Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Santa Paws

Hi and welcome to another fabulous sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches.  This week the legendary Jennifer Timko is our hostess and here is her sketch.


I decided to make a Christmas card this week and came up with this card using a couple of different companies' stamp sets.


I took the cat and cat bed from Cool Cat by MFT and added the Santa Hat from Happy Howlidays by SSS/Lawn Fawn to create a Santa Paws :)  All three images were masked and then fussy-cut out.

Once I'd finished coloring and cutting, I put the cat to one side and concentrated on the card base.  For some reason, I was determined to use an open banner frame so had to make the actual base interesting.  I used a stencil and some Scattered Straw ink to sponge some color onto the base and then placed the white stitched banner frame.  I positioned the cat so I could stamp my sentiment and then finally adhered the cat.


Thanks for visiting.  The rest of the design team have some wonderful inspiration for you so be sure to check them out.

I'm linking this up to AAA Cards who have a masking challenge going at the moment.



Products used:

Stamps:  Cool Cat (MFT), Happy Howlidays (SSS/Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Scattered Straw Distress
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Stitched Fishtail Frames (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Large Grid Stencil (MFT)

Cheers
Karren

Flamingo

Hi and welcome!  This is my last card as September Guestie over at Color Throwdown and can I say it's been a fun month challenging myself!  I'll 'fess up here and say that I find color challenges the hardest and if I'm just playing along in a color challenge, I'll walk away if I don't like the colors.  So agreeing to be guest designer before seeing the color swatches made me a tad nervous!  Luckily it all worked out fine and I should have known it would because Color Throwdown have some of the best color schemes of all color challenges.  And to prove my point, check this out:


Is this not gorgeous?  I was very tempted to go with a floral card, but decided the pinks cried out for me to use my NBUS Flamingo Together set.



I just love these flamingoes and as my collection was lacking flamingoes of any kind, I decided to buy these a few months ago and this is their first outing.  I sponged Broken China and Antique Linen inks onto a white panel then flicked some water over it before cutting it out with a pierced rectangle die.  The flamingoes were colored with Copics and the palm trees stamped with green and brown inks before being die-cut.

Finally I embossed the word "flamin-go" in Melon Mambo embossing powder and stamped the rest of the sentiment around it in black ink.





Thanks for visiting.  The Color Throwdown DT have some gorgeous inspiration for you so be sure to check them out.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy

Products used:

Stamps:  Flamingo Together (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Broken China, Antique Linen Distress Inks, Dark Chocolate, Green Apple (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies:  Flamingo Together (LF), Blueprints 29 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Melon Mambo EP

Cheers
Karren

Monday, 26 September 2016

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

Hi!  I'm back with another card - this one for the September Blog Hop over at Papertrey Ink.  This is the first time I've submitted a card to any PTI challenge!


I bought the Spruce & Sprigs set just after Christmas last year but the dies were out of stock, so I've only just got the dies now.  From the inspiration photo, I immediately saw a rustic Christmas scene so decided to start with a kraft card base and put another kraft layer backed with Dark Chocolate.  For the arrangement, I stamped and die-cut several of each image in both kraft and white.  In the end I decided to stick with the kraft as they suited the inspiration photo more.

I arranged the images then used Press 'n' Seal to hold it together while I adhered it to the card.  The sentiment comes from Signature Christmas which is still one of my favorites sentiment sets (along with Signature Greetings).



Thanks for visiting.

Blog Hop

Products used:

Stamps:  Spruce & Sprigs, Signature Christmas (PTI)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Pine Feather, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado
Cardstock:  Desert Storm, Dark Chocolate (SSS)
Dies:  Spruge & Sprigs (PTI)
Accessories:  Wink of Stella

Cheers
Karren

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Bountiful Birthday

For my second post today, I'm entering a card into the current challenge at Time Out, based on the gorgeous inspiration photo, the autumn challenge at Uniko and the Colours of Fall Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.


