Sunday, 27 November 2011

Who?? Me???

This little one reminds me of a youngster 'caught in the act' and it made me smile when I saw it. The card is for progressive challenge #7 on CDAC and the image is from Sew Many Cards. I've coloured the image with promarkers apart from the sky background which I've used a digital backing paper for. This bp and the gold strip are from Crafty Ann's but all the other elements - including the frame, lace and corner flourish are from the Pam Lefors' Believe in Yourself kit. I first saw Pam's kits on Jen's blog. Jen does some fabulous digital as well as actual scrapbooking and I've always loved the layouts she's done using these kits so I decided to treat myself. I haven't put a sentiment on the card because I wanted it to have the feel of a page which I think has worked quite well. This is the beauty of digital papers and elements - all those in this kit are for 12x12 layouts but resized perfectly for a 6x6 card. There are a couple of other challenges I'm entering it into:

I've really enjoyed making this and I hope you've enjoyed seeing it, thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Tale of Three Challenges.......

I have two cards to show you today - it didn't start out that way, but events ended up dictating! You see, I had one of those times when I was looking through challenges and a card started to form in my head inspired by three of them and as each challenge played it's part, it changed a little......
I started out with Less is More, who want silhouettes on our cards this week and I was already mentally reaching for my Joanna Sheen's Dancing With Shadows CD.....then I saw new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges which is black and white so decided to go with one of the Christmas images. Seeing as I was planning to use a CD, I thought I'd check out the challenge at CD Sunday while I was at it and saw that their challenge is trees. So far so good........but then the creative side of my brain woke up and things went a little awry! I decided it might be nice to add whatever image I chose to a frame and went to and fro between several before deciding that I rather liked the top one. The original image has a green background  so I removed that in photoshop.......then thought I'd see what happened if I had a bit of a play with bevel and emboss and drop shadow and I was really quite taken with the effect so I sorted out the frame part and I was good to go. Have you spotted the flaw in this plan yet???? That's right, having spent quite a bit of time getting it how I wanted it, it dawned on me that the image doesn't have any trees!!! Back to the CD I went and this time made sure I chose one with trees! In this instance, the background is already white but I cleared it anyway so that I could do the same thing with the bevel and emboss and drop shadow. I like this effect because it helps to give the image some dimension and like a lot of us here in the UK, I'm keeping my cards flatter this year because of the horrendous cost of posting them. Anyway, I liked the first image so much that I decided to make both cards up. Less is More and Christmas Card Challenges can have both and CD Sunday can have just the bottom one :o) The sentiment is one of my favourites and has been stamped with versamark and embossed with a black sparkle ep that I've had for ages and forgotten about. I printed them off onto glossy paper and added glitter to various parts of the images. I think you'll see this better if you enlarge the pics.
Thank you for visiting today, and remember my warning - if you want to enter a challenge you need to keep the brief in mind!! lol!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Oh! Oh!!

It's time for challenge #54 at CACB and this time we have an either/or challenge for you. You can either follow the sketch or the theme of monochrome or do both. I've followed the sketch and almost managed monochrome but not quite! What I've used:
  • Bps from polished stone and gold collections
  • One of the labels from the unlined journalling labels sheet
  • Santa got stuck in the chimney digi
  • Stars from the embellishments sheet (all of these are available from Crafty Ann's)
  • Papermania hand made glitter paper
  • Frosted lace stickles
  • Gold edged red ribbon from my stash
I digitally paper pieced the base of the snowglobe then added some of the stars to it before printing it off and colouring the rest with promarkers and stickles. I also digitally paper pieced some of the gold bp into the journalling label. Some slightly larger stars in the 4 corners finish it off.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

I like this sketch so I decided to make another one!

This one uses:
  • Bps from the Crinkled, Embossed Dots and gold collections
  • Label from the unlined journalling tag sheet
  • Smooth gold frame #2
  • Pre-coloured poinsettia sheet (all from Crafty Ann's)
  • Crystal glitter on white ds foam tape (doesn't look much in the photo but looks lovely in real life)
I created the 'brads' in photoshop then cut them out and shaped them by running the ball of an embossing tool around the edge on the wrong side. The result is effective and attaching them with pinflair glue gel keeps their shape nicely.
I'm entering this one into these challenges:
and I'm entering both into:
  • CHNCC - Whatever lights your candle (I'm going with the Whatever bit)
  • PIO - Traditional Christmas
Thank you if you've stuck with the post this long and I do hope you'll be able to join us this fortnight and also to check out what the rest of the DT have done, their work is gorgeous!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Christmas Wreath

Hello Bloggers, today's card is for 4 challenges. I've used the pre-coloured Holly Wreath from Crafty Ann's and added some  stardust stickles to the berries which isn't showing up to well in the photo. The greeting in the centre is computer generated and I placed it before printing it all off onto some canvas effect card. All I've done with it other than that is dry emboss lines around 3 sides and add 3 strips of dst that I've glittered at the top. The 4 challenges are:

Thank you for dropping by today.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Last Gasp!!

Oh boy, I am sooooo last minute with this one for one of the challenges it's untrue! It's for round 6 of the first progressive challenge on CDAC. We get 5 images for each round and unfortunately I've only had chance to use this one so far. I will use the others though because they are lovely. This one is Candles by Daisy Doodles which I've coloured with promarkers and stickles. The sketch is courtesy of Sketch 'n' Stash - my new stash is the image and neglected stash is the burgundy card. The large bp is from a pad that I got free with a magazine a couple of months ago. There is also a stamped and embossed greeting at the bottom of the large burgundy panel but with the light being so poor at this time of year, it isn't showing up too well. I'm also entering this card into Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge which is called "Whatever lights your candle" this week, and PIO which is "Traditional Christmas" plus at least one other challenge.
I've really enjoyed making this even though I haven't been able to get a photo that does it justice - if the light is better in the morning, I'll try again and then replace it.
Thank you for visiting today,

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Shoppin' Till She's Droppin'!

