Monday, January 30, 2023

AH 510 - Wonderful Day Peonies

Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 510!

The sketch is shown in vertical format - that can certainly be changed if desired. I used the sketch as it is shown. 

I used two hot foiled backgrounds - the leaf background was foiled in silver and the stripes were foiled in a light aqua colour. I added thin strips of silver foil to separate the centre panel from the background. I stamped, stencilled and die cut several peony images and they were arranged around the white embossed sentiment. I added some clear dew drops around the card and adhered the front to a blue card base. 

Come and join us at Atlantic Hearts and show us how you interpret this week's challenge.

You have until Sunday evening to link up your project.

We can't wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Woven Wonderful Card

 The title for this post sounds strange... until you see the card with the sentiment! 

I used a colour guide to choose a very different colour scheme - one that I would not have chosen myself! I cut several strips of five cardstock colours in various widths and wove them together. That was adhered to a piece of white cardstock, then to a green background and finally to a white card base. The sentiment was stamped in three of the same colours and die cut before being adhered to the front. Some metallic thread was added under the sentiment and I added several dew drops around the card. 


Enjoy,

Alyson

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Sketch Saturday 718 - You are Loved Wreath

Welcome to Sketch Saturday Challenge 718! 

The optional theme (in addition to the sketch) is love. 

I had created a different card for this sketch but decided to do something else instead. The original card and info are posted below. 

I mixed texture paste with ink from a blue shimmer brush and spread it over a stencil onto a piece of white cardstock. That was adhered to a blue mat and then to a white card base. 

The wreath was stamped, stencilled and die cut and some white leaves were added in opposite corners (they are a little hard to see...) I placed a foiled sentiment across the centre of the wreath and added some silver Liquid Pearls to the centres of the flowers and silver gems around the card. 

The card below is the first one that I made for this challenge. It's a colour scheme that I never would have put together myself - it came from a resource that I own. 

I inked white cardstock with the colours I wanted to use (two shades of purple and two shades of blue). The circles and hexagon were die cut and I embossed the sentiment in white on the hexagon. I also die cut some purple and white hearts to scatter around the card. The black background was embossed with a 3D embossing folder and adhered to the card base. The last step was to add tiny silver gems around the circles. 

Come and join us at Sketch Saturday and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson


Friday, January 27, 2023

CD 533 - Stencilled Butterfly Card

 Welcome to Colour Dare Challenge 533!

Choose at least three colours from the graphic shown below. Neutrals and metallics are free to use. 

I chose Capri, Avocado and Nectarine. 

I started by stencilling the butterfly onto a card front. It took me a few attempts to get this to work... my first attempt was to mask each section of the butterfly. It looked great - until I realized that the ink had bled under the stencil. My second attempt was to splatter water to give the butterfly more dimension but that also bled under the stencil. I finally decided it was going to be just orange - no water, no masking - just orange! I also die cut the butterfly image from scrap paper and with that piece temporarily adhered, I splattered the background with Avocado and gold shimmer brushes. 

The flowers required multiple layers of stamping so I used one ink pad but in different ways. I stamped in second generation, then single stamped, double stamped, triple stamped and finally stamped multiple times to get the depth of colour for each layer. The flowers and leaves were die cut and adhered across the centre of the butterfly. I added a hot foiled sentiment at the bottom and some gold gems to the centres of the flowers. 

Come and join us at Colour Dare and show us how you interpret this week's challenge. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson


Thursday, January 26, 2023

Love Your Smile Heart Card

 This cute card was fun to make - stamping, colouring, die cutting, marker detailing... lots of aspects to it. 

I die cut a heart from a white card base and used a second piece of white cardstock to build the floral scene. The flowers were stamped, coloured and die cut and I cut some of the images apart to fit them where I wanted inside the heart opening. The card front was trimmed and adhered to the base with foam tape. I drew black dots around the heart with a fine tip marker. 

The word "love" was die cut from a piece of white cardstock where I used markers to blend several shades of coral together and that was mounted on vellum (coloured) and adhered under the heart. The second part of the sentiment was stamped and coloured with shades of green to create an ombre effect. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Accordion Card with a Coneflower

 Tuesday Evening 30 Minute Card Making Stash and Dash... It was a fun one this week. I did not finish in 30 minutes this time! 

The parameters were as follows: accordion card, 3 colours, use a border and dovetailing. 

I used turquoise, purple and green and the border is the two lines of sentiments stamped at the bottom of the centre piece. My sentiment is dovetailed on both sides. 

I used some printed papers for the sides of the accordion. The background was stencilled in turquoise and I die cut the flower and leaves from white cardstock. Those pieces were inked in shades of purple and green. The border at the bottom was stamped in two shades of purple. I didn't add any embellishments to this card as it is already quite bulky when the sides are folded in toward the centre. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Rainbow Triangle Sketch Card

 I did a sketch challenge created by a friend of mine - the sketch is shown below. 

My first attempt was not overly successful - but I will post it toward the bottom. Triangles can be difficult as they are much like ovals - there are many sizes and possibilities and they don't play nicely with each other! 

I chose one part of a two part layering stencil for this card. I used distress oxide inks and created a rainbow of colours and sprayed it with water. I also inked a piece of white cardstock and die cut the rainbow word from that. The front was adhered to a black card base and I used a black border for the sentiment. A smaller sentiment piece was adhered just under the larger one. 



My first attempt... I figured out the size I needed to cut triangles to fit my card. I inked a piece of white cardstock in the same rainbow effect but once the pieces were cut into triangles, I had several pieces left over and had to fit them together the best I could to create the rainbow effect. Those were adhered to black cardstock and then to a white base so the sentiment is opposite the first card. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Monday, January 23, 2023

Layered Tunnel Polar Bear

If you look closely, you can see a polar bear inside the tunnel!

The layers were created using three dies and I used white plus two layers of turquoise shaded cardstock for that. The back panel was ink blended with oxide inks and splattered with blue, turquoise and white craft paint. The front of the card was spattered with a few shimmer brushes. I added a white glitter snowbank and a small polar bear in the background, The sentiment was stamped and added to the top corner. A few clear gems were added around the card. 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Heart Cover Card

 This cute card with two overlapping hearts would be perfect for Valentine's Day. 

I chose a colour scheme of pink and turquoise. The hearts were die cut and adhered to the side of the card base, followed by the patterned paper. I stamped and fussy cut the flowers and die cut the greenery. That was all arranged on the front panels. I realized after I had assembled everything that I needed a ribbon to hold the front two hearts together... I cut a small slit on the right side and threaded a ribbon through that to be able to tie the front closed. The inside has a sentiment under the right heart and there are also a few flowers inside the card where a message can be written.




Enjoy,

Alyson

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Watercolour Stripes

 This was my second attempt at watercolouring - just creating a background. 

I used shades of blue and created a series of stripes. I die cut some leaves and flowers and I inked a blue background to coordinate with the watercolouring as I didn't have the right shade of blue cardstock. The images were arranged within the smaller white rectangle and I added a layered sentiment at the bottom. A few iridescent gems were placed around the image to finish off the card. 

Enjoy,

Alyson