Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Transatlantic Flight?

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It's my brother-in-law's birthday in september and like many men he's not always easy to make cards for so I'm grateful once again to Cynthia for last thursday's challenge on Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog and the inspiration it gave me. I'm also grateful to Friday Sketchers for the sketch that helped to inspire the overall design. He and my sister are taking their 7 year old twins to Disney World in Florida for the first time next month so the mode of transport seemed appropriate although I dare say they're hoping for a slightly more modern plane for their flights! I normally have a good rummage among my scraps for sketch cards but this time, the two backing papers as well as the image have come from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CDs. (How on earth did I manage before I got this set??) I hope he likes it!

Monday, 25 August 2008

Exam Congratulations

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This card is for my nephew who has done really well in his GCSE's - his hard work has been rewarded with excellent grades and I'm very proud of him.
The decoupaged image is from Joanna Sheen's Egyptian Adventures CD. I decided to try something different and printed this one onto a linen card. It worked fine but I don't think I'll do it again because the type of card doesn't show up well enough to warrant using my precious linen card and also because I think I prefer the slight sheen I get with the satin photo paper I usually use. You don't find these things out unless you try though do you? I have cut the front of the card on the diagonal and used a backing paper from the same CD and edged with gold pentouch on the part that's left then mounted the topper and greeting onto gold mirror card. He's quite a sophisicated young man so I think he'll like it!
Ann x

Ooh-la-la Creations challenge

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This is my first entry for the Ooh-la-la Creations challenges. Although I've been checking them out for a few weeks, I just haven't had time to do anything about joining in. This week the theme is babies and christening cards are acceptable so I thought I'd share this one with you. I made it a little while ago as one to have ready 'just in case'. It hasn't gone anywhere yet so I thought I'd share it with you. It's a very simple card really - the base card is a beige fine corrugated from the papermill shop. The image of the church and christening day text are from a Joanna Sheen set. I've quite simply watercoloured the image then fixed it to gold mirri card with brads before attaching to the base card with 1mm foam tape, but in all honesty, this lovely image speaks for itself.
Ann x

Sunday, 24 August 2008

In My Garden

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Well, I didn't manage to get back to post this yesterday but at least I'm here today. I did this one for the August card swap on the Joanna Sheen forum. The brief was to use a picture of either your garden or pet although a former pet was allowed. I've actually used pics of our last garden because we haven't had chance to do much with this one yet and I wanted my partner to have a nice card! It hasn't been very easy to photograph unfortunately. I made a waterfall for the inside and used three pictures of the garden - the top one being the waterfeature designed and built by my husband and the fourth picture was of a sunrise taken from our then front door step. I made a backing paper in kaleidoscope creator from the picture of the water feature. The card itself is a gate fold that I designed in the design master software and cut out with the robo. What you can't see in the pictures is the embossing on the bottom parts of the front of the card to make it look like the wooden panels in a garden gate. After I had got it made, I discovered that it fits for both the Arty Girlz and Tanda Teaser challenges who ask for shapes on your card this week. I think the gates qualify as shapes, don't you? :)

Thank you for your visit today, hope to see you again soon
Ann x

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Unique Blog Layout and Header!

Well, today's offering is the blog itself! I was doing my usual blog hopping yesterday, when I came across a very pretty new layout on Chrissie's Place. I followed the link and about 5 hours later, I had tried all sorts of things and even made my own header! However, if you didn't visit yesterday, you won't have seen it because I noticed a tutorial for creating your own backgrounds so I went back for another look today. I haven't done it exactly how they said in the tut because I do have a digital scrapbooking programme so did it in that and created another header to go with it. I don't think it's too bad for a first attempt but when I have a bit more time to spare I think I might give it another go (this one took 4 hours) - hopefully I'll be a bit faster with the next one but it's very satisfying to know that I won't click on another one like it!
When I got started, I couldn't stop and now my Tutorial & Tips bog and the Simple Healing blog have had a facelift too!
Thanks for your visit today and I'm hoping to get back later with a card!
Ann x

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Artylicious Stampboard Competition

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Well this card must have had one of the longest gestation periods of any I've made! It's over a week since I started it but at last it's finished. The only reason it took so long is that I have been rather busy wearing my other hat these last few days but I finally got a few hours to finish it last night and Oh boy did I enjoy myself! I've only used stampboard once before and at the time I didn't know what I was using so in a way, this is the first time I've used it deliberately. It's for Glenda's Stampboard challenge/competition.

I created the backgrounds using twinkling H2Os and the waste water as described on my Tutorial and Tips blog. Then I stamped one of the flourishes stamps from the new Elusive Images filigree fantasy set with versamark ink and embossed with a detail gold sparkly embossing powder on both pieces. I punched a hole in my piece of stampboard using my cropodile and added colours using chalk inks and a stipple brush. Then I stamped the same stamp with versamark and embossed with the same EP. I used a craft knife to scratch some of the colour away in the flourishes to highlight them then added a piece of leather thong to create a necklace, adding a couple of small notches to the top of the base card to help it to sit better. The background card and paper has been layered onto gold mirri card and the only other embellishments are gold organza ribbon and a gold birthday greeting rub on. Thank you for coming to look
Ann x

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

There was an old cat that lived in a shoe....

