Sunday, 18 March 2018

Hexagonal Windows


You may have seen from some of my previous cards that I love using the apertures on my stencils as 'windows' for creating scenes/patterns into.  I have 2 examples to share today.

First up is a one layer card made with my new hexagon stencil.  I selectively inked in to some of the hexagons in greens and browns before stamping some beautiful mini wildlife images from Clarity in to the apertures:

The sentiment is also from Clarity.  I really like how this turned was really simple to do too :)  I shall link this card up for a second time at Less is More where the challenge is to use stencils on a one layer card.

On this card I used a fab set of mark making stamps from Neat and Tangled inside my owl in flight stencil.  A bit of gentle inking around the edge gives the shape definition.  I added some pink splatter stamps from WPlus9 and a sentiment from Prima.  This is a bit more of an artsy design but I think it has lots of visual impact.   I shall link up at Addicted to CAS where the code word is Birds.

I hope you like today's nature inspired makes!  

Remember that you can buy my stencils in my Folksy shop :)

Sarah x

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Drama and Ombre


Are you having a good weekend?  It is horribly cold with snow showers here so I am taking that as a sign that I should stay warm inside :)  Of course, that means I have been playing with stencils!

First up is a one layer card that I have made for the new challenge at Less is More:

I masked a panel on the black card base and dabbed through my triangle grid stencil with gilding glue and then rubbed gilding flakes over the top.  The sentiment is embossed in silver.  I was inspired by this fabulous card by Sharon in creating my design.

On this card I have inked through my Forest Foliage stencil in shades of green to create an ombre effect.  I added one of the beautiful butterflies from Stamplorations to the design along with one of their sentiments.  

I shall link this card up at AAA cards where the challenge is to feature ombre and at Simon's Wednesday spring themed challenge.  

I hope you like these two designs and the stencils that I used to create them which you can find in my Folksy store.

See you again soon!

Sarah x

Friday, 16 March 2018

Sunshine and Flowers


It still feels quite wintry here but I see that lots of challenges are celebrating spring and easter so I am happy to play along in the hope that it won't be long until I see sunshine again :)

First up is a card that I have made for Time Out who are celebrating their 4th birthday!  Congrats to Sandie and the DT for keeping us all inspired.  I decided to focus on the sunshine part of the inspiration quote.....

I inked through my geometric circle stencil and die cut a circle in the centre to create an aperture.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Here is the quote that inspired my design:


I have also been playing with my alcohol inks recently but don't always know what to do with the results.  On my next card I used one of the alcohol ink backgrounds to paper piece this pretty die from Memory Box.

I love the vibrancy of the petals against all of the white space!  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I shall link up at The Flower Challenge where Anything Goes and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge as the colours work really well with the spring moodboard.

I hope you are looking forward to a crafty weekend!  See you again soon,

Sarah x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Magical Unicorn


Unicorns have been popular for some time and so I decided to make a stencil that I could use to create some magically inspired cards:

I masked a circle for the moon and then inked through the stencil in Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans distress oxides.  I also masked off the horn so that I could emboss that in silver.  I added a stream of stars from Uniko's Reach for the Stars stamp set and embossed them in silver too.  The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.  I shall link up this card at Just Us Girls where the theme is Mythical or Magical.

Here I inked through the stencil using Uniko's star stencil in pastel colours.  Gently inking round the outline gives the shape definition.  I embossed the horn in gold on this card.  The sentiment is actually from a Penny Black christmas set but I thought it fitted well with the image!

I hope you like my makes with this new stencil which is available to buy in my Folksy store :)

Thanks as always for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday, 12 March 2018

More Graphic Designs


A quick post today to share a few cards with a new stencil design which features geometric crosses and squares.  

I masked a circle and inked through the stencil in shades of blue, adding a touch of blue around the circle to give it definition.  I added some other circular elements including the game controller and sentiment from Papertrey.  As this card is all in shades of blue, I shall link up for a second time at Less is More's current monochrome challenge.

As I had enjoyed inking the circle on the first card, I created a second design featuring masked circles in different sizes.  The sentiment is from Altenew.  I shall link up at the last minute to Seize the Birthday's current Anything Goes challenge.

I think that both of these cards work well for male birthdays!

This is the stencil that I was working with which you can find for sale in my Folksy store.

Thank you for stopping by :)

Sarah x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Getting to the Point!


I have been busy making and playing with more stencils this weekend and today I wanted to share a few cards that I have made with a stencil which features a random triangle design.  I have noticed that triangles are getting a lot of love in blogland at the moment so I wanted to create a stencil that would be versatile and fun to use.  The triangles on this stencil are rotated in different directions but also far enough apart that you can move it around to get the triangles where you want them or ink the whole stencil to create a background pattern.

Let me show you what I mean:

On this card I inked through the stencil with a range of distress oxides and then moved it a few times to add additional triangles to the background.  I stamped over the top with the fab graphic thanks sentiment from Uniko.  I shall link this card up for a 3rd (and last time, I promise!) at Time Out where the inspiration word is Bold.  

To create a more CAS design, I inked through the stencil on a strip of card and kept moving it until I had the mix of colours and level of overlap that I wanted.  I die cut a large sentiment from the panel and stacked it up in contrasting coloured card.  I will link this card up at CASology where the cue card is abstract.  Hopefully the random triangles are abstract enough!

I am looking forward to trying this stencil out with texture pastes, paints and embossed on to different colour card.  It is a design that works for male and female cards too which is always a bonus :)

I shall be back soon with some more stencil designs.....I hope you like them!  In the meantime, you can find the triangle background in my Folksy store.

See you again soon!

Sarah x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Black, White and Bold


I wanted to share a few cards that I have made for current challenges that I always like to take part in.  First up is a simple black and white card for Less is More where we are being asked to create monochromatic designs.  I have very simply stamped a lovely detailed floral design from Indigoblu as the focal point on the card:

I think that the black and white looks nice and elegant!  I shall also link up at the Flower Challenge where Anything Goes.

Here I have made a second card for Time Out where the inspiration word is bold.  I used one of my stencil designs in black and yellow to create a background for the vibrant birds die from Stamplorations.  I have coloured the card with sparkle pens before die cutting and also layered them on top of a black layer to give them a bit more definition.  The fab sentiment is from Visible Image.  I was inspired by these vibrant birds from the super creative Maria Fischer :)

I will also link this card up at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge and at Stamplorations March Challenge where the theme is Spring and Faith.

I hope you like these 2 cards.

Thank you for stopping by,

Sarah x