Thursday, 22 July 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge No. 6

Yay, back for another go, now I know the sketch had a decidedly summery sunshine feel to it, but I was just looking at the peace and plenty stamp set and this idea just took me (I also used some Hero Arts stamps that just happened to match the ones on the peace & plenty set). I really love the warm autumnal colours of this card, and the weather here of the past few days has definitely matched the autumnal feel!

I used a versamark inkpad with the leaves drifting around the background of the orange. I love Waltzingmouse sentiment stamps, they always come out so clear - I never worry that they are going to smudge around the edges like some. The leaves were stamped onto scraps of paper using gold, copper and starlite black brilliance inks, hopefully you can see the shimmer in the photo.

Hope you like.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Just Playing

Supposed to be ironing, but wanted to have a play and ink up this Smookie stamp that I bought a while back (I'm trying to use all my new stamps at least once before putting them away). I'm also still trying to find ways of using up the Claire Curd paper pad that I've got - moral of the story, no matter how nice and strokable the papers, don't ever consider buying them in a pack of 200!

Anyway, all the papers for this are from the Claire Curd range (haven't made a dent - each sheet is 12 x 12), smookie image, the distressing is Tim Holtz Pine Needle - I've put glossy accents over the champagne bottle and used a gold Sakura pen to do the top of the bottle so it looks like the foil wrapping you would get on a real bottle of champagne (don't know why I was aiming for realism when you consider there's a dragon on the side of the bottle!)

Well, hope you've all been having a wonderful Sunday - back to the daily grind tomorrow, still it pays for all my lovely craft stash!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Waltzingmouse July Blog Waltz

Okay, hopefully if this works, you will only be able to see this post after 8 a.m. on Saturday 17th July - if not, I'm just babbling to myself again!

Well the theme for this month's Waltz is blue & green, I've had these multicolour stamp pads from Versacolour for years, I bought them because I liked the colours but had no idea what to do with them - boy do I wish I'd played with them properly long ago!. I used Rainforest and Icicle for this and stamped along the lovely zig zag pattern from offbeat backgrounds to get the beautiful watery background (though the lime green at the end certainly heats it up a bit!). I stamped the sentiment from Afternoon Tea Sentiments using the dark blue end of the Icicle ink pad and then clear embossed - I wanted to shape the sentiment so that it looks like the tag you get on the end of fancy flavoured tea bags (hope it worked).

Definitely think this card carries on the simple theme that seems to be developing - hope it's not too simple?

Anyway, looking forward to Waltzing tomorrow, though by the time I've seen everyone elses lovely creations, my credit card may not be so happy, but we 'must have' our stamps.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge No. 5

Well after a weeks sabatical the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenges are back - unlike my mojo which decided to take a vacation! (hence posting this right at the last minute).

"All you need in life is a friend who has Chocolate", well in my case the friend works for Nestle! (Happy Birthday Laura) - great sentiment, but again I have stuck to a monochrome scheme for this, not sure whether I'm becoming boring or not? The sentiment is from a set from Inkadinkado and that lovely stitching is from a fab Waltzingmouse set (well, actually they're all lovely!), the button is my gorgeous Martha Stewart punch and the card came from the Papermill.

Nice, clean, simple, really starting to like this style of card & the sketch really lent itself to this.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Creative Inspirations Challenge No. 67

Wow, I'm really on a roll at the moment & the sketch over on the Creative Inspirations Challenge blog was fab this week & just fell together into this card - this is much more masculine than the flowery girly cards I have been doing, though with all the gold and sparkle, it could easily be for a lady.

I've had this image for a while - the stamp is a friend of mines and I borrowed it for 10 mins!, the papers are papermania, trimcraft and gold mirri from Create & Craft - the cord I've had for years.

Hope you like (I'm quite chuffed with this!)

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Hugs to You

I was playing with a sketch yesterday from Cardmaking & Papercraft, and trying to make use of my Claire Curd signature range papers - they are absolutely gorgeous, but I would never buy a pack of 200 sheets again, I've had it for two years & haven't even made a dent in it! (though it makes a very effective weight to press things under).

Anyway, I decided to use a Greetings Farm stamp that I haven't made use of yet called 'Snuggle', which I managed to get cheap from someone having a crafty clearout (what's that - not sure I could part with anything of mine!). The sentiment is from a Waltzingmouse set called 'sweethearts', which is available here.

Well, hope you like this new creation as much as I do.