Time for spring?

TIME FOR SPRING?

Do you, like me look forward to the time when the days are longer and the sun is shining? This winter ours was not too bad where we stay, however it has had some days when it was wet and windy. There does now though appear to be the small shoots of spring appearing – with daffodils nodding their heads and crocuses and snowdrops adding colour wherever we go.

I did however, decide to make a wreath card – one of my favourite types of cards using the Gina K Designs Fabulous Flower Stamp Set – in particular the tulip and leaves. The solid layer was stamped in orange – Tangerine Twist, and to add contrast I stamped the outline with red – Red Velvet. The stems and leaves were stamped with green – Lucky Clover and outlined with Jelly Bean, whilst the sentiment too was stamped with Tangerine Twist.

I don’t have card stock in those colours, so inked plain white card stock, let it dry and layered up.

The card will be entered in the following challenges:

Gina K Designs Monthly Mix Challenge – Flower Power

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Crazy Kimono Kids

Crazy Kimono Kids

Today I pulled out an old Stampin’ Up set of stamps which I love – Kimono Kids.

I started by using the lanterns to make the background, stamping a number of times then embossing with gold. This was then layered onto shiny gold card stock to pull the colours together.

The Geisha was stamped and coloured using my promarker pens in teal and red. A gold pen was used to add the luxury embroidery which always appears on kimonos. She was then fussy cut and layered onto the card uisng STIX pads which help to add dimension to the card. The sentiment was stamped and cut using the banner punch and again layered using the STIX pads.

I am entering the card in the following challenge:

Global Design Projects 178: Sketch Challenge

Happy Birthday Little Sister

Happy Birthday Little Sister

I have been trying to master the art of eclipse cards. Today I am sharing a card made for my sister using the Altenew Bold dies.

I initially stamped the card using my W9Plus Pretty Little Peonies and pinks, purples and green Altenew inks. When the ink was dry, the I ligned up the alphabet dies and cut them out. They were then layered on to letters which had been cut from card stock to raise them when they were placed on the card.

I was then able to give my sister a personalised birthday card which she did love.

I am entering the card in the following Challenge:

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: Typography

Delightful Daisy

Delightful Daisy

This is both a set of stamps and punch from Stampin Up that I have had in my possession for a long time, but never got around to using them – Daisy Punch, Prig Punch, Daisy Delight Stamp and Woodgrain background stamp.

I used the Smokey Grey to stamp the background, cut out the circle and added a scalloped edging cut in basic grey card stock. The flower was stamped using melon mambo ink twice to give the impression of different colours of petals.

It as all assembled and layered on to the card with the sentiment using Stix foam pads to give that extra dimension.

I am entering the card in the Paper Players Challenge: Color Challenge PP428

Sign of Spring?

Sign of Spring?

Are you waiting for spring to arrive? Today I am sharing a card made using Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tulips.

I stamped using Poppy Parade and Granny Apple green, embossed Poppy Parade card stock embossed with Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

  • I am entering the card in the following challenge:
  • Global Design Project #175: Theme Challenge

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and love is in the air, I thought I would share a card with you using a die I recently bought from Simon Says Stamps – Stacked Hearts. I first used Distress Oxides – Pumpkin Pie, Abandoned Coral and Festive Berries to colour card stock. I used the die to cut the coloured card stock, keeping the small hearts for a future project. The heart outlines were infilled with small white hearts coloured with clear Wink of Stella.

I layered this on to checked card stock made by stamping Concord and 9th Plaid Background Stamp with Festive Berries and Pumpkin Pie. The sentiment, stamped with Festive Berries ink was from Altenew.

I would like to enter the card in the following challenges:

One stamp – 3 Ways

One stamp – 3 Ways

Today I wanted to show you a stamp I have fallen in love with, which can be so versatile – the Anemone background stamp made by The Ton

The first one was stamped on watercolour paper, embossed with Tonic Gold powder and coloured using Altenew watercolour paint Bamboo, Forest Green, Crimson and Sunkissed paints – I then cut the sentiment in Lime Green and Navy card to co-ordinate with the border and leaves. The edge of the card was coloured using Distress Ink -Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door to pull in the colours of the flowers.

The second and third cards were embossed on normal white card using The Ton fine Rose Gold embossing powder was then again watercoloured using Altenew paints – Forest Green, Bamboo, Mountain Mist and Lagoon, allowed to dry and layered with co-ordinating background. The die cut sentiment Hello was embossed with the Rose Gold and placed on the card.

The third card I thought that they looked so pretty that I decided to leave one of them as it was and just layer with rose gold mirror card and add a rose gold sentiment. Don’t you love how it is so fine that it shows all the details of the stamp shown in the card close up?

This show how one stamp can create a number of different cards. Hope you like them.

Recipe for Love

Recipe for Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is good to get ahead and thought that this stamp from MFT – Recipe for Happiness would be perfect. It was a stamp set that I bought some time ago for a special reason – a chef was leaving his job. I then thought that there would be limited use for it afterwards unless I knew other chefs changing jobs. However, I looked at it again and thought this is great for love cards.

Using the MFT wall stencil, I used Distress Ink Barn Door to lighty colour the wall, gave the chef red colour clothing to keep the theme, then finally cut out hearts with the MFT Tag Builder BluePrints 6 to add as the aroma from the cooking.

This card is to be entered in the following challenges:

Simon says Stamps Wednesday Challenge: MFT Have a Heart

To early for Christmas Cards?

To early for Christmas Cards?

When Simon Says Stamps has a challenge using Hero Arts stamps what do you do? Use your favourite christmas stamp. I really love the simplicity of the Let it Snow stamp, where snowmen can be dressed up or down. So, to enter this challenge I stamped the big snowman, cut it out, added a subtle layer of grey around the snowman to add a shadow, then layered the snowman on to the card. An additional scarf was stamped using Distress Ink – Festive Berries, cut out and glued on to the snowman and covered with 3D Gloss Finish to add some depth. A number of circle layers were cut, with one coloured using Festive Berries ink again to bring the card together. Sentiment was stamped again using the Festive Berries ink.

The card is to be entered in the following challenges

Simon Says Stamps SSS: Clean and Simple; Hero Arts

AAA Cards: CAS One third and masking

ABC Christmas Challenge: A is for anything Christmas Goes

Texting to You

Texting to You

Male cards are normally quite difficult to make. My nephew was turning 18 and I decided that this rubber stamp Oliver Texting made by Lili of the Valley. He was coloured in using my Promarkers, fussy cut out and layered on to the black and tangerine background. That colour was selected as he is a Dundee United football supporter.

I am entering the card in the following challenge:

Passion for Promarkers Challenge 476 – Masculine Cards – It was then in  the top 5.