Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Vivid Pieced Vases...


This week's ColourQ combo is a fun and funky one... check it out:

I  wanted to use some Blendabilities for the Calypso Coral/Blushing Bride colours so I looked for a stamp in my collection that would work and decided on Vivid Vases. I was originally going to colour the whole image but then decided to have fun with a bit of paper piecing...

Each vase was stamped on dsp and trimmed out, then sponged lightly with the matching ink to get the shading.

I used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch layout to help me...

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Vivid Vases, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Memento black, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Blendabilities (Calypso Coral, Skin Tones)
Paper: In Colour dsp, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Blushing Bride, Vellum, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Calypso Coral seam binding, rhinestones
Tools: Banners framelits, Bitty Banners framelits

Make sure you check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team this week!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Seasonally Sponged Thanks...

Hi there,

I'm preparing some swaps for a SU training event I'm going to on Saturday and thought I'd use some challenges to give me some inspiration... So I combined the Friday Mashup sketch and 'emboss resist' technique with the Paper Players' theme this week...

I wanted to keep things simple (well as simple as I can lol!) so I focused on the beautiful sentiment from Seasonally Scattered and some autumnal dsp...

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Seasonally Scattered, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: versamark, Sahara Sand, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Paper: Colour Me Autumn dsp, Sahara Sand, Mossy Measow, Very Vanilla
Tools & Accessories: Angled Tag Topper Punch, clear embossing powder, sponge daubers

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Owl Awesomeness...


It's time for another great ColourQ challenge and this week we get to play with some of this year's In Colours with this pretty combination...

I already had a little Project Life card in Hello Honey that I had stamped with this fab sentiment with Smoky Slate ink, ready to make up a card, but it had been sitting in my 'unfinished pile' for weeks. When I saw the combo I knew I wanted to use it so I grabbed my owl punch and got to work...

Tee hee!! So cute! I actually made this with my sister in mind as she has just gotten a LONG overdue promotion so I wanted to send her something to say congrats - she loves owls and yellow so this is perfect for her (hopefully!). I used the sketch from Fab Friday for my layout, but I had to make a bit of larger card than usual to accommodate the PL card - the finished card is 7x5".

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Big News
Ink: Smoky Slate (inkpad and Blendabilities)
Paper: Happiness Is Project Life collection, Moonlight dsp, Blackberry Bliss, Naturals White, So Saffron, Smoky Slate
Accessories: Hello Honey ribbons, Subtles buttons
Tools: Flower Frenzy die, Owl builder punch

Make sure you check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team this week - we'd love to have you play along with us too!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mojo Bauble...


I'm popping in quickly to share a card I made with the latest Mojo Monday sketch using the fabulous Christmas Bauble single stamp from the Autumn/Winter catty...

Here's the sketch:

As you can see I used the big silver satin bow for my circle element and added the bauble (coloured with Blendabilities and cut out) and the little sentiment banner. The papers are from the All is Calm dsp collection (so many pretty patterns in that one!). I added some sequins and silver Dazzling Details for a bit of bling!

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Christmas Bauble, Petite Pairs
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark, Blendabilities (Smoky Slate, Old, Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana)
Paper: All is Calm dsp, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Accessories: Frosted sequins, Silver Dazzling Details, silver satin ribbon
Tools: Project Life corner punch, banner framelit

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

BeYOUtiful Garden...


Well, we are back from holiday and back into work and this week has been BUSY so far (good busy, but still doesn't leave a lot of time for crafty things!). Thankfully I had some time on the weekend to play with the ColourQ palette this week - it's so pretty!

When I saw the different colours with the splash of green I immediately thought of flowers, and while I have a LOT of flower sets {lol}, I decided to go with Corner Garden because it is so beautiful and I think I need to push myself to use it in different ways (I took rather a long time colouring it with Blendabilities and then wondered how often I'd have the time to do that, so I wanted to look for other options as well!). I'm actually thinking of doing an online class to download with some different projects using this set - do let me know if you would be interested in seeing something like that! Anyway, enough rambling... here's what I came up with using these colours...

I decided to just use a portion of the image and use it in a different orientation than it is shown on the reference picture (I know you can do that with most stamps but does anyone else ever just get stuck with the 'standard' layout of something and forget to move things around??). I was inspired by the PPA layout this week...

I cut out the large flower in the corner and popped up a couple of layers for my circular element as shown in the sketch. The square panels were cut out using square framelits (the largest plain square as well as the scalloped one). The Corner Garden image was stamped on Naturals Ivory card then embossed with white embossing powder and coloured with an aqua brush and inkpads. I added a sentiment from Flower Patch and a couple of blinged-up butterflies from Papillon Potpourri to finish. I also added little dots with the white chalk pen around the scalloped square.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Corner Garden, Papillon Potpourri, Flower Patch
Ink: Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush, Old Olive, Versamark
Paper: Naturals White, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories: rhinestones, white chalk marker, white embossing powder
Tools: Squares framelits, Bitty Butterfly punch

Make sure you check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the Royal Court this week, and if you get a chance, do play along with us with these gorgeous colours this week!

Thanks for stopping by...

x Amy x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

ColourQ Seasonal Double...

Hi there!

It's time for another great ColourQ challenge and this week's colours are lovely and rich...

There are lots of possibilities with this combo, and I got a bit carried away and made two cards! I started one, then got distracted by a completely different idea, made that one, then came back and finished the first one. This is the one I started first and finished last...

This one uses the fabulous new Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching framelits. The woodgrain effect on the door panels was created by inking the woodgrain embossing folder with Pacific Point ink then pressing it onto Pacific Point card - it really is worth playing around with using your embossing folders as stamps!

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Pacific Point, Old Olive
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White
Accessories: Brights candy dots
Tools: Woodgrain embossing folder, Wonderful Wreath framelits

Now this is my other card - completely different but still using these colours and new goodies from the Autumn/Winter catty...

This one uses the beautiful Seasonally Scattered sentiment set as well as a little accent stamp from Holiday Home. I stamped the greeting on Naturals White card then embossed with clear EP and watercoloured over the top with Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie & Pacific Point inks then die-cut with the largest Apothecary framelit. The final touch was colouring in the letters with an Old Olive Blendabilities marker.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Seasonally Scattered, Holiday Home.
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Versamark, Blendabilities (Old Olive)
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Whisper White
Accessories: Brights candy dots, clear EP
Tools: Hexagon Hive thinlit, Apothecary framelit

Make sure you check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the Royal Court this week - they're sure to inspire you!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Flower Patch Fusion...

Hi there!

My hubby and I are on holiday at the moment, having a lovely relaxing time (I brought some crafty goodies with me to play with of course!), but I've made a few things to share with you while we're away... When I saw the current Fusion I knew I had to play along - I love both the sketch and the inspiration photo...

I was preparing for my Flower Patch class when I made this one...

I had seen the Flower Patch set used to make a sunflower somewhere else and I wanted to try it for myself, so I stamped the second-largest flower once with Crushed Curry and once with Daffodil Delight then cut out with the matching die-cut. The centre was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink on matching card then die-cutting with the matching framelit and the stem were done in the same way using Old Olive. I created a stamped background on Crushed Curry card with one of the small flowers in this set using Whisper White ink. The sentiment is from the Tag Talk set and punched with the label bracket punch.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Flower Patch, Tag Talk
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry,Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Paper: Tangelo Twist dsp, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Venetian Lace Trim
Tools: Flower Fair Framelits, Label Bracket Punch

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x