Friday, January 28, 2011

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #55 - Glittery 21!

Hithere, are you ready for another great challenge this week?  Here is the fun sketch that Keesh has for everyone to play with:-


 & here is what I have done with it:-


I have to 'fess up & say I have several jars of beautiful AED glitter!  Sadly, it hasn't been used much of late, so I thought I would pull it out & "BLING" up this twenty-first card.  

To make the glittery letters I stamped the letters onto "JAC" paper (a double sided adhesive that has a liner paper on either side).  I peeled the back liner off the JAC paper & stuck the group of letters onto some teal cardstock.  Then I did some more "crazy lady smokin' scissors stuff" & cut out out each individual letter using small sharp scissors & a scalpel.  I adhered each letter to the background panel & then peeled off each top liner & added the glitter, tapped off the excess & voila, gorgeous glittery letters!

Here's some step by step photos, with the an extra letter I made to go on a matching pillow box:-


& here is a close up so you can see the letters, stitching & embellie details:-


This was a fun idea to create & could be used for lots of different occasions that have 9 letters, ie., EIGHTEEN, CHRISTMAS, VALENTINE!  What else can you think of?

Please make sure you visit the rest of the team & check out their gorgeous creations:-
The Challenge Site
 


Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée









Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa
 

Card Components
Cardstock:  Taken with Teal, River Rock
Pattern Paper:  Kaiser Lacey Bay (Prairie Lane Collection)
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Priceless & Jumbo Outline Alphabet (retired)
Inks:  Soft Suede, Versamark
Other:  Alison Ellis Design Peacock Green Glitter, JAC Paper, Organza Ribbon, Micro Stick On Rhinestones, Key Charm, Crystal Bead, Nylon Thread, Sewing Thread

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Owl Calendars

For last week's Inkspiration's Challenge I made a little calendar that was inspired by a gorgeous little calendar I received in the mail from the lovely Christine Blain.

Christine made this adorable little guy on the right & I absolutely love him.  I have taken the main elements of Christine's design, added a little greenery & come up with the calendar on the left, which will be flying off to Tassie.  (*waving "hi" to Lynne*)

Aren't these little guys cute?  (You can click on the image to get a larger view.)


I've listed components for the calendar on the left.

Calendar Components:
Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede, Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamps:  PTI Everyday Button Bits, SU Tiny Tags
Inks:  Versamark, Soft Suede, Perfect Plum
Other:  SU Pastels (chalks), SU Owl, 2 Step Bird, Scallop Border & Itty Bitty Button Punch, CM Fancy Corner Punch, EK Corner Punch, Rhinestones, Fiskars Texture Plate, Calendar

Friday, January 21, 2011

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #54 - Fussy Blossoms

It's Inkspirations Challenge time again & this week you have these gorgeous colours to play with:-


These colours work perfectly together!  I seriously think that Pear Pizazz is nudging Old Olive out of my "favourite green" top spot, it's such a pretty & versatile colour.

Anyway, this week I have created a little magnetic calendar & a matching tri-fold card:-


Now, I have two big thank yous here.  One to Christine for her sweet inspiration to make a calendar & one to Lynne for being such a wonderful friend & picking up & posting me some calendar pads.  I had trudged to shop after shop without success, & then discovered you could get them in her state! Thanks so much lovely ladies!

So here is the card opened up:-



& here is the calendar:-


Call me crazy, but I actually find fussy cutting quite enjoyable (or maybe I just thrive on a good challenge) & these blossoms were VERY enjoyable/challenging to cut out!  lol


I tried something different with these projects & that was watercolouring onto Very Vanilla cardstock instead of using watercolour paper.  It certainly needed a different colouring technique but worked okay. To stamp my outline images, I first inked the stamp with Versamark & then, before stamping, inked it again with Early Espresso.  I heat set the ink with clear embossing powder to get a raised outline.

