Friday, 25 March 2011

CACB #37

It's hard to believe, but another fortnight has whizzed by and it's time for a new challenge at CACB! This time our theme is to be inspired by an Elvis song. There's lots to choose from but if you need a reminder there's a link on the challenge blog to a great list. The DT have come up with a great selection for their sample cards, not all of them his best known songs. I've gone for 'Blue Christmas' - the only trouble is that I can't stop singing it now!!
I've used the tartan from the black and blue dp collection and the royal blue polished stone from the brights collection as my dps with some white pearlescent paper that I cut out with the robo. The sentiment is computer generated and the image is from the pre-coloured faberge style egg poinsettia sheet and I've added some stickles to bling it up a bit and shaped it before adding it to another piece of white pearlescent paper cut out with nesties labels 4. The white brads are home made from the white pearlescent paper.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
I hope you'll get the chance to join us for this challenge - I think Elvis had a song to cover every eventuallity so hopefully you will. :o)

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Music & Movement

This was an enjoyable card to make that I did for a card swap with the theme of music and movement. I don't make the smaller cards very often and this one works out to be roughly A6 in size. I've used nesties labels dies to cut the base pieces and all the mats but this is the one I can never remember the number of, sorry! 
I've used a mixture of digis and rubber/polymer stamps here. The main image has the classical guitar and rosebud over laid onto Abstract 2 dp (all from Crafty Ann's) and coloured with promarkers. The base of the card uses the same paper that I've stamped using the free butterfly stamp from the current issue of Craft Stamper with lettuce distress ink. I stamped off and used the 2nd stamping on the paper so that the colour was more muted. I've also overstamped with a music stamp and london fog memento ink. The pink butterfly is the same Craft Stamper stamp using the twilight brilliance ink pad on a scrap of pink dp. I've kept it fairly simple other than that and my only embellishments are the 'gems' acting as a stop for the easel and a couple of small die cut flourishes.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today, I'll see you again tomorrow.

Friday, 11 March 2011


Sorry to be so slow getting my post up today, it seems to have been non stop since I opened my eyes this morning and at 11am, it feels like it should be at least 5pm! At least I can't complain about boredom!! lol! I have two cards to share with you today and am entering both into several challenges.
This first one is for Crafters Digital Art Centre's colour challenge 19. (There's a link to it in my side bar.) Crafty Ann's group is hosting this challenge this time. There is a free digi sheet for you to use for the challenge and you can see one of them on the card above. The colour part of the challenge is to use shades of purple, lilac and pink instead of the black and red we traditionally use on oriental cards. The freebie image is a sheet of two lanterns and you can use either or both. I've used just one on my sample card and have teamed it up with a new cherry blossom digi that is just new in the shop along with some other new oriental style images. The lanterns that are part of the challenge will go into the shop when the challenge finishes.
I've used the hybrid version of the cherry blossom digi and laid it directly onto the polished stone bp in two places before printing it out. The digi itself remains white when you do it this way which allowed me to colour
it with promarkers. It makes it look like part of the bp though and is a really nice effect. I coloured the main image with promarkers too and cut it out using a Marianne Designs die which frames it beautifully.

The second card is for the new challenge at CACB and at Crafty Ann's this fortnight we have an either/or challenge for you. You can use the sketch or the theme which is Spring or both. My sample card is using both and is my husband's birthday card - Shhhhh - I'm relying on you not to tell him! I've used dark brown woodgrain effect and a blue mottled stone from collection 5 bps and used the hybrid digi of the other blossom branch on the sheet and the bird on blossom branch directly onto the bp again. If you aren't sure what I mean by hybrid, it's simply a jpg with the background removed and saved as a png and you get this version, a jpg and a traditional png version in a zipped file. This is what allows the image to stay white when it's overlaid onto a digital bp. Once again, my clolouring medium is promarkers
I'm entering my cards into these challenges:
Phew - this feels like a marathon post! Thank you if you've stuck with it all the way to the end and it would be lovely to see you at both challenges.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Running Late...........Again!

I'm running late again! The Bah! Humbuggers! must despair of me sometimes. I'm actually a little past the closing time for the current Bah! Humbug! Challenge which is embossing but I enjoyed making it so much that I'm going to link it anyway and thank both them and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge (also embossing this week) for the inspriation.
I decided to go for more or less white on white because I do like this look. I've used a linen effect card for the base card and white pearlescent paper for the rest. The four squares were cut out using a punch then put through two different cuttlebug folders and the mat behind the image was cut out using one of the nestie labels from set 4. The image is from the pre-coloured Faberge style Egg Poinsettia sheet and the whole lot was placed inside an embossed square I did on the base card. A very easy card to do but really enjoyable none the less.
Thank you for dropping by today and for taking the time to leave a much appreciated comment.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

A Vickie Quickie!

This card was made for Nana Vic's group challenge over on CDAC. Vickie posts a digi for the group every fortnight but doesn't leave it up for very long. If you miss it though she will have it in her shop very soon I'm sure. This one is slightly different in that it doesn't come as you see it on my card. All the separate components are there for you to make up your own frame in the style and size you want it to be. I started off by removing just the background in photoshop. This leaves the image part white and I overlaid all the pieces to create my frame onto a piece of mottled stone backing paper from collection 5 then printed them off as one. I coloured the image with promarkers. The sentiment in the middle is one I made up and printed off the computer. I cut this out with a nesties label and coloured some white pearls with lilac promarker to embellish the corners. I thoroughly enjoyed myself making this and am entering it into these challenges too.:
Thank you for dropping by today and for all the lovely comments you take the time to leave.