Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Fabric and children

This is the other card I've been working on these last few days. It's for two challenges again. The second challenge on the Joanna Sheen forum is to use fabric - something I very rarely do so I had to put my thinking cap on for this! In the end I decided to use one of the stamps from one of my favourite sets from Joanna Sheen, the 'on the beach' set. The little girl has been stamped on to canvas effect card, which I also used for the base card, and watercoloured. The fabric part is the towel which was pinched from a towel my DH uses for drying his tools off :)) Again it hasn't been too easy to photograph because of the corrugated card causing shadows. I also made this one for the Lots to do Challenge which this week is 'Children'. Thanks for your visit today.
Ann x

A Dotty and Sketched Tilda

I'm chasing my tail again and have been working in bits and drabs on two cards since monday but finally got them done! This first one is for two challenges, Tilda & Co who have gone dotty this week and Friday Sketchers. The backing papers are from a Dovecraft set and the Tilda image was part of my crafty gift from a certain yorkshire/bermudian/kiwi/scottish friend - so don't go getting all excited thinking I've been adding to my collection :) I coloured Tilda using twinkling H2Os and Sakura pens. It was quite difficult to photograph because of the mirri card but I more or less managed in the end.
Thanks for visiting.
Ann x

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Birthday Dogs

For someone who loves to take part in challenges, it can be quite a challenge in itself when a lack of time means a lack of opportunity to make cards for them so I love how this one's worked out! DCM's challenge this week is called 'Just a quick one' and shouldn't take more than about 30 mins from start to finish. This one took about 15 mins max. I cut a DL blank from cream card for my base and the gold glittery card was put through the cuttlebug. The pictures are from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD set and have simply been mounted onto gold mirri then the card with foam pads. The little strip of backing paper is a matching piece for the pictures from the same CD and has been edged with gold mirri peel offs. The final touch was the Happy birthday greeting which was put onto some of the off cut cream card and mounted onto mirri before being attached to card on foam pads. It also fits with the Arty Girlz 'Hint of Pink' challenge and Cute Card Thursday's Birthday card challenge this week so I'm a happy bunny today! Thanks for stopping by.
Ann x

Saturday, 21 June 2008

A Star is Born

Rainbow Lady's challenge has another guest designer this week and Dawn has chosen 'A star is born' as the theme. This one really got my brain working! I'm not really into making cards with images of famous people on them so had to think of something else. Then I remembered this - I'm not sure if it strictly fits Dawn's criteria but it does feature the "star" in my life and does mention the year of his birth!! I made this squash book using photos taken on our first holiday together about 3 years ago and had started with the background card so made the photos sepia in tone. The card is double sided matt photo card and I used twinkling H2Os to create the background - because the card has a coating the effect is quite interesting and I didn't know what to expect but liked what I got. I did some stamping directly onto the prepared card and some onto vellum. The stamps were all from rubbadubbadoo. I used gold mirri card for the covers and mounted a stamped image of a champagne bottle onto the front one and used gold organza ribbon to keep it closed. Thanks Dawn - you taxed the grey cells with this one and thank you for popping by today and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Scenic Plaque

Morning all - I had hoped to post this yesterday but internet problems interfered. Rainbow Lady's current challenge is to use board - now it just so happens that I recently recieved a gift of crafting goodies from this lovely lady that included some board shapes. I'm afraid that's all I know about them so I decided to experiment - I stamped a scene with one of my stampscape stamps using stone grey stazon although the colour came out with a very slight mossy green hue which works really well - serendipitous methinks! Adding the colour was a bit easier than I thought it might be too - I used inktense pencils which become permanent when water is added and that proved to be the case on this surface too. The brown background is just my desk but it does seem to show it off rather well! All in all it was very simple to create and I'm very pleased with it. I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet other than to say I won't be parting with it!!
Thanks for your visit today
Ann x

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Sunshine and Flowers

Monday saw the launch of a new weekly challenge on the Joanna Sheen Forum and this week's subject is "sunshine and flowers". Inspiration for this one came to me as I was stripping paint off the stairs (as it does!!) and for some reason I thought of the land of the rising sun. This card is quite a departure for me because I have worked directly onto the base card and I'm not sure if I've ever done that before! Perhaps I should confess at this point, dear reader, that this has as much to do with cowardice as the fact that I like the effect of matting on a card!! I made a circular stencil and sponged all three colours of the brilliance aurora inkpad through it then added a little of the darkest of the three colours to create a slight 'aura' effect after I removed the stencil. The stamps for the lantern and blossom are from one of Joanna Sheen's oriental stamp sets and I painted them with ink from the same inkpad along with the greens from the brilliance peacock inkpad. I have decoupaged the blossoms and added a coin to embellish. The 'with love and best wishes' stamp is from a rubbadubbadoo set and just seemed to fit this design perfectly. Thank you for coming to look today
Ann x

