank you!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: due date

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Due date.
I don't have any date stamps, preggie stamps or alike, so I started thinking how to go about this challenge.
I've opted for the "I'm sorry I'm late" because that is like missing a deadline, isn't it?
The images and sentiment are from Lawn Fawn, gleeful gardens.
I masked a square and taped it off for water coloring with my Peerless watercolors, but I let a few images hang over the edges.
The snail is holding the birthday card and I die cut them and popped it up on foam tape for some dimension.

For more info on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, see this

Sunday, April 19, 2015

the Friday Mash Up #205: let's get sketchy

For this Friday mash up #205 I created a kind of under water scene. It's my second attempt and I scrapped the first one.
I started with the same paper, then cut it in half with a wavy pattern scissor. Stamped with Staz-on and then pencelled in white and then color...nope not it.

I started again, deciding I would make the divide from the sketch with the Orange string only, because the paper is graduated it kind of looks like two pieces, but it's all one one level.
I've made a stencil of bubbles by die cutting a bunch of circles in a random pattern.
I've used Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste. I hope you can see the bubbles in the photo around/under the crab.
The crab and sentiment are watercolored and mounted with foam for dimension.

For more information on this Friday mash up, see this

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Less is more challenge #220: up up and away

For the Less is more #220 challenge I created a scene with balloons.
At first I used a different sentiment and stamped it in blue and then drew the strings of the balloons in with a black Sharpie and that ruined it :-( was too stark and too busy.
I then started  another card and stamped some bears on clouds with no line colouring method...blah...
I then returned to this and I like it now...I just wasn't a happy bunny today I guess, because another card for another project also took a few runs...anyway:

I made a stencil for the balloons by diecutting circles and then cutting out the little tail things by hand.
I sponged Distress inks into the openings, making the bottom darker.
I mounted the Happy birthday curved onto my block so it looks  like it's waving in the wind.

I've added Wink of stella and glossy accents on top of each balloon. Die cut some puffy clouds from Memory Box as if the balloons are up in the air.
Haven't added any embellishments as to keep it as CAS as possible and the glossy accents and Wink of stella are kind of my embellishments.

For more information on the Less is more challenge ,see this

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Freshly made sketches #182

For this week's Freshly made sketches I made a floral card with foiling.
Instead of putting the sentiment on top, I've diecut a window and raised the floral panel instead.
I've diecut and inlaid Hello from Simon Says Stamp.
I've put the same hot pink as a strip at the left side to make the panel pop.

For more info on the Freshly made sketches, see this