Even though I've probably never used the word "bountiful" in my life :), I really like this card.  I smooshed distress inks onto my craft sheet then ran some watercolor paper through several times, drying between each pass.  Once I was happy with the result, I die-cut the leaves then stamped the veins.  Finally, I sponged Vintage Photo ink around the outsides of the leaves and put them to one side.  On the white card base, I stamped the leaves and veins using Fog ink down the left hand side, filling in the gaps with some splatter stamps.  I then positioned the leaves, with the smalles one popped up on foam tape, and stamped the sentiment.  The word "Bountiful" was die-cut and adhered to the card base.

I finished the card with some rainstones in various sizes.



Thanks for visiting.







Products Used:

Stamps:  Color Pop Autumn, Leaf Prints (PTI), Distressed Patterns (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Fog (SSS), Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Bundles Sage, Scattered Straw, Festive Berries, Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black, Watercolor
Dies:  Color Pop Autumn, Leaf Prints
Accessories:  Rainstones

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Awesome Frames

I'm back again!  This time with a card using the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, the frames cue word at CASology and the colors from MFT Color Challenge.


As soon as I saw the sketch at CTS, I saw frames and that worked in well with the challenge at CASology.  From there, I just had to decide on colors and I thought I'd do something a bit different with the colors at MFT, which lend themselves to Halloween cards.

This card is pretty simple!  I die-cut three frames in the challenge colors using the smallest of the Pierced Square Frames dies and layered them on top of each other onto a white card base.  I went looking for a sentiment that would fit the space and found this one in the You're Super set.

To finish off the card, I added a green enamel dot.


Thanks for visiting.




Products used:

Stamps:  You're Super (MFT)
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock:  White, Boysenberry, Gumdrop Green, Orange Fizz (MFT)
Dies:  Pierced Square Frames (MFT)
Accessories:  Enamel Dot

Cheers
Karren

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Penguin Christmas

Welcome!  Today's card was colored up on Thursday night, when I felt like crafting but didn't want to think about layouts, etc.  So I took this NBUS An Arctic Christmas stamp and just spent some time coloring.


This is such an adorable image and while it is big, it was relaxing coloring it in - apart from when I picked up the wrong marker and started coloring my mountain (see on the left!)  I used some of the blends used by Kelly Latevola as I love her bright and vivid coloring.  Some of the blends worked well and some others I couldn't get a nice blend (the red/orange one!)  I'm not sure if it's partly because I stamped onto Neenah cardstock instead of my usual X-Press It.  I'll need to experiment more.

Anyway, after coloring the image and stamping the sentiment, I painted the ornaments and stars with Star Dust Stickles and put it aside to dry.  I came back to it this morning (Saturday) and die-cut it with a wonky stitched rectangle die and mounted it flat onto a white card base.

I'm entering this into the current Merry Monday challenge where Kathy is looking for warmth in a Christmas card, as well at Addicted to Stamps and More who have a "Make Your Mark" challenge.

Thanks for visiting.  Here is the mountain of markers I used on this card.






Products used:

Stamps:  An Arctic Christmas (SSS)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT)
Cardstock:  White
Dies:  Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)

Cheers
Karren

Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Merry Monday.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Balloon Celebration


Hi and welcome!  We have another fabulous challenge for you at Fusion Card Challenge.



I went with the photo this time, concentrating on the theme and colors.



 I used a balloon stencil to create some balloons on a white panel. I then foiled a die-cut sentiment as well as a strip to put down the left side of the panel. The foiled sentiment is backed with a black version  slightly offset.  Some hand-drawn strings and striped paper and my card was done.


Thanks for visiting.  The design team have some gorgeous inspiration for you so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Hog Heaven (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick, Peacock Feathers Distress
Cardstock:  White, Black, Rose Gold Foil, Dots & Stripes Neutrals (MFT), Toner Paper
Dies:  Celebratory Greetings (MFT)
Accessories:  Wink of Stella, Big Balloons Stencil (MFT), Mini Minc Machine

Cheers
Karren