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!!

Friday, 2 July 2010

CACB #18

I can't believe that it's that time again already! The past fortnight has sped by and it's time for challenge #18 at Crafty Ann's. This time our theme is SHAPED EASEL CARDS you can use one of the free templates that's available on the challenge blog or one of your own just as long as it isn't a straight forward square or rectangular shape. I've gone for the octagonal shape which is one of my favourites. I must confess that this card has changed from what I intended as far as the colour scheme goes - either the print heads want cleaning or I'm running out of one of the colours but the main paper is supposed to be a mid brown colour and has come out more of a pale olive colour - although it doesn't quite show that in the pic. I do like how it turned out though. The main bp is from the Abstract 2 earth tones collection and the other bp is from the Polished Stone earth tones collection from Crafty Ann's shop. I've edged them all with gold pentouch ink. The image is Venetian Mask 2 and I've coloured it with olive promarker and three lots of art institute glitter - gingerbread, fool's gold and flax. The mask is sitting on a piece of gold textured card that's been put through the c/bug script folder. Two swirls from a Marianne's Design die and some glitterations sparkly dots add the finishing touches.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Do pop over and check out the rest of the DT cards - this challenge was suggested by one of your GDs this time - Ann. I hope you'll join us and thank you for your visit today.