Thursday 20 August 2015

Autumnal Thanks

Still on holiday so here is my scheduled post for this week's challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches it is a colour week

Now, I don't have Cajun Craze, so I went with a generic orangey- brown colour. Mine is probably a little lighter than CC but it still works in the colour palette. Whilst CC&S uses Stampin Up names for colours it's more than OK to use any other brand, as long as the colours are close.

I stamped the ink pad onto white card and left it to dry before over stamping with Marina Mist. I also stamped the Thanks ( from Seasonally Scattered) on the card base in the same Marina Mist and then matched up the two images. Before sticking down the panel I stamped some leaves from Kinda Eclectic

Finally I added a double score line frame around the edge of the card, keeping it CAS with minimal layering. Sorry about the title, I'm not wishing the summer away, it's just that my card seems to be rather autumnal in design.The whole card is based on stamping and I was after a thank you card suitable to send to a man. These colours definitely said 'man card' to me but I will look forward to seeing what others create from them.

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Spiderman, Spiderman

Another scheduled post for me today, whilst I continue on my holiday exploring Florida. I have to admit I loved making this card for the new challenge at The Male Room! It was such fun and it was inspired by a free gift at my local supermarket.

The git was a pack of playing cards, featuring Spider-Man. My boys loved Spider-Man when they were younger.........,what Am I thinking....we all love Spider-Man young or old! We often watch the films back to back. This time I used the cards to make a waterfall card. I'm going to enter the challenge at Sieze The Birthday, for 'Anything that Flies'!

I used newsprint as my background and selected red and blue card to keep with the theme

I used the tag punch to give a tag end to my waterfall strip and a snippet of silve chord. The brads are very plain and masculine too. The next photo shows the last scene in the waterfall.

Next you can see better the middle images, all cut from the free playing cards.

I used the only sentiment I own which fitted with the design. I wish now I'd done something a little more creative like a 'Kapow' or a 'Zap' in a star burst shape, like the real comics...oh well.

I added a liners inside as I think it's really hard to write on coloured card. A final image from the playing cards was stuck inside. 
Oh, in case you were wondering, the theme at The male Room is...

 A fun card for a teenager, I hope you like it too.

Thursday 13 August 2015

CAS Floral Birthday

Its holiday season and like many people I am scheduling this post to go live when I am away, I hope it works and you are seeing this for the first time on the right day at the right time! It's my DT card for this week's challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches

It's a fab sketch, so many possibilities. I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I saw it...

Using Kinda Eclectic and Stippled Blossoms, I dropped the design to the bottom of the card so that the sentiment, from Fabulous Four, could take centre stage. The border is hand drawn. Inside I have stamped a traditional Happy Birthday greeting.

I kept the card monochromatic, using just Primrose Petals, stamped off to create the lighter tones on the flower and just coloured in a few stamens on each bloom

I don't often use flowers on my cards, but when I do it is often using this two step stamping set. I do like the effect it creates. Fussy cutting out the two blooms and using foam pads on one gives some easy layers whilst keeping things CAS with lots of white space.
Just noticed the date I'm scheduling this post for and it is my wedding anniversary today! 26 years! I expect we will be celebrating somewhere, it will be ' Our Day'.

Thursday 6 August 2015

Third Time Lucky

This is a tale of three cards. I got up early to make my DT card for the new colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. I needed to make a few cards in advance because I will be off on holiday again next week, so I wrote the challenges down and started selecting stamp sets, inks, card stock and so on. I finished the first card quite easily, ideas were flowing and I made all the ones I needed by lunch time. Then I went to upload my card on the blog and realised I'd got the colour palette wrong! Instead of
..I had used Blushing Bride, So Saffron and! Oh no! So I got all my stuff out again (I don't have a craft room, just a dining table) after dinner and made another card. Correct colours, all was fine and here it is...

I used the small flower stamp from Bloomin' Marvellous and an embossing folder I've had for years. I used tone on tone stamping and added a small embellishment in the centre of the flowers. It wasn't until I took the photo that I noticed a glue smear on the top- disaster for a clean and simple card. 
My third and final offering is this one, using Mosaic Madness, Wisteria Wonder card stock, a pale pink card blank which will pass for Blushing Bride and the embossed sentiment cut out of the previous card (waste not, want not, as they say)

I actually like this card the best, I think it makes the most of these soft, pastel shades. I do hope you have more success than I did when you make your card

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Life's a Beach

Just back from a week's holiday in Morroco with my lovely husband, rest and relaxation was the order of the day. We were staying right on the coast at Essouria and so I have watched some gorgeous sunsets, the inspiration for my card today for the new challenge at The Male Room.

I used Wetlands and Work of Art for this one and created a sunset

I love both of these stamp sets so much, Work Of Art is just so versatile and Wetlands is perfect for masculine cards. If you look closely you will see that I've added some guilding flakes to the sun's reflection on the sea.

I haven't added a sentiment yet, I think this card could be used for a variety of occasions so I will add the sentiment inside later.
Looking forward to my next holiday now, which will also feature the beach as we are off, as a family this time, to discover the coastline of Florida. Of course, the kids have also insisted on some time in Orlando to visit some of the theme parks!