Saturday, 7 October 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi friends!
It's Saturday and time for a new Less Is More challenge! We have a color challenge for you and it's a fun one: hot and spicy colors! Our blog is filled with DT inspiration so please head on over there for more hot and spicy cards!

Card 1

My first card is very CAS with burning hot colors! I've stamped my Altenew bird, masked it off (along with adding a straight edge mask), sponged the top portion of the panel with orange DI and stamped some grid pattern (Kaiserkraft) on it with the same orange ink. My bird is colored in with Copics and I simply stamped a sentiment (STAMPlorations) to finish off the card. I adhered the stamped panel on card base out of red cardstock -I'm trying to use up my colored card and save some white! :) This card is inspired by the sketch (and well, the colors are very sunny too so by the photo too!) at Fusion card challenges:

And I'm also joining the grid-challenge at CASology. (I hope you can see the grid I stamped as extra interest on top of my inking! The photo didn't catch it very well.) 

Card 2 

My second card is sort of a re-make of my TIME OUT DT card from Thursday (click HERE if you want to check out that card, I really liked how it turned out!). I wanted to change the design a little bit and have a go with the hot and spicy colors. The stamp set is a stunner by CAS-ual Fridays stamps: Casual Comfort. This card is inspired by these challenges: 

AAA Cards: Sketch

My first time playing here... Glad to enter! These encouragement challenges are amazing!

Stamping Sensations: Autumn Glory

Before going I want to let you know that Uniko is our sponsor in the month of October and this week we have the pleasure to have Bev from Uniko as our guest designer. I love the mandala card she made for us! 

That's all from me this time, folks! If you made it until here... Well done! Quite a long post! :)

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!

I'm here with my DT card for the current Inkspirational challenge where my wonderful DT friend Sandie has chosen us a theme:

One of my faves! I often go very CAS with one layers but this time I wanted to fill almost my whole card base with a stenciled design. The fun, funky deer with almost tribal looking details is from a stamp set I got last Christmas from Gerrina. It's my first time using this stamp and I think I'll make many more Christmas cards with it this year -I love how this turned out! I only colored his horns this time (I used Copics) but I so want to do the whole image with some cool non-traditional Christmas colors... I love all the detail in this stamp. Thank you so much, Gerrina! The stencil I used is from STAMPlorations and the sentiment is super old by SSS. 

I hope to see you playing along! Don't miss any other DT inspiration and challenge details, click HERE.

I'd like to enter:
The Merry Christmas Challenge: Anything Christmas Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge: U=unlimited (anything goes) + v=vibrant

Thanks for popping by! Happy crafty weekend to you all!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

TIME OUT Reminder!

Hi friends,
I'm here to remind you of our current challenge at TIME OUT. Due to breast cancer month our theme is:

Breast Cancer Awareness and/or Friendship 

This challenge is sponsored by CAS-ual Fridays and the winner will receive a $25 voucher to their store! Wonderful prize, right! 

In my DT card I'm playing with a wonderful stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays: Casual Comfort . I got this design idea immediately after seeing this stamp set but I must confess it's not my own: if you click HERE you'll see my "inspiration for one layer cards- Pinterest board" and find many examples of this kind of simple masking/layered stamping cards. I used a pink DI for sponging and and ink brushing my masked area and stamped some flower stems with that same ink, then I continued to stamp with black ink and in the end I did a couple of stems with golden Delicata ink. My DT buddy Jill used gold in her pink/white card last week and I loved it, I wanted to try the same color combo! Thanks Jill! I also used some sequins we DT members got as an extra gift from CAS-ual Fridays. Michele is always so generous to us, thank you so much!

Now it's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft if you haven't already! :) Please check our blog for even more DT inspiration from our design team members and wonderfully artistic guest designer Yulia

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Happy Little Stampers October Christmas Challenge!

Ho guys!
We have a new monthly Christmas challenge for you at Happy Little Stampers. Our theme is always "Anything Christmas Goes" but there's an optional twist on offer too and this time it is "silhouette".

I decided to make a Scandinavian style Christmas card using a background stamp by The Ton, a Finnish Christmas sentiment and Snowflake die by Marianne Design. The sentiment is heat embossed with platinum silver powder and I've added clear sequins for extra sparkle. The white rectangle has faux stitched, die cut details -also by Marianne Design. I've die cut the snowflake twice, from grey and white card, and used in-laid die technique with the pieces. 

Hope you like and thanks for popping by! Don't miss the other DT cards or prize info, click HERE.

Card for Challenges!

Hi friends!
I think this is my first non-DT card after the summer holidays -I've had a couple of pretty laid-back days and finally found time to play with an Altenew stamp set I got from my wonderful friend Marina for my birthday in August. This set consists of leaves that are layering stamps and the amazing, tropical bird that one card color in -I used Copics. You can also see some shine from Stickles in some parts of the bird but you all know how hard it is to make sparkle to show in a photo! I really like how this card turned out -I'd never have thought layering stamps and a self-colored image work together this well!

I'm entering:

(yay for the bonus day, I found time to enter, woot woot!) 

(I used the colors as my inspiration, mine are a shade darker though!)

Thanks for popping by! 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi guys!
We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More. September has 5 five weeks so we have one of our "lucky dip" challenges for you and this time it's watercolor. 

I made my card using stamps by Altenew. This card was actually quick to make but had several small steps and I thought I'd list them for you in case the look of the card interests you.

*First I inked the top half of the card with green DI using an old make up brush
*I splattered water on my ink, let it sit for 30 secs or something and blotted it away receiving white spots on my ink. 
*I stamped the flower with the help of Ranger stamping tool (this stamp is HUGE, I only used 1/3 of it for this card)
*I watercolored the flower with a coat of grey water color 
*I randomly added pink, purple and blue watercolor to the petals
*After this was dry, I water colored on top of the whole image with shimmery gold water color from Gansai Tambi's starry colors
*Splattered watered down white acrylic paint + my gold water color all over. :)
*Stamped the sentiment

From the detail photo below you can see how the golden water color shines. :)

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you playing along! Our blog is filled with DT inspiration and I hope you'll check out everyone's cards. We have a guest designer too: Jane from Purplejetlovescrafts. She has the most wonderful CAS style, do visit her blog and leave her some crafty love! Our September sponsor is Happy Little Stampers. 

I'd like to join:

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Guest Designing at CASE This Sketch!

Hi guys!
I have the great joy to guest design at CASE This Sketch Challenge blog in their current challenge! The sketch is a fun one:

It begins a series of retro sketches: CASE This Sketch is using some of their old, fabulous sketches for second time just because they are so great! :)

I followed the sketch pretty strictly... I've used some orange card base, black card that I had previously stamped with the Ton background stamp and golden Delicaa ink (also die cut this with Lil Inker dies) , an Altenew flower (die cut and colored with Copics) + Altenew sentiment (heat embossed with white). The combo of Copics I used is pretty fun: when you choose a color combination where the 2 lightest markers that you are using are a bit "too light" they start to push back the darkest colors and you get a soft, sort of water color look. I think I used YR68, YR14, YR02, R000. Of course you can use less than 4 markers too but 4 is often good for a very contrasting color combination!

Thanks for popping by and thank you CASE This Sketch for a fun GD opportunity! Do play along and don't forget to visit the blogs of the designers of this challenge -there's some of the most wonderful talent of bogland on offer in there! 

I'd like to join