Saturday, 31 July 2010

One bossy little girl .... DT Card Sweet Stampin'

Hi bloggers

Welcome to Saturday morning, and it is Sweet Stampin' time again.  Today there is a great sketch to follow.  I must admit I do like sketches - it is always interesting to see how it is going to turn out because there are often many options in the way it can be used.  I have followed this, but have added a couple of extra embellishments!!  Who would have guessed.  Some cormers and a flower which I have made with the same papers that I have used for the background.

My image is a Mo Manning digital pencil one, called Bossy - what does she look like!.  I have coloured with copics, to tone in with the paper, which are 29th Street Market.  I have a Bazzill Swiss Dot in Green for the background.  Behind Bossy is a Nestie pendant die.  I used this instead of the usual one size up on the image.  The flowers are cut with Marianne's Creatables Die, and a ribbon across the middle finishes the whole thing off.

I am entering this for the following challenges:
PaperPlay Challenges Wk 30 - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare #83 - Anything Goes
Blog-a-Doodle by Stamp-n-Doodle - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Every life has a story.

I decided to put to good use some of the stuff I have learnt at the workshops I attended recently at L B Crafts.  These were run by Linda Elbourne, who has recently become a Ranger Educator.  If you ever fancy a crafty shopping spree I can defintely recommend L B Crafts, and there are a variety of classes being run fairly regularly.

So the challenge I am entering this pierce of work for is Crafty Ann's Challenge #19 - and you need to illustrate a song by Sir Cliff Richard.  In my teeny-bob years (help! - when was that?) he was my idol, along with people like Billy Fury, Adam Faith, etc, etc.  I remember I wanted to go and see Cliff at Southampton, and my sister - who is year 3 years younger than me, so she would have been about 10, wanted to come as well.  It was a Sunday, and the only way we were allowed to go was if Dad came on the train with us to Southampton.  He went to church, while we were at the show!!

So, the song I have decided to illustrate is 'With the Eyes of a Child' which was released in 1969. As soon as I decided on that song I knew which stamp I would use - but what to do.  The stamp is from a Paper Bag Studios stamp plate.  I have taken a small canvas and covered it in a mixture of Kaiser Craft paint - two shades of green, and then spritzed through a Glimmer Mist mask with a Key Lime Pie glimmer mist.    The stamping on the canvas is with Wendy Vecchi stamps, and I have also made a grunge paper rose, leaves and butterflies.  The rose and butterflies were coloured with distress inks and then misted with Antique Brass Glimmer Mist.  I took a Maya Road frame and covered it with Shabby Shutters distress ink, and then sprayed it with the Key Lime Pie mist, and when that was dry, Antique Brass.  I have added some jewels to be butterflies, and some Tim Holtz corners to the canvas.

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Saturday, 24 July 2010

Growing your own ...

Just a bit of fun - I knew plants and weeds might grow in pots - but never cats - but this is a favourite place for Dennis to sleep usually curled up in a ball!

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One Stop Craft Challenge #90 - DT Card

Hi everybody

I hope you are looking forward to the weekend, and the fine weather we are due to have here in the south.  I must say though, that the rain we had for a couple of days has really helped the garden, although one really sunny day, and it will be very dry again.

This is my DT card for the One Stop Craft Challenge..   We are following a sketch provided by Lisa, and she has asked that an element of metal is included in the card as well.    This week One Stop Craft Challenge is sponsored by Tiffany Doodles, where you will find some great digital images at very reasonable prices.

My image is Birdy Hugs from Tiffany Doodles, which I have coloured with Copics and shadowed round the edge of the card with Distress Inks, and added a couple of sparkly bits to her hair. 

The background card is Coredinations, and the spotted paper is from Bearly Mine Designs.  They have quite an array of colours in each theme, so it is very easy to co-ordinate them.  I have put the white card through the cuttlebug with a dots folder.  The image has been raised on foam pads to give some dimension.  The flowers are a mix of Prima and Petalloo.  The sentiment is computer generated, and my metal element is the butterly.

