Sunday, 3 May 2015

Going Opposite

Welcome!
 
Today my post title sound strange because I am joining the challenge at Shopping our Stash!
 
http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com/
 
 
The challenge is to create a card opposite to our usual style.
Easy?
That made me think: What is my style?
 
I tend to lean towards the CAS side, but I do make a variety of creations.
The best thing to do was to make a list of things I never or seldom do/use.
What an interesting exercise.
 
My don't do list
At the top of the list was Shabby chic/Vintage Shabby chic.
Faded colours as well as browns don't really feature.
Lace and loads of flowers are seldom seen.
Although I do layers, I tend to stick to max 2.
I'm not a heavy user of embellishments and ribbons.
Large cards, square cards, circles.
Stamping - I've been lazy the past year

Here is my card:
 

Believe me, this card is the most different I could go, but I tried.
Unfortunately I didn't have matching flowers, although I was tempted to buy some.
That would have really defeated the purpose.
 
So what did I do?
I decided to make a large card (A4 folded in half).
I stamped the image 90336 from Inkadinkado with Vintage Photo Distress Ink on cardstock.
It was then cut, as well as the other 3 layers & the edges lightly distressed.
The doily was cut in half - I am still in 2 minds about this, but I think that circle thing kicked in.
Some more distress ink was used to give it some colour before it was added to the card.
Ink and soft pastels was used on the card edges as well.
The bottom layer was stuck down, then the double ribbon with bow.
The rest of layers was now added, as well as the wooden charm.
 
Final verdict?
Leaving my comfort zone was not only interesting, it was also fun!
The part I enjoyed most was making a list of what I don't do/use.
I will go back to the list and either use some of the techniques/stuff
or figure out why I don't. Working with squares and especially circles
is very difficult for me, but I'm sure it takes a bit of practise.
I'm really glad that I found this challenge and the blog
and I will definitely join in the fun again.
Maybe I can make a dent in my stash...eventually.
Oh well, we can dream, can't we?
 

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Rene

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Dressy Butterfly

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All Dressed Up Challenge 33 is the reason for my card.
 
The theme is Anything Goes.
The Rule is use an All Dressed Up Image.
The image I'm using is the Butterflies Freebie that I've had for some time.
The right inspiration came along.
Here is my card:
 
 
 
I've coloured the image with pencils, added some soft pastels on the edges.
Finally a layer of yellow and blue completes the card.
 
This is really such a beautiful image, don't you think?
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Rene

Cozy Christmas

Welcome!
 
I've made another card for the
 
I just love the beautiful Tinsel Town papers from Stitchy Bear
as well as the lovely chair and sentiment from Birds Cards.
Paper piecing was the way to go!
The ornament paper makes a lovely wall paper.
 


 
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Rene
 
 

A Beautiful Scene

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The base card and image was coloured with soft pastels.
The image was then layered on black card and added to the base card.
 


 
 
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Rene

Christmas Ornament

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Christmas Cards All Year Round is a challenge blog for Christmas Cards!
There April Challenge is : Ornaments
 
My card use an image from Birds Cards
It was coloured with pencils, layered on red and gold.
 
 

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Rene

CASE an ATC2

Welcome!

What a fun challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC this week: CASE a DT Member.

This challenge really had my creative juices flowing! Just what I needed.

The second ATC I'm CASE-ing is Suzi's:


I have decided to use the same colours and some of the design elements (tiling and the heart).
The image is from Deedee's Digis: WholeLatteLove
The sentiment was written with a silver marker on black with a red card backing.
 



I hope I have inspired you too and that you will join the fun!


I'm linking my ATC to this fun challenge:Not just Cards - Challenge #18
 

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Rene

CASE an ATC 1

Welcome!

What a fun challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC this week: CASE a DT Member.

This challenge really had my creative juices flowing! Just what I needed.

The first ATC I'm CASE-ing is Jenn's:


A few days ago I have printed out the lovely Syrena from Sassy Studio Designs, and now I can use her! That is the main element I'm using. The hair I coloured in a similar reddish colour. I used an aqua background paper, and colouring as well a stamp pad to edge the fussy-cut image and ATC. Rhinestones and glitter adds my own final touches.


 
I hope my creation inspires you!


I would like to link my ATC to the following fun challenges:

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Rene

Of CASE-ing, Sketching and Inspiration...

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Some days the inspiration flows, on other days I can sit with all the beautiful papers and goodies and that’s where it stays, just there in front of me.
Nothing happens, nothing feels as if it works together.

Then a challenge comes along that shake up things a bit! Yesterday exactly that happened. The challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC: Case a DT Member.

Before I create my ATC’s, I have a few thoughts on sketches and CASE (Copy and Share Everything) (I found the definitions
here)

Sketches:
I love the idea of sketches, but I don’t like a circle on a sketch. An oval is fine, just not a circle. I have a circle cutter, so it shouldn’t be a problem. I think it is just my brain that finds a circle difficult to work with.
A sketch is a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing. When I first came across sketches, I thought one has to copy the sketch exactly. It was very limiting in my mind and I don’t copy, but then I realised that a sketch is merely a guide. How wonderful!

CASE:
If my first encounter with a sketch was not good, imagine my thoughts about “CASE”-ing. Why would I want to copy someone else? For me it was a step down from a sketch. Well with time comes insight (sometimes) and to CASE a project is actually a compliment to the creator. As with a sketch, the original is just a guide. The added fun is that one can use all or just one of the elements as inspiration. This is such a great way to get going again when inspiration is lacking. In front of you is a pretty project in lovely colours, with a theme, a layout, some embellishments, lovely textures, name it. Suddenly ideas stat flowing again.

CAS:
This is one of my favourite styles, and easier said than done. CAS = Clean and simple. I just had to add this here so you do not confuse the two.

I’m creating 2 ATC’s which I’ll put in separate posts: Here and Here

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Rene

Monday, 27 April 2015

Inspirational Word Art.

Welcome!

This is the first time that I join a challenge at Word Art Wednesday.
I used the Scripture Word Art that they supplied for challenge #180.
My card is simple and clean to showcase the words.



Hope you like it!

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Rene

Mother's Day Inspiration

Welcome!

I've been a busy bee the past weekend and played some catch-up with my papers and cards.

The current challenge at Crafting By Designs is: We Love Mom!
This enables us all to have our Mother's Day cards ready in time.
Our generous sponsors are QKR Stampede and Aliciabel

My card using Digi 23301-Roses Digi-Stamp:



You still have time to join the challenge!

I would like to add my card to the following challenges:
{PIN}spirational Challenge #138


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Rene