The DT have some beautiful creations to show you, so pop along & have a peek:-
The Challenge Site

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée




Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa
 

Card Components
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Very Vanilla
DSP: Pear Pizazz Patterns from 6x6 Hostess Pad
Stamps:  SU Elements of Style & Afterthoughts
Inks:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Versamark
Other:  SU Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Pear Pizazz Ribbon, Calendar

Friday, January 14, 2011

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #53 - Graduate Owl

This week the challenge at Inkspirations is a wonderful sketch:-


& here is the card I created for my niece, who recently completed her Bachelor of Science (woohoo, go Sarah!):-

 

I've kept to formal colours with this card, but added the quirky owl to make it fun.   The entire card front has been embossed with SU's Lattice Embossing Folder.  The texture this folder creates is just gorgeous & it looks great used either side up.

Both the mustard & the "latin script" panels have had the edges sponged.

I've punched the owl & given him a set of outstretched wings using the scallop oval punch (a big thank you to the lovely Christine Blain for this clever idea!)  I've created a mortarboard for him using the curly label punch to get the peaked section over his eyes & then freehand cut the sides, top & the tassel.  He has also been chalked, glazed & popped up on dimensionals:-


I thought I would be really brave this week & add a special ribbon detail to this card.  Usually I will stick to a knot or bow, or just keep my ribbon flat but this time I have really challenged myself & used "scrunched ribbon".  Gasp!  Actually it's pleated, I couldn't challenge myself THAT much!  lol


The ribbon is simply attached to the card by the decorative brad with a tiny dab of adhesive behind the pleats.  The right tail of the ribbon is completely loose, but sits beautifully.  :)  I am really happy how it turned out.

Hope Ms. Sarah B.Sc. likes it!

Now there is lots of lovely eye candy from the rest of the Team to get you inspired & creating, so make sure you go check it out & play along:-




 The Challenge Site

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée







Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa
 

Card Components
Cardstock:  SU Basic Black, Whisper White, More Mustard & Early Espresso, Bazzill Linen Black, White Photocopy Paper (Rolled Degree)
DSP:  Kaiser Undercover
Stamps:  SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks:  SU Basic Black, More Mustard & Crumb Cake
Other:  SU Scallop Oval, Wide Oval, Curly Label & Owl Punches, Dimensionals, Black Spica Glitter Pen, Clear Glaze Pen, Hodgepodge Hardware ("Genuine" Brad), Black Satin Ribbon (2 sizes)




















 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #52 - Spritzed Birthday

Hello & a big "HAPPY NEW YEAR"!  Hope you had a wonderful break & are all ready for 2011!

To start the Inkspirations Challenges off with a bang this year, Keesh has a colour challenge for you to play with:-


I thought I would have a bit of an experiment with these colours & here's my card:-


When you look at the rest of the Team's cards, you might think I've used the wrong colours!  No, I just thought I would use them a little differently by making a spritzed background (details below).  :)

Spritzed Background:

Whisper White Cardstock
Peach Parfait Inkpad
Baja Breeze Inkpad
Riding Hood Red Inkpad
Mist Spray Bottle of Water
Plastic Sheet (I used one of the thin plastic cutting mats)

Firstly, using an edge of the inkpad, I made horizontal bands of colour on the plastic sheet, starting with the peach stripes first, then the baja & making the red stripes last.  Then I spritzed the ink bands with water.  Next I lifted up one edge of the plastic mat to make the colours run into each other a bit.  Then I laid the whisper white panel directly onto the wet plastic mat.  I laid a piece of scrap paper over the top & pressed my hand over it to make sure the whisper white had picked up all the colour from the mat.  I left this panel to dry & then created the card. The fun part about this technique is that you never know what you will get until you're done! :)

Here's a close up of the details:-


Come join in the fun & make sure you go & check out the rest of the DT's creations here:-
 The Challenge Site


Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée







 
Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa
 

Card Components
Cardstock:  Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Stamps:  SU Perfect Punches & All A Flutter.
Inks:  Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
Other:  SU Wide Oval Punch, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, Rhinestone, Satin Ribbon, EK Border Punch