Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#31

Birthday Cards, Cards, Challenges, Masculine

Another new challenge! I had a blast creating my card for the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog. You know how sometimes you get an idea and just run with it and it actually works out? Well, that’s what happened last night when I created my Team Tara challenge card.


There is a double challenge this week. For this card I used the Team Tara Colours. To play along, crafters create using only the challenge colours (and neutrals). I used papers in my stash that were as close to the Stampin’ Up colours as I had.

Colour Me Challenge Blog #31, Team Tara

Colour Me Challenge Blog #31, Team Tara

I started with my Silhouette and cut the shapes I needed: bicycle (navy), Polaroid frame with “make a wish” cut out (white), and the senitment “make a wish” (navy). Since the spokes were so delicate, I glued together two navy bicycle shapes with the intention of making it more sturdy. I used my tape runner and adhered a piece of scrap paper on the backside of the frame behind the words. Next, I inlay the navy letters into the frame. You can see the pieces ready to be assembled, below.


I began work on the frame (I was going for a Polaroid look) by adhering a piece of vellum on the inside from the back. I cut my pale blue (soft sky) patterned paper to a little bit larger than the frame’s opening and then cut two strips garden green paper. I tore the top edges of the green paper and then positioned them on the patterned paper to look like a landscape of sorts. I adhered the patterned paper and green strips together and then adhered my landscape background behind the frame. That last thing I did was to affix the bicycle in front of the frame.

I mounted my completed Polaroid piece with foam tape onto a garden green A2 cardbase. At this point, I felt like the card needed something to finish it off. I tried a piece of pale blue ribbon but found that it didn’t work with the masculine look of the card, so I opted to tear the bottom edge and adhere a strip of the pale blue patterned paper on the inside of the card.

I had so much fun creating this card! All the Silhouette shapes I used were free (I think they came with the Silhouette Studio software). The patterned paper is from the Pink Paislee Pen Pals Collection. The navy and green cardstocks are made by Recollections.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM170

Cards, Challenges, Techniques

I was delighted to find the Friday Mashup! challenge blog this week. Two challenges in one! My creative juices were flowing immediately. Each week two challenges are presented. Crafty participants can incorporate one, or both into their papery creations.

This week’s challenge (FM170) was to create a project using the sketch and to create a project using the Delft Tile Technique.

I opted to mash it up and incorporated both challenges into my card.


Delft technique card for the Friday Mashup FM170 challenge

Delft technique card for the Friday Mashup FM170 challenge

This was my first time trying the Delft Technique so the background took a few tries, but I am satisfied with the finished project. In real life I think the card is more shimmery than my photo captures.

For this card, I kind of cheated by using a piece of My Mind’s Eye, Now & Then patterned paper instead of stamping my own background. I cut and scored the patterned paper to the same measurements as the tutorial. After scoring, I sponged on a light touch of Archival Brilliance Platinum Planet ink using Post-it tape to mask off each section.

Next, I repeated sponging, again with the Post-it tape mask, but with Versa Color 55 Umber Ink.

To create my embellishment, I cut out six five-petal flower shapes (say that 10 times fast!) using my Silhouette and coloured each one with a cherry red marker. I dabbed on some copper ink and then bent the petals into shape. I glued three flower shapes together to make the larger flowers using Tombow Mono Multi Glue. To finish off each flower, I adhered some sequins to the centres using Glossy Accents.

Three part flower embellishments for the Friday Mashup FM170 challenge

Three part flower embellishments for the Friday Mashup FM170 challenge

For the sentiment, I cut out a tag shape (using scissors) from some seafoam green cardstock and then dabbed on a smidge of Platinum Planet ink and stamped thankful with my 55 Umber. I used a 3/16″ brad to finish the tag.

I adhered the wood veneer piece to the background with glossy accents and then used foam tape to adhere the tag and flowers. I backed the whole Delft background on some textured teal cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to my cardbase.

Thanks for stopping by! I had a blast playing along.

Watercoloured Alien Love Note

Cards, Techniques

I haven’t done any watercolouring for about 15 years. It’s a huge trend in the crafting world, so I finally broke out my Staedtler watercolor pencils and gave it a whirl. I wanted to make a little note for my nephew so this one had to be special! I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Watercolour Alien Love note My watercolour pencils came from my childhood craft box so the packaging is different, but they are the same product as the Karat Aquarell sold today. After 15 years they still worked perfectly.

I used watercolour paper for the background and touched the tip of the pencils to my wet brush and then applied it to the paper. I did try once by applying the pencil directly to the paper and then blending but I preferred the the softer look of applying the colour to the brush instead. I started with the darkest colour and faded it out over the sheet and then repeated with lighter hues and a little yellow to finish the effect. I dried the paper with my heat tool and then cut the orange piece into two sections for the landscape and adhered the landscape to the background using foam tape.

The alien shapes were left over from the birthday card for Danny. The paper wasn’t ideal for watercolouring since it was a thinner cardstock, but it worked out fine in the end. For the aliens, I started with my lightest colour and then blended in the darker.

Assembling my watercoloured aliens.

Assembling my watercoloured aliens.

I didn’t think googly eyes would work for the serene look of this card so I made my own using small black embellishments, a silver marker and glossy accents. I adhered the black embellishments in place and then made tiny silver dots on each eye to give the aliens some life. Finally, I covered each eye with glossy accents and let them dry. I finished each alien with a tiny red heart and adhered them to the background with foam tape.

The sentiment did not come out perfectly, but I think that it’s mostly due to the uneven texture of the watercolour paper. The first time I tried to stamp, it turned out even worse so I had to redo the background. This was my second attempt with the stamp I felt it was good enough. Stamping onto textured paper is something I will have to practice more for a better result.

Birthday Monsters for Danny

Birthday Cards, Cards

My heart was touched by an article I read online about a five year old boy, Danny, in Massachusetts who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Danny’s hometown community is rallying around him to bring him happiness from around the world on his upcoming 6th birthday by asking people to mail him birthday cards.

Of course, I had to send a card.

To be honest, I don’t have a lot of practice making cards for kids, especially for boys. All I knew is that I wanted to make something that might make Danny smile when he saw it.

Goofy monster birthday card

I cut out the monsters with my Silhouette and then adhered a variety of details to each one. What I think makes this card silly is all the googly eyes. The monsters are adhered to my card base with foam tape. I tied some bakers twine to the balloons (also cut with my Silhouette) and finished them off with Glossy Accents.

Bird House Birthday Card

Birthday Cards, Cards

I just finished a birdhouse shaped birthday card for my sister-in-law. I like shaped cards because of the “whimsy” the shape adds. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait machine, making shaped cards is easy, especially since there are a ton of free shapes and clip art available online.

Using my Silhouette machine, I cut the birdhouse shape with a free cut file from Birds Cards on 110 lb Neenah Solar White cardstock. I specifically used a heavy cardstock because I didn’t want the heavy front (birch, owl, and shingles) to make the card too flimsy.

For the background, I used a piece of birch that I found on a hike. It was easy to cut using my paper trimmer. I cut two of each of the layers of shingles and adhered them together for dimension. I finished the front by sponging the shingles with platinum Memento ink for texture.

I cut out the owl’s body from some teal patterned paper (from My Mind’s Eye) and used Glossy Accents on the beak and eyes. I adhered the wings and claws using foam tape.

The balloon was left over from another project. I used Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red ink and a sponge blending tool to colour it red.

I’m pleased with how the card turned out. The texture and dimension make the card special enough for a family birthday. To complete the card, I made a custom envelope using craft cardstock and lined it using the same teal patterned paper as the owl.