Saturday, 28 August 2010

Circle the Globe ...

Is it winter - it feels like it - cold, wet, dull, and having to put loads of layers on!  Horrible.  That's my moan over about the weather.

Well bloggers, it is time for the Sweet Stampin Challenge again, and this time we are looking for Distressing on Birthday cards.  Me - I love this type of thing, but I know it is not everybody's cup of tea.  I think most people might think this is grungy rather than distressed!

My papers are 29th Market Street - I have used both sides,  and they have been liberally torn, nibbled, and inked with Distress Ink.  The main image is a B Line Designs Stamp, as is the tiny air balloon down the side.  The tickets are a Tim Holtz stamp.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I have used Distress Crackle Paint over it.  The ribbon has been coloured with distress ink and copics to give it a slightly grungy look.

This card is destined for a friend of mine who is off travelling for a while just after his big 60, hence the subject of the card.

I am entering this card for the following challenges:

- CES Challenge - Anything goes
- Srampin' for the Weekend #45 - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Our Creative Corner

I saw this sketch on Our Creative Corner, and really like the way I could use it., abd thought it called for something a bit simpler than my normal typecards.  In fact I know I am going to use it again for something else already.

This card only has one piece of stamping and that is the sentiment.  I have made a flower from very thin pages from an old paperback and crepe paper.  I cut out numerous petals with the Peony Nestie on my cuttlebug, and sprayed them with varting shades of pink and purple Glimmer Mist.    I assembled them pushed a hold through the middle with my Tim Holtz poky thingy and put a brad through, and then just scrunched them up to give a bit of texture.  I have also added some Rhinestone Stickles to give a bit more bling.

The papers which are definitely some of my favourites are from the 29th Market Street range, which I got from the Stamp Attic, and I will be stocking up on some more shortly.  I love the slightly grungy finish on them, and they are in a brilliant range of colours.  The ribbon is from Stampin'Up, and the sentiment is a Hobby Art one I have had for a while.

I am also entering this card for the following challenge:
- Cute Card Thursday #127 - Dieing for a Punch

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Blog Award

I had a lovely surprise on Tuesday,  my cyber-friend  Chrissie, sent me this award.  Chrissie is the master of clean and simple and produces some truly stuning cards as well as wedding stationery to die for.  In the not too distant future Chrissie and I hope to met up for some crafty gassing, and a coffee.
In turn I need to name three things that I like about myself and then pass this award on to 7 other bloggers, both difficult! The choice of recipients is huge as there are so many wonderful friends to choose from.

I may have to think about the three things for a while, but here are the seven!





Lesley at Genouille



Thank you so much for your visits and wonderful support.  I appreciate it so much.


Monday, 23 August 2010

DT Card Lexi's Creations

Happy Monday.

The start of another journey for me.  This is my first DT card for Lexi's Creations.  This week the theme is Emboss It!, so you will see lots of different types of embossing on the teamies cards.  Please do pop over to the blog and have a look at all the wonderful projects.

Our Sponsor this week is the wonderful Fairy Dust Crafts Who will be giving the winner of this week's Challenge a choice of FIVE Images from their online Store.

For this card  - which is my first Christmas Card - I have used Sammie Snowman, which is available here, and who is wishing everybody a Merry Christmas.  This has been coloured with Copics and liberally glimmered with Stickles on his hat and scarf, and for good measure just a little bit of Glamour Dust as well.   The backing paper is Frosted Lace,  which  is a freebie download you can get here.  I have darkened the colours for printing,  The silver card across the middle been put through the Cuttlebug in a star embossing folder, and the snowflakes are also die cuts.  I have added Glamour Dust to the poinsetta to give it some sparkle as well.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Creative Card Crew - Sparkle and Shine
Crafty Ann #21 - Christmas in August

Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate your comments.


Saturday, 21 August 2010

DT Posting - One Stop Craft Chellenge - Not a card

Hi everybody

I have had a lovely few days - but have not produced much in the way of crafty stuff.  My life long friend Lesley took me out to lunch on Wednesday for my birthday.  We met at 12 noon and did not leave the pub until 4.15 - just a lovely afternoon of girly laughter and catching up.  Very little drinking though as we both had to drive home as we met halfway.  On Thursday my lovely OH took me out for afternoon tea with champagne at the most wonderful hotel, Four Seasons at Dogmersfield, which is not too far from us.  A beautiful manor house set in the most beautiful parkland.

