Decorative Masks

I have used one of Stampin’ Up!s Decorative Masks to create the background for my card today.  These are such a simple but effective tool which would also be fantastic for using on scrapbook pages, art journal pages, and a heap of other things.
Something else I will be experimenting with, they are so easy to use, and it makes it super easy to create a quick background.

Sponged Note

So I have gone with some yummy Grapefruit Grove cardstock for my main colour, and sponged….. Flirty Flamingo ink through the Decorative Mask.
Yes you read that right.  You could, of course, use Grapefruit Grove ink and that would work too, but right now I don’t have Grapefruit Grove ink 🙂 and I liked the depth that the Flirty Flamingo ink added over the base colour.
Add some strips of off cuts and left over pieces of patterned paper and cardstock, and some white Baker’s Twine, and that’s a really quick and easy card.
The ends of both white off cuts have been punched using the Classic Label Punch, (another super versatile piece of equipment!) and the words are from Butterfly Gala stamp set.

Inspiration for my card came from the current Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I LOVE a sketch challenge 🙂

Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Colour Challenge

I thought I would take part in the latest challenge from Just Add Ink today.  It’s been incredibly hot and humid here for weeks on end.  So after a morning swimming in the ocean and cooling off, I took some well needed crafting time this afternoon.
The colour challenge looks like this……

Since I no longer have Stampin’ Up! colours in my collection, I had to use similar ones from the Kaszazz range, and have used the gorgeous Heirloom papers for my card.  These are really not colours I would normally put together, but this is what I ended up with.

The stamps are Kaszazz as well, called Bicycle and Basket, and French Flair for the top of the Eiffel Tower in there.
Here is the inside of the card…..


I’m looking forward to some cooler weather coming in in a couple of days time, because even crafting isn’t that much fun in this heat.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Just Add Ink Christmas Challenge

Christmas in July, that is….  and it is most definitely cold enough here to be a white Christmas in July, in fact the snow has been forecast for the next day or two.  So what better to do, than stay warm with the fire going, and colour!
I have created a card for the current Just Add Ink challenge, using a gorgeous image I found on Pinterest.

The image is actually a colouring page, which I have reduced to card size.  Have you got in to all the adult colouring pages and books?  I have just started and am having so much fun with them, I find colouring very relaxing.
The image was printed on to some white blending cardstock, then coloured with Copic Markers.  I have simply mounted it straight on to some of the new heavier weight Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock.

Stay warm, and happy stamping!
Chris

Heartfelt Sympathy

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.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Freshly Made Sketches 191

My card this morning uses a combination of the sketch from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, which I have combined with the current Just Add Ink challenge of using Topography.  This is my second entry in the Just Add Ink challenge but I wanted to show a completely different way of using script or lettering on your projects.
Here is the sketch:

FMS191

I have kept my card very simple, and it really only took me a few minutes to make.

I have used a white card base, and separate white layer which I have run through the Big Shot with an embossing folder which came as a free gift with a magazine.  Then I have lightly sponged some ink on the area I wanted highlighted, just using a sponge dauber.  Then a couple of strips of patterned paper attached behind the white layer before adhere it to the card base.  It’s a great way of using up some of those thin strips of patterned paper, or coloured cardstock, that we all manage to collect.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Best Thoughts

This week’s challenge at Just Add Ink is to use Typography on your project.
I have used the gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! Hostess stamp set Best Thoughts for my card.

I liked the look of this rolled technique, and thought I would give it a try, however I am not entirely happy with how it turned out.  Note to self: always wait until the glue has dried before taking the photo!!
I also needed to spritz the cardstock with some water before rolling it, this makes the cardstock more easily manipulated.  I will have to give it another go! 🙂
I have used the colours Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss and Very Vanilla, along with some of the Typeset Specialty papers and an Antique Brad.

Did you know that you can get the hostess sets for your self, in a number of ways.  You can host a stamping party with some friends.  You can place an order of $250 or more.  Or you can collect orders from other crafters to make up a total order of $250 or more.  Contact me if you would like to know more.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Something new….

I know, you have all just been hanging out for a bit of a peak at something from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which isn’t released until the 2nd of June, and I have been keeping you in suspense……
So I have made a card, just for you, using a brand new stamp set called Sprinkles of Life.

I have made my card using the colours from the latest Just Add Ink Challenge:

I just love this stamp set, it is very versatile, plus it is the Ronald MacDonald House Charity stamp set, so for every one of these sets that is sold, Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to Ronald MacDonald House Charity.  The stamp set includes 22 different stamps, so I will bring you some more creations using it, along with the matching punch.
I hope you are having a crafty weekend.
Happy stamping!
Chris