Monday 31 August 2015

A trio of colors and roses

I'd like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: a trio  of colors
and the AAA cards Challenge: spectacular embossing.

I've used a flower stencil and inked Distress inks Twister citron and picked raspberry through it. Just one shade for the flowers and the leafs, only more concentrated in parts to give it some shading. Tumbled glass for the sky.
After inking the flowers I mixed the Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste with an iridescent glitter and applied it, let it dry, then sponged the blue sky.

The diecut is also inked with picked raspberry in an ombre like effect then attached the the cardpanel with Elizabeth crafts double sided adhesive.

I hope you can see the wonderful glimmer in the flowers and leafs.I thought it was all the embellishment this card needed, was tempted with sequins but didn't want to detract from the beautiful roses.

Sunday 30 August 2015

You keep me anchored

I made this card for the blue challenge over at:
 Addicted to CAS
the Sprays/Mists challenge at the Less is more blog.

I've used the Distress Spray Stains in mermaid  lagoon and picket fence.
First I sprayed it in the corner and then used the same mermaid lagoon to splatter drops from the nozzle as with the white, mostly to break up all that solid blue in the bottom and make it look more like water and bubbles.

The anchor and sentiment are from Joy Crafts! seashore and vintage flourishes.

I simply die cut the anchor to make a window and then raised the panel with foamdots so the shadow in the window would define the anchore more, the card panel underneath gives it color, so I could stick to the blue challenge and keep it as CAS as possible. It's so me ;-)

Update September 20th:
yay I won! I'm so honoured to be chosen as the winner on this wonderful blog

Thursday 27 August 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #138

CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #138.

I've used a Tim Holtz Stencil (holiday knit) and Distress ink Fired Brick  and a mask I  made with a square die to ink the pattern on the card.
The stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts (get merry set) with Memento black and added a few sequins in matching colors to fill up some of the white.

Usually I don't  mind the white but somehow it wasn't very "merry" without it ;-)

For more information on the CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #138, see this

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #201

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #201.

I made a Christmas cards with the elements of the sketch, but in slightly different proportions to fit my snowflake diecut ( the white one is pretty big).

The big snowflake is from Joy Crafts!, the small one from Marianne design, the ticket and sentiment are from Joy Crafts! as well.
I inked up the ticket with Distress inks to match the patterned paper and the glitter snowflake.
The ticket is to represent the horizontal banner on the sketch

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes with Hero Arts

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: anything goes with Hero Arts.

I made 3 cards and in the end I chose this one as my entry.
I had a hard time as I only have a few Hero arts products and at first the night sky would have been my entry, until I added the tree from Hero arts get merry stampset. I think I ruined it now.
I started the sky off by heat embossing the tiny stars backgrounds from Hero Arts on watercolor paper. I used  silver moon turqoise from Lindy's stamp gang.
Then used distress reinkers to paint the sky and snowbanks.
The deer are diecuts.
the sentiment is also from Get merry by Hero arts.

Then I made this one with the winter penguin from Lawnfawn in a snowflake shape diecut window.
I used the falling snow stencil and embossing paste to create 
falling snow. The penguin is stamped on watercolor paper, painted with Peerless watercolors and then fussy cut out.
the sentiment is from Hero Arts classic Christmas borders.

the second one with the penguin is very similar but a snowbank instead of a window and clear/iridescent sequins from Darice.

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

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays August 2015

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesdays August 2015.

I made a fall autumnal or thanks giving kind of card.
I die cut an oval and masked of the centre and used a Scrapberry stencil with Distress inks (fossilized amber, ripe persimmon, fired brick and aged mahogany)
Stamped a Ranger Dylusions stamp  called mushroom madness as I think of mushrooms when I think of autum.
I colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers and added Ranger enamel accents in white for the spots, Distress forest moss ink for the ground.
The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's tilted banner sayings and coordinating die.
I used a bit of fossilized amber on the edges of the banner.
mounted the front panel on the cardbase with tape runner.

