Friday, 31 December 2010

CACB Challenge #31


You know, I love Christmas but it really seems to addle my brain - I almost forgot to post my card this morning! It's time for the final challenge of 2010/first challenge of 2011 at CACB and this time we have something we haven't done before. The theme is Same But Different - the same part is that the Faberge Style Egg, tropical beach image has to be used on your project to qualify and the different part is how you choose to use it. The good news is that for the duration of the challenge, the image is a FREEBIE! To get yours, all you have to do is pop over the challenge blog.
I've made my first ever tri-shutter card with this one. The main image has been coloured with promarkers then scanned into the computer for the smaller images (they're tiny and my eyes wouldn't be up to colouring them by hand lol!) I cut the main image out and shaped it before adding it to a piece of white pearlescent paper. The bp is from mottled stone collection 6. I've embellished with Marianne die swirls, bows from the embellishments sheet and homemade 'brads'. 
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
I hope you'll all come along and grab your freebie and share all your inspiration with us at CACB. If you like the new egg, there are several others available at Crafty Ann's including another scenic one.

Friday, 17 December 2010

CACB, Challenge #30


Good morning fellow bloggers - today sees our final challenge at Crafty Ann's before Christmas and we're making it nice and easy for you so Anything Goes! If you're still making Christmas cards or projects, do share them with us and if you're sick of Christmas projects now, share anything you like as long as it's new. In my case, I have loads of birthday's in January so I need to be thinking about them now. The squirrel has to be one of my favourite images and is one of the earliest I drew. I stop myself using it too often so I still get a lot of pleasure from it when I do. This is the first time I've coloured the image with promarkers though. I usually use coloursoft pencils which I get a really good result with but this time I decided to bite the bullet and go for it - this was braver that it sounds because I was running to the wire time wise! I'm quite pleased with the result though so I'll be happy to use promarkers again. I created the background while the image was still in the nesties die with ink dusters and shaving brushes which work just as well. I used I used distress old paper and tea dye to create the ground and brilliance pearlescent sky blue to create the sky area. The bps are from Tartans Collection 2 and Mottled Stone Collection 6. The mat behind the squirrel has been cut from a piece of woodgrain effect from the earth tones collection. The bp's and Squirrel digi are all available from Crafty Ann's. The sentiment is computer generated and the card has been finished with 4 of my handmade gold mirri 'brads'/'card candy' in the corners.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges who all also have the theme of Anything Goes:
Thank you for visiting today, I hope you'll get chance to join in with us for our last challenge before Christmas and that you will check out our very last challenge of the year starting on 31st December which is something we haven't done before.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Non Christmas For A Change!

This card is for several challenges and I know it will be recognised by one of the DT of one of them, because she was on the receiving end of it! I had to wait to show you it until I knew she'd received it so as not to spoil it for her. The main image is from Joanna Sheen's Dancing With Shadows CD and I've printed it onto white pearlescent paper.The main bp is from the black & white collection, the two flowers are the 3D Short Petal and the bow is from the embellishements sheet the latter three are all availabe from Crafty Ann's and again have been printed onto white pearlescent paper. I've added black glitter to the centre of the flowers and some chrystal glitter to the edges of the bow although neither seem to be showing up too well in the picture.The flowers and bow have all been added to a satin ribbon mounted onto white pearlescent and black mats. The main image was cut out with a nesties labels die as was the black mat behind it. 4 tiny white pearls and 3 black homemade brads/'card candy' finish it off.
The challenges I'm entering are:
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll get the chance to join in some of these challenges too.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

'Twas Inevitable Really.......!


Well, Mo did say that she deliberately drew Kai to be either gender, so having done the blue Kai in a snowglobe, I had to do a pink one too!!! I've thoroughly enjoyed it too! Once again, I've used the Kai in the snow image from Mo Manning and the blank snowglobe from Crafty Ann's and coloured both digitally then added crystal glitter for the snow. The pale pink bp is from the mottled stone collection 5 and the darker pink one is just one I created to go with this image using the same colours I used to colour the images which I've put through an embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Piggin' Good Christmas sheet - again coloured digitally with glitter added. I've added my homemade brads/'card candy' made from a scrap of the darker bp to finish it off. (The snowglobe, mottled stone bp and Piggin' Good Christmas sheet are all available from Crafty Ann's.)
This card was inspired by these challenges:
Thank you for popping by today.

Friday, 3 December 2010

CACB Challenge #29



It's time for the next challenge at Crafty Ann's again already! This time we have an either/or one for you. The theme is Christmas and there is also a sketch so you can do both sketch and theme or one or the other - it's entirely up to you. I had intended to do both until I remembered that it's one of my sil's birthday on the 9th of this month so I thought I'd better do her card instead. I often think that birthdays near to Christmas can get swamped by the festive season so I thought I'd do her card in pastel colours.
All the bps are from Crafty Ann's and are from: mottled stone collection 5 (main piece), embossed flowers collection 3 and polished stone, pastels. Both they and the image were printed onto pearlescent paper so getting a decent photo wasn't easy which is why the embossed flowers paper isn't showing too well. This is definitely one of those cards that looks better in the flesh! The image is Faberge Style Egg Necklace 2 and has been completely coloured with glitters - silver, pale pink and pale blue. The frame is one of the effects you can do in MS Word.The bow is from the embellishments sheet and I've coloured it digitally - it's actually silver although it looks blue in the picture. The rest of the colours are pretty accurate so I wasn't going to fuss over the bow!! lol! My homemade silver mirri/brads adorn the corners.

