Monday, 21 July 2014

With a hey-nonny-nonny!


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "a mid-summer's challenge".  That's why I cleverly quoted Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the title of this post, from memory mind you, no googling here!  Except it turns out that I'm too clever for my own good and "nonny nonny" actually comes from "Much Ado about Nothing".  Oops!  Well, that play is set in the lush Tuscan countryside, so maybe it's still relevant :)  Anyway, setting my poor knowledge of Shakespeare to one side for a moment, my aim with this card was to bring in some of the colours of an English summer garden.  We get more than our share of rain here so green definitely had to feature prominently!  Why not enter the challenge yourself?  I'm sure if you can come up with all kinds of summer-related things you can do for your entry!  Remember, you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp!

I started with the stems and branches from the Spring Sprung stamp set, stamping a border around the edge of my card with Peeled Paint distress ink.  My card base was from the Kraft Core Shattered collection and colour-matched the ink perfectly.  The stitches were from the same stamp set and I used Archival Black for them.  The yellow pennant was cut from Tim Holtz's Classics #18 set, coloured with Mustard Seed distress ink and then cut to shape.

I absolutely love the typography of this sentiment from Tim's Random Quotes set, I really like designs that feature a lot of white space like this, and I made a conscious effort to mirror that feel in my design of the card itself.  I coloured the letting with a peeled paint marker and edged the sentiment with peeled paint ink.

Those of you who visit here regularly will know that I'm not one to make much use of embellishments, my asthetic tends to lean towards flatter designs.  On this occasion though, I thought this card needed a little something extra so I decided to make my own flower.  I stuck a strip of tissue tape to my craft sheet and then swiped it with barn door distress paint, left it for a second, then wiped off the excess with a tissue.  I removed the tape from the sheet and molded it into a rosette shape.  I used the same tape, coloured with mustard seed paint to create the flower centre on a custom fastener and cut some leaves from the same Kraft Core card as used as my card base.  Isn't it cool how the design on the cardstock suggests the veins on a leaf?

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Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Face the Music


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "about a face".  Those of you who are regular visitors to my blog know that this particular face is one of my favourite stamps.  Though I try to limit the number of times I used it, I felt that this particular theme deserved nothing but the best, so here it is! :)  Why not enter the challenge yourself?  You don't have to be limited to human faces either, what about clock faces?  I'm sure if you put your thinking cap on there are all kinds of things you can do for your entry!  Remember, you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp!

I decided I was going to use paper piecing for this card.  David's face is stamped on Bazzill Kraft card and his hair is stamped on Kraft Cored Shattered Collection.  I used a white pen to fill in the white of his eye.  I love the uniformity of tone you get by stamping onto pre-coloured cardstock.  Don't get me wrong, I love adding colour to white card too, but this made a nice change, don't you think?

The background is from the French Industrial card stack. I love those faded ticking stripes, they remind me of the mattresses that my grandmother used to have in her house, or those that I used to see in illustrations of books I read as a child.  I used a grey alcohol marker to add a shadow to the right of the head and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz's Random Quotes stamp set. I really like how fine the lines are on this image, so delicate.


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Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)


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Monday, 7 July 2014

All this scratching is making me itch


The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "from scratch".  I make a lot of cards and I always use pre-scored 5x5 square cards that come with envelopes.  I decided that for this project I'd make my card from scratch, in a different size (bye-bye comfort zone!) and make my own envelope too.  Why not enter the challenge yourself?  What will you make from scratch?  An embellishment?  Your own patterned paper or a card like I did?  I'm sure you're brimming with creative ideas!  Remember, you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp!

My card is 6.5" x 4.5" (ok, so maybe not a million miles outside of my comfort zone, but far enough!)  I believe this is called an A2 card to our American friends (happy Independance Day for the other day btw).  I started out with a 9" x 6.5" piece of shattered Kraft-core card, which I scored and folded.



I've used a few recent stamp purchases here, the first of which was Tim Holtz's Artful Tools set.  I stamped the rulers with black archival ink and spritzed it with water before applying several colours of distress paint and drying it with my heat tool.  Hero Arts Winter Trees is another new stamp to me and I stamped it with black archival and painted the sky with a water brush and Stormy Sky distress ink.  The quote from Tim's Random Quotes set was the perfect shape to sit nicely on a torn piece of card.  I assembled the card using my trusty ATG gun and finished it off with the cute couple from Tim's Custom Fasteners set.  To be honest, I'm gutted to have used them because I've hoarded that particular image for a long time until I finally decided that if I kept it any longer I'd just never use it!

Of course, any card needs an envelope to go with it, and thanks to the WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch board, making an envelope of just the right size was a breeze! :)

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Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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