Sunday, 24 August 2014

Stamp-A-Faire Timer 4

More of the Papertrey Ink and their Stamp-A-Faire weekend and the Timer Challenge. They provided 5 colour schemes and 5 sketches. You pick one of each and see what you can come up with in 20 minutes. They were all so lovely I wanted to do them all!



I think this last attempt turned out to be my favourite even though it is completely not my go to colours.



The background text is actually a Hero Arts stamp, but the die is PTI. I used Washi tape and diecut the word, and added 3 Enamel dots. I drew around the diecut in black pen to make it pop.


I added Clear Wink of Stella on the washi tape. I was wondering if it would stick - and it does, but you need to leave it to dry properly.


Then with the negative cut, I made this one. I mounted the washi die cut strip on dark grey cardstock, then filled the letters with glossy accents. 


I am also entering this to Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop Challenge. The die (Wonderful Words : Birthday die) was obviously from Papertrey Ink.



Stamp-A-Faire Timer 3

More of the Papertrey Ink and their Stamp-A-Faire weekend and the Timer Challenge. They provided 5 colour schemes and 5 sketches. You pick one of each and see what you can come up with in 20 minutes. They were all so lovely I wanted to do them all!


With my third card I stayed with the same sketch as my second attempt, but went with a challenging colour scheme (well, for me anyway - anything with orange!)


Again I was working with the inks I had on hand. I only used the 3 colours (Hero Arts Lime Green, Butter Bar & Fresh Peach) but I stretch the colours by doing double inking. To get the 5 colours of leaves I stamped :
Leaf 1 - Fresh Green only
Leaf 2 - Inked up with Butter Bar then dabbed on Fresh Green before stamping
Leaf 3 - Butter Bar only
Leaf 4 - Butter Bar then Fresh Peach
Leaf 5 - Fresh Peach only



Stamp-A-Faire Timer 2

More of the Papertrey Ink and their Stamp-A-Faire weekend and the Timer Challenge. They provided 5 colour schemes and 5 sketches. You pick one of each and see what you can come up with in 20 minutes. They were all so lovely I wanted to do them all!

My second attempt I went with this sketch.


And paired it with this colour scheme.


I don't have any of the PTI inks, so this was the closest match in my stash.


I will also enter this in the Color Me Subtle Challenge.



Stamp-A-Faire Timer 1

Papertrey Ink was hosting their Stamp-A-Faire weekend and started off with a Timer Challenge. They provided 5 colour schemes and 5 sketches. You pick one of each and see what you can come up with in 20 minutes. They were all so lovely I wanted to do them all!

My first Choice was of course the blues and turquoises!


Paired with this sketch.


I don't have a lot of PTI as I've just started buying their stamps and dies, so the greatest challenge was making cards with what I have. Here is the first one ... I decided that I had made the design too close to the top so I chopped off the bottom to make a square card instead.



And then with the left overs I made another smaller one.


Late night Scrambles

I wasn't planning on playing the Hero Arts Flickr Group Card Scramble 91 last night as it was starting at 12:20am my time ... but I thought I'd have a quick peek before going to bed. And I got hooked! Cat had this wonderful inspiration photo.



Love the colour combo! And the patterns.

So here are my 2 takes. The first was a small 3.5" x 3.5" card.


The second one a bit larger at 5" x 5".


I got them in a little passed the deadline as my computer went into "rainbow ball spinning" mode. So frustrating!

When I looked this morning, I thought it needed a little something so I added Black enamel accents to the centre of the larger flowers, and pen dots to the tiny ones.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Rainbow Butterflies

I was playing with the PTI Life is Beautiful stamp set this morning (borrowed from my friend, Bronwyn).


I was inspired by the picture that Laura Bassen posted for the CASE Study 4th Anniversary Blog hop (but I missed that deadline!).

I will be entering this for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Summer".



Monday, 14 July 2014

ATC Swop

We've had an ATC swop over on the Hero Arts Flickr group. Cindy (her blog is C&M CartArts) and I were paired and we decided on 4 challenges (2 each).

I chose :
- Use the Large Lotus Blossom stencil
- Butterflies

And Cindy chose :
- Use the Envelope Background stamp
- Flowers

Then we decided to add one more :
Make a background for the other to finish off

So here they are the 5 that I sent off to Cindy



And close-ups of each ...


Butterfly challenge



Stencil Challenge


Flower Challenge


Envelope pattern challenge


Ever so subtle as I used stamp kissing with the back of the flower stamp and the envelope pattern



A little bit of stamp kissing for the background







Wednesday, 2 July 2014

June CCC

It took a while for my mojo to kick in for this June CCC challenge, but it came together eventually. I went with the Plaid and sketch challenges.

I used some lovely Lili of the Valley plaid patterned paper, with the Hero Arts flower and leaves (with a touch of glossy accents on the centres) and a Papertrey Ink sentiment.







Sunday, 22 June 2014

Frames 4

Last card for the "I've been framed" challenge at One-Layer Simplicity! I'm sure you're tired of them now!

It is the same grid layout that I used for the Frame 3 card, but I wanted a completely different look. Used watercolour to paint behind the frames. Once it was all dry, I added a splatter of red. I will also enter it for the Watercolour Challenge at Less is More.



A bright red enamel dot to pop the sentiment.


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Frames 3 (Categorizing & stamp storage)

I cannot believe how many frame stamps I actually have. So I decided to make a grid of 9 of them. I mounted them on a block which I had placed over a grid so that I could get the spacing right (thanks for the tip from Bronwyn who was stamping with me!). Wonderful as it meant I could stamp up a bunch of cards with the same layout ... or even rotating the layout as it was a perfect square.




I wanted a crisp masculine card and so used Colorbox Cranberry, Hero Arts Charcoal & Hero Arts Soft Granite in addition to the black. I added a metallic brad to the sentiment to make it pop more. Still for the "I've been Framed" challenge at One-Layer Simplicity.




If you want to know why I have so many frames, I had bought the whole alphabetic series of stamps (full A-Z set) from Hero Arts of Sparkle Clear letters. Here are a few of them ...



But I hardly ever used them (except for a couple of flowers, a sun stamp and some birds). Bronwyn was rearranging and storing her stamps by category, so I decided to break up the packs and put all the matching alphabets together, flowers together, frames together, etc.  - using the Avery Elle plastic packets. I cut each image on the acetate, and arranged them on a new piece of acetate, and then stuck them down with transparent packing tape. A BIG job I can tell you - but really worth it in the end. It completely changes your perspective. 

Much easier to "see" :
4 alphabet sets (5 if you count the one with lower case too), 
26 frames (needed 2 packs to store them), 
26 flowers and 
a wonderful collection of birds, butterflies and little filler stamps.



I think I will use them a lot more frequently now.  What do you think?

[ I'm in the process of doing ALL my stamps and it is a mammoth task. Will post once I've finished them all. One day I did 75 packets, and not even halfway there! Scary to see my supply of stamps. ]
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