Friday, 23 April 2010

A Tasty Dish

Well, yet another fortnight has passed - is the speed an age thing I wonder????? That's a rhetorical question, please don't feel the need to answer lol!!

It's time for challenge #13 at Crafty Ann's and this time we have a recipe for you:
  • one main digi image 
  • a maximum of 3 colours (although you can use less)
  • one ribbon 
  • three flowers (these can be digi too if you wish).
These ingredients can lead to lots of tasty dishes as you'll see when you check out what the rest of the DT came up with. I haven't counted the gold on mine as a colour and my three colours are brown, yellow and green.

The largest bp is the dark brown woodgrain from the polished stone earthtones collection but the printer was running out of one of the colours and I got a rather interesting effect that I'll never be able to repeat but I liked it so have used it. The strip on the scallop edged strip of mirri is a piece of embossed dots from the earth tones collection. The flower buttons I've had in my stash for about 4 years and happen to be a perfect match for the paper I used for the main topper and I've set these onto the ribbon.

My main digi image is one I've created by layering the image of the cala lillies 2 onto a piece of bp digitally then adding the jigsaw overlay - re-sizing it to suit and changing the colour to brown which goes better with the rest of the image. Then I printed it off and coloured it with promarkers. I've been getting asked about creating these toppers so as soon as I get chance I'll do a workshop about it - it really isn't difficult. Once I'd finished colouring the image I cut a couple of the pieces out using a craft knife.

My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you'll find time to come and join us this fortnight.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Wings & Things

Yesterday saw the lauch of a brand new challenge - CD Sunday. The rules are simple enough - your project must contain something from a CD (image, bp, embellishment) and follow the theme. This week the theme is 'Wings and Things'. There's all sorts I could have used but decided to stretch it a little more. I've had this idea in my head since I first drew the violin so decided it was time to get it out of there and make room for something else!

The thing I've used from a CD is the satin bp from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD 1. I've placed the violin, bow, single rose and ticket onto the paper digitally before printing them off and colouring the images with promarkers. This is easily done because of the way these digi stamps are created with a transparent background. The flower and leaves are the 3D Short petal flower and were coloured with twinkling H2Os. The butterfly sitting on the flower and the dragonfly are from a much under used background stamp from inkdinkadoo but are a perfect size for this project. I coloured them with a mixture of promarkers and a sakura stardust pen. Then I cut them out and gave them dimension before adding them to the card. I thoroughly enjoyed finally seeing this idea come to fruition at last!

My card is also for these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today and for all the lovely and much appreciated comments you leave me.

Sunday, 18 April 2010


Over at Bah! Humbug! this week the theme is 'Santa Paws' - Festive Furry Friends in your Christmas Creations - your challenge is to make us say "Awwwwwwwwwwww!"
Have a good rummage around and set free all the cute teddies, bunnies, mice, kittens and puppies hiding away in your stash. Let them dress up in their Santa hats, pull some crackers, decorate the tree or just come out to play for a while. If they are creatures with paws ... then we want you to share their little furry pawprints with us at Bah! Humbug!
My first thought on reading this was 'oh crikey! have I got anything suitable??" Of course a mental meander through my stamps shows that I have several - there was only one problem - as I was mentally meandering through my stamps this image kept popping into my head! I just couldn't help myself so out came sketch pad, pencil and pen and Pig Hitchin' a Ride got a Christmas makeover! I'll be popping him into the shop when I've finished this post. I know that strictly speaking he's not furry and he's got trotters and not paws.......but he is cute and seeing as the Bah! Humbug! girls inspired this digi, it would have been rude not to enter him wouldn't it?

On to what I've used. The bp is embossed dots and the white pearlescent paper has been put through the C/bug swiss dots folder. The round sentiment is one of three that's part of the digi sheet and it and the image were printed out onto pearlescent paper and coloured with promarkers. The promarkers work on this but it's not so easy to shade with them so I can't see me using it all that often. I've added crystal glitter to all three santa hats, the gift bag and also to the background of the main image to represent snowflakes. The only embellishments are the three snowflakes punched out of some of the pearlescent paper.

Several other challenges have helped to inspire this card:
  • Sketch and Stash for the sketch (my new stash is the digi)
  • PTW - Cutie Pie
  • Little Red Wagon -Dry embossing
  • ABC - S is for sparkle (this card sparkles a lot more in real life than it does in the photo so I hope there's enough)
  • Theme Thursday - Hats or Crowns
  • Stamp Something - Something Layered (this card has 6 layers not including the snowflakes)
I've had great fun creating the digi then making this card so thank you for the inspiration challenges and thank you for your visit today.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Sunset at Whitfield Bay!

It's unbelievable but another fortnight has flown by! We are up to Challenge #12 at Crafty Ann's already - which also means that we've reached 6 months! The time has flown by and we've been privilaged to see some amazing creations so thank you all who have joined us.

This time our theme is 'Let the sunshine in!' I think this is something that a lot of us are getting pretty desperate for just now!  For me, there is nothing better than a beautiful red sunset at the end of a gloriously sunny day and that's what I wanted to depict. I couldn't help myself and have done another oval easel card (I'm wondering if I should start and easel cardaholics support group!!) I created a new bp for the occasion (keep a look out in the shop because this will be part of a new range soon) then digitally overlaid the Tropical beach scene before printing out as one. I've printed it onto a satin photo paper then created the silhouettes using cool grey 5 and black promarkers. I wasn't sure how the promarkers would react to both paper and ink but they're fine.

Unfortunately the photo doesn't show the true effect so I'll see if I can improve with a close up and add it if I can. Because of using the 2 shades there are some subtle tonal differences that don't show up in the pic but also, there is a sheen to the shilhouettes that make them really 'pop' - especially when the light catches them. Last but not least, the effect of the pens looks like the texture of oil paint even though the areas are completely smooth when you run your finger over them. I think I'll be playing more with this!

Okay - this is the best close up I can manage - ignore the flash flare and you should get some idea of what I was talking about above. It still only partially shows the effects but at least gives you some idea.

I've used gold mirri card and black matte card that I've edged with gold pentouch pen for my other mats and the sentiment has been stamped in versamark and embossed with gold detail ep.

My card is also for these challenges:
 Do please pop over and check out the rest of the cards by the DT - we've all interpreted the challenge differently and it's been fascinating watching the cards come in. If you were one of the record number of entries into our last challenge don't forget to see if you won too - there are two winners this time. I do hope you'll get chance to join us again.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


This is the first card I've managed to make in a fortnight - hence the reason for the title! It's for several challenges starting with Bah! Humbug! I had to miss last week's due to lack of time but I was deternined not to miss the current one too. The theme this time is embossing. I've used 3 different cuttlebug folders and the Merry Christmas is heat embossed. Quite a few other challenges inspired this one too. Daring Card Makers want 'Daimonds for April and I've created another shaped easel card for this - I won't be putting onto SNR and the Special 50/50 straight way this time though because I haven't got it quite right so I need to tweak it first. Allsorts say no dp and for this one I've made my own. I put some white pearlescent paper through my lovely new CB folder then used gold and two shades of red alcohol ink to colour it and really like the result. I printed the Holly Fairy image from Mo Manning onto the same white pearlescent paper and was delighted to find that my promarkers didn't bleed on this paper. The other challenges this is for are:
I've had a lovely time making this and I hope you enjoy seeing it, thank you for dropping by today.