Sketch 17 at STAMPlorations

Hi Everybody,

it is time again for another sketch challenge at STAMPlorations and we are welcoming Kim from Art Keeps Me Sane as our guest designer. We also have another fabulous sketch for you to take your inspiration from, here it is …

As always there is still lots of scope to put your own stamp on it. This time I didn’t play quite as much with it and only slightly turned the topper to make this elegant monochrome card with a few sprinkles of colour.

Christmas with sprinkles

I used Oh, Christmas Tree! and PATCHWORK FRENZY Graphic SquaresĀ to stamp my Christmas Tree topper in black. The fainter coloured trees are stamped using the generational stamping technique, where you stamp an image again without re-inking the stamp first. This is a great technique for lightening a colour and to add dimension to your stamping. I then embossed a piece of white card with some stars, layered my card as seen with pieces of black and silvery glitter card, added a peel-off greeting and a sprinkle of sequins to finish.

This is about the only time I ever use peel-offs, to make Christmas cards. I am not sure stamping or heat embossing would have worked on this card as the stars are almost dome-shaped.

And here is my card without the sprinkles …

monochrome Christmas trees

I thought I’d show you the card in its original monochrome look to demonstrate the difference a few sequins can make.

This sketch challenge will end 15th August and the winner will be announced 17th August. For information about the winner’s prize and our August Prize Bundle draw pop over to the STAMPlorations Blog where of course you’ll find some more inspiration from my talented teamies.

Back soon with some more inspiration, until then …

Happy Crafting!!! šŸ™‚

what else I used: Xcut embossing folder from docrafts, card, Ā peel-off and sequins from stash.

 

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ATSM Challenge 100

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge atĀ Addicted to Stamps and MoreĀ …Ā Ā Challenge #100 – Photo Inspiration!!!

This time Kylie has chosen a fabulous picture full of rainbow colours for you to take inspiration from, here it is

 

Well you could also go with umbrellas, rain etc!Ā Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Stitchy Bear’s Digi Outlet is our sponsor this week and the winner gets to choose 3 images up to $10 from their store, pop over and have a look … lots of choice!

It is ATSM’s 2nd birthday, hooray!!! To mark the occasion I have chosen to work with an image byĀ BB Kakes calledĀ Flowerboy 1.

Flower Boy 1

Thanks to Kylie and all her hard work, ATSM is going from strength to strength.

I used mainly the blues from the photo as my inspiration and added a splash of colour with the flowers. I liked the sketched look of the image and high lighted it by adding some grey shading and doodling.

The background is printed directly onto my base card using an inked up texture plate.

HopeĀ that you feel inspiredĀ to celebrate with us and enterĀ this week’s ‘Photo Inspiration’ challenge at ATSM,Ā please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

Ā … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
šŸ™‚
Texture plate by Sizzix reverse of Flower Power
sentiment by Wild Rose Studio
smokey Slate ink by Stampin’Up!
Promarkers for colouring

ATSM Challenge 95

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge atĀ Addicted to Stamps and MoreĀ …Ā Ā Challenge #95 – Photo Inspiration!!!

Our ‘Boss’ Kylie has chosen a fabulous picture for you to take inspiration from, here it is

Birds, trees, blossom, pink, wood etc, the choice is yours!Ā Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Stitchy Bear’s Digi Outlet is our new sponsor this week and the winner gets to choose 3 images up to $10 from their store, pop over and have a look … lots of choice!

 

… and given that there is so much choice in their shop, I made 2 DT pieces for this week …

The first one uses a Hope Jacare image called Birds in a TreeĀ 

 

Birds in a Tree

I simply coloured (Promarkers) and fuzzy cut my image and attached it to a square piece of white card on which I had already stamped my little border (stamp by polka doodles) and sentiment (stamp by Wild Rose Studio). I then simply rounded three of the corners and attached it to my base card. Easy …

My next card uses an Ike’s Art image called Blossom 1

Blossom 1

Again I simply coloured my image using Promarkers, layered it on a piece of baja breeze card (Stampin’Up!), stamped my sentiment (Wild Rose Studio)Ā and layered it on my square base card to which I had already attached my ribbon. Another easy and quick card for you.

HopeĀ that you feel inspiredĀ to enterĀ this week’s ‘Photo Inspiration’ challenge at ATSM,Ā please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

Ā … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
šŸ™‚

ATSM Challenge 93

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge atĀ Addicted to Stamps and MoreĀ …Ā Ā Challenge #93 – Holiday!!!

