Saturday, 14 October 2017

Orange Light

As You See It's challenge #160 was the first time I've attempted a speed challenge, and I took the bloggers at their word and prepared before I started - my craft table looked like I was preparing for surgery. I regretted deciding on masking the card for the background cross (in fact, I confess, I had to start the whole thing again - does rehearsal count?). Anyway, I was a few seconds over in the end, but I'm still counting it!
And fortuitously, the colours of this challenge (shades of orange and neutrals) matched up with Color Throwdown's Challenge #464 - so I got double the entry for that stress!
Here's the card:

Made using:
Stampin' Up card: Whisper White, Tip top Taupe, Cajun Craze, ink: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, stamps: Make a Medallion, dies: Layering Circles

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Christmas quilted star

Here's my second play with the wonderful Christmas Quilt set by Stampin' Up - it might be replacing Totally Trees in my affections! I used CAS(E) this Sketch's challenge #241 as a starting point for the layout and, even though the DSP set isn't at all 'Christmassy', was surprised to see that the result was.
Here it is:

Made using:
Stampin' Up: Christmas Quilt stamps, Quilt Builder framelits, foil snowflakes, enamel shapes Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Garden Green ink, Garden Green, Rose Red and Whisper White paper.
Other Products: My Favorite Things Plaid Background builder stamps.

Breast cancer awareness

I was pleased to be able to combine two challenges with this card: In(k)spire Me's sketch #319 and Time Out's invitation to make a card for either friendship or breast cancer awareness - both worthy subjects. I have just bought the Christmas Quilt stamps and dies from Stampin' Up and already love them, and here, experimented with a band across the card made using some of the stamps. I used some of Stampin' Up's  newest in-season colours, because of the two lovely and very different pinks.
Here's the card:

Made using Stampin' Up products: 
Christmas Quilt  and Sending Thoughts stamps, Quilt Builder framelits, Ink (Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink), Paper (Berry Burst, Whisper White, Powder Pink), pink ribbon (sorry, don't know exact details except that I think it's the same company!)

Sunday, 17 September 2017

HAPPY Birthday

A quick post with a cheerful little card, made in response to two challenges: CASology's 'Cake' cue word and Fab Friday's #121 sketch.
I liked the idea of cake-fireworks - I'll give it to someone who really loves to celebrate their birthday!

Made using:
Stampin' Up Ink (Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight), Paper (Whisper White), Stamps (Endless Birthday Wishes, In the City, and Watercolour Pencils.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Feather Flight

I've previously struggled to find an entry point for quotation/word themed challenges, but just loved Time Out's Challenge #92 sentence: "Paint The Flying Spirit Of The Birds Rather than its Feathers." I had just tried a new sponging and masking technique (thanks as always to Jan for the lesson!) and immediately thought it could be used to suggest the movement - flight - of a feather. I teamed this challenge with the colours from Just Add Ink's Challenge #377 (Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim and Pool Party). I continue to be amazed with Lemon Lime Twist - it teams with so many different colour combinations - it's like an exciting neutral! 

Made Using:
Stampin' Up ink (Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Dapper Denim), paper (Dapper Denim, Pool Party)
Stamps: Rosie's 'spread your beautiful wings'
Other: francheville rhinestones, watercolour paper

Thursday, 31 August 2017


I just had to fit one more card in before taking off for 10 days to Samoa...
CASology's challenge 264, 'Square', seemed at first glance to be simple - but then when I thought a little more I realised I'm entirely used to working with rectangular card shapes. So it really was a challenge!
I kept it very simple with stitched frames and a little central image:

Made using:
Stampin' Up paper (Whisper White, So Saffron), stampin' write markers (Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim)
Other Products: My Favorite Things stitched square framelit dies.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Double Dipper

I couldn't resist having a go at CAS Colours and Sketches' Double Challenge #238, even though I'm new enough at stamping that I didn't have any of the colours - so had to substitute the closest ones I have.
I've been feeling like I wasn't getting maximum benefit from Stampin' Up's Eastern Suite, so when I saw the circle on the sketch, I thought, 'Right! Here's my chance.'  I also used I technique which is probably familiar to a lot of people but new to me - bukeh colouring.
Here's the result:

Made using:
Stampin' Up ink (Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White), paper (Whisper White, Shimmery White, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky), stamp sets (Eastern Beauty, Grateful Bunch), dies (Eastern Medallions, Layering Circles)
Other products: francheville rhinestones