Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monochromatic Part II

I made these cards a couple of months back for a class I did with a monochromatic theme. 

I love this one.  It looks like a flapper dress from the 20s (a time I would have loved to have lived in, minus you know, the whole world war business and ensuring depression... ok, maybe I don't really want to live then...)   Yes, you can buy scissors to make the fringe, but you can also just use your little trimmers to do the same thing.  I know it seems like a long process, but it goes by in no time at all.

This one was fun to do too.  LOTS of stamping, and you could do it with the leftover pieces from your clear mount stamps.  I happened to have the circle left over from the middle of a stamp from Chalk Talk, then used Gorgeous Grunge (a set I couldn't live without) to add some extra little bits.  For a little final touch I ran it through the Big Shot (actually, this is the last time I saw that folder... hmm...).  I love the dimension that final touch adds.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Monochromatic - Purples

There is always something so pleasing about monochromatic colour schemes.  You can really never go wrong.  When it comes to purples, I love Wisteria Wonder, but the other hues don't really call my name very often.  However, looking at my butterfly punches, this was not the story.  I've been meaning to make a card like this for some time, and apparently that time is now!

One of my colleagues retired this June (my mentor, in fact) and I keep collecting little gifts to give her throughout the next year to show her that she is missed, and that she meant (and still means) and awful lot to me.  She loves deep jewel tones, so this is the perfect one for her.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Deconstructed Sketch Challenge 161

Woah, I better pace myself.  This is post number three in the same day.  It's raining so I am alternating between binge watching Call the Midwife, and making cards. 

I've never made a card for this challenge but but was in love with the sketch as soon as I saw it.  Tape It is a new set I haven't used yet and this seemed the perfect chance to put it to work.  My hubs is back from a long stretch away at work next week so I figured I'd use this as an opportunity to make him a card.

Double Whammy! Colour Q 251

Whaaaaat?  Two posts in one day?!  Found this little gem of a challenge over at Colour Q.  These are colours I would never have thought to put together, but I'm in love.

I had a friend over crafting with me yesterday and I was looking through my sets thinking I wanted to do another collage set soon.  As soon as I saw this challenge I knew exactly what I was going to get up to.  Concord Crush retired a few years ago, but I held on to mine since I love the coolness of the shade.  I thought the Pretty in Pink got a little lost, but it's there nicely in the background softening up the white.  For collage purposes, this set couldn't be any better.  It's got enough images that you can make a full collage without consulting another set (perfect for my new hostess club) but the images are matchy-matchy so much that it's boring.  If you don't have it already (Kinda Eclectic) get it now.  Like right this minute.

For a final little step I gave the card front a light mist with a spray adhesive and tossed it in some glitter.  It took what was a nice enough card up the next level with a little oooooh factor thrown in.


After a long hiatus, I'm back to running a hostess club.  Though I haven't been doing much stamping over the past year, I've still been doing a monthly get together with a small group of friends.  For the summer, we decided we would each bring a card and enough supplies for everyone to make a card.  It's been a nice break for me since I actually get to make cards that night!

For our final club of this set up we've decided we'd try and wrangle in a few more ladies to  become junkies join us.  So the challenge was for each of us to use Swallowtail to make a card.  Since I'm trying to grow our group, I decided I'd demo three cards that you can do with just this stamp (pretty much).  I want them to get the picture that you don't need 800 sets until you're addicted and then you NEED them to make beautiful cards.

The first card is a simple mask and then some sponging with Strawberry Slush and Melon Mambo.  To give it a little more depth I added in some Blackberry Bliss, just around the edges.  The picture doesn't do the colours justice sadly, but feel free to make one yourself to see how luscious it truly is.

This set is stunning on its own, but also almost always pairs itself with En Francais.  I had it in my mind to stamp this on vellum and am super happy with the result.  It's a lovely any occasion card but I think it could easily serve as a wedding card as well.

Though I liked last year's In Colours, I am in LOVE with this year's (except the orange.  Sorry Tangelo Twist, orange isn't my cup of tea, never has been, likely never will be).  Lost Lagoon is a stunning colour, which I can foresee making its way into the regular line up in a few catalogues from now.  It's another masking card, and again, En Francais features.  And not that I had it in mind for a wedding, but it's screaming, "Make me a gift!"

Yay for stamping again.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello again... (Freshly Made Sketches 145)

Wow.  They don't delete your blog after an 18 month hiatus?  Nice.  Long story short, I've been doing a master's program.  It finished in May, but I needed some time to clear my head before venturing into anything new (or old) again.

So for my first challenge back, I headed straight to an old favourite, Freshly Made Sketches!  My personal preference is for messy, distressed cards, so I love this challenge.  It forces me to do something out of my normal zone.

I always seem to have 9,432 cards on hand, 3 of which are masculine.  So, in an effort to bring that total to at least 10, here's the first.  I love this set (Wetlands).  I'm a Canadian girl from an area that is teeming with Canadian Geese (which I love, except when their poop is all over the beach), so he makes me pretty happy.

I coloured him in but the image was just too stark so I cut out a mask and did some sponging - much better.  I really wanted to distress the edges, but this is not that kind of card, so I left it nice and clean.

So after a long haul away from stamping (like going in my room once every 6 months) I am thrilled to be back at it, and thanks to the girls from FMS for helping get my mojo back!