Hi - things are a bit stressful here at the moment as I'm waiting for my degree results to arrive in the post any day, and there was no way any crafting was happening without some help so I turned to my craft stamper magazine and had a go at creating a masterboard (as on P8 of July issue). I used similar colours but different stamps to the article, used Distress inks, Stazon and coloured with watercolour pencils. I liked the result (pic above) so had another go in different colours which I chose to fit The Play Date Cafe's latest challenge.
That seemed to get my Mojo kickstarted and I ended up with this card here to enter -
I cut a strip from the Masterboard and layered it with contrasting card, embossed a message on card cut with my Nesties and stuck on a few flowers (from Wild Orchid Crafts) and buttons. I also layered a cut out large flower and used a button for it's centre. The hardest thing with this colour combination for me was to use white as my natural instinct was to put cream with it but it was fun to do and I have enough of the original Masterboard (it was A4) left over to make at least one more card if not two, and I haven't even started with the butterfly one. As well as the PlayDate Cafe I'm also sending this one to Wild Orchid Crafts for their 'Say it with Flowers' challenge and Lots to Do who have 'shapes' as their theme.
While browsing my magazine I noticed details of a swap running for mini Christmas cards. There are several challenges popping up with Christmas as a theme so against my better judgement out came my Christmas stamps. But oh, this was hard - I just couldn't get into a frosty, snowy, starry, jingle bells mood and had to stick with flowers to make it work (at least I think it works). I haven't unearthed any of my christmas papers or embelishments so this was made with the basics to hand!
I coloured some card with Distress Inks by spritzing and smooshing - (Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters) and then stamped the Poinsettias which are a Penny Black stamp called Christmas Red, in Stazon Black Cherry. I used gold metal magic to emboss a grunge swirl and Anita's acrylic antique white paint on a chip board shape. The message and swirl are also Penny Black and I embossed the sentiment. I edged with Peeled pain, added a red and green flower with a brad and stuck the whole thing on a mini card (4"x4") which I had stamped with the Christmas red stamp in Bundled sage.