Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Seize the Stratocaster

An 18th birthday card for one of my son James' friends.  James wanted a musical theme as his friend plays the guitar.  He actually plays the bass guitar but this guitar from an Inkadinkadoo clear set is the only one I have.  The musical flourish (hope he doesn't notice it's upside down) and the sentiment are from the same set.  I've lost the packaging and I don't remember what the set is called.  The papers are from a Funky Vintage paper stack by Dovecraft. 

Much needed inspiration came from Seize the Sketch #18

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Sequined Blooms

A birthday card for a friend.  I'd like to say it was quick but it kept morphing (started off as A6 size) and ended up taking a lot longer than I had planned.  The square frames were cut using the silhouette - my Spellbinders Squares were too small.  The tree was cut using the Memory Box Twiggy Tree with a twist - what you can see is the negative and there was a sheet of brown card underneath (I had to keep and paste in all the little pieces which were cut from between the branches).
The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Asian Gardens cut using a Spellbinders Label 14 and slightly distressed around the edge with Walnut DI.  The Butterfly is a Sizzix Movers and Shapers die overstamped with Crafty Individuals Stamp CI-258.  The grass was green lined vellum which was cut using a Martha Stewart edge die.

The colour inspiration was from this week's The Colour Throwdown challenge.

and the real life inspiration - the view from my window

Friday, 7 February 2014

Engagement Wishes

One last card before I pack up for Australia.  Looking forward to some warm weather as today was particularly nasty, and to top it off I have come down with a cold.

My card was influenced by the Card Concept 3 to use Monochromatic Pink.  I've tried to recreate the effect of the different pink flowers and I loved the soft green in the background.  I think my card falls into the category of Clean and Layered - I've certainly used more "white" space than I usually do.

The layout was inspired by Vicki Dutcher who is this week's Muse.

Inks : Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters Distress Inks
Others : Memory Box Tessatina Die, Spellbinders Circles, Free WMS Floral Sprig Cut Files, Cameo

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sea-soned Birthday Wishes

I'm off the Australia next Saturday and I thought I'd better leave some birthday love for my husband who will have his birthday while I'm away.   He loves the open sea and I'm sure he'll appreciate this card.

The sentiments and images are all from the WMS Ocean Bound set and the images were all cut on the Silhouette from cut files provided by Waltzing Mouse.  The Chevron background stamp and Mini Pinstripe are also from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

I'm entering this in the Dynamic Duos #88.  The colours are perfect as my husband has just received news that he now has dual Australian/Luxembourgish nationality, and these colours are very close to the Luxembourgish flag colours.

Once again I was inspired by the sketch at Mojo Monday.

I am also entering this in Seize the Birthday where the Topping is Chevrons.

Stamps : WMS Ocean Bound, WMS Mini Pinstripe, WMS Zig Zag Backgrounder
Ink : VersaMark, Versafine Satin Red, VersaColor Lagoon Blue,
Accessories : Sizzix Framelits Banners, Clear embossing powder, White embossing powder, Silhouette Cameo and WMS Ocean Bound Cut files.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Craft Barn's Q & L Challenge - Razzle Dazzle

This is my entry for the Craft Barn's Q & L Challenge which is Dazzle and/or Silence.  For the life of me I can't think of a quote or lyric that includes both these words so I've gone with Dazzle.  This partial lyric is from the musical Chicago which was set in the roaring 20's so I've gone with an art deco theme.

This was quite easy really owing to the fact that I have the gorgeous Art Deco Backgrounds and Putting on the Ritz sets from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.  The background was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Blue Raspberry Aurora embossing powder and the Flapper girl and frame was embossed with Persian Sea Aurora.  I love working with these embossing powders - they give a great shimmery effect and they work on even very detailed stamps like these.

A feather and a few sequins finished off the tag.  I wouldn't normally dream of putting these colours together but I was after a dazzling effect.

I have an idea for "silence" as well, if I can just find the time before I leave for Australia - I am under strict orders to "tidy" my craft room before I go.

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