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.


17 November 2016

The Card Concept #62 - Thanksgiving

 This week, at The Card Concept, the theme is 'Thanksgiving'. Have a look at the gorgeous Autumn colours in the inspiration image........................so inspiring!!



When you read this post I will be winging my way to Fiji for a holiday. Looking forward to going back to the place I was born. It's so beautiful.

For this card I was inspired to go Shabby again. The Autumn leaves are dies from Lawn Fawn. As I don't have a stamp, I inked the die with black Versafine before I die cut the leaves and it worked just fine. I then water coloured the leaves with Distress inks.




Leaves lawn fawn dies
Spellbinders scallop square
Hero ArtsSentiment.
Distress inks
Purchased sunflowers, twine, white stamens inked with black ink.


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.

03 November 2016

The Card Concept Challenge 61 - Pretty in Pink

The Card Concept Challenge for this week is Pretty in Pink! I spotted this gorgeous image on the DT blog nearly two months ago and have been waiting for this challenge to roll around. Take a look!!




This pink flower was the first item I knew I would use when I saw the image. Totally impractical as a card to post, but I know this will be my mum's birthday card and she lives behind me!! No posting necessary. I will make a wee box for it using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. See Jennifer Mcguire's How to video here.



Altenew Beautiful Day
Distress inks
Hero arts white embossing powder
Avery Elle Hand Written Notes Sentiment.
Watercolor paper

Lace, sequins, ribbon, enamel embellishment and purchased flowers and white stamens.


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.