Color Trio Challenge winners

Today’s the day I get to announce the

Thank you to everyone who participated; there was so much inspiration in the link up. The Foiled Fox and I are happy to announce

Please contact The Foiled Fox to receive your $45 gift card for use in the Foiled Fox online store and feel free to post the badge below on your blog.

 

Here are the winning three colour cards: a stenciled beauty and an eyecatching masked dandelion

       

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Feathers, CAS & calm

I finally got my act together enough to enter a challenge and not even in the last few minutes it was open! I just hosted a challenge with the Foiled Fox and we will be announcing winners in the next few days. I enjoyed visiting all the entries and was inspired by each card. Today’s card was inspired by the ‘Ombre’ challenge at CAS Mix Up and I will be entering it in the ‘Calm’ challenge at Casology as well.

Before I talk about this calm and clean and simple and ombre card I just want to thank those who joined the conversation on Monday about ‘bunchies’. I posted a photo on Monday of myself, aged 6, with my hair in ‘bunchies’ and asked what others called the two ponytail style. I was surprised to read they were known as ‘dog ears’ and ‘dust mops’ as well as the more common ‘pigtails’. One reader called them ‘bunches’ which is practically the same as me so I was not alone with that tag.

Back to the feather, I used the solid feather stamp from the C&9 Feathered set and Catherine Pooler inks to create the watercolour ombre look. The coverage and blending is just what I was after. Like some dye inks the colours continue to soak in and smooth out after stamping with the CP inks which is exactly what I needed for this look. I inked the whole stamp in ‘shea butter’ ink, stamped then inked two thirds in ‘bellini’ ink, spritzed and stamped, then finished by inking the tip in ‘rockin red’ ink, spritzed and stamped. The little spritz over the ink spread the ink on the stamp so there were no hard lines where one ink stopped or started.

I dry embossed the whole panel with the snowfall/speckles texture fade folder for a bit more visual interest and popped up the sentiment from the same stamp set. Did you know embossing folders are enjoying a rise in popularity these days? I don’t know if that is true or not, I just know they are around here! The CAS mix up challenge required ombre + stamping + my choice (embossing),  so all boxes checked! There are a few metallic ombre looks featured on the challenge blog; I’ve never thought of metallic ombre but it is pretty fancy so I might have to give it a try.

My second card is not entering any challenges; it was made because I love pairing sectioned stamps with sprinkled brusho. I embossed the sectioned feather from the same C&9 set in gold three times on hot pressed watercolour paper, sprinkled sandstone and terracotta brusho powder over the top then spritzed water gently to activate the brusho. I added more brusho and spritzing several times and then moved some paint around with a paintbrush, not much just a few places so there would be a few more solid sections. I die cut the feathers then popped them up on a different dry embossed background, ‘weathered’ by Taylored Expressions. The sentiment is from the Altenew set, ‘leaf canopy’.

Click on the badges below to see what’s happening in the challenges I’m entering.

Supplies


Sparkle With Us challenge winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent ‘Sparkle With Us’ challenge. I enjoyed seeing a bunch of new ways to add sparkle to my cards. The cards and techniques were wonderful. The Foiled Fox and I are thrilled to announce the winners of our recent challenge. The entries were all so inspiring and sparkly; it was a hard task to narrow it down to three winners.  In no particular order here are the stunning cards that totally nailed the challenge each in it’s own sparkly way:

Aileen’s sparkly die cut was the perfect supporting element to the flowers in their starring role.

Jessica kept her sparkle contained in five simple letters but wow, they packed a punch!

Joanna’s card was mostly white space which just made her gold leaf and iridescent flakes all the more eye catching.

Congratulations winners, the wonderful crew at The Foiled Fox will be in contact with you to make sure you get your $40 prize coupon to the Foiled Fox online store. Please feel free to attach the winner’s badge below to your blog.

 

 


Foiled hexagons

Let’s do a little more sparkling! I am sharing this card on The Foiled Fox blog today for the ‘Sparkle With Us’ challenge we are hosting. We would love you to join in.

This card looks a little different from my usual. My inspiration came from one of my talented crafty friends, both the technique and the style. She was inspired by one of my online crafty friends. Inspiration abounds and sometimes foiled hexagons are the result.

In real life the sparkle and pink ink look lovely together; I had to take two photos so you could see all the sparkle but neither photo does the foil the justice it deserves. To see how I ended up with the gold highlights on my alcohol ink panel click over to The Foiled Fox blog.

To see some sparkly inspiration or add your own click the link below

Supplies

Stamps: happy snippets

Die: tagged (PB) or star cover plate (Neat & Tangled)

Alcohol Inks:  currant & flamingo

Also: minc, gold foil


Sparkle With Us challenge

It’s time to put on your sparkly shoes, my friends, or at least your sparkly embellishments! I have teamed up with The Foiled Fox for a sparkly challenge that starts now.

I might have got a little bit carried away in choosing sparkly elements for my card. There is not much that doesn’t sparkle on this one. You can follow my lead and pull out all the sparkle or you can choose to feature just a little sparkle. Either approach will qualify you to enter the ‘Sparkle With Us’ challenge.

I used some lovely shimmer cardstock from The Foiled Fox and a whole bunch of gilding flakes. I know they can end up all over the place but I love the textured look of gilding flakes. Because there is some creasing and overlapping there is a lot of variation in the gold of the flakes. I also used gold embossing powder for my gold on gold on gold sparkly card. There are some step by step photos on the Foiled Fox blog so make sure you click on over.

I am excited to share some more sparkly inspiration over the next few weeks and hope to see your creations in the challenge gallery: you can get there by clicking the frog below.

Sparkly Supplies

Stamps: Penny Black banner sentiments set

Dies: swirling wings, triple banner die set

Cardstock: shimmer antique gold, neenah natural white,

Also: stick it adhesive, gold gilding flakes, gold embossing powder


Simply Irresistible Winners

 

The Simply Irresistible Challenge I co-hosted with The Foiled Fox wrapped up on Friday but then Canada Day and Independence Day happened so today is the day to announce some winners. I have featured our three winners below but make sure you check out the announcement on The Foiled Fox blog for more details.

Thank you to everyone who participated. The best part of any challenge, I think, is the inspiration that comes from all the entries. There were cards with embossing covering just about the whole layout and others where embossing added a subtle and effective background or highlight. There was silver, gold, black, white and clear embossing and a range of mediums applied to ‘resist’ it.  I know it is a common thing to combine challenges and many of our participants did; that just makes you extra clever in my opinion.

It was a difficult task to choose three winners but we narrowed it down by looking for original ideas, technical skills and eye catching details. In no particular order the winners of $50 gift certificates from The Foiled Fox are:

Rosali, whose geometric quilt style card was the perfect choice for the emboss resist technique. I love the way the colour is trapped in sections and draws the eye toward the sentiment.

Congratulations, Bonnie, your card is so beautifully balanced and coordinated, with a small perfectly placed embossed panel to frame your white flower.

Pam, your bold black, white and green colour scheme caught my eye immediately and your smooth blended background is a gorgeous example of the emboss resist technique.

Below is a winner’s badge to display on your blog.

 

Even though we hadn’t planned it, we really wanted to highlight one more card, so please check out Hilary’s lovely emboss resist creations here. Both The Foiled Fox and I felt they were worthy of an honorable mention.

Thank you again for participating, we had fun and might just do this again one day!