Saturday, 28 February 2009

An Uplifted Cat!

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This adorable little fella came my way as part of a stamped image swap - isn't he just lovely? I don't tend to do 'cute' very often so am glad of the opportunity to get a bit of practice in. The image is from Penny Black and I've coloured it using inktense pencils and although there is a perfectly good bow as part of the stamp, I couldn't help but think that this organza ribbon went rather well with the colours I used. The backing papers are from HOTP and were edged using silver pentouch. The greeting is a See Ds stamp and was stamped with versafine imperial purple. Two self adhesive pearls finish it off. I'm entering this one in the MTTC challenge which is a sketch by Becky this week, Charisma Cardz, challenge #8, Animals and Cute Card Thursday, Animal Magic.
Hope you like my foray into cute and thank you for your visit today.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Beautiful Ophelia

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I actually made this card on monday evening but haven't had chance to post it until now. I've wanted this stamp for quite a while now and finally got it about a month ago and decided that it was time to use it. I've made this for the Saturday Challenge which is a sketch this week - one that I felt leant itself ideally to this stamp because it isn't overly fussy. The backing paper is from HOTP and Ophelia has been stamped using Brilliance pearlescent ivy. The dark green scalloped mat was cut out using the robo and the corner embellishments are a cuttlebug die that I've added a self adhesive pearl to.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Exciting Times!

My lovely husband bought me the domain name craftyann.com as a surprise at christmas and today my new website has gone live! All the tutorials are on there and there is a gallery that contains cards you may have seen on here - so if you take a look and see a card you would like more info about, it would be worth your while to check out my archives on here for the details.
Of course there will be additions as time goes on, but for now I'm just thrilled to have it up and running!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

......and the living is easy......

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One challenge I do my best to enter each week is Rainbow Lady's challenge. Cynthia is a lovely lady and has become a much valued friend who has been a constant source of support and inspiration since we 'met' on Joanna Sheen's forum. In fact without her, this blog may not even exist!
This week's challenge has been set by the lovely Linnie one of our friends on the Creating Rainbows forum and she has asked us to "create a scene and give it a title". Linnie has generously donated a prize for this week's challenge so if you would like to win one of the Helping Hands new "Scenes to decorate" CDs, you know what to do!
I created this scene using 6 of the stampscape stamps along with one from rubbadubbadoo. I decided to aim for a sepia style picture because the children stamp seems ideally suited to it. It's actually harder to achieve the balance of colours than I expected and I used 4 different tones of brown in the end - walnut stain, tea dye and old paper distress inks and memento desert sand.
The picture is 15cm square and will become a card but I'm not ready to reveal the card yet so I'm just showing you the picture for now!

Friday, 20 February 2009

Functional and Beautiful?

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I've made this box for me - it's lovely to make something with yourself in mind sometimes. I'm a partially reformed hoarder and am trying to live by the maxim that something should be functional, beautiful or both to merit house room - I hope with this one I've achieved both! I am a member of a stamped image swap and also have a fair few images ready for use from when I did the rubber stamping tutorial for adding colour and need somewhere to keep them.
I created the background card using alcohol inks and then overstamping. Then I created a tag to put on top. The flowers are from the elusive images floral fantasy themeplate and layered up, The small tag was topped off with a shrink plasic bow coloured with sakura clear stardust pen. The corner scroll stamp is from umount and clear embossed.


This box has been inspired by my lovely and hugely talented friend Frankie who creates the most fabulous mixed media collage pieces - I don't kid myself that I come anywhere close yet, but I throughly enjoyed myself playing with this one. I made the tag from another piece of the alcohol ink background card and used silver, gold and clear embossing powders to 4 layers before stamping into it with an elusive images stamp. I did this one the old fashioned way with a heat gun but I would have got a much better result if I'd used my melt pot. This close up just about shows it though.


I just had to try to show you this bit because it took me by surprise. I'm still fairly new to alcohol inks and am still playing and learning. After the card I had created was dry i decided to overstamp using colorbox wisteria fluid chalk ink - some I embossed while it was still wet and some I allowed to dry naturally. The parts that dried naturally changed and I got this white outline which actually looks pretty good so I don't know whether the chalk ink reacted with the alcohol inks or the blending solution I used - which was waterless gel hand cleanser of the type used in hospitals. Which ever it was, it gives me another effect!! lol!
I'm happy to say that my box also fits the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today and sticking with the post this long!

