Tuesday, 14 August 2018

New Challenge at Less Is More!

Hi guys!

We have a new challenge for you at Less Is More: Sketch! 

I'm a bit on a hurry when writing this so let's keep it short and sweet and jump right into my cards!

Card 1 Green Birthday Card

In my first card I used tiny Paper Smooches tags dies to represent the squares in the sketch. The tiny flower stamps come from Clearly Besotted stamps and the minimalistic coloring needed was done with Copics. The sentiment is from an old set, sorry don't know the maker of that. The tags are popped up for dimension and the sentiment is simply stamped to the green card base. I try to use up my colored card and save some white!

With my green card I'd like to join:
  CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Inspiration photo. I'm inspired by the banners in the photo. 

Card 2 Thanks

I'm literally stretching the sketch in my second card... And am afraid the CASness of this card could be better... What do you guys think? I had this pre-made black and white card base ready and I colored in 4 of the circle images to represent the sketch. The border stamp is from the same set tham the sentiment in my first card. I die cut a Winnie and Walter sentiment 3 times and adhered the pieces together to make a thick sentiment embellishment but it didn't pop from the busy background. :( I adhered the extra black strip behind it which does help but I do not like it! 

These were my two cards for you this time. I hope you like them! Our August sponsor is STAMPlorations so do play along for a chance to be invited as guest designer or winning the sponsor prize! Lot of fabulous DT inspiration in our blog and in the personal blogs of our designers. Don't miss any of the fun, do join us! 

Saturday, 11 August 2018

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

HI friends!
I'm here to share my DT card for the new Inkspirational challenge for you. For the next fortnight we are inspired by the fun ice cream lollies photo you can see below my card... And can you see how I was inspired? I used the stripes of the lollies as my inspiration! I had just come across some old paint chips in my stash and really liked the idea of using them for this photo inspiration... And I even think it turned out pretty stylish, graphic and fun! I hope you guys agree! The Hugs-die is by Winnie and Walter. I stacked 3 die cut sentiments together so that it would pop better from the paint chip stripes. Some clear sequins and this quick card was done and ready! 

I hope you'll join me, our talented GD Chrissie and the design team in this fun, summery photo challenge! I'm pretty sure you all know Chrissie's blog Simply One of a Kind but if not, you are in for a treat. After admiring all the inspiration, do join us! Happy crafting! 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Guest Designing for STAMPlorations!

Hi guys!
I'm here with my 3 projects for the first STAMPlorations GD post for August! I had a lot of fun coloring various STAMPlorations floral stamps again. :) My two first cards are colored in with Copics and gel pens and the last one is water colored using Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. This post will be very photo heavy so let's dive straight into it! 

Card 1 
Pocket Blooms
My first card has a very clean look. I've stamped a cluster of daisies from Pocket Blooms stamp set -I've used masking for stamping a whole bunch of them! The original stamped image has 3 flowers. I've also stamped a greeting from Big Greetings stamp set and colored it also with Copics. Copics work well on normal card too, you don't always need to use marker card! It's fun to experiment on different base cards for various different looks. Tone on tone, as showed here, is one of my favorites!

Here's the close-up of the flowers before adding the gel pen details. 

I think using the pens adds a lot of dimension and interest! What do you think? 
With this card I'd like to join The Daily Marker Coloring Contest Intermediate level! Exciting! :) 

Card 2 
Floral Bliss Trio
Here I've used a flower cluster stamp called In Bloom: Floral Bliss Trio and again the sentiment from Big Greetings. Big Greetings is such a fun set because you can color in your greeting to match the other images in your card! I used Neenah kraft card as my base. I love blending Copics on kraft -it's so easy! The colors do turn out darker than on white so you might want to choose your lighter markers for this. 

This is how the coloring looks before adding details with the pens and  Wink of Stella. 

And here's a close-up of the pen details. I do love them... What  do you think? I've used the same gel pens than in my first card. You can see some shimmer from Wink of Stella in this photo too. Shimmer is always so hard to capture to photos!

Card 3 In Bloom: Precious Plumerias
Here I decided to switch my usual Copics to Zigs, water and a paint brush. :) I've heat embossed the image with white embossing powder on Bristol card stock (best for Zigs) and added several layers of color, allowing the layers to dry in between. When the coloring was finished, I added lots of splatters with gold water color, white acrylic paint and on also with the pink color from the Zigs. The sentiment is stamped with golden Delicata ink and comes from the Pocket Blooms stamp set. 

Not much dimension yet in the first layer of water coloring!

Here you can see how the depth has begun to develop by adding orange on top of yellow, darker green on top of the green and darker red on top of the pink!

