Saturday, 26 June 2010

One Stop Craft Challenge - DT Post

The theme at OSCC is Pink and Brown.  How easy is that you may think - well I love these colours - they go together well, and I thought easy-peasy - not so!  So I am not sure I am completely happy with what I have done ....

My image is Lili of the Valley - Glamourous Gardening.  I think if I gardened like this the neighbours might think I am mad - indeed I might tilt myself into the raised borders if I had high heels on!!!   However, I do have a big hat for sunny days.

I have coloured with Copics.  The papers are Stampin' Upm and everything else is from stash  No roses, but some paper flowers, which are all Prima, with a pearl brad through them.  I have also added some pearls to the bottom of the little girl's necklace.

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Dennis, and a montage of some pics from my garden on this lovely sunny day ...

It was so nice sitting in the garden this morning with breakfast and a lovely pot of coffee, and the kestrels were out in force in the skies above.

So, I took some pics of my flowers and also Dennis, who is always on the go, and it is difficult to catch him.  But he took refuge in the shade on a seat, and decided it was time for a wash, so I managed some. However, he is also scruffy because he escaped before he was groomed this morning!

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Get your sunglasses out!

Time flies, and I have another card.  Again I have used a lovely Sarah Kay image, Spring is Back, but I think it evokes summer  with her pretty suntop.  However, I am slightly out of my comfort zone with the colours I have chosen, just because I wanted to use these lovely MME Market Street papers.  I have sparyed the papers with Glimmer Mist Irridescent Gold to give a summery shimmer.

Cute Card Thursday have a sketch to follow, which has been put together by the very talented Claudia.

I have coloured with Copics.  The ribbon across the middle is from stash, and I have used flowers from Wild Orchid crafts - which I seem to have gone over the top on!  These have been edged with Stickles.  The pearls are from stash.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday #117 - followed the sketch above
Paper Sundaes Challenge #23 - Pretty as a Princess
Meljens Designs #12 - Fibre, ribbon or lace - I have used ribbon
Totally Gorjuss Challenge #35 - Sugar and Spice
Charisma Card Challenge #24 - All about bling

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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Summery and Girlie ...

No shade in my garden at the moment, so I am writing this post to go with my summery and girlie card.  I know I often say that 'oh - this is my favourite' something or other - but Sarah Kay images come in the tops as well for me.  They are so pretty and offer so many colouring possibililites, and I like the hats!

My  lovely lady - Isabelle with puppy Coco - is my card for today.  I have used Copics for colouring, and have given it bright summery pinks.  The papers used are ScribbleScrabble, and two different types of Bazzill - Bling and Swiss Dot.  The ribbon is Stampin Up' and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, liberally doused with crystal Stickles, and some fern leaves made with a punch.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Stamp Something - Summery
Cutie Sunday #97 - Summer
Bunny Zoe's Craft's Monthly Challenge #1 - Nice and Girlie

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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Mojo Monday meets .........

Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there.

Another day, another card.  I have followed the sketch from Mojo Monday for this. 

This card is something I have not done for a while, and even though I say so myself , I am quite pleased with it.  The images are from two Elusive Images plates - Eastern Grasses and Fresh Florals, both available from Graphicus.  I love the delicacy of the grasses, and the floral images are so life like.  This was a lucky mistake, because I stamped with Versafine, and was going to watercolour, and not concentrating properly picked up my Copics and started colouring!  Normally I would not use Versafine with Copics - however no smudges from the black ink at all.

The sentiment is computer generated, with some gems from stash.  The papers are Stampin' Up.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Mojo Monday #143 - following the sketch provided
Creative Card Crew #52 - Thank you
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Ice Cream Flavours - well my favourite of all time is Blackcurrant, which I remember from a holiday in France, so these colours represent that.  Second comes Raspberry.  Yummy!!  However,  you could put one of every flavour possible in front of me and I would eat the lot .....

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Saturday, 19 June 2010

Who's going to win the race?

Another card for a boy or maybe a 'little boy' who is actually much older! This is another Lili of the Valley image, Computer Fun, and how many of our older generation spend just as much time in front of the computer playing games / X-Box as the younger ones ...

I had started this card for another challenge, but then I realised it had to be CAS - which this is not!.

