Tuesday, 17 July 2018

CASology Guest Designer

Whoop, whoop... a few weeks ago I was chosen as the weekly winner over at CASology and I received a lovely email from Melissa asking if I'd like to be the guest designer for this weeks challenge which until the Autumn is now extended to a fortnightly schedule.

The cue card is Cloud and as I felt 'on top of cloud 9' I decided to use that as my inspiration.

After colouring this little dragon from a Clearly Besotted set multiple times in various colour combinations I decided on a monochrome look.  He's coloured with alcohol markers and fussy cut out so that he sits on Cloud 9.  I have also stencilled some very subtle clouds as a background - so subtle they look invisible ;)

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Hugs on Your Birthday


Warm enough for everyone here in the UK?... I LOVE IT :)

I've used the sketch from Fusion for todays card.

With heat being very prominent at present I decided on a hot design.  The dragons have been coloured with alcohol markers and highlighted with a white gel pen.  Distress reinkers were used to create the blown effect down the side in Fired Brick and Wild Honey.

The same colours were used to ink the 'hugs' die, clear embossed and matted onto two black layers.  The sentiment is from Avery Elle and to finish I added some sparkle so the flames dance in the sunlight.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Cactus Door (playing with just the sketch)
Inkspirational - Inspiration Photo (picked out the colours)
Always Fun - Anything Goes
The Paper Players - Celebrate (Birthday Hugs)

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Bear Hugs

A super quick card to share today made using a WPlus9 set.

I just couldn't resist popping this inquisitive cub on the 'hugs' die reaching down for all that honey in the hive.  He's been coloured with alcohol markers with a few white gel pen highlights and fussy cut out.

I've added these two extra photos to show a close up of the hive that swings, its attached with white thread between two duplicate hives and to the back of the 'hugs' die.  The bees also have a little bit of Wink on their wings but they're so tiny its impossible to see unless the sunlight catches the card.

Challenge Links...

CASology - Bear
Allsorts - Baby Animals
Tuesday Throwdown - Interactive (hive swings)
Sunny Day Crafting - Animal

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Congrats on your 2018 Graduation

I've finally got round to making my sons Graduation card which is taking place next month, very excited.

The photo inspiration at Fusion is a bookcase containing lovely bright primary colours and I'm going to apologise now for toning it down.  I wanted the stack of books to look like the old leather bound vintage ones you find in historical library buildings so fingers crossed its still OK to enter the challenge with a more muted colour scheme. 

The image is by Tim Holtz and called Schoolhouse Blueprints, I rather liked not having an owl waving a scroll or a cute creature wearing a gown and mortar board.  I think this looks more grown up and I know its definitely more my son.

I very roughly coloured the image with Inktense pencils then cut the year out.  The sentiments are from a Hero Arts stamp and die set.  Everything was matted onto black cardstock and the numbers raised with foam tape and that was the fiddly part by far.

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Primary Bookcase (used the photo and the stack of books)
The Male Room - Inspired by a Film Title (The Graduate)
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Enjoy Your New Home

Since my husband is a huge football fan and as there appears to be only two channels working on the television at the moment, I decided to do a bit of crafting and went straight for this cute toucan from Clearly Besotted.

I used a set called Some Birdie Loves You and picked out the toucan, turned him into a Rainbow Toucan who live in the tropics of Latin America and yes they really do have blue feet, pretty cool :)  I coloured all the images with alcohol pens and used the matching dies.  Behind the toucan are some very subtle clouds making him look like he's in the tree canopy.

The sentiment is from another Clearly Besotted set and I just thought it would make an unusual and fun 'New Home' card.

Challenge Links...

Freshly Made Sketches
Just Add Ink - Just Add a Frame/Window (I used a frame)
Time Out - Warm (the warmth of the Latin American tropics)
Papercraft Challenges - Rainbow (Rainbow Toucan and I used rainbow colours)
Sunday Stamps - Tropical Hues



Saturday, 16 June 2018

Have a Delightful Day

Time has come round again to play at Fusion and oh boy was it a challenge... Cupcakes!  

Yikes cupcakes, urgh... not happening.  

I have tried on numerous occasions to make cards with pretty cupcakes on and I know every time I start it will end up in the bin with a cat that I swear sniggers at me and seems to give me a look of 'you can't handle cupcakes' and damn he's right - I suck at them so bad!

In light of the above I decided on flowers using the colours from the inspiration photo and roughly fused it with the sketch.

I inked up a Clearly Besotted stamp set, white embossed and coloured with Gansai Tambi watercolours and that was pretty much it.  The edges were distressed a little, stamped the sentiment in DewDrop pearlescent orchid and added a bit of Wink to the water so it glistens in the light.

You might be able to catch the sparkle better in this photo. 

Challenge Links...

Fusion - Sketch/Inspiration Photo
The Flower Challenge - Use a Previous Challenge (Challenge 14 CAS)
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
HLS - Anything Goes Watercolour optional twist Smile 

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Caped Cat

I don't mind admitting I'm a bit of a superhero fan as is my husband so I had to purchase the Caped Cuties set from Clearly Besotted and the first to be inked was the cat.

He's coloured with alcohol markers and die cut out, set him to one side while I created his cityscape to be protected at all costs, as superheroes do or maybe he's a supervillian. 

I die cut a Spellbinders star into white cardstock, added foam tape to create perspective from the backdrop.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn just embossed onto black cardstock in white embossing powder and I added the caped crusader with more foam.  A few highlights were added to the buildings in a silver glitter Sakura gel pen as a reflection from the moon.

Challenge Links...

Always Fun - Male/Dad
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Animals (cat)
Crafty Cardmakers - For a Man/Boy
Inkspirational - Power (super kitty with big meow power)