Just Add…. Sequins!

This week’s Just Add Ink challenge is to use Sequins.  Definitely a challenge for me, sequins are some I seem to avoid using, not for any particular reason, I just don’t think of using them.  But I do like a challenge! :)

To create my card, I have used the Word Bubble Framelits, in particular, the cloud shaped one.  I have used it to cut out a cloud of heavy cardboard, which I have then used as a template to sponge around, creating the cloudy sky look in the background.  I have made two clouds in silver foil and then embossed them with polka dots.  The umbrella comes from the Hostess stamp set called Life’s Adventure, normally the umbrella is held by a cute fox but this time I just wanted the umbrella.  And yes, of course, some shiny sequins coming out of those silver clouds :)
There are lots of gorgeous ideas and ways of using sequins from the rest of the Design Team here.  And I look forward to sharing my last card as Guest Designer with Just Add Ink next week.
Happy stamping!
Chris

New…Crafty Girlz Challenges

I am very excited tonight to announce a new challenge blog that is now up and running, and even more excited that I am lucky enough to be part of the Design Team of Crafty Girlz Challenges!!

We have three sponsors for our very first Challenge, they are:

Rosey Hearts

rosey hearts

Lacy Sunshine

lacy sunshine

A Day For Daisies

My first card, uses the very cute image called “Cute Fairy” from Rosey Hearts.

She certainly is cute, giving the snail a hug! :)

I loved this boy as soon as I saw him, with that cheeky face – Mikey Sweet Urchin from Lacy Sunshine.

I had fun trying to work out a background for this card, and have used some Stampin’ Up! DSP (retired and current) along with the fabulous Hello You Thinlits Dies and Crazy About You stamp set.

And last but definitely not least, is the absolutely gorgeous image from A Day For Daisies called A Lap Full of Kittens.

I have also used a background digital stamp from Make It Crafty called By The Window.  I thought the girl looked like she would be sitting with her kittens wishing the rain would stop so that they could go outside to play.

A huge thanks to our three sponsors for allowing us to use these beautiful images, and for the other “Crafty Girlz”. Lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team at Crafty Girlz Challenges!
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Ricky Goes Fishing…..

Who?
Ricky is the name of this gorgeous boy on my card, from Tiddly Inks.

Ricky comes with two frames as well, and I have used the Polaroid frame, and wanting to keep it clean and simple, I mounted it onto a white card base.  The strip of fishing paper along the bottom comes from my stash, and Ricky has been coloured using Copic markers.
You can find the Digi image by clicking here.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Red, White and Blue

This week’s challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is to use the colour combination of Red, White and/or Blue in any combination you choose.
I have made a fairly quick and easy masculine card using a nautical theme for my project.

 

The papers are from the Maritime Designer Series Paper (Stampin’ Up!) and I really like the little bit of aqua colour in there to freshen it up a little.
You can see all the other inspiration from the rest of the Design Team here.
Join us with your own projects.  Happy stamping!
Chris

Just Add Ink #258

This week’s challenge at Just Add Ink is to use this absolutely gorgeous colour combination:

Lots of pretty things you can do with those colours :)

My card this week features the ever popular and beautiful Blooming With Kindness stamp set.  I have sponged the Melon Mambo and Blackberry Bliss ink onto the stamp, to create the variations in colour, and then stamped the image two or three times so that it comes out lighter and lighter each time.
The Lace has had some Velvet trim threaded through, and both of those and the metal flower button come from the Artisan Embellishment Kit from the Occasions Catalogue.
Thanks again to the lovely ladies from the Just Add Ink team, for having me as their Guest Designer this month.
Make sure you pop on over to Just Add Ink and check out all the fabulous inspiration there.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Easter Challenge Reminder

A quick reminder today about our Easter Challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.
I have made two quick and easy cards, both using the “For Peep’s Sake” stamp set.

The first card uses some retired papers, but I love the bright, vibrant colours, so couldn’t resist using them.

And for the second card, I have used a sponge dauber to change the colour on the words.
Make sure you check out some other Easter inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Just Add Ink #257 Inspiration Challenge

I am feeling very honoured to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for the month of April with the Just Add Ink team.  I always love their challenges, and this week’s is an Inspiration Challenge.

I was in two minds with this one (well, maybe three or four actually), but in the end the pretty flowers and lace won out.


I have used some of the elements from the Artisan Embellishment Kit in the current Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue.  The beautiful roses Die cut layer has been spritzed with some gold (although it is a little difficult to see the gold in this photo).   Then I have used the Sahara Sand Lace Trim along the edges of the card, and also to make the lacey flower, which has the beautiful Resin Flower from the Artisan Embellishment Kit in the centre.

Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Teams projects for this week, and share your own with us, at Just Add Ink.
Happy Stamping!
Chris