Friday, 9 March 2012

Another Mother's Day card

Inspiration found!
Thanks to:
The Shabby Tea Room (#104 - Colourful Confections) for the gorgeous colour scheme - pink, aqua and green
Lawnscaping Challenge (#29 - Sketch) for the lovely layout design

and The Ribbon Reel Challenge (#23 - Newsprint)

There are lots of layers on this card and it took me ages to put it all together!
I started off with strips of newspaper which were wiped on a white inkpad and stuck to some backing paper.  A piece of pink tissue paper was glued over the top and stamped with a slightly darker pink.
I cut a tag out of some aqua coloured patterned paper then stuck some cream tissue paper over the top to tone it down a bit.  I stamped some white flowers over this bit.
The newspaper flower on the tag is a sizzix die cut.  These newspaper bits were also inked in white then gently sponged over with blue and green.
The tag has a blue tissue paper border and the sentiment is stamped onto blue tissue paper then overlaid with acetate to make it stand out a bit better.

After all my efforts in making these two mothers day cards I'm not sure I want to give them away - still, I couldn't ask for two lovelier people to give them to!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A card for Mum

Thank goodness for all those wonderful weekly challenge blogs - I'm not sure I'd be able to design a card without their help anymore!  This one is for my Mum for Mothering Sunday and it's being entered into 3 challenges:
Sketch Saturday
Polka Doodles - polkadots or stripes
Stampin' for the Weekend - bingo!

As soon as I saw this weeks sketch on Sketch Saturday I knew I wanted to use it.  I love polka dots so getting them on the card was another plus (thanks PolkaDoodles), and then I saw that Stampin' for the weekend had a bingo game and polka dots were on there too, so I chose a line with polka dots, die cuts and flowers.
The big pink flower and swirls in the foreground are all sizzix die cuts, I mounted them on acetate to lift them up away from the card a bit.  The next layer I had fun stamping lots of flowers on around a circle then cut it out so that it has a (sort of) scalloped edge.  The next layer is a new technique I've discovered that's great for toning down bright colours - I had a pretty scrap of flowery paper that I loved the design of but it would have overpowered the card, so I glued a piece of pale pink tissue paper over the top (then ran it through my die cutting machine to get it nice and flat).
The last layer is a polka dot background that has lightly distressed edges.
Now, I'm off to find some more challenges to get inspiration to make a card for my mum-in-law too!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Butterfly Birthday

I made this card for my niece's birthday and am entering it into two challenges
DYSU #61 Things with Wings
Allsorts 144 Spread Your Wings

The background papers were out of my stash and I cut the big number 9 out of some gold card.
The lettering was die cut with the Vintage Market alphabet, the butterflies were from a Sizzix Framelits stamp and diecut set.
The colouring was done with a set of shimmer paints that were free from a magazine - I don't really do much in the way of colouring in or painting on my cards and I have to say I actually quite enjoyed it!
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