My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope that you'll join us at CACB.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Feeling the Blues!


Oh dear - it's the last challenge of the year for Bah! Humbug! That's why we're all Feeling the Blues :( On the upside though, the challenges do start again in January and considering how fast this year has gone the new challenges will be here in a jiffy! I haven't been able to join in with all I wanted to but have managed as many as possible and am not having a frantic frenzy as a result so thank you girls!
I've created the main image from Crafty Ann's blank snowglobe digi sheet and my all time favourite Mo Manning digi, Kai in the snow. This image just seemed so perfect for sitting into a snowglobe. I've coloured it digitally and added white glitter for the snow.
The bp's are from embossed dots, brights collection and mottled stone collection 5. I really liked the MS one for this because of it's slight reminiscence of a snowy effect. I've also used one of the blank tickets that I re-coloured white and added the word joy! to it before overlaying it onto a piece of the embossed dots bp before printing it. The four pieces of homemade 'card candy'/brads and the blue snowflakes are from the same bp.
Another card I thoroughly enjoyed making, so thank you to all the challenges that inspire me! I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for taking the time to visit at this busy time of year, I do appreciate it and all the lovely comments you leave.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Lovely in Lilac - and a whole lot more!


This is one of those cards I thoroughly enjoyed making - and the added bonus  is that it came together really quickly. It's the penultimate challenge of the year for Bah! Humbug! and seeing as they want us to use my favourite colourway I couldn't miss it could I??? The challenge this time is to use shades of lilac. Well, helllooo! I used the wonderful sketch from Sketch and Stash and used some much neglected ribbon and a greeting that I got last year and have never used. The bps are from the embossed stars, tartan 1, and polished stone collections and the poinsettia faberge style egg is from the pre-coloured sheet. I've also used a buckle from the embellishments sheet and coloured it digitally. I planned my design in word and printed the papers and image off to the exact sizes I wanted. I find I'm doing this more and more because there is no waste to add to my already groaning 'bits' drawers (yes that is as in more than one - but I'm not telling you just how many!!)
I shaped the egg and layered it onto a piece of silver glitter card, cut out and embossed with a nestie's label die - I can never remember the number of this set though, sorry. Lilac ribbon through the buckles and some homemade silver mirri 'card candy' add the finishing touches.
My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today :D

Friday, 19 November 2010

CDAC - Challenge #28

Good morning Bloggers, before we get onto this week's challenge, I'd like to thank all of you who took part in our 1st birthday celebrations on CDAC. As part of those celebrations all of the DT are giving away a digi stamp or pre-coloured sheet of choice on our blogs drawn from the comments left on that post and the winner of my prize is: Jackie (Jester Crafts)! Well done Jackie, have a look at the pages on the challenge blog and send me an email with your choice to: craftyann@hotmail.co.uk

Now onto the new challenge and our theme for Challenge #28 is an inspirational photo:








We have all interpreted it differently so do pop over to the challenge blog to see them all and visit the individual blogs to find out how they were done.

I was so tempted to do a scenic one but decided to go for colours from the picture instead. We have a lot going on at home atm (think building site and you'll have an idea of what I want rid of before Christmas!! lol!) so I took the quick(ish) way out and coloured my faberge egg digitally and added some rather nice cerise glitter that I got as part of a kit from QVC about 7 years ago and have never used! It was the perfect colour for picking out the bourgainvillea though and I've layered this onto a piece of white pearlescent paper cut out with the largest die from the nestiies labels 4 set. The bps are - blue - polished stone from the pastels collection and - pale brown - woodgrain effect from the earth tones collection. I rather like that the woodgrain effect is also rather reminiscent of sand. The sentiment is computer generated and was added directly to the digi paper before printing. I've finished off with 3 of my homemade silver mirri 'card candy'.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

  • Stamp with fun - square
  • Fab 'n' Funky - Forget me not (use up forgotten stash - I think 7 years for the glitter is probably forgotten enough!)
  • Paper Sundaes - Pick at least two sundae toppings from: punches, ribbon, embossing and the colour blue. The only one I haven't used on here is the ribbon. The punch is the 'card candy', and the embossing is on the nestie's label. I'm hoping the blue might be obvious, lol!
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll find inspriation in the picture and join us for this one

