Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Christening card

Good afternoon all - today I'm sharing my great nephew's christening card. The church is from a stamp set by Joanna Sheen. These are beautiful stamps and really need very little done to them. In this case I stamped the church and the words with versafine vintage sepia ink then matted and layered the image onto pale yellow and gold mirri card with a small gold brad in each corner. I put this image to the left of an A5 card and used a flourish stamp and fine detail gold embossing powder to embellish. This card fits very well for the My Time To Craft challenge and Srummy Stash Cafe where babies seem to be the order of the day this week. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Monday, 28 April 2008

Cuttlebug Embossed Acetate Card

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for two challenges, TGIF who ask us to use acetate and Saturday's Workout who want us to use embossing. This card uses two types of embossing because the acetate was put through a cuttlebug folder and heat embossing was used on the card. I'll leave the description at that because I've gone into detail on my tutorial blog so you can check it out there if you want to. Thank you for your visit today.
Ann x

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Poor Tilda!

I still only have one Tilda stamp and it's becoming quite a challenge trying to find new ways of using it! I put my thinking cap on to enter the Tilda and Friends ATC challenge this week.......and gave poor Tilda measles!! I paper pieced her PJs and nightcap and used whispers stroke pens for her face, hand, hair, slippers and carpet. Two different HOTP papers provided the wallpaper and her bed which I just hand drew with a black pen. The thermometer was just hand drawn too. I had such fun making this and do hope you like it. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Saturday, 26 April 2008

50th Birthday Card

Hope you're all having a great weekend and better weather than us! I've had a lovely couple of days making a special card. My (younger!) brother is 50 in May and is a keen walker so I decided to use that as the theme for his birthday card. I created an open book template in the design master program for my craft robo and cut out two "pages" one slightly smaller than the other and have decorated both. The first picture you see is the finished assembled card and the second one is the bottom layer. I printed parts of maps off the internet for a couple of walks here in the english lake district that I've been forunate enough to call home for the last 52 years and is still my brother's favourite place to walk, for the bottom layer. One is a high walk and the other a lake side walk. For the top layer I created two oval "vignettes" using stampscape stamps and inktense pencils. I have loved doing this and am delighted with the results I can get with these stamps. Thank you for coming to look and I would appreciate your feedback - especially as I've never made this type of card before.
Ann x

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Rainbow monochrome green

Well I have to be honest - there are other things that I'm supposed to be doing this morning (like psyching myself up ready for my dental appointment this afternoon for starters!!) but as soon as I saw Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week, that was it - I knew immediately what I wanted to do so everything stopped till I did it! I love going onto the stampscapes galleries and there's so much I want to experiment with and this was a perfect opportunity. Cynthia wants us to choose one of the rainbow colours and create something with just shades of that one colour - the only other colour allowed is black for the stamping. I created this picture with five of the stamps and a little bit of masking. I stamped with black stazon onto semi glossy card then sponged over with 6 shades of whispers archival green inks. I haven't mounted it onto card yet to keep within the spirit of Cynthia's challenge because I want to put gold mirri between the picture and the green card I rested it on for the photo. I loved doing this and hope I get better at this technique with a bit more practise. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

A Card For Four Challenges

Hi everyone, with precious little time to craft just now, I'm trying to make it all count! With that in mind, I designed this card to meet four challenges. The sketch challenge on Papertake Weekly, the Tutti Fruitti on My Time to Craft, Polka Dots on Take Part Make Art and Go green for Created By Hand. I promise that it is greener in real life! The image of the grapes is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD set and the backing papers are a mixture of some from my stash of unknown origin and some from a papermania pad that I bought because it was a bargain then wished I hadn't because the colours are too muted for my usual taste and style of card making. I'm relying on you to let me know if I've made them work on this occasion! I could, of course have chosen matching backing papers from the CDs and very nearly did but decided that I had to try and use some of these papers to which I've added a little chalk ink and edged with a silver pentouch pen. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Me and my doll are hot and spicy!

Morning all - good to see you! This is my second Gothic Arches challenge and DCM have made it so easy for me! The background for this arch is made up of about 24 Twinkling H2O colours! I was transferring some of each of the colours I have to a watercolour palatte (don't ask!) and painted the excess colour onto my arch before washing the brush out each time. I started with the palest working to the darkest and this is what I was left with - of course, I won't be able to repeat it!! I put it to one side knowing I'd use it sometime and have done all of 2 weeks later! I've over stamped the background with some large flourishes and whispers eggplant dye ink, and the small stamps were stamped using a sakura gold metallic pen directly on the stamp. I thought I was going to struggle with me and my doll till I found this image on the Joanna Sheen Dancing with Shadows CD and the colour way was perfect for my background - I wonder what she's looking at? Of course with this colourway I just have to enter it in DCM's hot and spicy challenge too! Thank you for your visit today.

