Saturday, September 18, 2021

Hexagon Hello


Less Is More Challenge #452 begins today. We are challenged to create a CAS card with hexagons in our design. 


I made a mini slimline card with PinkFresh Studio Mini Slimline Essentials Bundle. My hexagons are stenciled with several shades of blue Distress Oxide Inks and Funky Fossil Designs Hexagonal 5.7" stencil. The sentiment is die cut using Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold & The Happy die set and black mirror card stock. Easy Peasy and I love the result.

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple which we define as designs that include large areas of CLEAR AND CLEAN space with NO PATTERN, NO INK and NO TEXTURE See challenge guidelines on the Less Is More Blog.


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Friday, September 17, 2021

Birthday Balloons


It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.


Today's festivities are in celebration of Balloons Around the World Day, which takes place October 6th. 
The challenge runs from September 17th - September 27th.

I like to create a card for our challenge that goes with the celebration theme. To create my card, I pulled out my Heart Balloons die from Poppy Stamps. I had a wonderful scrap in reds from an Alcohol Ink panel that I made a while ago, so I used that for my balloons. My purple cloudy sky was made with the Cloud Edger stencil from A Colorful Life Designs. The scalloped panel is from Lawn Fawn. I used balloons, red, purple and clouds from the inspo list. 

Come play with us! Remember that your project does not have to go with the challenge theme. You can just use 3 or more items from the inspo list for your creation!

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Virgo

 


I created this card for my son's girlfriend's birthday. She is very much into astrology, and when I saw the Spellbinders Virgo Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, I knew that I had to use it to make a birthday card for her. I hot foiled using my new Glimmer Hot Foil System and some rose gold foil. This one came out well though I still need lots of tips and practice. I keep getting those little foil flecks where I don't want them! I die cut the foiled panel with a rectangular Spellbinders Hemstitch Die, backed it with pastel glitter card stock and popped it up on a white card base and my card was complete.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

With Brave Wings



Time Out #196 begins today, We are challenged to be BRAVE. The challenge runs from Thursday, September 9th  to September 22nd.

We are generously sponsored by Funky Fossil Designs.
Challenge winner will receive £15 gift voucher and will also be eligible for a guest designer spot in a future challenge.

Our guest designer for this challenge is Rahmat Gouse of Cards And Cooking Corner. Rahmat is also the winner of Time Out Challenge #193. Rahmat is an incredibly talented card artist. Please visit her blog and soak up the inspiration you are sure to experience.

For my card, I started with a gel plate background that I created a while ago. I used Funky Fossil She is Fierce stamp set with heat embossing and Copic coloring. Her wings are made from a stamp and die from Stampendous with some ink blending with PTI inks. I love the way this turned out, though is is quite a departure from my style of late. 
 
Please hop on over to the Time Out Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations that Rahmat and the Design Team came up with to inspire you. Come play with us!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Thrilled




Less Is More Challenge #451 begins today. We are challenged to create a CAS SPARKLE themed card.

Our Guest Designer is Less Is More July winner Viv of Daizy Mae Designs. Viv is an incredibly talented card artist, and she has such a way with floral designs and watercolors! Her work is breath taking. Please do yourself the favor of visiting Viv's blog where you are sure to be amazed and inspired.

When I saw the inspiration word, I immediately thought of the sparkle of a diamond, particularly that of an engagement ring. That made my mind go to this wonderful "Polished" die set from Paper Smooches and then this card  happened. I am not so sure about how I feel about my sparkly embossing beneath the hand because the sparkle would not come from under, but I did it anyway taking some artistic license and giving the hand a sparkly place to rest. Here's a close up:


I love the tiny gold band and that awesome sparkly gem. I work with someone who just might be the recipient of this card if things work out as I think they will, so I am ready!

Please head over to the Less Is More Blog and see what the Design Team has created for your inspiration. I hope you'll play along with us to share your creations. Remember to keep your design Clean And Simple which we define as designs that include large areas of CLEAR AND CLEAN space with NO PATTERN, NO INK and NO TEXTURE See challenge guidelines on the Less Is More Blog.


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Friday, September 3, 2021

Peace On Earth


It's time for a new challenge at Festive Friday where every challenge is an inspiration list based on a selected holiday/festivity from the traditional to the unusual. Challenge projects must include at least three items from the festivity inspiration list.


Since the Inspiration List is a mix of elements related to the festivity, the creator has the choice to make something for that festivity, or to ignore the festivity all together and create something just using three (or more) elements on the list.

Today's festivities are in celebration of UN International Day of Peace, which takes place September 21st. The challenge runs from September 3rd - September 13th.

I like to create a card for our challenge that goes with the celebration theme. To create my card, I reached for my Impression Obsession Peace Doves dies and cut them from white fine glitter paper. I popped them up on a Spellbinders Hemstitch Circle Die on which I added a little DI ink and the die-cut olive branch. I lightly stenciled the card base with PTI Soft Stone ink and Picket Fence Studios Fancy Flourishes Stencil and added a sentiment from Paper Smooches. I used dove, white, leaves and die cut from the inspo list. 

Come play with us! Remember that your project does not have to go with the challenge theme. You can just use 3 or more items from the inspo list for your creation!

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Thank You

I am pleased to be here today with my Guest Designer project for Retro Rubber Challenge #166. The challenge is to create something that is inspired by the photo below.


At Retro Rubber, the idea is to give old stamps some love. Use a stamp older than a year and you must include the age (or approximate age) of the stamp in your blog post.

When I saw the inspiration photo, I immediately thought of Impression Obsession's Flower Pitchers wood mounted rubber stamp that has been in my stash for at least 10 years. I stamped it on Neenah Solar White 80# card stock, colored it with Copics, and added Wink Of Stella to the flowers. I die cut the image with Pinkfresh Studio's Braided Tag die. I used Neeneh Solar White 110# card stock for my card base, and stenciled it with Pink Posh's Jungle Background stencil. I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Best Friend Ever stamp set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and clear embossed it. I adhered the die cut with the floral image to the card bas and my card was complete.

Please head over to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and see how the Design Team interpreted the inspiration photo. Be inspired, let your creative juices flow, and come play!

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