Post-essay Crafting and First Time Watercolouring

Last week I managed to polish off an important assignment and with a little free time as well as Mother’s Day coming up, I decided it was finally time to get out the stamps and dies and make a card.

I used the Make the Day Special challenge for inspiration. This month is a colour challenge and I chose to use the gorgeous palette on the far left.

I’ve also finally invested in some watercolour pencils and decided to pluck up the courage to use them for the first time! This is the card I came up with:

Watercolour Fox

I know my colouring skills have a looooong way to go but what I was imagining was a lot worse than the actual result so I’m pretty pleased. When I stamped the fox I clearly wasn’t paying attention and some of the edges came out but I quite liked it so added in some colour over the top. I’m learning to embrace imperfection! Unfortunately, the star photographed quite dark but in reality is more of a lilac colour. The stamp is from Papermania that I picked up a while ago from a bargain bin (can you tell I’m a student?!) and the frame is from Polaroid Fun Creative Cuts by Mama Elephant. The sentiment is from Altenew’s Label Love which has fast become one of my most used stamp sets.

Sophie x

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Superhero Bonanza — Part 2

Wow it has been a long time since my last post but unfortunately real life comes before my blog and there is lots going on at the moment! So on with the second part of the Superhero Bonanza.

Of course I needed to make a card and of course it had to be superhero themed! I must admit that I find male cards quite difficult to make. Most likely this is because I am drawn to anything floral, delicate, and with ribbon. However, I’m pretty pleased with how the card turned out and it went down really well!

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For the first time I downloaded some digital papers and printed them out at home. I was pleasantly surprised out how it looked because I was worried the quality on a normal piece of paper wouldn’t live up to the sturdy scrapbooking paper I usually use. The background paper came from TheDigiParty (I’ve just had another look at the shop and they also have loads of other bits and bobs if you’re planning on throwing a superhero themed party). On top I just layered some navy card stock and a neutral coloured chevron paper and stamped my sentiment on top. I absolutely love this Altenew Label Love set. They are so versatile! I wanted to keep the card really simple. Sometimes I find it a struggle and want to keep adding things fearing that it might look too “homemade” (read: rubbish) but I’m really pleased with it!

Sophie x

First time for everything…

I’ll admit it; I am addicted to card making! Papers, embellishments, sequins, stamps… what more could a girl want? I’ve been making a lot of cards recently but still haven’t had the guts to share them so I thought I would jump straight in with a challenge.

Make the Day Special is my favourite shop. They have an amazing range of stamps and dies from Across the Pond and the service is incredible. Their challenge this month was a super simple sketch:

MTDS September Challenge

…and this is what I did with it:

 Sending Hugs card

Big apologies for the photo quality! I am camera-less (oh, the joys of being on a student budget) so I had to resort to my iPad.

For this card I used a kraft base and a patterned paper from the Papermania Happy Days Collection and stitched along the join. I then stamped Spring Blooms from WPlus9 onto a piece of cream card stock, found a placement I was happy with and die cut a heart shape. Finally, I stamped the greeting from Avery Elle on to a piece of vellum and embossed it.

I’m only at the beginning of all this card making business, so I’m still not 100% confident with my cards. Everyone seems so friendly though that I thought I’d just go for it and post something!

Sophie x