Sunday 14 August 2016

AAA Cards Challenge #71

Hi there crafters it's time to introduce the latest challenge from
AAA Cards

This time we'd like to see some BLENDING on your cards but please
keep the design CLEAN and SIMPLE.

In the end I've made 3 for this challenge and having made my second one first ... if 
that makes sense, I decided I'd rather go bold, fun and funky and slightly WILD!

... and as that's the theme at this week's Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
I'd like to slot it in there too!

This one uses that funny silly stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps called
Face-It! I started out by inking my panel with various 'rainbow-type' coloured
Distress Inks before heat embossing my images. For added detail I dry-embossed
the card base using a 'next level' embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers.
The inky panel is die-cut using a frame die from WPlus9 Sunshine layers then
to finish a sentiment from Mama Elephant, Up, Up and Away.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Here's the first card I made!

A couple of challenges ago we had our 'Stash Favourites' and I used
this same die by Neat and Tangled. Here I've created a mask with it, 
adhered it to my card then blended distress inks in Spun Sugar and 
Worn lipstick to create an ombre look to my card. I couldn't resist a quick
spritz of Perfect Pearls and water although it's not obvious in the photo. 

The sentiments are from Avery Elle: Sentimental with the elephant from
Clearly Besotted Baby Shower stamp and die set.

My cousin and his wife are about to welcome a little girl to 
their home ... in fact at the time of 'typing' she could well be putting
in an appearance so this card will be heading over to them ASAP!

 Last but not least and because I love getting inky ...

First of all I masked off a strip approx 3cm wide on my card base then
inked the 'un-masked' area with Distress Inks in: Cracked Pistachio, 
Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch.

My favourite little addition with inky blending, spritzing, flicking and 
drizzling water and perfect pearls onto the area, although this isn't watercolour
card therefore not too much of a dowsing! I mounted 2 pieces of white card stock
on Fun Foam before adding my die-cut elements which are both by Clearly Besotted. 

There's loads more inspiration from my fellow teamies so I do hope
you'll want to play along with this one and have some fun.

We're also joined by a super talented Guest Designer for this challenge and I do 
hope you'll call in at Michelle's blog, Passionate Crafter and leave some love!

Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers

with our lucky winner receiving a $20 gift certificate to spend in store.

Thanks as always for stopping by and catch up with you soon.



  1. Well impressed by three cards Sarah, but then you always do inking so brilliantly. Fab trio, love them all, so they're all favourites!

  2. Oh my goodness what a gorgeous collection of cards. I have always admired your fabulous skill of blending and here we see yet another gallery of beauties. I was trying to decide which one is my fav and I have to go with the second, I love the subtle colour and the use of the stencil x

  3. You are obviously in your element with blending!! Fabulous cards. Love the happy faces one xx

  4. Sarah three fab cards, love your blending. The top one with the funny faces so makes me wish I had bought that set. The blending shows them off perfectly. Colour combo on the last card is wonderful, love it.

  5. Super fun, beautifully inked, Sarah! Great to meet you in person. Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

  6. Love all three cards! You blending is perfection and the colours are wonderful. Those faces are fabulous.

  7. The first one is funny and colorful, just awesome. The other cards are gorgious as well.

  8. Sarah, fantastic cards, so different! Specially love the first one with the embossed card front and a bright funny panel, it looks so cheerful. - Sweet Kobylkin

  9. Three stunningly different cards. Cara x

  10. What a nice treat...3 beautiful cards! Love the inking on all of them! Your silly eyes gave me a chuckle! Glad to be joining you as guest designer!

  11. Beautiful cards Sarah, love those bright funny faces! Cathy x


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