Thursday, November 19, 2009

Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #15

Hi There, it has been a while between posts but I am pleased to sneak this challenge in under the wire ;P I have spent a bit of time (well, quite a lot actually) thinking about this challenge, and after trying the emerging colour technique on DSP with less than lovely results, I went with plan B. Another emboss resist! I'm doing a lot of this lately, and just love seeing the base colour POP! but I really should just try and stick to quick and simple. I really felt like I was performing micro surgery on this one...

Anyhoo, here is the very inspiring set of cushions Keesh had us working with

And here is my card, another Christmas design, being the season!

Please excuse the terrible lighting, it's almost midnight :)

I have used Basic Black as the base, followed by Baja Breeze as the frame, and then brayered over a second layer of Baja Breeze in Basic Black Classic ink. The Circle Circus images were stamped in Versa Mark and clear embossed, so that they resisted the black ink to reveal the Baja card colour underneath. Neat huh! I 'blinged' up my baubles with a hat pin, clear rhinestone brad and silver seed beads from the Pretties Kit. The black ribbon is from the Valet ribbon pack, and the silver cord is unfortunately retired from SU (I still use it on almost EVERYTHING!) The greeting is from the Occasional Greetings stamp set. I think that about covers it, time for bed zzzzzzzzzz

Lee x

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Maddisyn's Birthday

Last weekend was my friend Chrissy's daughter Maddisyn's 2nd birthday. I have VERY loosely used the previous sketch (in reverse), proving how versatile and inspiring these sketches can be! Who says they have to be exact? The point is they get you thinking outside the square. It is a simple card, with the length of Maddy's name determining the shape of the card (I stamped her name first, lol) then just built it up around that. I have used Red Riding Hood Red c/stock and ink, Candy Lane DSP, PP striped ribbon, Jumbo Outline Alphabet stamps, Short and Sweet and Big Bold Birthday for the greeting. This card would not have been possible without my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig! I just about can't complete a card without it these days!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #15

This card is for my bestie's daughter for her birthday, and what better sketch to use than her mum's own fabulous Inkspirations! I hope you like it Tiarne :-)

Here is the sketch

And here is my effort. It is a LOT busier than I normally like, but I thought the tropical colours of the Pink Flamingo DSP and the flowers from my Pretties Kit suit Tiarne to a tee. I have coloured one layer of flowers with my pastels and blender pens, and blinged it up with a filigree brad with a yellow 'fire' rhinestone brad in the centre. I have 'finger knit' the silver cord (retired) to give it a bit more thickness, and tied off the celery ribbon to resemble leaves.

I hope she likes it!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #41

Here is my VERY FIRST sketch challenge card! Let me tell you what an awesome idea it is to play around with a sketch, as I've used a layout that I might not have thought of, and LIKE it! This sketch is from the very talented Karen Giron. I think I may be just a hair too late to participate in the actual challenge, but that doesn't matter :) The point is that I USED MY STAMPS, lol.

And here is my card. I have a few birthdays coming up, so used a girly, birthday theme. I've taken the colours from Candy Lane DSP, and the stamp sets used are Party Hearty and Occasional Greetings. I am happy with the result, but I confess to fiddling with it until way past my bedtime, wanting of course to make a dazzling challenge debut! I may have over-fiddled, but I did restrain myself from adding brads or paper piercing! I have used the emboss resist technique for the greeting, embossing the greeting and then inking over the VV c/stock in RRRed with a brayer.

I hope you like it :)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Christmas Stamp-A-Stack (SAS) Projects

Last weekend I hosted a Christmas SAS, and with some special Stampin' Friends, we stamped up a storm! It's not only the end result (the cards) that I love about stamping workshops, it's the giggles we girlies have, and of course the copious amounts of biscuits, lollies and chocolate consumed :)

We made 12 cards, 4 each of the 3 designs shown.

Tree Trimmings and Many Merry Messages stamps, Ski Slope designer series paper (hereafter called DSP), old olive 5/8" ribbon, old olive, real red and basic black classic inks.

Snow Swirled stamps, gloss white card stock, pretty in pink, c/stock, ribbon & ink, pink passion c/stock and ink. This card uses the emboss resist technique, pretty clever huh!

Holiday Lineup and Wonderful Words stamps, real red c/stock and ribbon, wild wasabi (retired) c/stock, stamp & write markers, tag punches, white embossing powder and crystal effects for Rudolph's nose. This card uses the spotlight technique, which involves punching out only a portion of the image (which saved us colouring in ALL those cranky reindeer!)

Thanks for looking, and enjoy creating all your own Christmas cards this year!


Welcome to my brand new blog! Now that I have created the space, I'd like to go and create some cards! I just have to encourage my three tiny tots to co-operate :)