Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Clean & Simple Characters - Clean & Simply Gorjuss...

Hello there!! :)

Well, I'm finally back after another unintended hiatus from blogging... have still been crafting though, so plenty to share with you!! :) Starting with the first post in my new little personal challenge series inspired by the lovely Jen :) I mentioned here that around the same time as Jen started her fab CAS Mondays with LOTV, I had also been having a craft-space sort out and realised anew just how many character stamps I had and how little use they were getting recently within my recent CAS stamps/inks/dies phase... and so, following Jen's lead, I decided I would set myself a little challenge too... and to keep me motivated, I thought I'd make it a series on my lil' blog...

... I am calling it Clean & Simple Characters and the idea is to still make CAS cards which are relatively quick and easy to put together but which also include all my lovely character images and give my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers a bit of use... until I started this they had barely been out of the box all year!! :S

I have been wanting to give sepia colouring with my PMs/FMs a go for a while since I saw my lovely friend, Elaine, making some fab cards this way and I decided to restrict myself to just the colours I have in my FlexMarkers to keep it all as simple as possible... I started with this lovely Gorjuss Girl stamp I got a little while ago, from the new DoCrafts GG range, and hadn't used yet (as the size of it threw me a tad to be honest- it's huge!!lol) and, until I had the CAS idea, I hadn't been able to work out what I could do with it...

... and I had so much fun that I went on, over the next few days, to colour my other three Gorjusses and a Simply Sassy in the same way, too, (along with a couple of flowers which I'll share soon but don't fit the series)!! :)

 This one was the first GG I got from Sugar Nellie years ago and is still my favourite... I just think she is so pretty with her little flowers :)

I embossed all the images with WOW! semi-dull powder before colouring and added a little Antique Linen Distress Stickles to them at the end :)

The frames on these two were leftovers/waste from some kraft squares I cut ages ago but saved as I thought they'd make great frames... nearly chucked them a few times as they were getting on my nerves on my desk but glad I didn't now!!lol

And for this last one, I pulled out a fab Simply Sassy stamp which I've had for ages and really love but, for some strange reason, hasn't been used that much... like the GGs, she was a dream to colour in this way and I had fun- and possibly got a tad carried away!!lol- playing with some teeny hearts and stars from CBS to make a bokeh-ish background for her :)

{ The List }

Cream card blanks (top- fold A6 and 5" Square) and more cream card from stamping on
Stamps - Simply Gorjuss - New Heights from Do Crafts
Gorjuss Girls - Poppy Fields, Little Goth Girl and Sitting from Sugar Nellie
Simply Sassy - Luv a Latte by Krista Smith from Sugar Nellie
VersaMagic Ink pad in Jumbo Java
Wow! Clear Matte Semi-dull embossing powder and heat tool
FlexMarkers - Rosewood, Auburn, Saddle Brown, Nutmeg, Cappuccino, Sandstone, Light Fawn, Champagne, Linen, Antique White, Sunkissed Pink
Button Twine and Seam Binding - Brown and Rose Petal from The Ribbon Girl
Clearly Besotted Many Thanks stamp set and VersaMagic inks in Wheat and Sahara Sand for hearts and stars background on Luv a Latte card
Sentiments - Poppy Fields card- Woodware Clear Magic Salutations
Sitting card- Papermania Honey and Hugs set
Little Goth Girl and Luv a Latte cards- LOTV Tags stamp sheets
Antique Linen Distress Stickles
Sakura Clear Stardust pen

I'd like to enter all but the first of these into the Sugar Bowl - Anything Goes challenge :) and the rest into: Passion for ProMarkers - Ribbon, Lace or Twine :) ; Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark :) ; Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes :)

Well, that's the first post- and the first *five* cards- in my little Clean and Simple Characters series... I love the sepia look and limiting my colour palette definitely helped the process go more quickly and feel much more relaxed... I have a lot more images I think would look great in sepia but I'd also like to try some other restricted palettes... and it was so much fun to play with my images and pens again!! :) Thank you again Jen for the inspiration!! :) My challenge is just for me- no linky or anything like Jen's) and it will be an 'as and when' kind of thing but I hope that it might be fun to read and maybe even inspire a few people to have a go and mix those character with CAS!! :)

Thanks for stopping by today and for reading this v long post (I was going to post all the cards seperately but it seemed daft to spend energy on several different posts when they'd all be so similar!!lol)... hope you enjoyed it anyway!! :) I'm not sure when I'll make it back but I hope it won't be too long :) Hope everyone's okay and had a lovely long weekend... I got to meet Jen who came to visit and we chatted like we'd known each other forever so I had a fab weekend- thanks hon!! :D :D


Sue said...

Wow, these are beautiful! Your colouring is stunning and the muted colour palette gives a lovely vintage feel to the contemporary images. Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

Sandra H said...

Oh my goodnes you have been busy they are totally stunning x

Sue - bearhouse said...

These are beautiful Rachel. I love the image and your colouring is fabulous. The CAS designs are wonderful
Thank you for taking part in the Passion for Promarkers Challenge this week
Sue xx

Lin said...

What a fun set of cards, Rachel; I enjoyed looking at them all! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week!

coops said...

wow these are fabulous Rachel.really gorgeous images and your cas desings are stunning ;D

xx coops xx

Danielle Vincent said...

Really love how you've showcased you characters in a clean and simple way. LOVE the sepia colors! Thanks for joining us this week at ATS&M.

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Breathtaking Rachel! Love the sepia tones on those wee GG's! I coloured the poppy girlie just recently, but may have to go back and try the sepia now! Really lovely cards, the CAS is fabulous with those stamps. Love them all. Hugs, Wends x

Petti said...

Love the colouring! So pretty!

Maroeska said...

These cards are great. Thanks for sharing!


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