Monday, 28 January 2013

You colour my world

Stamp: Woodgrain (MSS)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Other: Sharpie markers; heart punch; clear e.p.; yellow corner chomper
I stamped the woodgrain in Versamark & black, then embossed it.  After embossing, I punched out the hearts then coloured in with Sharpies.  Fitting the hearts back in needed a bit more patience than I anticipated, but we got there in the end.

Linking to:
Less is More: Week 104 ~ Sketch #8
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC87 ~ Make your mark
Addicted to CAS: ATCAS#5 ~ Heart

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Less Is More Sketch

Stamp: Woodgrain (MSS)
Ink: Teal Zeal (Memento)
Die: Stars (MFT)
Font: Migraine Sans
Been having major mojo problems lately; creativity has taken a back seat to apathy.  I am hoping that the Online Card Class starting tomorrow will give me the boot up the backside I so clearly need.  In the mean time...

Today's offering, as shown using the photographic skills you have come to know & love, comes to you via the Less Is More sketch challenge.  This was inspired by Ardyth's card yesterday.
Linking to:
Less is More: Week 104 ~ Sketch #8

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Feeling blue...

Font: Century Gothic, Marketing Script
Other: unknown ribbon; Aurora Crystal e.p. (Cosmic Shimmer)
This card was inspired by a post from The CLASSroom by Laura Bassen.  She demonstrates how to make a tartan pattern using solid stripes. 
I had a go, but wasn't that impressed with my stamping prowess,  then remembered this luscious ribbon that I have been hoarding  hadn't yet found a good use for.  I bought it at a show last year & have looked at it, with occasional stroking & sighing, at frequent intervals, then promptly put it back on the shelf.  But a new year has dawned & I am determined to be less parsimonious with my supplies!

Having printed out the sentiment, it lacked a little something.  If in doubt, add glitter.  A spread a little cosmic shimmer powder around my craft room, & fortunately some landed more or less in the right place.  However it is a tad camera-shy, so you'll just have to take my word for it!

Linking to:
CASology: Week #27 ~ Blue

Thursday, 10 January 2013

CAS(E) this sketch

Stamps: Folk Art Flurries (WPlus9); Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Ink: Rosebud, Tangelo, Danube (Memento); Turquoise (Versamagic)
Font: Worstveld Extra Oblique, Century Gothic
Hi there.  I got the Folk Art Flurries set just before Christmas & have played about loads with scrap paper, but this is my first bona fide card.  I love the gradation of snowflake sizes, so decided to combine it with my 'duvet' colour scheme from earlier in the week. 
I stuck very closely to the challenge sketch, with a freehand curve inspired by the tendril.  When I ran out of snowflakes, I had to do some judicious inking with my polka dot background set.  Needless to say, this card is not the first off... A few gems from a nail art set add the required winter sparkle.
As ever, didn't have a suitable sentiment, so had to bash one out on the printer. 
Linking to:
CASology: Week#26 ~ Winter

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Inspired by my duvet...

Stamps: Basic Borders (Mama Elephant)
Ink: Tangelo, Rosebud (Memento); Mediterranean Blue (Brilliance); Turquoise Gem (Versamagic)
Font: Narkism
I was inspired to make this after watching this week's Make It Monday from PTI & looking at my lovely bright new duvet cover:

DUVETSTRIPE Deckchair Stripe Duvet Cover

A quick & cheery one layer card.  Unfortunately, it's not eligible for the PTI challenge, since it contains no PTI product, but I might have a go later with my chevron die.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Retro sketch #45

Stamp: Woodgrain (MSS)
Ink: Summer Sky (Memento)
Paper: Stella & Rose (MME)
Other: Star dies (MFT); circle punches
I sometimes find card making a bit like trying to remember a dream.  There's a vague wisp of an idea in your head which you can't quite see.  The harder you think about it, the further away it gets.  You know that what you have done doesn't match the idea, but you don't know what to do to put it right.  Ever had that feeling?
Well, this is one of those cards.  It's intended for this week's retro sketch challenge:

but somehow, it's not quite right.  As I 've spent a couple of days looking at it from every angle, & fiddling with it when I walk past, I'm not devoting any more time to it, but if you've any suggestions on improvements, I'd love to hear them.

Linking to:
Retro sketches #45

Saturday, 5 January 2013

B&W thanks

Dies: Parker alphabet (Memory Box)
2 posts in one day, after a month of silence? A positive blogging frenzy!
This is a technique I saw a while ago (might have been Damask Love?) where you position the dies so that the edge of the die is just over the edge of the cutting plates.  Yes, it is as fiddly as it sounds, but I figure I'm owed some fiddle time.

Linking to:
Less is More: Week 101~ B&W with a hint of colour
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC84 ~ Thank You

Ladybird love

Stamp: Elzybells
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko)
Other: 0.5" circle punch; red pen; clear e.p.
Hello again. It's Saturday, which means Less is More have a new challenge. Today, Chrissie & co are inviting us to use b&w with a little of another colour.
I used Versamark before inking up the stamp with black, so I could emboss the image. I tried it first without embossing & the ladybird's spots got lost.

Pinned Image
The scallops from my scallop punch were too shallow on the bottom of the image for my liking, so I used small circles cut from a Xmas envelope instead.  I stuck them on with temporary adhesive, so I could get the placement exactly right.  I rounded the corner of the image & the card to give a bit  of interest & tie them together.
Linking to:

Friday, 4 January 2013

What a palaver.....

Stamps: woodgrain (Market Street Stamps)
Ink: Teal Zeal (Memento)
Paper: Stella & Rose (MME)
Dies: Pinking squares (WPlus 9); nested squares (Quikutz)
Finally! It has taken me more than 2 hours to upload this photo. My upload button has disappeared! I know I am guilty of severe blog neglect, but I didn't think that blogger could be that vindictive. In case you too are suffering, I uploaded to Flickr, pinned to Pinterest then copied & pasted into Blogger. Phew.
Edit 05/01/13: A better way is to switch from compose to html mode & upload the photos, then return to compose

Anyways. If there is still anyone out there who reads this blog, how are ya? The last month seems to have been swept away on a tide of white wine & elderly relatives. I haven't crafted for AGES, despite at last having a room all to myself. I hesitate to call it a craft room yet, because it still seems to be something of a dumping ground for other vagrant items from my household. However, it does contain all my craft stuff & it does have a door, which is more than can be said for my bedroom at the moment. I have a curtain for a door & cardboard for curtains.

Enough!  You didn't come here for a load of domestic blether & madwoman rantings (I hope...). This card uses some cute stickers from PaperChase, with digitally created speech bubbles.  The stamp is one I bought a while ago, but had yet to use.  The card base is 5" square, to allow for space around the main image.  As the stickers & the stamp qualify as NEW toys, I'm entering this into CASology this week, as well as CAS-ual Fridays.
Linking to:
CASology: Week#25 ~ New
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC84 ~ Thank You
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