Sunday, 25 June 2017

Caffeinated Mermaid

Hi and welcome!  So the other day I had a post featuring a caffeinated chicken.  Well, today I have a caffeinated mermaid and this time I am on time for the Coffee Lovers' Bloghop (I was a day early with my chicken card - darned time zones)!  I used the sketch from MFT Stamps and the colors from Color Throwdown for my card.  I'm also going to link up to the Make Your Mark challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and wish them a happy 5th birthday!


I'll start by saying that I wasn't going to get this Mermazing set, but then every release I tell myself I'm not going to get the Birdie Brown sets and my resolve lasts maybe a month and then they're in my cart and on their way to my house!  I paired up this adorable mermaid with an iced coffee from Essentials by Ellen set.  I thought this particular mermaid looks like she might be bending over a big cup of caffeine so that's how I built my card.

The background is sponged through an oval mask directly onto the Tropical Teal card base.  The frame is a panel sponged with Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio then spritzed with a Perfect Pearls mist.  I had to do some fairly major surgery on the sentiment to get it to fit.  I cut off the word "love" and added a die-cut word "coffee" cut from black cardstock.  I also had to cut off the "Sending You" and stamp that separately so I could centre it properly.

The mermaid and coffee are popped up on foam tape and I finished with some clear droplets to represent bubbles.  The coffee, straw, mermaid tail, top and the starfish are all painted with clear sparkle pen for some shimmer.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Products used:

Stamps:  Mermazing (MFT), Oh Frappe (Essentials by Ellen)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
Cardstock:  Tropical Teal (MFT), Black, Bristol Smooth, X-Press It
Dies:  Mermazing, Oh Frappe, Pierced Rectangle Frames, Coffee Cuip (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Spectrum Noir Clear Spakle Pen, White EP, Perfect Pearls Mist, Clear Droplets

Cheers
Karren



Friday, 23 June 2017

Purple Anenomes

Hi and welcome!  The sketch today at Just Add Ink was drawn by yours truly, so I hope you'll check it out.  Here is my card (I wasn't in my usual CAS mood when making this, that's for sure!)


The patterned paper is from CTMH and a gorgeous bold gold and white stripe.  I die-cut the centre with a rectangle die and added another patterned paper in the negative space.  The sentiment was gold-embossed onto a black die-cut tag and the flowers were ones I coloured for fun when I was playing around with a NBUS stamp set by WPlus9.  I decided I liked the bold purple colour so used them on a card.




Thanks so much for visiting.  The JAI design team have some gorgeous cards for you using the sketch, so please head on over and check them out.





I'm also linking this up to the Anything Goes challenge at The Flower Challenge and the Patterned Paper Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Modern Anenomes (WPlus9), Birthday Bash Sentiments (PTI)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, X-Press It, Happy Times, Live Beautifully Patterned Papers (CTMH)
Dies:  Modern Anenomes (WP9), Inside/Out Stitched Rectangles, Tag Builder Blueprints 4 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Clear Droplets, Gold EP, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Caffeinated Chicken


Welcome! This is the first of two posts today.  It's time for another Fusion challenge and this time I've gone for a red, white and blue color scheme (or flowers if you prefer) and a fun sketch.



I made this card last weekend using the colors and the (flipped) sketch, thinking I would add it to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  But I got my dates wrong.  Even though it's Friday here in New Zealand, and the challenge opens on Friday, it's not Friday in the US :(  So, I'll just have to try and make another card for the Blog Hop :)


I just love this image from Art Impressions and colored this old girl in the challenge colors.  The sentiment cracks me up as well.  I used a white card base and a navy blue pierced frame popped up on foam.  I fussy-cut the chicken and added her with foam too.



Unbeknownst to me, when I pulled the stamp off the packaging to use for the first time, I left a bit of her claw behind.  Luckily, the sketchy nature of the stamp means it's not too noticeable - in fact I didn't notice until I put the stamp away again and saw the claw still on the packaging!




Thanks for dropping by!  The rest of the DT have some gorgeous cards using the challenge graphic, so I hope you'll check them out.

I'm going to link this up to the animals challenge at CAS on Friday (assuming a chicken is also an animal?) and the CAS feathered friends challenge at Paper Players.

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Products used:

Stamps:  Spring Chicken Set (Art Impressions)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Soft Navy (SSS)
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Frames (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Stardust Stickles

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Paper Players.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Silver Snow

Hi and welcome!  This week it's my turn to be host at Freshly Made Sketches and I tried to come up with something a bit different from my usual CAS style.  The card I made has lots of glitter, so I'm linking it up as my final card for MFT's Camp Create - Glitzy Glitter.