Monday, 15 November 2010

Poinsettia Wreath


I think I'm spoiling you today! Or should that be that I'm spoiling myself today?? Either way, here's post number 2. I've been doing this a little bit here and there over a few days and it's been a brilliant way to unwind :D
I was originally inspired by a project in the december issue of Craft Stamper which just fired my imagination. It bears very little resemblence to the one in CS, but that's what inspiration's all about in a way isn't it? The base circle has been cut from a pale lemon pearlescent card although I'm not too sure how well it shows in the photo (it might show better if you click on it to enlarge it) and it's made a very pretty backdrop for everything I've added to it. We have a lot going on just now, so to save some time I used the precoloured poinsettias and coloured 2 of the holly leaves digitally so that I could copy and paste as many as I wanted. The poinsettia sheet is available as both a standard digi stamp and a pre-coloured sheet and the holly wreath sheet is availble just as a standard digi stamp at the moment. (Edit: there is also a pre-coloured holly wreath sheet available now.) I wanted some lush looking gold among it all so I printed the 3D short petal flower onto the back of some gold mirri card and created the centres and lines with an embossing tool before cutting them out. I had a lovely time sitting in front of the TV cutting out all the pieces I needed. Both the 3D flowers and the poinsettias have two layers. The holly berries are my homemade 'card candy' from red mirri card. I also added some Marianne Designs flourishes and some homemade gold mirri 'card candy' too.
I'm really pleased with how this one has turned out and will probably make another when I get chance. The dimension on this project is really effective. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show it at it's best but at least you can get the gist.
I'm entering my wreath into these challenges:
Thank you so much for popping by and for the comments you leave - I appreciate them all.

Tall & Slim

No, not me (I wish!!) - this......

I've had this card made for a few days now but haven't had the chance to post it. I've followed the lovely sketch from Midnight Madness and what's even better is that it's all made from left overs/scraps! I've created a DL card base and the red and gold pieces were both in my scraps box as was the white pearlescent pieces that I've used to back my images. Both the red and gold pieces have been put through embossing folders although it doesn't show so well on the photo. The ornaments, poinsettia and flowers are all from Crafty Ann's and all are from pre-coloured sheets (although all are available as normal digis for colouring yourself).
This was a card that came together pretty quickly and I really enjoyed making it.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I may be back later with another post.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Lest We Forget

Today, I'm going to share a card with you that I hadn't intended to put on my blog. In august our Grandson's step-brother was one of the British casualties in Afghanistan. He had only been there for 3 weeks and was just 20 years old. The reason I've changed my mind about showing you the card I made for his Dad & our GS, is because Stampin' Royalty's Challenge this week is Lest We Forget and they ask us to make something in rememberance of those who have given their lives in the service of their country. Ooh-la-la Challenge also have a rememberance theme this fortnight.

Tomorrow is rememberance day here in the UK and I'm proud to do this in gratitude to Darren and all those who make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe.


I drew the poppy wreath and coloured it with promarkers. Darren was a Sapper with the Royal Engineer Regiment and my husband found a picture of the cap badge on the internet which I added to the centre of the wreath with foam pads to make sure that it took centre stage. Darren was so proud of being a soldier and loved his life in the army.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Happy Birthday To You......

Good afternoon bloggers - two in one day! This one is for our oldest GS' birthday which was yesterday and I know he loves to play the odd game so this image from Mo Manning was just perfect! I've coloured the image with promakers and added it to one of the pockets from the Jeans & pockets sheet from Crafty Ann's which I overlaid onto some denim paper from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD1and cut it out. The tartan bp is from Tartans Collection 1 and the greeting is computer generated and overlaid onto some of the same denim paper.The studs are more of my homemade 'brads' made from silver mirri card.

My card is for these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today.

Oh Christmas Tree............



Well the girls at Bah! Humbug! might need smelling salts when they see this! Two weeks running????? I can't remember the last time I was able to do this :D The theme this week is Fancy Folds so I've made a style of card I haven't made for ages - a two way fold card. Half of the front of the card is cut away on the diagonal and then decorated. The above photo is of the card closed.


Then a smaller, tent fold card is stuck to the inside and the front of that is decorated too.


Hopefully this one shows that part a bit better. I've used mottled stone bp from collection 4 on the fronts of both cards and in order to save ink, I cropped to shape for the triangular piece in word so that I printed out only what I needed. The Oh Christmas Tree script was added using word art. The Christmas garland was coloured with promarkers and added with 3D foam.
The main image on the front is one of the pre-coloured Christmas Tree Snowglobes and I put the base through a papermania snowflakes border embossing folder and added stickles to the snow before shaping it and adding it to a piece of pearlescent paper that had been put through the swiss dots folder. I just finished it off with homemade gold mirri 'card candy'.
My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll be able to find time to join in with our current challenge at CACB where the theme is a Christmas card/project in non traditional Christmas colours - we're celebrating our first birthday so there's lots of prizes on offer :D

Friday, 5 November 2010

CACB #27 - A Reason To Celebrate!


It's time for Challenge #27 at CACB and this one is rather special because it's our first birthday! What a fast year this has been and we've had a humungous amount of talent and inspiration shared with us during this time and we'd like to thank you for that. Seeing as it's such a special challenge, there are a lot of prizes on offer both on the challenge blog and on all the DT blogs too. Everyone who leaves a comment on this post will be added to the draw to win a digi stamp or pre-coloured sheet of choice - the rest of the DT are doing draws too so don't forget to pop over to see them. The full details of all the prizes are on the challenge blog.

Our theme this time is a Christmas card or project using non-traditional colours. For my card I've used a faberge style poinsettia egg from the new pre-coloured sheet although this design is also available as a digi stamp. The pre-coloured sheet has the same design in 6 different colours both traditional and non-traditional. It'll come as no surprise to learn that I took a fancy for the purple option for this one although I will admit that I had a heck of a job getting the photo not to look blue!! I eventually got there though - by having the camera on the setting for snow! The bps are from the mottled stone collection 5 and the new poinsettia collection. I've matted the egg onto silver mirri cut out with a nesties label 4 die and embellished with a couple of Marianne Designs swirls. The greeting, which is one of the Christmas Tickets was overlaid onto a piece of the mottled stone bp (cropped to size) before printing it out. A very simple card really and pretty quick to do which I think we sometimes need as Christmas gets ever closer.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today, good luck in all the draws this time.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Organised or What????