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The subject of this week's MTTC is cats. I hope you don't mind a 'one I made earlier' for this one. I made it to send out with our new contact details inside when we moved house last september. I must confess that I did it all digitally because I couldn't get at my stash at the time. but the image and backing papers are from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CDs. I just love this image of the cats and it just seemed ideal for announcing a house move! I added the words using publisher. I created it by importing the backing paper and image into publisher and layering them up then added the words. I then saved the whole thing as a jpeg image and imported it into a digital scrapbooking program to add the frame and photo clips before printing it off and mounting it onto a white base card. I think it just shows the versatility of these CDs and that you can still create something outside of the norm even when all you can get at is some blank card, your computer and printer.
Ann x

Monday, 11 August 2008

Scrumdiddlyumptious!

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When I made my ideas book the other day, I was left with some pieces of paper from the pages that I had cut to size and it seemed a shame to throw them out. They were a perfect size for a handbag sized notebook so I thought that if I made a really nice one for my shopping lists I might actually remember to take them with me!! I'm sure that I'm not the only one who writes lists out only to leave them on the arm of the sofa or the corner of my desk - well hopefully, no more. The DCM challenge this week is about food and in particular summer food and what better theme for a notebook for shopping lists? I made the covers by covering card with backing paper from my artylicious filigree fusion CD. The pear stamp is rubbadubbadoo and the strawberry came with a recent Craft Stamper magazine, both were coloured using inktense pencils. The 'remember' stamp is from a See D's set and seemed rather appropriate! My trusty bind-it-all has bound it all together.
Thanks for popping by today.
Ann x


Sunday, 10 August 2008

Dots and Stripes

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Eeee but I've had such a job getting a photo of this card! Trying to get all the elements to show up wasn't easy but I finally managed it. It's for Rainbow Lady's Spots and Stripes challenge and I'm gaily trying to get a photo I'm happy with when I realised that I'd almost missed part of the challenge so I put it right and had to start again with the camera!! I'm not telling you which bit I nearly missed...but I will tell you what I've used. The stripey paper was free with a magazine, I've used a new stamp from the new artylicious filigree fusion themeplate, the circles are from a papermania papershapes set that I've had for ages and hardly ever used, the Gosh! Thanks! is another artylicious one and 'smile' is from a See D's set. Different sizes of gold mirri circles and a fabric flower with a liquid pearls centre add the finishing touches. Thanks for stretching me again Cynthia!
Ann x

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Recycled Challenge

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The challenge on the Joanna Sheen Forum this week is to make a card out of recycled materials. This morning was a stressful one and when we got back from town after sorting things out, I remembered Wendy's advice about this challenge being good for stress so I decided to act on it! The side panel is from the lid off a box of chocolates, the ribbon came off a gift, the gold mirror card was creased and abandoned in my offcuts box, the brads came off a card that didn't work, the acetate had been used for mixing paints on and the glitter is fixed on the acetate with..............windolene!!! Yes, you did read that right - I was using it the other day to obscure a couple of windows and noticed that you could get some rather nice effects depending on how you apply it (stippling works very well) although DH looked at me rather strangely when I mentioned it - can't think why, lol! Anyway, I remembered this when I sat down to do this card and couldn't resist giving it a go - incidentally, if you apply it using loo roll, it leaves little bits behind creating a rather interesting texture........:)
I've got no idea if this will have any staying power but it's been great therapy! I'm going to be cheeky here too and enter it for this week's Tanda Teaser's fine flourishes challenge - sorry Wendy but it is your fault that I made it in the first place!!
I think I'd better go and reassure DH - he's got the yellow pages open at P.....and he's not looking for plumbers or plasterers......
Ann x

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

A Prize Ginger Jar!

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Morning everyone - this morning I'm sharing a card with you that has been a great pleasure to make. You may remember that Anne celebrated her first blogoversary last month with a prize challenge that was judged by her Granddaughter. Well, I was thrilled when Caitlin chose my card - especially as I was up against some very stiff competition from Beryl! My prize was the Glitter Girls Eastern Promise embossing board which I didn't already have and was delighted with. This is the first card I've made using it so hope I've done it justice. I used a backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CDs on the main card and for the ginger jar and used up some scraps of gold mirri card to pick out some of it's features. I've put it onto some irridescent parchluscent paper that I put through the cuttlebug textile folder - and managed to match up the pattern which I wasn't sure I'd be able to with this design so I'm pleased with that! The irridescence on this particular piece of parchluscent paper has a slight greenish hue so works well with the backing paper (which is card really because I printed it onto satin photo paper). The frame was made using the GG framey board and a matt gold. The only other embellishment is a coin and tassel. Thank you for your visit today.
Ann x

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Swirls and Flourishes

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This was one of those projects that I changed my mind about half way through - it started out as a card, but as you know from earlier posts, like so many others I haven't got much crafting time just now. Of course, that's when my brain buzzes with ideas so out came my bind-it-all and I decided to make myself and nice book to jot them down in - hopefully it'll stop me going mad!! It's for Rainbow Lady's Challenge which this week is swirls and flourishes. My stamped flourish panel came about when I was playing about with the background for the previous card, seeing how well the technique works with matt card - the answer is it doesn't!! I didn't throw it out though, just because it wasn't right for the other project didn't mean it wouldn't be right for another - as proved to be the case here. I already had a fancy for adding swirls to it before Cynthia posted the challenge so I did as soon as I saw it. I've used two different cuttlebug folders, a Tilda image that was part of my gift from Cynthia a few weeks ago and some brads. The whole came together thanks to a sketch from Friday Sketchers.
I hope you like it and thank you for coming to look.
Ann x