Thursday, 19 October 2017

Double D Challenge Leaves

Hello again everyone and welcome...

I have a card to share with you that I made for the Double D Challenge. Here you can see the mood board. The theme is "leaves".


I absolutely love to participate in various challenges from the stamp companies whose products I really enjoy using. That being said, there is certainly something to be said for participating in a challenge like this one. The only stipulation is that your project follows the theme. You can use whatever products you like.

For my card I am using some very very old Rubber Stampede stamps. I loved these leaf stamps when I first bought them at Michael ages ago and I love them still.

I have covered my A2 white card with some gingham paper from Papertrey Ink and then added an embossed panel cut with a Sizzix die over a piece of ribbon. I am sure the embossing folder has a name but I cannot remember what it is. I sponged on a small bit of Memento Dandelion and Tangerine ink to bring out the embossed leaves.


The focal image(s) are the three leaves that I fussy cut. These stamps were made LONG before the days of die cuts! Luckily I have  patience and sharp scissors.


On top of that is a small tag from Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags die. The sentiment is another old stamp from Hero Arts. I finished off with a small button tied up with twine.


I was trying to keep all the leaves nice and soft in colour as a foil to the deeper sharper paper in the background to strike a nice balance.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you take to leave me your comments. I value each and every one. Cheers.

Melanie


My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #355

Hello everybody and welcome...

I have a card to share today that I made for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #355. You can see the sketch here.

I started by covering the top half of a white A2 card with a soft blue pattern paper. I used the MFT Scenic Safari dies to cut a couple pieces of green for the bottom.


I have used that utterly adorable MFT stamp set Sweet Safari and the coordinating dies to cut out the elephant, tiger and some leaves. These I all coloured up with Copics.


The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and it is from the same set.

I have scattered the leaves at the top of the card instead of using buttons or sequins.

Thank you very much for stopping by today. I do love to read your sweet comments. Cheers.

Melanie

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Reverse Confetti Sketch #53

Hello everyone and welcome....

I am playing along with the Reverse Confetti Sketch for You to Try and here it is.


Lots going on in this sketch. I decided to use the Reverse Confetti stamp set called Mouse Mail. Those wee little mice are simply too cute.

I started with an A2 white card base, rounded the corners and then sponged on a bit of yellow ink around the edges to soften them. Then came two pieces of pattern paper.


I bisected the card with ribbon from which dangle lots of little envelopes, no doubt containing wonderful cards for loved ones. :)

The focal image is that darling little lady mouse holding an envelope which I coloured up with Copics. I popped her up for a bit of dimension.


The sentiment in the bottom corner is from the same stamp set.

Thank you so very much for visiting today and leaving me your comments. They never fail to make me smile. Cheers.

Melanie

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #354

Hello everyone...

I am rushing to get in under the wire for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge. You can see the sketch here.

It is that time of year when the garden needs to be put to bed for the winter so my garden duties are eating into my stamping time.  :(

I started with a pink A2 card base and added a strip of pattern paper. Over that I have added an oval put through a Swiss dot embossing folder and matted with a scalloped oval.


For the focal image I have used the smallest and cutest bear from the My Favorite Things Birthday Bears stamp set. I just love the expression on his little face. The cake he is looking at is from the same set.
I used a sentiment, also from Birthday Bears, on the banner on the left.

And yes, if you look closely you will see that I have fussy cut out the bear and the cake. Yes, all around all those wee little candles. I really MUST get the dies to go with this set. Cutting out the bear and the cake took as much time as the rest of the card.


Thanks a lot for visiting today. I really appreciate your kind comments. Cheers.

Melanie

Monday, 16 October 2017

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #300



Hello everybody...

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I have a couple cards today that I have made for the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge which was Build a Wreath by Melissa Phillips. I just adore everything that Melissa makes. She has such a delicate style and always makes the things she does look so easy.

I have used the large scalloped frame die from Papertrey Ink's Nostalgic Notions and the wreath from Rustic Wreath on both cards.

For the first card I covered the card front in a soft plaid paper and added the scalloped frame and the wreath. 


I added some little sprigs of greenery here and there from the Holiday Folk stamp set along with some metallic stars. The sentiment stamped in black and the focal image of that darling little deer are from the same set.


I finished off with a few little sparkly gems here and there.


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The second card is a white card base and I have stamped the corner detail from Nostalgic Notions in the upper and lower opposite corners in a soft pink.


Then comes the scalloped frame in a checkerboard paper and I have darkened the edges. The wreath in a metallic paper follows but it does not really show up in the photos.

I have stamped and cut out the flowers from Nostalgic Notions and positioned them around the wreath along with a few leaves. In the background I have used the Stitches & Swirls stamp set for a few swirls and finished off with a few pearls.


The sentiment is the die cut from Bloomin Cute Sentiments.


I cut out a piece of fun foam using the frame die and then trimmed it down just a bit so it would not be visible so I could mount the whole thing up on the card for a little something extra.



