Monday, July 16, 2012

The Beauty of Winged Things - Paint Resist

This month's 'Bring Back Beautiful' challenge at Flourishes is The Beauty of Winged Things. For my card I used the stamp set Butterfly Blossoms and a paint resist technique. I followed the instructions given on an online card class found here, however there are a few You Tube videos out there that are similar.

I didn't have a large background stamp for the paint resist so instead I brayered pearlized acrylic paint onto one side of an embossing folder and stamped this onto a piece of white Neena cardstock. Be sure to wash the paint from your brayer and embossing folder right away.

Supplies -
Paper - Neena Classic Crest White, White Daisy, Topiary & Moonstruck CS (CTMH)
Stamps - Butterfly Blossoms (Flourishes)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Moonstruck, New England Ivy, Watermelon & Gypsy (CTMH), Pearlized Acrylic paint (CTMH), White Gelly Roll pen. clear embossing powder
Accessories - 3/8" organdy ribbon, clear sparkles (CTMH), Bling Borders (Want2Scrap)
Other - embossing folder (Crafts Too), Fancy Tags Two (Spellbinders), brayer, wire, 3D foam

Friday, July 13, 2012

Just A Note - Triple Play Challenge

Thursday's Noon Time Challenge for release week at Flourishes is 'Triple Play' - simply use three of something on your card. For my card I used the beautiful stamp set 'On The Porch' - love this wicker chair image in the set. I used three pearls on my card.

I used this sketch from the Craft's Meow

Supplies -

Paper - Little Darlings DP (Graphic 45), Desert Sand CS (CTMH), Neena Classic Crest Solar White (for image)
Stamps - Tag Lines, On The Porch (Flourishes)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand (CTMH), Copics - W00, W03, E08, E13, E15, E42, E44, E47, E50, E53, R14, R27, R59, YG11, YG13, Yg17, G94, BG10, B00, BG02
Accessories - lace ribbon (May Arts), Cranberry grosgrain ribbon, Button, hemp, Mocha Opaques (CTMH)
Other - Large & Small Classic Circles (Spellbinders)

Bold & Beautiful Poppies

Wednesday's Noon Time Challenge for Flourishes release week is 'Bold & Beautiful' ie. use a colour that is bold and beautiful. I love the colour orange and I knew that the stamp set Poppy Patch would be perfect for showcasing that colour. I paired the image with some designer paper from CTMH that featured a bright and bold shade of blue and of green that complemented the colours of the poppies.

I created a card a couple of months ago using this stamp set and the same papers. In the end I was unhappy with the card because the image wasn't balanced and I hadn't stamped any leaves, leaving the skinny stems just hanging in mid air. I tried shading the image with a blue-green copic (after the card was put together), but hated the card even more after that. So, I took off the ribbon and embellishments and set them aside to try again later. Today seemed to be a good opportunity. I stamped the image with leaves this time and centered it better on the cardstock. I am still wary of shading around images (I usually hate the results) so as you can see I have left this one unshaded. The ribbon grounds the image somewhat. If any of you talented women out there can give me some hints to help with shading they would be much appreciated.

Supplies - All product CTMH except where noted

Paper - Dotty For You, Neena Classic Crest Solar White (for image)
Stamps - Poppy Patch (Flourishes), Enjoy Every Moment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Lagoon re-inker, Pear, Copics - R02, R14, R27, YG11, YG13, YG17
Accessories - Color Ready Seam Binding, Dimensional Element tag, Black Waxy flax, Designer Rhinestone brads, Bling assortment, 3D foam

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Mother's Love

I created this card for this week's Timeless Tuesday challenge at Flourishes - you can check it out here. The challenge this week was to create a card with a sentiment being the focal point of the card. I got my colour inspiration from this week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room - 'Elegance & Lace'. See the inspiration photo below.

Supplies: Card size is 6 1/2" x 4 3/4"

Paper - DP - Beau Chateau (SU), Colonial White CS (CTMH), Brown CS (Bazzill)
Stamp - Motherly Love (Flourishes)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Brown Bag (CTMH)
Accessories - paper flowers, Designer pearls (Prima), lace (fabric store), pleated satin ribbon, pink velvet ribbon (May Arts)
Other - Embossing folder (Darice), Small & Large classic circles & Scalloped circles (Spellbinders), 3D foam

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Colourful Thank You - Flourishes Sketch Challenge

Well, it has been some time since I posted last. I have been without a computer for a while and have been anxious to get back on line.

Today I created a Thank You card for one of Flourishes release week challenges. You can find Sketch challenge FLLCJUL12 here. I used the stamp set 'With Gratitude' (love this set)which was their loyalty program stamp set for the past year.

Supplies - Card size is 6 1/2" x 4 3/4"

Paper - DP - Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White, Rose Red CS (SU), Neena Classic Crest Solar White cardstock -for image
Stamps - With Gratitude (Flourishes)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics - E08,18,27,44,97, R81,83,85,89, Y35, YG93,95,97
Accessories - 1/2" seam binding (May Arts), Antique Brad (SU), Pretty Pins & Sparkles (CTMH)
Other - Embossing Folder (Provocraft), Edgeabilities Classic Edges - Edge C & Edgeabilities Classic Inserts - Insert B (Spellbinders)