Monday, January 14, 2019

A Sketch in Black and Gold


I'm cutting it close today, but I've completed a handful of challenges this weekend, just in time for our week-long stay away from home.  For this CAS Colors & Sketches challenge, I chose to feature gold and black.  "Breezy Waves" is a Memory Box die, which I've used for the curved feature.  I also wanted to use the bleach technique, so I tested some black cardstock and found that it bleached to a pretty gold.  The image is "Poppy Poem" from Penny Black, which I stamped and embossed in white before bleaching with an aqua pen, and then layered with the gold cardstock I used for the curves. (There wasn't really any room for a sentiment after all that...I wish there were more vertical sentiment stamps!)


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Less is More -- Water


Water in any of its forms eg ice, snow, mist, liquid









I had stamps of water drops...that is all the "water" images in my stash.  Then I found the uninked Stampedous image of the koi...in water.  From there, I could create a "water" card for this week's Less is More.  


Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Freshly Made Valentine


My first Valentine's Day card of the season...using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches 370. Various sizes of hearts have been cut from DSP and "hugs" has been stacked in threes for the sentiment. 


Color Throwdown with Neutrals


This is a color palette that didn't interest me until I began getting serious about card-making and other crafts.  Now I have several papers that work with the colors for the current Color Throwdown. The papers came from Prima's 6x6 "Engraver" pad.  I used an old Sizzix die of primitive hearts and then dry-embossed them in a folder of numbers. The sentiment is an old Stampers Anonymous stamp. 



Saturday, January 5, 2019

FMS in the New Year

It's fun to get started again in this new year...one start is with Freshly Made Sketches.


Yesterday, I decided to make cards using only previously uninked stamps....and I have so many of them!  I have known for some time that I prefer wood-mounted stamps, but the clear ones seem to outnumber the wooden ones these days, at least the ones that I want to add to my collection.  For this Freshly Made Sketches 369, I chose an Itty Bitty from Unity Stamp Co.   


Friday, January 4, 2019

A New Year and New Color Throwdown


For my first card of the new year, I chose an Inkadinkao image.  I colored with SU and Distress markers...and a Stampers Anonymous sentiment.  For once, I was easy to achieve the Color Throwdown challenge!  After fussy-cutting the image, I covered it with Glossy Accents to create a glossy look.






Friday, December 21, 2018

Getting Sketchy with Sunday Stamps

Trying to get back into the card-making after a lengthy absence... The Sunday Stamps sketch is perfect for another Christmas card, which has already gone in the mail!



When I decided to use the Memory Box pillar candles die, I knew I wanted more than just the outline.  Removing only one piece on each candle worked beautifully, and the solid red candles provided the perfect background for my often-used "merry" die from PoppyStamps.