Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Purple Christmas

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This card has been a nightmare to photograph! It's partly the reflective aspect of some of the paper and card used and partly the poor light due to the weather here today so I've put two up to give you a fighting chance!
It's been a real struggle to get this made, we've been having a very difficult time just recently which isn't over yet and it has robbed me of both time and energy. What that last sentence is leading up to, is that I've done it for two challenges - but both are for Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog! I really wanted to do the sketch that Beryl created for challenge number 31 but just couldn't fit it in - so I've used it for the design for this week's monochrome challenge which is for a christmas card. Now this really was a challenge - especially as I've already used blue and the idea is to use a different colour of the rainbow each time Cynthia sets one of these challenges. In the end I decided to go with purple (just in case you didn't guess!!) and I have managed to stick to the monochrome feel for everything except the ribbon and bow. The sentiment and snowman were stamped using versafine imperial purple onto a piece of linen card that I had painted with purple twinkling H2O. The sentiment panel has been put through the cuttlebug snowflakes folder and the snowman has been coloured with sakura clear and purple stardust pens and the snowflake peel offs were coloured with a purple permanent marker then most of the colour wiped back off before it dried. It feels like this card's been a long time coming but it's finally here and I hope you like it.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Granddaughter's Birthday - Part 2

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Well, this has been a week and a half! I fully expected to be posting this the day after I posted the card but you know what they say about the best laid plans..............still, at least it's here at last! This is a gift voucher/money wallet and because we don't live near to the grandchilren we usually give them cash - so I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for this. Last week's Saturday's Workout challenge was folding and Sandy made one of these as her sample and very kndly gave the link to the project. I'm too late to be able to enter it into the challenge, but it makes a great gift wallet that can be used afterwards too. I've made labels that I've stamped words onto that either describe Sophie, say what she means to us, what we wish for her or any combination of all three! The middle picture shows one of the labels tucked behind her name to show that there is a pocket there but I'll be making a couple of ATCs for the front and back pockets. With the front and back pockets, the two side ones (where you can see the bulk of the labels tucked into) and two on the inside, this could be used to store 6 ATCs or photos etc. Click here for the instructions for the wallet. The labels have ribbon attached so I'm adding this as a second entry into this week's Joanna Sheen Forum Challenge too. Thanks for visiting and I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Granddaughter's Birthday Card

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Morning everyone - I'm having another 'one of those weeks' I'm afraid so not getting done what I'd hoped but this one is important because it's for our granddaughter who will be 11 soon - and she's becoming quite the young lady so it couldn't be too childish! At the same time though, I needed to find the balance because she is still a child after all even if she would be insulted to hear me say so. Joanna Sheen came to the rescue once again for almost everything. I decided to make an overcoat card which is an excellent design for a special card. You can get the instructions for how to make it here if you want to have a go yourselves. I've used ivory stardream card that I got from Joanna for the two main base pieces and a piece of 12 x 12 scrapbooking card from my stash for the outermost wrap. The image and bluebell backing paper came from Joanna's Dancing with Shadows CD, and the other backing paper from Fashion Boutique - this paper was also used for the name (repeated right round the wrap) and the happy birthday all of which were cut out on the robo. The main image has the bluebells and cherub decoupaged. The gold silk mirri card (also from Joanna) has been cuttlebugged and the overcoat is held closed by a narrow satin ribbon. This is also my entry this week for the challenge on the Joanna Sheen Forum. Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, 19 September 2008

