Colours and Sketch 238

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Hi there. I’m posting this a little later than planned, as I had forgotten all about it. I only made it yesterday – how weird is that? I knew I wanted to use the sketch and colours from the double challenge above, and made the card, then wondered what sentiment to put on it – then completely forgot to finish it!

I got home from work, checked my emails, made us some tea, opened my challenge spreadsheet – to find this challenge highlighted in the yellow of ‘got to post it soon’. So, I photographed it – in between a little panic – and here we go.

I didn’t have all the correct colours, so I used Broken China distress ink, with Certainly Celery, and Powder Pink from Stampin Up. I used the new stamps from Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval for the flowers, and even used the large die to cut the scalloped background.

The pink diagonal rows are from Altenew ‘Pattern Play ‘Hexagon’, which I stamped using my Misti as these are quite solid images.

CAS Colours and Sketchessketch and colours

 

 

Another three colours

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Hello everyone. I hope you are all doing well. It’s been a few days since my last card posting, as I have been back at work this week, and kinda lost my mojo! Then – I opened my new Catherine Pooler ‘Stamp of Approval’ box – hey presto – mojo back!

I had a look through some challenge blogs, and came across a few I could merge together. The colour scheme is from Color Throwdown – red, yellow, green – and I also did some masking, which is the theme from the Tuesday Throwdown this week. I struggle with masking – let me know if you don’t and what the trick is – but I still keep trying, as I like the look of a single layer, and the stamps giving the impression of dimension.

For this card, I used a Stamp of Approval mask, taping some of it off, and used my blending tool with ‘Tiara’ ink – also from Catherine Pooler. This gave the leaf background panel. I then stamped the solid red flower in ‘Rockin’ Red’, masking it off to stamp the leaves in ‘Grass Skirt’.

I liked how this turned out, and found that the inks stayed true to their colours, despite stamping on top of the yellow.

The sentiment is a die cut from the same box, and the two smaller words stamped directly onto the card with Versafine black Onyx.

The used my wonky rectangles again – you just knew, didn’t you? – and layered onto a green card base.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Color Throwdown red, yellow, green

Tuesday Throwdownmasking

Watercooler Wednesdayanything goes

Addicted to Stamps and Moremake your mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – anything goes

 

Juicy

Hi everyone. It’s been a couple of days since I posted – I actually had some social events over the weekend. I had a great night out at hubby’s golf club last night – nice meal, great company, some Prosecco was drunk – and some dancing. 50’s music – even though I wasn’t born until the 60’s……great music from the 50’s. Isn’t it surprising how many songs we know from that time?

I made this card to be part of CASology this week. The cue card was:

I have said in the past that I struggle with clean and simple, I struggle with open space, but I do keep trying. This is my take for the challenge. I had to do some lateral thinking, as I don’t have any stamps of fruits. I did think about some juicy and luscious lips, but didn’t have anything which would work.

I had a search through my stash, and found the above circle and lines in  a Stampin Up set – ‘Balloon Celebration’. I decided it looks like a section of fruit, even though it isn’t symmetrical.

I then looked for some stamps which could be seen as drops or rain, anything which could be seen as dropping from the fake fruit, and came across a stamp set from Craftwork Cards – ‘Celebrations’ – which was again about balloons, but these little circles seemed to work well when I tried them out on a scrap piece of paper. I did have some rain drops from another stamp set, but they seemed a little too big.

Once stamped in Versafine black onyx, I coloured with Catherine Pooler ‘Tutti Frutti’ ink. A luscious, gorgeous bright orange – don’t you think? I then waited for that to dry and added some glossy accents for a more shiny look. Even though the ink is gorgeous, I thought adding the glossy accents would make it shine even better.

I struggled a little with the photo to try and show this, but I hope you can see what I did.

On Tuesday I shall be posting my second card of the month as guest designer for CAS Colors and Sketches – I hope you can play along…… 🙂

 

 

Wild Flowers

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Hi everyone. I wanted to post a quick card this evening, so I attacked my Catherine Pooler stamps, inks, and matching dies. I wanted to use the colours from the Color Throwdown challenge, and as the challenge was to use green, Kraft, and white, I wanted the green to be a bright and vivid green against the other two colours.

‘Grass Skirt’ from Catherine Pooler fits the bill nicely, showing against the Kraft really well, and I am pleased how this turned out.

I stamped the ‘Wild Flower’  stamps in the green, die cut them, and added them to a Kraft piece of card cut with my wonky rectangles. This particular Kraft card is a little textured, certainly not smooth. So this added a very muted feature and detail to the base of the card.

