Friday, December 16, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #100 - The Final Challenge!

Yes folks, you did read correctly - this is the final Inkspirations Challenge!  After wowing us with her beautiful creations & running an amazing challenge site over recent years, Makeesha has decided it's time to move on to different things her in life. 

I feel so privileged to have been part of the Inkspirations Team over the past 15 months & would like to take this opportunity to say a big "THANK YOU" - first & foremost to Keesh (you are one amazing lady!), to Renee (our techno guru), all the Design Team Members (both past & present), all the Guest Designers, all the Challenge players & all the lovely people who have taken the time to leave comments.  You are an awesome group of crafters!  :)

So to end it all, we have a Christmas Challenge for you & here is my project:-


One of my lovely crafting buddies (Hi Kim!) had asked if I could design a Santa with a sweet treat cup belly & this is what I came up with.  (If you would like to try one for yourself, I have listed the tools used at the end of the post.)


I decided to create a little scene for him & made a tree & presents, all presented on an easel base with a slider behind Santa to get the M&Ms out. Here are another couple of views:-



We would love it if you could join us in this final Inkspirations Challenge & share a Christmas project with us. My fabulous team members have got some wonderful inspiration pieces for you to enjoy, so please visit & leave them some love:-
The Challenge Site

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée


Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

Treat Cup Santa:
Body = 1.3/4" Circle Punch
Head = 1" Circle Punch
Beard = Cupcake Punch (frosting)
Nose = Owl Punch (medium circle)
Hat = Pennant Builder Punch
Pompom = Itty Bitty Flower Punch
Belt = Word Window Punch
Buckle = Owl Punch (smallest & largest circle)
Arms = Word Window Punch
Legs = Modern Label Punch
Hands = Boho Blossom Punch (smallest flower)
Boots = Scallop Square Punch
Fur Trim = Deckle Edge Scissors

Tree:
Greenery = Petal Cone Die & Tasteful Trim Die
Trunk = Modern Label Punch

Card Components:
All SU except for JAC paper & deckle edge scissors (used on fur trim) & the M&Ms, lol.  :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #99 - Sparkling Snowflake

Hi all, how are your festive preparations coming along?  Christmas will be here before we know it!  :)

This week Keesh & the Inkspirations Team have another great sketch for you to try out:-


Here is what I have done with it:-


I love the combination of pale blue & white for Christmas cards - it's so serene.  Here I've teamed some texture different textures with the embossing, vellum & dazzling diamond encrusted die-cut.  I've added some interest to the sentiment panel by matting & raising it on dimensionals.

If you would like to play along in the Challenge with us, or see what the rest of the Team have created with this great sketch, here are the links:-
The Challenge Site

Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée


Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

Card Components:  
Cardstock:  Bashful Blue, Shimmery White, Vellum
Stamps:  Four the Holidays
Ink:  Bashful Blue
Other:  Finial Press Embossing Folder, Petal Cone Die, 1.1/4" Square Punch, Basic Rhinestone Jewel, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals
Non SU:  MFT Snowflake Die, JAC Paper

Friday, December 2, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #98 - Masked Frame

Well another week has flown by & the countdown to Christmas is really on!

This week's challenge at Inkspirations has some pretty colours for you to play with:-


 I was inspired by the lovely, & very talented, Andrea over at Enchantink to create this card:-

Click on the phototo see it larger.

This is a really simple but effective technique where you mask the centre of the panel & build up layers of stamping around the perimeter of the mask.  Once you remove the mask you have a nice crisp frame for your sentiment.  I've utilised first, second & even third generation stamping, to get some graduation in the challenge colours.  I've added a die-cut daisy & ribbon to finish it off.

If you would like to play along in the Challenge with us, or just check out the awesome inspiration from the rest of the Inkspirations Team, check out these links:-
The Challenge Site



Cindy
Kirsty
Makeesha
Renée


Brandi
Carrie
Helen
Ilina
Lee-Anne
Marisa

Card Components:  
Cardstock:  Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Stamps:  Silhouette Sentiments & Well Scripted (retired), Autumn Days
Inks:  So Saffron, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Other:  Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon, Subtle Button, White Baker's Twine
Non SU:  Corner Rounder Punch, Sizzix Daisy Die