Saturday, 19 April 2014

Get Inspired - Rainbow Feathers

Hi everyone!  Its Saturday which means its time for some cardmaking inspiration!


This week its my turn to share something I've found inspirational. Of course I turned to Pinterest, and I found this beautiful picture from Caseycreative on Etsy.

Colorful Feather Watercolor Drawing/Painting

Here is what I came up with:





I decided to use Mark's Finest Papers  set called "Be a Showoff" and play with some watercolouring. After stamping and embossing my image I used my water brush and some markers to add colour in rainbow order.  Once dry I added some glitter pen, rhinestones, and doodled lines.  I was going to keep things white on white, but I decided in the end that a black frame balanced things out nicely.

Please don't forget to go to the Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV next week to see what MariLynn does with this image.  There are so many different things she could do! Feel free to share your own creations with us by linking them below.  :)

If you are not a member of MFP Speedy TV, its a free social networking site focused on stamping and cardmaking with MFP stamps.  In additon to our column you will find lots of inspiration, including other informative columns on a daily basis, so why not click over and see what you are missing!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Get Inspired - Peach Flowers (Week 2)

Hi Everyone, happy Saturday!  Its my turn to contribute for our Get Inspired column over at MFP Speedy TV!


My card this week uses inspiration provided by MariLynn last week, a photo of these lovely peach coloured flowers.



While the flowers aren't the same I thought it would be a fun opportunity to use the image from MFP stamp set called "Friends".  Here is what I came up with:




This was a fun card to make.  I recently got a new die set from Lifestyle Crafts, and I thought it would be fun to make a cut out in the main panel with the sentement stamped on the layer underneath.  As I started to assemble my Cuttlebug sandwich with the die, I decided it would be even better if the sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card.  I achieved this by layering the card front and the main panel (making sure the card was not folded so as not to cut through the back of the card) and adhering them with washi tape so they didn't shift. I then put the die in the spot I wanted and used more washi tape to secure it in place.  It took a few passes through my Cuttlebug for the die to fully cut both pieces of card stock, but the end result worked out perfectly.

To ensure the sentiment was in the right place, I actually stamped through the window in the card base.  I used my Fiskars stamp press to stamp the sentiment so that the grid on the stamp press would help ensure the sentiment was straight.  I definitely didn't want to have to start over because my sentiment was crooked!

The rest of the card was fairly simple, using waterbased markers to colour the image, and adding some gemstones, white gel pen, and jute twine to finish the card off.

Are you inspired to create? If so please link your creation below, we would love to see what you come up with!

As I mentioned before, this post is part of the  Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV .   If you are not a member of MFP Speedy TV, its a free social networking site focused on stamping and card making with MFP stamps.  In addition to our column you will find lots of inspiration, including other informative columns on a daily basis, so why not click over and see what you are missing!

Thats it for me this week! Next week I will have some new inspiration for you, see you then! :)

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Get Inspired - Lace

Hi Everyone!  Its Inspiration Saturday and its my turn to contribute some ideas to the Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV.


For the last year or so I've been really into knitting, and last summer I dabled in knitting lace.  The great thing about lace is that it is light weight, a bit challenging, and when you are done the end result looks amazing. Spring is coming (or so they say) so I've been thinking about a lace project I might want to work on as the weather gets nicer.  As a result I've been looking at lace pictured on Pinterest (surprise!).  I don't think I would want to knit this, but it's really cool and pretty:


I Just love this!  You can find the link to the pin here.  Here is what I came up with:






I used two  Mark's Finest Papers' stamp sets - "Birds of the Orient" for the inside and "Birdcages" for the outside.

I created the card by die cutting the card base and the main panel, and dry embossing some vellum.  The sentiments were heat embossed and the card was assembled.  I added some ribbon, rhinestones, and white gel pen to finish things off.

This was a fairly simple card to make, but I think its really pretty. Are you inspired to create?  If so why not let us know what you make in the comments below. In the meantime don't forget to go to the Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV next week to see MariLynn's take on the  image I've chosen!

