Just Add Ink #468

Hey Everyone

Challenges are great for testing me.  They’re also great inspiration as a starting point to make a card.  Whenever I’m stuck for inspiration, I find a challenge and away I go.

The challenge at Just Add Ink this week is to:

Whenever there’s a challenge like this, I always look at stamps sets I have starting with the letter C.  Colorful Seasons jumped out at me straight away.  If I had more crafting time on the weekend, then I might have looked at techniques starting with C or even an image from another set that started with a C.  But with my limited crafting time on the weekend, I went with the safe stamp set option.

The leaves from Colorful Seasons were given some colour with my Stampin’ Blends.  The colours I’ve used were Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Blends.  The little leaves were inked up with Mossy Meadow Ink.  It was only after I’d coloured the bird from Free As A Bird Stamp Set, that I probably could’ve coloured it yellow like a Canary, but then it would’ve stood out like a sore thumb against the earthy tones I’d gone for.

The background panel was stamped with my Birch Background Stamp.  For big stamps like this one, I now use my Stamparatus. If I don’t get full coverage on my first try, then I ink it up again and add a second coat of ink.  It was inked up with Crumb Cake Ink.  I added a strip of Very Vanilla 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim and some Linen Thread under the sentiment (also from Colorful Seasons) and added a Linen Thread Bow.  Basic Pearls were added because I like lots of pretty things on my cards.

The team at Just Add Ink have created all wonderful cards with this challenge.  Why not pop over and see how varied their projects are?  We would love it if you could play along with us too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle

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Freshly Made Sketches #399

Hey Everyone

Wednesday’s mean a new sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch designer this week is Jen Brum.  She is super talented at card making, but also just as super talented at sketch designing.

This is such a great sketch with so many possibilities!  My Free As A Bird Stamp Set was the first set that came to mind when I saw the sketch.  My little birds have been given colour with a combination of my Crumb Cake and Pool Party Blends. The leaves and flowers were given a quick colour with my Old Olive and Melon Mambo Blends.  To add a little colour to the background of my squares, I daubed Pool Party Ink lightly with my dauber.  The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from Free As A Bird Stamp Set.  It seems I was off with my stamping on the weekend and ruined two pieces of Whisper White Cardstock, so my Stamparatus came to the rescue with lining up the sentiment. I really need to remember to use it rather than wasting cardstock like I do!

The team at Freshly Made Sketches have created wonderful cards using Jen’s sketch.  Pop over to the challenge and see what they’ve created.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers

Narelle