As you will see, I didn't exactly get my own sketch right on my card, but the idea is there!


To make this card, I die-cut a panel of silver glitter paper with a stitched circle die.  I then placed the snowflake dies on and off the glitter panel and die-cut them - leaving the negative space.  Each of the snowflakes was then die-cut out of white cardstock using various inks and then I added Dazzling Diamonds to them.  What a mess that made!  Glitter everywhere - reminding me why I never work with glitter :)





The glitter panel is raised up on foam tape.  To finish the card, I used silver embossing powder for my sentiment and some Nuvo Crystal Drops to match the ink colors.



Thanks so much for visiting and I'm so glad to have earned all the badges from this session of Camp Create!  Be sure to head on over to check out the rest of the DT cards - you'll see a great variety and some wonderful interpretations of our sketch.



Products used:

Stamps:  Simply Snowflakes, Hand Lettered Holiday (MFT)
Ink:  Blue Breeze, Cornflower, Sour Apple, Tropical Teal (MFT), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Silver Sparkle (MFT)
Dies:  Simply Snowflakes, Stitched Basic Edges (MFT)
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds (SU), Silver EP (Ranger), Nuvo Crystal Drops

Cheers
Karren

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Sparkly Hello

Hi and welcome!  This card is for the bonus challenge at Camp Create - Divine Dry Embossing.  I'll apologise in advance for the brightness of the photo, but I had to brighten it up considerably so the dry-embossing would show up - otherwise you'd be looking at an extremely boring looking card 😄



I used the Triangles dies for this card and didn't even snip them apart - jus placed them onto a white panel and run them through the Big Shot with an embossing pad.  I die-cut a black "hello" and colored it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen before attaching it to the card base across the rectangles. 

I adhered the panel to a white card base and then wanted to add something more.  I finally settled on a white scalloped frame die-cut from a Blueprints set and then cutting the insides out with a rectangle die.  I adhered the little scalloped frame to the card base and called it done.


Thanks so much for visiting!  My last card for Camp Create will be along late tomorrow as it is my DT card for the next challenge at Freshly Made Sketches 😊


Products Used:

Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Thanks & Hello, Triangles, Blueprints (MFT)
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Monday, 19 June 2017

Pirate Slider

 Hi!  Today's card is for Day 4 of Camp Create - Sensational Sliders!  For my card, I used the adorable Party Like a Pirate set and created a beach scene.




I started by creating the beach scene on a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I created a mask from torn copy paper and sponged Antique Linen at the bottom.  I then took the small dot stamp from Distressed Patterns and stamped over the sand to give some texture.  I did the same thing to the card base behind where the slider was going to go.

I then reversed the mask and also added a straight piece of paper to separate the sea from the sky.  The sea was sponged with broken China and the sky with Tumbled Glass.  Partway through sponging the sky, I remembered I had the Cloud Stencil so used it but you can hardly see it.  I stamped the waves from Otterly Love You in white ink and also used a white gel pen to put dots of "sea foam" between the sand and sea.  Finally, I stamped a couple of birds and set the panel aside.


I stamped, colored and die-cut various images from the stamp set and then placed them onto the panel so I could decide where to place my slider element.  Once I was happy with placement, I die-cut the slider component and placed a slider mechanism behind the beach panel before adhering to the card base using foam tape.  It was at this point I realised I had forgotten to die-cut the "waves" so I could slot the ship into the gap, so to fix the problem I die-cut the bottom of the ship with the waves die and you can't tell the difference!


All the images were then adhered to the card, and I finished by going over some of the elements with Glossy Accents.  



Thanks for visiting!  I'm also going to link this up to Sweet Stampin's Creations for Children Challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Party Like a Pirate, Otterly Love You, Distressed Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Antique Linen, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Unicorn White
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Party Like a Pirate, Otterly Love You, Surf & Turf (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents

Cheers
Karren

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Hug Resist

Hi and welcome to my second post today!  This card is for the Remarkable Resist Camp Create Challenge.  I also used the gorgeous colors from The Challenge.



After white-embossing the Roses All Over background stamp onto a panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock, I ink-blended Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Spiced Marmalade inks over the image.  I then flicked on some water (which I later regretted, but what's done is done!) and die-cut the panel with a scalloped edge die.  The word "hugs" was die-cut from Audrey Blue and then stacked with 3 layers of white before being adhered to the inked panel and then adhered to a white card base.  I finished the card with some Nuvo Crystal Drops and colored the die-cut word with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.




Thanks for visiting!



