Sunday, 25 September 2016

Monochromatic shaker card

Hello there, I'm back with another shaker card.

I wanted to see if I could create a marbling effect using distress ink smooshing and cling foil on yupo. As was to be expected, the ink did not fully dry on the yupo paper. Since I did like the soft effect I had created, I was determined to use my panel anyway. So I decided to use it as the background for a CAS shaker card and also sprayed it with a surface sealant as an extra precaution.

I used a label die from CAS-ual Fridays (part of one of the earlier SOA collections) and a stitched rectangle die (SSS) to create my shaker window. Before adhering my acetate panel, I stamped the Mondo Magnolia (Essentials by Ellen) using black Stazon. The sequins in my shaker are by Studio Calico. To finish off, I also adhered 3 SC sequins in matte silver on top of my shaker window

Here's a close-up of the sparkling sequins:

My card was inspired by the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up September - Marbling, stamping, die cutting
Essentials by Ellen Pin-sights September challenge (see graphic below)
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC157 Shaker cards
CASology - 162 Frame
STAMPlorations - September Theme and Sketch (see graphic below - I went with the theme)



Friday, 23 September 2016

Warm Christmoose hugs...

So what do you do when inspiration strikes, even though it's almost time for bed because you have a busy working day ahead? Most of the time I'm being a sensible girl who goes to bed, but today I could not resist creating another card for the MFT Superstar Contest, using the second of the two MFT stamp sets that I own (so far) AND using a technique that's been on my crafty to do list for a long time.

I arranged the stamps from the Merry Christmoose stamp set onto my MISTI and stamped them onto a panel of black cardstock using Versamark ink and then heat-embossed the stamped images in white ep. After that, I stamped the scene again using white pigment ink and smeared out the ink to create a chalkboard effect. I then did some quick colouring using my Inktense pencils and did a little more smearing using my fingers to add some colour to the embossed tree as well. I drew in a line to connect the stockings, swiped the edges of my card panel over my white ink pad and then mounted my panel onto a white card base. This is definitely one of the quickest cards I ever made, but I love how it turned out.

BTW, if you're curious to see which product I have not shown today, check out the following posts:
here, here and here.

Bijschrift toevoegen

I'm also linking my card at:
ATSM - 212 Make your mark
Penny Black and More - Add a sentiment (+ hand stamping)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

MFT Superstar Contest - Vellum shaker

Although for some unknown reason I have only collected a few products by My Favorite Things (I've counted 2 stamp sets and 3 die sets) until now, I do have a long wish list, so when I saw that MFT was having a contest, I was determined to play along.

Having only a few supplies to play with automatically means you need to try and use them creatively. As it happens, I also had to create a card for a young lady who will be turning 12 next week and who loves her dog and playing the piano. Based on the MFT products I own, I figured a card with a piano/music theme would be fitting. And I decided to put a little pink in the mix as well (literally). After all, the card is meant for a young lady!

I started by die cutting black and white cardstock using the Chevron Stripes dies and arranged & adhered them onto a piece of printer paper before cutting my panel to size and adhering it to my card base. I also die cut the musical notes and treble symbol from the Musical Notes die set several times from gold holographice cardstock. I created a vellum envelope using my scoreboard and filled it with several die cut musical notes and a mix of flat sequins in white, gold and hot pink. After heat embossing the sentiment from Banner Greetings in white ep onto another piece of vellum, I fussy cut the banner and adhered it to my shaker envelope using a strip of double-sided tape. I also glued on a few die cut musical notes. I then adhered my vellum shaker element using double-sided tape, and my card was done.

I do hope the birthday girl will love this card as much as I do, lol.

Click here if you would like to see the card I made 2 years ago using these Chevron dies.

Happy Little Stampers - September Anything goes with dies
Seize the Birthday - Anything Birthday goes (no toppings for me)
Fusion - Birthday Bash - I went with the inspiration photo, which has a delightful mix of B/W stripes, gold, accents and small circular elements.
SSS Monday - Inspired by music

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Another happy birthday

Don't you love it when one card leads to another? I know I do.
While creating the 2 cards of my previous post, I thought of another spin on the first design.

Love how the black background makes the design pop. I think this is my favourite of the bunch.

