Acetate Butterflies.

It’s time for a brand new sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

It is has been a super stressful week in my household and the first card I made for this challenge I absolutely hated. I can’t put my finger on it but something was just wrong so I popped it aside in my pile of cards that I hope to come back to someday.

I quite often find when I am stressed I love to puddle with inks and different mediums and somehow it is enormously therapeutic. I decided to cut some butterflies out of acetate and use alcohol inks to colour them.

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I’ve adhered just the centre of my butterfly for a 3d effect.

I hope you can join in this week at CAS Colours & Sketches. Em x

Window Sentiments

This week Stephanie from the Papertrey Ink Design Team has made her first Make It Monday tutorial.  Her technique was window chipboard sentiments. I haven’t tried doing this before but I loved the idea of the interactivity of the front and inside of the card.

Here is my take on the technique…

I’ve used stamps from the Garden Gild collection and I used black cardstock for my sentiment which I covered in glossy accents to add some shine.

Thanks for looking! Em x

Make A Scene

The House of Cards March Challenge is Make A Scene. Alternatively you can use the colour palette as your inspiration.

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I took my inspiration from the cows and the yellow flowers to create my card!

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The cute little cow is a MFT stamp that I have coloured with Copic Markers. I’ve used a grey pen to make some little flecks of ground for him to be standing on and some golden flowers from Papertrey Ink. I love the very funny and punny sentiment also from MFT stamps. I always love silly sentiments and hope they bring a smile to the people I send cards to.

I’ve also added some Nuvo drops to the flower centres. I thought my card was finished there but something seemed missing so I’ve added in some red and white twine which I thought helped with the farm theme and also added some texture and added interested to an otherwise very CAS card.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a beautiful day! Em

Layered Birdie!

Welcome back to another colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. Patricia is back this week to inspire us with her pick of colours.

I have to say this was a tricky colour combination for me and I came up with several ideas only to realise none of them really worked all that well. In the end I settled for the layered birds stamp from Hero Arts and came up with this…

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So seeing as I found these colours really tested me creatively I am very eager to see what everyone else comes up with. Please head along to the CAS Colours and Sketches Blog and share your creations. Thanks for looking! Em

A Little Coy

I have been very good with my self control when it comes to buying stamps from the US. The postage is enough to make anyone keel over however I recently saw the most amazing stamps from Hero Arts and I couldn’t find a stockist here in Australia so I lost all self control and ordered them! Since they arrived I have been obsessed with trying out all the different layering possibilities and fortunately the Hero Arts coy stamp worked in perfectly with the current challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

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The detail in these stamps is amazing and they were so easy to layer which is something I always find tricky. In the background I stamped some pale grey bubbles from the stamp set and of course I also had to use some Nuvo Crystal drops as they are also a current favourite of mine. The sentiment is from Altenew.

Don’t forget to link up this week with the CAS Colours and Sketches blog with your take on the sketch. I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations! Em

Thoughtfulness!

Well it is March already and this month at CAS Colours and Sketches our host is Patricia. She has chosen this beautiful colour palette for us this week! I’m loving these modern colours.

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I’ve used a stitched frame from MFT and these beautiful leaf stamps from Papertrey Ink. The sentiment is also one from Papertrey Ink which I love as it is always so nice to send or receive a card just saying how much you appreciate someone. I’ve also snuck some Nuvo Drops in which fortunately matched in with the colours this week!

Given how much I love these colours I’m really excited to see some great creations this week on the CAS Colours and Sketches blog and look forward to you hopefully joining in this week! Em

Kraft Colouring!

This week at PTI Make It Monday they had a fun challenge hosted by Melissa to create a card using stamping and colouring on kraft paper. I have seen this technique before but never tested it out. I was really surprised how vibrant the colours turned out!

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Howdy From the Herd!

When I saw the new farm yard animal set from MFT I immediately loved the cute and funny sentiments. I decided to use the set to make a card for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches 277.

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I decided my background was a little too plain so I’ve used one of the stitched embossing dies from Lawn Fawn to create a little more interest. I also added some striped twine in green and white to the edging to give dimension and some texture. The “herd” are coloured with Copic markers. I can’t wait to send this card off to my mother in law as I know she will have a laugh at the sentiment.

Thanks for taking the time to visit! Em

Crunchy Leaves

Well summer is over and here in Australia we are just entering Autumn/Fall maybe that is why as soon as I saw the CASology week #238 challenge was crunch I thought of Autumn leaves. I have fond memories of my mum taking me walking as a little girl and she used to let me crunch and stomp on all the leaves that had fallen from the trees that lined our street. It’s funny how little things stick in your mind but I can still remember laughing and playing in those leaves all these years later.

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Anyway… now you know where the inspiration for my card came from!

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I’ve inked some watercolor paper with orange tones of ink and sprays. When I was happy with my panel I die cut my leaves which are form Simon Says Stamp. I’ve then used a MFT die (that is my favourite at the moment!) to cut my little window. I’ve used foam mounting tape for the back of my white panel and adhered it to my card base. I liked the look of the leaves floating on the background and casting a slight shadow because of the dimension from the foam tape.

Thanks for stopping to visit today! Em

Falling For You!

The theme at Curtain Call Inspiration is Green. As soon as I think of green I envisage lush rainforest and green leaves.

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Here is my card…

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I’ve used the Altenew Simple Flowers stamp set for my background panel. My leaves are a die cut from Simons Says Stamp and coloured with distress ink. I love how these dies have the little leaf veins embossed in to them.  I’ve only partially adhered the leaves using some glue as I wanted to curl up the edges for dimension.

We have just entered Autumn/Fall here in Australia so I can’t wait to play some more with these leaf dies and mimic some of the beautiful tones that I can see on the trees over the coming months.

I’m also super excited to have grown my first waterlily this year so I have photographed my card on the edge of the pond. That out of focus/blurred image is my beautiful waterlily. It has only taken 3 years to flower and it turns out it isn’t pink like the tag said but still I am so excited and had to share!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Em