Friday, 7 October 2016

A Trio of Cards - just for fun!

Hi Friends, I don't often get time to create just for creating sake but today
I made a little time to finish off some cards that had been sat in pieces
on my desk for a while and what's more I'm hoping they'll fit into 
a couple of challenges too!

First up it's my fellow Less is More Teamie, Anita, who is playing MUSE this
week at the Muse Card Challenge so couldn't resist 'casing' her gorgeous card.
The colours are so neutral, calming and subtle ... quite the opposite to my usual
style but I've had a go!

In addition to the colours I was inspired by the shiny leaf die-cuts and design paper
peeping through the negative space. Here I've used a flourish die by Sizzix and instead
of using the design paper behind I've water-coloured a panel in Autumnal browns and 
greens using Distress Inks. I've splattered some gold and bronze paints too using the 
Gansai Tambi water colour set. The leafy die-cut is from my stash (sorry not sure of
the manufacturer) and it's coated in Versamark ink before heat embossing with Ranger
Liquid Platinum embossing powder. The sentiment is by Happy Little Stampers, which
is embossed using the same powder before popping up on 3d foam.

Here's Anita's card

I'd also like to enter this one at 

Addicted to CAS - Watercolour

The next two cards use two floral sets from Altenew that are my
favourites at the minute! Beautiful Day which I bought a couple of 
weeks ago having admired it for months (it seems) and Remember This
which I purchased last weekend at the Happy Stampers Festival.

I've also kept to a similar design as I'm loving the effect of a coloured
bloom or two with the remainder of the images in black outline.

So here's Beautiful Day inked with Altenew Inks also with the panel
cut from a WPlus9 die in the Sunshine Layers die set then popped up
on green fun foam for added dimension. I've added a black gem to the
centre of the flower and some glossy accents for added detail.

I'd like to pop this one in at Addicted to Stamps and More where it's
their CAS week of challenges plus

CASology where the cue card is Support

EDIT: Thanks to Anita for suggesting I enter my floral card in the 
latest challenge over at Virgina's View - Focus Point

 Last but not least - here's 'Remember This' by Altenew

again inked up using Altenew inks with the smaller blooms coloured
with Promarkers, in what I hope are almost identical shades!
I couldn't resist adding a few sequins to the design but looking at the
photo I'm kind of wishing I hadn't! 
So there's a brand new challenge in blogland simply called
The Flower Challenge
We would love you to display our banner !

What a perfect idea and a perfect name as who can resist all those
wonderful bloom sets out there and now there's a challenge just to showcase
those very things! Bliss! So I'm heading over there with this one and
it's their first challenge titled "Anything Goes With Florals" and there's a
whole month to enter so why not have a look and enter too!

Ok that's all for me today and thanks for calling by my blog.
Catch up soon!


  1. Super set of cards Sarah.I love the Altenew stamp sets, such lovely realistic effects. Great to catch up on Saturday. Shame it will be 6 months before the next fair! :)

  2. Hello Sarah and thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us at THE FLOWER CHALLENGE. This Altenew stamp sets help you create simply gorgeous blooms like you did on this card. Love the colors you used and your layout.
    I'm so happy you checked this our first challenge, we hope you join us again in the gallery.
    Big Hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.DT

  3. Sarah love all these but of course I am totally drawn to the flowers. Ohh I do love Altenew stamps and havent you highlighted them perfectly. Absolutely stunning.thanks so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge for our first challenge. Hugs Aileen.

  4. Hello my dear friend Sarah,of course you know how I just love your amazing cards! more loveliness here again , such gorgeous flowers and so well coloured as always. Now I NEED more stamps looking at the last one...darn! Anyway thank you so much for joining us over at The Flower Challenge and we hope to see you again soon ;)hugs Viv DT xx

  5. Hi buddie, so glad you CASED my card which took you out of your comfort zone. The watercoloured panel behind your lovely flourish looks great, and the liquid platinum EP was the perfect choice to blend with those neutrals. Thanks so much for playing along at Muse this week xx

    And why not link your florals up at Virginia's View, perfect for the 'focal point' challenge x

  6. Gorgeous collection of cards, Sarah! I love how you used the selective watercoloring technique on your blooms and adds so much depth and dimension to the images, and of course your coloring is just amazing! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

  7. Beautiful cards, Sarah! Love the way you've matched the swirls with the die cut! So glad you joined us at Muse this week!

  8. Sarah so honoured to have you join in our new challenge! It's a beautiful card - I love the partial colouring and the colours you've chosen and the added little sequins. Thank you so much for joining in and hope to see more of you :) xx

  9. A trio of beauties, Sarah! I love the painted panel behind the flourishes on the first card - so pretty! I love how those beautifully coloured flowers pop against the uncolored leaf stamps. Fabulous!

  10. oh Sarah, I just love all those cards - thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and More

  11. Yay Sarah, thank you so much for joining us for our first challenge. I'm loving those two Altenew sets myself at the moment, they really do make the most amazing floral stamps. I really love how you've put the flowers on the rectangle panels and used pops of colour, very elegant. Hope we see you again sometime at The Flower Challenge!!!

  12. Gorgeous cards! The spotlighted floral image is just beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge.

  13. I love anything botanical, particularly flowers, so all of your cards appeal to me greatly. They're so beautifully crafted and colored. This is a wonderful challenge!

  14. Gorgeous cards! I love your take on the Muse card, but my favorite is the stunning yellow floral card! You might want to link it up to Freshly Made Sketches this week.

  15. Hey Sarah!! Such a pretty card! I love your coloring on your flower. Nicely done. Thank you so much for playing with us this week at CASology.

  16. Three stunning as always cards Sarah!
    So good to see one of them in the CASology gallery!
    Hugs and best wishes for a wonderful day!

  17. Awesome set of cards,perfect coloring and gorgeous design...thank you for joining us at ATSM
    Ċ½eljka DT


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