Friday, 26 March 2010

CACB #11

I can't believe how fast these challenges come round - it's been another quick fortnight and we're already up to challenge #11 at Crafty Ann's! Our theme this time is to make something for someone who is special to you so that should give you plenty of scope! I've made yet another easel card - another oval but in portrait mode this time. I've made this for a special forum friend who, I hope, will have it in her hand by the time she reads this!

The paler bp is from the embossed dots pastels collection and the darker one is from the polished stone brights collection. The main image is from the bluebells sheet and has been coloured with promarkers. The butterfly swirl is an elusive images stamp and has been coloured with the same promarkers as the bluebells.

This card fits quite a few challenges:
I think 12 challenges might be something of a record for me! I hope you'll pop along to Crafty Ann's and check out the rest of the DT projects - they have absolutely blown my socks off with what they've come up with for this challenge - and why not join in too? There's a prize to be won again.

I'll be putting the freebie pdf template for the portrait oval easel card up for my group on SNR and also on The Special 50/50.

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll play along.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Vintage Christmas

It's safe to say that in some ways I'm VERY late with this card - in fact I've passed the deadline for the Bah! Humbug! challenge which closed at 12pm GMT today but as this challenge was the main inspiration behind this card I'm linking it anyway. As soon as I knew that the theme was vintage, I wanted to use this image with a sepia feel - I just haven't had time to do it! I finally got around to it this morning and have used the lovely sketch at DP2. The image is "Boughs for the wreath" by Mo Manning and I've coloured the image with promarkers (cinnamon, satin, blush & vanilla for the most part and pastel beige for the footprints the little fella is looking at and added chalk to take the white from the paper. You can't see it too well in the photo, but I've added bits of glitter to the snowy area. The flower is the 3D short petal flower from Crafty Ann's painted with twinkling H2Os. I coloured white ribbon with gold promarker and the corners are cuttlebug dies cut from gold mirri card. The bp's are both from Crafty Ann's.

It might have taken some getting done but I'm really pleased that I finally did! Thank you for dropping by today.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

The Other Twin

It's either a feast or a famine isn't it?? Okay on to today's second post and this card is for my nephew who will be 9 on tuesday. See a couple of posts down for the one for his twin sister. I've used the video boy image from Mo Manning and sat him on my Easy Chair from Crafty Ann's. I've made a round easel card again and used the hand held electronic game digi (This Year's Must Have) again from Crafty Ann's as the stand. I coloured all the images with promarkers. I'm entering this card into several challenges:
Thank you for you visit today.


This has been a distinctly strange week. My poor hubby hasn't been well and it's thrown the whole week out. To cap it all the poor chap's had his birthday too! This is the card I made for him. I've created another shaped easel card - this time it's an oval in landscape mode. I kept it simple and used ivory stardream card and gold mirri. The image has been created using 3 stampscape stamps and gold detail ep. The design on the floor part of the easel was created using the cloud stamp and gold detail ep again. The gold mirri mats were put through the c/bug tiny mosaics folder. We've been watching the re-runs of Trevor McDonald's Secret Carribean that's being shown on ITV3 here in the UK and saying what a lovely dream it would be to be like Richard Branson and David Copperfield and have our own island and name a bay after ourselves, so I've written inside the card "The picture is of Whitfield Bay, somewhere in the Caribbean" - you never know, maybe one day!
I'm entering my card into two challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, hopefully things will be back to normal soon.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

From Fab to Bah! Humbug!

