Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Colour inspiration

Hi friends,
Today I'm posting a card for the JustRite challenge #97 Colour Inspiration.I love colour challenges, they take you outside of your comfort zone, and the end results are always a bit of surprise, aren't they? This time we were challenged to use Cadmium Orange, Brick Beige and Teal Blue as our colours, and I went for a relatively simple card using two stamps by JustRite, French Rose Background and  a Happy Birthday stamp from the Large Fancy Sentiments set. Both stamps were used along with embossing powders (oh, I'm in love with the flower background embossed in white!!!) to add some texture; I've distressed the edge of my stamped background and touched it with a Mango chalk ink to pop it up a bit, then sewed my background to another layer. I've used vellum paper for the sentiment as it doesn't block the gorgeousness of the the background stamp :-) And it allowed me to trace part of the stamped image with pearls - I think it's cool that you can use the image as your silhouette for a custom pearl swirl :-) Then I added ribbon, metal ring, twine and a few flowers made with the help of great Spellbinders' flower dies. And here is my card. Thank you for stopping by!!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Yellow/grey card

Hi Friends,

Today I'm posting a card made for JustRite challenge #91 (oh, I'm totally anticipating a blast with the 100th challenge just 'round the corner :-), which is to use colour inspiration - yellow/grey/neutral. I've seen all the cards made by the talented crafters from around the globe, and I don't envy the judges this week! I LOVE them all!! Well, the challenge is fun (I LOVE grey and I absolutely LOVE yellow!!) and the prizes are delicious :-) No chance to miss that combination, right? I also want to enter my creation to Simon Says Stamps challenge this week, which is Anything Goes.

For my card today, I've used JustRite's  Lace Background StampLace Medallion Labels and a sentiment from the set You Inspire Me. I've stamped both lace stamps on white cardstock in grey ink, then heat embossed with sparkling translucent embossing powder (oh, the sparkle!!!), then used Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks to colour up the cardstock, so that the background colour is not even and has a bit more spice :-). I could not possibly resist cutting up the Medallion image and layering it up - the second picture shows the layers in depth. The hardest part was to extend the largest die of Resplendent Rectangles set by Spellbinders to accommodate the main image, but it was rather fun :-) I felt for a moment that I was a space engineer, calculating millimeters, angles etc. lol I'm kidding of course, the extension took me about 10 minutes to complete :-) And for the additional bling I added some yellow drops to some parts of the card, finished it off with ribbon bows, and now I have a really hard time deciding who will be getting this card. I think I'll keep it on my desk forever - the sparkle, the lace, the ribbons... yum... That's my official favourite as of today!! Thank you for dropping by!

And here are the promised layers' close-up:

Monday, February 18, 2013

JustRite Sketch Challenge

Hi friends,

Today I'm posting a few cards for the ongoing JustRite Friday Challenge, which this week is to use a sketch. It's a great occasion - well, half of work is done for you :-) Just need to fill the sketch as you see it. And here are my cards - I created a set of three in various colours, using Warm & Cozy Medallion Labels by JustRite, along with a set of compatible die templates. I stamped images in VersaMark, heat embossed with gold embossing powder, then cut out layers by hand. I've added some sparkle to each card with ultra-fine glitter and some bling :-) The blue card is a bit different - I used a piece of ShimmerSheetz for one of the layers instead of brown cardstock, embossed it and sanded a bit to have the embossing part pop up a bit. Layers cutting by hand was labourous, but, hey, it's a fair trade for a sketch, don't you think? :-) What I found out about myself making this posting is that I'm a REALLY bad photographer. The ribbon looks white in the pictures, while it's off-white and coordinates perfectly with the creamy background paper... And the sparkle is almost invisible... And layers are not as prominently popping in the pictures as they are in reality... Oh, well... Maybe I'll take a class or a couple to learn how to use camera properly... And here are my cards. Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

PTI Happy Birthday

Hello friends,
Today I'm posting a clean & simple card for the PTI 6-year anniversary challenge, where we're to create a project that is inspired by one of the Design Team Favorites projects. My inspiration for a card today was one of Danielle Flanders' creations; I used Sweet Life stamps and dies for the flower composition, then a few of the Happy Hexagons stamps, and a Happy Birthday stamp from the Communique Sentiments Mini Stamp set. And here is my creation. Thank you for dropping by!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Emboss with Mo

Hi friends,

Today I'm posting my submission to Mo Manning's Embossing challenge and to Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. I think Mo's image Strongman that I used is one of my most frequently used ones. I just LOVE it! As for the embossing part, I used both dry and heat technique. For the dry embossing, I used Spellbinders' hexagon embossing plate (the light blue background piece), then brayed  the embossed image with Royal Blue Colorbox ink for added texture. For the heat embossing, I used the Aged Aqua embossing enamel by Stampedous for the dark blue background piece (right behind the image) - Oh, the look of that piece is breathtaking! I love the splash of aged gold through the embossed part, and the lacquered feel of the edges... Anyway, here is my card - made for a colleague's hubby :-) Thank you for dropping by!