Friday, 29 July 2011

CACB #46 and a sneaky peek


It's Friday and time for the next challenge at CACB - geez but these fortnights are coming round at an alarming rate! This time our theme is Summertime.......and the living is easy....


I know I'd love my easy living summertime to be somewhere like this and I'd love a souvenir like this egg to bring back home too. :) I've used the Faberge Style Egg, Tropical Beach digi. One of my favourite ways of colouring scenes is to use lots of layers of ink and sponging it onto the image from the edges inwards starting with the palest colour and finishing with black. On this occasion I decided to see if I could replicate this look when colouring digitally and I'm really pleased with the result. I found I got the best results using the spray can setting. The dps and flowers are a sneaky peak of the some of the metallics collection coming to Crafty Ann's very soon so look out for them and a special offer when they hit the shop. Although the daisies come with leaves, I decided to use a Marianne's designs swirl in the same gold mirri card backing the narrow strips.

I'd also like to share a tip with you - when you are using digi products, whether they are bps or images, you can design your card in a graphics program or MS Word so that you only print out what you need and can see whether it is going to look how you want it to before you start. It saves on ink, paper and mistakes.


The picture on the left shows the card as I designed it with the elements to be printed  and the picture on the right shows them all separated out and ready for printing. I made a 6x6 card and got all the elements out of 1 A4 sheet of rather nice silk finish card stock and not one drop of wasted ink. You can still use this method with an uncoloured image of course.

I'm entering my card into these challenges too:

Thank you all for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight.


Monday, 18 July 2011

Wishing You a Shapely Christmas!


Good afternoon fellow bloggers - today's card has been inspired by several challenges. I'm breaking from the norm today though and not going into too much detail because you are getting a sneaky peak at some new things being worked on at Crafty Ann's. I can tell you that the ornament is available as a black and white digi stamp along with two others and the red bp is from the woodgrain brights collection. I've added some gold text to it for this card.

The challenges I'm entering this card into are:

I hope you like this early sneak peak and thank you for dropping by today.


Friday, 15 July 2011

Two for the price of one!


It's time for our new challenge at CACB and challenge #45 is: Dry Embossing. I love adding a bit of texture with my folders so have had fun for this one. I'm showing you two cards this time because I wanted two on a similar theme for two members of the same family.


For this one I've used three bps from Crafty Ann's - Mottled stone from Collection 5 (the big piece), Polished stone, brights collection (purple) and Embossed Hearts, pastel collection for the paper backing the roses. The image is from the Pre-coloured Pink Roses sheet. The embossing folder that I used is the cuttlebug swirls. I've finished it off with some punched daisies and added some stickles to the centres although they don't show too well in the photo. I'm entering this card into these challenges:


  • Top Tip Tuesday - the sketch
  • Kaboodle Doddles - Use those scissors  (the image of frame, bp and roses have been printed off as one and I cut it out around the frame before mounting it with foam pads to the embossed piece)
  • CYP - Just for you
  • Simon Says - Anything Goes

For this one I've used two bps from Crafty Ann's. The main one is a Mottled Stone again - is from collection 7 and a pastel version  from collection 5 which I made really pale so that it was almost a cream to put behind the daffodils which are from the Pre-coloured Daffodils sheet. This time my embossing folder is birds and swirls. I've finished it with ribbon strips and butterflies that were part of the silhouette studio library and cut out with the robo. I added gold stickles to the bodies. I'm entering this card into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you'll pop over to CACB and find time to join us - you'll be most welcome!


Friday, 1 July 2011

Sending You Hugs



Good friday morning bloggers! It's time for a new challenge at CACB and this time the theme is Get well/Thinking of you/Just because. It's lovely to be able to send someone a hand made card or gift when they need a lift and the fact that you were thinking of them when you made it and took the time and trouble to do so means it can carry with it a wealth of love and healing so I really enjoyed making this one - although I'd much rather it wasn't necessary.

My dp is from Funky Collection 1 and is the first time I've used it but it won't be the last! The image is the Peacock Fan and I've coloured this digitally in photoshop. The mat it's on and the sentiment.......label (I don't know what to call it so if you have any suggestions, don't be shy about leaving them!), I created using the silhouette software and cut them with the robo. I'm particuarly happy with the main mat - I cut out some circles to go in the centres and went round the very edges (with a foam mat underneath) to shape them but when I laid them in place it didn't all look quite right so I decided to try putting the mat through a swirls cuttlebug folder before adding the shaped circles and it transformed the whole look! The sentiment label is raised in the middle and the two fancy pieces glued to the card which also adds extra interest. The sentiment itself is from a papermania clear set that I got ages ago. The partial border on the right hand side was created from the waste pieces from the sentiment label - I had cut more than one as a "just in case". Tiny pearls in the gap at the bottom stop them from looking like waste and using them helps to tie the whole design together. More pearls adorn the other two corners to complete it.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges with thanks for the inspiration:

  • Kaboodle Doodle - Going in circles
  • Top Tip Tuesday - Things beginning with "T" (Turquoise and if it isn't pushing it too much - tail feathers)
  • Ai Factory - Embellish it. My favourite embellishment is probably pearls, they can transform a card.
  • Truly Scrumptious - Things with wings
  • The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
  • My Mum's Craft Shop - something old, something new (the image is new and the dp is old)
  • PIO - Going round in circles and at least one other challenge.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you'll get chance to join in with us this fortnight.