30 March 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 70 - Purple Haze

At The Card Concept this week, the theme is Purple Haze. The bottles are so inspiring for both shape and colour. I can't wait to see what you come up with. 


The glass bottles headed me off in the vellum direction. I just had to decide on the stamp set and the colour of the embossing powder. 
In the end, I chose the Verve Stamp set - Be Blessed for the flowers and the sentiment. In keeping with the warm background behind the bottles, I embossed the flowers with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder then coloured them with three Distress Inks.
The leaves are a Clearly Besotted - Leafy Accents Die. I used a bold, patterned paper to add a bit more interest to the simple, two-tone background. 
The curve on the aqua paper is cut with a die from Lil' Inker Border Builders. 
A few sequins and pearls finished the card.



Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)


Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week :)


16 March 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 69 - Rich Texture

This week at The Card Concept the theme is 'Rich Texture'. The photo inspiration certainly has masses of that. I love this photo so much!!



This inspiration was a joy to work with. When I saw the chair, with its cutouts and peeled paint, it immediately translated to a shabby window frame for me. (from Making Memories)
The flowers are a direct copy of the texture and colours from the photo, AND, I know, I know.....this card is totally impractical with its very poky-outy bits, but it's pretty..................
The vellum sentiment (from Kaisercraft) was one of three I stamped several months ago for another card. I made three the same and squirrelled two away for later use.
The background is a Designer paper.
The Scallop frame is from MFT.
A swish of paint on the window frame and a sprinkle of sequins finished the card.








Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)


Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week :)

02 March 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 68 - Lime and Aqua

This week at The Card Concept the theme is 'Lime and Aqua'. The photo inspiration has such fresh and gorgeous colours to play with.  



When I saw the inspiration, these ideas came to mind........a swish of white Golden Fluid Acrylic paint (made with a palette knife) on an aqua background, partial chrome curves (Spellbinders) and this particular die from Papertrey Ink (Bloom Builder #3) for the flowers. 
The card came together with the addition of an embossed sentiment (Hero Arts), the grey stitched frame (MFT Scallop frame, with scallops hidden) and a few rhinestones.






Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)


Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week.

16 February 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 67 - Vintage

Nothing makes my inky heart pound more than a good vintage inspiration photo. I shoot right back to those heady days of Walnut stain and distressed edges. At The Card Concept this week we have the most delicious vintage image to inspire you, take a look!!


This is the second time in a row the inspiration image has given me a clear idea of the materials I would use. The suede heart in the image is so gorgeous.........I knew little wool hearts would be making an appearance. They were cut with SSS Heart Parade dies. 
The two patterned hearts are from the coordinating stamp set. The rust heart is stamped with TH Rusty Hinge. Once stamped, I pressed the heart into a Versamark pad, then covered it liberally with clear embossing powder. While the embossing powder was still hot and sticky, I covered it with another coat of embossing powder. The gold patterned heart was first gold embossed, then clear embossed in the same way as the rust heart.
The papers I have used are very old!
The branches are from Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens. They are splattered with Golden White Fluid Acrylic paint.
The Sentiment is from an old Hero arts stamp set.
I have used manilla card for the base.
The first bow is ripped white fabric rolled in Walnut Stain and water, and the cream bow is cream ribbon treated with a dilute Walnut Stain solution.




Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)


Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week.


02 February 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 66 - Love and Romance

What a thrill it was to see the huge gallery for the last challenge. 70 Cards! Each card was a treat to behold, and my short list for special mentions was almost the whole gallery!! 
I know this next challenge will also get your fingers itching to create. "Love and Romance" over at The Card Concept. Here is the completely gorgeous inspiration................................



I love it when I have a clear idea for a card. As soon as I saw the image I thought of a rolled fabric rose. They are so easy to make. See here
I first tore a 1" x 20" piece of white cotton fabric. I dotted two distress inks on a piece of plastic, then sprayed it, and the fabric, with water. I rolled the strip in the ink making sure to leave some white bits. It was dried with an embossing heat tool. Finally, simply twist the fabric and wrap it, starting from a nice tight centre. I hot glued my flower to a round card disc to hold all the flower in place.
The leaves are MFT and the sentiments are old Hero Arts stamps. I have 'shabbied' up most of the elements just a little.






The first version of the card was made very quickly but something on the card bothered me. The leaves looked like a propeller! So the leaves were removed, chopped and replaced. I think they look better but I do wonder if they should have been slightly different sizes.

My propeller card LOL


Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)


Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week.