Sketch 10 Challenge at STAMPlorations

Hello Everybody,

Hope you had a great Easter!

It is time again for another Sketch Challenge at STAMPlorations. Thanks to everybody who entered our last sketch challenge. We had some great entries.

We’re also welcoming Carol as our guest designer for this challenge!!!

… and here is the sketch to take your inspiration from:


This challenge will run until 2nd and the winner will be announced on the 4th May!

Again there is a lot of scope in this sketch as you can see from the fabulous creations of my teamies on the STAMPlorations Challenge Blog. I personally came up with the following two interpretations for which I used some pearlescent pigment inks to add some luminosity to my projects …

Trees with Shadow For my first card I added some dash-dotted lines to follow the sketch. I inked up one of the trees from the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes stamp set with Violet and stamped it into the upper marked area and immediately stamped the shadow image below into the lower marked area without re-inking. I repeated this twice more before finishing my card off by rounding some corners and adding a square sequin.

For my second card below, I started off in a similar way and then turned the sketch by 90  degrees.

Dreaming Butterfly

I masked off my marked areas and sponged some Soft Pink, Dusky Rose, Mantis Green and Aqua inks to create some shading. I removed my masks and inked up my sentiments in the two green shades and stamped them onto my right hand panel before inking up my butterfly in the two pink shades and stamping it into my left hand panel and again on a piece of white card. Both butterfly and sentiments are from the VIGNETTE Artful Flutters stamp set. At this point I would have liked to add some splashes and circles from the Holiday Artsy Set, which is in stock again, but, due to Easter, it was still in the post and didn’t arrive in time. Instead I simply inked up some stars and finished the card by fuzzy cutting and adhering my butterfly.

Hope you like my cards and feel inspired …

Please pop over to the Challenge Blog to see the amazing projects that my DT Teamies have created … and of course … to join in the fun. The winner will receive 3 digital products from our sponsor All About Scrapping and will be invited to be our Guest Designer for one of our Sketch Challenges.

Participate in all 3 challenges we host this month and you’ll be in the running to win these lovely TSUKINEKO inks courtesy of our sister shop, All About Scrapping.

Happy Stamping!!! 😀

Here is what else I used:

All Stamps mentioned above by STAMPlorations

with the exception of the star stamp which is by Lavinia Stamps

Artiste Pearlescent Pigment Ink by docrafts

Summer Sun and Sea

Hello Everybody,

just a quick post, as I want to get a card into the CASology ‘Wet’ challenge which closes in a couple of hours. Shery from STAMPlorations is the sponsor of the challenge, and I count myself lucky to be on her Design Team. What better way to showcase her stamps!

When I read the word ‘wet’ on the cue card, all I could think about was sunshine! Who could blame me after the wet winter the UK has just had! Well, I think, it is worth remembering that the sun always shines above the clouds.

With my card, I tried to capture that philosophy plus I like living by the seaside where you can have both on the same day … the wet sea and the hot sun …

… hence I called my card ‘Sunshine by the Sea’

Sunshine by the SeaTo stamp my card I used the pearlescent Artiste Inks by docrafts and the slight shimmer reminds me of the sun glistening on the sea. I inked up an acrylic block using Mantis Green and Aqua (more wet 🙂 ) Artiste Inks and stamped directly onto my base card. I ten inked up a butterfly from the VIGNETTE Artful Flutters Set by STAMPlorations using Soft Pink and Dusky Rose Artiste Inks and stamped  my image three times down one side. I then added my sentiment from the VIGNETTE Tree Silhouettes Set by STAMPlorations in Dusky Rose and added the splashes of ink using my Colour Spritzer Tool and Pool Party and Island Indigo Stamp’n’Write Markers by Stampin’Up!. To finish I added a few sequins and photographed the card in our court yard, 2 minutes walk away from the sea front.

I had to come back and edit this post, I only just realised that I could also enter the Artful Times ‘Spray Away’ Challenge! I got some sprayed ink on the card from using the spritzer tool.

Enjoy and

Happy Crafting! 🙂