I hope you've enjoyed having a look at these three cards and maybe now feel inspired to color in something by yourself too! Thanks for popping by! 

Saturday, 4 August 2018

New challenge at Less Is More!

HI guys!
It's time for a new challenge at Less Is More and this time it's a theme challenge:

Fun, right? Time to dig out all those animal stamps and dies!

I have two cards for you in this challenge and let's get right into the details of them. They don't really need much explaining though, both are very simple designs! Both of the cards have stamps by Clearly Besotted in the main role and in the first card all the dies come from Winnie and Walter, in the second the scalloped rectangle is from W+9. 

The minimal coloring in my first card (above) is made with Copics. I also added some white gel pen accents. I just love these dotted rectangle dies by Winnie and Walter, they are new in my collection! 

The second card demanded a bit more time -in this one I used Polychromos pencils. I bought a set of them nearly two moths ago and yet this is the first time I'm using them!! This card was a trial and error make and what you see here is the second version. After having the first go on coloring I realized I need to leave the stamps to my MISTI for stamping them again after coloring... This was very exciting I can tell you! Luckily the re-stamping worked alright! This card goes to my colleagues who recently got married. They own a black poodle called George and had blue and green as their wedding colors. :)

Our guest designer this time is one of my favorite bloggers, Hannelie. Her card are just so stylish!!! Play along and one day you could also be our guest designer too! As always the DT blog is filled with inspiration so do click HERE for more inspiration. Out August sponsor is STAMPlorations. I can't wait to see what you create for us! Happy crafting!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

New Challenge at Inkspirational!

HI friends!
We have a very fun and unique challenge for you at Inkspirational, chosen by the lovely Sandie:

Here's the directions how to play along:

The 10 mins starts when you actually start making your card-you can collect all the items you need to make the card before you start that clock!
We would love to know how long it took you to make this-just for fun!

My card took a bit over 7 minutes but I think I might have cheated a little bit because I could not tell myself not to practice the design on a scrap piece of paper beforehand a little bit! :) Bad Nonni!

I used Hero Arts neon colored inks for the flowers and leaves and just good old Versafine for the sentiment. Love these Poppystamps flowers and leaves! 

Sorry for the very quick and short blog post but I am not home right now but doing some intensive studying for work! I hope to see you joining me, our GD Deanne and all our design team in this fun stamping challenge!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Time Out Challenges Reminder!

Hi friends!
I'm here to remind you of our current challenge at Time Out where we are inspired by this photo:

I'm mainly inspired by the ombre sky in the painting! 

This challenge is sponsored by STAMPlorations and I had the great joy to play with one of their cover plate dies, Bloomingtangled #1.

I used water color look designer paper for cutting the cover plate die. So easy to get an ombre look that looks hand-painted or inked with these papers! I backed the designer paper with Stick It adhesive before die cutting so adhering it to the aqua colored card base was a no brainer. I love the look of this and decided to leave this standing on my desk... I chose a very simple encouragement sentiment we can all relate to I think! 

Our guest designer this time is the talented Heather. make sure to visit her blog along with our regular designers blogs for lots of inspiration! Happy crafting! 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Guest Designing for STAMPlorations!

Hi guys!

I'm here with some GD coloring inspiration for STAMPlorations again with 3 new cards! Had some great fun with my Copics again. Let's have a look at the two first cards: 

I created two cards that are basically exactly the same -the only difference here is the choice of card stocks for stamping and die cutting. Love how different the Copics look when you change the card you color on! Let me know in the comments if you are interested in the exact Copic shades I used! The materials for this card include:

Blossom Sprays #1 Stamp Set
Make  a Wish Word Phrase Die
Crazy Double Running Stitch Die

Here's a couple of close-ups from the beginning of the coloring process:

This was a very fun coloring in experiment to make!

With my summery floral makes I'd like to play along at Addicted to CAS: Summertime.

I'd also like to join Stamping Sensations: In my garden. (my third entry)

My third card for this post is a super simple and quick Shimmery Deer CAS card for Christmas. By the way all Christmas stamps are on 25% off sale until the end of July in STAMPlorations store! I used Yuletide Deer stamp set along with Crazy Double Running Stitch Die for creating the card. Very simple and basic Copic shading here -no reason to be super smooth because after the Copic coloring everything got a coat of Wink of Stella! Have a look of the finished card:

And here's a couple of close-ups.

Close up of the Copic coloring before adding the shimmer

Close up of the shimmer, I hope you can see it! :)

That's all from me today! I hope you enjoy what you see and will visit again. If you are not following my blog yet, I'd love you to do so! :)