Christmas Ink Blending

I’m trying to build up my Christmas card stash at every opportunity I get and sometimes it’s fun to make a card with no stamping and don’t you think that sponging is rather relaxing. The current challenge over at AAA Cards #102 is all about ink blending and inspired my card.AAAcards102_logoAAAcards102

To create my scene, I masked off a circle to represent the moon and then used inks from Stamping Up to sponge the night sky. I die cut the sleigh and trees and placed them over the sky piece and I was done.

It’s not a traditional CAS card but maybe the night sky gives the illusions of white space?

Ingredients:

  • Inks – Stampin Up Night of Navy, Dapper Denim Soft Sky, & Basic Black
  • Misc. – Santa Sleigh die, Christmas tree die & star sequins
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Basic Black & Whisper White

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Thankful

I love making cards to show my friends that I appreciate them and the current challenges over at CAS(E) this Sketch #246 and Just Us Girls #418 fit the bill to inspire my design.

I love the ink smooshing technique so took my ink pad and smooshed it onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then dabbed my card front onto it until I got the effect I wanted.

I then added some vellum die cut vine leaves, sequins, the sentiment and mounted them on some cardstock and glitter paper and hey presto my card was made!

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Ingredients:

  • Stamp – CAS-ual Fridays Wallflower (sentiment)
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Whisper White, Bermuda Bay & vellum
  • Ink – Ranger Distress Oxide Peacock feathers & Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack
  • Misc. – Sequins, silver glitter paper & vine leaf die

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Kraft Birthday Card

Today I’m combining 2 challenges – one from Seize the Birthday toppings challenge to use a kraft card base and the other from Tic, Tac, Toe #022 where I chose the diagonal of stripes, ribbon & layers.  You can’t beat this recipe for a great masculine card.

I took a bit of liberty with the ribbon idea where I pleated a piece of DSP to look like a piece of pleated ribbon.

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I needed a birthday card for one of my nephews so went to a stamp set for a boy who loves music – Reverse Confetti ‘Inner Rock Star’. I stamped the guitar and records then fussy cut them out, stamped the sentiment on to a banner, used the eraser end of a pencil to create the white dots for the background and then layered all the components with dimensionals and stamped the musical notes for a finishing effect.

Ingredients:

  • Misc. Kraft Card Base
  • Stamp – Reverse Confetti – Inner Rock Star
  • Ink – Stampin Up Basic Black, Marina Mist and Craft White
  • Misc paper scraps from my stash.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Why I Participate in Challenges

So by now, you’d realise that I play along with a lot of challenges – why? – well I’m super busy with work and all the activities that my daughter is involved in so when I find that small bit of time to get crafty I often find myself just sitting there lacking inspiration.

So I go to my list of challenges for inspiration, many times I combine 2 or 3 as the thinking in done for me. They might be a sketch, colour scheme or a theme – so I then just grab the relevant items and I’m off. It’s a great way to create when you may only have 30 minutes free and lack ideas.

So here’s what I’ve been doing today:

I’m on my 3rd month of playing with the Gerda Steiner image challenges and this month we get to use her Balancing on ornament mouse digital image. He is adorable and I had so much fun colouring him in with my Stampin Up Blends.

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I also used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #311 to help me with my layout design.

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Ingredients:

  • Digital Image – Gerda Steiner ‘Balancing on ornament mouse’
  • Markers – Stampin Up Blends – Cherry Cobbler, Smokey Slate & Old Olive
  • Cardstock – Stampin Up – Whisper White & Cherry Cobbler, Stampin Up DSP Merry Musically
  • Misc – White puffy paint, gold embossing powder & gold thread

Up next is a card for a challenge for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #143. The challenge was an anything goes feminine card. I was asked to make a fun card for a little girl  and I’ve been wanting to try out a blackboard style card and I think it fits in nicely with this challenge.

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I made the actual blackboard by cutting and gluing the frame around some plain black cardstock. I used twine to tie it all together like a real blackboard.

Ingredients:

  • Cardstock – Stampin Up Crumb cake, Basic black & Whisper white
  • Stamps – Stampin Up Woodgrain (on the frame), Wacky Wishes (sentiment – retired) & Pretty Petites (banner – retired)
  • Punch – Stampin Up Petite Curly Label (retired)
  • Inks – Stampin Up Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry & Craft white
  • Misc – Twine

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Treats of All Kinds

 

Today I’m playing along with a challenge by SUO Challenge #186 – Treats of All Kinds.

The challenge was to make a card that evokes the sense of enjoying a treat and there is no better stamp set by Stampin Up than ‘Sweet Treats’  for this challenge (IMHO!)

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Supplies: All Stampin Up

  • Sweet Treat & Brushstrokes stamp sets
  • Crumb cake, Pool party. Pear pizzazz and Peekaboo peach
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  • DSP – scrap in my stash
  • Whisper white and Crumb cake cardstock
  • Misc. – sequins

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Birthday Wishes- Layered Flowers

The current challenge on the Less is More site is all about Stamp Layering.

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Now I often struggle with layered stamp images but the set I used for this card really suited my style which is rather messy/abstract!

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Ingredients:

  • Stamp – Catherine Pooler Designs – Best in You
  • Inks – Catherine Pooler Designs – Lime Rickey, Garden Party, Tiara, Tiki torch & Black Jack
  • Misc. – Twinery – Black & White twine

I really like how this card turned out and will be making more in other colour combinations in the future.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Seeing Christmas Spots!

Love me some dots, so I knew I had to play along with these two challenges when I saw them!

I stamped and white heat embossed the Hero arts stamp on white cardstock. I then sponged the CPD inks and used a wet-wipe to clean off the ink from the solid dots. I then punched out some circles from the vellum to match the CTS sketch and white heat embossed the sentiment on the vellum. I then added the layers with dimensionals to the card base and then I was done. Another Christmas card for my stash!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps – Hero Arts “Life of the Party Dots’ and The Ton “Mistletoe Kisses’
  • Inks – Catherine Pooler Designs – Rockin’ Red and Lime Rickey
  • Misc.– Clear embossing powder, vellum, and white cardstock

Thanks for looking and have a great day.