Do you think Christmas might be drawing nearer??? I haven't many to do now and it's so nice not to feel under pressure to get a load finished.  Long live challenges! I can't even remember how many photos I took trying to do this one justice.........and I still haven't managed it!! This was the best I could come up with. In real life, it sparkles beautifully but I just haven't been able to get the photo to pick it up. I've used my favourite Kenny K image again and created a mat for her using a label from the unlined labels sheet that I paper pieced with one of the crinkled papers and laid onto one of the gold frames so that it created a border rather than a frame. (These last 3 items are all from Crafty Ann's). I've added star dust stickles to all the 'furry' areas of her clothing. The background papers are white pearlescent put through a couple of embossing folders and some more of the papermania hand made glitter paper. I'm entering my card into these challenges:
That's another one I can cross off my list! Thank you for visiting today.

Holly Fairy

Good morning bloggers - another Christmas card today. This one features the Holly Fairy by Ching-chou Kuik that was part of a prize I won a few weeks ago. I've coloured her with pro markers and used crystal stickles on her wing and platinum stickles on her hair. I must admit that it wasn't until after I had coloured the background that it occurred to me that I might struggle with papers! Fortunately, two earth tones ones came to my rescue. The large piece is from the Abstract 2 earth tones collection and the central strip is from the Embossed Dots earth tones collection and I used a couple of strips of the papermania hand made glitter paper to give it a lift. I've embellished with a robo die cut for the greeting and a couple of 3D short petal  flowers printed onto the back of gold mirri with the platinum stickles in the centre. I wouldn't normally use these shades of green for Christmas, but I rather like how they worked. Sadly, all the lovely glitter isn't showing too well in the photo.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for calling by today and I hope you are having a good one.


I got this Humphrey's Corner stamp free with a magazine a few weeks ago and finally got around to using it. I've coloured it with promarkers and stickles and cut it out with a nesties label. the main bp is from the Crinkled Collections at Crafty Ann's. I seem to be getting worse when it comes to getting a good photo though and I've no idea why! In real life there is some lovely gold stickles at the top right hand corner and the image and mat are sitting on a lovely piece of handmade papermania glitter paper - but could I get a photo to show them? Could I fudge!! I hope you can get the idea all the same though. I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Helping The Economy At Christmas!

This has to be my favourite Kenny K image and she has appeared on more than one of my cards this year so I decided to do something a little different and create a girly shopping trip. I flipped one of the images to face the other way so that they looked less like a chorus girl line up, lol! As soon as I saw how it looked with the three of them, I knew who this one would be going to.........a forum friend who has well and truly done her bit for the economy at the NEC over the weekend..........
I used one of the unlined journalling labels to create the mat they are on by paper piecing one of the gold papers into the shape and then overlaying it onto one of the smooth gold frames so that the frame provides the edge. The other two bps are from the new crinkled collection (all from CA) and the sentiment at the bottom is computer generated and the only embellishments are the home made gold mirri 'brads'. The topper and two pieces of red bp are raised from the card on foam pads which doesn't really show in the photo and neither does the crystal stickles I added to all the white parts of their clothing unfortunately but it does look lovely and sparkly in real life.
My card has been inspired by several challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today, I appreciate your visit.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Let it Snow!

How are you coming along with your Christmas cards? I'm down to needing less than 10! It's been fabulous making them all year for different challenges - they're as much of a pleasure as they should be and all different which is even better.
This one is for several challenges and I'll tell you about those in a moment. First I'll tell you what I've used. The two bps are from the gold collection and the polished stone collection. The gold one is 8x8 which makes it very easy to resize to fit onto a 6x6 without having to cut any of the design away. The white mat is made from white pearlescent paper cut out using the robo before putting it through an embossing folder. This one is a new one and a new company to me too. It's made by efco and the embossing is lovely and deep. The snowman snowglobe is from a pre-coloured sheet and I've re-sized the star from the gold embellishments sheet and added them to the base in my graphics program before I printed it off. The text is computer generated. The two snowflakes were part of a challenge prize I won recently and are from Kanban.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
I hope your day is going well, thank you for calling by.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Floral Frenzy

Another fortnight has whizzed by at the speed of light and here we are with another challenge at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog.
This time our theme is Floral Frenzy. This card changed so many times during the process of making it, it's untrue - and I'm still not sure how I feel about it to be honest. I've used the silver version of Butterfly 1, overlaid it onto a piece of digital paper then used the dodge tool in photoshop to do some faux 'bleaching'. It's a lovely effect. I cut it out and shaped the body and wings before attaching it with pinflair glue. I was originally going to place it onto a very large version of the 3D Short Petal Flower, but as I was laying out card, I decided I didn't like it so created the cluster instead. I used the petals from the 3 layers of the large flower to create a border instead and that's the bit I'm not sure of. The blue bp is from the new Crinkled Papers Collection 2. Everything is available from Crafty Ann's.

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
  • Southern Girls - to be inspired by a song (Love is like a butterfly)
  • Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
  • PTW - Anything goes + a bit of bling or sparkle. (although it doesn't show too clearly in the pic, the blue bp is matted onto a piece of papermania glittered hand made paper)
  • Raise the Bar - No embellishments (as in 'hardware' embellies but paper ones are allowed)
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to join us at CACB this fortnight.