Saturday, 23 August 2014

Beach card

This week on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog our task was to create a project inspired by all things coastal. I decided to do a beach themed card.  I am also entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes.

I started with some watercolour paper and cut it on a slant to make a cascade card. I dabbed some ink onto an acrylic block, added water and painted the water and sand. I made a darker line at the top of the sand to show that the sand was wet from the water. I stamped the images onto paper, scanned them into my computer, traced, offset and cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo. I then stamped onto the cutouts and sponged the edges. I stamped the sentiment with black ink. I probably should have used brown ink but I wanted to colour in the sun and wasn't sure how the ink would react to the Spectrum Noir markers. I also added a bit of colour to the shell stamp. I used tape to attach the sentiment and used foam squares for the other images.  

Here are the products I used:

Paper - Hilroy watercolour paper, Bazzill Basics Simply Smooth
Ink - Tim Holtz Salty Ocean
      - Adirondack Cabin Fever
      - Stampin' Up Peach Parfait and Elegant Eggplant
      - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps - Inkadinkado Turtle, Fish and Seahorse
            - unknown Shells and Sentiment
Spectrum Noir markers - CT2, CT4, GB5, OR1

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Masculine Birthday

I didn't have too much time to make a card this week because I was away. So I came up with a quick and easy card for the Mod Squad Blog challenge: Masculine Birthday. What took me the longest was finding the right paper for the image I had in my head!!

It was hard to get a good picture of this because I wanted to show that the paper at the bottom had some shimmer but I also wanted to make sure you could see the pattern. 

I used a brown card base, cut the patterned paper at an angle and attached it. I used some tan cardstock, stamped a cracked paint pattern on it and trimmed it to an arrow shape. I used a darker brown shade of cardstock, stamped a diamond shaped pattern on it and trimmed it. I attached the two pieces together with a brad and used some foam tape to adhere them to the card.

I stamped the sentiment above the two arrow pieces and I was done!

Here are the items I used to make the card.

Cardstock: American Craft and Bazzill Basics
Patterned paper: DCWV
Cracked paint stamp: Stampin' Up
Diamond stamp: Hero Arts
Sentiment: Jennifer Ellory, Bake a Cake set
Ink: Chestnut - Recollections; Rich Cocoa - Memento; White - ColorBox
Brad, tape and foam squares: from my stash

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Sparkly Pink Paper Pieced Birthday card

A very long name for a card! I am entering it in four challenges: Mod Squad Challenge - Pretty Pieces; Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - In the family; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Sparkle and Hiding in my Craft Room - Keep it Simple Sweetie.

I started by stamping the cake image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. It is from a set called Bake a Cake by Jennifer Ellory. The two layers are paper pieced with some patterned paper from Provo Craft Celebrations paper pad. I stamped the candles with Stampabilities Cotton Candy ink and stamped the sentiment with Tuxedo Black. I cut and embossed the sentiment with a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die from the Labels and Tags set. While the paper was still in the die I sponged on some Cotton Candy ink, took it out of the die and gently sponged some more on the edges.

For the background I used a piece of a Wilton Fondant Imprint Mat, which is usually used for cakes you eat! I cut a piece off of the big sheet and inked it up with the Cotton Candy ink and laid a piece of pink cardstock on top and pressed down lightly. It gave a nice tone on tone effect.

I coloured in the striped part on the cake with a Spectrum Noir BP2 marker and used the same marker to colour a piece of ribbon. Then I added some glue to the ribbon and sprinkled on some Glitter Ritz Warm Highlights glitter. I attached the sentiment with a couple of sparkly brads over the ribbon.

I layered the background with some black cardstock and popped up the cake with some foam tape. For some extra sparkle on the candle flames I added a bit of Diamond Stickles.

For the In the Family challenge my family is the Pink family! I am not sure if it is simple enough for the Keep it Simple challenge but it isn't too fancy either!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Blue and Brown card

This week I am combining 3 challenges in one card. The challenge at the Mod Squad Blog is I've Got the Blues!, on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge we are to be inspired by the letter J and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes. I looked at this chair stamp and thought the fabric looked like Jacquard so that is my J inspiration!

I started by stamping the chair image (Stampendous) on some blue cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I cut it out and embossed it using a scalloped oval die. I am not sure of the manufacturer as I purchased the set second hand. I cut out a larger oval from brown cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment (Inkadinkado) with Rich Cocoa onto a piece of cream cardstock and cut it out with a small die from the set and embossed it. I sponged around the outside with some Martha Stewart Blue Sky ink and then went around the edge with some of the Rich Cocoa.

I  laid everything on the cream card base and it looked a little bare so I used a stamp from the Mini Images Compilation set by Quietfire Design to make a background. I stamped the image with the Blue Sky and Rich Cocoa in lines, trying to match the ends of the stamp. I adhered the blue cardstock onto the brown and onto the card base with Tombow Mono Adhesive and used Pop Dots on the sentiment.