Saturday, 28 September 2013

Sweet Stop Sketch #230

Saturday Sketch time at the Sweet Stop!

I am determined to improve with my sponging - and for this card, I took inspiration from a tutorial I found on Theresa Momber's blog:  Crafting the web.  She is a master of colouring scenes, so if you feel you need help with this technique, I can recommend her blog to you.
I have used one of the images from the clear stamp set Landscape Silhouettes , which I have used quite often since I purchased it a month or so ago.  This time I sponged with only two inks - Memento Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa, which has given my card a very soft, wintry feel to it - which fortunately, is what I was aiming for!  I masked the foreground, to create the undulating hills, and re-stamped a little section of the silhouette for the trees in the foreground.  I thought this gave it a more realistic look.  I die cut a small deer for my circle embellishment, and added some tags from muted paper - on reflection, it would probably have been better to sponge the edges of the tags, as they blend in so well!

Don't forget to visit all the sugarbabies, as they have some wonderful inspiration for you:

Cathy McCauleyKorin SutherlandCeal PritchettMarlena PeduzziMelissa ShultzRobin ParkerStephanie SerranoAnn Tuck,  Cynthia Olheiser,Debbie Owens, and Jamie Moore.    

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Sweet Stop Sketch #229

Another sketch for you today, from the Sweet Stop - it has a spin - and it is School Time.

I loved making this card, as I have just completed cards for my youngest grand-daughters, who live in the US and have just commenced their new school year.  I'll show you those later in this blog.  But for this card, to follow the sketch, I used the Rhubarb digi image, Back to School - and assorted papers from a Kaisercraft pad called, appropriately, Class Act.  The corkboard background paper is from that pack - isn't it special?  I cut the stars using a Sweet 'n Sassy die set, Star Dies, which has been so useful to me.  Look further below if you want to see my personal Back to School cards.

For now, check out the other sugar babies, for lots of inspiration.

My cards made for Georgia, who's 5years old and Lucy, who's nearly 7 and just starting first year of 'big' school!  Magic!  The wonderful thing for me was seeing the joy on their faces when they opened their mail - we were talking on Skype at the time!  As a special way of keeping in touch with these little ones, who have lived out of our country for 3 years now, I try to make them each a special card about once a month - there's always something special to celebrate, or acknowledge - so they receive a steady stream of cards from us.  It's a wonderful way for me to connect, and use my new-found skills in card-making!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Sweet Stop Sketch #228

Saturday again, and another sketch from the Sweet Stop.

For my card, I used Vintage Postcard stamps by Sweet 'n Sassy, cutting them out with the coordinating die - Pennants and More - which has a postage stamp die included with it.  I embossed the images, which in two of them made them a little difficult to see, but the middle one is very clear.  I used the decorative strip in the set for the ribbon, added a little bow die cut by Memory Box and a wooden plane embellishment.  The background paper is by Gina K.

Now check out all the wonderful inspiration the other Sugarbabies have for you:

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Sweet Stop Sketch #227

Hi there - today's sketch at the Sweet Stop is this beauty!

My main image is a digi stamp called Josie's Umbrella, but I don't know who designed it at this point.  I'll endeavour to find out to give due credit, as it is a cutie, don't you think?  I made the banner by stamping some small stamps in my latest Studio Calico card kit - I think the pattern is called Ikat - a primative print style - I'm sure many of you will know a lot more about this than I do!  It was fun to create a pattern this way.  The background paper is from Kaisercraft, Fine and Sunny.

Check out the other Sugar Babies to see what they have for you, and then upload your project to share with us - we love to see what you create!


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Less is More - use a rubber stamp

Penny Black is the sponsor for this week's challenge at Less is More , which is to use a Rubber Stamp! I initially started my large collection of stamps with rubber stamps and they adorn the wall in my craft room, tidily arranged in little cubby holes - all 60 of them!  But now, it is the thing to buy the clear stamps, which are great, but they are usually stored away in boxes or filing folders, so are not quite so available for inspiration.  So with no reluctance at all, I chose a rubber stamp - it was a Penny Black hedgehog (I notice there have been a few used already in the challenge) - I actually completed mine this Sunday morning, but it is Fathers' Day here today, and our closest family members were here for lunch - so I waited till they left late afternoon to complete my blog post.  The image has been heat embossed in black, and coloured with distress markers.  The sentiment is by Amy Tangerine.