Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Here come the girls!

When I saw the current challenge of 'Here Come The Girls' at Bah! Humbug! my favourite Kenny K image just had to come out again. I used one of the unlined journalling tags to create a nested style shape and played about with it in photoshop and came up with that rather interesting effect - don't know if I can ever repeat it, but rather liked it as a backdrop for this lovely image. The dp is from the embossed stars brights collection and I've simple teamed this with some bright white that I also made the faux 'brads' from. I coloured the main image in photoshop and have added some stardust stickles to all the white 'furry' bits and also to the faux 'brads'. The text is computer generated. I really enjoyed making this and was inspired by several other challenges too:

That's another one into the Christmas box, and I must say that this is a much more civilised and pleasurable way of getting them done rather than a last minute dash!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Tea? Don't mind if I do!

I'm just about squeezing in with a couple of days to go for the first round of the first progressive challenge on CDAC. There are a whole lot of great entries so far. For each round we get 4 images to play with but because I've only had time to make one card, I haven't had time to use them all. I did manage to combine two on this one card though! I've used Chef by Jenlee for Digistamps 4 Joy and Tea pot and cup by Sandi Huggett. I chose my colour scheme by choosing my papers first and I love turquoise and various shades of. I know you don't usually get fuchsias in these two shades but I had a fancy for a monochromatic look - you'll be pleased to see that I was a bit more traditional with the cakes though! The I've given each layer a gold mirri mat and embellished with home made 'card candy' made from the same mirri. The text is computer generated and printed directly onto the main dp.
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you are having a good one.

Friday, 26 August 2011

It'll be all white on the night!

Well I'm so far behind today that'll it'll be tomorrow before I get this posted if I don't get a move on!! It's time for Challenge #48 at CACB and this time our theme is: It'll be all white on the night! The only colour should be on the main image. I've become rather fond of WOW backgrounds so really enjoyed making this. My topper has been created using the textured gold frame #3 (which isn't as dark as this in real life) that I've digitally paper pieced a piece of mottled stone paper (from collection 5) into. The butterfly is brand new and will be going into the shop today with some other new digis. The butterfly sheet has 3 of the same image on it - there is the usual black and white line art, a gold embossed outline effect and a sliver embosses outline effect. I've used the gold embossed outline here and digitally paper pieced it with various papers. All are from Crafty Ann's. I've sussed out another way of digital paper piecing that is easier and quicker so I'll do a tut on that as soon as I get the chance. I cut the butterfly out and shaped the wings before adding it with pinflair gel glue so it has lovely dimension to it. I've used a pearlescent white paper to create the backing for my topper. I used a corner punch without the guides to create the two edges and put the whole thing through a papermania embossing folder and added the pearls after I'd attached it to the card. The only other embellishments are the lovely Marianne Designs flourishes top and bottom.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, and I hope you'll get the chance to come along and WOW us this fortnight.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


We have quite a few nephews and nieces between us and this weekend one of them is getting married. This is the card I made for them and have taken the opportunity to personalise it. The lilac dp is from the embossed hearts, pastel collection and I cut some pieces out using the robo which I've alternated with pieces of pearlescent white cut the same way The main image is from the Love is all around sheet 1. I digitally paper pieced the sleeve and coloured the rest in photoshop. The heart frame is in the shop in gold or silver in the metallics range but as yet, not in this colour, as is frame #2 that I used to create the sentiment plaque. The plaque was backed with the same dp. You can't really see it in the picture, but the heart has been added using pinflair glue gel which has given it a lovely dimension and shape. The only embellishments I added where the row of padded iridescent hearts along the bottom and the white organza ribbon and although you can't see it, there is some stickles on the bracelet and cufflink.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for your visit today and I hope that whatever you are doing, yours is a good one.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Donald Where's Yer Troosers!