I am also entering this for the Daring Cardmakers - Layer it Up.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A Summer Wedding - Whiff of Joy Guest Designer call

The next Whiff of Joy Guest Designer call is open, and details can be found HERE.

Katarina has asked that something is created for summer.

I have created an  8 x 8" easel card for a summer wedding.  This card will be going to the daughter of a friend of mine who lives in Wales and is getting married very soon.

I have used papers from the Papermania wedding collection which I got in my local craft shop.  I love the cream and pink rose colourway,  The background pink card is by Bazzill, and the cream card used for the punched heart border and the hearts is a shimmery ivory colour which I bought  in A3 sheets at the Newbury show.  It is a heavyweight card and makes a great base card as well.

I have used Willow and Oakley Whiff of Joy stamps from the Wedding Collection, along with the lovely rose swing.  I have coloured my images with Copics, and I have given Willow's dress a wash over the Shimmerz, in order to give it a slight pearly effect.  I have dusted around the images with a very pale pink chalk to take the stark whiteness off the card.  The dies used to cut out the images are by Little Claire.  They are bigger and and are great for larger cards.  The images on both the top card and base have been raised on foam fads to give extra dimension.

The top card is trimmed with some lovely lace which I found at LB Crafts.  I have gone overboard with the  flowers, which  are gardenias, roses and cherry blossom from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The flowers have been sprayed with Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist, and edge with Stickles Stardust, as has the edges of the die cuts.  I have added a couple of pearl pins and trimmed the hearts with tiny pearls.   The hearts were cut with a Martha Stewart punch.

For the bottom part of the card I have punched a heart border, and again trimmed with tiny pearls, and also a Prima Swirl.  The sentiment and the stamped roses are from the Stamp Barn, who were at the Newbury Show.  I have trimmed this with a pearl butterly.

I am also entering this card for the following challenges:

The Stampman Fortnightly Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog #61 - Summer Days
Wild Orchid Crafts #1 - Say it with Flowers
Your Next Stamp #21 - Easel Card

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Sweet Stampin' Challenge #35

Time just seems to be flying by - and once again it is Saturday, and the Sweet Stampin' Challenge.
This  is my DT card based on the photo inspiration.
I have used a High Hopes image for this card of an ant carrying a cupcake.  I am afraid I don't know what he is called as I have lost the label.  but I think he is really cute.  I have coloured with Copics, and used stickles on the icing on the cake and around the candle.  I decided that the candle would not be lit as it would be too dangerous for the little ant!!

The card is Coredinations, and the papers are Basic Grey Offbeat.  The flags at the top are also cut from the same paper, and have stickles applied as well.  A few buttons and a brad complete the embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

A sad day - but one also to remember a life lived well ...

 My dear Uncle and Godfather passed away on July 2, and Thursday was his funeral.  Tim was 90, and many had said that he should not have been here - he joined the RAF in 1937, just before his 17th birthday, and flew with Bomber Command during WWII on over 300 sorties.  Flying became his life, and he retained a love of it all his life.  After he left the RAF with over 30 years service, he moved to Saudi for 8 years train their airforce pilots and flight engineers, and then came back to join a commercial airline in the UK.

He had a huge sense of humour and fun, and a bit of a devil may care attitude, which I remember appealled to me when I was much younger and started to get to know him - I think it was also the dashing uniform, and the smiling good looks, which continued into later years.  For all that, he never boasted about his achievements and the commendations he received.  Just a lovely man.

In retirement Tim and my Aunt Cora travelled the world, and enoyed life to the full.   They had been married nearly 62 years, having fallen in love at first sight, and got married 3 months later.  This photowas taken when they got married.  Cora said on Thursday that there was never a moment in their life together that she had not been proud of him.  Such love ...

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Truly Scrumptious DT Call

Truly Scrumptious are looking for two people to join their Design Team, and you can find the details here.  They have asked to see two of our favourite pieces of work.  Mine are below.

