Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mojo 243 and CR84FN55

I have been having loads of fun playing along with Mojo Monday Challenge Blog and the CR84FN Challenge Blog this week.  I knew I would love the sketch at Mojo Monday this week as it's the end of the month round or square challenge and I love making round cards for a change.  The colour challenge at CR84FN was also a beautiful combination this week so I decided to combine the two on my card.  So here is what the sketch and colour inspiration was:

And here is the card I created:

The papers I used came from a few different ranges in my stash:
Graphic 45 - Little Darlings
My Minds Eye - Nostalgia and Miss Caroline
Pink Paislee - Indigo Blue
I teamed these up with coloured cardstock, Kaisercraft pearls, DMC embroidery floss, Versa Magic Spanish Olive ink and vintage lace.

The dies used were from:
 MFT - Mix and Match Banner, Fancy Flourish, Royal Rose and Fishtail Stax
Quikcutz - Scallop Circles (used to create the cards border)

The stamp used was from Verve Stamps.

Here is a close up of the embellishment:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

ISSC17 and CR84FN54 - 4 U

Wow are the weeks flying by!  I seem to be saying that every time I post.  This week I was determined to get at least one challenge card completed after I finished my design team and cards class commitments. So here it is!

This weeks card combines two challenges.  The first is the card sketch from the iSpy sketch challenges blog. The sketch was inspired by Amy Rohl.

The second challenge blog that I used was from the inspirational Mona over at CR84FN Color Challenge

To incorporate the colour challenge I had to rummage through my paper collection and ended up selecting papers from Kaisercraft, Basic Grey and Authentique.  Here it is -

I also set myself the challenge of not inking on this card.  For those of you who know me well this is a HUGE challenge.  I did however, need to edge distress - can't help myself!

The striped elements of the card were made with ribbon and my MFT die namics Scallop Ribbon die. I decided to finish my stripes at the embellishment piece.

The main embellishment was made using my MFT die namics Well Worn Greetings die, oval cutters and an image downloaded and printed from the fabulously talented Beatriz Jennings AKA Iralamija.  I finished the embellishment off with some Kaisercraft pearls and spika and gelly roll pens.  Its a little hard to capture in the photo but each layer of the embellishment had a fine edge of glitter applied to it.

For the tag off to the left I actually decided to split it in two.  For this I used the MFT die namics First Place Award Ribbon die.  I also decided to add some MFT die namics Mini Rolled Roses, Punch Bunch leaves and a ribbon and vintage twine bow taking inspiration from the CR84FN pictures.

The whole card was edged with the MFT Scallop Ribbon die and mounted on a co-ordinating neutral card base.  I cut this small enough to be hidden behind the front panel so that the border was highlighted a little more.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, May 18, 2012

May Cards at Scrappy Hollow

I have had an extremely busy month again so I apologise for not posting my usual card challenges.  I am working with a scrapbooking company on some design projects that I can't wait to share with you later in the year!!!  I did however, have an awesome time in my latest cards class at Scrappy Hollow . We used the lovely Graphic 45 Little Darlings range.  I fell in love with it and so did many of our customers as we just cant seem to keep enough of it on the shelves.

Here is what we made -

 And for those of you who are coming along next month here is a snippet of the male cards we are making.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, May 4, 2012

iSpy Sketch ISSC13

Just wanted to share the latest sketch challenge from  the iSpy sketch team.  I have not been able to play along for a few weeks but with things getting back to normal around home and the challenge deadlines being changed I found this week was the perfect time to play along again. Thanks to the iSpy team and the featured designer - Dawn Mercedes for the inspiration!

And this is the card I created -

The papers were from My Minds Eye and Die Cuts with a View.
I teamed them up with Bazzill cardstock, seam binding, MFT dies, Green Tara buds and a vintage brad from Stampin Up.

The rolled mini roses were die cut from fabric. I just can't stop making these gorgeous little flowers! I also used the left over wire from the buds by curling it and adding it to the flower spray.  The stamp was from the "Tag You're It" MFT set.

The vintage brad was added to the seam binding bow together with some vintage twine.

This is the card standing up - so you can see the dimensional layers created by the flowers and other embellishments.

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mojo Monday 239 - 80 Happy Birthday

I was excited to head over to the Mojo Monday challenge this week, as I knew it was the last one for the month of may, which meant it would be a round or square challenge.  I absolutely love making round cards so of course you can guess which sketch I followed.  Here they are

I still had one more 80th card to make for a friends mum so I have incorporated that into the design as well. Here is the card I made -

The papers were from the Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two range which I really love and the card base was from Archiver's Your Truly stationary that I picked up when I worked for them in America.

On the bow I added some  Kaisercraft flowers and vintage twine.  You can also see the hand stitching which went around the card and across the central banner section.  I then added some pearl detail with Kaisercraft pearls.  The lace was from my stash.

I decided to move away from the square tag embellishment and use an MFT doily (yes- my fav's again!!) and then I added a fishtail banner to the centre of the tag.  Using rubons, I was able to cut the greeting into pieces and get it to follow the line of the central oval piece.  It's a little hard to see but the 80 also has some distress stickles applied to it.

Thanks again for dropping by!

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