Thursday, 30 October 2008

Cuttlebug Challenge #5

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This card is for the Cuttlebug Challenge #5 which is to create a project with embossing on a metallic finish. I did this card to a sketch of my own design and put a silver foil card through the script folder. This was a piece of the foiled card I bought a while ago but couldn't fit to my style of card making till I put it through cuttlebug folders - check out this tip for more info. The stampscape scene has been created using 4 of the stamps then coloured very simply and quickly just using chalks. This method appeals to my DH who loves the soft effect. Hope you like it too.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Stampscapes stair fold card

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This card came about because of two things:
1. I saw this style of card on Wendy's blog and wanted to try it out, and
2. I've been wanting to colour a stampscapes scene with just twinkling H2Os ever since I first got my stamps.
Well I finally got around to it. The only reason I haven't done it before is because I wasn't confident of the result to begin with but there comes a point when you have to bite the bullet and just go for it - so I did! Unfortunately, getting a photo that does it justice is a different matter and I've lost count of how many I've taken before I decided that this was as good as it was likely to get. I'm disappointed that I haven't been able to show you the lovely shimmer that works especially well with the water (although it shows a bit better if you click on it to enlarge the pic). I've simply edged the main image with a black inkpad and matted it onto silver holographic card. On the two front steps I've used some of the card I created using black glossy card, opalite inks and the Background technique with versamark and inks. The smallest step uses a piece of the clear embossed and the second step a piece of the non embossed. Both have been put through the cuttlebug divine swirls folder. I haven't added a greeting yet because I haven't decided what I'll use it for.
I've been happy to discover that it fits with three challenges this week too:
ABC Challenge - nature
Lots to Do - nature
Wednesday Stamper - open theme using at least one rubber stamp, this one uses 5 so that's ok!
I'm struggling with pain at the moment so can only do things for very short amounts of time but do like to support challenges when I can. Thanks for dropping by today.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Two Way Open Card Magic

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I have thoroughly enjoyed making this card. Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week is magic and mystery and once again Cynthia got my creative juices flowing. I saw a tutorial for a two way open card on Splitcoast Stampers and wanted to give it a go. It's really easy to do but I changed the sizings to suit myself and to give me a finished 6" square card. The single piece base is a blue foil card and my two opening pieces are a white glistening card - very similar to the stardream that Joanna Sheen stocks. Sorry I can't be more specific but I bought it ages ago and couldn't bring myself to use it but now that I know I can replace it with stardream, I can!! The front piece of the side opening part of the card has been cut in half on the diagonal and the remaining piece put through the divine swirls cuttlebug folder and parts of the swirls highlighted with glitter in the manner of the bandana technique. This lovely glitter fits in with the Joanna Sheen Forum Challenge this week. The tent opening part of the card has been sponged using a blue metallic sakura pen that I 'scribbled' onto an acrylic block and then picked up with a barely damp sponge. I'm very pleased with the effect which can be changed depending on how damp the sponge is and I'll be using this technique again - especially as I had no idea if it would work but the pen was the colour I wanted! I've coloured the fabric flower using the same method. The main image is a stunning one from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Angel and Fairies CD and I've decoupaged the lily at the top of the picture. The self adhesive pearls at the top left and bottom right beside the main image are also from Joanna Sheen. I love making something different and think this one fits that bill! Hope you like it and thank you for visiting today.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Gold bandana

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It seems like ages since my last post! I seem to be struggling to get back into gear after our few days away so it's a relief to be posting again.
Today's offering is an ATC for Saturday's Workout Challenge. It's been difficult to get a photo to try and reflect the true colours for this with the poor weather and artificial lighting. After a few attempts it's fairly close but the true colouring is more of a sage green than this shows. I created two background pieces using a linen effect card base and pesto alcohol ink. On one of the base pieces I stamped the paisley background stamp from the Elusive images Filligree Fushion set using olive chalk ink then created the bandana effect using a sakura gold pen. The bandana effect is traditionally created by stamping with black and doodling with a white gel pen, but I fancied trying something different. On the second piece of AI background card I stamped one of the flourish stamps from the same stamp set with versamark ink and embossed with sparkle and sprinkle halo gold embossing powder before cutting it out and mounting onto the base card with 3D foam. 4 green brads finish it. I hope you like this different take on bandana and thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Joanna Sheen CD to win!

Yes, you did read that right! Suzanne is celebrating 50,000 hits on her blog with a prize of a Joanna Sheen CD - follow this link to pop over to her blog to find out how you can win it.
Congratulations Suzanne!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

A Kaleidoscopic Christmas

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Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week is to use ribbons on your creation somewhere. Provided I start them early enough, I find making christmas cards rather soothing so I try to spread them out. I've made similar ones to this one before but have done another one because I like the effect. I've used Kaleidoscope Creator for the main topper making the image progressively smaller so that I could do a pyramage effect with it. I've added touches of crystal glitter to the edges of each layer and a piece of gold peel off waste to the very centre of the top layer. I've made this one flat backed for a card, but by making another one and putting them together back to back it would make a very effective hanging decoration too. My favourite christmas stamp provides the sentiment - as it so often does! I hope you like it and thank you for your visit today.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Lady Reading

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Rainbow Lady's Challenge
this week is own choice so I thought I'd share this one with you.
This is one of the wonderful images from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD set. There is a series of images on CD1 that feel very serene to me - perhaps where I'd like to be if it was possible to leave real life behind for a little while sometimes. They also lend themselves beautifully to traditional decoupage. I've chosen an ivory card stock for the base card and one of the extra backing papers from the same CD set for the central strip. The picture is so beautiful and the decoupage works so well that I decided to keep everything else to a minimum - so the only other things used are gold mirri card, gold organza ribbon and peel offs. Thank you for dropping by today.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Criss Cross Wallet Tutorial

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I recently made one of these wallets to use as a money wallet for our Granddaughter's birthday. The original was made from a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and I decided to see if I could do it using two sheets of A4. I managed and have put a tutorial with loads of photos on my Tutorial and Tips blog. Just click on the link to take you straight to it. Have fun!

Monday, 6 October 2008

Bandana Technique Challenge

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Both the ATC and Gothic Arch are for Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week. Cynthia has a guest designer setting the challenge again this week, Christine from Belgium and she chose the bandana technique. This is something I've had on my list to try for a while and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it - which is why I'm showing you two things for this challenge. Both backgrounds have been created using just one shade of alcohol ink and then overstamping but instead of stamping the main images in black, I've done them using versafine imperial purple. My white gel pen hasn't been used in a while and decided to sulk about it, so I've used a white sakura souffle pen for creating the bandana effect. All the stamps used are from the elusive images filigree fusion set. If you would like to learn more about the bandana technique, Cynthia has some useful links on the blog.
Thank you Cynthia and Christine for another great challenge and thank you for stopping by today.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

What a load of scallops!

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This is a card I made because I wanted to play around with my stampscapes stamps and but works very well for DCM's challenge this week which is to use scallops. It's A4 folded to A5 then folded to a Z fold. I used the glitter girls' framey board to emboss the lines that I then followed with very narrow silver peeloffs. The oval scalloped mat is also glitter girls. The main image was created using 5 of the stampscape stamps and some masking then coloured using inktense pencils. The only other embellishments are a couple of fabric flowers and some yellow pearl 3D paint.
Thank you for your visit today.
Ann x