Time To Give Peace A Chance

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Well, this is my first post to my blog from my newly updated computer! It's sooo much faster it's untrue - I'm so lucky that my DH does them for us. I still need to re-install things like the printer and my craft robo but I decided to take time out to post this arch. It covers two challenges, Gothic Arches - Time and Wednesday Stamper with their subject being the topic of Peace. It's the International Day of Peace this Sunday, 21st september so this was obviously the ideal time to have this challenge.
I'll also take the opportunity to tell you of something that my DH and I do each sunday evening. If you have read the side bar you will know that we are registered healers. You may also be aware of something called the 'healing minute' where healers the world over meditate at the same time for one minute to ask for healing for all those who need it.
There is also a "minute for peace" and this happens at 8pm on a sunday. You don't need to be a healer to do this, or even to meditate regularly. All you need to do is find somewhere to sit quietly and simply ask in your mind that all those in positions of power be helped to find peaceful solutions to the issues that are causing conflict. There's a full explanation of this here if you would like to know more.
Now to the arch - I created the background with espresso and raisin alcohol inks on a copper silk finish card. Then I stamped the small fob watch in versafine vintage sepia having forgotten what card I was using - so I rescued it with clear EP! As it turned out, I prefer the effect anyway, so this was definitely a happy accident. The large fob watch was stamped onto a spare piece of the main card using versamark and embossed with gold detail EP. The main image is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD and felt perfect for this subject - after all, it is the future of our children that's at stake.
I hope you like it and thank you if you have stayed the course and read the post right to the end!

Monday, 15 September 2008

Autumn Leaves....

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Good morning all - my posts and blog visits may be a bit sparodic for a day or two so please bear with me - it's all in a good cause though, because my DH is upgrading my computer for me so it should eventually make things easier for me. I say eventually because it will also have vista so I'll have to get various drivers and such like. I believe it's called progress......... :)
Anyway, to today's post... this is my entry for Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week which is called Autumn leaves and not for the first time, Cynthia has kick started me with her challenge because Falling Leaves is also the subject of an ATC swap I enjoy taking part in but have struggled to do them for the last few months - not so this month though so I hope it's eventual recipient will like it.
It's also by way of a tribute to the late and very great Nat King Cole - while I was having a think about how I was going to approach this one, the song was going round in my head and became my starting point. The text is computer generated and printed onto a piece of linen card. The background for the ATC was created with alcohol inks and the leaf stamp was part of a scrapbooking kit I got. I've just stamped onto a gold pearlescent paper and a dark red textured paper. They were a bit of a fiddle to cut out but thanks to finding decoupage snips via Joanna Sheen, much easier than they would have otherwise been! Having made it, I've since realised that it also fits the Papertake Weekly Challenge that I've just and so made this week.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope I'll see you soon :o))

Thursday, 11 September 2008

An Impressionable Pansy?

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The little extra mid-week dare on DCM is called "Did we make an impression?" and the challenge is to use dry embossing in whatever form. Well, those of you who have visited before will know that I need no excuse to get my cuttlebug folders out! One of the things I love about them is the way they change certain card and that's what's happened here. The backing card is a purple holographic that I put through the swiss dots folder and added a piece of knotted ribbon to. Of course the nature of this type of card makes it very difficult to photograph! The stamps used came with my Graphicus Guild membership pack and were stamped with onyx black versafine and the pansy coloured using inketense pencils. the only other additions were the brads. The quality of these stamps is excellent and if you enlarge the picture you will see that the pansy image was stamped onto a linen card and has come up perfectly. A very simple card but I hope you like it and thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

May Life.....

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I'm jumping in at the last minute with Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week which is to use playing cards. I scanned the 4 aces from a pack I bought in spain celebrating 4 of spain's best known artists - and I've just spotted a mistake with one of them - how annoying! It is also my entry for this week's Gothic Arches challenge which is pretty in pink. I created the background using raisin alcohol ink (my first foray into alcohol inks) and then over stamped with a stamp from the Elusive images filigree fushion set. The text is computer generated. I've thoroughly enjoyed making this - it's a while since I've managed to fit a gothic arch challenge in and I usually keep them for myself so I'm a happy bunny! Thank you for visiting today.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Far from the Madding Crowd

