Wednesday, 27 March 2013

OLW33 ~ Shapes Galore

Stamps: Star Prints (PTI)
Ink: Rosebud, Tangelo, Morocco, Espresso Truffle (Memento)
One layer Wednesday invites us to repeat shapes this week.  I pencilled in a curve using the edge of this card as a template, & stamped the stars in a variety of colours.  The grid on my stamp press provided the perfect spacing.  The sentiment was done in 'stamped off' Espresso Truffle.
Made a Christmas card along the same lines too.
Stamps: Teeny Trees (WM); Christmas Tags (Elzybells)
Inks: Summer Sky, Espresso Truffle (Memento); Aqua (Ranger)
It looks much better in real life...
Linking to:
One Layer Wednesday: OLW133 ~ Shapes Galore

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Long lost monster card

Stamps: Little Monster (Woodware); Smile (Elzybells)
Ink: Bahama Blue (Memento)
Other: 1.5 & 1.75" circle punches; green corner chomper
Card: from my stash, unknown
When I saw Marion Vagg's Muse card this week, I thought straight away of a card I made last year.  I couldn't find it on my blog & realised that it had never been posted (I suspect because it was a boy version of this card).  Hurray.  I can enter it in this week's competition.
Linking to:

Monday, 18 March 2013

CFC94; CTS#19; ABNH#22; A2CAS#8

Stamps: Bitty Bird (PTI); It's Your Day (HA)
Ink: Stazon, Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Parker Alphabet (Memory Box)
Other: paper tape (PaperChase); white e.p. (WOW!); yellow corner chomper
Following this post from Liz at Pink Petticoat, I visited our local PaperChase at the weekend.  I can't believe I have never thought of buying paper there!  Doh!  Came away with some lovely thick tracing paper for printing out digital papers & a packet of 6 rolls of washi tape.
And so the above card was born.  The aqua chipboard is packaging from a cuttlebug embossing folder.  In case you were wondering, I used the 'g' from the Parker Alphabet as the 'a', but cut through from the other side.
Linking to:
Cas-ual Fridays: CFC94 ~ Chipboard
CAS(E) This Sketch: Challenge #19
A Blog Named Hero: Challenge#22 ~ Freestyle
Addicted to CAS: ATCAS#8 ~ Wings

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Brought to you by the letter i

Font: Century Gothic, Zag Bold
I could cheat & tell you that this card is the result of hours of meticulous stamping.  But it isn't.  It's hours of not quite meticulous stamping, rude words & frustration, followed by 10 minutes work on the computer.  I tried SO hard to make it work.  I inked up my i repeatedly, positioned it carefully with my stampamawhatsit, & sometimes the i's were in the right place.  Then one wasn't.  And the sentiments in my collection just didn't fit properly.  My bin floweth over.
But I loved the concept.  So in the interests of saving the planet, I turned digital & alakazam there you go.
Linking to:
Less is More: Week 110 ~ Spots & Stripes
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC93 ~ Colour Blocks

Monday, 11 March 2013

OLW130 ~ Centred Sentiment

Stamps: Fancy Phrases (WM); Basic Borders (Mama Elephant)
Ink: Bahama Blue, Tangelo (Memento)
Font: Trocchi Bold
One Layer Wednesday invites us to make a card with nothing other than a centred sentiment this week.  So I have.  Printed out the 'birthday' & used my stamp press for the HAPPY pinwheel again.  Not sure about the orange line under the sentiment, maybe should have left it just with the dots.
Linking to:
One Layer Wednesday: OLW130 ~ Centred Sentiment