For more information on the Work it wednesday challenge, see this

Monday 24 August 2015

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: ticket please

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: ticket please.

Goodbye to May Flaum and goodluck to whatever is coming next for you, we will miss you on the SSS blog.

To create my card I've used a Memory Box stencil (garden birch trees) and inked a night sky with Distress inks on watercolor paper (I've used Chipped sapphire, seedless preserves and mustard seeds).
I made snowbanks with the  My favorite things die set Snow drifts and inked those with Distress ink Tumbled glass to give them dimension.
The deer are diecuts from black cardstock and are from Yvonne creations (the Colourful Christmas series ycd10029)/
After sponging the trees I gave them dimension and moss with Distress inks Forest moss and Pumice stone.
Then cut the scene to neat up the edges and cut, quite a lot off the top to make it fit the card, if I hadn't the branches would start a lot lower and not look quite right with my deer prportions.
Added some tickets with seasonal sentiments from the Joy Crafts! stampset with die Movie tickets 6004/0001.
Inked the edges and the ticket with brushed curduroy. Then stapled them to the card.

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

Saturday 22 August 2015

less is More challenge #238: sketch

Less is More challenge #238: sketch.

I've used the Simon Says Stamp die medium dot line on the cardpanel, then colored the cardbase with Spectrum Noir markers and Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.
The sentiment is from Marianne design cs0895, stamped with Memento Tuxedo black.

The incline is in rainbow order for fun but also it goes up, so for me is was a get well soon pretty much as soon as I saw the sketch, things go up, get better, you know what I mean?

It makes sense in my head ;-)

For more information on the less is More challenge, see this.

Friday 21 August 2015

the Friday Mashup! challenge #222: it's a wild card

the Friday Mashup! challenge #222: it's a wild card.

I've masked off a strip on a cardpanel, slightly smaller than the cardstock/base.

I've inked Distress inks, in squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry and spiced marmalade on and dusted it with blush powder from Perfect Pearls as Jennifer Mcguire showed in her video last week.
then set the powder with a spritz of water and white embossed some butterflies from Craft emotion  and Happy birthday from Simon Says Stamp (birthday  balloons) in gold embossing powder from Wow!
White butterfly die cut from Joy Crafts vintage flourished and a golden rhinestone to repeat the colors on the colored block.

For more information on the Friday Mashup challenge, see this

                                                       Update August 28th:

Thursday 20 August 2015

Freshly made sketches challenge #200: a celebration

Freshly made sketches challenge #200: a celebration.

Congratulations ladies for a fabulous blog and 200 awesome challenges! 200 people...onwards to

I think in cardmaking when you start double guessing yourself, that's when things end up in the projectsbin and never finished...
I started with the marbled sea and boat card.
I made the marble patterned paper with shavingfoam and re-inkers.
the boat is watercolor paper diecut with Joy Crafts! die and the sentiment is also fron Joy Crafts!

I liked it, but then doubt crept it clean and fresh enough?
I don't know...
So made anther with the snowflakes on linnen paper.
attached the two color together with tape, then die cut snowflakes out of them and diecut extra snowflakes so I could offset the colors. then inlaid them and added the sentiment from Joy Crafts! the snowflakes are from Marianne design.

then the internet shut down and revisiting both this morning I wasn't sure why I was doubting myself lol...
Still entering the snowflakes one for the challenge as it's more like the sketch.
For more information on the Freshly made sketches challenge, see this

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Collaboration with Maikreations

The wonderful Maike from Maikreations sent me some items to work with, I sent her some stuff as well.
We decided to use at least one background and one image and this is what I came up with.
At first I had real troubles choosing and because her bakcgrounds are so wonderful I didnt want to cover them, making this task even more difficult, I made it more difficult for myself íf I weren't such a softy lol.

In the end I used the little elephant from W+9 Maike stamped on watercolor paper for me. I fussy cut him/her out and colored it with Peerless Watercolors.

I diecut some paper smooches balloons  on watercolorpaper and colored those too, then covered them with Wink of Stella.

