Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Winter Wonders

I had almost forgotten about Lily Pad Card's CCC this month. After looking at the new themes, I had the exact card I wanted to submit.

This card is inspired by Stampendous! catalogue. I had earlier made a very similar card for my cardmaking classes. Since that card cannot be entered in the CCC - it cannot be given away, or what will I use for sample in my class? - I decided to make another to enter it in the CCC.

All stamps, except the sentiment (Penny Black) and the frame background (Hero Arts), are from Stampendous!. I actually struggled to find the words to match the bird images, until I saw one of the themes for the CCC - winter - and decided that this particular sentiment would be perfect.
I also followed the colour palette given, and gave my card a resemblance to the sketch too (upside down, of course).

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Monday, 21 November 2011

Quick Cards - It's Christmas (again) and Snowflakes

I managed 2 quick cards today!

The first one was made really quick, partly because it just involved stamping same image repeatedly, and partly because it is not my own original idea. In other words, I copied someone's design.
Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I got this design from. I had waited for some time for the Zinnia stamp set to come and in that time, I have lost the information on the original designer. I am terribly sorry that I cannot give credit where it's due.

This card uses the pattern stamp that comes with the Zinnia set, stamped repeatedly and embossed. Next comes the ribbon and lastly the tag.  Pearls were added to the pattern, and in this card, they form an essential part of the design because they balance and pull the card together by providing the match to the tag and ribbon. I kept the colour scheme simple, focusing on just red, black and white.

My second quick card is my own original design :)
In the Snowflake set, there are 3 snowflakes of different sizes. I used the largest one to stamp the background. Next I stamped and embossed the 3 snowflakes on white paper, cut and layer them. Finally, I topped it up with a lace ribbon and button, and added the sentiment at the bottom.

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CRS5050 Zinnia 
CRS5014 Snowflakes
SSC1068 Christmas Wishes

Paper: DCWV Box of Cards - The Christmas Combo & The Winter Combo

My Card was Eye-Spied!

I was super excited when I received an email from Melanie from Basic Grey saying they wanted to use my card for their Eye-Spy feature in their blog.

Well it was the first time for me - being featured. I was practically jumping with joy!

On Saturday 19 November 2011, true enough, the post was launched and there was my card! 
It's a milestone for me.

Check out the blog - Basic Grey Eye-Spy.

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Holly Bunch

My 3rd quick card! This was inspired by Jillian Foster's blog.

This time I used more stamps. All the papers started in plain colours, with the patterns added in by stamping alone. The trick to get this is really to try out the different color inks. Using shades of the same color gives a subtle pattern, like the green on green pattern on the card base. For more dramatic pattern, try using contrasting colors, like the music score on the cream paper.

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CRS5021 Romantic Border
CRS5015 Holly Stocking
R103  Music Score
SSC1068 Christmas Wishes

Paper: DCWV Box of Cards The Christmas Combo

Thursday, 17 November 2011

It's Christmas in Blue

So here is another quick card - I finished it in 1 hour! This one is inspired by Kim's layout.

Some of the images have been accentuated with dimensional glaze, eg the pattern surrounding the sentiment. I've also applied Frosted Lace (Stickles) on the snowflake swirls in the background.

Getting a hang on simple quick cards! Hopefully I will have a good run of it and have a stash of christmas cards by the time it comes around so I can send some off.

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SSC1068 Christmas Wishes
CRS5014 Snowflakes
CRS5018 Snowfall Pair Set

Paper: DCWV Box of Cards WinterCombo

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Christmas Bird

Everywhere, at every blog, photo stream/album, you will see christmas cards! 
Well, I might as well join in and make use of the colossal amount of inspiration out there.

This card was inspired by Taylor Usry's post. I used her layout idea and incorporated my new Stampendous! stamps. The colours are kinda christmasy but the card can actually be used for any occasion.

CRS5016 Pine Drift Set
SSC031 Timeless Tags
CRV237 Lone Bird

Paper: BasicGrey Nordic Holiday

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Sunday, 13 November 2011


So I recently got my hands on some birdcage stamps. I have been avoiding getting them as I always felt they feel somewhat depressing - a bird trapped in a cage. However, after seeing a card made by Nina B for her sketch challenge, I decided it was time to explore birdcages.

Not surprisingly, my card turned out in dark muted earth colors, though I tried to keep the sentiment light. All in all, it's not too bad and I am rather pleased with the result.

Materials used:
SSC 1075 Birthday Cages
SSC 1097 Birthday Bouquet
CRR 116 Geo Bubbles