Sunday, 10 March 2013

CFC93 ~ Colour Blocks

No stamps; no ink
Font: Goudy Bookletter 1911
Other: Promarkers; Vellum; Cuttlebug die
I used to have a set of different shaped tile when I was small (younger as opposed to shorter...) & they would keep me occupied for hours making different designs.  So I enjoyed making my own yesterday & constructing a variety of backgrounds for this card.  I simply cut strips of card & chopped them off lengths twice the width, then coloured them with promarkers.  Temporary adhesive helped keep them in place until I was sure what I wanted.  And that was a long time!  The grey mat beneath helps define the background.
Couldn't think how to finish it until today though, when I remembered the vellum I bought at a craft show last year.  Didn't know how it would print out, but it turned out just fine.
Linking to:
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC93 ~ Colour Blocks

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Spots 'n' Stripes

Stamps: Basic Borders (Mama Elephant); Outside the Box (Schlosser Designs)
Ink: Rose Bud, Lilac Posies, Tangelo (Memento)
Font: Sunshine Poppy, EcoFont Sans Vera
Other: Fiskars Stamp Press
Good morning folks.  Its the second Saturday of the month which means... the dreaded one layer challenge over at Less is More.  I haven't participated in the last few as they were much too hard!  This is much more up my street.  I defy anyone not to like spots & stripes.
What's more, this design allowed me to test out my latest toy - a stamp press.  I've seen this around & about for a while now & never really seen the need, but having taken part in the CAS card class recently, a whole new world of possibilities was opened up.  It lets you position stamps so much more easily - you can get right up close to the paper before you commit & press down.  Fab.  As a result, I was able to complete this card without resorting to masking.  I just used the lines on the stamp press to work out where on the stamp length the ink should stop.  Much easier.  Having said that, I did have very many..ahem.. trial runs.  You'd think I'd have learned by now to clean off the whole stamp each time, but no..  However, very pleased with the final outcome.
Linking to:
Less is More: Week 110 ~ Spots & Stripes
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC93 ~ Colour Blocks

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

CASology 34 ~ Bunny


no stamps, no ink, just my trusty Silhouette SD
YAY, I'm Guest Designer over on CASology this week.  The cue word is BUNNY.  Have to admit, I didn't exactly jump for joy when I found out.  The first thing that came to mind was a telephone (because of the Chas 'n' Dave song 'Rabbit'), but I didn't think that would translate into other countries very well - just a bit too obscure.
Then I remembered the book 'Guess How Much I Love You'.  From there, it was simple.  I surfed around for rabbit silhouettes &, with a little jiggery pokery on the digital cutter, VOILA!  The heart is from a pack of confetti.

CAS(E) this Sketch

Stamps: Nordic Winter (WM)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Dies: Cuttlebug flowers (Provocraft); Small Madison Window (PoppyStamps)
Other: circle punches; swirl embossing folder; MS scoreboard; scallop scissors
Phew!  Just writing the ingredients list has worn me out.  Would be easier to list what I didn't use.
As soon as I saw this week's sketch, I thought of a wreath on a window or a door, but the complete idea has taken a while to crystallise.
The wreath is cut form a few scraps of patterned paper, using some of the original 'fat' Cuttlebug dies that haven't seen the light of day in maybe a year or more.
The blind in the window was dry embossed, with a scalloped fringe, then a bit of yellow paper added for light.
I don't have a brick embossing folder so  just went to work with my scoreboard.
Tried it with & without a sentiment, but it looked a bit bare without.
At last the sun has deemed to shine here again & my conservatory is a pleasant place to be for the first time in ages.  Seems a bit foolish that I'm using it for Xmas card photography but never mind!
Linking to:
Cas(E) this Sketch: Challenge #17

Friday, 1 March 2013

GRRR8 birthday

Stamps: Circus Animals (My Cute Stamps)
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento)
Fonts: QumpellkaNo12, Zag Regular, Narkism
Other: circle punches; orange promarker
Anyone else remember the old Frosties ad?  Another circle inspired card for CASology.  I have these stamps scanned in on my computer, so I arranged the font around the tiger before deleting him & printing out.  There are also a series of parallel scored lines running behind the tiger & the grey matting, but my photography skills were insufficient to capture them!
Linking to:
CASology: Week 33 ~ Circle
Addicted to CAS: Challenge#7 ~ Masculine
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