Saturday, 28 May 2011

Ebony & Ivory

Good morning fellow bloggers, I want to share something that's a little bit different for me today. This card is to fit an ebony and ivory theme for a swap. I've had this stamp for quite a while and it's the first time I've used it. I've quite often done sepia toned pictures and this time decided to give the black and white look a go. I stamped the Sweet Pea image with tuxedo black ink and coloured it with all five of the cool grey promarkers and a spot of black. I've highlighted parts of the image with stickles although this doesn't show up too well in the pic. Then cut it out with a nesties labels 4. The large bp is from the black & white collection from Crafty Ann's. To embellish I've used black satin ribbon, black & white punched daisies and black and white pearls.
The challenges that inspired me for this one are:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Saturday, 21 May 2011


Good saturday morning to you all - I hope the weather is nice where you are for the weekend. Yesterday was one of our GD's 2nd birthday and this is her card. I've gone for a monochromatic look this time and, trying to avoid the 'pink trap,' have used aquamarine instead. The two bps are from Crafty Ann's as is the 3D Flower in the bottom right hand corner. I've used the 3D Daisy and leaves and made the flower to 4 layers in 2 sizes out of pearlescent paper then popped a pearl into the centre. The main image is Bunny in a Box from Delicious Doodles which I've popped into the centre of a tag that is a work in progress for the shop. I've coloured it in photoshop and am very pleased with the result. I'm getting quicker at digital colouring but it still takes me a lot longer than using something like promarkers. What's really great about it though is all the colours at my disposal.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for visiting today and for the lovely comments you take the time to leave.

Friday, 20 May 2011

CACB Challenge #41


Well another fortnight has zoomed by already and it's time for Challenge #41 at CACB. This time our theme is Oriental. I love doing oriental cards but seem to have got into the habit of using lilac for them - must move out of my comfort zone for the next one!!!  I've gone for a more muted look with this one. I've used polished stone for the two bps and created a bp from the polished stone and the coloured lanterns for the lower strip. The digi stamps that I've used are: blossom kimono, blank lantern (I've added the Happy Birthday text before printing it) and one of the cherry blossom branches. My colouring is mostly digital along with promarkers. I cut the kimono out with a nesties label 4 and have edged this and two of the bps with stickles. I've also added some tiny drops of gold stickles to the centres of the blossoms on the branch but the photo doesn't show this. I've finished it with 3 'brads' made from a scrap of the darker bp.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I do hope you get the chance to join us for this one.

Friday, 6 May 2011

CACB #40


Well not to put too fine a point on it, it's been quite a week! I really thought that for the first time since we started the challenge, I wasn't going to be able to get my sample card done. I finally managed to finish it off this morning. The reason that I'm so behind with it is because my beautiful 10yr old nephew and niece were involved in a riding accident last weekend when they were on a long weekend break with their parents at Centre Parcs. It would seem that there was a shotgun fired on the nearby Lowther estate which 'spooked' the horses and they were thrown. My niece has cuts, grazes and bruises and seems to feel that she got off fairly lightly but my nephew had to airlifted to hospital with a broken upper left arm just below the shoulder and a broken right lower leg which at this moment is in a full length cast. They are at home but it's all go atm. I'd just like to insert a HUGE THANK YOU! to the Great North Air Ambulance for whom my sister has nothing but praise.These wonderful people receive no official funding at all and rely on donations to find the £3.6m they need each year to provide this vital service for Cumbria, the North East and North Yorkshire. If you'd like to show your support and gratitude, follow this link to their facebook page.

Now onto my slightly belated card. Our theme this fortnight at CACB is Happy Birthday! I've used a new digi called H on Accoustic. The bps are from the woodgrain collection and the embossed dots collection, both from the earth tones. I've slightly distressed the edges of these with Brilliance galaxy gold. The main image was coloured with a mixture of digital paper piecing (tutorial here) for the sky, bandana, shirt and jeans and then coloured digitally in photoshop using my new wacom bamboo pen & touch. Colouring like this isn't a quick option and I need a lot more practise, but it's a great tool and it's great having so many different shades of colour.

I've finished off with a See D's stamp for the greeting and some homemade gold mirri 'brads'. 
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you have a less eventful fortnight and get the opportunity to join us.