Thursday, 28 May 2015

Adventure Bound Birthday

Back up to speed now with my second card this week, this time for the sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. I've had a couple of weeks off, but I have seen the challenges and all the fab CAS cards you all have been making. This week we have a great sketch to play with

I recently bought the DP set Adventure Bound, specifically to make cards for men for my other DT challenge blog, The Male a Room, but I thought it would work well with this sketch. Having had a quick look on the internet I took some inspiration from there and....

This is one whole sheet of the DP, isn't it fab? I added the Happy sentiment cut out using the Hello You thinlet die and instead of a banner I,ve used twine, twisted three times. The Bithday part of the sentiment is from Best Dad Ever and is stamped on vellum which I have torn and secured with a small brad. Layered onto Kraft my card is finished.

Two more views.

The second card, made using the sketch and the same DP set follows the sketch a little more closely. I started by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment from Big Day onto a different piece of DP

I made the banner using the set Happy Congratulations and as the twine was still on the table I added a couple of bits at the end to carry the bunting off the edge slightly. After stamping and punching out the lanterns I added a touch of Dazzling Details to add a shimmer effect on them and used foam pads to add dimension.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Monochromatic Marty

Sorry, I've not been around for two or three weeks due to a family bereavement but I am back now with a card for the new challenge starting today at The Male Room, where we would like to see cards made for guys which include washi tape.

I've not been papercrafting at all since I last blogged and today was the first time I felt like getting something going. I first started with a huge clear out of my cafting stash. Two charity bags and one very large bin liner bag of rubbish later I was ready to make a card.

As you can see I've kept it very monochromatic, using the zebra print washi tape as my starting point. the zebra image is from a set called Zoo Review ( don't use this as often as I should) and the sentiment is from Delightful Dozen.

On these two photos you can see the zebra panel is raised to give a bit of dimension. It's not obvious but the washi tape is shiny and so there is a bit of texture interest too.

I chose Fathers' Day as my sentiment as its only just around the corner and I know some people who will be asking for Fathers' Day cards (my children and my husband!)
If you are wondering about the title of this post Marty is the zebra character in the animated film Madagascar, a family favourite here in the Van Vuren household.

Well, I'm posting this bit a little later in the day, I decided to make another card in the same style, with washi tape.

This time I used the bird from Nature Walk and the thin let dies Hello You. I used the die to create a negative for the sentiment, I lost the infill for the h though, doh! 

I gave the bird a small black pearl for his beady eye

As you can see I made this card a tent fold. It's definitely a card for a guy

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Cat Walk

At CAS Colours and Sketches this week we have a colour challenge for you and a new hostess for the month of May, Stef- I know she's very excited to be hosting and you are going to love her colours and sketches over the next four weeks.

These three colours also work well for masculine cards and with Fathes' Day coming up next month I thought I would get ahead of the game. The little cat die is perfect for inlaying and so I worked with the colours and the technique to create this...

Cards for this challenge need to be stamped and so I stamped directly onto the card using a sentiment from Best Dad Ever set

You can see on this photo the texture on the cardstock I used. I used a black layer to pop the panel off the white background.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Santa Tag Card

Another Christmas card from me, for this week's challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and it's based on a sketch, from our hostess for May, Patricia. This one's real good

I've been doing a lot of stamping lately so,Imthought of give some of my DPs an airing. I started with the striped one and matted the red Christmas lights one on top. They come from the same set so they match up pretty good.

I used peel off sentiments to mask the joins, in the shiney green they add a bit of pizazz too

  The banners are replaced by ribbon loops for a bit of interest and I found some ribbon that matched up,so well. Have a look at my ribbon box, below, and you'll see lots of bits and pieces that I've kept thinking they will come in handy one day...and today was the day!

The little Santa is stamped from a set called Tag it and it's the first time of inking for this happy chap. I always find red a difficult colour of ink to match up, there are so many different shades. This was my best effort, not perfect I know.

Finally, I stamped a greeting on the inside. Here's that ribbon box I was talking about. Look familiar? Or perhaps you are one of those super-organised people who can keep things tidy, if you are I'm well jealous of you!

Hope you have time to play along with us this week. Just think of all those Christmas cards you'll have ready if you play every week.