Monday, 31 October 2011

Wishing on a Star

Good afternoon everyone, I have another card for the Christmas box today. I'm loving the CAS look, especially for Christmas cards so have gone with it again. I've used the star and bow from the gold embellishments sheet and the round ornament from the gold ornaments sheet - both from the metallics range - to create the topper. I've mounted both with 3D foam pads to give them dimension. The photo doesn't show it too well, but I've also added diamond stickles to the centre design of the ornament. The large die cut it's all sitting on was cut out using the robo and put through the swiss dots embossing folder. The sentiment is the free cover stamp with the Craft Stamper magazine that will be in the shops on friday (I subscribe) which I stamped with versamark and embossed with gold detail ep.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

I hope your Christmas cards are coming along nicely too :o)

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Sweet Dreams!

I'm one of the few to have resisted the allure of the kindle - I still love to get a real book in my hand and I've been meaning to make myslef a new bookmark for ages. I've had a fancy for making a corner one seeing as I haven't done one before and when I saw this lovely image that's part of the package for round 5 of the first progressive challenge on CDAC it seemed perfect because I always read before going to sleep. The image is by Just Some Lines and I've digitally paper pieced the bear and used stickles stardust on the cloud, halo and wing. I did the die cut on the robo and layered both things up onto a piece of lilac (yes really!) glitter card. It's really rather lovely in real life and I'm looking forward to using it tonight :)

I'm also entering my bookmark into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Christmas Bunny

This is for round 5 of the 1st Progressive Challenge at CDAC and I'm just getting my entry in by the skin of my teeth this time! I've used the lovely Christmas Bunny from Digis by Phooka and coloured using a mixture of digital paper piecing and Promarkers. I think this image is lovely for a child so have kept the rest of it very simple. The papers are all from Crafty Ann's and the sentiment is computer generated. The mat the bunny is sitting on is one of the unlined journalling labels. I'm also entering my card into these challenges ;

Thank you for your visit today :o)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

It's a Man's Christmas!

Good morning bloggers - last minute dash to make the Bah! Humbug! Challenge this week which is to make a Christmas card for a man. I've used one of the new crinkle papers and one of the polished stone papers for this one. The image is just a new one in the shop, Narrow Boat Scene. I've made the picture a sepia tone by changing the colour of the image itself and sponging with several shades of inks. Then I added some diamond stickles to give it a bit of Christmas sparkle although that doesn't show too well on the pic. I've had the idea for this in my head since the weekend, but getting it out of there proved to be a pain - I got there in the end though!
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Friday, 21 October 2011

CACB #52

Another fortnight has gone whizzing past and we're at Challenge #52 at Crafty Ann's - this time our theme is Clean and Simple. I've done quite a few CAS cards lately, and they are growing on me but I think they can be especially useful at Christmas time when we have a lot to make and also to try to keep postage down a bit. For this one I've used a piece of papermania gold hand made glitter paper for the base layer and the faux brads, then I've layered up two of the new crinkle papers from collection 1 and a scalloped mat. The image is the Christmas Garland that I've part paper pieced and part hand coloured. The sentiment is computer generated. I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for visiting today and I do hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Bearing Gifts

I was fortunate to win a lovely prize in a recent Creative Craft Challenge. The prize was a goody bag from Just Tracys Crafts. I don't think I've ever had a prize arrive so quickly, so thank you Tracy! A lovely goody bag it was too, introducing me to a couple of ranges that are new to me. My prize consisted of a Wild Rose Studio paper pack (Wintry Christmas), a Wild Rose Studio clear stamp and a pack of Kanban self adhesive snowflake stickers. The snowflakes are white in real life by the way - I have no idea why they have a pinky tone in the photo, especially as the other colours are true! I've used some of everything I received on this card. I chose three of the lovely co-ordinating papers to create the woven corner and added stickles to the dots. The lovely stamped image was coloured with promarkers and I used the same star dust stickles on her hat and frosted lace stickles created the snow. I then cut the image out with a nesties die. The sentiment is from a See D's set and was stamped with Brilliance pearlescent lavender ink. I thoroughly enjoyed making this and learned something along the way - colouring the image while trying to watch Australia v The All Blacks in a rugby world cup semi-final leads to the necessity to stamp another image and start again!!!! lol!

