Friday 21 June 2024

Music is the Word

 Good evening.
Just popping by to share a couple of cards I made for my daughter who wanted some music themed ones to give to her choir leaders when she leaves. It should be on a high as her last performance is at the Edinburgh Fringe in August! 
I had plenty of ideas and I thought plenty of time but as she is here tomorrow and the challenge at ATCAS is closing I thought I should better get a wriggle on!
A few years ago I got a sheet of stamps in a mag that were music themed so that was my first port of call and here are the cards.

I hope they fit the bill or I will be frantically make some more tomorrow!

Not sure about which colours to use so I went for a rainbow, I know that Nich loves a rainbow.
For the first card, I stamped the mic then heat embossed it. Then I cut a mask and placed it over it before stamping a circle of treble clefs and notes with DIs, first 1/3rd with Salty Ocean, then overlapping with Picked Raspberry and finally with Mustard Seed to create my rainbow. The sentiment is from the same set simply stamped in black, definitely a OLC!

The second card uses the same rainbow of colours but this time I used some STAMPlorations stash and Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron DIs as well. The keyboard was stamped on scrap and fussy cut, glued over the rainbow and a few extra notes and sentiment stamped in black.

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Sunday 16 June 2024

Color Hues #89

Good afternoon. My Granddaughter and Son have just gone home after a brief stay whilst mum was on a hen do, lovely to see them both. As usual we ended up playing 'Nanny hide', in other words come with me Nanny and wait in the walk in wardrobe upstairs for Gandad to find us! 

Anyway it's now time to share my inspiration for the new Color Hues challenge.

I've used the sketch over at The Flower Challenge, I do love a good sketch, amongst other challenges and these Altenew Rose Flurry die cuts fit the the bill. As usual, rather that struggle to find enough graduated coloured card, I die cut all my elements from white card and coloured with Copic Markers, RV10, 11, 13 and 14 for the pink blooms and G94 and 96 for the leaves. You may recognise the net die cut from my tennis girl card from a couple of months back but this time I just added it to a plain white A6 base card in it's entirety. I've finally succumbed and got a Glimmer machine, for Christmas from the OH, and this is one of the sentiments I got with at the same time, made using some gold foil. It's a bit tricky to photograph, hence it's laid down on the windowsill to prevent the sun from making the camera and me very unhappy!
So that's it from me but please check out the rest of the DT and our guest here and then join in, we always love to see how you use the colours.

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Tuesday 11 June 2024

You Are The Best

Good morning.
It's time for a brand new challenge at Cardz4Guyz and as it's almost Father's Day, how appropriate that the new theme is -


Here's my inspiration for you.

This is a CASE of a card I made a couple of years ago here, my youngest Grandson loved it so I made him another to give to his dad! I changed the sentiments around, used slightly different ones in the background as well as some different coloured card. 
Not all the sentiments are from masculine sets, I just picked an assortment that felt right. 

After choosing the sentiments, I stamped the base card using Memento Grey Flannel ink, making sure I covered the whole A6 panel, then rifled through my bits for some coloured card strips which I arranged into a rainbow. I then chose the most appropriate sentiment for each strip, some cut using dies, others just with the paper cutter. DAD was cut from black card using dies, as were the stars. My sentiment on the navy strip had to be heat embossed with white EP so that it showed up but all the others were stamped with black ink. All strips were glued flat onto the background.

So that's it from me, looking forward to your Father's Day cards in our gallery. For lots more inspiration check out the rest of the team here.

Saturday 1 June 2024

Color Hues #88

Good afternoon, a new month so a new colour combo from Color Hues.
When I first saw Karen's choice of colours I knew exactly where I was going! The new colours are the colours of a Rugby League team in the UK that my friend absolutely loves, Leeds Rhinos, so I made her this for her birthday back in March.

I bought the MFT stamp set, Birth-Yay, a few years ago and over the years I've made quite a few birthday cards for Jenny, I can't imagine making a card for her that isn't rhino based or blue and yellow at the least!
The sketch for this card is based on one from the MFT site but I changed up the colours from peach and aqua to the yellow and blue. All the different characters were coloured with Copics and then fussy cut out. The die cut circles were coloured with DI, Squeezed Lemonade and Blueprint Sketch and spritzed with a little water and then blotted to give a textured effect.
After adding the inked circles to my base card, I trimmed the over hanging bits off before stamping the sentiment and adding the characters on foam pads.

So where will this colour combo take you?
We'd love to see you in the gallery but if you need more inspiration the rest of the team and our GD have lots of ideas here.

Tuesday 28 May 2024

Favourite Sketch

Morning all.
Is it 2 weeks since I last posted for Cardz4Guyz? Well it must be as it's time for a brand new challenge. This time we would like your masculine cards on the theme of:-


Lots to go on with there, alcoholic and non! Here I've used another image from my stamped and not coloured box which fit the bill perfectly.

I kept the sentiment quite broad, Hobby Arts, so it could be used for a birthday, a retirement or good luck. The trio are from Fizzy Moon which I coloured with Copics using one of my favourite sketches as AYLI are using that as their theme and I might just get it over the line before the challenge closes. I do love a good sketch and this was originally from Sketch Saturday a few years ago. I find they are a great starting point, especially if my Mojo is missing.

As it was a masculine card I left off the ribbon detail and used the sentiment banner instead. I like to play with sketches and rather than layer up the central circle detail, I die cut an aperture and made a frame using two circle dies, placing it over the opening on the central white panel. The DP, NitWits, was attached to the base card and then a square of the same was cut and added at 90' to give some more interest. My beer swilling guys were glued to the bottom of the opening then the whole central panel was added using foam pads.
So that's all from me but where will the new theme take you?
The rest of the team have some fun ideas here, if you need some more inspiration.
Hope to see you in our gallery.

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Tuesday 21 May 2024

Happy 1st Birthday

 Afternoon folks.
Dropping in to share this card before the closing bell, where has the time gone?

Over at Time Out they are celebrating Magnetic Number day, who knew there was such a thing. I do know that I tried to get some for my Granddaughter's birthday and they were a little thin on the ground so I gave up on that angle! Anyway here is a cute birthday card for a little girl using LOTV's Bunny Alphabet, which I coloured with Copic markers and mounted on some bright stripey DP from the stash. My sentiment banner is a really old Uniko set now retired. A little bit of punched grass, also coloured with Copics completes.

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Thursday 16 May 2024

Color Hues #87

Afternoon folks.
Over halfway through May already, can you believe it? Anyway that means that it's time for a new colour combo from Color Hues
Here's my take on the new duo.

I knew I wanted to make another character based card so had a rifle through my stamped but not coloured box and found these two laughing ladies, no doubt stamped whilst at a friends. Another rifle, this time through my DP drawers led me to a 12 x 12 paper from Bo Bunny that's been there for donkey's and was the perfect colour, if I cut off the floral part! Looks a bit bluer in this pic than in real life.
So after colouring the ladies with Copics, I fussy cut them then added them to a white, scrap circle from the bits box on which I'd already stamped the sentiment, DoCrafts, it could even be the leftover from my tennis girl card! This was then added to my DP covered base card with foam pads.

So where will these new colours take you? As always the team and our GD have come up trumps with their inspiration for you here. Check them out and then why not join in?