Friday, 25 May 2012

CACB #66

Well, yet another fortnight has rolled around which means that it's time for another challenge at CACB and this time our challenge is Butterflies and flowers. I've really enjoyed making this although it did take a last minute twist from my original plans. I decided to use the Beautiful Hibiscus digi stamp and took a bit of artistic licence with the colour. I've overlaid this onto the white embossed scalloped mat from the Tempting Turquoise Add On kit. The ribbons are from the same kit. The main bp is from the Tempting Turquoise SB kit and the pink strip is from the Polished Stone pastels collection. I've used this same paper to digitally paper piece the silver outline from Butterfly 1 sheet. All of the items I used are available from Crafty Ann's.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

  • Sketch 'n' stash - the fabulous sketch and my new stash is from the Tempting Turquoise kits
  • Rainbow Lady - Pink & Turquoise. I was originally going to make this card monochromatic but when I saw that this is Cynthia's last challenge until September and in it's current format, I decided to change my colour scheme to suit.
  • Delightful Challenges - 5 or more flowers
  • Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - flowers
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you'll get the chance to join us this fortnight. :)

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Happy Birthday To Ya!

I intended to blog this first thing this morning, but it's been such a lovely day that I took myself off into town for a haircut instead! I'm glad of it too, I have a lot of it which can be rather hard work in this heat.
This is my brother's birthday card for next week. I've used backing papers from the brand new Tempting Turquoise SB kit which should be in the shop in the next 24 hours. The image has been created using stampscape stamps and inked using duster brushes and inks from brilliance and memento. I love colouring scenes in this way because it can make them quite atmospheric. Although the papers have been layered digitally, the image has been mounted using 3D foam. One of the papers was 'fringed' in Craft Artist.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thanks for dropping by today, see you Friday for the new challenge CACB.

Friday, 11 May 2012

First Holiday

Another scrapbook page today - this one is a partner to Thank Heavens... that I shared with you a few posts further down the page. The bp on this one is the opposite way to the other so that they complement each other.  (One has a grey background with pink foreground and the other one is pink background with grey foreground - a subtle difference that is rather nice for facing pages.) All of the elements are from the Pretty in Pink SB kit apart from the stuffed toy which is a digi stamp from odds & soxlets and is one of the images supplied for round #17 of the progressive challenges at CDAC. I paper pieced the toy with 3 different papers and added different textures to the papers to make it look like it had been made from scraps of fabric. I've used it as an embellishment on the bottom left hand corner of the page but I couldn't resist adding it to the photo as well. I seem to be looking for something in the pram so I thought it might be fun to 'hang' it from the pram handle like I'd thrown it out and it was hanging by it's arm.

Don't you love how computers have revolutionised how we can record our memories? I love how I've been able to add to the photo without ruining the original. 
I'm entering my page into these challenges:
Wow! two posts in one day! I might need to go for a nice lie down in a darkened room, lol! Thanks for dropping by today, see you again soon.

Who Do You Think You Are?

It's time for challenge #65 at CACB and this time it's called Hide and Seek - there should be something hidden on your project. This is quite a picture heavy post, but I hope you'll think it's worth it. I was inspired to do this one when I was looking through some old photos a few days ago and found the central one on the page.

The Pearly King suit was made by my late Grandmother and was worn for the local carnival by all four of her sons and then one of her grandson's (my brother) as they grew into it. My first thought when I looked at it was that it was of my brother but when I read the letter that my Aunt had sent with it, it turns out to be my Dad! I shouldn't be surprised really, because there are some very strong resemblances within the family and this page was conceived with the idea of illustrating that. The top one of the two smaller photos is the brother  I had thought was in the Pearly King outfit and the lower one is my youngest nephew (my sister's son) who didn't get to meet his lovely granddad but who is so much like him in temperament as well as looks, they could have been cloned!

This led my thoughts on a bit further and I decided to make the page a tribute to Dad. Writing the tribute was a very emotional experience, so rather than have it out on the open page ready to capture the album reader unawares I made a little book to house it. It's held shut by a flower shaped pearly button. You can see it opened out below.

It's a 12x12 page and apart from the black card stock, the button, the heart on the front of the book and the letters for the title, everything has come from the Imperial Purple SB Kit. One of the things I love about digital items is the ability to change the size and shape of elements and that is what I did to create the frames for the photos. I distressed the edges of the 4 squares and the paper behind the smaller photos and that one simple thing made a huge difference to way the page looks. The alphabet dies are from x-cut and the button and the heart are both from my stash.
I'm entering my page into these challenges:
Thank you for visiting today, do check out the fabulous work from the rest of the DT and I hope you'll be inspired to join us.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Helpin' the Economy!

Well, somebody's gotta do it! lol. I'm nowhere near as far on with my Christmas cards this year as I was last year at this point - for some reason I'm finding it hard to find a Christmas 'groove' this year. However, I had a flash of inspiration a couple of days back so I went with the flow before it could disappear again!
What I've used for this one:

  • Peel offs from Rhapsody in blue SB Kit
  • Strips of paper #4 from the 8 x 8  gold collection
  • Backing paper and 'gems' from Traditional Christmas SB kit (all of these are from Crafty Ann's)
  • Christmas Madison digi from Kenny K (still my fav)
  • Star dust and icicle stickles
The text is computer generated and added to the paper before printing (as were the peel offs and gold strips) and I coloured Madison digitally.
There is a little bit of dimension on this card with the central mat being added with pinflair glue gel but it will still be a letter size (UK) for posting which will be even more important this year after the recent mahoosive price hike of the cost of stamps here.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope your Christmas card tally is looking healthier than mine!