A busy day of card making!

Hi everyone & thanks for stopping by.
I’m so happy its the weekend. My other half is out of town and I’ve been card making all day. Our flat is a big mess, but it has been worth it. I have made quite a few cards for various challenges that I’ll be sharing over the next few days.
My first card today is for the Embellish Magazine challenge – creating a vintage card using green, rust and yellow. The card is also for the Card Positioning Systems Sketch #190. Vintage does not come naturally to me, but I gave it my best shot!
Here are the fabulous colors for the Embellish challenge:

And here is the sketch for the Card Positioning Sketch challenge:
Here is the first card – I used an old book to create the flower – something I’ve seen on quite a few blogs and in magazines lately. The layout is also inspired by a card I saw in Create: Stamping by Belinda Chang Langner.
Here is a detail of the flower – I die cut scalloped circles and inked the edges with Distress Ink.
I have another card to share as well – this one is also for the Embellish color challenge (again!) and also for the 2Sketches4You challenge – I love their sketches, but always struggle to finish cards in time to take part! Here is the sketch:
And here is my take on the sketch:
Thanks for visiting – I really appreciate it! Stop back tomorrow for some more entries for the Wplus9 challenge!
Card details:
‘Thank You’
Paper: card blank (Hero Arts); patterned paper (Thrift Shop, October Afternoon, Bitty Box and Bitty Dot, Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: Sentiment (American Crafts)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Chalk Ink (Versamagic); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); button (Woodware); twine (Ribbon Girl); book pages, corner chomper

‘Best Wishes flower’
Paper: card blank (Woodware), patterned paper (Porcelain, Basic Grey, Bitty Box, Papertrey Ink), carstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: sentiment (Hero Arts); leaf (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); brad (Basic Grey), border punch (EK Success); fabric flowers (Petaloo)
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Another Passion for Papertrey CASE challenge entry

Hello again & thanks for stopping by.

I’m back today with another entry for A Passion for Papetrey’s CASEing challenge – details can be found here.
Not surprisingly, I have gone with yet another card from the talented Maile Belles. Here is an image of the card I am CASEing. I LOVE this card. It uses the Up, Up, and Away stamp set from Papertrey Ink. The possibilities with this stamp set are really endless.

Here is my take on the card – I didn’t stray far from the design but pulled out my Copic markers to do some coloring (I love coloring – still have a lot to learn about shading and the proper use of Copics, but it reminds me of using coloring books and who doesn’t love that?!). The balloons are actually much more pink in real life – for some reason the color didn’t photograph very well (and, again, my camera skills need a lot of work).

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Paper: card blank (Hero Arts), Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Up, Up and Away (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Swiss Dot embossing folder (Provo Craft); ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Copic markers, Cloud & Balloon dies (Papertrey Ink)
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Passion for Papertrey Challenge Entry #1

Another challenge post today – this time for the lovely ladies at A Passion for Papertrey. I was very happy to discover this blog & find fellow PTI enthusiasts this side of the pond. Amy, Kate and Caryn all have such great style and they are definitely an inspiration.

I’m excited about this challenge – which is CASEing a card from a PTI design team member. To say I was spoilt for choice is an understatement. The design team is incredible & I could come up with an endless number of cards based on the designs of these talented women. I will have a lot of entries for this challenge I think…
This card is based on a recent card on Maile Belle’s blog, which can be seen here. This is definitely one of my favorite blogs – Maile’s cards are always clean, simple and stunning. 
I followed her design & also went with a tree motif, but used another stamp set, Through the Trees. I stamped the tree a little off center, which I saw on Nichole Heady’s blog post here.

This card has also been submitted for an Off The Wall Craftiness challenge – I love the colors Kim has chosen for this challenge (and her blog is full of beautiful creations!).

This is the inspiration photo for the Off The Wall Craftiness challenge using green, brown & white:

Card details:

Paper: Kraft (Hero Arts), green (Basic Grey), Rustic Cream (PTI)
Stamps: Tree (Through the Trees -PTI), Sentiment (Asian Fusion – PTI)
Ink: Brown (Colorbox), Green (VersaMagic)
Accessories: Twine (Ribbon Girl); corner chomper
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Wplus9 Challenge

My first blog post. This is an exciting occasion.

I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago and took a break from it when I moved from the states to London, England 5 years ago because of some serious space (and time) constraints. However, in the run up to my wedding this past August I decided I could no longer be without one of my true loves. So, on a trip back to Ohio I packed up 2 huge suitcases with all my supplies (albeit rather dated now!) and brought everything back to our crammed London apartment.
Since then I have discovered another true love – stamping. I never thought I would do anything but scrapbook, but I’ve practically given it up now – I just can’t stop making cards. I have built up a considerable stash of goodies and day dream about the day I can commit myself to card making full time. 
This blog is about my journey – I’m just finding my style at the moment – getting inspiration from the amazing people in the card making world. I am still not sure where I want this all to lead – I, of course, would love to be on a design team and have cards published, but one day at a time! For now, I am enjoying participating in challenges and sending out lovely handmade cards to all my nearest & dearest.

On to the business at hand – my first entry for the Wplus9 challenge using pink, black/grey & white (in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month) – details can be found here. I love this blog and follow it daily – Dawn’s work is amazing & the design team comes up with incredible cards. 

This is my first entry for the competition (though I have a few more on the way!). I tried a technique I watched on Jennifer McGuire’s Holiday Thinking Inking video – embossing a paper rose – I love the way it turned out. Apologies for the less than stellar pictures – I need to work on my photography skills!

Thanks for visiting – hope to post another card soon!

Card details:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink, Paperchase
Ink: Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White
Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Thrift Shop)
Die cut leaves & Scalloped Circle (Provo Craft)

Accessories: brad: K & Company; lace: Ribbon Girl; corner chomper

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