Maike made the background with  Simon Says Stamp grunge letter and fog ink  also SSS and Soft granite from Hero Arts.
I just plonked the elephant on top with foamdots.
The Happy birthday sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp (birthday balloons)

Please visit Maikreations to see what Maike made with my items.

We will do more collaborations, so stay tuned

I made this photo a bit darker, so you can see the setail in the awesome background.

Monday 17 August 2015

Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge: twisted citron

Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge: twisted citron.

All thing citrus:

Took inspiration from the picture below, I found it with Google, so not sure who to credit,  I see, lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, pink grapefruits and bloodoranges, I miss a clementine though lol...
Anyway I used Distress reinkers as watercolors (twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, festive berries, spiced marmalade,  ripe persimmon and picked raspberries).
Damped the watercolor paper and started dotting the ink with a brush, when I was happy with the coverage I sprayed some more water to get the color flowing, sadly the twisted citron went a bit muddy in the process :-(.
Made a panel of vellum and stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's birthday balloons and white embossed it.
Some home made enamel dots that match, voilá

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

Same colors sponged on vellum, completely different look

Doesn't my cat have the best taste in cardboard boxes? ;-) Doesn't matter how small it is, he will make it fit lol...his sister wasn't impressed

Sunday 16 August 2015

Fresly made sketches #199

Fresly  made sketches #199

I've Used the Congratulations Stamoset from Simon Says Stamp and coordinating paper from the May cardkit.
Pearla and a cardboard rose (actually a cupcake topper but don't tell anyone) and golden twine to tie in the the foiled patterned paper, that gives the feeling of the banner from the sketch I think.

For emore information on the Fresly  made sketches challenge, see this

AAA cards Challenge #46: maskerade

AAA cards Challenge #46: maskerade.

I masked off a strip on the cardfront and with my mini Distress blendingtools I've sponged on Twisted citron, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch in a gradient.

I've diecut the Hoera from cardstock onto which I stuk some doublesided adhesive prior to cutting.
Peeled off the backing and exposed the adhesive then "masking" certain parts off I could do a rainbow glitter gradient.
burnished it well and glued it to the cardfront.
Cas but fun!

I had a different idea at first and that was to cover the strip with black stamped butterflies and then use one white diecut one, but browsing through my dies I came upon this die and decided to do a custom glitter effect ;-) 

might still make the other one though lol, but somehow the butterflies didn't sound CAS to me anymore...

for more information on the AAA cards Challenge, see this

Less is More Challenge #237: Congratulations

Less is More Challenge #237: Congratulations.

I made a "his and hers" feather and two sentiments, one on the inside, which I usually don't do, but it would have been too crammed  on the front and I really wanted to use the tying the knot  one.

The sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp (congratulations) and are gold embossed for a bit of luxury on this wedding card.

The feathers were diecut from the frontpanel and are also from Simon Says Stamp (feathers) and I've inked the cardbase in Distress inks (hers: picked raspberry, squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade; for his: peacock feathers, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon).

I made a start yesterday, but as I was out all day with a friend visiting Delft I was way too tired and not able to concentrate, so I messed up two cardfronts and bases with inky fingers or even an inky distress lid or two, normally I would cover them up with enamel dots or something alike, but I wanted this to be as CAS as possible so I haven't even raised the frontpanel on foam tape I usually do. So this monring I started a fresh and I'm really pleased with the outcome.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge #237, see this

Friday 14 August 2015

The Friday Mashup! Challenge #231: Field of flowers

The Friday Mashup! Challenge #231: Field of flowers.

I've made a card on watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment from Joy Crafts! cherry blossom tree and the flowers are from Penny Black- Fresh.

I've used Seedless preserve, mustard seed and peeled paint from Distress inks to match the colors of the challenge, as I don't have any Stampin'up inks.
Mixed the  yellow and red to get a darker yellow and also splattered the colors on the background.
Some iridescerent medium to dilute the paint instead of water and to give it a nice shimmer.

For more information on the The Firday Mashup! Challenge #231, see this

update 21 august 2015: