Month: March 2018

Searching for my missing mojo

Happy Saturday everyone!

I have a question for you…. has anyone seen my mojo? It seems to have gone AWOL. I want to get crafty, but I can’t… so frustrating.

In an attempt to get back on track, I decided to CASE one of my favourite Easter cards this year – by the talented Koren Wiskman using stamps and dies from Your Next Stamp. What a cute set!

While I was on her site getting the link, I spotted that Your Next Stamp actually has a challenge and that spurred me on to do another card (this time to enter into the challenge), using the sketch and Koren’s card as inspiration!

For those of you interested in my first Koren-inspired card, here it is! I added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment die to my card so I’m going to enter this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge where the theme is Easter/Spring.

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Field of poppies

Good morning everyone!

This week, I have the honour of being the Guest Designer over at one of my favourite challenges – the Color Throwdown Challenge.

The palette for this challenge is black, white and peach, Such a fabulous combination, don’t you think?

I decided to use white as an accent colour and created a peach base using Dried Marigold distress ink. I love this soft colour and I’m looking forward to the distress oxide version later this year!

I cut black cardstock using dies from Memory Box and My Favorite Things and cut a Simon Says Stamp sentiment from white glitter card.

When I stuck everything down, I felt that the card needed a little something extra so I added a few white dots to finish it off.

There’s some amazing inspiration from the Color Throwdown DT over on the challenge blog – I do hope you can play along this week!

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Hoppy Easter

Hi Everyone!

I was so inspired by the fabulous mood board over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge this week – perfect for Easter cards!

I knew I wanted to use the sweet dies from an older SSS set that I got a few years ago and created a few backgrounds using regular distress ink as well as distress oxide ink. Once I cut out the bunnies, I used my Gelly Roll glaze pen to add their eyes and noses!

I assembled my card using the inspiration sketch from the current Case This Sketch challenge and then added a sentiment also from SSS to complete my card.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge (Springtime/Easter).

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Starry Seventy

Hello Everyone and happy happy birthday to my dear dad who is celebrating a big birthday today!

My dad prefers super CAS cards so this card took a bit longer than other cards I’ve made him. OK, I must confess, it actually tested my patience a bit – it took a LONG time to arrange and glue down those stars… especially the smallest ones!

The stars are from the Hero Arts star confetti background die – I love background dies but they are pricey and I always like to find as many ways of using them as possible. I love how versatile the Hero Arts confetti dies are – the different sizes of the confetti means that I use them on all sorts of cards and I’ve even used the star die for a Happy 2018 card!

Anyway, I probably used about 70% of the stars from the die on this card. I stuck some to the back and saved the rest for another project.

The greeting is also by Hero Arts.

As I used one of my favourite Hero Arts products (background dies), I’m entering this into the current Blog Named Hero challenge.

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Colourful congrats

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards. This fortnight’s theme is ‘use only a third’ and our sponsor is Winnie and Walter.

I often use the ‘one third’ guide to help me ensure my card is sufficiently CAS! Whenever I’m in doubt, I always try to mentally work out if I have ‘used’ a third of my card base in some way. In my mind, using one third or less = CAS!

I also try to ensure I vary my CAS designs as it’s easy to get stuck with a favourite/’go to’ design, One third doesn’t have to mean a rectangle/square/oval etc, it can be any shape. In fact, I even toyed with masking circles for this challenge!

Anyway, for my card, I masked off approximately one third of my card and blended some Distress Oxide inks (Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves) and added some water droplets. I used Winnie & Walter cutaways (dies) for the sentiment and the confetti.

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog and we are also joined by two Guest Designers Shay from Winnie and Walter and Ishani from Quillish. They both have some amazing creations on their blogs, so please drop by their sites!

Thanks for stopping by – I do hope you play along with us!


Seeing green… and aubergine

Happy Saturday everyone!

I made today’s card for a number of challenges – Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown (green/eggplant/white) and the Memory Box challenge (green), although looking at it now, I think that green isn’t really prominent enough for the latter so I think I will have to try again for that challenge….

I was originally struggling a bit to find  a suitable aubergine colour for the Color Throwdown challenge and then I saw that a DT member had used Seedless Preserves distress ink. Problem solved! I masked off a square and did a bit of ombre ink blending. I cut the Memory Box vine die from a panel I’d created from Hero Arts liquid water colours mixed with perfect pearls – can you see the shimmer?

To finish of the card, I used one of my go-to sentiments from My Sentiments Exactly!

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