Thursday, 22 September 2016

Diamond Stitches

I so wanted to use real stitches for the Addicted to CAS Challenge : Stitched. Something simple. Nearly went the way of those string art designs we used to do as kids with nails in wood, but that would have taken quite some time.

Decided to go with a basic diamond shape and used the lovely shimmery thread from May Arts. Very difficult to capture the real holographic shimmer on camera. I embossed the sentiment with Sparkle embossing powder and the blue card has a soft matt shimmer too.

Trying a close-up to capture the shimmer ...

I will also enter this to the Less is More : Diamond Challenge.


Autumn Leaves

When I saw the colours of the Color Throwdown Challenge, I knew I wanted to use the layout of Susan's card (which was taken from Tracy May) again. Such lovely rich colours that work so well with the leaf of WPlus9 Autumn Leaves set.

Frames and Flowers 3

I still had a piece left over from my last card and wanted to use it before it joined the HUGE stash of "leftovers" and bits and pieces.

Still going with the lovely inspiration by Jenni Murray at Muse Challenge, and the CASology Frame Challenge. Plus I have loved and CASE'ed Susan's layout from HERE and HERE and will enter it to her Thanksgiving Challenge 2016.

I popped up the frame on foam.

Which of the three appeals to you most?

I think it got better as I went along - my favourite is this one. So it goes to show that you don't always get it right the first time. 


Frames and Flowers 2

Continuing with the inspiration from the lovely inspiration by Jenni Murray at Muse Challenge, and the CASology Frame Challenge

This time I went with the same colour combo of blue and yellow, having a frame and a flowers.

I will also enter this into Susan's Thanksgiving Crusade 2016.


Frames and Flowers 1

I have not made it to my studio this week ... my daughter had her tonsils out on Monday. Not a fun thing when you're an adult! Today was day 3 and she says it's like having razors in your throat all the time despite the painkillers. Apparently another few days of bad pain and 10 days at least to feel better. In the meantime it's only mango sorbet, jelly and water. Sounds like fun, but it's amazing how your body also wants salty!

But I got some cards done this evening - had to destress a little.

This is my first take on the lovely inspiration by Jenni Murray at Muse Challenge, and the CASology Frame Challenge

I went with her blue frame, two tone blue flower and layout, even though mine was a lot smaller. My first thought was to use this funky frame from Simon Says Stamp.


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Beautiful Birthday Wishes

I think that the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set is one of the most versatile beautiful ones in my stash at the moment. Can't get enough of it!

I stamped 2 flowers using the "middle" colouring stamp and the outline, then I cut one to be just the inner circle of petals and layered the two. On the inner circle, I also cut into the lines going towards the centre so I could turn up some petals more than others.

My entry for the Altenew Ultimate Blog Hop Challenge.

The layout was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch Challenge.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Rainbow colours

I can't resist rainbow colours. I was using a watercolour postcard that I bought on my last trip to the UK. It's not as wide as the card base so I added two strips of washi.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Dies as stencils

A great way to expand the use of your dies, is to use them as stencils. Anita at the Muse Challenge #182 gave us a wonderful card using this technique.

Here is my take, inspired by ...
... her colours
... the flow of her elements (would have been exactly the same if I had not messed up and need to cover a splotch)
... mixing the sentiment with stamps and dies
... some embellishments (she used enamel dots, I used dimensional pearls)

Here is Anita's card


Happy colours for the Color Throwdown Challenge.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Watercolour happiness

Just love the inspiration photo at Addicted to Stamps this week. Swoon!

Here's my first take ... [I cannot get my camera to pick up the fluorescent fuchsia of the flower and dots - and I mean it is REALLY fluo! Just like the picture. If I get it right in the daylight tomorrow, I'll update it. Any suggestions or tips appreciated.]

and my second ... still had lots of ink on my craft sheet so kept going ...

The turquoise strips have been embossed to give a quilted look.

Which one do you prefer? Funky flower from Craft Asylum (in my start up kit for my Big Shot Plus) or Fresh Daisies from Simon Says Stamp?
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