Thank you: Inlaid letters

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Sometimes you start a card knowing exactly what you’re going to create. Sometimes you start with a rough idea and it develops smoothly as you go along. And sometimes you get cards like this one.

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Thanks: Balloons


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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Thanks: Red-headed girl

red-headed girl

The colouring was done on 12th July: day 8 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

Another cute free digi stamp from Just Inklined and some more Copic colouring; I do use other mediums occasionally, but I have to say that me and Copics just get on 🙂

I didn’t have a plan for a finished card when colouring her — she just ended up in the PHDs pile (Projects Half Done) — so this was a good opportunity to raid my backgrounds box for inspiration and use up some experiments.

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Thanks: Succulent sketch


September’s challenge over at Seven Hills Crafts is a sketch. One of these days I’ll figure out how to interpret sketches in a novel and interesting way (and still have it recognisable), but today is not that day. Instead, I’ve used the sketch as is, but divided it into layers with the pots at the bottom, the plants that go in the pots in the middle, and the bugs that fly over them at the top.

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Thank you: Geometry with lacy flower


For August, Seven Hills Crafts challenged us to create a card with “geometry”. After discarding the idea of stamped lines or grids as too easy — I like to try to challenge myself and not run with the first idea I come up with when I see a challenge theme — I remembered the mini scenery stamp that I picked up but hadn’t got around to using yet.

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Thank you: Magician’s bunny

magician's bunny

Quite often I’ll be inspired by a card I’ve seen; I’ll get a flash of an idea triggered by a layout or a technique or just the way someone has used a particular stamp. But I always try to put my own interpretation on it, to use it as a springboard to something completely different. So the idea of CASEing someone else’s style is a tricky concept for me, but I wanted to give it a go, and who better to be inspired by than Kelly Latevola.

Strong colours, shadows, blue outline, emphasising black lines, outlining text in white, and much shininess… I like the result and I think I achieved what I set out to do. It’s not completely “me” (obviously), but there are definitely elements that I will adapt to my own style. All in all, an interesting experiment.

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Thanks: Split bouquet

split bouquet

For this Copic Jumpstart homework, Sandy challenged us to get our flower stamps out. Rather than trying to create loads of dimension on each petal, I chose to go with the more pastel approach, mainly because I usually go for stronger colours and contrast and I wanted to stretch myself by doing something out of my comfort zone.

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