Sunday, May 24, 2015

May 2015 - Blog hop Challenge

This month's Blog Hop has the following inspiration photo for our cards.

                                                  Blog Hop Inspiration

My cards are very loosely based on the rainbow cascade of the blocks. I went for a watercoloured background, choosing to not use the square shapes, focussing just on the colours. See that one rogue purple block in the lower right corner? I just had to put that in my first card ;)

My second card is a variation on this same theme/layout, since I needed 2 birthday cards for family this month! These are not my usual style, which is to gravitate for lighter, less vibrant colours. (Going a little out of the box, this month...)

Stamps: Brushed Blooms (and dies), Sentiment Strips (and dies)
Inks: Distress inks for the background, PTI inks for the flowers and sentiment, as well as Versamark ink and white filagree embossing powder
Thanks so much for looking!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Make it Monday #212: Fussy Cutting

Ashley has us digging out our scissors and fussy cutting this week! I never thought I'd see the day... However, it went just fine, and I may even try this again! Lol. Can you tell I don't like fussy cutting, as a rule? However, here is my effort.
The stamps (Brushed Blooms, Graceful Greetings) are from PTI, and all of the paper, except for that lovely lavender background paper, which is from Gina K. (Sure wish PTI would come out with this colour, as well as a true pink! Hint, Hint!) The striped background is from a Hero Arts stamp, I think. I no longer have the packaging...
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Make it Monday #211: Using Gelatos with Stamps

I was intrigued with this week's MIM (seen here), where Melissa gently smudged gelatos over a stamped image. It produced a halo of colour and intensified the ink colours. Loved it, especially on the linen paper! Great texture! I was going to use some new stamps, but when I had a look at the gallery, it seems that everyone else had the same idea (and they are beautiful), but I wanted to do something different. So I dug out good ol' Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas.  I watercoloured the flowers with Distress Inks, then smudged the Gelatoes over top. The blue doesn't show up very well in the full photo, but it's there, giving a hint of sky in the background. Thanks for looking!