I missed last week's Bah! Humbug! Challenge, I just had too much on :(

I'm making up for it this week though, I couldn't wait once I saw this week's theme which is to use at least 3 previous themes in combination. Let's start at the begining though - you'd probably never guess (?!?!?) but I'm really getting into easel cards so have been designing templates for them - this is number 3 and as soon as I saw how it came out, two things sprang to mind - Egyptian themes.....and Christmas. Then I saw the theme at Fab's Big Christmas Challenge for this week which is: Triangle card, stencilling or stamping - and of course I just had to use it! I haven't used any papers for this one, instead I've created my backgrounds using alcohol inks on semi glossy card then edged it using a gold pentouch pen. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show up just how lovely this looks in real life. The Merry Christmas is a rubber stamp by funstamps, stamped with brilliance pearlescent ivy which goes really well with the lettuce and pesto alcohol inks. The baubles are all from Crafty Ann's and have been coloured with promarkers and twinkling H2Os and then glitter added. This is how it fits with the Bah! Humbug! Challenge:
  • Re-cycling - the cardstock came as part of the packaging of some plumbing stuff hubby ordered so not strictly in keeping with the first challenge which was to recyle something from last year's cards - but it is recycled nonetheless so I hope it still counts.
  • New Stash - the ribbon and this is also the first outing for the snowman ornament
  • glitter - there's some on all three ornaments (and also on DH's sausages last night, but fortunately he wasn't wearing his specs and didn't notice!!)
  • Baubles - already mentioned
  • holly
  • snowmen
  • Trees
Well I reckon I managed 7 of them which is definitely more than three - phew! Great fun though.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Finally, I'll be popping the pdf template (freebie) for the card onto the Crafty Ann's group on SNR Card Universe. If you're not a member yet, why not join up? It's free, and there's loads of resources on there. Come and join the Crafty Ann's group and pick up not only this free pdf template but also those for the circular and octagonal easel cards too.

Friday, 12 March 2010

CACB #10

We've reached double figures at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog and we have a colour combo for you this time. You can use other colours too, but you must also include Lilac, Pink and Lemon. I ended up doing something completely different than I originally intended but oh boy, did I enjoy doing it!

My twin neice and nephew are 9 this month and both seem to be welded to their electronic gadgets so what else to use for their cards? With them in mind, I drew This Year's Must Have (the hand held one propping up the easel) and treated myself to video girl and boy from Mo Manning. I hadn't thought beyond making easel cards when DT member Chrissie asked if I'd add an Easy Chair to my collection and video girl ended up with somewhere to sit! Pink and Lilac are Zoe's favourite colours so that worked perfectly too. I've coloured all the images with promarkers and used lilac polished stone bp. The pink is Brilliance pearlescent orchid sponged directly onto the base card.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
I've created the template I've used for the easel card as a PDF and will be putting up on Crafty Ann's group on SNR card universe as a freebie so if you'd like both this one and the octagonal one from a couple of posts down, come and join our group on SNR.

Do come and join in with our challenge and check out the other fabulous DT and GDT cards. As usual, there is a prize of 2 digi images and 1 backing paper collection of choice for the winner.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

It's A Conspiracy!!


At Bah! Humbug! this week the theme is trees (I hope one on it's own will count) and I decided to use one of the new baubles from Crafty Ann's, the one with the bow on this occasion. I had decided that the bow, ornaments and bp would be red - so far so good. Then I went in search of a sketch and found the lovely one by Pinky at Cute Daisy May - and it's at this point that things changed! I think the challenge setters out there must have spotted that most of my Christmas cards this year have red as the main colour and conspired to get me out of the red rut because I found:
Then I found:
Last but certainly not least, Fab's Big Christmas - now, this week Fab wants us to use tea bag folding or alternative techniques which I haven't really done but will share a wee bit about promarkers and twinkling H2Os in a sec. Fab is happy for us to link any new Christmas based project though and I had to thank him for the photography tips on this week's post. I have the same light box as Fab but have still been struggling with my photos so when I read these tips I was delighted. I'm still not totally happy with this photo but that's because hubby had 'borrowed' my daylight lamp so next one I take I have high hopes for, because this one is still an improvement - thank you Fab!

Now to what I've used:
  • Tree ornament with bow coloured with promarkers and glittered with little crystals for the baubles
  • embossed dots bp
  • white cardstock through the swiss dots folder
  • small petal 3D flower coloured with heavenly white twinkling H2Os for the petals and promarkers and twinkling H2Os for the centre. The sheen is gorgeous but you could also get the same effect by printing onto pearlescent card or paper. The leaves were coloured with promarkers and I decided to put a thin wash of heavenly white over the top but didn't like it so I wetted them again and used kitchen towel to take it back off. I did this twice and the result is a really nice slightly frosted look.
  • Sliver satin ribbon
  • BRAD - this was part of my spot prize given by the lovely girls at Bah! Humbug! while they were on their jollies in york - thank you girls, the rest of the prize will go to good use too.
Thank you for dropping by today and for the lovely and much appreciated comments you leave me.