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: