Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wedding card version 2

I've used this idea for a wedding card before (I originally found the inspiration on Pinterest), but I tweaked it a bit this time around. You can see the previous cards here. This time I used a pearlescent grey cardstock instead of a black one, and made a tie for the groom. And yes, that is indeed a full Windsor knot, thank you for noticing the detail! I embossed the sentiment in silver, I think it's a great sentiment for a wedding card. I printed the inside of the card using a freely downloadable font called Jane Austen (I adore the font, it's just what I have been looking for!) and stamped a banner with the word love as well as small hearts in silver ink. It's still a very simple card, but I think I prefer this silvery grey version to the original. The greeting is just saying "Congratulations to the newlyweds" in Swedish, nothing more cryptic than that.

I am entering the card in this week's Shopping Our Stash where the theme is Triple Threat, i.e. use at least three out of: ribbon, flowers, lace, pearls, sprays/mists, punched or die cut elements, rhinestones, doilies, dry embossing or scoring. I have used rhinestones, ribbon, dry embossing and well, there are flowers on the embossing pattern so I think might just about make it too. Everything out of my stash, nothing new for this one. Scraps of paper for the white bits, a leftover bit of ribbon, a scrap piece of vellum and I have to admit, I have never used this specific embossing folder before so I'm glad it finally got to do what it was designed to do. I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where Anything Goes this week.

Card: Pearlescent silver card I bought from eBay that has no brand, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Dovecraft 110 gsm premium vellum
Stamps: Stampin' Up Yippee-Skippee, Stampin' Up Banner Blast for the inside of the card
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark, Hobbycraft silver pigment ink
Other: Indentz embossing folder, Papermania adhesive gems Capsule Heather, ribbon from my stash, Papermania silver embossing powder

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Back in the saddle again

It's been a whole week since I've had time to play in the InvisiblePinkCraftRoom. Last Monday I was enjoying Sis' graduation and after that me, my Sis and the Culinary Consultant have taken the Parental Unit for a week of sightseeing of Yorkshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire with a quick stop in Lincolnshire as well, clocking over 900 miles on the car.

So today we dropped the Parental Unit off at the airport, and after a bit of tidying up and loads of laundry (which dried in less than two hours thanks to the amazing weather we have been enjoying) I galloped my way to the craft room. It always takes a bit of browsing to get the good ol' Mojo going again, so I browsed my favourite craft challenges for inspiration. As I've probably trawled through half of this world's challenge blogs, it's not a coincidence that my little card is inspired by a record number of challenges. I'm entering the card in the following challenges

Addicted to Stamps and more - I was inspired by the purple and the basket of flowers

Addicted to CAS - the theme is Celebrate and I think it's always a good idea to have cards that you can use for different occasions when they come up, this would be perfect for a birthday but also for other reasons to celebrate. I love the Paper Smooches "Celebrate" sentiment stamp, the font is perfect and it's just the right size for almost any card
Color Throwdown - the colours for this card are from this challenge: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry

Freshly Made Sketches (see sketch below) - this is my inspiration for the layout of the card
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - Emboss it

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - "Who's the Boss" i.e. embossing 

The two embossing challenges helped me come up with the background to the card, as I'm a bit of a CAS-o-phobe, and embossing on a white background leaves plenty of white space without seeming too "empty".

And last but not least, I'm also entering the card into Less is more where the theme is anything goes. Wow, it's going to take me the rest of the night to link up to all the challenge blogs... but boy does it feel good to be back in the Craft Room again!

I coloured the flower using markers and popped up the different layers using foam dots. I embossed the background and added some gems to the flowers. I heat embossed the sentiment in white to make it pop from the Bermuda Bay banner. Finally I added some stickles to the flower for a bit of extra dazzle.

Cardstock: Leonardo Workshop 300 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, scraps of Stampin' Up card in Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry
Stamps: Hero Arts Layered Flowers, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark, Stampin' Write markers in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry
Other: Daisy Chain Embossing folder (free with the May issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft), Papermania Seafoam white embossing powder, Papermania adhesive gems Capsule Sunshine, Tim Holtz distress stickles Mustard seed 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

L is for Layer at the Sisterhood

I have the immense honour of guest designing at Sisterhood of The Snarky Stampers this week as my Steampunk card was selected the winner a few weeks ago. I love their fun challenges and the inspiration from the talented DT not to mention the occasional snarkiness that makes me laugh out loud. This week the challenge is L is for Layer (or should I say L is for Lack of Layer) as you are asked to design a one layer card so hop over to the home of snarkiness to play along.

This challenge was perfect for an idea I saw over here (I wish I could take credit for the fun card design but I can't, so credit where credit is due). I love the slightly cheeky idea, and thought the Sisterhood would be the perfect place to display this fun little card. 

This is one of those cards which looks so simple, but turned out to be a bit fiddly to make. I die cut the letters for masking using my trusty Tim Holtz Inside Out Alphabet die. I then made a "practice fold" using some scrap paper and arranged the letters onto that to make sure I got the fold of the card in the right place to make the sentiment work and to make sure the card was still going to fit into an regular envelope.

The main challenge was to attach the die cut letters to the cardstock so that they would stay there during the application of colour but still come of nicely at the end. I ended up putting a bit of snail on the letters and then touching the adhesive with my finger a few times to make it less sticky before arranging it onto the cardstock. This worked pretty well, although a few of the letters still slid around a bit. If you have a nice alphabet stamp set you could use emboss resist instead, but I don't and I also love the font of the inside out alphabet so that's what I went with.

I used a foam applicator to add my favourite colours of Tim Holtz distress ink to the card. I love how the distress inks blend and form new colours as you apply it in this way and it's a nice and messy thing to do. However, sponging the ink needed a gentle hand to make sure the letter masks stayed in place. To finish, and to add something a bit extra, I used the Stampin' Up Gorgeous grunge to stamp the little speckles of colour and added three rhinestones to emphasise how awful I think the recipient is, hehe.

Card: Leonardo Stationery 300 gsm White Card
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspeberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Squeezed Lemonade
Stamps: Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge
Other: Adhesive rhinestones from my stash, Tim Holtz Alterations Inside Out Alphabet die

Friday, 25 July 2014

Graduation card for Sis

After my marathon of making graduation cards for my Sister's friends, of course I had to make one for her too. I was somewhat short of ideas after making a total of eight graduation cards (links: card 1, card 2, card 3, card 4, card 5, card 6, card 7, card 8). After turning to the crafters best friend, Google and Pinterest, I thought this idea was great, so I adapted it to make my card.

I guess the picture says it all, I created all the components  freehand and fussycut with scissors. The name badge and NHS logo are printed using my ink jet printer and adhered to black cardstock. The white part of the card is actually a card holder, and the green bit inside is the card with the text on. It seems quite intricate, and while it took a bit of time and fiddling around to cut out the various parts, this is a really simple card as you only need a pair of scissors, some cardstock and adhesive to make the card. I think it turned out rather cool even if I do say so myself. It would also make a great holder for a gift card, come to think of it.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz, scraps of black and white card from my stash
Other: Buttons from my stash, Stampin' Up Adhesive gems

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Graduation cards - all done

This is finally the last of the graduation cards for my Sister's friends. Of course there is still my Sister's card which I will post in a few days once I have time to write the post. The graduation took place yesterday and everything went smoothly as expected with a big bunch of new doctors released out into the wild.

My sister suggested I make a box card for this new doctor, so a box card I made. I used my trusty box card design which I have used here, here and here. I covered the box with paper that I got for free with a crafting magazine. I used Stampin Up Petite Petals and Flower Shop stamps to stamp the flowers and punched them with the matching punches which makes life so much easier. Unfortunately I don't have a matching punch for the butterfly from the Bloomin' Marvellous stamp set so I had to fussy cut the butterflies. Finally as for all the other cards, I die cut the letters using my favourite alphabet die, the Tim Holtz Alterations Inside Out Alphabet die.

I'm entering this card into this week's The Pink Elephant where the theme is Summer Time.

Card: Leonardo Workshop 300 gsm White card, Coloured 240 gsm craft card in Pink Raspberry, Purple Grape and Ruby Red

Paper: The Country Diary of and Edwardian Lady (free with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine earlier this year)

Ink: Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry andTempting Turquoise

Stamps: Stampin' Up Bloomin' Marvellous, Flower Shop, Petite Petals

Other: Tim Holtz Alterations Inside Out Alphabet Die, Stampin' up Petite Petals and Pansy punch


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Petite Petals graduation card

This is the second-to-last in the bunch of graduation cards I have made for my Sister's friends. It seems like ages ago when I started with the first one, and still I was struggling to get them all done in time. It's been a challenge to come up with something individual and unique for each of the new doctors, but I've had a great time creating. 

This card came together easily using the Stampin' Up Petite Petals stamp set and matching punch. It's so fun to stamp and punch the flowers, I could make oodles of cards like this. I also added some splatter using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (which seems to feature on about 90% of all my cards, but what can you do, if it ain't broken don't fix it). I die cut the letters and put everything together with a few adhesive gems for a bit of bling. I stamped a row of flowers inside the card and on the envelope as well.

I'm entering this card in Addicted to CAS which this week is about "Celebrate". If graduating as a Medical Doctor is not a reason to celebrate, I don't know what is. I'm also entering this week's Addicted to Stamps and more where the theme is CAS. I also had to enter the Shopping our Stash challenge as the theme was to use something you can't put away, and these two stamp sets definitely have seen their fair share of use in my craft room. 

Card: Leonardo Stationery 300 gsm Smooth White Card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Stampin' Up Crumb Cake
Stamps: Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge, Petite Petals
Inks: Stampin' Up Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Wisteria Wonder
Other: Stampin' Up Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Petite Petals punch, Tim Holtz Alterations Inside Out alphabet die

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Birthday Blueprint card set

I decided to put together a card gift box using Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprint stamps. I started off with the party hat, which I created for a challenge here. I used a few of the figures I coloured during my holiday to create the cupcake and present cards. And finally I used paper piecing for the balloon card. 

I stamped the cupcake and present onto watercolour paper using Stazon black ink. I coloured the present using Tim Holtz markers in Mowed Lawn and Seedless Preserves and an aqua painter to create a watercolour look. I coloured the cupcake using Stampin' Up markers in Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride and Tim Holtz distress marker in Peacock Feathers and Iced Spruce and a blender pen. I stamped the sentiments from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler. The DSP is from Papermania Happy Birthday to you. I stamped in black onto the background papers and attached the coloured and fussy cut images using dimensionals. 

I stamped the balloon in black onto Stampin' Up Summer Smooches DSP and fussy cut the balloon. I stamped the balloon again onto white cardstock and attached teh balloon using dimensionals. The sentiments are from the same Sentiment Sampler set as above. The description for the chalkboard card is here.

For the box I used the same measurements as I used previously here. I stamped each of the birthday stamps on the top of the box and finished everything with a purple cardstock wrap and a bow I made from purple ribbon from my stash. I also stamped to make matching envelopes.

Oh and if you think that it looked like there is a snake in the background of the cards, that's just because there is a snake in the background of the cards. Our little girlie was out stretching her... herself while I was taking the pictures. Isn't she cute!

Card: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm and 300 gsm Smooth White Card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white and three shades of blue card, coloured craft 240 gsm card in Pillarbox red, black, purple grape and teal
Paper: Papermania Happy Birthday to you paper, Stampin' Up Summer Smooches DSP
Stamps: Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprint, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stazon black, Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Regal Rose and Marina Mist, Stampin' Write markers Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Tim Holtz distress ink Seedless Preserve, Tim Holtz distress markers Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers 
Other: Tim Holtz alterations inside out alphabet die, Ranger Ice stickles, purple ribbon from my stash

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

More dino-mite

For this card I stamped the dinos onto watercolour paper in black ink and coloured using Stampin' Write markers. I used crafting paper for the sky and cut the grass using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die. I then cut the dinos using the matching dies and matted onto teal cardstock. I stamped the sentiment onto the teal cardstock and heat embossed using white powder. I added one more happy little dino inside the card.

Cardstock: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, Daler&Rowney 190 gsm Watercolour paper, Coloured 240 gsm cardstock in teal
Paper: Stampin' Up DSP Sunshine & Sprinkles
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters from the Past
Ink: Hobbycraft black pigment ink, Tim Holtz distress embossing ink, Stampin' Writes Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder
Other: Lawn Fawn Critters from the Past and Grassy Border dies, Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Graduation card with purple flower

I have a few more cards on my list of graduation cards for my Sister's friends. Their graduation is looming, only two more weeks to go so I thought I better get my crafting mojo in gear and finish a few more. This card was inspired by this week's Colour me... and Freshly Made Sketch, although I don't have Elegant Eggplant so I had to improvise a bit with the purple colour. Doesn't that inspiration picture just make you smile, it's too cute to be true.

I created the flower using the Stampin' Up Blossom, Pansy and Petite Petals punches and matching stamps for the last two. I stamped the flowers in Tim Holtz Distress ink in Seedless Preserves, inked around the edges with a foam applicator and curled the leaves a bit for a more three dimensional flower. I added a bit of Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper String as a finishing touch and in line with the sketch. I stamped the blue flowers in Soft Sky and die cut the letters using the Tim Holtz inside out alphabet die.

Cardstock: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, Coloured craft card 240 gsm in Purple Grape, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm three shades of blue
Paper: Stampin' Up Sycamore Street DSP
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink Seedless Preserves
Stamps: Stampin' Up Flower Shop and Petite Petals  
Other: Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper String, Stampin' Up Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Tim Holtz alterations inside out alphabet die

Friday, 11 July 2014


The inspiration today comes from this week's The Card Concept which is a colour challenge. I also decided to challenge myself to use the party hat stamp from the Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprint set. I can't decide if I like the stamp or not, and I couldn't come up with a way to use it.

I was inspired by the black wall and the black and white pillow to do a faux chalkboard effect card. Working in the red was easy, but I had no idea how I could work in a sentiment and the teal colour. But I was inspired by looking at the shiny teal coloured cup on the nightstand and decided to create my own very sparkly and shiny sentiment. I don't get my Stickles out nearly enough so I'm always so happy when I figure out a way to use them.

The Card Concept has six different "styles" to create cards and I think this card would be Clean & Graphic.

Card: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, coloured 240 gsm kraft card in Pillar Box Red and Black, scraps of Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay
Ink: Stampin' Up Whisper White pigment ink
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Birthday Blueprint
Other: Tim Holtz Alterations Inside Out alphabet die, Rangers Ice Stickles in Mint Ice

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Today's card was inspired by the current Snarky Stampers challenge which is "S is for Steampunk". Not sure if this is quite hard core steampunk, but it's steampunk-ish enough to qualify I would think. 

After my decision yesterday night to start an art journal, I wanted to get my Distress Paints out in anticipation of my mixed media journal that hopefully will arrive in the next few days. I'm so eager to get going, I can't wait to be making a complete mess and ending up with who knows what monstrosities. But it's a new way of being creative. And you know that feeling when you have a new idea and you just want to get going but have to wait and you are afraid the inspiration will go away and by the time you have all the stuff you need you have already moved onto something new... 

I haven't had much success with the Distress paint metallic colours, I just haven't been able to make them look like I wanted. As it so happened, my new watercolour paper pad arrived today, so I thought I would die cut the cogs from the heavy watercolour paper, spritz the paper until soaked and then use the paints onto the wet surface. And that really worked for me, I love the look. I used my heat gun to dry the cogs until almost dry, then sprinkled some matching embossing powder and heat set. Not too much of it, but just a little for that subtle texture and shine. I also wanted to try out my new washi tape that arrived today (the first washi tape I have ever bought). I used the colours in the washi tape as my inspiration for the cogs and the background. I created the card background by stamping the Gorgeous Grunge stamps using clear embossing powder and sprinkling with a mix of copper, silver and gold embossing powder and heat set before using a foam applicator and Distress inks in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain to create a leathery look. You can't quite see it in the picture, but the embossing powder has a nice subtle shine giving the card a bit of texture and depth. I couldn't resist stamping a slightly snarky sentiment inside the card. 

Card: Craft UK kraft card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Daler & Rowney 300 gsm Aquafine watercolour paper
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone and embossing ink
Stamps: Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler, Hobbycraft typewriter alphabet clear stamps
Other: Tim Holtz alterations Gadget Gears die, Papermania Silver and Copper embossing powder, golden embossing powder from my stash that is so worn I can't tell what make it is, washi tape I ordered off ebay, Tim Holtz Distress paints in Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass, gold paper from my stash

Monday, 7 July 2014

Card set and box

I've been thinking how nice it would be to have a few sets of cards that I could give away as gifts. I thought a little set of cards that would work for several different occasions, given in a matching gift box. And because I really love my DSP, I wanted to be as economical with it as possible. So these cards and gift box were all created from one 12x12 sheet of DSP. For this set I selected a colourful DSP from the Stampin' Up Summer Smooches. I created five different cards trying to stick to a theme but keep them different. To keep a coherent feel across the cards I only used sentiments from one set from Paper Smooches (I really love the font in this set) and used a flower stamp from the Stampin' Up Flower shop stamp set on some of the cards, but mostly just letting the DSP take centre stage. I also stamped inside some of the cards.

I got the idea for the box from Mary Fish's blog here, but changed the size to fit my cards and envelopes. I made a diagram with the size for my box, it fits a regular A6 envelope (162x115 mm) and card. I also made matching envelopes for the cards with a purple flower stamped in the corner. To finish, I simply wrapped a matching ribbon around the box. I wasn't really sure about this DSP which is why I haven't used it before, but actually I think the cards turned out really great with the turquoise and purple colour theme. 

For the box, you need two rectangles of cardstock, a 16.6x21.5 cm for the bottom and 15.8x20.7 cm for the top. Score the bottom at 2.5 cm inside of each edge, and score the top at 2 cm inside of each edge. Fold along the scored lines. Cut out the grey triangles, fold the flaps and attach using snail or glue.

Cardstock: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, Coloured kraft 240 gsm in Purple Grape and Teal, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Inks: Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry
Stamps: Stampin' Up Flower Shop, Photopolymer Show & Tell 2, Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Other: Stampin' Up Pansy punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, ribbon from my stash

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Congratulations and smooches

On today's card you can find some more of the little cuties I coloured on the beach. The inspiration for this card was the current sketch from CAS(E) this sketch. I used Paper Smooches stamps for the chubby little critters and the sentiments. The chubby chums are coloured using Tim Holtz and Stampin' Up markers and a blender pen on watercolour paper. The banner is from a set of Christmas sentiments, I stamped it and fussy cut it and mounted the sentiment stamp slightly curved to fit with the banner. I am also entering the card in the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge where Anything goes until July 12th.

Card: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Daler & Rowney 190 gsm watercolour paper, Coloured kraft 240 gsm card in teal
Stamps: Paper Smooches Chubby Chums, Sentiment Sampler, Papermania Urban stamps 12 Days of Christmas Word Banner
Ink: Stampin' Up Bermuda Bay, Stampin' Write markers and Tim Holtz distress markers, Stampin' Up blender pen

Saturday, 5 July 2014

In the garden

This is one of those cards which was supposed to be a completely different card, but it just didn't want to go there. So it turned out like this instead. Sometimes that happens, you have a clear idea in your head what you want to do, and when you put it together it just looks wrong. So you have to change mid project. But that's what so wonderful about creating, just go with the flow and see where you end up. 

The inspiration for this week's card is the Clear it Out challenge blog which this week has the theme In the Garden and the stash item Ribbon. And I do have a huge stash of ribbon which I don't use nearly enough (isn't it strange how you feel like you don't want to use the nice stuff in your stash, but save it "just in case you need it later"). Anyhow, pretty much everything in this card is from my stash. The paper is from a free set that came with a crafting magazine, the doilies have been floating around for ages and I used scraps of cardstock for the butterflies and die cut letters. I am also entering the card at The Pink Elephant where everything goes this week.

Card: Craft UK kraft card, coloured kraft card 240 gsm in purple grape and lavender
Paper: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Designer Paper Collection
Stamps: Stampin' Up Bloomin' Marvelous
Inks: Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Wisteria Wonder
Other: White and purple ribbon from my stash, doily from my stash, charm from Vintage Sewing Charms, Tim Holtz inside out alphabet and vintage lace dies, Nellie's multiframe's MFD 020 die

Friday, 4 July 2014

Purple flower shop thank you

I got into the whole colouring onto kraft when I made this card using the So Very Grateful stamp set a while back. My inspiration for today's card was this card from Mel Sharp that I happened upon when perusing Pinterest as well as this week's Colour Me... challenge which is monochromatic Blackberry Bliss. My wish list for the new Stampin' Up cattie was so long that the new in colours didn't make this round, so I don't have Blackberry Bliss yet (and I'm not sure if I really like some of the new colours, still undecided if I want to jump on the 2014-2016 bandwagon or not), but I do have Rich Razzleberry so I went with that. I'm also entering this in this week's Pink Elephant Challenge, which is anything goes.

All in all, this was a rather simple card. I stamped the flowers onto kraft using  embossing ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder. I then coloured the flowers using a Stampin Write marker in Rich Razzleberry. I also stamped and heat embossed the background for the sentiment using a stamp from Chalk Talk and die cut using the matching dies. The sentiment is also heat embossed in white and fussy cut using scissors. Then it was just about assembling everything.

Cardstock: Kraft card, Coloured kraft card 240 gsm purple grape, Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White card
Stamps: Stampin' Up Flower Shop, Pretty Petites, Chalk Talk
Inks: Tim Holtz distress embossing ink, Stampin' Write Marker in Rich Razzleberry
Other: Papermania Seafoam White embossing powder, Stampin' Up Chalk Talk dies

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Dino baby

If you follow my blogs on Facebook, you may have noticed that I couldn't go away on holiday without taking just a little bit of crafting with me. I'm sure my fellow sun worshippers thought I was stark raving mad sitting there in my beach chair in my pink tankini colouring little dinosaurs. What can I say, mad as a hatter...

This card is inspired by this weeks The Card Concept challenge which is Oh Baby! My chosen style for this card is Clean & Layering. I also used this week's Freshly Made Sketch for inspiration. In addition, I'm entering this card into this week's Addicted to Stamps and More which is themed Make Your Mark, as I coloured the cute little dinos with markers and a blender pen. Last but not least, I'm also entering Stampin' Royalty challenge #235 which is "Keep it simple" as this is at least for my style a rather clean and simple card.

I stamped the dinos in black onto watercolour paper and coloured with Tim Holtz and Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen. I stamped two different heart stamps for the background. The smaller hearts are actually a lilac colour, but it looks grey on the picture. The sentiment is heat embossed using silver powder onto vellum. This card existed in quite a few different guises before it ended up as it did, I tried so many different papers for the banners, but this simple layout worked best.

Card: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, Dovecraft 110 gsm premium Vellum, Silver grey cardstock I ordered off eBay and has no branding, Daler & Rowney 190 gsm watercolour paper
Paper: Stampin' Up More Amore DSP
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters from the Past, Critters Ever after, Paper Smooches A Little Lovin, Sentiment Sampler
Inks: Stampin' Up Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate, Tim Holtz embossing ink, Hobbycraft black pigment ink, Tim Holtz distress marker in Shaded Lilac, Stampin' Write markers in Soft Sky and Marina Mist, Stampin' Up Blender Pen
Other: Stampin' Up adhesive gems, Papermania silver embossing powder