Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Same washi, different card

To avoid the stress of last-minute Christmas card making, I intend to make multiples whenever I can this year, preferably with some variations. And that's exactly what I did with this card.

When I created this card, I decided to prepare a second panel while I was at it, using the same supplies as before. All I needed to do now was finish it off. I used the same stamp set as before but selected a different sentiment and moved it to the right side of my panel and then popped up the die cut heart (SSS Bundle of stitched shapes) with foam tape.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Jingle Belles - Here we come a-WASHI-ing
Christmas Card Challenges - #12 Anything Christmas goes
SSS Wednesday challenge - Anything goes
CHNC Extra - Always anything Christmas goes
ABC Christmas challenge - D is for die cut

Monday, 23 February 2015

Muse, masking, monochrome and blending

Here's another card I managed to create this weekend. When I saw last week's Muse inspiration, I immediately thought of the frame of the Masterpiece Make It Market kit by Paper Trey Ink that I purchased last month.

I decided to combine the frame with the city stamp that was also included in the kit. I stamped both images in Navy Blue Mid-Tone ink (Hero Arts) onto Soft stone cardstock (PTI). I then stamped the city image again on a piece of Post-it to create a mask. I also masked off the sides and top of my sky and sponged in the sky with three shades of blue (Surf Blue by SSS, Pool by HA and Navy Blue by HA). I love how it turned out. Also love that the card can be used for different occasions, so I did not add a sentiment. I can always stamp a fitting sentiment on the inside when I want to send the card.

Below is the card by Marion Vagg that inspired my card.

Muse - 105 Inspired by this week's muse Marion Vagg
Addicted to CAS - 57 Mask
 CASology - 134 Monochrome
One-layer Simplicity - OLS13 You Blend!
ATSM - 132 Make you mark

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Washi tape and Santa

The lovely Jingle Belles are challenging us to use washi tape this fortnight. Lucky for me, I managed to dig up the few washi tapes I own from my stash and got crafty this weekend.

I decided to combine the washi tape challenge with the Santa challenge over at Merry Monday. After adhering the strips of washi tape (the red ones are Marianne Design; no idea about the other two) to my cardstock (Neenah Solar white), I die cut a panel using the Stitched rectangle dies by Simon Says Stamp, and then stamped the small Santa image from the Happy Christmas set by Winnie & Walter in black ink (Archival Jet Black by Ranger) onto a scrap of Core'dinations cardstock. The sentiment (from a new to me stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays called Snowflake Greetings) was stamped in black onto a strip of vellum and then heat embossed in clear (HA) and adhered to a slightly smaller strip of white cardstock. I used foam tape (3M) to pop up the panel on my card.

Jingle Belles - Washi tape
Merry Monday - 167 Santa
Craft Your Passion - 249 Always anything goes
CHNC Extra - Alwasy anything Christmas goes
CCC - 12 Anything goes
SSS Work it Wednesday - Sth. new (Stitched rectangle dies, new stamps)

Sunday, 15 February 2015

PTI Day 8 Blue ombre challenge

I managed to make another quick card for day 8 of the PTI anniversary celebrations.

Materials used:
Ranger's water colour cardstock
Ranger's distress inks (Tumbled glass, Peacock feathers, Faded jeans)
PTI Think big favorites #8 stamp set
Versamark embossing ink
Simon Says Stamp white embossing powder

This card also qualifies for the following challenges:
One-Layer Simplity challenge - OLS13 You Blend!
Addicted to Stamps - #131 Anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Only words
Happy Little Stampers - Embossing

PTI anniversary - inspiration challenge

For day 1 of the anniversary celebrations, we were to pick a colour combo and a sketch as the starting point for our creations. Here's what I came up with.

And below are the colour combo and sketch I used.

Materials used:
Cardstock - Neenah Solar white, 
Neenah Desert storm (shadow layer for flower and leaves)
Simon Says Stamp (pink and green)
Stamps - Crackled, Filled with Joy (both PTI)
Inks - Fine linen (PTI), Surf blue (SSS), Archival Jet Black (Ranger)
Dies - PTI SAF 2014 kit
Sequin - Studio Calico
Adhesive - Glossy accents, foam tape

Seize the Birthday - Anything goes (no toppings for me)
Craft your Passion - 248 Always anything goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - #131 Anything goes

Saturday, 14 February 2015

PTI anniversary challenges

Papertrey Ink is hosting a number of challenges this week to celebrate their 8th anniversary. Day 3 challenge was to create a tag with/for a matching gift bag.

Here's a close-up of the tag:

I wasn't actually planning to play along with this one, but I had this gift for a sweet friend who was celebrating her birthday this week and I just happened to have the perfect (recycled) gift bag to put it in. That's when I decided I should make a matching gift tag and play along with the PTI challenge.
Since the bag was all white and sliver, I decided I could also play along with the PTI Heavy metal challeng for day 7.

I used Ranger's Liquid platinum embossing powder to heat emboss the pretty background image (PTI, Crackled mini stamp set) and then die cut the tag before heat embossing the sentiment (PTI, SAF 2014 kit). I also heat embossed an extra strip of cardstock and used that to die cut the flower and two leaves (PTI, SAF 2014 kit). To add yet a little more sparkle, I added a few silver sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) and attached the tag to the bag using a piece of recycled ribbon and some white twine.

Crafts4Eternity - R#213 ~ Two's
Party Time Tuesdays - #195 Anything goes

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Happy B-day 2 you

My third card in a row features stamps from Winnie&Walter (Bigger bang flurries) and CAS-ual Fridays (Bold wishes) and a die by Simon Says Stamp (Bundle of stitched shapes).

I used another fun technique from the current OCC CAS4 class by stamping the images using Gesso and applying distress inks (Broken china and Faded jeans) after the gesso had dried. The gesso resists the inks.

The silvery strips and the flower embellishment were made using Ranger's Liquid platinum embossing powder and the sentiment was heat embossed in white (Simon Says Stamp) onto some Neenah solar white card stock that was given the desired colour using Glass slipper ink (Studio Calico). To finish things off, I wrapped some white twine (local supermarket) around the card, mounted the layers onto my Neenah cardstock and added white Enamel accents for the flower hearts.


Winnie&Walter - Colour challenge
Friday mashup -195 Sketch plus 2 different embellishments
Allsorts - 296 Flower power
SSS Wednesday challenge - Anything goes
Seize the birthday - Anything birthday goes