Smiles and Hugs

Hi there!

Today I’m playing along with the colour challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches using products from Penny Black.

When I saw the colour combo, I immediately thought of using the greys with one of my favourite Penny Black dies – the Wonky Squares background die (51-424). I created two background panels with different grey inks and cut them both with the die, using the frame/outline from the darker panel and inlaying the shapes from the lighter panel.

I then die cut a couple of other inky panels with the Delicate Wings butterfly dies (51-010) and adhered it to my card. I cut the body section again using grey cardstock.  The stamped sentiment is from the Banner Sentiments set (30-423).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in Early May!

Hello everyone!

I love a good Hallmark Christmas movie at any time of the year and today two of my favourite Christmas movies were on TV and I just HAD to make a Christmas card as I watched them! I decided to play along with the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which has a sketch challenge this week.

After using distress inks for a wintery sky in the top third, I used the fabulous Penny Black Christmas Wonderland tree die (51-562) for the middle section and then hand cut a slope for the bottom third. I hid my less-than-perfect edge with chunky stickles! Finally I added the star die from the Wonderland die set and the baby deer from the Penny Black Together die set (30-258). The stamped sentiment is from one of my favourite stamps from last Christmas – Penny Black Hello Deer (30-775).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Peach Blossom

Hello friends!

Next today I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown challenge which has another stunning colour palette this week – pink, peach and green.

To start, I lightly blended some distress ink on my card base and then lifted some ink through a butterfly stencil. Next, I coloured the Frame Builder Botanical Oval die set from Pinkfresh using my Twinkling H2O paints and adhered it to my card base. I adhered a Mama Elephant sentiment to an Avery Elle banner and finally added some Studio Katia gems to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

AAA Up to one third with interesting twist

Hi there!

I seriously can’t believe we’re into May, can you? It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Cards – we’d like you to create a card using up to one third of your card base.

So this week’s optional twist confused me a bit because I wasn’t too sure what ‘mystical beasts’ are – I’ve always thought of mystical as being spirtual or supernatural…. Anyway, Google sent me to ‘mythical creatures/beasts/animals’ whenever I searched for ‘mystical beasts’ so in the end I went with mythical and chose the fabulous Hero Arts phoenix die!

I lightly traced a few points from the die on to a piece of card to help my graduated ink blending and then cut out the image after I’d finished blending. I was a little concerned that there would be too much yellow, but I was so pleased when I pulled the die away!

To complete my card, I stamped a sentiment from an older Hero Arts/Basic Grey collaboration set.

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 and one of my favourite cardmakers, Pam, who has some amazing die cut cards on her blog.

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

[Small edit to make it clearer that my confusion was over the word ‘mystical’ rather than ‘beast’!!]

Leafy Best wishes

Happy Friyay Friends!

Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches using products from Penny Black.

This simple CAS card came together so quickly! I cut the fabulous Viridescent leaf die (51-650) from some patterned paper and adhered some of the leaf centre elements back into the leaves using sticky tape. To give my leaf a little more solidity, I adhered it to a second leaf that I’d cut from white card. I then die cut three strips using the wonderful  Geometric Borders (51-196) and adhered them to my card base. I chose to cut them from white cardstock as I wanted to keep the card very clean.

I stamped a sentiment from the Snippets set (30-283) and then die cut it using a tag die from the Tagged dies set (51-007) – I actually shortened the length of the tag using the partial die cutting technique.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.