Saturday, 28 January 2012

Rose Trellis

I'm going to start this post with an apology for the quality of the photo - but I'm afraid it's the best of a very large, very bad bunch! No matter what I tried, some of the colour just seems to be leached out of it. The base card is actually cream not white. The panel is Rose Trellis just new in Crafty Ann's this week. I've coloured it in photoshop because I originally intended to use it on a digital scrapbook page then changed my mind.I backed with a piece of one of the papers from the Gold Collection before printing it - the paper is a victim of the 'leaching' too - in the photo, the centre looks white but it isn't. I've used my score board to emboss lines down the unadorned part of the base card which doesn't show up too well. The sentiment is a stamp I've had for ages and rarely use and I think it took longer to find it than it did to make the whole card - but it seemed to be just right with the roses. I stamped that with versamark and embossed with gold detail ep.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for dropping by today and for all the lovely comments you leave.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Save The Earth!

This is my second card for round 10 of the progressive Challenge at CDAC. This time the image is by Bugaboo and as soon as I saw it, I knew I'd be teaming it up with one of my favourite sentiment stamps from rubbadubbadoo. I decided to keep to a limited colour palette which I think has worked quite well. I've coloured the image with promarkers but digitally paper pieced the chair.The spotty bp is from my stash and the white pearlescent paper has been put through an embossing folder. Apart from the image, almost everything is old and mostly neglected I'm sad to say! I did enjoy making it though. :-)
I'm also entering my card into these challenges:
Thank you for dropping by today, hope to see you again soon :o)

Saturday, 21 January 2012

We Are Sailing.........

This is my first card for the current round (10) of the CDAC progressive challenge. I'm slightly out of my comfort zone with the way I've interpreted the sketch from The Pixie Cottage Challenge because I've left off the bigger bp I'd normally use and allowed the base card to take it's place. This is because it's a rather nice pearlescent blue and I didn't want to take the easy way out by using white card stock as my base. I'm still not 100% sure about it, but I'm leaving it alone. The smaller piece of card is 'white with a hint of blue' and has a needle cord texture but the photo doesn't show this up. The navy blue piece has been put through an embossing folder. All of these pieces of card have been in my stash for too many years to remember - in fact I had to dust the navy piece before I could use it, I'm ashamed to say! The image is one of the freebie ones for this round of the progressive challenge and is by Fire Cracker Designs which I've coloured using a mix of digital paper piecing for the sky and water and promarkers for the rest. I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

That's another of the birthday cards done I need for this month! Thank you for stopping by today.

Friday, 20 January 2012

What's New Pussycat?

Another fortnight has zipped by at the speed of light which means that we have the new challenge at Crafty Ann's and this time the theme is "What's New Pussycat?" This can be new stash you got at Christmas or just treated yourself to, or a new technique etc. Crafty Ann's has just branched out into digital Scrapbook Kits so I have used the Traditional Christmas one to make a front page for a 12 x12 digital scrapbook for Christmas 2011. I've put one of my all time favourite Santa images behind the frame which is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Christmas CD rom. This was the very first CD I bought from Joanna and it's still one of my most used. I built up the floral arrangement on the lower part of the frame with various items in the kit. Although it's a digital kit, there's no reason why papers and items can't also be printed off to create a dimensional card or page as I have done with the 6x6 card below:

I'm also entering these projects into the following challenges:

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

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

What A Wonderful World!

I made this card for my partner and forum friend for this month's card swap on creating rainbows forum with the theme "What a Wonderful World" and now that I know she's received it I can share it with you. Most of the papers and elements are from a new scrapbook kit that will be in the shop by the weekend. The image is a new one too - Cone Flower and Butterfly and it's in the shop now. The brown bp is from the polished stone range and the flourishes are Marianne Designs. I created the frame for the cone flower using the string of pearls that's part of the new SB kit and coloured the image with promarkers.
I'm entering my card into these challenges:

I'm happy to say that my partner liked her card and I hope you do too. Thank you for dropping by today.

Friday, 6 January 2012

CACB #56

Good friday morning! It's the first Crafty Ann's challenge of 2012 and our theme this time is Let's Think Hot! I've chosen to go with hot colours and what looks like an idyllic hot place too. My main image is FabergĂ© style egg, tropical beach and the bps are from the mottled stone collections - all from Crafty Ann's. The egg is mounted onto one of the unlined journalling tags that I've digitally paper pieced. It's another card for one of the many birthdays these first couple of months of the year. I'm also entering these challenges:

I do hope you'll be able to join us for our first challenge of the year. :-)

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy Birthday

Here's another of the birthday cards I need for this month. I really enjoyed making it too. One of my favourite things about making my own cards is being able to do something I'm unlikely to find in a shop. This is another entry for round 9 of the CDAC progressive challenge. I've used one of the blank globes from Crafty Ann's which is one of the supplied images this time and I've teamed it up with one of the images we got for round 3 - the Oak Fairy from Gurukitty. (For more details of how this challenge works, see my post here.) I copied and pasted one of the leaves several times so that I could use them in the globe in place of the more traditional snow or glitter and I'm rather pleased with the result. I paper pieced both the base and the globe behind the fairy. The large backing paper, pearls and gold diamond shaped border are all from the Sweet Sage scrapbook kit and the two green squares are from the earth tones embossed dots collection.  The greeting was done in photoshop.

I have a Top Tip for you too (for Top Tip Tuesday): have a good look at your stamps and digi stamps and see if you can't find another use for them than they were maybe originally designed for. Globes are usually associated with winter or Christmas cards for example, but there's no reason why they can't be used to create something a little different for other occasions too. You could give your stamp and digi collections a whole new lease of life and your mojo a helping had too! :-)

I'm also entering my card into these challenges:

Thanks for popping in today - see you tomorrow!

The Celebrations Continue

As this is my first post for 2012, I'd like to start by wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

This is the first of several birthday cards you're likely to see over the next couple of weeks - I need 5 for January and 2 for February, so that should keep me out of mischief for a while! This one uses some elements from the very first scrapbooking kit from Crafty Ann's which is called Sweet Sage. The main bp, flowers, pearls, lace and butterfly are all from the kit, and I've overlaid the butterfly from the kit with the gold outline from the Butterfly 1sheet. The greeting has been added to the bp before printing off.

I'm entering my card into these challenges:

Thank you for your visit today.