A quick reminder today to join us in the “Something Old, Something New” challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.
For my project today, I have made a card using a stamp set that was in the catalogue when I first joined Stampin’ Up! in 2008, Lovely As A Tree. Definitely an oldie but a goodie 🙂
And for the “new” part, I have stamped the sentiment using the Rose Wonder stamp set, and the versatile Hearth and Home Framelits dies.
Hope you join in with our challenge at Crafty Boots, and remember, your interpretation of “Something Old, Something New” doesn’t have to be the same as mine…. 🙂
Today, all over the world, Remembrance Day is celebrated, although here in Australia we tend to focus more on Anzac Day than today. There are special parades and remembrance services going on today though, and it is still a day for contemplating and remembering.
At The Male Room, we are asking you to create a project using the Remembrance Day theme, or Sympathy.
I have made a Sympathy card for my project, using a technique that I really like for this type of card.
The technique I have used for the background is the direct ink technique, in this case, the ink is put directly onto a clear mount block (without a stamp on it) and then directly onto the card stock. I have swiped some different coloured inks across my block, and before pressing the inked block onto my cardstock, I have stuck a circle of punched out Post It note down, to create the white circle “moon”. I think the subtlety of this background is perfect for Sympathy cards.
Over the background ink, I have then stamped some images from the Wetlands, and The Wilderness Awaits stamp sets.
I hope you will join in with us at The Male Room again this fortnight.
I have a few new goodies to play with and share with you today, including a beautiful new stamp set called Heartfelt Sympathy.
My card uses the sketch from the current Just Add Ink challenge.
I have also used some very pretty new Designer Series Papers, the Pretty Petals Stack. The stamp has been coloured using markers, then cut out using a circle framelit.
I am also entering my card in the Use Your Stuff current challenge.
With the release of the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue only a few days away, I thought I would introduce you to the new In Colours for 2015-2017.
I have made a card using a combination of Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe.
The flower is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, which has been heat embossed with white embossing powder. The flowers have then had some Mint Macaron ink painted onto the cardstock to give a little depth of colour, using a Blender Pen.
I will be back with some more ideas using some new goodies over the next few weeks. Contact me if you live locally (Canberra, Cooma area) and would like one of the new catalogues.
This week’s challenge at The Male Room is to make a project featuring birds. As you know, I really enjoy making masculine cards, and they seem to be quite popular with the customers at the local shop which sells my cards.
I have based my card on a sketch from The Paper Players, but didn’t get it completed in time for the challenge. Thought I would use the sketch anyway! 🙂
Here is my card:
I decided to use all browns for this one, and use some different papers from the retiring Stampin’ Up! paper stacks. Oh don’t worry, there will be more paper stacks, just in different patterns to these ones.
This lovely bird image is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set called MoonLake – one of my all time favourites.
In my previous post I promised to show you the card that I made which matched the gift cards, and I apologise for the delay, I have been quite unwell over the last little while. However, here it is:
These were made in exactly the same way as the gift cards, so a watercolour wash first for the background, then stamping the image from Moon Lake stamp set with black Memento Ink, and I have coloured in the image with Copics markers. I have also stamped the image without any colouring onto the envelope and also the inside of the card.
Just a quick Stampin’ Up! announcement for all of my lovely customers, regarding Blendabilities:
“We are experiencing a quality issue with our Blendabilities product line. Except for the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad Refill (item #133456), all other item numbers have been turned off; this includes Blendabilities Sale-A-Bration item numbers.”
If you are one of my customers with Blendabilities on backorder, please contact me. More information will be available next week.
This week’s Crafty Boots Challenge is to make a project for Remembrance Day.
I wanted to do something a little different for this challenge, so decided on a masculine sympathy card.
I have used some “camouflage” patterned paper, which I discovered amongst my stash of papers, and layered this over some Early Espresso cardstock. Then I have done some of my favourite “faux stitching” around the edge of the patterned paper. The words come from the Bloom With Hope stamp set, and the frame has been run through the Big Shot with one of the Fun Frames embossing folders. Some Linen Thread knotted in the centre, and some small silver brads in the corners of the frame for some finishing touches.
I have a very busy week ahead of me, but after this week, I will be back with more craft. Promise!
It’s never easy having to come up with a quick Sympathy card, so I went looking for inspiration on Pinterest…. lots of inspiration on Pinterest for all sorts of things!
I liked the idea of the watercoloured background and the simplicity of the card, but as usual I have made my own modifications.
I have used a sheet of watercolour paper and the Aqua painter to colour the background over the stamped image from the Wetlands stamp set, which was stamped, along with the greeting, in black Stazon ink. Pretty simple really, just use lots of water, and keep on adding ink and blending until you are happy.
… actually in this case I think it is Double stamping. I am not sure of the correct name for this technique, I have seen it called a number of different things, but whatever it is called, it is a great technique.
This first card I am going to enter into this week’s Retro Sketches challenge since it was their sketch that inspired me 🙂
I have used the Direct Ink onto cardstock technique using the colours Pool Party and Old Olive, and then I have used the Triple stamping technique for the silhouette in Basic Grey. The silhouette image comes from one of my all time favourite stamp sets Serene Silhouettes.
The second card uses similar techniques only this time I have used the ink directly onto the clear block and then stamped that onto the cardstock. It is just a little more subtle, but still very effective. The colours are the same, only this time it is the French Foliage stamp set (another favourite!)
If you like the Triple Stamping technique, live in the Canberra area, and would like to learn more about how to use this technique, I will be running classes on Tuesday 26th March at 1pm and Wednesday 27th March at 7.30pm. Bookings are essential as places are limited, so contact me asap to book your seat. I will also organise a class on the Direct Ink techniques, probably in late April or early May, details coming soon.