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.

19 January 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 65 - Fresh & Bold

What an amazing gallery the CC followers created last challenge!! Such a high standard of cardmaking makes it very difficult to choose just a few cards for a mention.
Lesley has chosen another fabulous picture to inspire you this week at The Card Concept. Fresh and Bold describes it very well. Take a look :)


Aside from the colours, what most jumped out at me, were the patterned cushions. 

The Orange pattern reminded me of lower case e's repeatedly stamped......so that is what I did! I have several large, foam, Making Memories, alphabet stamp sets (in many fonts) that rarely see the light of day these days, so it was lovely to give one an airing. I stamped, rotated, and stamped again using dye ink. I then cut a partial circle from the piece of card. I love the result and must remember to use this technique again.

The pattern on the pink and white cushion, as far as my old eyes could tell, was made up of horizontal crosses. I have a little 'cross' hand punch, that is years old. I went to town, on a piece of pink board, punching lots of wee crosses. I then glued them down in the pattern you see on my card. Once they were really secure, I guillotined the piece to size.

The dry embossed background was inspired by the white buttoned headboard.

My 1920's lady (from Montarga stamps based in Christchurch, New Zealand) is mirroring the wall art. I coloured her with grey Copics.

This is how I made my Clean and Layered card......now it's your turn :)



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.


05 January 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 64 - Pretty Things

The Card Concept Challenge for this week is Pretty Things. The inspiration is so gorgeous, it has so much to inspire any style of card.


For my card, I used five of the elements from the image.
The card background is a soft, grey, marbled paper that I adhered to a card base with double sided sticky paper.
For the gold stripes I freehand brushed stripes in foil glue, let it dry, then brushed foil leaf over the top. (one day I will shout myself a foiling machine) I must say though, I do like the organic, not so perfect stripes.
I made the black dot background by dabbing black ink, on white card, using the end of the dropper from the ink bottle. Once again, I like the organic shapes. I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut the shape.
The flowers and stems are Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden stamps. These aren't the original flowers for the card. The first set was coloured with Brusho powder, sprinkled and sprayed. However, after living with the card for 24 hours the flowers started to look diseased rather than pretty!! LOL. What can I say, I had a moment. The colours of these flowers are a little more intense than I would have liked, I started out too dark in layering for shadow and light. I do love a more rustic, textured finish, hence the rough colouring. I used Distress Ink.
The happy birthday is a favourite, I love the Font.  Avery Elle Hand Written Notes Sentiment using
Hero arts white embossing powder.




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.

01 December 2016

The Card Concept challenge 63 Love & Joy (the final Challenge before Christmas Break-Dec 14-January 4)

Well, this is the last challenge for The Card Concept before the Christmas Break which will go from Dec 14 to January 4.  The theme for this challenge is  Love & Joy using a delightful inspiration image........a decorated fireplace.


For my card I went a little shabby again.
The bricks are made with a stencil coloured with about four Distress Ink colours.
The Joy letters are from a sheet of stickers which I have adhered to squares of a very textured paper. I inked around them with a distress marker then used a little water on a paintbrush to blend.
The Pine needles are a cut file (Silhouette) I made from a photo of a pine branch.
The Fishtail frame is from MFT. I have smeared the beige board with white acrylic paint.
The deer is one of a set of three from Impression Obsession.
The pine cones are a hand punch.
The '25' is a sticker.




Now it's your turn to be inspired. Happy creating!

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

Clean & Simple
Clean & Graphic



Freestyle Collage

                       Karen Davis   You are here

Classy & Elegant

Ilina Crouse
Mackie Robertson


Mixed Media



Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week.