Over on A Passion for Papertrey, they have a challenge this week called Whatever the Weather. I love their blog and try to join their challenges when I can. They all have great style and I really enjoy their mad card skills! Plus, I was inspired by the gorgeous weather today - really glorious sunshine. After going for a walk with a friend along the seawall, I grabbed some of my supplies and got started. I put on a movie I had recorded in the background (Jennifer Lopez's Back up Plan) and happily stamped away.
Here's my first one, which was actually the last card I made. Not much stamping at all but the colours are sunny!
the talented Aga in a prize pack she sent me a while back.
It's Cosmo Cricket's DeLovely and all the patterns and colours are bright, and well ... lovely! Thanks, Aga, as it has inspired me to make some more bright and fun cards. :)
So here it is, card number two:
Obviously my masking (and sponging) skills need some work but it is a bit more blended in person ... really! :) Don't believe me, huh? Well, I decided that even though it's no masterpiece I would post it. Even if it's shameful ... <----- insert embarrassed emoticon here ...
Distress Ink Marmalade.
Malted Milk ink peeking through a bit but it just wasn't enough. I used the Sunshine impression plate inked up for a letterpress technique with the DI's Marmalade as well.
This one is a more literal scene of sun and clouds.
Studio Calico grid pattern background stamp was stamped on the card front and just peeks through from behind.
Okay, last one based on this challenge:
Jenni Bowlin Chicken Feed and the hello in Distress InkMarmalade and you will notice that there is basically no difference. I thought it might be a nice subtle ombre sort of gradation but nope! :)
My last one is not for the challenge but had my yellow ink out and thought I would get a start on my graduation cards. I have eleven advisees graduating this year and always make personalized cards for my students for holidays, end of year and graduation. This year since they are graduating and (most) have been my advisees for five years, it is extra special. Our school colours are yellow, grey and blue so I went with yellow and blue for my colour scheme.
I bought a little mini graduation set called Hats Off from Ditto at Michael's for a couple of dollars. So the hats are from this set and I simply repeated the pattern.
Like a Rainbow
Paper: Staples 110lb white, Cosmo Cricket DeLovely
Stamps: PTI Beautiful Butterflies (sentiment)
Ink: Fresh navy
Misc: PTI Limitless Layers circles, foam dots
The World is Brighter
Paper: Gina K pure luxury sweet mango, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: Market Street honeycomb background, Modern Wood Mats (sentiment)
Ink: Jenni Bowlin weather vane (sentiment), lemon drop; Distress Ink marmalade
Misc: foam dots
PTI Sunshine impression plate, Eclipse masking paper, Ranger foam blending tools
Ink: Jenni Bowlin chicken feed,Distress Ink marmalade
Misc: PTI Sunshine impression plate
Paper: Staples 110lb white, PTI Enchanted Evening
Stamps: PTI Text Style, Modern Wood Mats (circle), Faux Ribbon (rays), Studio Calico grid pattern background stamp (background of card base)
Ink: Jenni Bowlin lemon drop, chicken feed, malted milk; PTI Vintage Cream
Misc: foam dots, PTI Mehndi Medallion impression plate
Paper: PTI Enchanted Evening, Staples 110lb white
Stamps: Ditto Hats Off, PTI Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Jenni Bowlin lemon drop, PTI Vintage Cream
Misc: 1 3/4" punch, foam dots, PTI Text Style impression plate