Thursday, October 28, 2010

Inkspirations #45 - 21 Bling!

I realised I need a 21st card for next week, so thought I might be able to squeeze in a challenge entry with Makeesha for this week!

Here is my card:-

Here is the link to the challenge so you can check out the awesome DT cards & all the entries, & here is the sketch:- 

Here is a close up of the blingy numbers & all the stamping:-

I have Versamark stamped the stars from SU's Extreme Elements on the green panel & the stars from SU's retired "Starring You" on the purple panel.  The "happy birthday" is a clear cling stamp, stamped over & over.

The "21" has been cut from JAC paper & blinged with silver glitter, matted onto Concord Crush CS & raised on dimensionals.  The silver star, circular mat & embossed panel all add some "masculine" metallic bling!

I pushed myself by using different colours for this card & was really happy with how this combo turned out, considering I have never liked Garden Green all that much!  LOL

Card Components
Cardstock:  Garden Green, Concord Crush, Whisper White, CM Metallic Silver
Stamp Sets:  SU Extreme Elements/Starring You, Other Clear Cling Birthday
Inks:  Concord Crush, Versamark
Other:  Silver Glitter, Dimensionals, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

JAI39 - Just Add Blue

As the title suggests, this week's theme at JAI is Just Add Blue in recognition of October being Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month.  Find out more at

You can play along & check out the Design Team's inspiration pieces HERE.

Here is my very blue entry:-

I have created a bag front & card for my sister, who is about to travel overseas on a "quilting" tour.  The inspiration for the bag front came from this clever card by Lynda.  I have resized the pattern, using a 2.1/2" central square & then panelling with 3/4" wide DSP & stamped strips.

The bag is the perfect size for a nice new novel, to fill in some time on the plane trip!  The bookmark attaches to the front of the card, being tucked under the scalloped oval (which is raised up on dimensionals) & clipped with a cute mini library clip, like this:-

The image on the bookmark has been stamped with both Versamark & Not Quite Navy ink & then clear embossed to give a raised, shiny finish.  The card is based on one of Makeesha's sketches (here is a link to the sketch).

Here is a close-up of the panelling on the giftbag:-

Project Components:
Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Bella Bleu
Stamp Sets:  SU Artistic Elements, PTI Everyday Button Bits (Sentiments)
Inks:  Versamark, Not Quite Navy
Other:  Dimensionals, Mini Library Clip, Satin Ribbons, Cotton Lace, Mini RicRac, Kraft Paper Bag, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Inkspirations #43 - When is an owl not an owl?

Why, when it's a penguin of course!!!!

I've been waiting patiently to get my hands onto the wonderful new SU Owl Punch, having seen sooo many cute & lovely creations made with him out in blogland.

So what did I do to the first one I punched?  I chopped his "ears" off (they are not really ears if you are wondering, they are just feathers!)  I switched his claws for webbed feet, re-curved the top of his tummy & then gave him some wings/front flippers.  I liked this little fellow so much that I made a whole family to add to my challenge card this week:-

Here is the challenge sketch:-

You can check out the Design Team's inspiration pieces & play along HERE at Keesh's blog.

I quite like my family in our penguin personas (we look a tad "Brady Bunch")!  lol

The sentiment is from the new Perfect Punches set from SU & I have punched & layered it in three separate layers, all on dimensionals.  The striped panel has also been raised on dimensionals, as have all the penguins.

I'm sure you will find more penguins on my blog in the future, so next time I will take some "during construction" shots, so you can see the alterations I have made.

Card Components
Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
DSP:  Retired from last year ?
Stamp Sets:  Perfect Punches
Inks:  Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie
Other:  SU Two Step Owl Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1.1/8" Circle Punch, 1.3/8" Circle Punch, Small Flower Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Inkspirations Challenge #42 - Toby 'n' Buster

This week's challenge from Keesh is to use the colours Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss & Very Vanilla.  You can play along & check out the DT's inspiration pieces HERE.

Here is my card for the challenge:-

I have combined a few different techniques to create this design but only four inkpads!  I love the variations & depth of shading you can achieve with them.  First the sky was brayered with Not Quite Navy Ink onto glossy cardstock, then I used first & second generation stamping with Kiwi Kiss & SU's Inspired by Nature Set to create the grass along the bank. 

The main image is a digital stamp by Dustin Pike at Doodledragon Studios.  I have printed the image onto watercolour paper & then coloured it with inkpads & aquapainters.  This panel has had the top edge fussy cut & then it has been layered over the background, with thin dimensionals under the animals' heads to lift them off the background.  I have used a very, very light wash of So Saffron ink to shade the bunny (Buster, I presume) with a vanilla colour.  The turtle (must be Toby) has had his shell glazed with Crystal Effects & the water has been highlighted with Dazzling Diamonds. 

I think these little guys are adorable &, as Keesh mentioned in her post, how cheeky is that little turtle face?

Card Components:
Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, Watercolour Paper
Stamp Sets:  SU Inspired by Nature & Great Friend, Dustin Pike's digital image "Buster n Toby"
Inks:  Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron
Other:  Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, White Glaze Pen, Clear Glaze Pen, 1.1/2" Circle Punch, 1.3/8" Circle Punch, tiny Butterfly Punch