I added that to a white base card, and stopped there. I didn’t add a sentiment, and I am quite liking cards with no sentiments at the moment. They can either be added later, or these cards would be ideal to write a little note inside for any reason at all…….

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Color ThrowdownGreen, Kraft, White

Aud Sentiments challengeno sentiment on front

Craftaholics R Us die cuts

House Of Cards challengefloral images and/or colours (floral)

 

 

Congrats

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Hi everyone. Quite a colourful card for today. I am working with someone this afternoon who will be expecting a new addition to their family in the New Year. I don’t make baby cards, and I have absolutely nothing in my stash which is specifically for this type of occasion, so I went with the flow and created this.

I took inspiration from several challenges regarding colour and theme. The first thing I did was to stamp my Concord and 9th ‘Stripe Builder’ stamp set. I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform, as this is one huge stamp, and used Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ and Stampin Up ‘Tempting Turquoise’.

Now I tried stamping this several times, and it just wouldn’t cover all of the card. I re-stamped, stamped again, then decided to leave it as it was, as the photo inspiration from Inkspirational has greeny slats, and also one white slat, which all look quite weathered. So – the distressed stamping look it was. I quite like this effect. What do they say about mistakes – there aren’t any, just happy accidents? Well, there we are.

I then took my Sue Wilson ‘Noble Pierced Squares’ and cut a piece to cover the background, then die cut my Tim Holtz ‘Mixed Media’ in two corners, so the colours would show through.

After sticking these down, I die cut the ‘Congrats’ from Stampin Up ‘Sunshine Wishes’ in white card with double sided sticky sheet on the back, and cut that four times stacking them up, then die cut one from another piece I had stamped originally and didn’t like the look of. (Happy accident again)

I really like the colours on this card, and it goes with either boy or girl, I think…..do you agree?

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Inkspirationalphoto inspiration

City Crafter Challenge something beginning with ‘S’ – (Sunshine Wishes dies)

House Of Cards challengestripes

Less is Morepiercing (Sue Wilson pierced squares)

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday

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Hi everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I have been spending some time crafting today. Why is that the more clean and simple a card turns out to be, then it’s usually the longest time I take to make? Does anyone else find that? The more you put on a card, the easier I find it. Is it about the placement of the details? Is it the colours that will be used – let me have your thoughts on it.

The cue card from CASology is ‘Balloon’. Does that mean a single balloon? Can you add more? Well, I did think of a speech balloon, but couldn’t find anything in my stash I could use, and I didn’t want to free-hand too much, so I kept looking for ideas.

I found my Altenew ‘Hug Me’ stamp set, and used the smallest image, stamped in Versafine black onyx – not sure if I was going to be colouring him – stamped the sentiment, then went looking for a balloon…..

This one is from Craftwork cards, a small stamp set I have never used ‘Celebrations’, so grabbed and stamped the balloon with Catherine Pooler ‘Flirty Fuchsia’. I drew in the balloon line with a black gel pen – very brave of me on a nearly finished card – and decided not to colour the little guy. Left him plain.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

Double D challenges – black and white with pop of colour

CASology – balloon

Tuesday Throwdown challenges – black and white and one other colour

 

 

three toning colours

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Hi everyone. Another later posting for today.

This very simple one layer card is inspired by the colours from The Paper Players – Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry – and the challenge of a one layer card from Tuesday Throwdown.

I used some stamps from Catherine Pooler Foundations box, and stamped away…..the only time I used my Misti was for the solid sentiment stamp, but other than that – just stamped. I also used some smaller flower variations to fill in the gaps after stamping the larger images.

The smaller sentiment was masked off with a post-it note to stamp some of the flowers around it – getting the practise in – and kept the flowers on the left hand side, as you can see. I quite like the effect of stamping on one side, or the top or bottom, and I may have more plays with that in the future, when I batch make cards.

I shall be entering the challenges named above with this card.

 

 

 

Red and White

The first of July already. Good grief. And my 29th wedding anniversary tomorrow! Where does the time go? The weather here in Chesterfield has turned a little warmer than earlier in the week, and the rain has stopped. Finally.

For today’s card I have gone clean, but only simple once I had worked out what I was doing. It took a little thought and playing around to get the final product. I tried die cutting some simple strips, but I couldn’t get them to merge together correctly. I tried stamping onto a larger base card, but in the end went for this smaller version.

The inspiration came from three challenges. The first challenge was a sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches, which was the challenge regarding the lay out. The second challenge was from Less is More, with the theme of using the colours of your country’s flags. I stuck to the colours of the St George Cross, instead of going for the red, white, and blue of the Union Jack, and the third challenge was from Clean and Simple on Sunday, the theme being to use flowers.

The base card is just over 4 inches by 5.5 inches, with a layer of plain white card onto which I stamped a chevron from Catherine Pooler’s Stamp Of Approval Foundation box. I used my Misti because I wanted to be precise with the placing of the stamp. I also used a Catherine Pooler ink – ‘Rockin’ Red’.

I then stamped a larger flower from Altenew ‘Bamboo Rose’ and two smaller flowers from Altenew ‘Hello Sunshine’, and die cut them with the matching dies.

The sketch challenge was set by Jane, and she said she was ‘looking for one element larger than the other two, but they don’t have to be circles‘, so I thought the three flowers fitted perfectly.

I stuck them down with some foam pads, and then thought about the sentiment. This again came from the same Catherine Pooler stamp set, and fitted ‘just so’ into the space under the chevron I had stamped – again I used my Misti for placement, as I was stamping it onto the base layer.

So, even though it looks ‘Clean and Simple’ – it did take a little thinking and organising of my elements.

I hope you all have a great weekend, and I look forward to seeing what everyone else adds to these challenges.

 

Bright resist

Happy Saturday everyone. Today’s card is quite bright for me, and I have put together this card based on a sketch from Paper Craft Crew, and a technique of resist from AAA cards .

Now, I played with the resist technique a few times, before I decided on the central image above. I used the same image, from Circa Design called ‘Fuchsia’, but tried different ways of ‘resisting’. I tried using water colour card, stamping and embossing the image, then using my Zig markers to colours parts if it – turned out a mess! I then tried stamping and embossing and putting my Brushos over it – turned out another mess! I tried stamping and embossing, covering the flower part of the image in masking fluid, colouring the rest of it with green, rubbed off the masking fluid, added some pink for the flowers – yep – another mess!

So – this is my fourth attempt. I stamped and embossed the image in white, then just ran my Catherine Pooler ‘Lime Rickey’ ink pad over the whole image. Worked very well, I think. I actually then went in with my water brush and removed some of the ink from the embossing to make that clearer, and liked it even more.

I die cut the image with my Sue Wilson Noble Dies ‘Double Pierced Circles’, and moved on to the rest of the sketch.

The card base is 7 inches square, so I cut another layer slightly smaller, and used my Tim Holtz/Sizzix thinlits ‘Mixed Media’ circle die cut to cut into that second layer. I then splashed some Lime Rickey ink around that layer – I don’t have lime green dots or perfect pearls – and then turned my thoughts to the twine and washi tape.

I added a green tape, then another red (ish) tape for a little bit of a different colour, and the twine was from a selection I have from We R Memory Keepers. As I can’t tie a bow to save anyone’s life, I used my Tattered Lace ‘Bow Maker’ and stuck the bow down at the front, and the ends down at the back.

To complete the card I added the main die cut image with foam pads.

I seem to be turning to my Catherine Pooler inks more and more for my projects. I like how they can be used for almost everything. They ink stamps well, they blend well together, they water-colour well – I haven’t really found anything they won’t do when I want them to do it. They are definitely one of my most favourite buys – even with the customs and postage cost.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper Craft Crew challengesketch

AAA cards resist technique

QKR Stampedeanything goes

 

 

Copper card

Good morning all, I have another card inspired by several challenges.

I started by using a piece of Narwhal card from Lawn Fawn, and stamped some flower images from the new Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval collection (I said I was going to play with collection this weekend). I laid them out on the card and used my Misti to pick them up, stamped with Ranger Perfect Medium, and heat embossed using Cosmic Shimmer ‘Ancient copper metallic’ embossing powder. They are quite solid images, so I thought the embossing would stand out very nicely on the grey card.

Once I had covered the piece of card in the flowers and completed heat embossing them, I added some smaller flower and leaf images from previous collections, to fill in the gaps, and added this piece to a background of orange card. I have no idea where this orange card came from, but I like the way it seems to match and enhance the copper embossing.

The sentiment is also from a Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval box, but one I had bought previously – the Lovely Notes Collection. The ‘thank you’ stamp comes in three varying degrees of the word image, and I used the main solid image – stamped with Perfect Medium, and heat embossed with the same copper embossing powder.

I cut the sentiment out with one of my ‘Wonky rectangle’ dies from Lawn Fawn, and added it to the card with some foam pads.

I found the most difficult part of this card was where to place the sentiment. I placed it at the very bottom, near the top, off to one side…………and eventually decided to place it as you can see it, which left a lot of the copper background visible.

I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Just Add Inkphoto inspiration

Addicted to stampsflowers and stamping

Hand Stamped Sentiments photo inspiration