I'm linking my card at:
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC155 Black & white with a pop of colour
SSS Wednesday - Anything goes
Uniko - 33 Inspired by a song title (need I explain?)
STAMPlorations CAS September - Anything CAS goes with optional colour: pink


Happy birthday - Just for you

I've been having a little play with an older stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays, Bold Wishes and created a couple of cards. After stamping the my pink border stamp twice across my panel, I die cut the middle panel using a stitched rectangle die and then stamped the sentiment in the corner. I adhered the large panel flat onto my black card base and popped up the middle panel using foam tape. The centres of the flower-like shapes on the middle panel were created by adhering a few black circles that were punched out from black cardstock using a pair of eyelet pliers.

I'm afraid the pictures could be better. I had trouble with the lighting and was in a bit of a hurry.

While creating my card, I thought it might be fun to stamp the border at an angle and use another sentiment stamp of the stamp set which seemed to fit the design perfectly.

I'm linking this card at:
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC155 - Black & white with a pop of colour
SSS Wednesday - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - 163 Anything goes + sentiment
STAMPlorations CAS September - Anything CAS goes with optional colour: pink


Monday, 5 September 2016

You're wonderful

Today I have one more card to share for Darnell's 7th NBUS challenge, using the stamps from the last Stamp of Approval collection that I won back in July and which arrived about a month ago.

Don't you love these sweet birds? I used selective masking to stamp my sentiment, since the full sentiment reads 'You're a wonderful friend'. Love how you can stretch your stamps this way. To cover up the space between the words, I stamped a small flower from the same collection.

I'm linking my card up at:
Darnell's 7th NBUS challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More - 209 CAS
ATCAS - 96 Harvest
Cupcake Inspirations - 374 Mint, poppy, kraft
Uniko challenge - 35 Inspired by a song title (You're wonderful by Madness)


Sunday, 4 September 2016

STAMPlorations Color Blooms Hop and more NBUS

I'm back with another card, featuring part of the colouring page I downloaded from the STAMPlorations website and coloured last month.

I decided to make my colourful blooms pop by adding a black oval frame. I first cut the frame and then selected the area of my colouring page that I wanted to use. After mounting the frame panel using foam tape, I adhered my layers onto a white card base. The sentiment stamps from the Altenew Label Love stamp set were screaming to be finally used (I had wanted this set since it first came out, but it was always out of stock whenever I was ready to place an order at my favourite online stores, but I persevered). After stamping them in Archival black, I cut them out, went around the edges with a Memento black marker and mounted them using foam tape. I added a little clear wink of stella and a few sparkling clear sequins (PPP) and my card was done.

Here's another picture, where you can see a hint of the shimmer and the sparkle of the sequins.

I'm linking my card up at:
STAMPlorations Color bloooms blog hop & linky party
Darnell's NBUS challenge #7
Aud Sentiments - 163 Anything goes + sentiment
SSS Wednesday - Anything goes

Jingling all the way

Can you believe it's September already? Although summer is not exactly over in my part of the world, it's high time to get cracking with those Christmas cards, to avoid the stress in November. And what better way to do so with some NBUS (never before used schtuff) supplies and a few fun challenges.

When I saw the Reindeer Games stamp set by Mama Elephant last year, I just had to have it, and these cute reindeer have been patiently waiting to be inked up. When I saw this sketch on the CAS(E) this Sketch blog, I immediately thought these reindeer would be just perfect. 

I stamped the images onto a piece of Neenah cardstock using sepia Versafine ink and added the sentiment (also NBUS by Crafter's Companion) and coloured them using Spectrum Noir coloured pencils. And then work got in the way, which meant I didn't manage to finish the card before the linky closed. This has happened to me before and it will undoubtedly happen again. Sound familiar?

At least I have another Christmas card done and it's perfect for the following challenges:

Jingle Belles - Music (I think the sentiment and the tiny jingle bell - also NBUS - say it all)
Darnell's NBUS #7 challenge - Give your never before used schtuff some love
Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas characters (or Easel card)
The Pencil Case (a new to me challenge) - 27 Anything (hand coloured) goes
Colour Crazy Craft (another new to me challenge) - 21 Anything (hand coloured) goes