Thursday, May 31, 2018

Father's Day Cards - Nailed It

In the whirlpool of the stress connected to the release of the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue (TOMORROW, YAY!) I decided to lay back and not to be sucked into it.  I don't need the latest must-haves; well just right now anyway...
And I looked at my rather extensive stamp sets collection, especially the past years must-haves, and guess what?  I realised there are many sets I actually didn't use much.  Some of them not at all.  Special designer papers are piling up because it's too hard to make the first cut and let them go.
I dusted off the Nailed It set because I just really like it and with upcoming Father's Day it was perfect timing too.  And I crafted and then I crafted some more.  It is a retired set.  I am sure you don't mind and neither do I!

Here are the cards I made with it.  Oh, yes! I'm bringing "Nailed It" back!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Pick a Pennant - Watercolour Challenge

One day I saw on Instagram a very pretty card made by a crafting superstar Susan Wong. I complimented her work, as you would, and carried on with my day. At the end of the day, I saw Susan, casually mentioning under my comment that she would like to see my take. 

And here it is. My watercoloured globe image. I'm quite happy with especially because I can't draw to save my life. It is not perfect by any means but my kids think it looks awesome, so there.

The background clouds are made with dies from Up & Away thinlits set. The sentiment is stamped with individual letters from the Pick a Pennant set (available in June). And let me tell you, lining up the letters was a bigger challenge than water-colouring the globe. In the end, I found it was much easier and faster to stamp if I lined up the letter vertically. It would work well with markers as well if you'd like to make the words more colourful.

The card was created with these supplies (minus Pick a Pennant)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Birthday Wit - Going, Going, Nearly Gone

My post today is showing one of my favourites but retiring supplies. The Birthday Wit stamp set. I enjoyed making these three funny birthday cards.

This one is very simple and very easy to make. It could be more colourful but I really like just one extra ink colour in addition to the black. How about you?

The card with the doughnuts was the most time consuming as I cut out the sentiment in six different colours. But once I did it was so easy to make six of these colourful cards. Easy peasy.

Which one is your favourite? Leave me a comment to let me know. If you like the Birthday Wit set as much as I do why grabbing it through the link below? It's available only until the end of the May.

Here is a list of the main products used:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Up & Away, Not a Father's Day Card - #TGIFC159

It has been a while since I participated in TGIF Challenges. I've nearly forgotten how much fun these are.  This week was a sketch challenge and I don't know what it was that grabbed my attention but glad it did.

Would you believe, this was supposed to be a Father's Day card?  Yes, really.  When I was a child, growing up in a commie country, we didn't really celebrate Father's Day.  Or Mother's day, for that matter. But at least Mums had the Internation Women's Day on March 8.  One year I felt bad and made a card for my Dad as well, urging him to celebrate his IWD (not really clocking what the W stood for).  Yeah, I know... bless...

Anyway, my Dad is gone now and I think of him often and wish I could let him know I loved him one more time.  When I saw the challenge I had this vision of a balloon carrying a heart up & away in the sky.  And it felt just right to make a simple, clean card, with my daddy in my mind.  

Well, it all went fine until I put the card together and the balloon wasn't popping up the way I wished it to pop and there was a tiny bit of white base shining through next to a rope (which it shouldn't) and then I tried to make it better and made a smudge on the balloon and then I had to put the little heart over it to cover it and BOOM! it wasn't a card for my dad anymore.

But the balloon still wasn't popping so, no longer having my dad in my mind, I coloured the balloon with one of my pink blends and voila! A pretty, not a Father's Day card has been born. 
What Product I Used to Make this Card?
Click on the image below to visit the TGIF Challenges site to see other talented crafters their take on this sketch task.  Have fun!  Thank you for stopping by. Don't be a stranger, leave me a comment below.