Sunday, 18 February 2018

Project 461: Masked blending animal cards

I had a play at my desk this weekend and decided to make a very card for a good friend. They both feature some masked blended features and fussy cut components. The headline features two stamp sets, the sentiment and rocket are from one set that is over 4 years old. The planet admittedly  was a new gift from Claire this Christmas. I heat embossed them, coloured them using Gelatos and a water brush and then fussy cut them out. I masked a circle and used Distress Oxides in two colours to get the space sky. I splattered it with water drops to give it bleached stars and then added actual stars to make it a bit more bright and cheerful.

Because of all the little dots and circles I thought I would enter it in the Retro Rubber blog challenge this week.

I had the chance to make another little card so I include this here as a bonus. I saw this Pinterest post and even though I lacked a panda stamp I thought it would be simple enough to try and draw. It's not my best freehand work but I think it's playful enough to be ok. I masked a stripe and used Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to make it nice and bright. I used a sentiment from Stampin' Up that is a couple of years old now. Maybe 3? The banner was stamped and then fussy cut out. I added little stars from the same Stampin' Up set. The little detail on the border of the die actually makes it fit the spots and dots theme as well which is a happy accident!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Project: A little Valentine sketch

Happy Saturday -another day at Sketch Saturday! This week we have one of our favorite sponsors joining us this week, Just Me Digital Stamps

I thought the sketch was fun but I decided to rotate it and put it on its side, and that opened a world of possibilities. I colored the image using Spectrum Noir pencils and then die cut it out. I added little colored hearts to match the flag that I punched ages ago, I have a giant collection of pre-punched shapes that I always forget about. I added a little star to one to match the sketch, loved working with it. 

Can't wait to see what others do with it! 

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Project: A frog pile up sketch

Welcome to another week at Sketch Saturday!
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I saw this great image, a little totem of frogs called Frog Pile Up and I thought yes, that's perfect. I used a backing paper that I have had for ages and thought it would be perfect for the green and blues I wanted to feature. I colored it using colored pencils and then, unhappy with it I went over it in Promarkers. I added a scallop circle to give it a touch of cuteness. The stitched banner is from Recollections and has been in my stash for ages, I thought it worked really well here. 

Can't wait to see what other people have done with the sketch this week! 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Project 460: A contemporary valentine

It's the start of February which means we're all rushing to get some Valentines done for our friends and family - so a great time to play with our Moving along with the Times Love challenge! 

We're looking for any card that features love: Valentine, Wedding, Engagement - if you're loving someone we're all about that. 

For my card I went very untraditional. I wanted to make something fresh and hip. I used some beautiful patterned paper from Studio Calico (I'm trying to clear out my paper stash and I keep finding lovely stuff that I really should be using!) and used a green card blank to make the colors stand out. The diagonal bias makes it even more unexpected I think. I used a die cut heart that I stole from Claire years ago (I have a big box of them - also trying to clear that!) and then die cut out the letters and hashtag in green card stock. The letters are Tim Holtz, the hashtag is a Sizzix 'insta' die set that I bought thinking it'd be great and then struggled to use...but this works I think. 

Super different from some of the other cards but hopefully you'll find inspiration to suit your taste. Can't wait to see what others come up with! x

Monday, 29 January 2018

Project 459: A London thank you

A colleague just bought a house and had to ask a massive favour of another colleague in order to make it work. She wanted a thank you that was deeply personal and after talking to her about it we decided a watercolour London scene was exactly the right note.

I started by heat embossing the Tim Holtz stamp from Claire on watercolour paper. Then I used Distress Inks and a water brush to get a grey and blue sky effect. I added a Mama Elephant thank you set in the corner that would offset the skyline and hold its own.

I decided to triple mount it for a touch more elegance. Really happy with it and my colleague loves it too. A lovely little art project.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Project 458: A tic tac toe Bugaboo challenge

This weekend I was having so much fun with challenges I knew I had to play along with the Bugaboo Tic Tac Toe challenge. Claire had already been tearing it up with their birthday challenges and I wanted to see if I could put myself to the test.

I went for the right hand column: Ribbon, Bugaboo, Dots & Stripes.

I used these Love Monsters as my base - Claire used them in her challenge entry here and it inspired me to get them out for a play myself. I decided to limit myself to a single color scheme and went with orange and red. I colored the monsters using ProMarkers and then die cut out a square. The spotted backing paper has been in my stash for ages and was already cut into so I counted it as a scrap. The ribbon completes the 'stripe' requirement and I added a birthday sentiment that Claire had given me years ago. The googley eyes really add dimension, they make these little love monsters even sweeter!

Love the output, will definitely be playing along again.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Project 457: A smooshed background valentine

The layout at CAS(E) this Sketch looked really good and I wanted to do something that was natural and not overly girly. I decided to go for a smooshed background in Distress Oxides and layer it against kraft, not white. I used a die cut purple heart that was left over from the card I listed yesterday and then heat embossed a sentiment that I got free from a magazine. I raised it on foam to give it a tiny bit of texture. I kept it super simple, I tried adding dots, bling, all sorts and I decided that keeping it plain was best. Really happy with this simple card, I think it's a great alternative to some of the OTT ones I've made before!