This has to be the first Christmas since we've been together that I haven't been making my hubby's card at the last minute hiding behind a chair to stop him being able to see it before it was finished!! Who do I need to thank for this you ask? The girls at Bah! Humbug! that's who. I've had so little time for card making this year that I've had the frustration of missing more of their challenges than I would want to - especially as I have cards in my head for all of them!! The one I'm about to share with you was intended for the elegance challenge but once again I ran out of time. I really wanted to make this one though and just changed my idea slightly to fit in with the current challenge which is Presents - in fact, I drew the present box specially! I know that I wouldn't mind finding a faberge egg under the tree this year :D - not that there's any chance of that!

Onto the card - I've used one of the new faberge style eggs range. This one is the poinsettia from the pre-coloured sheet although it's also available as a non-coloured digi stamp. I cut it out and shaped it before adding it to a nesties shape that had been embossed with 3D foam. The bp is from the new range designed to work with the pre-coloured poinsettia egg. I've layered all this onto some white pearlescent card and a red card stock base. I've added two small pre-coloured poinsettias to two of the corners (don't you just love how you can have the size you want with digis?) and made my own 'card candy/brads' for the corners out of scraps of gold mirri card using a 6mm ball tool and a spare stamping mat. The sentiment is computer generated and cut out using nesties labels 4 as is the gold mirri mat and the Marianne Designs swirl.


I've really loved making this card and it has also been inspired by the following challenges:
Thank you for your visit today.

Friday, 22 October 2010

CACB #26


Good Friday morning bloggers! It's time for challenge # 26 at Crafty Ann's and this time we have a recipe challenge for you: Ribbon, Gems and at least one embellishment made from paper or card. Some new digis have just gone into the shop - 3 Faberge Style Eggs and 3 Faberge Style Egg Necklaces. I've used Egg no: 1 on my card and because I was running short of time I've coloured it digitally and added glitter and gems. I've also used the pre-coloured small petal 3D flower in yellow. My other paper embellishments are the die cut swirls and the home made 'brads' which I did with some gold mirri scraps, a 1/4" hole punch, a 6mm ball tool and a small stamping mat. My bps are a new embossed flowers one (about to go in the shop) and some pearlescent paper cut out with a nesties label die.

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:
I hope that you're all getting a lot of fun from your crafting and that you'll be able to join us for our new challenge - thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Ebony & Ivory......


I've really enjoyed making this card, it was one of those that just started put itself together in my mind as soon as I saw one of the challenges that inspired it. The challenge I'm talking about it Your Next Stamp and this week we're asked to be Nicely Negative. The girls have some good suggestions for how to do this, but because I'm never happy with stamping with white ink, I decided to do it with a digi stamp. I've used Venetian Mask 3 and inverted it in photoshop to create my negative - then I did the same thing with a Happy Birthday Ticket. Once I'd done this, I decided to make my whole card just black and white and went in search of a suitable sketch which I found at Truly Scrumptious with the optional extra of an easel card - and I don't need an excuse to make one of those!! Allsorts (which I'm hoping I've made by the skin of my teeth) want us to be insprired by a song title and mine is Ebony & Ivory. Charisma Cardz want more than one fold and Papertake weekly want three of a kind. The bp is from the Black & White Collection and I've used one of the buckles from the embellishments sheet that I've coloured digitally and squished a bit to get the shape I wanted for this project. The three large gems at the side were coloured with black promarker and to finish it off I've used a couple of satin ribbons, some black card and a couple of heart embellishments. Since I took the photo, I've added some tiny white pearls to the 'studs' on the mask but haven't had chance to take another photo - they do finish it off very well though. The papers, Venetian Mask, Embellishments Sheet and Tickets Sheets are all available from Crafty Ann's.

I hope you like it too and thank you for your visit today.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Okay - I Caved In!!!!!


It didn't take long for me to cave in and use the purple and black papers that I fought with myself over in my last post did it????
Incidentally, the papers are proper purple - honestly!! I don't know why, but my camera always makes purple look blue! (It is, of course, the camera and not my photographic skills!)
This card is for our GD who becomes a teenager tomorrow and this image from Mo Manning sums her (and I suspect every other 13 year old girl) up to perfection. I've coloured the image with promarkers and cut it out with a nestie label die.
The dps are from the new purple & black collection. I used one of the blank tickets from the Tickets Sheet so that I could add my own sentiment to it and overlaid it onto lilac from the polished stone pastels collection before printing it off. Finally, I embellished with satin ribbon that I coloured with black promarker and added a faux buckle slider from the embellishments sheet that I coloured on the computer and added stickles to. The papers, tickets and embellishments sheet are all available from Crafty Ann's.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
  • Our Creative Corner - the lovely sketch
  • D2P - colour of the rainbow (definitely purple!!!! lol!)
  • Incy Wincy - faux it up (ribbon slider buckle)
  • CCT - Make your own (no shop bought embellishments)
  • C4C - Birthday
Thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 8 October 2010

CACB Challenge #25



Another fortnight has whizzed by again and we're already at Challenge #25 at Crafty Ann's. This time our theme is: Use at least 1 digi stamp and your favourite colouring medium - don't forget to tell us what your favourite is.