Ann x

Monday, 21 April 2008

Tilda Girly but Blue

Wow! Two posts in one day! This one is for the Tilda & Co Challenge which is Girly but blue. I enjoyed doing this one because it reminds me of my eldest daughter who loved blue from she could express an opinion and is very feminine! It's also suitable for Theme Thursday's Stipes Challenge. The Striped paper is K & Co and Tilda is sitting on a cuttlebug embossed frame. To prove that she's a girly girl, she has daimante on her hat and tiny flowers down the long narrow panel and was painted with lovely twinkling H2Os. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed your visit.
Ann x

Rainbow Lady's bead challenge

I hope you're all having a great Monday - I'm happy because I managed to get some crafting done, in fact.......come closer so that I can might even get another post later! This card is for Rainbow Lady's Challenge which this week is to use beads. It was a great one to set Cynthia because I have beads for man and beast but rarely use them. I decided to go for simple here so I have a white linen card base, a lovely green sparkle card and the topper is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD and is decoupaged to two layers although this doesn't show too well on the picture - apologies for which by the way, the battery on my camera is recharging so I had to use my mobile. The beads are threaded onto a piece of narrow white satin ribbon. Cynthia - I had to miss last week's challenge so I deliberately chose this picture for this week in homage to your fairy theme! Thank you for coming to look

Ann x

Friday, 18 April 2008

Kaleidoscope medallion

Hi everyone - this morning I want to share a card I'm entering for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge. The challenge is all that glitters. I created the medallion from a photo taken at sea world in Florida last year using kaleidoscope creator and it has been mounted onto glitter card and holographic silver card and just finished with a brad and a white organza bow. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Xtra special

Hello to you all - it's good to be back! I'm coming into a busy time so I'm just pleased to have found time to enter the Tanda Teaser challenge this week which is called 'xtra special' and is to be for a special person or occasion etc. This one is really very simple and I've gone for the special person. The stamps are See D's - the lady and Rubbadubbadoo - the sentiment. I've coloured the image with chalks and used chalks on the edges of the paper I stamped her on to. The other papers are from K & Co. Thank you for visiting today.
Ann x

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Black and White

This is another 'one I made earlier' that fits very well for this week's Arty Girlz Challenge, Black and White. I made it for a card swap that had the same theme. It's a black spring card and I used a white parchluscent paper which changes colour very slightly in different lights, that I put through the cuttlebug textile embossing folder on both the diamond and rectangular parts of the card. The stamped image is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Doiley - Happiness, oval stamp set. It was just stamped with versafine onyx black on white card and mounted onto black card. It was all finished with two cuttlebug corners, two self adhesive pearls, a bow and a tassel. Thank you for coming to take a peek.

Ann x

Things with wings

I do like to support as many challenges as possible because they give me so much inspiration so I've been having a look through my stock to see what I have that might fit the bill for some. I found this one that I'm entering for Cute Card Thursday's things with wings challenge because I think these two are as cute as they come. All the stamps are Crafty Secrets and thank you for visiting.

Ann x

Box challenge

Good morning all, I won't be able to post after today till wed/thurs of next week so this may well be my last post until then, I'll have to see how the day pans out. I wanted to share the box I made for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge using the wonderful tutorial. Once again - thank you for this, I can see me using it again and again. On this occasion, I've made a box to store my flowers in and have used some of them to decorate the outside. The rest is backing paper from dovecraft, ivory card edged with a gold pentouch pen then embossed with the cuttlebug divine swirls folder and a piece of ribbon that I've had so long that I know not from whence it came! I haven't decided yet whether to decorate it further - I have a fancy for a few dragonflies and/or butterflies - but I've run out of time for this week so will just have to cogitate on it for a few days! Thank you for coming to look today.

