Thursday, 31 March 2016

Another oldie

The card today is made with an old retired stamp set - Sweets for the Sweet.  Apart from the fact that these pinwheels all had to be cut out, it was a fun card to make.  And the colours went together quite well too.  Curry, Olive and Calypso - my new favourite bright colours.  

I've recently realised that it doesn't really matter what design you do on a card, it's the colour scheme that makes the big difference.  Get that right, and it will all look OK.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Same but different

Continuing on with my double theme from last week, these cards are the same sort of design.  

I had computer issues with this photo.  I turned it the right way in the folder, but when I tried inputting it to here, it goes sideways and nothing I did would turn it the right way.  

Both cards are made using a base of Soft Sky and the Wetlands stamp set.  To achieve this type of effect all you need is a piece of torn paper, preferably a large post it note so it doesn't slide all over the place.  Just sponge with a dauber and gradually build up the colour you want to achieve.   On the second card I used the score board to achieve the horizontal lines, giving a little more definition to the stamped panel.  

Thursday, 24 March 2016

More double ups

As promised, a couple more of the same version cards in different colour schemes.  Pumpkin Pie is not a colour I reach for often, but I'm trying to do a little out of the ordinary lately.  The first is Pumpkin Pie and Bermuda Bay, and the second card Pumpkin and Melon Mambo.  Still keeping it in the same Bright colour collection.  On the Melon card the circles were sponged slightly, but I forgot to do this on the Pumpkin version, and I wish I had.  The little party hat is from Party Hearty, a retired stamp set I couldn't part with. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Seeing double

This week will be a week of double ups.  I have made the same card twice in two different colour schemes so you can choose your favourite.  

The cards for today are made using the Balloon Celebration bundle and Little Letter dies.  The first one is a more softer version and the second a little bolder.  My favourite is the first one, but then I really don't mind the second one either.  The balloons were punched out and then the shading colour added in the same colour ink.  The Happy letters are actually five layers high, a little time consuming, but it gives a little extra interest to the card.  

Thursday, 17 March 2016

A couple of randoms

Now that I have finished preparing for a card class, I'm currently trying to replenish my box of cards at work.  

It's hard to know what people will like, so I try to have a bit of a variety.  Usually the cards that reach the box are things I want to try; new techniques, layouts, etc, that I haven't made for a specific person.    

So here are two random cards to share.  Was trying to go for quick cards, but they didn't end up being as quick to make as I thought.  

You know I love squares on my cards - 

Love this one with the sponging.   

There's a few more on my desk - they just haven't been photographed yet.  

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A few more numbers

Have been having a bit of a play lately with my numbers and botanical framelits and these are a few of the final products.  

The first card is made with Pool Party cardstock, and a touch of vellum.  I love the look of vellum, but I still find it hard to find the right glue to stick it down.  I'm sure someone must make a suitable glue, but I just haven't come across it yet.

The second card uses Rose Red cardstock.  Looks a little plane here in the pictures, but it was actually a little more sparkly and bright in real life.  

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Up, Up and Away

If you're as old or older than me, you may now be humming the old TAA airline ad after reading my post title.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you're younger or less influenced by early television than me.  

The last card we made on Saturday was pretty much a direct copy of one floating around on Pinterest.  I wanted to find a card suitable for males, as this is the category that most people generally struggle with.  Fortunately one of the Sale-A-Bration sets this year was Sky is the Limit - just perfect for men.  

This  card was CASED from  Kathleen Wingerson  with a few differences.  I loved her red aeroplane, overlay of vellum on the  propeller and addition of brads.   The little flags just add a touch of colour too.