Monday, 17 September 2018

MFT Card Design Superstar Contest - Lovely Day

I created another card for the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest, for the Clean & Simple Genius category.

I tried to go super CAS for this one, while making sure to follow the rule of thirds and hitting the sweet spot. Although the card only has a few elements, I used stamps from 3 different MFT stamp sets to create it: 
- flowers - Sow much cuteness
- vase/bottle - Sushi date
- sentiment - Fresh squeezed

I used my MISTI to line up my bottles and flowers and then did some simple colouring using my Prismacolors. The sentiment was white heat embossed onto a snippet of black cardstock and foam mounted onto my panel, which in turn was foam mounted to my A2 card base.

The layout was inspired by the sketch below from the MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge.

I'm also linking up my card at:

ATSM - #309 CAS

CAS on Friday - #141 Flowers

SSS Wednesday - Pop it up

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Seize the Birthday - Die Cuts or Punches

Hello everyone! I'm super excited to announce that I will be making an appearance as the Surprise Party Guest at Seize the Birthday for the next 3 months.

When I received an e-mail from Nancy asking me if I would be interested in joining her and the team as their Surprise Party Guest until the eind of November, I simply could not refuse. I enjoy playing at Seize the Birthday and am always in need of birthday cards (who isn't?). Besides, playing along could not be easier. The only real requirement is to create a birthday card. The toppings are always optional.

This fortnight, the toppings (optional theme) is Die Cuts or Punches, so I pulled out my new MFT dies again (I still had them taped together from a previous project last month) and an older heart balloon die by Marianne Designs.

Before die cutting the sentiment, I created an ombre background using my new MFT cloud stencil and three shades of blue distress inks. I mounted my panel onto a dark blue mat and adhered this to my A2 card base. I added a little sparkle to my balloon using a SN glitter brush and foam mounted it onto my panel.

Do pop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to check out the inspiration from the talented ladies of the Design Team. I would love to see you play along this fortnight.

I'm also linking up my card at:

SSS Wednesday - Pop it up

Pixie's Snippets Playground - #334 Always AG with snippets 
(mine's a snippet of red cs for my balloon)

ATSM - #309 CAS

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Star gazing

Hello everyone! Last month, I was inspired by Nanette at StampNation to create a galaxy background on a large panel (I used an A4 sheet of watercolour card), and I decided it was high time to use it to create some cards. So here's the first card I created.

The cheap set of sparkly watercolours (from a local shop) that I used to create my first layer does provide some amazing sparkle to the background IRL. I also added some diluted glass bead gel, some water droplets, splatters of white acrylic paint and some white enamel accent stars. The image (Penny Black) was coloured using Spectrum Noir coloured pencils and then fussy cut and then poppped up over my hand-cut snow bank from a snippet of hammered cardstock. The star (Essentials by Ellen) was heat embossed in white (SSS) and the sentiment (SSS) was stamped in Archival black ink with the help of my MISTI.

I'm linking up my card at:

Jingle Belles - Peace on earth

SSS Wednesday - Stamp on it

Allsorts - #484 Bears

Stamping Sensations - Something beginning with 'B' - Bear

Cupcake Inspirations - CIC543 Spectacular backgrounds

Almost forgot to link it up at PBSC as well,
where this month's theme is Anything goes with PB. 
The sketch is optional.