Sunday, 20 August 2017

AAA Cards Challenge #97 - Masking

There's a new challenge starting today at AAA Cards and it's another nice and easy theme that requires no special equipment - MASKING.

The sponsor for this challenge is STAMPlorations and I've used their stamps to create my card:

And I thought I'd include a photo tutoral of how I created my card.

1. I gathered my supplies.

2. I used two pieces of masking paper to mask off a strip near the top of my card base. I'm stingy too and have re-used some masking paper, so that's why it's already all inky!

3. I used a blending tool to add my three colours.

4. I peeled back the top piece of masking paper just a little and stamped the first flower. Good job I was using the misti tool as it didn't stamp perfectly the first time.

5. I re-attached the masking paper strip and covered the flower with a mask too.

6. I stamped the middle flower. Then I peeled back the bottom masking strip and covered the middle flower with a mask and stamped my third flower.

7. I removed all the masking paper and stamped the two sentiment words.

Stamps: Stamplorations, Helenium large & Bold Sentiment Gorgeous
Inks: Ranger distress, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagon, cracked pistachio; Memento, tuxedo black

So this is one way to use masking on a card. Want to see some more ideas? Well then hop on over to the AAA Cards Challenge blog - HERE - and check out all the wonderful DT creations and our Guest Designer Maria's fabulous CAS card. You'll be inspired!

Thanks for visiting my blog today, it's been great to share some of your precious time.  And keep crafting!

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Saturday Slot

Have you heard about the Card Chain Challenge? Find out more about it HERE, but basically you sign up to send a card to someone anywhere in the world following the challenge sketch, colours, theme or product suggestions. In return you get a card from another participant and the opportunity to link up with other crafters around the world.

Well I've decided to give it a go and I'm sharing the card I sent off to the USA for the August challenge - I've heard from my recipient that the card has arrived so it's now ok to reveal it.

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Floral Fancy, Sending sunshine
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Colours: Spectrum Noir Colorista, pear gren, pearl blue, magenta, hot pink

Don't you think this is a fabulous idea? I love that I'm actually making a card with someone in mind as well as entering a challenge. I've already signed up for the September exchange - maybe you'd like to join in the fun and link up with other crafters from around the world?

Do go check it all out - HERE. There's also a prize up for grabs just for leaving a comment on the Card Chain Challenge blog - no need to sign up! Got to be worth a visit!!

Thanks for your time today, it's been fabulous having you visit.  And keep crafting! 

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Focus

Just quickly popping in today to get the card I made for Less is More's vehicles challenge linked up before it's too late.

I made a Good Luck card ready to send out to someone who's starting a new job soon and as this involves a lot of driving from place to place the theme suited me perfectly.

The stamp is from Digi Stamp Boutique and I added colours, a background and some hand stamping too.

Stamps: Digi Stamp Boutique, cute car & balloons; Precious Remembrance Shop, Positive Thoughts 
Inks: Memento, summer sky, tuxedo black; Ranger distress, blueprint sketch
Colours: Promarkers, crimson, azure, cool grey 1,2,3,4,5; Copic, Y13, Y18, RV63; Sakura white gel pen

Thanks for looking today. And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday Words

Today I'm sharing a scrapbook page created with the Challenge YOUrself layout theme in mind.

Using die cuts on scapbook pages is somethjing I often like to do, so that was easy. But the main requirement of pages for this challenge is that you MUST include yourself in the photo.

Now this is something I used to struggle with, but these days have come to realise no-one in the future is going to look at photos of me and think things like she should get a haircut. Hopefully they'll be just as intrigued as I am when I look back at photos of my ancestors and wonder about the clothes and hair.

So here's that page:

How often do I get all three grandchildren together and willing to stay still long enough? Only a few times each year!! So it was a special time when the weather played ball as well as them and this pic just had to be scrapped.

I found the aqua PL card and loved what it saud so that set one of my colours and then as a contrast I picked up on the coral colour from one of their shorts to combine with it.  The papers came first, then I added the die cut circles, spiro circles and stars and linked them altogether with some stamped splashes, sentiments and enamel dots using inks in both the colours.

Papers: AC Amy Tangerine, Oh Happy Life, kraft cardstock
Dies: MFT Die-namiics, double stitched circles; Xcut, stars & spiro circles
Stamsp: Precious Remembrance shop, Positive Toughts
Inks: SU, pool party, calypso coral
Embellishmants: MME, Now & Then enamel dots

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today, it's been such fun having you visit. And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tuesday Talk

I'm playing along at Addicted to CAS today where the code word is ONE LAYER. Love one layer cards and how easy it is to stay CAS when creating them.

I needed a new home card to send out so that was where I started. Seems I have very few stamps that are new home themed, but I do love this Lawn Fawn set anyway so I was more than happy to use it.

I started by placing the stamps to work out where the different elements would go and then stamped them using the misti tool.  Since this card was destined for a fella I had planned to use some blues, but I felt the heart had to be red and then I was so taken by the look of the red against the white background I decided to stick with it.

I added some outline shadow with a cool grey promarker and then die cut the scene into a stitched square and inlaid it back into the base card - to keep to the one layer requirement.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Home Sweet Home
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables
Promarkers: hot pink, cool grey 1

So pleased to have had your company for a while today, thanks for visiting.  And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunday Slot

Happy Little Stampers seems to have a bit of a flower theme running through some of their challenges this month and today's card is for the watercolour BLOOM challenge.

So I decided to give it a go, although watercolouring is not my strong field unless it's simple smooshing!

And I suppose the background to this card is a sort of smooshing, it's the first impression left over piece of watercoloured card from this card made and shared last Wednesday. I stamped the new Clearly Besotted flower cluster comimg off the top lefthand corner of the watercoloured block.

Then this card went through a bit of a 'dare I add anything else' process. I took photos as I went along in case I completely messed up and preferred what I had done before adding extras.

So I thought as this is a watercolour challenge I really ought to try to add a bit of colour using a brush - the way it always used to be done, but very scary! And I surprised myself - it's really a very relaxing thing to do!

Then I got a bit creative and remembered seeing clever folks add hand drawn frames and decided to give that a go. And I really think it was the right thing to do, gives it all a bit of focus don't you think?

Stamps: Clearly Besotted, Sending Sunshine
Inks: Ranger distress, picked raspberry, mustard seed; Memento, tuxedo black, pear tart

Thanks so much for sticking with me through my learning journey with watercolours today, your time and patience is much appreciated. And keep crafting!

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Focus

I'm here today to share a card I made that was inspired by the Home Sweet Home photo at Time Out.

This was a difficult one for me as I could see so many different ways to go, but in the end I did what I always do and pared everything down and came up with this card:

My eye was immediately drawn to the brown sofa and blue suitcase, so that sorted my colours and positioning of stamps on my card. I've recently discovered a new stamp company - Precious Remembrance Shop - and their stamps are really speaking to me, you know how much I love word quotes! And they arrived so quickly from the USA, but I did get copped for import duty though - yuck!

Main components stamped I then placed a circle mask over them and brushed on some pale blue ink and stamped some mini splodges to echo the map in the background of the inspiration photo.

Stamps: Precious Remembrance Shop, DIY
Inks: SU, baked brown sugar, dapper denim, soft sky

It's been fun having you visit, I always enjoy chatting to you and hope you like what you see. Thanks for your time.  And keep crafting!

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