I've taken myself right out of my comfort zone colour wise with this one. For some reason I don't really like using yellow so I decided that I would this time. A little while ago, I was asked if I would consider doing some orange and black papers which I duly did and Kym liked them so much that she asked me to do some other colours with black. There's now quite a range just waiting to go up into the shop and one of these is yellow and black (which is already there) so I decided to go with that - but oh boy did I have a fight with myself not to use the purple and black instead!!!

I've used Venetian mask 3 coloured with promarkers and black glitter (two fav mediums of the moment) and I've matted this onto some white pearlescent paper cut out using a nestie label (no 4 I think). I've embellished with a buckle that I've glittered and added flat backed gems to and white and yellow ribbon.

It's growing on me but I'm still not 100% sure of the colour - now if I'd gone with the purple & black.............lol!

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
I do hope you'll be able to join us again, we get such pleasure from visiting your blogs.

Friday, 1 October 2010

1st CDAC Blog Hop!

This weekend sees the very first blog hop at CDAC. We are giving you a trip around the blogs of the participating artists to give you the opportunity to see all the different styles on offer. The final paragraph of this post tells you all you need to know to be in with a chance of winning one (or maybe more!) of the prizes on offer. As well as the grand prize, each of the artists is giving a prize from their own store. 

At Crafty Ann's we have digi Stamps, digital backing papers and pre-coloured images on offer and the winner of the prize from my blog will win:
  • 1 digi image
  • 1 backing paper collection (there are 6 sheets in each collection)
  • and 1 Pre-coloured sheet of their choice.
For my card above I have used the Bridge over Stream digi, embossed dots bp and a sheet from the brand new Blue and Black collection (which is so new it isn't in the shop yet but will be very soon.) I coloured the image using brilliance ink, memento ink and chalk ink in 6 different colours using duster brushes. I've often used cut 'n' dry foam to colour scenic images that I've rubber stamped with stazon but wasn't sure how inkjet printer ink would react. The duster brushes don't lay the ink down as heavily and haven't affected the printer ink at all so I'm delighted to have found a way to do this.

 At Crafty Ann's, the range of digis tends to quite eclectic and often reflects what I have a fancy for drawing at the time, so I'd also like to share one of my favourite cards with you. This one uses two of the Venetian Masks. If you'd like to know the details of how I did this one and what I used, please click here for the original post.

"Thanks for joining us for the CDAC Artist Blog Hop.  For more Details about the $300 worth of prizes click HERE. This Blog Hop is being sponsored by “The Original Scrapbox”. Please be sure to stop by their site and check out some of their wonderful storage and crafting accessories. To qualify to win, you must be a CDAC member, must commented on all the blog hop participant’s blog hop posts, comment on the CDAC blog post about your favorite “Scrapbox” item and must enter Mr. Linky on the CDAC front page.  If you get lost along the way, you can always click HERE to find your way again. Enjoy your journey through some amazingly talented digital artist’s blog’s and your next stop on this hop is Glitterbabe

Don't forget to leave your comment before you go :D


THE BLOG HOP IS NOW CLOSED - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK PART AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL. DON'T FORGET TO CHECK ON CDAC ON FRIDAY TO SEE WHO WON THE PRIZES! THE WINNERS WILL BE POSTED 8am PST, 4pm GMT.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Don't Faint!


Wow! Two posts this week! I'm seriously behind with the last few Bah! Humbug! Challenges and I have cards in my head for all of them!!

At least I've made it this week though. This week's challenge is stars and I decided to go for a CAS look. I've added an L shaped border down the left hand side and along the bottom of embossed stars from a papermania christmas borders collection - these embossing folders are seriously good value. Other than that, I've used the pre-coloured poinsettia from Crafty Ann's - the poinsettia is also available as a normal digi stamp but for speed, I've opted for the pre-coloured one and added a second layer of the red bracts for a bit more dimension. The greeting tag is a stamp I got free on a magazine last year and stamped with warm red chalk ink - which is a deeper colour in real life than the photo makes it look.

My card is for quite a few other challenges too:
Thank you for your visit today, don't forget to come back on Friday for the CDAC blog hop (see post below for details)  :D

Something to look forward to!


Here is a date for your diary! This weekend sees the very first blog hop at Crafter's Digital Art Centre (CDAC). It is only open to members of CDAC but as it's free to join and has lots going on that you can join in with or not as you choose, why not come and join us so that you can take part? Just click on the image above to take you there. There are loads of prizes along the way as all the artists (including me) who are taking part are offering a prize from their store - and at the last count there were 24 of us!
So, if you are already a member, make a note of the dates and make sure you don't miss out - and if you aren't a member yet, come and join us you really have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
See you here on Friday - or Saturday - or Sunday! :D

Friday, 24 September 2010

CACB #24


Good friday morning everyone - it's time for challenge #24 at Crafty Ann's and we have something a little different this time because we want you to make Anything But A Card!
I've decided to make a virtue out of a necessity and make a cover for a tissue box for Christmas. I thought it might be rather nice to make it part of the decorations this year. I've used one of the papers from tartan collection 1 and fastened the 4 corners together with a narrow satin ribbon so that it can be folded down and stored away with the rest of the decorations when we take them down again. The poinsettia on the top is a new digi and will be in the shop later today (hopefully) as will some sheets of pre-coloured ornaments that I've used around the sides. I've coloured the poinsettias with promarkers.


