Tuesday, 18 March 2014

ASM - Make Your Mark .....

.... Evening All!!!  You certainly enjoyed our Anything Goes challenge last week - so many gorgeous cards!  This week at Addicted to Stamps and More! we have our "Make Your Mark" challenge - this one always popular too!  You must use markers on your card.  Here's my take:

Hello - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Dare to be Artzy - Lift Your Spirits; Winnie & Walter - The Big, The Bold & The Happy
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Dare to be Artzy - Balloons
Accessories: White Lustre Card; DP - Let's Fly Away (FOC with Quick Cards Made Easy); Copics; Stampin' Up! Card - Pool Party

Many of you will be familiar with Anita from France (My Papercraft World).   Apparently Anita had her birthday on 18th Feburary, but kept the date quiet.  And, although it's a bit late, we are surprising her with a birthday blog hop today!  The idea for the Blog Party was from Bev (Happy Dance), and it's being hosted by the ever popular Darnell (djkardkreations). This is the card I made for Anita.

I'm taking the Online Card Class, Clean & Simple One Layer Cards.  I always make time to watch the videos and follow the instructions, but I don't always make a card.  On the first day Debby Hughes demonstrated a really fun technique "Faux Layered Die Cuts" and that's what I did with this card.


I stamped the balloons on to white card and coloured them with Copics using the inspiration photo from Inkspirational Challenge - INK#52; love the coloured sheep - check out my photo below.  The layout is based (loosely) on the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! - CTS#68.  I cut the balloons out with the matching dies.  I covered the front of the card with this perfect paper.  I worked out where to position the balloons and then cut the smaller balloon out and inlaid the coloured image.  Then I put on the die for the large balloon cut it out and then inlaid the coloured balloon.  To make sure the images stayed in place I taped over them on the back and then covered the lot with a piece of white card.  What's great is that this card is just one layer, no bumps to cause problems with the post, but it looks layered.  Love this technique.  I finished the front with this wonderful bold greeting.  On the inside I cut a mat layer in pale aqua and on the white layer I stamped a greeting, die cut the small balloon and inlaid the waste from the front!

Hello inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

For more inspiration with our Make Your Mark challenge, check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team.  This week our Guest Designer is Anni(Annikarten) a member of our Wall of Fame.  Anni's cards are always gorgeous - do check out her card for our challenge.  Our sponsor this week is STAMPlorations and the winner will receive a prize from them.

My card features stamps from two new companies that I've just found.  The sentiment is from Winnie& Walter's The Big, The Bold and The Happy, and I've seen this set on Anita's blog.  The balloons are from a company called Dare to be Artzy that I found at my local craft store - Stampeddler - a treasure trove of goodies.  Check them out!  Oh yes, those coloured sheep I mentioned, here's a photo of them from the Latitude Festival held in 2010.  Since moving to the States we've not been able to attend the festival - this year's Latitude looks fab!

Coloured Sheep Latitude - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for now.  See you soon.

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19 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

Great card Deborah and love your colourful balloons

Anne

Cornelia W said...

Great card- Anita will love it!
I was tickled by the fun inspiration picture from Inkspired - have to make a card for it, too....and you have your own picture of those sheep - where did you find those????? So cool!

Darnell J Knauss said...

What a fun post in celebration of Anita's birthday, Deborah!! I love the colored sheep - what?! You did a brilliant job on the class homework for Anita's card and FOR the new ATSM challenge with your brightly colored balloon OLC! You were an efficiency expert today!!

And, sigh, I'm so jealous that you have a local craft store full of goodies! Thanks for linking!! Hugs, Darnell

Pam Sparks said...

Hi Deborah! Adorable card! I've been using balloons the last week too! TFS!

Jackie said...

OMG, I have missed so many of your beautiful cards and I love those coloured sheep :o)
Jackie xx

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I'm loving those coloured sheep, Debohra!! And you have done great to colour your air balloons with the bright colours - so cheerful!! Lovely card!!

~Tammy~ said...

Love hot air balloons! A fantastic birthday card!

sandie said...

I love this card, the colouring is great and the die cut technique you rocked. My hubby has been to the Latitiude Festival and loved it. It sounds great. I would love to go. And thanks for joining us at Inkspirational x

Happy Dance said...

Two fun balloon cards! And oh my!, those sheep are just a hoot! So glad you were able to party along with us as we celebrate our birthday girl Anita. She's sure to love the birthday card, (and your colored one too!). Bev

Diane Jaquay said...

What a totally CLEVER take on the sketch!! Love it!

monikaskinner said...

Hi Deborah. Love the swirly hot air balloons! What a great idea for a birthday surprise. Have a fab day! Hugs Monika xxx

creatingwithpaper said...

This is such a cute card! I love the layered clouds and the bright colored hot air balloons are perfect for our challenge. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

Anita in France said...

Thank you so much, Deborah, what a simply wonderful card! Such a fantastic kaleidoscope of colours (based on those awesome sheep!) woven through the hot air balloons ... I love that you took the design to the inside! Thanks too for your sweet wishes and for joining to to make my belated birthday bash so special! Anita :)

Sue said...

Love those colourful pretty balloons, Deborah. x

Nikki Stalker said...

Lovely card. Great images. Thanks for playing along at Inkspirational.

Nikki

Leigh Penner said...

Lovely card! Great take on the sketch!

Brenda said...

Oh my what a pretty, pretty card! I love that cloud paper and I love, love those hot air balloons with the wonderful designs and colors on them. The inside of your card is just as pretty as the outside. I also love the picture of those colorful sheep! This festival looks like lots of fun! Hugs

Susanne Vargas said...

This is just such a cheerful card! Love all those colors!

Danielle Vincent said...

Such a terrific card Deborah and a neat technique. I so admire one layer cards but really have a hard time with making them. LOVE those balloons. It's on my bucket list to someday go to a balloon festival. Hugs D

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