Thursday, 23 October 2014

"Birds of a feather flock together" at TIME OUT

Hi friends!
There's a new challenge for you at TIME OUT Challenges: We are inspired by words

"Birds of a feather flock together" 

This might lead you to birds, love, feathers... My inspiration is obvious although the two lovebirds (stamps by Avocado Arts) look quite small in comparison with the big punched leaves... And maybe the double-frame looks a bit heavy too.. In case you didn't yet realize it, this card is definitely not one of my favorites!! :) Sometimes you have a clear vision of what you want to make and then it just doesn't work.. No matter how many days (!) you try to put the card together. Maybe a re-make next week. :)

I hope to see you all playing along at TIME OUT! If you need more inspiration, check out the DT cards here: I just love our DT and the cards the girls provide us every time. Beautiful work challenge after challenge! We also have a guest designer, Jill V, she made a stunning Christmas card with birds... Great idea, Christmas is soon around the corner!! 

Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Happy Birthday Debra!

Happy Birthday STAMPlorations girl Debra!
We are celebrating Debra's birthday at STAMPlorations with a wonderful array of cards here. I hope you'll check out all the fun cards we made for Debra... And if you don't know her, check out her blog: she is a very skillful colorer and makes the cutest cards with artsy, personal touch. Have a look! 

In my card I've used several STAMPlorations stamps and I suggest you have a visit at the store here for having a look of all the great stamps available right now! I'm quite happy with the background but I'm so sorry Debra... The stamping on vellum didn't work out at all this time... I thought my ink would work well with vellum but no! So it's a mess... Don't touch it when you get the card (fashionably late by the way)... It's probably still wet! :) Some drops and pretty ribbon are trying to draw the attention away from the messy sentiment... Hee hee! Anyways, congrats again Debra and I hope you were spoiled today! 

Monday, 20 October 2014

New Sketch at STAMPlorations!

HI friends!
We have a new sketch for you at STAMPlorations! It's a very versatile sketch, good for both CAS and more layered looks. In my DT project (created with Joyful and Christmas Flower stamp sets) I followed the sketch by coloring in only the wreath in the center of the card -as you can see the other wreaths have just outlines. I sponged the edges of my stamped panel with green DI:s for vintage look and chose red and kraft for my other colors -a very traditional Christmas color combo. The copics used in my wreath are YG03, G21 and YG67 for green and R27 and R59 for red. I also added some white gel pen to the berries for "light". The sentiment is heat embossed with white. This must be one of my favorite STAMPlorations Christmas sentiments! :)

I hope you'll now head on over to STAMPlorations challenge blog for all the challenge details. There's a beautiful display of DT cards there for your inspiration, you don't want to miss them! Our guest designer this time is Leslie: she made a beautiful card using digi products from All About Scrapping that you have a change to win too if you enter our challenge! Don't forget our monthly challenge (the theme is embossing) is also still running here. Happy crafting! 

The stamp sets I used:

Thursday, 16 October 2014

TIME OUT Challenges Reminder!

Hello friends!
I'm here to remind you about our current challenge at TIME OUT Challenges! We are CASEing the talented Heather Telford's beautiful watercolor leaves card that she made for our inspiration. In my second CASE of this card I changed leaves to flowers but followed Heather's color palette and layout. I also sponged the stamped edges but left the un-stamped edges white -I think this adds nice contrast. The stamps, apart from Finnish Sentiment "For Mum", come from Papertrey Ink. My mum keeps complaining me that after I got my puppy I don't call her often enough... So hopefully this card will make her happy. :) I hope to see you all playing along at TIME OUT, you still have almost a week to CASE Heather's card and enter! Happy crafting!

I'd like to enter: Inspiration Photo (Daisies... And rustic feel!)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

STAMPlorations Spotlight: Christmas Stocking!

Hi friends! 
It's my turn to show a Spotlight project at STAMPlorations and here are the two cards I created using the October stamp club set Joyful! I've used some fun techniques to add color to the stamped Christmas stockings... Please head on over to STAMPlorations and find out more! 

I'd like to enter the card with white card base to CAS on Sunday: Embossing

Here's the fab new set, Joyful!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Purple with Grey/Silver at Inkspirational!

Hi friends!
We have a new challenge for you at Inkspirational and it's a really sophisticated color combo: purple with grey/silver (I used both)! The challenge will run for a fortnight. I made a CAS Christmas card with stamps I've got as a gift from my crafting buddy Sandie, thanks hon! I love this festive deer stamp. The snowflakes are from the same stamp set and I embellished them with clear rhinestones. The sentiment is Finnish for "Merry Christmas", my favorite Christmas sentiment stamp!

Before making your card for the challenge I hope you'll spend a moment admiring the inspiration from Inkspirational DT and talented guest designer Lynda. You'll love their cards! Happy crafting, I hope to see you at Inkspirational!

I'd like to enter: CAS (my 2nd entry)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

CASEing Heather Telford at TIME OUT!

Hi guys!
We are CASEing Heather Telford at TIME OUT Challenges and adding our own twists to the design as the challenge name "CASE With Your Own Twist" tells us! Heather is a very inspirational blogger. Her blog is filled with water color and sponging wonders... Don't hesitate to pay her a visit!

The card Heather  made for TIME OUT is brilliant! I love the fall colors and the way she sponged the panel to give an illusion of light peaking through the leaves. I happened to have a patterned paper that has white, subtle leaves in it and I decided to use it in my CASE card -that meant that my twist was going to be changing the color palette! I stamped some PTI leaves and berries to the paper, following Heather's layout, and stamped also a sentiment in Finnish, it translates to something like "Luck and Happiness". After that I used blue DI for sponging the corners of the paper, trying to create the look of light in the center of the card. I think the white leaves of the patterned paper helped in achieving that goal. A couple of half pearls add a bit of dimension, the card looked a bit flat without them!

I'm blown away with the DT projects this week, I think Heather inspired the TO DT to make amazing cards! Do check out all the cards from our challenge blog. You'll also notice that this time Carol is our guest designer: I love her card with sponged leaf die-cuts  and I know you'll love it too! After admiring everyone's work it's your turn to take TIME OUT and craft! :) Have a fun day everyone! 

I'd like to enter: CAS (Hmm, is this CAS enough?!?)