Saturday, 28 February 2015

Graphic Card for a Challenge



When I saw this week's CAS(e) this Sketch challenge, I just knew it had to be a Graphic interpretation...


I went straight to my favourite default colour scheme - black, white & red. I'll never tire of this combo. I veer off and play with different colours, shades, tints and eventually, I always come back.

Ans as you can see,  I've added a new header to this blog. It hopefully reflects my love of the graphic aesthetic and clean design. Spring is nearly here so it's nice to refresh and update and that includes my blog.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Bit More Stamping Than Usual

Hello Dear Reader

It's challenge time again on Case This Sketch. Without it, I'm not sure I'd be posting anything on here.  I am busy designing away on my computer all day and when evening comes around, I just want to veg out. My eyes feel heavy and gritty and my brain feels too tired to be creative. Which means I've not been pulling out my stash.

But it's the weekend and it's a perfect time to grab my stamps and papers and catch up with the ever increasing list of podcasts which iTunes downloads, to put on in the background.

So I took this sketch



Flipped it around and made this...


And because I've been using my dies a lot recently, whilst my stamps have remained un-inked, I decided to correct the imbalance. The background, figures, heart, speech balloon and sentiment are all stamped. The label & centre strip are all that is cut out this time.

I admit I found it a challenge to keep the design clean and graphic whilst using so many different stamps though. However, I'm happy with the result


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Well, Blow Me - I'm a CAS(E) Winner

Hello Dear Reader

I'm all smiles today. Okay, I tend to be upbeat most of the time but I have a good reason at the moment.

Remember this card from my last post?



Well, blow me down, if it didn't just go and become chosen as the winner. Which means I've earned myself this little badge of honour...


And yes, you're darn right I'm blowing my own trumpet. Loud and hard. It doesn't happen often. So I might as well toot for all it's worth.

Okay, I'm calm again now. There is of course this week's challenge...


Which I used to inspire this...


I know. It doesn't scream WINNER at you this time. It politely coughs and murmurs, nice try.

It does have a lovely pop of colour though.


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Hipster CAS(e) ing

Hello There Dear Reader

I have another clean and graphic card to share, inspired by the latest challenge for CAS(E) this Sketch.

The sketch looks like this...


Which lead me to create this...


I used the stamp set, Incognito by Paper Smooches, straight onto the card with Archival inks. I then decorated the left hand side with strips of washi tape.

Less, my friend, is definitely more here


Sunday, 1 February 2015

A Rainbow of Powder

Hello Dear Reader

Can you believe it? Three days in a trot I've posted. Yes, I have another card to share.

A while ago, I picked up some bright embossing powders by Stampendous. They've been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to make something with them. So that's just what I did...


I stamped up with a repeat border stamp and Versamark ink pad (which I discovered was not as inked up as it once was and when I grabbed my re-inker, discovered that it too had but a dribble within. Thankfully, those few droplets were enough. After making this, I headed to a nearby shop and bought a fresh one to prevent further panic!)

I carried on inking up, stamping and adding powder then heat until I had placed a rainbow of colour onto the black card. I stamped on the sentiment and white embossed that too.

The black background shows the colours up really well. Reminiscent of neon chalks on a blackboard.


Saturday, 31 January 2015

Getting Graphic

Hello Sweet Reader

So soon after my last post, I have another card to share. It's one of those ideas that came to me as I was taking my daily stroll down by the river. Thankfully, it stayed with me until I returned home and in my craft room.

I'd been thinking about whether to make another rainbow card from using a set of stacked circular dies. Then I started to think, what if I turned it around and had a monochrome rainbow? Well, that's an idea I can still do one day. But my thoughts then went on. So I like a monochrome rainbow but what if I cut it in half and mix the pieces up and put back into a circle?

And that's what I did...


And I know there's no sentiment on it. Who says you always need one? And if they do? I say stuff 'em and break the rules. I don't want to add anything to detract from the impact of the graphic style. It has plenty of shelf appeal just as it is.


Friday, 30 January 2015

Inspired by A Guilty Pleasure

Hello Sweet Reader

Today I have a card to share which isn't for a challenge. I know! Shock!

It's actually inspired by the front cover of the latest issue of Elle Decoration.


I decided a while ago, to cut down on the magazine subscriptions I had (especially when the trend was for them to go bump and take your money with them). Elle Decoration is one I still held onto. I am not an interior designer nor do I have a designer home. But I still love this magazine. It is my guilty pleasure. It always triggers off ideas and musings. And, well, some days, all I want is to just look at pretty photos.

Like the cover. So I made a card which was inspired by it's complementary bold colours, visual texture and graphic layout.


The heart was added as an afterthought. I would have like the striped square all by itself but it jarred. It really did seem to cry out to have a little something extra put there.

Now I'm going to grab a cup of hot chocolate, flake out on the sofa and scour the pages for more inspiration.