As I mentioned before, this post is part of the  Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV .   If you are not a member of MFP Speedy TV, its a free social networking site focused on stamping and cardmaking with MFP stamps.  In additon to our column you will find lots of inspiration, including other informative columns on a daily basis, so why not click over and see what you are missing!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Get Inspired - Crazy Quilt (Week 2)

Hi Everyone, Happy Saturday! I had a bit of a slow start today so I missed getting my post up first thing.  Sorry for the delay!  Anyway, I'm here now, and Its my turn to contribute for our Get Inspired column over at MFP Speedy TV!


Last week MariLynn used the below picture from Pinterest:


You can find the link to the pin on Pinterest here.  The pin leads to this page on Fickr you can find here. Beautiful!

This picture has a lot going on so there is plenty of things to choose from to use as inspiration.  I decided to use the diagonal layout of the squares on my card.  Here is what I came up with.




I used the MFP stamp set called Lots of Words.  I started by stamping and embossing the image on kraft, and cutting the piece into diagonal squares after colouring.  I found it easier to do this by drawing a grid on the back of the image and using a utility knife and ruler to cut the squares.  I used foam dots to adhere the squares on a patterned paper panel.

I forgot to put ribbon on the panel before adhering the squares as I had intended, so I decided to add some doodled lines to the edges and faux stitching to the sentiment.  I really like how this turned out so I'm kind of glad I forgot the ribbon (I can't believe I just said that!).  Some sparkly embellishments finished the card off. 

Overall this tiling technique is a bit time consuming, but it is really pretty and graphic, so I may use this again.  I think it would be fun to play with configurations and size of the squares and various images.  

As I mentioned before, this post is part of the  Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV .   If you are not a member of MFP Speedy TV, its a free social networking site focused on stamping and cardmaking with MFP stamps.  In additon to our column you will find lots of inspiration, including other informative columns on a daily basis, so why not click over and see what you are missing!

So thats it for me this week! Next week I will have some new inspiration for you, so I hope to see you then! 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Get Inspired - Snow Drifts

Hi everyone!  Its Saturday which means its time for some cardmaking inspiration!


This week my inspiration does not come from Pinterest, can you believe it?  Over the last couple of weeks we've had quite a few snow storms.  As a result the snow banks and snow drifts are really high right now.  Thats where this picture comes from:


This was taken by my amazing cousin Cheryl.  I love the abstract shapes and how the snow kind of shimmers.  Here is what I came up with:






I used two Mark's Finest Papers stamp sets - Fairies on the outside, and Glad Glads on the inside.

The background came out really well, definitely something I will try again.  I created it by cutting a piece of vellum the right width for my card, but longer then what I would eventualy end up with. I brushed Tim Holtz Rock Candy Stickles entirely over the vellum and dried it with my heat gun.  When wet the vellum really wanted to curl on itself so next time I think I would just cover half of the vellum at a time so that I can dry it more easily without getting my fingers in the glue. Once dry the vellum had a nice uneven, almost crinkly texture.

I tore the sheet into strips, purposely tearing them in jagged pieces.  After dry embossing the base piece I overlapped the vellum strips, adhering with glue dots.  Normally glue dots show under vellum but I found that the combination of the 'stickled' vellum with the tiny bubbles embossing camouflaged the dots.

After finishing the background I assembled the rest of the card.  I decided to keep the fairy figure relatively monochromatic with the exception of lots of glitter, and some platinum ink around the edges. A bit of ribbon added a splash of colour, and some rhinestones added a final bit of sparkle.

I hope you have found my creation inspiring!  Don't forget to go to the Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV next week to see what MariLynn does with this image.  In the meantime have a look around you and see if anything inspires you.  Inspiration to create can come from anywhere!  Feel free to share your creations with us.  :)

If you are not a member of MFP Speedy TV, its a free social networking site focused on stamping and cardmaking with MFP stamps.  In additon to our column you will find lots of inspiration, including other informative columns on a daily basis, so why not click over and see what you are missing!