Thanks: Balloons

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This card was created on 4th November; day 4 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

I don’t have a lot of full-size background stamps, but I just had to pick up these balloons from Create A Smile. For some reason my brain came up with the bright idea of colouring it and then cutting out all the blank spaces…

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Embellish!

embellish-squareAfter winning Create A Smile’s “blue” challenge in with my very blue light-up ocean card, I was asked to be a Guest Designer for October’s challenge. The theme for this month is “embellish”.

Now, embellishments are normally the last thing I think about when making a card, usually in a “what else does this card need” sort of way, so it was a novelty to have to consider them from the start. The only advice was “put on some sequins, enamels, ready”, but I couldn’t possibly bring myself to just do that — given a challenge, I like to do my utmost to really fulfil the brief.

So this card has sequins, ribbon, a chipboard and a charm, and a touch of Wink of Stella for that bit of extra sparkle. (Though I did forget the enamels!)

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Christmas: Sequin baubles

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I had a load of ideas for different ways to interpret the “circle” theme for this month’s Create A Smile challenge, but in the end I decided to do something a bit different and make a card with no stamping at all. A bit of an odd choice when coming up with a design for a challenge run by a company known for their stamp sets, but luckily they also have some really nice chipboards as well, some of which have been sitting unused in a drawer for far too long. And of course, they also sell Pretty Pink Posh sequins. And yes, this is stretching the challenge guidelines to breaking point, but the challenge is what inspired this card and I just had to make it once I’d had the idea…

So, armed with chipboards, sequins, embossing powder, lots of glossy accents and even more patience, I set about making some Christmas baubles.

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Deep blue sea (with lights)

Deep blue sea LED card

Another month, another Create A Smile challenge. This time the codeword is “blue” and, rather than just make the focus of my card blue, I decided to limit my palette to just blues and blue-greens and make the whole card blue. There is a bit of grey in there, but even that is a cool blue-grey. I combined two watery stamp sets to build a cross-section image, from the depths to the sky. I also decided to finally make use of the Chibitronics starter kit I’ve had sitting around for ages.

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Birthday: Crocuses

crocus shaker

Create A Smile is celebrating its second birthday and this month’s challenge is, fittingly, to create a birthday card. That gave me a really good reason to finally ink up the crokisses stamp set, which I absolutely love, but haven’t got around to actually using yet… I also decided that a shaker card would work nicely with the layout I had come up with.

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