Saturday, September 12, 2009

Southern Belles Monthly Challenge #1

Hi Everyone

I am part of a group of fellow SU demonstrators and we have our own blog called Southern Belles. We are starting a new monthly challenge (Sep), with a sketch by Denise Boddey. There is a prize for the winner (non-SU demo) which is a free inkpad! Go to our Southern Belles website for more details on submission etc.

Here is the layout:

And here is my card...I've modified the layout to A5 card dimensions.
A fairly simple card but does take a while to assemble and trim. I used the Organic Outlines stamp set for the first time - this stamp set can be used to decorate items for the home too.

Supplies used:
  • Stamp sets: Organic Outlines, Gallery (from Spring Mini), On your Birthday
  • Ink: Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss
  • Paper: Basic Grey, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
  • Accessories: Pretties Kit, Stamp-a-ma-jig, paper snips
Hope you like it!

x Julia

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #12 and Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #38

Hi there,

its been a while since I last updated my blog! Time has flown as my kids and I have been sick. But I'm ready to get back into stamping again and start working out those challenges :)

Today I have Makeesha's Colour Inspiration #12 and Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #38. Do check out their websites to see what their design team and others have come up with - its very inspirational! Just click on the links I have made above.

I have done 2 cards with Keesh's challenge, one of them using Mercy's sketch challenge. Here are the challenges:

Card #1

This card here, I tried a very interesting technique: Emboss resist with clear embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock and then brayering over with Regal Rose. I sponged on some more Regal Rose in the floral part of the bird to increase contrast. Then I outlined the cute bird with my 2-way glue pen and added Dazzling Diamonds to make it pop further - ooh la la.

Close up you can see the Emboss Resist technique better, I hope. The bird is actually shiny but I couldn't capture it with my camera. The bird's eye was calling for something sparkly so I added the Kaiser gems.

I have also stamped the inside of the card to match:

Card Recipe for Card #1: all Stampin' Up! unless mentioned:
  • Stamps: Always, Best Wishes and More
  • Inks: Real Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Basic Black
  • Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron, So Saffron DSP, Sweet Always DSP
  • Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Brayer, Button Latte, Linen Thread, Spiral Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way glue pen, diamante (from Kaiser), Real Red ribbon

Card #2 - Keesh's Challenge and Mercy's Sketch

This is actually my favourite card of the 2, and here I used Mercy's card sketch together with Keesh's colour challenge. It's a great sketch, try it too! The technique used here is Faux Stitching - so very cool. Oh, I like....
Also I have dressed up Stampin' Up's ultra smooth envelopes with the matching DSP on the flap (card is sitting on the envelope), and stamped the inside of the card. There is glitter on the blooms but my photography didn't capture it!

Don't you just like how groovy that sentiment is from the Great Friend stamp set in the Spring Mini. And the Regal Rose ribbon is lovely and soft, easy to tie bows with.

The Faux Stitching technique is great for narrow strips and tight corners; when you don't have a sewing machine handy; and when you don't want to have to hide the threads behind the card stock - its just a bit neater. Simply use your paper piercer, Mat Pack to align, and a good white pen.

Card Recipe for card #2:
  • Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Great Friend (from the Spring Mini)
  • Ink: Real Red, Markers - Regal Rose and Real Red, White pen
  • Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, So Saffron, So Saffron DSP, Pink Flamingo DSP
  • Accesories: Mat Pack, paper piercer, Pretties Kit, Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Snips
Hope you are having a good day, and as usual would love your comments on my blog!

x Julia


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