So there you have it. This was a really fun challenge to play along with. Thanks every so much for visiting with me today. Your comments always make me smile. Have a wonderful day. Cheers.

Melanie

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #299


Hello everybody...

I am just squeaking in under the wire for this weeks Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge.

Dawn made a terrific card for us to use as our inspiration for this challenge which is Sentiment Windows.

I love this challenge. I am seriously thinking this will be my Christmas card for this season, or at least quite a few of them anyway. On to the card...



It is a bit of an odd size as I used a Spellbinders die and had to make the card big enough to accomodate the die. I attached a piece of pattern paper to the front, centered the die and cut through.

The sentiment and the snowflakes are from Papertrey Ink In the Meadow. I absolutely love that stamp set. I use it over and over again. 

The dies on the front of card are from the In The Meadow die set.

All in all, a fairly simple card, but with a lot of style.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your comments mean the world to me. Cheers.

Melanie

Monday, 9 October 2017

Congratulations

Hello everyone...

Thank you so much for visiting with me today. I have a very special card to share.

The son of one of my dearest friends just got married this past Saturday.

I wanted to make a special card for the happy couple.

With that end in mind, I ordered a fantastic die from Papertrey Ink, part of Betsy Veldman's Paper Clippings series. This set is called "Love Story".
 How appropriate, yes?


I have kept my card all white. Starting with a 5 x 7 white card base I added a single later of heavy white cardstock mounted up on a full sheet of fun foam for strength and dimension.

On top of that is a 5 x 7 Spellbinders die cut. Intricate but not too much.

On top of that I have layered that stunning Paper Clippings die cut. I actually cut out 4 of them and layered then one on top of each other for lots of extra dimension as you can see from this photo below
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I have the stamp set that you can get to accompany these dies but chose to just leave the front crisp and clean with just the addition of a few small white pearls.


For the inside I used a very old PSX stamp that I have had for ages but remains to this day one of my absolute favourites. I love how elegant it is and I thought it would be perfect for the card. I stamped it in a shade of blue that was quite close to the colour of blue they used on their invitation.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. Do leave me your comments as they make my day.

Cheers,   

   Melanie

Thursday, 28 September 2017

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #352

Good morning everyone...

Well, thankfully, the heat wave has broken here. The temperatures plummeted from almost 90F to about 50F overnight. Today is a glorious 55F with a breeze to clear out the house and beautiful sunshine.

I am participating in the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #352 and you can see the sketch here.


I chose to use a new MFT stamp set I just got called Adorable Elephants. And let me tell you...they are adorable and then some.


 I started with an A2 white card base and covered the front with a scrap of pattern paper. I believe it is a very old design from Colorbok. 

Added a strip of yellow polka dot ribbon to which I sewed a piece of narrow lace.

I stamped that cute little elephant and coloured him up with the Copics you can see below. And then I fussy cut him out...even around those little hairs on top of his head. I do not have the dies that go with this set as yet but I do have a pair of very sharp scissors and a great deal of patience. :)




Cut a rectangle of soft purple paper and used a die from MFT Basic Stitch Lines all around it. On this I stamped the sentiment from the same Adorable Elephants stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Lastly I cut three balloons using the MFT Heart Balloon die which I did colour to match the colours in the pattern paper.

Layered it all together and all done.

Thanks so very much for stopping by....your comments make me smile.

Cheers,

Melanie

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Reverse Confetti Sketch #52

Hello everyone...

I am back today with one more card for the Reverse Confetti Sketch # 52 which you can see here.

I do not have a whole lot Reverse Confetti stamps as yet although I do have a long wish list. I decided to use one of those adorable little piggies from the Cured stamp set.


I followed the sketch pretty closely. A piece of Anna Griffin pattern paper covers the entire card front. A used a wonderful old piece of Stampin Up ribbon that I have had for ages over top to bisect the paper. Over that I used a MFT discontinued tag die for the tag on which I stamped the sentiment from the same Cured stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


I cut two circles from my unending stash of scrap paper and then stamped the little piggie with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured him up with the Copics in the photo below. Finished up with a few pink buttons and all done.


Thanks for stopping by....your comments truly make my day.

Cheers,

Melanie

PowerPoppy Hues to Use

Hello everybody...

I have a card today for the latest PowerPoppy Hues to Use.


Here is the inspiration photo. I just love hens and chickens in the garden. They are such charming little things, don't you think?



I really like that colour combination. I knew immediately that I wanted to use that gorgeous huge PowerPoppy Dahlia blossom. I actually grew a Dahlia a couple years ago that had these same pink tones so thought I would have a go at recreating it.

I opted to use a brand new set of ZIG Clean Color Brush Markers that I finally purchased. I have heard so many people rave about them so after mulling it over for ages, I took the plunge and bought them. I am accustomed to using either Copics, watercolours or just plain Prismacolor pencil crayons so these will require an adjustment period. 