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The challenge on the Joanna Sheen Forum this week is "Books - choose a book title and make a card that describes it."
The book I've chosen is "Far From The Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy. This is my first try at an A4 card and came about because I was experimenting with my stampscapes and the picture just seemed to grow till in the end I had to decide whether I was going to frame it or put it on a card - which meant an A4. In the end I decided on a card because I don't think it's good enough to frame. I created the background using the Background technique with versamark and inks then created the scene with various stampscapes stamps and masking. I then added a little more colour with home made sponge daubers to add extra tones to the sky, some brown for the chapel, tree trunks and path and some pinks and lilacs on the fells, then sponged some black around the edges. The black embellishment, I created in the design master software for the craft robo from a piece of clip art. I cut it out of black card then triple embossed it with clear EP which has given it a lovely shiny black metallic look. All I've done to finish it off is mat and layer and add some gems to the corners and the embellishment. Thank you for visiting and if you leave a comment, thank you for that too - I greatly appreciate each one.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Happy Birthday!

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This is my first entry for TGIF in ages! This week we're asked for a birthday card and I've made this one with no-one specific in mind but to have in my stash. The picture was created using several stampscapes stamps and coloured with watercolours. The scalloped mat was cut out using the robo and a marble backing paper from Joanna Sheen's Dancing with Shadows CD. The silver strip was put through the cuttlebug and the square backing paper is from my stash. Thank you for your visit today.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

A Cutie For Three Challenges

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I'm grabbing a minute to post this because it probably won't happen today if I don't do it now! This is another card from Joanna Sheen's Angels and Fairies CD. There are some fabulous images on this CD and I just wish I'd got it a year ago when it first caught my eye. The cherub and middle and lower butterflies have been decoupaged and layered onto a piece of pink mirri card. The backing paper is once again from Joanna's Fashion Boutique CD and I've stamped flourishes along each long side using versafine vintage sepia. The 'words of wisdom' are a rubbadubbadoo stamp and say "Life's most beautiful things are not seen with the eyes but felt with the heart" - although I'm pretty sure you'll be able to read them if you enlarge the image. The stamping was done on white card and then sponged at the edges with the same ink and some pink brilliance added to the centre. I've made this for three challenges:
Ooh-la-la Creations - words of wisdom
Created Byhand - pink and brown
Cute Card Thursday - pretty in pink.
Hope you like it and thanks for dropping by today

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Diamond Shaped Pyramage and Reverse Pyramage

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These are my first cards from Joanna Sheen's Angel and Fairies CD and certainly won't be my last! I decided to do a pyramage and reverse pyramage with a difference and use a diamond shape. I've added this variation to the workshop I did for the original one on my Tutorial & Tips blog if you want to check out how I did it.
The pyramage card also uses a backing paper that matches the image, a piece of backing paper from Joanna's Fashion Boutique CD1, a scalloped gold mirri mat, a piece of gold ribbon and a cuttlebug die cut.
The reverse pyramage is set in a frame card (which you will find a link to a tutorial for in the reverse pyramage tutorial). I created the frame using a stamp from the Elusive Images Filigree Fusion stamp sheet and Sprinkle and Sparkle gold detail embossing powder. Perhaps you can give me your opinion here - I love the frame created with this stamp, but is it too much for this image?

Monday, 1 September 2008

Door Hangers

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Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week has been set by a Guest Designer, the lovely and very talented Chrissie. All we have been asked to do is create a door hanger and Chrissie has even included a template if you need one.
Well Chrissie, thank you for this because you gave me an extra challenge while I created a template for the craft robo so I can cut as many as I want!
I've made two because they are for my twin nephew and niece who have been visiting today. They're very simple really, the backing card has been printed from a recent acquisition from Joanna Sheen, her Fashion Boutique CDs. It really does look like denim which went down very well with two 7 year olds! The rest has been put together with peel offs, mulberry papers and photos of the twins. They were thrilled with them and we've had a super crafting time - they've gone home with notebooks, ATCs, pictures and a door hanger each that they are going to decorate at home because we ran out of time.
Thank you for popping by today