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today - see you tomorrow! :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Santa's Treats

I'm in real Christmas card mode at the moment - this is the first of 3 Christmas cards I've got done over the last 3 days. I'll be entering it into 3 challenges but the first one I'm going to mention is Bah! Humbug! where the theme is Christmas Food. The only stamps I have that feature Christmas food are very small ones so I decided to draw a new digi to fill the gap. I've called this one Santa's Treats with his mince pie and a drop of egg nog. He's been very polite too and left a note of thanks! This last bit comes from my past - when my daughters were small, my Dad came over each Christmas eve after they had gone to bed to put their presents under the tree, and ate the mince pie and drank the wee tot of rum they left out for Santa as they went upstairs, then left a note of thanks in Santa's name. My mother was always the one to write birthday cards etc, so they didn't know his handwriting. They used to look for the note that was left on the plate with the crumbs and the remnants of the rum when we went downstairs on Christmas morning and were always thrilled when they found it!
The main bp is from the 8x8 Gold Collection and the other two are from the new Crinkle Collections. The central mat has been created using one of the unlined journalling labels and backed with a piece of hand made glitter paper from papermania - the photo isn't doing this paper justice I have to say - the sparkle is fabulous. The sentiment is computer generated and added to the gold bp before printing and the only other embellishments are the 3 home made 'brads' that I punched out of a scrap of the glitter paper. Everything apart from the glitter paper is from Crafty Ann's.
The other two challenges my card is for are:

Thank you for dropping by today. :o)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Teen Birthday

This one is for our Granddaughter's 14th Birthday. I do find teenager cards can be quite difficult - it's striking the balance between too young and too old I think. I've been rescued this year by a lovely stamp by Elaine Cox that I won in a Sweetpea Stampers Challenge a couple of weeks ago. Isn't she lovely? Perfect for a 14yr old I think. I've coloured her with promarkers and added a touch of glitter with a clear sakura sparkly pen although this doesn't show up too well in the photo. My bp's are all from Crafty Ann's - the brown and orange from the Polished Stone collections and one of the crinkle collections that aren't in the shop just yet but will be by the end of the week. The text was done in photoshop and added to the brown bp before printing it off. The only embellishment is the 3D short petal flower in the top right hand corner. I've just used one layer this time though. I printed it onto the back of the gold mirri and have added some tiny papermania adhesive shimmer dots to the centre. I've also used one of the next size up of the shimmer dots to give her an earring.

Challenges entered:

Thank you for visiting :o)

Monday, 10 October 2011

Mystical Halloween

I don't usually make Halloween cards, but this is my second for this year and I've really enjoyed making them both. The backing papers are new ones that I've been working on and normally I wouldn't use just the one design in different colours like this but on this card they seem to go with the mystical quality I was after for this one. This is one of the images we received for the 4th round of the first progressive challenge over on CDAC. It's a Delicious Doodles image and I love it. The shaped mat she's sitting on is from the unlined journalling tags sheet as is the sentiment plaque. I paper pieced it and digitally 'sponged' around the edges with brown to distress it slightly which was good fun to do. Then I decided to experiment - I printed the backing mat and uncoloured image off on glossy photo paper so that I could colour with promarkers. I wasn't sure whether this would work because I have some silk finish photopaper that doesn't like promarkers at all. As it happens, I like the effect on this paper, but because it dries so quickly you need to work fast and you can't blend the colours in the usual way. On the upside though, you don't need more than one colour to do the shading! You aren't left with a glossy finish, but the textured finish you do get is a nice contrast and the colours are still very vibrant. I don't have a dark purple pm so the hair and shoes are a combination of amethyst and cool grey 5.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

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Halloween Mischief!

Well my lovely little muse has struck again! As soon as his Nana shared a photo she took of him in his pumpkin suit, I couldn't resist and the pencil and paper had to come out and Halloween Mischief! was born! I used one of the unlined journalling tags as a mat and distressed the edges by sponging with brown. I used the same tag for the greeting, just making it smaller. The main bp is from the black & orange collection and the side panel is some orange card with a fine corrugation that I've had in my stash for ages and that I backed with some back card to create a narrow border down the two long sides. I cut a swirl using a Marianne's die out of the same black and finished the design off with some faux brads. Tip: use a hole punch, a piece of foam and two embossing tools to create faux brads out of scraps of card stock. That way you can be sure of having the right colour to match your project - and if you get yourself a divided box, you can punch lots out of tiny scraps of precious card stock such as mirri so that you get as much as you can out of it.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today and for the lovely comments you leave, they are much appreciated.

Friday, 7 October 2011

The Holly And The Ivy

It's that time again already - Challenge #51 at CACB is to be inspired by a Christmas Song - any Christmas song! I couldn't get "the holly and the ivy" out of my head, I don't know why - it isn't a particular favourite but it stubbornly refused to budge! I don't have any ivy stamps or backing papers or dies so it was rather annoying - anyway, I eventually took the hint and decided to draw an ivy corner which is going into the shop as soon as I've posted this. What I've used with it are the pre-coloured holly wreath, one of the Christmas baubles and a bow from the embellishments sheet. (All from Crafty Ann's) The bauble and bow were coloured in photoshop and the ivy corner was coloured with promarkers (satin, forest green and pine). The greeting is a Humphrey's corner stamp that was part of a free set from a recent magazine and I've distressed the main base layer at the edges.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today and I do hope you'll get the time to join us this fortnight.