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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Inkspiration + Inspiration!!

I'm on a roll!!!!!.....

Here's a card I created for the Inkspiration Challenge #63 and the Utah Divas International Inspiration Challenge

The UDI challenge was to be inspired by this Oriental themed image:

The Inkspiration challenge was to create a card based on this sketch:

Here is my card!

Materials used:
Cardstock - Very Vanilla (base), Pear Pizzazz, Daffodill Delight
Patterned Paper - misc oriental patterned paper
Embellishments - misc flowers & red brad

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just Add Ink Challenge - Rainbow Card!

Hi again!

When I saw this challenge on Just Add Ink, I thought "how am I not going to use patterned paper, punches, ribbon, embellishments!!". The challenge was to use ink & cardstock only.......so I went to town with the ink - SIX different ink colours. :)

I went with a rainbow themed birthday card using one of the flowers from Itty Bitty Bits. The sentiment was 'rocked - n - rolled' in Pumpkin Pie & Real Red.

Here's my card:

Materials used:

Stamps - Itty Bitty Bits, Well Scripted
Ink - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodill Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Concord Crush

Cardstock - Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Embellishments - NONE! :)
Tools - NONE! :)

CPS 210 - Birthday card & Baby card

Hi! These two cards were made for the Card Positioning Systems 210 Challenge. I am keeping true to my resolution of using up my old paper stores. :)

Materials used:
Stamp - "Bliss" flourish (on brown background)
Ink - Versamark
Cardstock - misc light brown card, misc burgundy glitter paper
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey (name unknown)
Embellishments - Kaisercraft flowers, Kaisercraft pearls (Latte), Making Memories metal sentiment
Tools - Scallop Trim Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch

Materials used
Stamp - Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Marina Mist
Cardstock - Light Blue Bazzill, Lime Green Bazzill
Patterned Paper - misc 'baby' paper and matching die cuts, Stampin Up Island Oasis Turquoise DSP
Embellishments - misc epoxy hearts
Tools - Modern Label Punch, Word Window punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sweet Summer Color Lab Challenge

Today I decided to use up some of my scrap patterned paper and lo and behold this one matched the Color Lab Challenge #33 of Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz and Regal Rose.

I have SO MUCH paper and 'stuff' that it is now my resolution to always use something 'old' in one of my creations and not just go for the new Stampin' Up supplies that I have recently fallen in love with. :)

I did use the "Sweet Summer" set for the first time - I have only really seen this set being used for watercolouring so I wasn't sure how often I would use it since I don't have any watercolouring supplies yet and I don't know how to 'colour-in' yet. I thought I would take a chance and just do a basic clean stamp of flowers. It seemed to work with a light sponge of pink over the top.

Here is my card:

Materials used:
Stamps - Sweet Summer from Stampin Up's Sale-a-bration 2011

Ink - Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark ink (a Regal Rose equivalent)
Cardstock - Pear Pizzazz, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Patterned Paper - misc patterned paper (I can't remember the brand or design)
Embellishments - misc ribbon in a Pear Pizzazz equivalent, Kaisercraft Pearls - Plum
Tools - sponges for edge of Whisper White and for flower 'middles'

Saturday, March 19, 2011

CAS 132 - Inkspirations 62

Today I decided to combine two challenges for the first time. Makeesha Byl’s Inkspiration Challenge #62 and the Clean and Simple Stamping challenge.

Here is my card - hope you like it! They are great colours to work with. This is the first time I've attempted a CAS sketch and I really enjoyed it - I need to try simplifying my card making now and again. Sometimes less is more!! :)

Materials used:
Stamp - Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Ink - Early Espresso
Cardstock - Whisper White Textured, Early Espresso, Regal Rose, Daffodill Delight
Patterned Paper - "Brights" DSP (Daffodil Delight), Doodlebug Pre-embossed Paisley White CS
Embellishments - Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon, misc brown flower ribbon
Tools - 1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Scallop Circles & Circles

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CPS 209 - Top Note Birthday Card

I'm into making cards this week out of scrap pieces as a way to reduce my stash - especially since I keep buying new paper!!! :)
I saw this sketch at Card Positioning Systems Challenge #209 and immediately thought of a Top Note patchwork card - so good for using up scraps. The photo colours aren't really accurate - the 'reds' are more fuschia pink & vibrant.