I have coloured with Copics.  The papers are Basic Grey Granola, and I have added a few buttons with thread for embellishment.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers #23 - Cards for Men
Creative Inspirations #65 - One for the Boys
Magical Crafts #17 - Something for a male

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A lazy Sunday afternoon - Sweet Stampin'- DT Post

Hi everybody

Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend.  As I write this, on what was supposed to be a warm, sunny day, it is cold, miserable and raining, and I am wearing a thck fleece over two t-shirts.  Aaargh!

The challenge on Sweet Stampin' this week is clean and simple.  To most people this is probably not clean and simple, but I was just itching to use this LOTV image for a male card.  I have coloured with Copicsa, used Nesties to cut out the image, and the textured background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder which I have run through the Cuttlebug, and then lightly rubbed over some Distress Ink.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

CAS-tastic Challenge #8 - Father's Day
Cupcake Craft Challenge #95 - One for the Boys
Cards for Men #12 - Father's Day
Stampin' Royalty #24 - Masculine theme

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Friday, 18 June 2010

A messy, painty day .....

I had a brilliant day on Wednesday at LB Crafts at a workshop run by the talented  Linda Elbourne.   I learnt how to use my Ten Second Studio metal tools a  bit more, made a gringe rose , and generally played with paint and grunge paper.  Great fun and really messy!  As a result of which I have come home with a few additions to my crafting stash, including some lovely Viva paints of various types, some metal, and some other bits and pieces.

This is the piece I made in the class. It is a canvas which has been coated with two coats of Kaiser acrylic paint, and then I have wiped down the side some Inka Gold in a blue and antique silver, and also used a screen and wiped some antique silver through it on the opposite side.  There are various bits of grunge paper which have been painted and stamped, and some little flowers which have been coloured with distress inks, as has the rose and leaves.  However, the rose has been painted over with some Viva metallic paint, and the leaves coated with some Inka Gold.  The turquoise blue metal has been  embossed on a mold,  sandwiched ro grunge paper scuffed over with an abrasive block to remove some of the colour.

The frame and 'dream' ticket are Tim Holtz.  I have added the clips at the top, ready to hang the canvas up.

Was it worth the two and a half hours drive?  Yes - defintely!   It was really good fun, and I have some more classes booked.

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Sunday, 13 June 2010

Laugh and Live More!

That is the caption on my stamp.

I have followed the sketch for Mojo Monday, and I hope I have interpreted it correctly. 

This beautiful stamp  is from a stamp plate by Paper Pag Studios, which I obtained from the Stamp Attic, and I am ashamed to say has not seen the light of day until now!.  She looks utterly joyful.   I have stamped in Stampin' Up Soft Suede on to cream card,   However the flash seems to have washed the cream out.  The patterned paper is from the Prima Whispers Collection, and the silky flower is also Prima.  The punch used at the bottom of the card is Fiskars Sunburst.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:

Mojo Monday #142 - the Contest and a Sketch to follow
Stamp Something - Happy Somethings
No Time to Stamp? #143 - Give it a chance - this is a  stamp from a plate I bought earlier this year and never used, and the flower I have had for ever

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Saturday, 12 June 2010

DT Post - One Stop Card Crafts

Saturday again, and time for the One Stop Craft Challenge.  This week we have a sketch to follow, which has been provided by the very talented Chrissie.  Our sponsors, DigiSparkle, have provided digi images for us to use.  Also they are offering a free set of digi images to anyone who visits their site this month. 

My chosen images were shoes.  You can't have too many of them!  Why is it the favourites always wear out much more quickly??  The shoes have been coloured with a mixture of Marvy Pens and Sakura Pens.  I had several attempts with Copics, but the images are just too small.  I have embellished various shoes with something sparkly or a pearl

The papers, which I have had for ages, are Basic Grey Presh - I just love these sluggey pinks.   Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, with leaves punch with a McGill punch.  The sentiment is computer generated and I have embellished it with a toning ribbon.  I have also used Stickles Rhinestone to add a little bling to the edges of the main image.

Apologies for the photos - they are really pooh and at a strange angle - don't know what I did to get them like this!!

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Friday, 11 June 2010

Baby, baby .........

