Monday, January 31, 2011

Clean & Simple Sketch 125

As soon as I saw this week's Clean And Simple sketch, I was inspired and had to go make something. I had a couple of ideas, but wanted to start with this one. Red is my favourite colour after all!!

Stamps: Solid Stripes, En Fran├žais, Scribble (wheel), Heard from the Heart.
Paper: Whisper White, Bravo Burgundy, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, "Haiku" DSP (Tangerine Tango)
Ink: Versa Mark, Cherry Cobbler
Other: White Embossing Powder

I used Versa Mark to create the patterns on the coloured paper. I should have used the co-ordinating ink because when I went to emboss the sentiment, the powder stuck to the patterns — even though it had been drying for a while before I did it, and even though I smothered it all with the embossing buddy! Anyway, I managed to brush of most of it, but if you look closely, the sentiment has a few fuzzy edges!

Friday, January 28, 2011

OLW 38

It has been some time since I've participated in a One Layer Wednesday challenge. This week it is a sketch.

I chose a stamp set and some colours that I thought would work, but struggled with it. I'm still not that happy with the outcome — perhaps a different choice of stamps and colours might have made things easier. I wasn't going to post it, but the last two cards I made for the OLW challenges didn't end up on my blog for the same reason! So, here it is...
Stamps: Rustic Rooster, Whimsical Words
Paper: Naturals Ivory
Ink: Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede

I stamped the background image in Soft Suede and then positioned each of the other images over the top. That way the images, which form a "visual triangle", are tied together and don't appear to be floating around on the page.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Let's Sale-A-Brate!

Happy Australia day!

There will be mixed feelings today as so many are still affected by the floods in our country. It is a sad time for many who have lost homes and loved ones. But also in this time it is wonderful to see so many people coming together, helping others in need, giving of their time, their money and resources. In this we can celebrate.

Once a year Stampin' Up! have a promotion called Sale-A-Bration. They release four new stamp sets exclusive to the promotion that you can earn as a free gift. To find out more about it, please visit this page on my website, where you can also view each of the four sets. The promotion runs until 31 March, and it is a great time to stock up on card stock and adhesives etc.

Last night at our team meeting we all had a play with the stamp sets for this Sale-A-Bration. Here is a card I made using a couple of the sets.
Stamps: Bliss, So Happy For You
Paper: Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo

Remembering all here down under on this Australia Day 2011, especially those affected by floods. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Summer Garden

My collection of DSP keeps slowly growing. I only buy the packs that I really like, but there are always bits and pieces that don't get used straight away, or the pieces are so nice I can't bring myself to cut them up! This year I am determined to use up what I have.

Often I sit for ages staring at a piece, trying to work out how I want to use it, but give up. Then sometimes, out of nowhere, an idea comes for a piece I looked at the week before. That is what happened for this DSP (from a Mini Catty 2 years ago!).

It was in the wee hours yesterday morning, when I was woken at 3am and couldn't go back to sleep, that I had the inspiration for this card...
Stamps: Just Believe, Botanical Blooms (2009 Sale-A-Bration Set)
Paper: Whisper White, Summer Picnic DSP
Inks: Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red

The great thing about this style of two-step stamps is that it doesn't matter if they don't line up perfectly. I like the look when the images are a little offset. You could use a stamp-a-ma-jig if you were fussy about positioning! I have "stamped off" the leaves again without the outline image to create more depth.

I had a roll of black & white gingham ribbon out ready to add, but it was too much. I was trying to make it work but sometimes you have to restrain yourself from adding things because you have them. This card looked best just as it is. I liked it so much in the end that I made four of them — and used up most of that sheet of DSP!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Clean & Simple Sketch 123

Happy New Year everyone!! It is good to be blogging again :)

A sketch challenge is the first card up for the year. This is my version of the Clean & Simple sketch.
I've been wanting to try out this colour combo, and also the "Newsprint" DSP. This is what happened!
Stamps: Punch Potpourri (level 1 hostess)
Paper: Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Newsprint DSP, Tissue Paper
Ink: Soft Suede, Marina Mist
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

I've had Soft Suede card stock and ink since it was released, but have never been inspired to use it because I didn't really like it. But I like how it looks with these colours, even as the main colour.
You can't see very well from the photo, but there is some scrunched up tissue paper over the DSP and also some tiny pearls in the centre of the flowers in the heart.

I'm not a huge fan of some of the vintage styles out there in the card making world, they are so often too cluttered. I do quite like some of the vintage elements though, and used in the right way you can still achieve a clean look — maybe, depending on one's opinion! I think what helps this card is all the "white space" at the top.