 Thanks for stopping by and viewing my entry.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Monochromatic - One Stop Crafts Challenge - DT Card

Another week gone - it has just flown.

The theme at the One Stop  Crafts Challenge  is Monochromatic this week. . 

My card was inspired by something that I had seen made by Lin Brown of LB Crafts, and all the lovely B Line stamps I have - of which there are many, all bought from LB Crafts over the years, and I am ashamed to say that do not get used as much as they should be.

The  card is shades of grey.  The papers are printed from  the Artylicious Decadent Brocade CD, available from Graphicus - one page I printed as is, and the other I printed in Greyscale to get a lighter colour.

There is a minimal amount of colouring on the lady for her jacket and body parts.  The flower underneath her I have layered, and the lady is on foam pads to make her pop out a bit.  The swirl is been embellished with pearls,

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Totally Papercrafts #24 - Swirls and Pearls
Paper Sundaes #25 - White and one other colour - mine is shades of grey
Pile it on #26 - My favourite things - I started using B Line stamps when I started crafting and whatever else I use I will always come back to them - these are my favourites for many many things ....

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010


I am trying very hard to make some cards that are clean and simple, and to that end I am entering a card this week in the CAS-tastic Challenge #10 - which is a sketch.

I have chosen an image from a stamp sheet by Elusive Images, Flora and Fauna,.  There are some lovely floral images on this plate suitable for many different occasions.

The image is poppies, and I have coloured this with copics and then given a wash of Twinkling H20's to give it a slight sheen.  The colours are reminiscent of my favourite poppy, which is Patty'sPlum, which is a sort of moody dark pinky colour, and when the sun shines the petals positively shimmer as they are paper thin.  I have offset the image on to a green panel to match the punched border, and the ribbon tones with this as well.

The edge border is punch with a Martha Stewart punch and the plain panel has been through the cuttlebug to emboss with dots.  The sentiment is by American Art Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Something different ........

I started making a tag book a little while back, and have now completed it.  I am not going to show every single page.

The covers are made from thick cardboard, coloured with distress ink, and stamped over with archival ink in coffee with two different stamps.  All the embellishments, made from Wendy Vecchi stamps, are again coloured with distress inks, are made from grunge paper with the exception of the frame, which is chipboard.  There are also a couple of bits of Tim's metal included - the philosophy tag and the corners of the book, and some little pins which have been coloured with alcohol ink.

The inside tags have been inked with distress inks in three colours - old paper or linen, spiced marigold and fired brick.  In some cases they have been sprayed with glimmer mists through masks to add a bit of extra interest.  Most of the words are some favourite Tim Holtz stamps, as resonate well with me at the moment, as are the images.

I am entering this for the Charmisma Cardz challenge, as they are looking for metal on what is entered.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.


Saturday, 3 July 2010

DT Post - Sweet Stampin'

Hi everybody

Hope you have all had a great week, and are looking forward to the weekend.  I am just hoping the Wimbledon finals will be as exciting as some of the other matches this week.

On to the Sweet Stampin' Challenge this week - Pearls 'n' Pins.  We are really excited to be sponsored by Quixotic Paperie, and the prize is a £15.00 Gift Voucher to spend in their on-line shop, which has some brilliant stuff for sale - lovely DPs, stamps, altered art, new Viva Deco paint, stamps, etc, etc.  Have a look here.

My image for this card is Lili of the Valley - New Hat.  I think she is gorgeous, and I love hats.  The sentiment is Hobby Art.  The papers are MME Pretty Please, with co-ordinating Bazzill. 

I have coloured the image with Copics, the flowers, which are from Wild Orchid Crafts are edged with Stickles, and I have added ribbon, pearls and pins from stash.

I followed a sketch from the LOTV Challenge, no.56, for which I am entering this card.

I am also entering for the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge, #70 - Flowers, flowers

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.



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