Tuesday, 26 April 2011

An Old Favourite


The challenge at Bah! Humbug! this week has caused me to re-visit an old favourite. The theme of the challenge is the great man himself - Santa Claus or Father Christmas. Like most people, I have umpteen stamps and images of Santa, but this one from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD has been a firm favourite from the moment I clapped eyes on it - I think it's because it's so gentle. I've stamped some holly corners using a free stamp from a docrafts magazine and embossed them with halo gold sprinkle 'n' sparkle embossing powder and matted the Santa image onto some gold mirri cut out with a nesties shape and I rather like the way it looks like it's in a frame. The bp on the bottom of the card is one I created to go with this image (there are some bps on the CD for this but I felt like a change). The bow is from the embellishments sheet and I drew a 'ribbon' to put behind it and printed them off onto some beautiful yellow pearlescent paper that I've had in my stash for eons and embossed with fine detail gold embossing powder. I just finished it off with homemade gold mirri 'brads' and that's another one in the box and assigned to it's recipient ready for writing later in the year. :D
 As well as the Bah! Humbug! Challenge, I'm entering my card into Craft Your Passion who want layers and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challege where Hazel wants us to bring a little bit of Easter into Christmas by using some yellow on our cards. Thank you all for the inspiration!

Friday, 22 April 2011

CACB Challenge #39

I can't believe that it's time for another challenge at Crafty Ann's already! It's true what they say about time speeding up........
Anyway, on to the card. I'm getting well ahead because this one is for our GS's 19th birthday in June. Our theme this time is Fancy Folds - these can be the card itself or on the card - or both, as I've done here. The folds don't have to be complicated and I've chosen an easel card. I decided to keep it fairly simple colour wise and let the tartan take the lead.
The image is new to the shop and came about as the result of a request - something to reflect the energy of traditional scottish music! I must admit to being stumped at first so I did what I always do in this situation, and left the thought to 'ferment'. Sure enough, part way through an episode of NCIS, this image started to form in my head. I was a scottish dancer for 10 years and I think that's where the idea started and 'Fit as a Fiddle'  was born!
I shrank a piece of the tartan paper (from Collection 1) in photoshop and digitally paper pieced the kilt and the Tam O' Shanter. (There's a tut for digital paper piecing here if you want it.)  If you shrink rather than crop the paper, the pattern reduces too to make it the right size for the image. I coloured the rest of the image using promarkers.
I used the same tartan at normal size for my backing papers and made the piece for the easel into a frame. The stamp in the bottom right hand corner is a quotation by Mark Twain and the rubber stamp is from Sweet Pea. It doesn't show in the picture but the black card on the base has been put through the c/bug argyle folder and the sentiment, which is one of the three on the Fit as a Fiddle sheet, has been cut out with a nesties label die. A few black pearls and some homemade 'brads' finish it off.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to join us for this challenge.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Tropical Paradise!


This card was inspired by several challenges and I really enjoyed making it. The tropical beach FSE, has been entirely coloured using digital paper piecing. There is a tutorial on how to do this here. The papers I used to do this are:
  • funky collection no:2, paper 10
  • woodgrain effect, earth tones collection, papers 1, 4 & 6
  • polished stone pastels #1
  • polished stone brights #6
I've used the same funky collection paper as my main dp too. I've used some lovely white pearlescent paper for edged with a fiskars edge punch and the punched daisies have been punched from the same paper. The greeting is a See D's stamp embossed with white detail ep and embellished with a home made 'brad' and diamante gems. A satin ribbon that started off white and was coloured with cyan promarker finish it off.
I'm entering my card into these challenges (thank you for the inspiration) :
Thank you for dropping by today, but I'm afraid I've got to cut and run now - I've just had a rather exciting delivery! More about that another time............... :D

Friday, 8 April 2011

CACB #38

Good friday morning fellow bloggers, it's a lovely day here and I hope it is where you are too. It's time for challenge #38 at CACB and this time we want you to Raise a Smile. This can be using humour on your card/project or it can be to make someone feel good, it's up to you. I've chosen to make a card that I hope will make it's recipient feel good. I've combined Mo Manning's "What's cookin'" image with the Aga from Crafty Ann's. I digitally paper pieced the wall and floor tiles (there's a tutorial here for how to do this) before printing the combined images off and colouring the rest with promarkers then cutting out with a nesties die.
The dps are both from Crafty Ann's - from mottled stone collection 6 and embossed hearts autumn tones. I've added some faux stitching to the emobossed hearts piece which isn't showing up so well in the photo but looks quite effective in real life. I got the friendship cake recipe from this website and added it to one the new journalling tags that will be in the shop very soon and backed both onto a piece of mottled stone paper from collection 5. I've finished it off with homemade gold mirri 'brads'.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by, I hope you'll be able to join us again and do pop over to see the rest of the samples from the DT, all are lovely and some of them made me chuckle as soon as I saw them.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Another New Year Diet??

I've been singing since last Friday - I think I'm driving hubby mad though, because I can't stop singing "When Santa got stuck in the chimney!" It's the girls at humbug hall to blame though, for the current challenge at Bah! Humbug! they want cards that make you giggle. As soon as I saw this, I knew what I wanted to do - but I had to draw it first. I decided to create a new snowglobe sheet with Santa stuck in the chimney because a snowglobe seemed the perfect home for an image like this. The new sheet also has 4 sayings and I've used one of them here. They all begin with "When Santa got stuck in the chimney he began to shout" and the one I've used here finishes with "I wish I'd joined Weight Watchers!!"
I added the sentiment to a tag from one of two new sheets of journalling tags that will be in the shop very soon too. My colouring medium is promarkers and white glitter. I've gone for the red and white theme again and used some lovely red mirri that I've embossed for the snowglobe base and white pearlescent paper for everything else. Red mirri homemade card candy finishes the corners.
Thank you for the inspiration again girls and I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and for the lovely comments you leave.