Each ornament has been backed by a piece of white pearlescent paper that's been put through a snowflake embossing folder. The tiny irridescent bows add a lovely finishing touch.
I'm also entering my tissue box cover into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and for any comments you leave - all are very much appreciated.

Friday, 10 September 2010

CACB # 23


Crikey but these fortnights are flying by! It's time for challenge #23 at Crafty Ann's already and this time our theme is monochrome so I've gone with shades of red. I've used one of the cupcake images (adding extra cherries to create the 'candle') and coloured it with promarkers and added some glitter on the icing and the candle flame. The bps are from the embossed dots brights collection and the tartan collection 1. I've matted the cupcake onto white pearlescent paper and textured gold card using some nesties that I chose as my prize from the Simon Says Stamp sponsored Sketch and Stash challenge a few weeks ago.I've embellished with a 3D short petal flower that I first painted with twinkling H2Os but it wasn't red enough (too pinky) so I went over it with the poppy promarker that I used on the cupcake and the effect is really lovely! There's still some of the shimmer showing and there's a real depth of colour with the combination - I think I'll be doing that again. I added the flourishes cut from some of the white pearlescent paper to finish it.
My card has also been inspired by these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you'll pop over and join us for this challenge.

Before I leave you today, I want to tell you about a new monthly blog hop:

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If you love digis, you'll love this! There are some lovely inspiring blogs to visit and lots of fun to be had - not to mention a bumper pack of digis to be won - including one from yours truly! Why not pop over and join in the fun of our very first hop? Just click on the picture and it will take you straight there.

Friday, 27 August 2010

CACB Challenge # 22


Well it's CACB time again already! This time it's our first one in our new home and we have another first - our first sketch challenge. I have to admit that when I'm planning a card, I usually go looking for a sketch and if I'm struggling I always go looking for sketch so I thought it was about time we had one!

This was one of those cards I really enjoyed making because it came together really well. I've used two dp's (royal blue from the polished stone, brights collection and tartan 1 from the new Tartans collection) and white pearlescent paper. I printed the 3D daisy onto the white prearlescent paper and this paper is so gorgeous that the only colouring I needed to do was the flower centres (I always to them all in case any bits inadvertently show) which I coloured with promarkers and added some stickles to the top layer. I embellished with no less than 7 flourishes made from silver mirri, 3 papemania pearl brads and a white satin ribbon bow. There's lots of lovely sheen, shine and sparkle on this card because I printed the dp's onto satin paper but only printed the sizes I need to save on both ink and paper.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

I hope you'll be able to join us for this challenge and that you'll pop over and see the cards that the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you - they really are fabulous!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Two Today!

I've two projects to share with you today - no, don't faint!!



This first one is for both Bah! Humbug! and Winter Wonderland who have both chosen the same subject this week - Winter Wonderland! Yes Ann, I have been singing it in my head ever since I visited the BH blog! I'll let you off though because it's one of my all time favourites - especially if it's by Nat King Cole! To me winter wonderland means lots of white so that's what I've gone for here. I haven't used any bps as such, when I cut my piece of A4 down to create my 6x6 card blank, I cut four squares out of the left over piece. Then I edged them with gold pentouch pen and put them through the swiss dots cuttlebug folder. The central image is the Tree Snowglobe from Crafty Ann's. I coloured the image with promarkers and added some stickles. I had intended to paper piece the base of the snowglobe and printed it all off ready but in the meantime, I'd been out and treated myself to some embossing folders from papermania and rather fancied this snowflake border on gold mirri so I used my original paper piece as a template and did just that! I must say that I rather like the result. The sentiment is from a See D's christmas set and I've finished it off with some glitterations.

My second offering today is a first for me!



This one was inspired by the challenge at Allsorts which is miniature - less than 3" tall. Well, I got my first nesties recently and happened to have a piece of card on my desk from cutting an A4 down for a 6x6 and decided to try cutting a shaped card blank and this is the size that would fit that piece of card and it's been knocking around on my desk ever since so I decided to use it here and create an easel ATC! It's made from scraps, including the short petal flower which was left over from another project (I always print an extra as a "just in case".) I painted the flower and leaves with twinkling H2Os and added a couple of small die cut swirls and finished it with a couple of flat backed pearls and a flat backed 'gem'. I really enjoyed making both of these and my ATC fits well with a few other challenges too:

Thank you for dropping in today.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Birthday Card


This card is my sister's birthday card and is her to a T! I've used a Mo Manning image which is perfect for my sis - I think she's addicted to both her laptop and facebook! I've got the hair colour just about right too - only hers is longer. I've coloured the image with promarkers and outlined both it and dps with silver pentouch pen. In keeping with this week's Ditgital Tuesday Challenge, I've used some scraps of white pearlescent paer that I've put through the swiss dots folder and a scrap of the same pealescent paper is the mat for the sentiment which again is on a scrap of the dp but created digitally then cut out with a nestability die. The dp is from funky collection 2 from Crafty Ann's and I've taken full advantage of the resizing ability of digital papers here. The papers come as A4 size and I cropped a piece so that I had almost all of the design and range of colour in it to 19.5cm x 19.5cm to go on a 20cm square card. Then I copied this and resized it for the smaller piece to go behind the main image which meant that I still kept the entire design which I wouldn't have been able to do if I'd just had to cut a piece from an A4 sheet. The added bonus of course is that I also only printed as much as I needed. You might be wondering why I chose to make the mug red in a predominently blue design - well, she's a Liverpool supporter! To finish it off, I've just gone for some flat backed pearls.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
  • ABC- b is for blue
  • Stampin' for the weekend - anything goes
  • PIO - to use more than 5 cut out shapes on your card (I have 3 rectangles, 2 squares, 1 circle and two nestie shapes on mine) and also to combine with as many other challenges as possible.
Thank you for visiting today.

