Oriental Orchid

I am just loving this stamp set from Altenew. Yes – bought at the weekend in Doncaster. I have been playing and making a couple of single layer cards. I am also enjoying doing cards with cascading flowers. For some reason it appeals to me. Some interest on one part of the card. I think I’m going ‘clean and simple’ as I get older…..in more ways than one! However – that doesn’t mean to say I won’t be making cards with loads of layers, and bling, and die cuts etc……I like those kinds of cards for my friends and family at Christmas – a Sue Wilson fan for those cards.

For both of the cards above, I used the Altenew inks ‘Northern Lights’ mini-cubes, and stamped the outline, then the much lighter base layer, then only added the middle in the same darker pink as the outline. I didn’t add the more detailed layer, as I liked this simpler look.

I used the masking technique for both cards – for the green stems on one card, and for the other card so I could layer the flowers. I’ll be practising the masking a little more, so I can get more flowers on the stem, but this clean look appeals to me.

I photographed the card at my mum’s, where I’ve been crafting for a few hours – hence the sundial and garden effect. I didn’t notice the hose pipe in the background of one of the pictures until afterwards – but lets just say that life does get in the way of crafting….!

I shall be entering the stemmed card into the following challenges:

Color Throwdowndark pink, pale pink, green, white

Watercooler Wednesdaybirthday

Happy Little StampersCAS birthday

 

 

Watery sketch

Hi there. I’ve been playing a little this evening, and have been inspired by a couple of challenges for this card. I have been thinking about the sketch from Less is More and the theme of any form of water from Crazy 4 challenges and came up with this card. Well, two cards actually, as I didn’t want to waste any of the blue stamped part.

I knew I wanted the waves background stamp from Hero Arts to be the focus of the water, and used my new Catherine Pooler ink and my Misti – just in case. I needn’t have worried – those inks stamp well first time on a brand new stamp. Amazing inks!

Once I had stamped it, I then looked to create the curved part of the sketch, and found my Avery Elle ‘Snow Caps’ die set. In this set comes with a nicely curved edge, which I used to cut into the blue stamped background, then cut again nearer the bottom. This way, I ended up with three pieces of card.

Two of them I attached to a white base card and left a white strip in the middle, the other piece I also attached to a white base card, but attached somewhere in the middle. Again – waste not, want not!

I then grabbed my Color Layering Goldfish, used Altenew inks ‘Coffee Break’ set, and stamped the fish directly onto the card. Without my Misti! Brave of me, don’t you think? It turned out very well, if I must say – but do you think he’s upside down? Is there a right and wrong way?

I did stamp another fish, and fussy cut it out, ready to add to the other card, but decided to leave him off that card, and felt only a sentiment looked better. The sentiment from the same goldfish stamp set, in the same blue as the waves background stamp. On one card on a separate piece and attached with foam pads, the other card stamped directly onto the card base!!! Again – without my Misti! (I think I’m getting braver and braver in my old age!

I shall be entering this card into the challenges named above, and hope you find the time to play too.