Products used:

Stamps:  Roses All Over (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade
Cardstock:  White, Bristol Smooth, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Dies:  Big Hugs (MFT),  All Prettied Up (Mama Elephant)
Accessories:  White EP, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Cheers
Karren

Thanks Shaker

I'm continuing with my Camp Create cards and this one is for the Spectacular Shakers challenge.  I also used the colors from Color Throwdown.





Behind my shaker is a sponged panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Twisted Citron, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire distress inks.  I created the shaker component using the Triangle Screen die cut from white cardstock and some acetate.  After adhering foam tape around the outside of the die-cut, I piled in sequins in aqua, dark blue and green plus a few silver as well.  I then placed the sponged panel onto the foam tape and carefully cut any excess from around the edges.  The whole shaker part was then adhered to a Desert Storm card base.

The "thanks" word was die-cut from both Desert Storm and black cardstock and adhered slightly offset to create a shadow.  The rest of the sentiment was taken from Sweet Birthday wishes and white-embossed onto black.




Thanks for visiting!



Products used:

Stamps:  Sweet Birthday Wishes (MFT)
Ink:  Versamark, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire
Cardstock:  White, Black, Desert Storm, Bristol Smooth
Dies;  Thanks & Hello, Triangle Screen (MFT)
Accessories:  Sequins (hundreds of sequins!), White EP

Cheers
Karren

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Watercolored Poppy

Welcome!  I'm trying to complete all the challenges at Camp Create, so I'll apologise in advance because there are going to be a few posts from me over the next couple of days :)

This card is for the first day - Wonderful Watercolor.


Watercolor is not my forte, so I did as little actual watercoloring as possible, instead creating a smooshed background, with a small watercolored image.

I smooshed some Broken China Distress Ink onto a panel of white cardstock and set it aside to dry.  I then "tried" to watercolor a poppy and leaves.  Once the smooshed panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment and added some craft foam behind it before adhering it to a white card base.  The poppy and leaves were added last and I very carefully added some Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to the centre of the poppy, but a tiny little bit escaped and made the black ink run :(



I'm also adding this card to Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge and their Watercolour Challenge.




Products used:

Stamps:  Delicate Pretty Poppies (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Broken China Distress Ink
Cardtock:  White, Bristol Smooth
Dies:  Delicate Pretty Poppies (MFT)
Accessories:  Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens, Zigs

Cheers
Karren

Friday, 16 June 2017

Copper Jug

Hi!  This week at Just Add Ink we have a photo inspiration for you and fair to say, I did a literal translation for my card:




The jug was embossed with Rose Gold EP and then die-cut.  The flowers were all stamped in grays with a touch of yellow and the brick wall behind the jug was sponged in gray inks as well.  The brick wall panel was cut narrower than a card front and then popped up on foam tape onto a Soft Stone top folding card.  I then added a white embossed sentiment on Slate cardstock before adding the jug and flowers.



And here is the inspiration photo for you.  Is it not gorgeous?

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Thanks for visiting!  The design team have some gorgeous inspiration for you so head on over and check them out.

I'm going to link this up to the Anything Goes theme at The Flower Challenge.

Products used:

Stamps:  Sweet Havana (Mama Elephant), KIS: Just Because (PTI)
Ink:  Smoke, Fog, Dusty Sage, Evergreeen, Stone, Lemon Zing (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Slate (SSS)
Dies:  Sweet Havana (Mama Elephant)
Accessories:  Rose Gold EP (SSS), White EP, English Brick Wall Stencil (MFT)

Cheers
Karren

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Blue Stars

Hi all and welcome!  Our fabulous French team member, Cecile Ribon is our hostess at Freshly Made Sketches and she has a wonderful and unique sketch for us.



I saw the shapes inside each other and decided to use layered negative die-cuts to achieve the same look.  



I die-cut the stitched stars from three blue shades of MFT cardstock and layered the negative shapes one on top of the other.  On the top Tropical Teal layer, I ran it through a stitched frame die to match the stars.  After adhering the three layers together, I added foam tape to the bottom and attached them to a white top-folding card base.  I white-embossed the second part of the sentiment and added a black die-cut word and called it done.



Thanks so much for visiting!  Head on over and check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the design team.  I'm going to link this up to the Anything Goes challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and the Anything Goes with Dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers.



Products used:

Stamps:  You Matter (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Summer Splash, Blu Raspberry, Tropical Teal (MFT), White, Black
Dies:  Stitched Stars, Stitched Rectangle Mats (Lil' Inkers), You (SSS)
Accessories:  White EP

Cheers
Karren