Anyway - on to my DT entry for the One Stop Craft Challenge - and this week the theme has been chosen by the very talented Sharon.  Check out the OSCC blog for all the team's entries, and Sharon's blog to see her wonderful work.

My DT piece is a canvas that I started at a class at LB Crafts, and have recently finished.

The canvas is painted with Kaisercraft Acrylic paint in two shades, with some distress ink wiped over as well, and then overstamped in black archival ink with a swirl.  The square embellishments in the middle are made by embossing copper colour metal usingTen Second Studio molds.  These are then brushed over with some black paint to distress them.  The cage - I am sure lots of people will recognise - as one of Tim Holtz's dies.  This has also been through an embossing folder.  The leaves are stamped, and cut out of the metal, and the flowers made with a die - I thnk Sizzix - but cannot be sure.  The little copper coloured flowers were horrible sequins, but a little Inka Gold paint goes a long way to transforming them, and then I have added tiny black crystals to the centres.

I have shown you a little more detail below.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Paper Cutz Challenge #55 - Anything goes


Have a lovely weekend.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

News! I'm really excited ....

to have won a place on the design team for Lexi's Creations.    Pop over to Lexis' blog to see the great work from the DT this week.

DT Post #39 - Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Hi bloggers

I hope you are looking forward to a lovely weekend. I wish the rain would go away and it was a bit warmer again - I hate having to wear layers all the time.

This month our Sponsor is none other than the super talented Heather Ellis of Digi Stamp Characters.  You can buy Heathers cute images as a Digital image or in Rubbah too from Stamping Bella.  So whats up for grabs???  The winner will choose any 4 images from The Digi stamp Characters SHOP.
This week at Sweet Stampin# we are using a favourite image/stamp. I have many favourites, but this llittle girl , Daisy from Sugar Nellie, has been a long time favourite and is one I really love, so sweet and pretty. For this occasion I have layered her on to some very special papers which I have printed from my new Artylicious Essence of Nature CD. These are printed on to 160gsm paper to give some weight. I have used two co-ordinating papers. I have coloured the image with Copics. A band of lace is across the middle of the card, and a flower made from netting with a pearl tucked into the middle, along with two pearl pins. I have also embellished with a small selfcoloured butterly decorated with pearls, and a loop of pearls on the top.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - P for Punches
Craftalicious Challenge #6 - Pearls and Swirls - well my Oearls are swirly ...
Flutterby Wednesday #117 - I have a butterfly
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue - old is the stamped inage, which is also borrowded from a dear crafty friend, new - my papers, blue is the background on the papers
Crafty Creations #80 - Winged things - I have a butterfly

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

DT Posting - One Stop Craft Challenge has summer fun

Good morning, and welcome to another One Stop Craft Challenge, and this week we are having summer fun.

I have followed a sketch from this week's Lili of the Valley challenge

My little boy has decided he wants to sail his boat, so off he goes.  The image is Lili of the Valley, Sail Boat.  I have coloured in Copics, and have paper pieced the sail to co-ordinate with the background papers, which are all Bearly Mine designs.  The border across the card has a punched edge for which I used a Stampin' Up border punch.  The co-ordinating buttons have blue thread through them.

I am also entering this for the following challenges:

Lexis Creations, Challenge #19 - paper piecing, where there is also a DT call

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #95 - It's a man's world

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.


Thursday, 5 August 2010

Birds and Pearls

I had been worried that my mojo was disappearing, but I think it is because I have been feeling a bit crap with a stomach bug I cannot get rid of, though it has certainly been better today than for the last 5 or 6 days.  Anyway Crafts 4 Eternity have a sketch that I really liked, and also a theme that appealed - Use the sketch - Include a bird (s) - Include pearls.

So I have made used of a stamp that has not been inked up for a long time, and also printed some paper from the Peacock Summer Party Twin-Pack CD by Glenda Waterworth to go with the stamp.  The papers on this CD are simply beautiful with some lovely colour options, and inserts, tags, etc.

So to my peacock - I have stamped in Versafine, and coloured with ink taken from a Big 'n' Juicy pad called Waterfall, and also Derwent Inktense pencils to give a richer colour mix.  The papers are three toning papers from the CD, with cardstock from Coredinations to tone,  The flowers are long forgotten ones as well - the large petals behind the Prima satin flower are some lily ones I pulled apart in order to get the colours I wanted for the embellishment.  The punched edge is done with a Fiskars punch, the corner with EK Success, and the pearls are from stash.

I am also entering this for:

- Cute Card Thursday #124 - Whateva!
- The CD Sunday Challenge - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments



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