Saturday, 19 January 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch

The sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch this week looks like this 

and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is Clean and Simple.  

Well.  This was one card that seriously did not want to come into being.  

I decided very quickly roughly what I wanted to do for this sketch.  The leafy bit was going to be a stamp from my Altenew Doodle Blooms set, and I have a few sentiment banners to choose from, so I would prepare a selection and see which fitted best. 

I started on white card, because that's what I usually use.  As I worked I thought about the sentiment banner.  I knew to do it on white card would be too much white, so I thought I could do it on Kraft card.  This caused me to think maybe I could make the whole card from Kraft, so I started again.  Originally I planned to die cut the leaf stem, but by this point I had decided to stamp straight onto the card base.  That meant I couldn't use copics.  Now some time ago (I'm probably talking a year or more), after watching lots of cool youtube videos, I bought three polychromos to try, and they have sat untouched in my stash since.  Yes, they were greens.  So finally I got them out and had a play.  I had a range of different leaves for Hubby to pick his favourite from, which he duly did, and off I went.  

Once I had stamped and (badly) coloured the leaves I set about making the banner.  I was so pleased with myself because the white heat embossing went really well; no warping, burning, gaps, or any of the other things that regularly happen when I try to heat emboss.  Actually I never emboss straight on to a card base, because I am so bad at it.

Until today.  This was the card, stamped in black, and coloured with pencil. None of my banners - all white embossed on kraft, or brown/black stamped on white - worked.  I even tried toning one of them down by colouring over the white with green, but to no avail.  So I decided to do the base again, and this time I would white emboss the leaf stem.  Wow.  This was a big step for me, believe it or not.  

Amazingly it worked!.  The card wasn't warped or scorched.  So I started to colour it in with my pencils...and all the embossing started to scratch off.  At this point I really was ready for taking a step back, but I thought I had spent so much time on this, and I knew it could look good.  So I filled in the leaves with my white gel pen, then coloured over it with a green copic - no shading by this point - just a couple of layers of YG17!  And it worked.  I attached the banner, and while the card is not what I planned to start with, and it is far from perfect, I think it turned out okay.  See what you think.  Here it is

That photo looks really flat, so here it is at an angle to show the dimension of the banner
and here it is with just some of the other banners I made.

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your crafty day,

Shopping our Stash with Freshly Made Sketches

The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week looks like this.

and the team at Shopping our Stash want to see hearts, too.  

So here is my card.  

I made several in different colurways.  Here is another one.

Hubby photographed these for me, and can't you just tell!  You can see the metallic sheen of the gold hearts, the texture created by the embossing folder, the lovely sparkle of the glitter.  Fabulous.
He has spent all week this week working on a new website rather than taking photos.  If you have five minutes you can find it at  If anyone in the UK is looking for a photographer you should have a look.  Peter travels all over the UK, bringing the studio to your home.  All of the images on his website have been taken in someone's home rather than a studio (apart from the outdoor shots).  It works really well because clients have all their clothes, makeup, etc to hand;  they can change outfits/looks as many times as they like.  Peter sets aside the whole day, so you can have him there for as long or short a time as you wish.  He is also very good at putting scopophobics (fear of being photographed - I googled it๐Ÿ˜‰) at ease; he shows you how to pose to get the most flattering shot (very useful for curvy ladies such as myself), and you end up having so much fun you forget there is a camera there.  

Anyway, enough advertising, thank you for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your crafty day!

MFT 420

I am taking inspiration from two MFT challenges again this week. 

Sketch 420 looks like this and  
is looking for presents.

So here is my card. 

The cute bear and sentiment are from MFT's Beary Special Birthday stamp set, and the 
strips at the bottom were made using MFT's Bundles of Blossoms background stamp. 

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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Freshly Made Sketches 370 & Watercooler Wednesday

The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week looks like this.

Such a cool sketch, and here is my interpretation of it.

I love these Simon Says Stamp Single Roses.  They are fabulous for a quick card that is still really eye-catching.  The little hearts were from Studio Katia, but it was a while ago and they don't appear to be on the website anymore.  

I am also linking this card up to the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge 203, where this week the theme is Occasions.

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CAS(E) this Sketch #304

The sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch this week looks like this.

My mind has gone into total overdrive with this sketch.  I have got so many ideas I can't work fast enough.  Here are my first two cards.

This is where I started, a very literal use of the sketch.  The Happy Birthday stamp isn't very straight, but at this stage, after several failed attempts, I decided it was straight enough.  
Does anyone have suggestions for getting long skinny stamps straight?

My second card is a variation on a theme.  I like this one better.  

I may be back later with more ideas. 

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Matching Envelopes at Simon Says Stamp

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp this week is to create a card with a matching envelope, and here is my card and envelope.  I know Mother's Day (in the UK) is not until March, but I stamped out this arrangement of Altenew flowers, and when I had finished it had a "What shall I do with it?" moment.  This one is for my mother-in-law, and I have still to make my mum's.

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My Favorite Things

The colours at My Favourite Things this week are these

and the sketch looks like this

and here is my card

I have used the heart tree die from the new release, and the clouds were made with MFT's stitched clouds dies.

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