I stamped my image with Memento Tuxedo Black on watercolour paper and selected two colours of pink to use for the petals. I had problems right from the start as the water brush I bought with the markers gushes out water so it was everywhere. I ended up using a regular paint brush and water to blend the colours. And, in actual fact I did not really want the colours blended as there was a pretty sharp demarcation line on the actual flowers.

Now that I have given you all the doom and gloom...here is the card.


I used a raspberry card base, layered on some olive checked paper, a strip of pink ribbon and then the focal image on top of Spellbinders Labels 42 Decorative Elements die in solid green. 

Yes, I know. I did fussy cut out the blossom. Yes. I know. It is a lot of work but I do it anyway. :) I used mounting squares for the blossom and the die cut behind it. I do love dimension on a card. 


I finished off with a wee sentiment from PowerPoppy Geraniums Takes Two which I cut with a Spellbinders Oval Majesty die and softened with a bit of ink and a soft pink flourish called Sprigs in the top corner, also from Spellbinders.


I cannot say that I am really happy with this card but there was a lot of hard graft put into it so kept on trying to save it. Clearly I need a much better water brush and a lot more practice with these markers.

Thanks a lot for stopping by....be kind with your comments!

Cheers,

Melanie

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Power Poppy Hues to Use

Hello everyone...

I am having a go at the PowerPoppy Hues to Use challenge. 

I absolutely love the colours you can see in the photo below. They are autumn colours, they mean cool, sweater weather. Here in eastern Ontario where the temperatures are in the 30s (that is almost 90 for you fahrenheit folks) with a humidex in the 40s (well over 100) I can use any help I can get to feel cooler. Thankfully this ghastly heat wave is supposed to break on Thursday. We are certainly accustomed to sweltering heat in the dog days of summer here but autumn is our much needed reprieve and I miss it.  :(




I have chosen to use the terrific garden boot from PowerPoppy Feelin Fall. 


I coloured up the image with the Copics you see in the bottom photo. 


Kept the card layout very simple with a couple pattern papers in the requisite colours, a length of ribbon and a birthday die cut from Papertrey Ink.

Thats it for me for now. Off to run errands before the heat of the day becomes completely unbearable. Thanks so much for stopping by....your amazing comments really make me smile.

Cheers,

Melanie

Monday, 25 September 2017

Powerpoppy Power & Spark September Challenge

Hello everyone...

I am just sneaking in under the deadline for the PowerPoppy Power & Spark challenge for September which is shown below.


I love using kraft cardstock. I think this is a brilliant challenge and I am so glad to be able to participate.

I knew instantly what I wanted to use for my card and it is that fantastic big and beautiful PowerPoppy Dahlia. What a glorious image that is. 

I have decided to keep my card to just white and kraft.


I have stamped the Dahlia and leaf images on kraft cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed in white. After that I took a white Prismacolor pencil and just added a bit of "white" shading to the dahlia image keeping it quite subtle.

Then I sat down with a cup of tea and a pair of very sharp scissors and fussy cut everything out.

The base is a 5" white card over which I layered a piece of kraft cut with decorative scissors. I tried and tried to find a die that would work but could not come up with anything that I liked so it had to be the scissors.

The next layer is Spellbinders Labels 42 in kraft and Labels 42 Decorative Accents in white on foam tape.

The Dahlia and leaves are mounted on foam tape on top of that.


Lastly came the sentiment and I have chosen to use a die cut from Papertrey Ink...Congratulations.

I cut the die from white cardstock 4 times and layered for a nice thick sentiment. Because it is so pliable, I placed it on a curve for added interest. The "I" is dotted with single pearl.

And there you have my take on kraft cardstock.

Now that I am finished it is going in the mail to someone very special.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today....your wonderful comments truly make my day.

Cheers,

Melanie

Papertrey Ink September 2017 Blog Hop

Hello everyone...

I am so glad to be back in "stamp land" and taking part today in Papertrey Ink's terrific blog hop.
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The inspiration photo is stunning as you can see here. I love the delicate florals the little bird is holding and that deep dark background makes the entire image jump out so you can see all the details.

Blog Hop Inspiration

I therefore chose to use the Spring Woods stamp set and dies as the Goldfinch happens to be one of my favourite birds.

I have used the branches from the same set to represent the floral element. I  used the Tag Sale Quilted die for the background in a suitable deep blue colour.



The card is a simple cream coloured A2 size with a strip of Harvest Gold bitty dot paper down the side to pick up the colour in the bird. 

The sentiment stamped in Memento Paris Dusk ink is from Keep It Simple: Get Well.

The other ink colours used are Memento Pear Tart, Peanut Brittle and Tangelo.

A wee bit of ribbon and a Canyon Clay button finish off the top of the tag.

Thank you so much for stopping by today....your comments truly make my day special.

Cheers,

Melanie