Another weekend is coming to a close without any more painting getting done. Luis and I are slowly working through the interior of the house and I mean SLOWLY! LOL! We had planned to paint the next room (we've only done 2 out of 7 so far) and put up some new bookshelves. However, it was pouring all day on Saturday and after running around doing errands in the morning we arrived home damp and cold and not in the mood to do any work. So instead we set up the sofa nest and watched more of Sons of Anarchy (only the last half of Season 6 to go!). Today we swam Atticus and then Luis stained the wood for the shelves and I worked on cards. We'll paint next week. Maybe…
Anyway on to the cards! I have 4 to share with you for 4 challenges. First up is the card above which is based on the Freshly Made Sketches design. I tried some watercoouring with Distress Inks here. I'm pretty pleased with it for a first try and am actually looking forward to playing around a bit more with this technique.
Cardstock: (White) Ranger, (Sahara Sand) Stampin' Up
Stamps: (Flower & leaves from Freestyle Florals, Sentiment from Lovely Mums) Mama Elephant
Inks: (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey) Ranger
Embossing Powder: (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Washi Tape - Crafty Basics
Next up is a card for the Muse challenge. I love Marion's bright and cheery design! I think my inspiration is pretty obvious. the main difference is that I used dies to create my little scene instead of stamps and ink. I also used stripes on my yellow background instead of spatter.
Cardstock: (White) Bazzill, (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede) Stampin' Up
Stamps: (Stripe from Background Basics: Super Stripes) Papertrey Ink, (Sentimetn from Home Sweet Home) Avery Elle
Inks: (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies: (Stitched Polaroid) Lil' Inker Designs, (Bird, house & leaves from Folk Art Florals) WPlus9
Now for a colour challenge from The Colour Throwdown. I had never heard of Vera Bradley before a friend mentioned it to me in passing in late 2013. Then just a few weeks later I was in Boston and stumbled upon a whole Vera Bradley store! Funny how that works… Anyway I've never been much of a pattern person but I thought a lot of the stuff in there was really bright and fun. As is this card I guess. My pink is a lot darker than the one in the photo but it's there in the string and the stars.
Cardstock: (White) Bazzill, (Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy) Stampin' Up
Dies: (Birthday tag) Neat & Tangled, (Balloons & string) Lil' Inker Designs
My final card is for the Colour Me… challenge and uses these new (to me) Paper Smooches glasses dies. Actually I've done pretty well with the NBUS overall in this post as every card has at least one NBUS item on it! (Takes away a bit of the guilt from making a few orders recently…). That's it for me tonight. Not sure if I'll have anything new tomorrow as I'm working on a few special orders including 20 receptionist themed Easter cards!!! I don't ask, I just make 'em. :) Have a lovely evening!
Cardstock: (White) Bazzill, (So Saffron, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand) Stampin' Up
Stamps: (Ampersand from CL567) Hero Arts, (Sentiment from Big & Bold Wishes) Papertrey Ink
Inks: (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies: (Glasses) Paper Smooches