Ann x

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

By the sea

Today I'm entering my first Gothic Arches challenge. I've ummed and ahhed about doing one for a while but this weeks theme was one I couldn't resist! It's called By the sea and gave me the chance to use one of my favourite stamp sets - Joanna Sheen's On the Beach - which I jumped at. It's very simple - just stamped with stone grey stazon and watercoloured with twinkling H2Os although unfortunately the lovely shimmer doesn't show so well on the scan. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you like my first effort.
Thank you to Cynthia for pointing out that this also fits the criteria for another challenge - so I'm entering it into the Created Byhand Challenge this week too which is watercolour backgrounds. I'm not getting as much time as I would like for challenges at present so being able to 'double up' means I can still support as many as possible - thank you Cynthia.
Ann x

Monday, 7 April 2008

Flight of Fancy!

Yesterday I posted a reverse pyramage card and seem to have confused a few people regarding what I did - when I read it again myself, I can see why! I wasn't feeling at my best yesterday and it shows. I decided to make another and take some photos as I went along so that I could do a tutorial about it. I've started a new blog for posting these tutorials on so if you do want to know, you'll find the details for the blog in the side bar. I've done a frame card again - a square one this time and decided to knock one off my christmas list as well as enter the Cardvaarks flight of fancy challenge. The image is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD. I copied the image into publisher so that I could make it the size I wanted and also copied a piece of matching backing paper. This was so that I could print them off as one and all my images would be exactly the same. The stamps are See D's and I've just finished it with two holographic stars. Thank you for coming to look.

Ann x

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Inverse Pyramage

I was in a mood to play today and decided to try inverse pyramage - at least I hope I've chosen the right word here! I decided to make a card in the traditional pyramage way of using the same sized images to start with and cutting them down so that you get less of the image as opposed to keeping the image intact and making it increasingly smaller. I've done this before with medallion stamps but not with an image. I made a box frame card as per the tutorial from Papertake Weekly a couple of weeks ago and this frames the inverse pyramage really well. The image I chose is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD this has long been one of my favourite CD's so it's a complete mystery that I hadn't noticed this image before this weekend! It lends itself perfectly to add a caption to enter it for the Tanda Teaser challenge this week which is word play. I've backed the caption pieces onto the same card as the backing card for the inverse pyramage and finished the card with two cuttlebug corners. The added bonus is that by cutting the card with a craft knife, it all remains intact so all that's needed is a second base image and you have two cards for the price of one! I haven't got the second one made into a card yet but can show you the topper ready and waiting. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you like it.

Ann x

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Miniature art

Hello and I hope you're having a great saturday. I can't believe that I haven't been able to post since wednesday! I won't bore you with why, but I've had so many things to interfere with my crafting and blogging this week, that to get this card made and posted feels like a release. This one is for Rainbow Lady's challenge and it's a while since I used shrink plastic but I've enjoyed making this. I used two of my new stampscapes stamps to create this scene, stamping the main cove image with stone grey stazon and the clouds with prussian blue chalk ink. Then I added extra shades of blue with 3 different shades of dry chalks - just sweeping the colours in from the edges with a cotton wool ball. I'm thrilled with the clarity of the shrunk piece. (You can see it in more detail if you click on the picture.) I created the scalloped circles and easel in the design master software and cut them out using the craft robo. I feel like I'm getting to grips with the robo now and have designed a few things over the last couple of days which I'm delighted with because I don't have to worry about copyright! The sentiment is a rubbadubbadoo stamp and a cuttlebug panel and narrow white satin ribbon bow finish it off. Thank you for stretching me yet again Cynthia!

Ann x

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Perfect Timing

Morning all - it's a nice change for me to be posting in the morning, although I must confess to originally planning this one for yesterday but the day ran away from me! I've finally made a breakthrough with the craft robo and have created some scalloped templates so I am quite chuffed with myself for that - still a long way to go but at last I feel that I'm doing things by design rather than accident or by using a template created by someone else and because I was so pleased with myself I was determined to make use of one of them with my new purchase of two unmounted stampscape sets that arrived yesterday - I have long admired Cynthia's (Rainbow Lady) work with these and finally got around to getting some and I am dedicating this first piece to her for all the inspiration she has given me. You will find examples of her work in the archives on her blog. You might wonder what all this has to do with the title of today's post - well, having made the card I discovered that it fits in perfectly with the Papertake Weekly Challenge this week which is called 'Making Waves' and we are to use scallops or zig zags and also with the Wednesday Stamper challenge which is trees - perfect! I stamped the images in versafine onyx black and coloured the picture with Derwent inktense pencils. Thank you for coming to look and I hope you enjoy it.

Ann x