Saturday 28 May 2011

My first CAS card

For a while I wanted to try a CAS card, but boy, can it be difficult or what? Finally, today I got inspiration from Less is More Challenge #17 Recipe - Pick a square. That is, one of the five squares you can see below:

Obviously, I went for the bottom right.

Apart from this being my first CAS card, it is the first time that I tried a new technique for the first time: watercolour! I had seen a few videos and tutorials, but I always thought it would be too difficult for me. This morning, I've been trying several white cardstocks, experimenting with the colour density, trying different inks to stamp the image... And it was soooo much fun!

At the end I went for Memento cocoa to stamp the image, as I wanted a brown colour and the choices from my stash were a bit limited. But if you let the ink dry really well, it does not get smudged with the water.

I didn't have a watercolour paper (as I didn't intent to use the watercolour technique!), and I found out that I was getting better results with a heavy weight sketch paper I had...

At the end, I came up with the card that you see, which I hope you like ;o)


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Wednesday 25 May 2011

Popping to say hello

Aaaand another Lawn Fawn card! It is based on the sketch provided by Get Creative.

 The card is for the following challenges:

Get Creative - May 20th card sketch challenge with the following sketch:

Wee Memories #57 - "Stamp it!"

Lawnscaping #10 - Polka Dot Frenzy (this is actually my second entry ;o))

I hope you like it!

Main materials:

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Sunday 22 May 2011

Wavin' hello

My first card with Lawn Fawn stamps... they are adorable!

Summer is close, so I wanted to make a summer theme.

The card is for the following challenges:

I hope you like it!

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Saturday 21 May 2011

WMS 2nd birthday tea party

Very last minute, but I made it!

Waltzingmouse Stamps is turning two today and Claire is celebrating with a tea party! To participate all we have to do is bring with us our own tea bag or piece of cake using Waltzingmouse's templates (the tea bag is a free template!). And there is an amazing prize for a random winner - £200 of Waltzingmouse goodies!!!!! To see the wonderful creations that are contributing to the party and to participate as well, click here.

So I prepared the following piece of cake:

It's the first time that I use a template and the quilling technique... but definitely not the last one!

The template is the Piece of Cake one I got a few days ago (but you can use the free tea bag template instead).

For the topping, I wanted to make something looking chocolate-y, as I will give this to my cousin for her name-day and she just loves chocolate (yes, I will fill up the box with chocolates ;o)). I remembered some chocolates made with the quilling technique that I saw a few months ago in one of the cards magazines (I don't remember which one!), so I thought I would give it a try. So the topping is made with the quilling technique - curled the stripes of paper into spirals and then cut them in small pieces, so that they would resemble chocolate flakes (caution: it does require some patience to make them!).  I decided to keep the rest of the cake simple, as I wanted the chocolate flakes to be the main focus.

I wanted the sentiment to look like a chocolate button. The sentiment stamp is from the brand new Dainty Doilies large set and for the bottom liner I used the Big Bloom Chrysanthemums stamps - I received both sets a couple of days ago and was looking forward to using them.

I hope you like it!


White and brown cardstock, heat gut, white and brown quilling stripes, quilling tool

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Friday 13 May 2011

Happy Birthday to my aunt

Yeah... blogger is back!

I have noticed that after a business trip I usually lose my card mojo for a few days. This happened again after my travel last week :S 

Finally last night, while preparing an ink chart, testing and comparing different types of inks, my mojo came back. Inspired by the stamps I was using for the chart, my aunt's birthday a couple of days ago, Get Creative challege to prepare a birthday card (but not for a child!) and the amazing colours of Kathy's second Colour Throw Down at Lily Pad cards... I prepared the following card:

I tried the new Tim Holtz distress ink stains (antique linen). So here's my advice: first colour your paper with the distress stain, let it dry, and then stamp your images to the paper. I have done this before and it worked great. For this card, I did it the other way round – I first stamped my images and once they dried, I used the distress ink stain. You see how it turned out, in some parts distress stain is stronger than other parts. Some other mistakes, where the coloured ink was smeared with the distress ink stain is hidden below the ribbon... After all, Tim Holtz says “embrace imperfection, right? ;o)

Anyway, I will submit this card to the following challenges:

Get Creative May 5th - Birthday card - but not for a child

Lily Pad Cards - Kathy's Color Throw Down May 2011 with the following colours combination:

I hope you like it!

Materials used:

- The blue lace was a gift from Enjoy Scrapping – thank you Lena!
- White cardstock from stash

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