Uniko Challenge #48 Reminder

Hi there!  This is my guest reminder post for Uniko Challenge #48.  To refresh your memory, here’s the graphic inspiration for the challenge.

 

 

The colours, number two and optional twist for a child were the inspirations for this fun birthday card I made for my nephew!  Can’t believe he is turning 3 at the end of the month!  He and his grandfather (my dad 😉) have birthdays only 6 days apart.

 

 

Since the ladybugs are facing each other and I wanted these two critters to do the same, I mirror stamped the alligator on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink.  Coloured with Copics then fussy cut him out.  Next, I stamped the hippo on A2 size X-press It paper with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics as well.  Masked him, then stamped the explosion bubble in red followed with heat embossing the sentiment in black.

 

 

The panel was then die cut with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle, then mounted with fun foam onto a white card base.  For more dimension, popped the alligator up with mounting tape to finish.

 

 

 

There is plenty of time to play along.  And if you need more inspiration, check out what the other half of the design team at Uniko have made HERE.  Thank you for your visit.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
The Male Room — 5th Birthday
That’s Crafty — Animal Magic
Moving Aong with the Times — #77 For the Boys
Patti‘s Linky Party — Bringing Smiles (Patti, hope this made you smile and this (partying) is what you’ll be doing when you find and settle into your new home!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seize the Birthday – Water

 

Hello there!  I’m back with my third guest designer card for Seize the Birthday.  As always, the challenge is Anything Goes Birthday with an optional topping.  The optional topping this fortnight is Water.

 

 

I used a couple of new / unused stamp sets to create this birthday card for my dad.  His birthday is at the end of this month.

 

 

I purchased this really cool layering Wave stamp set last month and couldn’t think of a better time to use it.  It is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, layering stamp sets I’ve used.  So to start, stamped the wave layers with Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue and Sapphire dye inks on an A2 size Whisper White panel.  Then die cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle.

 

 

 

Next, stamped the surfing shark on X-press It paper with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  With no matching dies offered, I fussy cut it out.  Black heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder.  Mounted the panel onto a white card base with white fun foam, and then adhered the shark with mounting tape to finish.

 

 

 

Initially I couldn’t decide which surfing shark to use, so I stamped and coloured them both.  It seemed like such a waste not to use the other shark, so I stamped a wave background in portrait style, black heat embossed a different sentiment… and voila! completed a masculine birthday card to add to my stash!

 

 

That does it for me, but click HERE to see the wonderful cards the design team at Seize the Birthday have made to inspire you to join in.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a super day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Always Happy Birthday  — August Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Water Theme
The Male Room — 5th Birthday
Creative with Stamps — #29 Father
That’s Crafty — Animal Magic
Moving Aong with the Times — #77 For the Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seize the Birthday – Stripes

 

Hi there.  I’m back today with my second guest designer card for Seize the Birthday and the optional topping this round is Stripes.

 

 

I chose to use the toppings again to create this colourful birthday card.

 

 

First, stamped the dragon and cake piece with Memento black ink on Neenah cardstock.  Coloured them with Copics then fussy cut them out.  Used my paper trimmer to cut a piece of mixed media paper down to A2 size.  Blended Distress Oxide inks (Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean) with a mini blending tool.  Overlapped the colours to get secondary colours.  Spritz with water and lifted with a paper towel for some texture.

 

 

Next, die cut the Large Stripe cover plate from regular white cardstock then black heat embossed the sentiment with clear glitter embossing powder.  Finished by adhering the elements onto a white top folding card base.

 

 

 

And that does it for me, but click HERE to see the beautiful birthday cards from the fabulous design team at Seize the Birthday.  Hope you will join us!  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Sugar Pea Designs  Mix It Up Challenge #45
Always Happy Birthday  July Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Birthday Cake
Inkspirational  #165 Birthday
Addicted to Stamps and More  #301 Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday Challenge Use a Die/Punch

 

 

 

 

 

CAS Christmas July Reminder – Poinsettia

 

Hello there!  This is the reminder post for July’s CAS Christmas Poinsettia card challenge.  Deadline is July 24th, so you have one more week to join us.  I’m fascinated with color pencils on dark cardstock.  Can’t get any darker than black and since I love non-traditional colour Christmas cards, here’s my card.

 

 

Started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from Artagain drawing paper.  Used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the duo poinsettia image off the edge with white pigment ink.  Stamped the image again on a scrap piece for a third poinsettia (applying the rule of thirds and odd numbers).  I could have used the single image in the set, but why dirty up another stamp.  Coloured them with a white Prismacolor pencil and a couple of grey Polychromos pencils for shading.

 

 

Once colouring was complet, re-stamped the images with white pigment ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Added clear shimmer to them then fussy cut out the poinsettia from the scrap piece.

 

 

Die cut ‘Merry Christmas’ from silver foil and black cardstock.  Offset them on the panel for a shadow effect.  Adhered the panel to a white top folding card base and mounted the fussy cut poinsettia with foam tape to finish.  At least that was what I thought… 😂

 

 

My husband was not thrilled with the monochromatic look, so I re-created it.  This time I used Bristol paper and white heat embossed the poinsettias first before watercolouring them with Picked Raspberry distress ink.  He’s not a fan of pink, but he liked it more than the black!  Huh!  I was happy with how both turned out but I still prefer the black one.  My mom just happened to FaceTime me at that moment, so I asked her what she thought… and she agreed with me!  Ha!  😂  Anyway, what do you think?

 

 

Marina of My Perfect Life is our wonderful guest designer this month.  She and my team have created some beautiful cards to inspire you and you can see them HERE.  As always, thank you for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
The Flower Challenge — #22 Monochromatic
AAA Cards #119 Christmas in July
CAS on Friday — #137 Christmas in July
Papercraft — #16 Christmas in July
That’s Crafty — Close to Nature
The Merry Christmas Challenge — Anything Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Flowers Mother’s Day

Hello there.  Spring has sprung here and with Mother’s Day fast approaching, I am sharing a floral Mother’s Day card I made for my MIL.  Nothing says spring more than flowers, does it?  Ok, maybe summer… 😂   Anyway, here’s my card.

 

 

To start, a white stitched rectangle was die cut from Whisper White cardstock.  Stamped the Barnwood Background on the bottom with second generation Smoky Slate dye ink.  I wanted a white wash look, so re-stamped over top with white pigment ink.  This was really easy with the MISTI.  

 

 

Next stamped the flowers and and banner with Intense Black ink on a scrap of Neenah cardstock.  Stamped ‘Mother’s Day’ on the banner.  Coloured the images with Copics then fussy cut them out.  Stamped ‘happy’ directly on the panel in black.  Arranged and adhered the blooms and banner, then mounted the panel with foam adhesive to an A2 Pink Pirouette piece.  Attached the pink piece to a white top folding card base and added clear shimmer to the flowers and clear raindrops to finish.  

 

 

 

Thank you for visiting,  enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Playing over at:
Where Creativity Meets C9#20 Spring
SSS Monday Challenge — Flower Power
Papercraft Challenge#010 Clean and Simple
creative with Stamps#25 CAS + Sentiment (2nd Anniversary)