Friday, 13 August 2010

CACB #21


My apologies for being so late with my post today. It just seems to be running away from me! It's time for challenge #21 at Crafty Ann's and it's our last one in our current home. To find out where we're moving to and how you can be in the running to win some digis click here.

Our topic this time is Christmas in August - don't groan, you'll thank me for it when you have one less to make later!!! I will confess that I changed my mind three times about what I was going to do for this one - I have no idea why, other than that I seem to have had a week made up of part formed ideas that stubbornly refused to come to fruition! I am happy with the result though. I wanted to do something a bit different from the norm and marry up traditional with contemporary. My traditional are the baubles, and the contemporary is the colour which is definitely not a traditional one for christmas! I've used one of the mottled stone bps from collection 3 and to save ink I printed out only what I needed - including the small piece that I overlaid the ticket sentiment onto. I changed the colour of the ticket text in MS Word. I have coloured the baubles digitally and matted them onto white pealescent paper circles that I put through the c/bug swiss dots folder and added a small (hand tied!) ribbon bow to each one. In the end it came together pretty quickly which is just as well considering this was yesterday!
These challenges also helped to inspire me:
  • PTW - something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. You can use some or all of these elements
  • OLL - Spots and Dots 
  • ABC Christmas Challenge - Q is for quick. It was - eventually!
  • OCC - Embossable
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you'll find time to join in with us for our last challenge in our old home.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Summer Pals

This card has been the best part of a fortnight in the making so I'm mighty glad to have got it done. It was originally going to be for Digital Tuesday - last week! The challenge had been to use two digi stamps from 2 different companies so I decided to create a little scene with these two digi stamps. The chiminea is from Crafty Ann's and the cat and mouse is from Karen's Doodles. I played about with the backgrounds in photoshop so that I could overlay them. My colouring medium is promarkers with a couple of the colours of brilliance inks from the peacock pad 'dusted' on with a shaving brush for the background, I cut the image out with nesties labels 4 and left it in place while I did the background then added and edge with a gold pentouch pen.

The bps are from Mottled stone collections 5 & 6 and both are actually purple but the camera is refusing to play ball and show you this!! The circular mat is white pearlised paper that's been put throught the cuttlebug. This paper is stunning when it's been bugged. Just for the record, I wasn't drunk when I added the pearls - I stamped onto the darker bp with a umount corner swirls stamp with versmark and added the pearls to siutable places on the swirly bits!

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today, don't forget it's the new challenge at Crafty Ann's tomorrow and it's our final one at it's current location. Click here to find out more and to find out how you can win some digis too.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

All change!


Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog (CACB) is moving home! For a number of reasons that I won't bore you with, I've decided to move the challenge blog from Wordpress to Blogger. The move will take place for the challenge which begins on Friday 27th August but as a 'blog warming' party, I'd like to invite you to pop over to the new blog right now for the opportunity to win some digis of your choice. Click this link to take you straight there to find out how.

Our challenge this friday will still be on the wordpress blog though so don't forget to come and join us for our final challenge before the move!

Monday, 2 August 2010

That's Torn Christmas In July!!


This one is for several challenges, with the first inspiration coming from Bah! Humbug! and one of it's DT, Ann. The theme for this week's Bah! Humbug! is torn paper and the first thought that popped into my mind was a tutorial that Ann did for an acetate card that I've been wanting to try and it just seemed perfect for this theme so I decided to create this little scene of the snow people family. Click on the link to take you straight to the tutorial. It's a very simple card really - I won't go into the assembly of it because that's all in Ann's great tutorial. I created the background with alcohol inks in stonewash and denim and added white dots using an inktense pen for the 'snow'. I tore some white pearlescent paper for the snow and added glitter to the edges. The snowmen are a digi stamp from Crafty Ann's that I printed out in three sizes and coloured with promakers and a sakura stardust pen then added a touch of stickles star dust. The sentiment is from the Christmas Tickets sheet. All I added to finish it off was some white satin ribbon. I really enjoyed making this so thank you Ann!
The challenges I'm entering my card into are:

Friday, 30 July 2010

CACB #20






It's time for challenge #20 at Crafty Ann's and this time our theme is Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer. Okay, I realise that some of you may need to use your imagination just now but in my own defence, when I set this challenge we were in the middle of a heat wave here in the UK!!