Wonder which holiday you’ll be showcasing! Ā Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

Sherry atĀ A Random FanĀ is sponsoring us again

… and my DT piece for our ‘Holiday’ Challenge is one-layer minimalist CAS Ā … and I went for a Christmas theme …

Happy Christmas

 

Yes, you’re seeing right, it’s green and pink for Christmas. Just in case you’re wondering if I haven’t any other inks in my stash given that at the moment all my cards seem to feature these colours … I do have plenty of other colours in my stash, but they are still downstairs, and I have moved most of my crafting stash upstairs … plus pink and green are the heart chakra colours and I do love using them together, they are real feel good colours …

Anyway back to my card … I inked my Christmas Tree in green and stamped it directly on my base card. Next I inked the stars from the same stamp in pink and stamped them slightly higher to one side of my tree. I then stamped some stitching and my sentiment before finishing off by adding some pink gems. Easy and quick, great if you have to make lots of cards.

HopeĀ that you feel inspiredĀ to enterĀ this week’s ‘Holiday’ challenge at ATSM,Ā please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

Ā … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
šŸ™‚
I would like to enter my card into the Pink – Green Challenge at Inkspirational.
here is what I used:
white card blank
Oh, Christmas Tree, Holiday Artsy (sentiment) and Graphic Squares (stitching) stamp sets by STAMPlorations
Soft Pink and Mantis Green Artiste pearlescent Pigment ink by docrafts
gems

ATSM Challenge 92

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

I was so lucky to meet some of my Teamies in London on Easter Monday. Kylie, Sandie and Sue, it was great meeting you. Back to the challenge …

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge atĀ Addicted to Stamps and MoreĀ …Ā Ā Challenge #92 – Make your mark!!!

You can use any form of marker colouring medium in your project. Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

We also have a new sponsor this weekĀ Sherry atĀ A Random Fan

… and this is my DT piece for our Anything Goes Challenge …

 

Zentangle 1

Yes, you’re seeing right, I have been doodling again trying my hand at Zentngles. I was inspired to make this card by a recent workshop at Happy Stampers Northwest I was lucky to attended as a guest. I have also been sorting out old magazines and found an article on Zentangling, that’s when I thought I’d give it a go. Some of the patters I made up myself, others were copied from tutorials. It is quite easy as all you need are some black fine liner pens and you’re ready to go.

HopeĀ that you feel inspiredĀ to enterĀ this week’s ‘Make your Mark’ challenge at ATSM,Ā please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

Ā … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
šŸ™‚
here is what I used:
white card blank
black card
scrap of red card
owl builder punch (heart) and postage stamp punch by Stampin’Up!
hougie board to score grid on black card stock
black fine liner pen approx 0.5 mm line thickness

ATSM Challenge 91

Hi Everybody,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. They were all very much appreciated.

It is Wednesday again and time for another challenge atĀ Addicted to Stamps and MoreĀ …Ā Ā Challenge #91 – Anything goes!!!

Fell free to craft to you heart’s content!

Please take the time to check out the full details of the challenges and their rules, which can be found here.

We also have a new sponsor this weekĀ Sherry atĀ A Random Fan

… and this is my DT piece for our Anything Goes Challenge …

Just for You - outside

 

This is the outside, and when you open it …

Just for You - inside

… as by magic, this little daisy giving Teddy Bear appears.

I thought the bold colours, large blooms and embossed texture made for an interesting card which didn’t need any further embellishing.

HopeĀ that you feel inspiredĀ to enterĀ this week’s ‘Anything Goes’ challenge at ATSM,Ā please pop over and see all the other creations of the fabulous ATSM DT Team.

Ā … look forward to seeing your creations … and
Happy Crafting!!!!
šŸ™‚
here is what I used:
Embossing Folder and stamp – freebie from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine out Thursday 17th April …
DSP by Dovecraft, had it for a while, been using stash again šŸ™‚
Core-dinations card from Crafter’s Companion
Oval Nesties from Spellbinders
Promarkers for colouring
black memento ink for stamping
White gate fold base card
sequins

Heartfull of Buttons

Hi Everybody,

welcome to my second post for today.

Tanks for popping by and leaving such lovely comments.

Yes, you might have guessed from my first post today (the handbag), I had the Eclips Ā out to play yesterday. Mind you, about time too. I’ve had the machine for a few years now and hardly used it. I cut some shapes, I’m hoping to use in forthcoming projects. Watch this space!

Oh, before I move on to the cards … if you live in the UK and want a crafty day out this coming Saturday, 29th March, I got a spare ticket for the Stamp Fair at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, Wirral, it is a ticket only event organised by Happy Stampers North West, a FAB Day Out.

If you’re interested, please leave a comment and I shall get back to you asap. First come, first served basis only.

Now to my card, which I want to enter into the House of Cards Challenge for CAS and/or Classic Elegant plus add a button

heartfull of buttons

 

As you can see there is more than one button added. šŸ™‚

The heart is a stamp by Woodware, a gift from the lovely Sue, and is perfect for adding buttons, pearls, Card Candi etc. I simply layered three strips of Washi tape, stamped (Artiste Evergreen Pigment ink by docrafts) and clear embossed my heart before fuzzy cutting and layering it on my card. I then rounded a corner and added a length of pink ricrac ribbon plus buttons, pearls and sequins to finish.

Enjoy!!!

Happy Crafting!!! šŸ™‚