13 April 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 71 - Fresh Flutters.

We have such a pretty image to inspire you in the current Card Concept Challenge. 'Fresh Flutters', even the challenge name is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the gallery :) Have fun!



I really just recreated the scene on my card. Well, sort of.......
I white embossed the background with a lacey pattern, then washed over it with dilute green watercolour. I thought that would be enough, but the design wasn't strong enough, so I added the flowers.
I used an American Crafts - Dear Lizzy - Neapolitan Collection stamp for my jar. I used watercolours to colour it, 
The butterflies are from an old, and much-loved, Hero Arts stamp set - Antique Flowers and Butterflies. I have used the smaller of the three butterflies in the set. 
The 'Thanks' is a woodgrain word from Kaisercraft ( I think)
I coloured a white doily with pink ink, then knocked the colour back a bit with white pigment ink.
A sprinkle of sequins and the card was done.



Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-
Please welcome our five new team members, Vicki, Kim, Nancy, Angel and Veronica. 
Hi girls, it's so lovely to have you on the team. :)

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)








Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week :)

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.