Cute Card Thursday - embellishments

Morning all - I am sooo missing being able to blog regularly and taking part in more challenges but it'll be worth it when the house is finished and we can enjoy it - in the meantime I'm just grateful to do what I can when I can! I made this card for my niece's 21st birthday and I'm entering it into this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge which is to make a card using 3 different types of embellishments. This one uses tags, ribbon and peel offs (hope all these count). The papers I used to cover the card were free with a magazine and are probably the nicest papers I've had like this - I just wish I could buy some more! The rubber stamp for the topper is from a See Ds set. Thank you for your visit today
Ann x

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Swirly Tilda

Poor Tilda must be wondering what else I can find for her to sit on - I just hope this swirl isn't too uncomfortable for her! This card is for two challenges - Tilda & Co challenge blog where the theme is "swirls" and PTW which is a sketch by Katharina this week. The papers are from the papermill shop and K & Co. Of course I couldn't resist using my favourite cuttlebug folder for this one and the scalloped mat was cut out using the robo. I'm quite proud of the swirl she's sitting on because I hand drew it then scanned it in to the design master program and created a template so I can cut it out as often as I want - something else learned! The only other embellishment is a small padded holographic butterfly I got from Joanna Sheen. I haven't put a greeting on it yet because I haven't decided what I'll use it for. Thank you for coming to look.
Ann x

Sunday, 8 June 2008

"Life's most beautiful things.....

...are not seen with the eyes but felt with the heart" That is what the script at the bottom of this arch card says and it's oh so true! The challenge over on Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog this week is "monochrome rainbow" again for us to choose our second colour. I've chosen yellow this time and I seem to have come over all philosophical! (Big word for a sunday afternoon!) I cut out the card blank, smaller arch and scalloped mat for the smaller arch using the craft robo. Then I used a variety of shades of yellow in different types of inks (brilliance, stazon & chalk) and three shades of twinkling H2Os to create the backgrounds using sponging and stippling. Then I used the chalk ink to stamp the flourishes and the stazon to stamp the script. The winged heart was embossed with sprinkle and sparkle embossing powder and the flower started out white but I changed the colour with twinkling H2Os. I used a quickie glue pen to put a very fine line of mustard glitter around the edge of the two inked/painted arches - which took a little patience thanks to the lovely shimmery background I managed to create! Since I finished it, I've discovered that it's also suitable for four other challenges: Arty Girlz - paint, Created Byhand - wings, DCM - Quoted by and Scrummy Stash Cafe - layer it. Handy really since I'm not getting as much time as I'd like for challenges just now! Thanks for dropping by today
Ann x

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Grandsons Birthday Card

It's one of our Grandsons' 16th birthday later this month so yesterday I decided that it was time to start thinking about his card. I always find teenage boys' cards the hardest to make so decided to give myself plenty of time but as it happens, this one just fell into place - thanks believe it or not to the Papertake Weekly Challenge which this week is called "to die for"! (Bet it wouldn't have done if I'd left it to the last minute!!) He's a bass player and has been provisionally accepted into music college in september and has ambitions to become a session/backing musician - hence the theme of his card. It's a large card, 8" x 81/4" and I used the project by the very talented Sheila Weaver in the current Joanna Sheen newsletter (and also on the website) to create the card blank. The music backing paper used on both the inside and outside of the card is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD3, the Happy Birthday words are rub ons, performance is a See Ds stamp, and the central part of the card is a free CD backed with handmade paper feathered at the edges. The guitar player and name were cut out using the robo. The "Dare to Follow Your Dreams" stamp on the vellum insert is from an oriental set I got from Joanna Sheen. Unfortunately you can see the supposedly "invisible" vellum adhesive but I can't come up with anything (suitable for a 16 year old male) to cover it with so if you have any suggestions please don't be shy! Thanks for taking to time to look.
Ann x

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Tilda and the british summer!

Today you're finding me with my tongue very firmly stuck in my cheek! I checked out the Tilda and Friends ATC Challenge which this week is called Beside the Sea. My Tilda collection remains at one stamp and she is most definitely not dressed for the seaside - so I put my thinking cap on and decided that if I was going to enter this one, humour would have to be the order of the day. I created a quick sun, sky, sea and sand background using twinkling H2Os and got the waves for the sea and spades and little piles of sand using parts of stamps from the Joanna Sheen On the Beach stamp set painting them directly with twinkling H2Os. I stamped Tilda onto shrink plastic with stone grey stazon and coloured her with chalks and a sakura clear stardust pen. I drew beads of perspiration on by hand and added a dash of the sakura pen to make them 'gleam' - if you click on the picture to make it bigger you should just about be able to see them. Then I used my ATC to make a picture postcard. I stamped around the edge of the postcard with stamps from the See D's beach morsels set and brilliance pearlescent sky blue ink. I think this also fits in with the "summer" challenge over on Funky Faries Challenge blog and because I've never shrunk Tilda before or used her as part of a beach scene, I think I'll be cheeky and enter her in my own challenge over on Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog this week! Thank you for stopping by, but if you'll just excuse me I think I'll see if I can find a good surgeon for removal of tongue from cheek.............
Ann x