Monday, 28 February 2011

Two simple layouts

Looks like a super crafty day and a pleasingly workable mojo :) So - I'm back with some more stuff tonight. Yee-haw!
Two cards this time, and they started just how I like it... with a simple sketch that I could build up or leave uncluttered, depending on my mood. It appears that my mood at the moment is the semi-cluttered ;) They're still pretty simple, but they don't feel bare.

One new thing that you will observe from now on, is tips. I've been thinking that with my daily posting, I should really give you more insight on my designs. Apart from a list of products, I never get into the details of making my cards - and frankly, I'm not a big fan of writing these either. None the less, I figured that I can share little bits of information, that hopefully will be useful to you.
With that being said, let me get straight to the new creations :)


Supplies: cardstock: SU!, American Crafts, white; paper: Echo Park Paper; stamps: PTI (Say It With Style); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), white gel pen; grosgrain ribbon; mulberry flowers; decorative branches

TIP: Don't be afraid to stamp on the patterned paper. Use a contasting ink colour and a bold image for best results. Silhouette stamps are perfect for the job!

This card is for the FS212 challenge on SCS, with CorieFoster being the Featured Stamper. I was drawn to this simple design immediately - what a fabulous card! I kept the layout, but changed the colours.
Also, the current challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C76) is about flowers... easy peasy! Of course, my card goes there too.

As for the second one... do you recognize the CASE Study birdie?? Imagine that I found that stamp at Red Lead Paperworks. Sah-weet!


Supplies: cardstock: SU! (Chocolate Chip), recycled kraft; paper: Prima, ephemera: Collections (cut-out tags, sentiment); stamps: Stampendous (feather in the background), Hero Arts (stripes), Red Lead Paperworks (bird), There She Goes (Love Birds - music notes only); ink: Memento (Summer Sky, Rich Cocoa), Versa Magic (Sand Beige); lace trim: Kaisercraft; string: AnnaBelle Stamps

TIP: Sometimes it's good to allow for an uneven impression of the stamped image - especially in a vintage design. Imperfections often make the card more interesting. This Hero Arts "Background Stripes" stamp never leaves an even image, but it never worries me. In fact, I'm far more pleased with the distressed look.

The sketch for this card I found accidentally, but I jumped right in the opportunity - it's delightful! A simple look that I just needed for the job. It can be found at The Studio. The colours come from Embellish Color Trends Challenge with Birds.

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The card also fits the TLC314 challenge - Handmade Tickets. Well, sort of... mine are more tags than anything, but I'm allowing for a little freedom here :)

I would also like to remind my readers (and inform the new fabulous friends), that I'm offering my cards for sale! You can find the link to the relevant post here, and in the sidebar. For the time being, most of my cards (literally hundreds of them), are boxed up and feeling much unloved. By purchasing a couple, you're not only helping me keep up with my work, but most of all, you're making my little somethings have a life that they deserve!

Lastly, I've got to tell you how extremely pleased I am that I reached 400 followers! In my wildest dreams I would have never imagined, that so many people would be inspired by my work. It's a very humbling experience, to receive feedback from you, and share the passion of creating - and the most rewarding journey, that I'm honoured to share with the most amazing blogging friends.
Me thinks, that some candy will be due, when I reach 500... :D


  1. Oh how wonderful these are! I like the earthy feel on the second. It's a touch of steam punk on the lower portion and very elegant on top. The first with the Echo Park paper is fab with the flowers in the darker green and the sprig in lighter to offset. Just perfect!

  2. 400 followers, you go girl!! Great array of cards as always. Love the tips.

  3. What a gorgeous take on the challenge! I love your work - thanks so much for playing along at The Studio!

  4. love the simple look in these ones, none the less elegant!! the 'tips' is a fabulous idea, great to learn from the master, keep them coming!! :)

  5. Love your card, it's stunning. Thanks for playing along x

  6. As always your work just has me in awe. This is just so gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with Embellish.

  7. Hi Chupa, these cards are beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us!

  8. Tks for playing with us from The Studio, your creations are lovely!


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