Anyway, I've made this caddy to hold some of the gorgeous lavender we have in the garden and have chosen images to put on the four flat edges to represent summer in some way. I came across this tutorial for the caddy, via Lorraine's blog and have been meaning to do one for weeks now. I've changed the size though because the original 12" x12" is too big for what I have in mind. I printed the lilac woodgrain effect paper from the pastels collection onto one side of linen effect card and the lilac mottled stone from collection 5 on the other side and trimmed it to 6" x 6" which has given me a lovely size to go on my bedside cabinet. It has meant that I've had to do some more miniatures though - the images couldn't be more than 3.5cm high to fit. I enjoyed it but I think the eyes are getting a bit past it to do this sort of thing too often!!! I cut each image out with a nestie label and a mount for it out of polished stone purple edged with gold pentouch pen. I tied the top with white satin ribbon and tied 3 sprigs of lavender and a couple of die cut flourishes into it to finish it off.


The images I've used are the chiminea, the rosebud posy, the bird on the blossom branch and I had to have a slightly tongue in cheek representation of our british summers with the duck in the umbrella! All the images were coloured with Derwent coloursoft pencils.

I'm also entering my caddy into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll find time to join us for challenge #20.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Sweet Pea


This is one of those cards I really enjoyed making. I got my first sweet pea stamps this week and this is the first one I've used. It's called Midnight Waiting and I've coloured her with promarkers and glitter. I've made this for several challenges.
The sentiment stamp acting as the stop for the easel is one of my favourite quotations from Mark Twain "Sing like no-one's listening, Love like you've never been hurt, Dance like no-one's watching, Live like it's heaven on earth"
The bp's are both from Crafty Ann's, the largest one is from a new mottled stone collection that isn't in the shop yet but will be asap (update: the new papers are now in the shop) and the smaller strips are the purple from the polished stone brights collection. Unfortunately, the camera has altered the colours slightly, especially of the new mottled stone one - it's made it look more blue when in reality it's a lilac/lavender shade. Look at the blog background and that's what it looks like in real life!
Thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 16 July 2010

CCB #19


It's time for challenge #19 at Crafty Ann's and this time, one of the DT is our hostess. This challenge has been chosen by Kym who is a huge Cliff Richard fan and she wants us to be inspired by one of his songs. Now, I will admit to thinking ooooo 'eck! But when you start to look at a list of his many songs, there's loads to choose from - here's a link to a list if you need it. This is my DT card and I've chosen "In the Country" which he recorded in 1966.

I had a blast making it and I've used the "Bridge Over Stream" digi and the new "In the Artist's Studio" digi sheet to create my card. I've printed bridge over twice, making the 2nd one to fit the easel. I think being able to get the exact size you want is one of the best things about digistamps. One of the DT asked if I'd coloured the bigger image then scanned and resized it for the easel.......I have to admit that I didn't think of that!! Having said that though, I did enjoy the challenge of colouring the miniature version. My colouring medium throughout is Derwent Coloursoft pencils and on this occasion I chose not to blend them. The paint tubes and palette and brushes are also part of the new sheet. The bp is from  Mottled Stone Collection 3. The scroll embellishment down the side is a Marianne designs die that I cut out of a bit of the bp twice and placed end to end.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:


I loved doing this, thank you to both Kym and Sir Cliff for the inspiration and I hope you'll pop over and be wowed by what the rest of the DT have come up with and be tempted to join in with us.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Xtra Dimensions For My Favourite Things!

I think the lovely Doreen has started something off! As soon as I saw her GD card for the current CACB challenge, it started firing off all sorts of ideas! This is just one of them and  is a birthday card. I haven't made it too glittery because it's for a man. I've taken full advantage of being able to re-size digi stamps to make the template for this card and I've printed Venetian Mask 3 directly onto the card. I created my template in publisher but you could do it in word or any graphics program. My colouring medium is promarkers and sakura stardust pens - although I have to admit I was a bit ticked off when my purple stardust pen packed up when I was part way through the last eye area (there are several layers on different parts) even though there is a good 5cm of ink left in the barrel. I've decoupaged the music and ric rac part of the top image to 3 layers and the purple eye mask part to two layers on both top and bottom. I hope the recipient gets as much pleasure from the card as I have from making it.

I'm entering it into these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today and don't forget that our current challenge at Crafty Ann's is a shaped easel card and if you need any templates there are some freebies on their own page on the blog along with a link to a tutorial. If you've never made one, now would be a good time to give it a go - do try to join us.

Less is More?

Believe it or not I've had this made since saturday but only just got around to photographing it. It's for several challenges:
  • Bah! Humbug! who think that less is more (and who am I to argue??) You can interpret it by making a small card or going for clean and simple or both. I've gone for the clean and simple with mine.
  • Saturday Challenge - water
  • Fussy and Fancy Friday - Christmas in July
  • DU2DS - The Great Outdoors
To be honest it couldn't get much simpler than this one but I still enjoyed making it. I've used one the funky bps from Crafty Ann's but you'll just have to take my word for that seeing as I've covered most of it up! I've printed the Bridge Over Stream digi onto white pearlescent paper having changed the colour to a lavender shade in publisher first. I put the bottom 2/3rds through the swiss dots folder and embossed two straight lines to put the ribbon between. The only thing I've done with the image is pick out areas with a glue pen and add some glitter to give a lovely frosty/slightly snowy appearance.
A few glittery peel off edgings and an acetate printed happy christmas peel off and that about finishes it! Thank you for your visit today - I might even have another one for you later!!