Friday, 24 March 2017

TGIF Case the Designer #100 - Sweet Cupcake

Welcome to a super exciting post for the Designer Team at TGIF this week. Being the end of the month means it's a Case the Designer week and we are casing none other then our leader and super talented Mercedes Weber. Plus this is our #100 challenge too!!

So when you pop over and take a look at Mercedes amazing card creations, I noticed that she will often makes a batch of cards using lots of Designer Series Paper but with the same layout. So keeping that idea in mind, this is what I came up with:

It's such a simple design and it shows off the DSP perfectly. It's also a great way to make a huge batch of cards in a very sort time (perfect for all the birthday parties my kids seem to be invited too, these days)

I ended up making a batch of these using the colours in the gorgeous Tasty Treats Designer series paper and that paper pairs perfectly with the Sweet Cupcakes stamp set and dies.

I'm so thrilled with how these cards came out and I will be using this layout again, that's for sure!! So now it's time for you to head on over and check out what all the other DT's have made.

 And make sure you all visit Mercedes blog too. You are bound to find heaps of inspiration!!

Happy Crafting,

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Friday, 17 March 2017

JAI Just Add "L" Challenge #351 - First Sight

Hooray it's friday and that mean's the start of what is bound to be another fantastic weekend and a new Challenge over at the Just Add Ink blog. This week myself and the gang have an 'L' Challenge for you.

I decided to just add "Love" for my L and made a Mother's Day card for my mummy. She lives in England (and sometimes in India) and her Mother's Day is actually the day before my birthday this year.

It's really lovely and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Now the inspiration for this card actually came from a card that I saw made by Kim Oliver over at K.O Creations. I absolutely loved how she used the two tone stamping on her sentiments and the layering in the main focal image is just gorgeous. So I decided to CASE that idea but change it up to suit my theme.

I think First Sight is one of the best stamp sets we have and the phrases is adorable. Perfect for a Mother's day card.

To get the two toned effect on the heart stamp, I first inked up my image in Blushing Bride and then used my Flirty Flamingo marker to ink around the edges of the heart. It really does give the card a beautiful effect.

So now it's over to you!! Head on over to the JAI blog, take a peek at all the other amazing DT cards and then get creating!!

Happy Crafting,

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Friday, 10 March 2017

TGIF Sketch Challenge #98 - High Tide

Happy Friday guys and welcome to an awesome sketch challenge from the TGIF team. This week the team and I have been working on show casing a really fun sketch.
My card for this week is maybe a bit of a stretch on the original design. I do like to male cards that are tall and skinny and so I decided to actually turn the sketch onto it's side.
I really do love this new stamp set called High Tide. It's perfect for both male and female cards and the sentiments are so heartfelt. I also love the font and style of them too... Ok, so I am a little smitten with this set. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it carry's over into the new Annual Catalogue.

I really enjoy layering all the different stamps in the set to design a picture or separate elements. This time around I decided to stamp my lighthouse in Real Red, but it looks just as amazing in blues, greens or neutrals.

The other little element I want to share with you, is how I added a slight highlight to the top of each beam of light. I stamped the three beams in So Saffron, and then I reinked the beam a second time, in So Saffron again but using just the edge of the ink pad. After stamping it again in the same place over the top of the original, it adds the darker layer. Pretty neat trick!

Now, it's over to you guys. I'm so excited to see what you make with this weeks sketch and don't forget to look in on the other DT's designs too.

Happy Crafting,

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Friday, 17 February 2017

JAI Colour Challenge #347 - Love & Affection

Welcome back to an absolutely awesome colour challenge from the Just Add Ink team. Now this weeks colours may look a little scary but I think you'll be super surprised at your creativity, I know I was.
Yep, like I said but I was pretty pleased with the card I made and when you visit the other DT's blogs you'll be inspired with how they used the colours too:

Pretty isn't it! I think they way I used the colours was to balance them out, by using the more of the muted colours and less of the big bold colours. Which in this case is Perfect Plum and Rose Red.

Love & Affection is such an awesome little stamp set and such a fantastic price for the amount of stamps and sentiments in it. I also just adore the fonts of the phrases too. They really are very pretty.

I really am looking forward to seeing what all of your create this week and don't forget, the challenges are sometimes meant to be.. well... Challenging !!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, 10 February 2017

TGIF Sketch Challenge #94 - Kinda Eclectic

Welcome to Friday and today I have a sketch challenge from TGIF to share with you all. Let's first see the sketch:
Now I have to say, I found this sketch very tricky and it took me a while to make something I was happy with. In the end I decided to keep it simple:

I think using the gold glimmer really makes the Sunshine phrase pop and be the star of the show.
So now, why not pop over and check out what the other girls have come up with. Their designs are Ah-Mazing!!

Happy Crafting,