Thursday, 19 February 2009

All you need is love

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Today I'm sharing a couple of ATCs that I've made for a swap. The theme is 'all you need is love' to be interpreted any way we choose - the only criteria being to use red and gold. I've created the backgrounds with alcohol inks and overstamped with a stamp from elusive images using versamark ink and gold detail ep. Each of the ATCs have 2 shrink plastic hearts with gold embossing powder. The other hearts are dome stickers. I'm entering these ATCs into the Wednesday Stamper challenge which this week is 'shiny'.
Thanks for popping by today.

Monday, 16 February 2009

P-P-P-P-Pansies!

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This offering is for Rainbow Lady's Challenge which is "Fans" and we can either make a fan shaped card or use one or more fans on our creation. This has given me the opportunity to use a rubber stamp that I don't use nearly often enough. It's by Rubber Stampede and it was among my very early purchases. It is stunning stamped onto vellum but on this occasion, I've stamped onto pearlised paper. I stamped the image 5 times with versamark and embossed with black fine detail ep then coloured them with twinkling H2Os. The fan blades are held together with a turquoise brad. The backing papers were created using alcohol inks - onto the same pearlised paper for the blues and glossy card for the yellow and gold. The only other embellishments are the self adhesive pearls and the Happy Birthday peel off. Thanks for a great challenge again Cynthia!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Alcoholic Pear?

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Today's post is my entry for Sketch and Stash Challenge #3. This challenge is always a two parter - the sketch and using either new stash or something you haven't used for ages. I'm using up some bits that I had left from yesterday's card and an image I had ready that I did when I was doing the tutorial for adding colour to stamped images. The alcohol ink background paper happens to be a perfect colour for the pear which is from rubbadubbadoo. The new stash is the flowers from the Elusive images Floral Fantasy themeplate and is the next size up from those I used on yesterday's card. The gold mirri and textured card stocks were bits that were left over from previous projects. The pear was coloured using pastel pencils which were blended using baby oil.
Hope you like my card made from leftovers and thank you for your visit today.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Celebrate With Eight!

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As the saying goes, "the best laid plans of mice and men........"! This certainly sums up today for me........my mojo went walkabout this morning and I had such a job to find it..........you can be sure that when I did I brought it home and gave it a good talking to for worrying me like that!! The card I came up with bears no resemblence whatsoever to what I had in mind when I started but I will say that I am thrilled with the result. The starting point is the sketch from this week's Friday Sketchers and from the base layer up we have:
  • Gold mirri
  • Alcohol ink on white pearlescent paper (I can't get a decent photo of just how gorgeous this looks in real life unfortunately)
  • White organza irridescent ribbon
  • Glitter card
  • Gold mirri
  • Flowers from Elusive images Fantasy Floral Themeplate stamped with versamark and embossed with detail gold ep
  • Mirri peel off.
The reason for the title of this post is because I have reasons to celebrate this weekend. Earlier today my blog clocked up it's 30,000th visit and the timing couldn't be better because tomorrow is also my first blogoversary! That's the celebrate part of the title dealt with now for the eight..........well, this card is for these challenges:
I did realise that I would probably be able to do this card to fit with a few challenges but didn't expect to find 8 - even in my wildest dreams so I certainly don't expect to equal it again let alone surpass it so I'll just enjoy it while I can.
Thank you all for your support over this past year I greatly appreciate it, and thank you to all the challenge setters whose hard work has given me so much inspiration.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Flourishes

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I've had to wait to show you this card because it's for a card swap and I know my partner reads my blog and didn't want to spoil it for her.
My card stock is from my local recently re-opened under new management Craft Central. The base CS has a kind of interference/ irridescence to it and the card used for the main topper is a pealised linen effect and an awkward colour to describe - not quite silver, not quite beige - somewhere between the two probably. I stamped the scroll corner directly onto this and the other scroll directly onto the base card and embossed with fine detail silver ep. The scrolls are from a umount set. The butterflies (Hero Arts and a freebie from Craft Stamper) were embossed with the same ep onto vellum and cut out and shaped before being allowed to land delicately on parts of the scroll. The only other embellishments are dark grey self adhesive flat backed pearls. Because of the colours I used, it hasn't been easy to photograph but I hope you can get some idea.
Thanks for popping by today.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Anniversary Card


