Monday, October 13, 2014

Runway Inspired Challenge #69 - shades of yellow and gold



This Runway Inspired Challenge is gorgeous and completely different from colours I usually use ... I love challenges that make me stretch my creativity ...  I took the light shades and tones as my inspiration and the randomly spaced stars (I think?) in the background as a jumping off point.

So here's my humble take on the colour scheme:
I kept it very light and avoided any black, even though it is in the picture - wanted it to be shades of yellow, gold and ... more gold!  My based (Recollections 110lb white) has a popped up stamped layer using Studio Calico colour theory's yellow ink and Brilliance Galaxy gold for some shimmer.
The circles are all Winnie and Walter's Big Bang Confetti and the sentiment is a Zing Gold Tinsel embossed holiday greeting from Papertrey's Wet Paint Holiday collection.  I am trying to get an early start on holiday cards so used this inspiration as a jumping off point.
You can sort of see the sparkle of the Zing embossing powder here and the circles that look darker are actually the Galaxy Gold ink - hard to capture the shimmer!  It's a cool embossing powder because it's a hybrid between the gritty chunkier look of glitter and the smoother heat embossed finish.  It was my first time using it and I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to use.  Some of the glitter embossing powders are a pain to work with.
I have been using a lot of foam tape in the roll - love the fact that the profile is a bit thinner so things are more likely to stay in one piece in the mail ... :)

Have you started your holiday stash of cards yet?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Season's Greetings with MISTI

I received an order of some gorgeous linen textured card stock and new Papertrey Ink supplies and decided to make some cards.
I wanted the sentiment to be using an ombre technique so I got out my new toy, the MISTI, and set to work.  This makes multiples of cards a snap and for an inking method like this where you want to stamp over multiple times, it's super easy!  Here's a video showing it in action:

I used multiple colours on the sentiment (Fuschia and Merlot from Fresh ink) with the lighter colour at the top and then the darker shade below.

I added Tuscan Olive on the lower sentiment and that's it!  The linen texture is great but hard to get a good shot of.
And here are a bunch of them all together on the MISTI:
Love this tool for its convenience ... and love my new stamps! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 2014 Papertrey Blog Hop

This month's blog hop over at Papertrey Ink inspired us with this gorgeous photo:
I used the following colour combination for my card:
Such a soothing colour recipe!
I made a cover plate cut with Autumn Rose and put it on a piece of clear cardstock.  I left a bit of an overhang to attach to the Soft Stone base.  I then adhered 6 layers of Smokey Shadow Wet Paint die cuts to each other to make a sturdy sentiment, adding one to the inside of the card for a clean look.
 A few more shots to see it close up ...

And that's it!  I will write my message on the back of the card to leave the inside pristine.  I often make this kind of card and add some stamping to the inside so you can see through the clear cardstock ... a different take on a regular card!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Luxe Smiles

I was inspired by the Papertrey design team revisiting Harvest Berries so I decided to create another card with the Luxe Letterpress Market Kit from Papertrey.  I used the impression plate for the front panel to add some texture.  
It left me with a window so I decided to mask it off and add some Harvest Berries images and a sentiment from Natural Beauties.
I used Fresh Ink in Provincial Gray and Sugar with the sentiment in Charcoal.  I really like the look of these colours together - very calming.
I popped up the front panel (all Recollections 110lb cardstock) with some foam dots and that's it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #29

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #29

Taheerah Atchia has chosen a darling inspiration picture for this week's Cure for the Monday Blues Challenge.  I decided to use the colours as my inspiration and make a shaker card for my cousin - she loves interactive cards!
I took a piece of pink Wplus9 cardstock as a card base and added some champagne shimmer (Recollections) overtop.  I cut out a Wplus9 red piece using PTI's Limitless Layers.  I also cut out a piece with some white fun foam and a transparency.  I stamped PTI's Wet Paint using my ever faithful Versafine Onyx Black and then added some Ranger glitter (Rock Candy) and Impress square sequins.
As you can see, I offset the red cardstock from the foam for an extra pinked edge ... something a little different!

For a finishing touch, I added a few Heidi Swapp Gold mist droplets here and there ...

Thanks, Taheerah, for the inspiration! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink August Blog hop

I was racing to get some cards made for this blog hop - it's been a long day!  I was inspired by the Kate Spade-esque design feel.  Here's the inspiration pic:
I took the hot pink and polka dots as my jumping off point and added a feather die cut.  Love the texture on this one!
Check out the glossy gold embossing ... it adds such class, doesn't it? :)  I used Rustic Cream card stock so it does have some 'rustic' flecks ...
My next card (which I wasn't able to get in the link up (I missed it by one minute!) is the following - a condolence I needed to make for a colleague:
 Here's a closeup on the Harvest Berries gold embossing:
I used a good old standby Round and Round anniversary set for the sentiment with the nice deep black of Versafine Black Onyx.  Or is it Onyx Black? :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SAF Vintage Patterns

I made two cards for the vintage patterns  challenge ... What fun!  The first was a mixture of Lace Bouquet images using Fresh ink on Winter Wisteria.

The second was with Delightful Dahilia additions and Fresh inks on Rustic Cream.

SAF Antique Embossing

Trying out Melissa's antique embossing technique ...

SAF Wax Seals

Using my new Wet Paint set and the faux wax seal method.  Man, with five of us heat embossing, it smells rather plastic-y in here! ;)
I just love my new Fresh Ink mint ink ...  It looks really cool on Kraft card stock ...

SAF Morning Timer Challenge

I tried the timer challenge and made the time at 6:17.  Not bad!