Materials used:
Stamp - So Happy for You
Ink - Rose Red
Cardstock - Whisper White and miscellaneous scraps
Embellishments - misc green ribbon, Kaisercraft rhinestones
Tools - Top Note die, 2 3/8 scallop punch, 1 3/4 scallop punch

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #61

Sadly I had to make a sympathy card this weekend - the second one in two weeks which is not very nice but at least a handmade card can let someone special know how you feel about their loss.

Materials used:
Stamps - Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Soft Suede

Cardstock - Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Lilykate - Bamboo

Embellishments - misc ribbon, misc pearl brad
Tools - Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch

I liked the colour combinations here so I decided to make another card as a thank you for a friend who invited me for afternoon tea as a pre-baby-arrival catch up with some of our friends. I thought I would take inspiration from Makeesha Byl’s Inkspiration Challenge #61.

Materials used:
Cardstock - Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, misc blue paper

Ink - Versamark (for edges)
Patterned paper - Basic Grey Lilykate Bamboo

Embellishments - misc flowers
Tools - Cuttlebug embossing folder (Stylised Flowers), Fiskars Threading Water border punch.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top Note card - UDI Color Challenge #26

I made this card for the Utah Divas International Color Challenge #26. When I first saw these colours, I thought "there is no way I can make this happen", but then I sorted out my cardstock and had a play around. I took my cue from the Top Note on the front cover of the Stampin Up catalogue and went from there. I'm quite happy with this one actually. :)

Materials used:
Stamp - Punch Bunch
Ink - Chocolate Chip inkpad, Pumpkin Pie marker.
Cardstock - Daffodill Delight, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Paper - Island Oasis DSP (Turquoise polka dots), misc paper that resembled "More Mustard"
Tools - SU Embossing Folder - Square Lattice, Top Note die, 1 3/4 scallop circle punch & circle punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder - Argyle dimensionals
Embellishments - misc velvet ribbon in a Pumpkin Pie match.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Punch Bunch - Inkspirations Challenge #60

I made this card for the Makeesha Byl’s Inkspiration Challenge #60. These colours are so gorgeous together - love them! I enjoyed the colours so much I made two cards, but I think I lost my way on the second card a bit - it's a bit unfocused (both the photo and creatively speaking). I like my first one though (the Happy Birthday one).

Materials used:
Stamps - Punch Bunch
Ink - Rose Red

Cardstock - Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Whisper White
Embellishments - misc ribbon, misc button & thread
Tools - Cuttlebug embossing folders: Swiss Dots and Divine Swirls, Stampin Up Square Scallop Punch.

With the 'Thank you" card, I experimented with stamping on plain cardstock then embossing it which gives a lovely effect. I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped it with some stamps from Itty Bitty Bits in Rose Red and So Saffron then embossed with Stampin' Up's Square Lattice folder. The effect is great - it almost looks like a piece of fabric! It's about the only thing I'm happy with on this card though - it kinda got out of control. :)

Materials used:
Cardstock - Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Whisper White, Subtles DSP (for the rose red behind the sentiment).
Stamps - Punch Bunch, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Itty Bitty Bits

Ink - Craft Whisper White ink, Rose Red inkpad & marker, So Saffron marker
Tools - Owl Punch, Modern label punch, Word Window Punch, Cuttlebug folders (Bloom Dots & Swiss Dots), Stampin Up Square Lattice embossing folder.

Baby Girl Card - ColorLab Challenge

I created this card for my friend's baby - she is due in about 6 weeks, but I'm due in about 2 weeks so I thought I'd better get the card ready now. :)

This was also for the ColorLab Color Challenge #31 which involved matching Pink Pirouette with Peach Parfait & Baja Breeze. It wasn't a combo that looked like it would work, but it seemed to team quite nicely - especially with a crisp white.

Even though I had a piece of of Pink Pirouette CS, I only had ink in Blushing Bride so the stamp is inked in that - you can't really tell though.

Materials used:
Cardstock - Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait
Ink - Blushing Bride, Versamark (for edge of card)
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones
Tools - Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots, Itty Bitty Punches

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thank you cards - Fox & Friends

I'm expecting our second baby (a little boy) in about 3 weeks and gifts are starting to come our way from our lovely & generous friends. I thought I'd prepare and make a batch of thank you cards.

Materials used:
Stamps - Fox & Friends, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink - Soft Suede
Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Patterned Paper - Elegant Soiree DSP, Play Date DSP (the one on the far right)
Tools - Scallop Punch, Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
Embellishments - Kaisercraft Pearls (Bliss), misc ribbon