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Today is our second Wedding Anniversary and I thought I'd share the card I made for my lovely DH and just finished late last night!! We lost two days out of last week due to some problematic dentistry, but it's a long story so we won't go there!
I've used a variation on a stair fold for the base card. This variation was kindly shared with us by Suzanne who has called it a Flap Card. This is because the front bit flips backwards so that you can see the inside. The two photos show both the front and the inner part. The base card is a difficult colour to try to describe but is shot through with a subtle gold. The stamps used are stampscapes for the country chapel, umount for the gorgeous swirly flourish and Elusive Images for all the rest. All stamped with versamark and embossed with gold detail ep.
I'm entering this one into this week's Dutch Dare Challenge which is to create a love themed card using no pink or red.
Thank you for visiting today.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Seeing Spots!

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This card is one I thoroughly enjoyed doing despite the fact that it's a relatively simple one. The iris (by rubbadubbadoo) has been stamped on to white linen card using jet black stazon and coloured with Derwent inktense pencils. The backing paper is from my stash and the gold card has been put through the swiss dots cuttlebug folder. The embellishments are gold brads, self adhesive pearls and a small white satin ribbon bow. I've done it for Tanda Teaser's 'Seeing Spots' challenge this week.
Thank you for popping by.

Friday, 6 February 2009

New Award

My lovely forum and blogging friend Ann has given me this award. I'm thrilled to receive it because Ann produces wonderfully inspiring work herself (if you don't believe me, got check it out for yourself - but take a cuppa with you because you could be there quite some time!) and also because I greatly value Ann's friendship. I'm supposed to pass it on to 5 other people but to keep it to just 5 simply isn't possible so I'm passing it to:

Chrissie
Ali
Beryl
Frankie
Wendy
Cynthia
Irene
Wendy

I could put triple the number of people on this list but I have to stop somewhere so to all those of you who visit my blog, I appreciate and value your visits, support and friendship.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Windows of the Soul

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I haven't got as many challenges done this week as I would have liked but was determined to get my entry in for Rainbow Lady's challenge before the new one tomorrow! This week the theme is "Windows" and I decided to do one of my 'thinking outside the box' jobs. While I was at it I decided to challenge myself to see how many other challenges I could accomodate! This is what I managed:

Rainbow Lady - Windows
Gothic Arches - Tag Your Arch
Our Creative corner - Crazy for Hearts
Papertake Weekly - Hearts and Flowers (either or both)
Created ByHand - Love Quotes
Joanna Sheen's Forum - February challenge - hearts

I created my arch from glossy card and alcohol inks. I decided to try something different and used a piece of felt that had previously been used to apply stonewashed, denim and stream inks about a week or so ago. This time, I added blender and just stream to start with. I covered most of the card with this then added a little more blender and silver mixative which also activated a little of the other two inks that were already on the felt pad. When I had the arch as I wanted it, I used up what was left of the inks on the pad on some more glossy card to create a toning piece to use with it. I cut the tag out of this and stamped the words "Love is the shortest distance between two hearts" in brilliance sky blue pearlescent ink and embossed with clear ep. I stamped two hearts onto the same piece of toning card in the same ink, embossed them with clear ep and cut them out. The face stamp was stamped directly on to the arch and again embossed with clear ep. The script stamp was again stamped directly on to the arch but not embossed. I edged the tag with the brilliance ink and the arch with silver pentouch pen.
And the way it fits Cynthia's challenge? If you haven't already guessed, the eyes are the window to the soul.......
Thank you for visiting today.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

......And After!

After posting my 'tagged' image, I've been getting requests to see the finished article. Here is the finished staircase - it took weeks of work to restore it, but I think you'll agree that it was well worth it. It's easier for me to keep clean too, because of my back I can't manage to use any hoover on the stairs but I can manage a duster on a stick!