Snowdrop vase

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I love that this sketch was designed with patterned paper in mind. I have such a mountain of gorgeous designs that have to be used! To start though, I stamped out the gorgeous snowdrop vase from the Penny Black Wintry Whites mini set. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this last January but work/life was so crazy I never got round to using it then! So it has sat in my ‘new box’ for a year, waiting for its moment to shine. As a clutch of wild snowdrops have just started to bloom in my garden, I thought it would be perfect to use today!

One I coloured and fussy cut the image, I had to select the paper. I originally chose a striped design but I wasn’t too sure about it so I left it for a little while. When I got back to my craft table, I knew I had to use a non-patterned paper as I really wanted the delicate image to pop! So I chose some unpatterned paper from the same Basic Grey paper pad.

To complete my card, I stamped the sentiment (from an older Penny Black set) and added a few sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

CAS Christmas – silhouette

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the challenge at CAS Christmas. The challenge theme is silhouette – so weird that I chose this challenge today after the AAA challenge went live earlier this morning with an optional twist of challenge.

I love that this challenge gives me the opportinuty to play with my festive supplies all year round. Today I chose to use a die set that I didn’t get a chance to play with before Christmas – the WInterhaven Dies set by Catherine Pooler. I used this tag as my inspiration!

The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

AAA Cards One Layer challenge with Silhouettes twist

Hi there!

It’s time for the a new challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a one-layer CAS card; our optional twist is ‘silhouettes’.

For my card, I created an ink-blended centre panel using a Taylored Expressions stencil and then stamped the image from a mini Penny Black set called The Sweetest.

To complete my quick card, I added a sentiment by Altenew.

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Monika, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Starry Flowers Hello

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown! They have another fabulous colour palette this week – plum, cream and black!

I usually have problems when purple is included in a colour challenge palette, but I was lucky this week as I had a lovely shade of plum in my Twinkling H2O paint collection. So, I inked up the beautiful Altenew Starry Flowers stamp and quickly coloured it using the Twinklings and a black coloured pencil for the stems. I added a few black Nuvo drops to the centres after I cut out the image with the coordinating die. I cut the Altenew Burlap die from black card and adhered it and the flower cluster to a cream card base. To complete my take, I added a sentiment from the Altenew Painted Sentiments set and tucked it partly behind my main image.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

The daisies and a bee

Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the colour challenge at CAS Cards and Sketches.

I used the wonderful new Bees and Flowers die set from Hero Arts’ most recent release. I coloured the images using distress inks and my Prismacolour pencils.

The sentiment and stencil are also by Hero Arts.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Butterfly Wreath Hello

Hello everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown! They have a super colour palette this week – blue, pink and green! The inspiration photo uses bright colours, but I chose a more pastel palette for my take.

I inked up the beautiful Reverse Confetti Butterfly Wreath and coloured it using my Twinkling H20 paints. I cut it out using the coordinating die and adhered a couple of die cut wreaths under my image to provide some depth. I added a few single butterflies from the set and a Mama Elephant die cut to complete my take.

If you enlarge the photos you can make out a very lightly stencilled background. I’m in the throes of organising my stencil mountain and I’m going to try to use more stencils in my designs. I chose a very subtle design here as I didn’t want to overpower that beautiful wreath!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.