Hi everybody

I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend.  I certainly am - going to be up at the crack of dawn on Sunday to go to the Craft Barn with my friend Anne, for a day of shopping and seeing all the demonstrators, such as Lin  from LB Crafts, Suze Weinberg, Jean from Crafty Individuals, Leandra from PaperArtsy, and more and more.  Can't wait.

Anyway, on to this card.  I don't often do baby cards, but the other week on a little  spree to the Stamp Attic in Wantage I picked up some just delish papers by Scribble Scrabble called Circus Baby.  Just so yummy and very pretty colours.  So I have broken into one sheet.  It is lovely to find something where both sides are so useable for the ame project.  So out came my Baby Boy stamp from Lili of the Valley.  Isn't he cute with his doggie stroller.  I can remember mine from ??? years ago!  I have coloured with Copics, and added flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and some punched leaves.  The sentiment is computer generated.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley #55 - a sketch is provided by Dawnie
A Spoon Ful of Sugar # 107 - Floral delight
Crafty Creations #71 - Child's play
Creative Inspirations #64 - Babies

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Raymond has taken his eye off the ball ....

This is retired Raymond - a golfer - and it looks as if this is all he wants to do all day.  However, I think he is in the rough, and he has not got his eye on the ball - as there is a bird sitting right by his club! 

Dad, was not, and never has been a golfer, but even at 90 he likes a good joke, and  I know he will find this amusing.

Raymond is a High Hopes stamp - I just love their quality, and the fact that they come cut and ready-mounted on a backing, so you can start work with them straight away.  I have coloured this with Copics, and roughly scuffed some distress inks over because I wanted it to look like the ball is in the rough.  The tree backgound and bird are also added extras.  Papers are Basic Grey and Core-dinations.  Ribbon is from atash.

High Hopes Challenge # 79 - Father's Day
Double Dutch #45 - Dad's Treat
My Partner in Crime #4 - Show Papa some love
Sentimental Sundays #6 - New or neglected stash - new stash is the stamp
Alphabet Challenge Blog - G is for Green
CRAFT Challenge #54 - Father's Day or card for a man

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Fussy and Fancy - more is better ...

This card  is based on a sketch created by the very talented Mindy for the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge.

I have used a lovely image from Lili of the Valley, Born to Shop, as the main image.  The Sentiment is Penny Black, and I cannot tell you what the other one is - it is so old and dirty.  I coloured with Copics and liberally doused the edges with Stickles Stardust, which has also gone on the flowers.  The lovely roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts, as is the sparkly buckle, and the other items are from stash.  The plain dusky blue card is from a Core'dinations pack, and the mottled blue is from the Bearly Mine designs Vintage Collection.  The punch used for the fancy edge at the top is a Martha Stewart.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:
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New Challenge - Bunny Zoe's Crafts Monthly Challenge

Hi everybody

Bunny Zoe has just announced that she is going to be running a monthly challenge, starting on June 14th, and it will run on the second Monday of every month.  However, as an incentive to publicise this, she is offering a £25.00 gift certificate, which will be drawn on June 14th.

So get yourself on over there and be in with a chance!

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Sunday, 6 June 2010

Something simple

I do not normally do something simple, but I have tried for the challenges I am entering this card for.

The sentiment is a favourite of mine, and I was delighted to find it in the Penny Black range of stamps.   So, a sentiment, some ribbon and a red rose, with some black punched leaves.   The black card has a slight shimmer to it.  Funnily enough, I quite like the look of the whole card, so will probably try the idea again!

This card is being entered for the following challenges:

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Saturday, 5 June 2010

Hedgie looks surprised .... to see a bee

Hi everybody

I hope you are having a brill weekend.  The weather has been great, but I don't do this humidity.  I might if I had a lovely pool or the Caribbean sea to jump into!!

Anyway, as I just found it too hot to sit outside, (crazy I know), I decided to retreat to my craft room and make a card.  This is a Penny Black stamp, Just Buzzin' By.  I think it is quite cute with the little face on the bee.  I have coloured with Copics, and the flower has been decoupaged - something I would not normally do, but I thought it lent itself to this treatment.  I have been covered the flower with Glossy Accents, as well as the little flower in the grass.  The wings of the bee have been glittered with Stickles Star Dust.  The patterned paper is from a K & Co pack, and the plain card stock is all Bazzill.

The swirls are cut from the new Tim Holtz die.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima, and the pins are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
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