Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter and a Couple of Challenges

Happy Easter everyone!! I hope everyone has been enjoying their day.

I am just popping in to post two cards I created last night for some challenges. The first card I created I played around with some new stamps that I received this week.

I was inspired by three challenges for this card. The first being CAS(E) This Sketch #265. The other two challenges that I was inspired by for this card were two photo challenges. One was the Inspired By Challenge: Spring Sunshine and the other was an image from Time Out Challenges.


I used the sketch as a base for my card, the Inspired By photo for the background of my card and the Time Out photo as the color of my flowers.

I started off by stenciling the yellow onto a white background using the Echo Park "Diagonal Buffalo Plaid" Stencil. I layered this over a white card base and a piece of brown that I had embossed an diagonal line on.

I used Altenew's "Happy Bloom" set for my flowers. I colored them in by using Tombow markers as watercolors.

My second card was also inspired by a sketch and again I used Altenew's "Happy Bloom" set as my focal point.

I used the same watercolor technique with the Tombow markers to paint my flowers. I have to admit they came out a bit bright in this photo but they are more red in real life.

I used sketch #330 From the Freshly Made Sketches Blog as the inspiration for this card.

The "happy" die cut is from Sizzix. I used a sentiment from my very oldest PTI set for the stamped "birthday."

I embossed the kraft card stock on this card with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

Well that is all from me today. I had fun sitting down and playing-something I rarely do anymore. I colored a few things that I hope to make into cards if I get a minute this week.

Have a great night!!

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Card #1
Ink-*Ranger “Jet Black” Archival Ink, MFT “Daffodil,”
Stamps and Dies-*Altenew "Happy Bloom," WPlus9 "Basic Greetings," Paper Trey Ink "Stitched Circles: Holes Die"

Paper-*Neenah Solar White, *Strathmore Watercolor Pad, *Bazzill "Twig," Kraft Card stock
Ink-*Ranger “Jet Black” Archival Ink
Stamps and Dies-*Altenew "Happy Bloom, *Sizzix Thinlets "Sentiment Words, Thins," PaperTrey Ink
Other-*Tombow Markers "Primary," "Secondary," *Sizzix Big Shot Machine,


Laurel said...

Wonderful cards! I love the gingham background on the first one! Thank you for playing at Inspired By :)

Hannelie said...

Two beautiful cards! Love the fresh yellow one especially!
Stunning designs!

Leigh Penner said...

These are both so beautiful! Wonderful takes on the sketches!

Gerrina said...

What a great background that yellow plaid! And the black stripe is such a great way to ground it all! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

Happy Dance said...

Two sweet cards, Nora. That yellow buffalo plaid is great! Love the black strip on the left side too - it really highlights the plaid perfectly. The circle with those flowers is sweet, and is a wonderful focal point. I do like the FMS card, too. That's a great bloom, and the kraft panels beneath them spotlights that spray beautifully. Two great cards!! Have a great week. Bev

Jen Brum said...

Gorgeous card Nora! I love those flowers! Your colouring is amazing! So pretty! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Joyce said...

Both cards are simply stunning. I came over to take a look at your first card, which you posted at Time Out, and got a treat on the 2nd one. So bright, fresh and lovely. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

Stef Perry said...

Nora, both cards are so pretty! I love the vibrant colors you used and terrific card designs!

Lisa Elton said...

Great way to combine the challenges with your beautiful sunny yellow card! Love this so much Nora! Your second card is lovely too. I like the texture the embossed kraft panel brings!

Linda Callahan said...

Your cards are beautiful! Gorgeous flowers! Glad you joined us at FMS!

Patti said...

These are both so pretty! I especially love the yellow and black : ) this color combo is just ... happy!! don't you think : ) Your red flower is gorgeous! and you colored it beautifully! : )


Ivana Camdzic said...

Nora, I love both of these! They are so happy and colorful! The first card makes me think of a picnic in the countryside! So very sweet! I love how you used the Altenew stamps and your coloring! So beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful Easter :)

Inkyfingers said...

I loved seeing that stencil again Nora - it really is gorgeous and makes a lovely background for your pretty flowers. O love the neutral colours in the background of your second card - it really makes the flowers pop.
Carol x

donna mikasa said...

Both cards are so pretty, Nora! Looks like you are so ready for spring!

Anita in France said...

Your vibrant pink bloom against the texture-y kraft is so eye catching and gorgeous, Nora ... and what a delicious, sunny, happy plaid background for those sweet yellow blooms ... a fabulous card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Hugs, Anita :)

Monika Reeck said...

Lovee much your flower in yellow and that paper is ooh yummmyy
love it much sweety
and the sentiment smile is cute
the flower in pink and the Birthday in RED? perfecto
Love the arrangement you did