Saturday, 17 February 2018

Project: A little Valentine sketch



Happy Saturday -another day at Sketch Saturday! This week we have one of our favorite sponsors joining us this week, Just Me Digital Stamps


I thought the sketch was fun but I decided to rotate it and put it on its side, and that opened a world of possibilities. I colored the image using Spectrum Noir pencils and then die cut it out. I added little colored hearts to match the flag that I punched ages ago, I have a giant collection of pre-punched shapes that I always forget about. I added a little star to one to match the sketch, loved working with it. 

Can't wait to see what others do with it! 



Saturday, 3 February 2018

Project: A frog pile up sketch


Welcome to another week at Sketch Saturday!
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I saw this great image, a little totem of frogs called Frog Pile Up and I thought yes, that's perfect. I used a backing paper that I have had for ages and thought it would be perfect for the green and blues I wanted to feature. I colored it using colored pencils and then, unhappy with it I went over it in Promarkers. I added a scallop circle to give it a touch of cuteness. The stitched banner is from Recollections and has been in my stash for ages, I thought it worked really well here. 

Can't wait to see what other people have done with the sketch this week! 

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Project 460: A contemporary valentine



It's the start of February which means we're all rushing to get some Valentines done for our friends and family - so a great time to play with our Moving along with the Times Love challenge! 

We're looking for any card that features love: Valentine, Wedding, Engagement - if you're loving someone we're all about that. 

For my card I went very untraditional. I wanted to make something fresh and hip. I used some beautiful patterned paper from Studio Calico (I'm trying to clear out my paper stash and I keep finding lovely stuff that I really should be using!) and used a green card blank to make the colors stand out. The diagonal bias makes it even more unexpected I think. I used a die cut heart that I stole from Claire years ago (I have a big box of them - also trying to clear that!) and then die cut out the letters and hashtag in green card stock. The letters are Tim Holtz, the hashtag is a Sizzix 'insta' die set that I bought thinking it'd be great and then struggled to use...but this works I think. 

Super different from some of the other cards but hopefully you'll find inspiration to suit your taste. Can't wait to see what others come up with! x

Monday, 29 January 2018

Project 459: A London thank you



A colleague just bought a house and had to ask a massive favour of another colleague in order to make it work. She wanted a thank you that was deeply personal and after talking to her about it we decided a watercolour London scene was exactly the right note.

I started by heat embossing the Tim Holtz stamp from Claire on watercolour paper. Then I used Distress Inks and a water brush to get a grey and blue sky effect. I added a Mama Elephant thank you set in the corner that would offset the skyline and hold its own.

I decided to triple mount it for a touch more elegance. Really happy with it and my colleague loves it too. A lovely little art project.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Project 458: A tic tac toe Bugaboo challenge



This weekend I was having so much fun with challenges I knew I had to play along with the Bugaboo Tic Tac Toe challenge. Claire had already been tearing it up with their birthday challenges and I wanted to see if I could put myself to the test.


I went for the right hand column: Ribbon, Bugaboo, Dots & Stripes.

I used these Love Monsters as my base - Claire used them in her challenge entry here and it inspired me to get them out for a play myself. I decided to limit myself to a single color scheme and went with orange and red. I colored the monsters using ProMarkers and then die cut out a square. The spotted backing paper has been in my stash for ages and was already cut into so I counted it as a scrap. The ribbon completes the 'stripe' requirement and I added a birthday sentiment that Claire had given me years ago. The googley eyes really add dimension, they make these little love monsters even sweeter!

Love the output, will definitely be playing along again.


Monday, 22 January 2018

Project 457: A smooshed background valentine



The layout at CAS(E) this Sketch looked really good and I wanted to do something that was natural and not overly girly. I decided to go for a smooshed background in Distress Oxides and layer it against kraft, not white. I used a die cut purple heart that was left over from the card I listed yesterday and then heat embossed a sentiment that I got free from a magazine. I raised it on foam to give it a tiny bit of texture. I kept it super simple, I tried adding dots, bling, all sorts and I decided that keeping it plain was best. Really happy with this simple card, I think it's a great alternative to some of the OTT ones I've made before!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Project 456: A masked heart valentine


I saw the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and thought it would be a a fun one: 


 I know it said any shape but the heart in the sketch layout inspired me. I also saw that Paper Players is doing a CAS Love challenge as well as CAS on Friday doing a Valentine's challenge. 

I started by die-cutting a heart from a scrap and I used the leftover bit as a giant stencil. I blended a heart in Broken China Distress Ink and then added some Seedless Preserves in a stencil of hearts. I then die cut a peephole heart in the bigger heart to reveal the stencil detail. I heat embossed an arrow from a stamp set I have had for ages and then fussy cut it out. I don't love it, I kind of wish I had left it as a strip. Oh well. I added some pearls and a strip of black bling to add more texture. Really happy with it, nice way to start my Valentine's collection.