In case you're wondering about the title, this song pops into my head every time I use this image, lol! The card is for my nephew's birthday and I thoroughly enjoyed making it. I've used 3 dps from Crafty Ann's. The tartan is from Collection 1 and I created a torn edge look digitally and printed it directly onto the base card. The other two papers are #4 from the gold collection in the Metallics range and the red polished stone from the brights collection. I created a torn edge look for the horizontal red strip and laid it onto the gold piece before printing. All the gold strips and the red panel I laid out on an A4 sheet in word so that I could get them the right size to cut out. The red panel behind the image is the same paper and I've lightly distressed the edges. The image is Fit As A Fiddle and I've coloured it with a mix of digital paper piecing and colouring. Apart from the tartan for the kilt and the tam o'shanter, I also used a piece of the woodgrain for the violin and added some highlights to it.
The sentiment is part of the FAAF sheet and says"kick up your heels, it's your birthday!" I overlaid the sentiment onto a piece of the gold dp and put the gold frame #2 over this to make a little plaque, adjusting the frame to suit the sentiment. The frame, image and home made 'card candy' have all been added with 3D foam to give dimension.
My thanks to the following challenges for inspiration:
Thank you for stopping by today, hope you have a great weekend.

Friday, 12 August 2011

A Pearl......Or Two!

I think I need to start this post off with an apology for the quality of the pics! The light was awful and seeing as I have a light box and a daylight bulb, I think we'll just leave my photography skills out of it!!! lol!

This card is for my brother and s-i-l who are celebrating their pearl wedding anniversary on monday. It's also my sample card for CACB where our theme is Scallops and/or Fancy Borders. I've started off with a scalloped 8x8 base card and then kind of gone to town with the new Metallics Range  from Crafty Ann's and just launched this week. To celebrate the launch of this new range, they are on special offer of buy one, get one free - so make sure you don't miss out.

My main dp is from the silver collection - these papers are 8x8 so I shrank it slightly before printing so that it would look right against the scallops. I laid the Morning Glory (using the hybrid version so that I still had white areas for colouring in) onto another of the papers from the same collection and also used the same one for the sentiment plaque that I put behind the smooth version of silver frame #2 and altered it's size and shape to suit the text (this is one of the things I love digis for!)

The white panels in the opposite corners have been dry embossed for extra texture and I've mounted the Morning Glory panel onto a mat that I cut with the robo. My embellishments are the lovely Marianne Designs flourish, 3 of the silver 3D short petal flowers from the Metallics Range and lots of pearls.

Even though I was to the wire time wise, I still really enjoyed making this and it came together how I hoped it would so I'm really pleased with it. I suppose I'd better nip out and get it in the post now - but before I do, I'm entering it into these challenges:
  • Incy Wincy - something old, something new. (My old is the pearls because as soon as I have opened my last packet, I go and buy two more so I've had them for a bit and my flourish die. The new is all the metallics stuff)
  • Papertake Weekly - Grow Your Own. Use flowers that you have made yourself - although I printed these flowers off, I cut them out and shaped them by hand to two layers
  • The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anniversary
  • The Pixie Cottage - I've used both the sketch and the theme of say it with flowers
  • Cooking it up with Katie - Emboss A Summer Punch (embossing, summer and punches or die cuts)
  • Cute Card Thursday - Clean and Simple
  • Fussy and Fancy Friday - Use a lot (3 or more of your favourite embellishment. I've used 3 flowers and lots of pearls.)
Thank you for visiting today, I do hope you'll get chance to join us at Crafty Ann's but be sure to pop over and check out the wonderful samples from the rest of the DT and welcome our newest designer, the lovely Leesa (aka The Navy Wife).

Friday, 5 August 2011

White Christmas

Good friday morning bloggers - at least, it is as I'm writing this! I made this card a few weeks ago and haven't got round to blogging it yet. I was reminded though when I saw this week's Bah! Humbug! theme of WOW. I only tried wow for the first time earlier this year and really like the effect even if hubby thinks it could do with a little colour! The embossed tree is a papermania folder that was free with one of their magazines earlier in the year. All I've added to it are a few pearls and a satin ribbon bow. The mat it's sitting on was designed using the silhouette software and cut out with the robo - in fact it was the first one I designed after downloading the software. The topper was added to some silver mirri card and apart from stamping the Merry Christmas I decided to leave it at that.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope it's a good one for you.