Yup you read correctly – I love green – especially vibrant lime green; so when I saw the recent batch of challenges that I get via email, I knew I had to play with 5 of them and I have 1 card that I think suits all 5.
I used a stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey called ‘Dance life’ and she was perfect for an ink smooshed background that I think looks slightly ombre, is certainly monochrome, clearly green, clean & simple and uses a stamp set I’d forgotten about and is a dress – there all challenge criteria met!
I used Stampin Up card stock in Lucky Limeade, Garden Green and some water-colour paper. I smooshed Tim Holtz’s Twisted Citron ink onto my mat, spritzed it with water and then put my card piece into the wet ink, careful to only get the ink around the stamped image.
Everything just seemed to be aligned – time, inspiration and weather. Weather you say? Well it’s finally a bit cooler here which means being indoors is so much more pleasant without the heat and humidity we’ve been having lately.
So I went through my list of challenges to see what caught my eye and found lots of inspiration:
First up is my CASology card – I played with the theme in a bit of tongue in cheek way using a cat from the Katzelkraft “Les Chats’ stamp set coloured with my prisma pencils and I created the sentiment on my computer. This is my type of exercise!
Up next is my card for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge. This card is going to be one of a set of cards for a new work colleague who is an apiarist wanting me to make ‘bee’ themed Christmas cards for her. I used the Stampin Up hexagon die plate to simulate the hive, the sentiment I created on my computer and the bee is a digital image from Freepik with an added Santa hat. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and I’m hoping she’ll love it too.
Third card for the day is for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge. I used another Katzelkraft stamp set “Les Jungles” with the sentiment created on my computer again. I coloured him with my prisma pencils.
Lastly my card for the JUGS #430 challenge . This card is for Miss K who is turning 11 later this month. I’m glad I’m making it now as time will certainly get away from me with all the things I have to remember doing between now and then 🙂 I die cut my balloons using Avery Elle balloon dies and stamped the sentiments on the balloons from a Winnie & Walter set called ‘ring in the celebration’.
Well that’s it for today, thanks for looking and have a great day.
Ok, so anyone who has read my previous post would have seen that I was abstaining from coffee for a month as part of a detox and to help me reduce my sugar intake. Well it almost killed me but I’m glad to say that I stayed the course and lasted the month BUT as soon as the 30 days were done the first thing I had the very next morning was a cup of coffee!
It was delicious.
So when I saw the stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays called “Coffee Talk ” I knew which sentiment I was going to use on my next card for the Card Concept challenge as it perfectly summed up my 30 days sans coffee experience.
I used the flat elephant from a Katzelkraft set called ‘Les Jungles” and he matches so well with the sentiment. I kept is CAS so that he was the centre of attention (as he deserves).
Now I got a little bit carried away and created 3 cards, all just that little bit different from each other.
This first one is for my mother who is being an absolute superstar while undergoing cancer treatment for a second time. I used a digital image from Some Odd Girl and the sentiment is from the Sweet Stamp Shop ‘super mom’ set. I coloured her with my alcohol markers and then added her to a dry embossed base using an embossing folder form Stampin Up.
This next card will go into my birthday card stash and I really like the effect I achieved with the embossed background that I lightly sponged over to give it that worn look. The embossing folder is from Spellbinders #E3D-004 basket weave and I die cut the butterfly from some scrap DSP. The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.
The last card will go into my masculine card stash and combines dry embossing with some scrap DSP banners and a couple of coloured dots for the finishing effect. The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug and the sentiment is an old Stampin Up one.
Not sure why this image is so small but I’m sure you get the idea.
I have been enjoying watching the winter olympics – there have been some amazing performances from some outstanding athletes. I think some of the feats and tricks we have been seeing have been simply unbelievable – those snowboarders who’ve been doing the 1060 turns – wow!
I created my background using smooshed peacock feathers distress oxide ink with a bit of white puffy paint to simulate snow and added the digital extreme snowboarder from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts ‘Awesome’ set.
Today my card is adding to my masculine birthday card stash and I was inspired by the current CAS-ual Friday Stamps challenge. I love their sketches as they make you think more creatively.
I used a CAS-ual Fridays stamp set called ‘Shenanigans” for my main focus sentiment, stamped using Catherine Pooler Design inks in It’s a boy, Fiesta blue and Something borrowed with some Momento tuxedo black. I used Stampin Up Whisper white and Not quite navy card stock. Some blue and white twine from the Twinery finishes it off.
Today my card is a cheeky birthday card inspired by the current challenge over at Sieze the Birthday where the topping is to use candles on your birthday card.
I used that cheeky pig stamp I got from my friend Jo in Adelaide (not sure where she got him but he’s adorable) and I coloured him with my Stampin Up Blends, then fussy cut him out and popped him up on some dimensional inside the circle of candles stamp from the Winner & Walter set ‘Ring in the Celebrations’ which was embossed in Melon Mambo from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from a set by Simon Says Stamp called ‘Wishing you hogs and kisses’. For the final touch I added a little bit of Melon Mambo twine and I was done – oink oink!