Sunday, October 9, 2011

Here are a couple of challenges I played with yesterday, though I really should pay a bit more attention to the layering on a sketch.  I stuck everything down then realised I didn't have a scallop detail or ribbon across the corner.  Oh well, necessity is the mother of invention, or so they say.

I have been trying out a few techniques that were demonstrated in Jennifer McGuire's Inspiration Showcase, namely, using Perfect Pearls. The little geometric designs were stamped in Versamark then dusted with Perfect Pearls, then "waved" through a mist of water.  Love the effect.  The flowers look a little unbalanced but really couldn't think of another way out of my dilemma.

What you need
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics black, white;  SU Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder
DSP - SU Neutrals Collection
Stamps - Darkroom Door Spiral Flowers;  Verve Fern Leaf, Circular Sayings
Ink - Versamark;  Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Pear Pizzazz
Die - PTI Limitless Layers
Flowers and Gems - Kaisercraft
Perfect Pearls, Kindyglitz

This is the birthday card I made for one of my daughter's friends - actually Michelle's daughter.  It is based on a card Dawn McVey did about a month ago using Hero Arts/Basic Grey papers and stamps.  As it was a Hawaiian themed party, I really overdid the tropical flowers. 

Hope she liked it and enjoyed her special day.

Friday, October 7, 2011

This is my second post for today

Gotta love these colours, though I don't think this was as successful as the card I posted earlier to day.  I had to walk away for awhile (to do the ironing - a great time to think) to work out how I could pull it together.  There are 2 different yellows on this card indicating my complete lack of yellow inks, also indicating it isn't one of my favourite colours.  Were it green, I have endless shades of that hue.

What you need
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics Orange, mid brown. yellow;  SU white
Patterned Paper - Autumn Abundance
Stamps - PTI Mat Stack 4 Collection
Ink - SU Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie;  Brilliance Sunflower Yellow
Ribbon - SU pumpkin pie taffeta

I think I will also enter it in the Ribbon Carousel Challenge

October already!

Where has the year gone!  My daughter has just returned to school this week and has only 7 weeks of Grade 3 left, I am sure she was only a toddler a year ago!  We had a lovely week in Ballarat with family only it was very cold and stormy which caused havoc across the southern states.

Anyway to a few challenges I have had my eye on this week.  I have finished my daughter's birthday invitations which I will put up next week when they have been sent, just need to work on the take home gift now.

This first card combines the gorgeous colours of the Shabby Tea Rooms latest challenge and the Sweet Stop's latest design.

This patterned paper would be my favourite of all the PTI papers but I always forget to use it.  

What you need
Cardstock - PTI white, new leaf;  SU Early Espresso
Patterned paper - Autumn Abundance
Stamps - PTI Turning a New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms 2;  SU Curly Cute
Ink - SU Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso (and marker)
Ribbon - ? American Crafts
Gems - Kaisercraft

The second challenge that caught my attention was Cards for Men utilising something sporty.  I have had this Snoopy stamp for a few years, my husband being a soccer fan, but never used it.  Well he has his Man Utd kit on and he is ready to play ball

What you need
Cardstock - SU black, white
Patterned paper - Kaisercraft Shaken not Stirred
Stamps - PTI Inside and Out:  Birthday;  Stampabilities Snoopy the Hot Shot
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black;  SU Real Red
Copic Markers

And finally for now, one for the Daring Cardmakers challenge - a card featuring a foreign language.  I paired this with SU's new Beau Chateau DSP.

What you need
Cardstock - SU Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, Vanilla
Patterned paper - SU Beau Chateau
Stamps  - SUCarte Postale
Ink - SU Soft Suede;  Versamagic Aegean Blue (reasonable match for Marina Mist)
Ribbon - SU Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain
Pearls - Kaisercraft

You can find links to all these challenges and more on the right hand sidebar.
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