Tuesday, 30 June 2009
It's been a lovely hot day today, in fact it's been hot for a few days and I've been drawn to making a hot summer sunshine card. I've begun with the very simple, very usable sketch from the CPS Challenge blog this week. I've used some lovely images from My Grafico, a set called Garden Elements and I've coloured them with Koh-i-Noor pencils in hot pinks and oranges to match Michelle's Summertime theme on the Digital Tuesday Challenge. This is also the theme at Cupcake Craft Challenges so I'm entering it for this Challenge too. Sadly Cupcake Craft is closing down as a challenge, it will be their last challenge next week. A Challenge blog is a big commitment and a lot of work, thank you to all the Cupcake gals for running their challenges for so long :). There's yet another Summer Challenge to enter at A Spoon Full of Sugar this week!
The challenge this week at One Stop Craft Challenge is to use Fruity Colours, so I'm entering my orange and raspberry card, though it has no actual fruit on it, it still fits the bill. Charisma Cards has an open challenge that you can enter up to four times, that they've called Rubbernecker Week after their sponsor, so here's entry #2 to their challenge. And last but definitely not least, my blogging friend Danni has a Flutterby Wednesday theme of creating an outdoorsy card with a butterfly of fairy. OK I make that SEVEN challenges in one card - yippee! :).
PS My Grafico has a Summer/4th July challenge which Martha has reminded me about (see my post below). So that makes it a record EIGHT!
Now, on to the card...
Digi images from My Grafico were printed twice and coloured with Koh-iNoor pencils. Flowers were cut out and added to the image with 3d sticky dots. The image was edged with Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick and matted onto pink card. The DP is an Artylicious printed paper from my Graphicus Guild membership. The Hero Arts sentiment is stamped onto orange Bazzill card and the whole of it matted onto pink. The butterfly from the set was then stuck down, some Glossy Acents and Stickles blinged it up a bit and I added two butterfly brads from a special offer pack I bought at Made by You. Enjoy the summer and I hope you enjoyed looking at the card!
Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
This is the first time I've entered either of these challenges: The Challenge at Truly Scrumptious this week is to use Sharon's great sketch and also to use some neglected stash. I was playing with some new stash, the Retro Vases stamp plate from Elusive Images, when I used some very old and very neglected stash - one of some tiny pigment ink pads that I bought before I even knew there were stamp shops :). I'm also entering my card for Charisma Cardz' any theme challenge; the sponsor rubbernecker is allowing up to four entries, so here's #1 :), I wonder how many more I'll get done...
I wanted to make a glossy vase for the flowers and as I don't have lots of colours of pigment ink I went back to the old ink to use to clear emboss. The ink was very poor quality and the glimmer misted background showed through very badly. So I added more embossing powder - twice - until I got a thick, glossy vase that you can just see the background through - like a real vase. I stamped a bit of a shadowe under the vase and added some of the flowers to it. The vase has crackled slightly and it looks much better in real life than in the photo :). I used another Elusive Images stamp for the sentiment.
The DP is Que Sera Sera from K&K. I've gold embossed the sentiment onto it and also two more flowers from the themeplate, which I've cut round and mounted on foam pads. There are a lot of different colours going on on this card, but that's just how the garden is in June :). It's been a busy but fun few days, more creative blogging tomorrow...
Saturday, 27 June 2009
This month I took part in an orphan stamp swap at the Stamp Attic group: we each brought a stamp that either we'd bought and not got used, or one we'd bought and used a lot and can't think of any more ideas for it. The stamps went into paper bags, anonymously, and we all took a different stamp home. We have to make three cards with the stamp, adding other stamps or whatever we want and give them back to the owner, complete with cards for inspiration. Of course we can stamp the images for ourselves if we want while we have the stamp.
I came home with a very uninspired stamp of a bunch of violets which actually works ok with S2Gs sketch, so that's one of my orphan stamp cards out of the way:).
The stamp is coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils and the background washed with colour from the pencils. It's mounted onto purple pearlescent card and then onto a larger circle. The main DP is the reverse of the strip paper used for the circle. To add the glitter I've put Stickles in the centres of the violets and onto the brads in the corners. Paper is from the Stamp Attic, I have no idea where the stamp came from!
Now onto the fun card, which was made with a Shirleys2Girls stamp called Domino's Amusing. Isn't it brilliant? I love the dog and I love the sentiment!
I've paper pieced Domino onto a blue circle and then onto a beige circle from the DP he's pieced from. The sparkle is in the main DP which has glittery bits all over it, I've also used some blue Stickles on his hat and Glossy Accents on his nose. Although it's not part of the sketch I've added the sentiment, it's too good to leave off :)
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
This week's Sketch & Stash Challenge has an optional challenge of using animal themed stash. This made my mind up as to what I was going to stashbust this week :) - a lovely dog stamp that my friend Anne bought me from Little Claire's stand at Ally Pally. I fell for 2 dog stamps and have coloured the larger one several times and not been happy with the effect I've got.
For this card I pulled out the little terrier stamp and inked it up at last. I masked it off and stamped an Elzybell's flower stamp onto the background. I coloured the images in with Koh-i-Noor pencils and blended them, adding some Distress Ink around the edges.
The gorgeous papers are Basic Grey from their Porcelain 6x6 pad, fairly new stash from the Stamp Attic, and the two flowers are new stash. I've bought the most beautiful stamp plate from Elusive Images called Retro Vases, with, I think, 40+ images to it. It's taken me a while to cut them out and now I need to start to use them :). This hardly gives much idea of their potential, but I stamped the little star flowers with pink chalk ink, cut them out with a circle punch and shaped the edges. They looked too white so I rubbed more Distress Ink across them and painted the flower middles with it.
I think the dog looks a bit like Sweep, our terrier, but those who know her may think it looks rather better tempered than Sweep :)
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
I'm really looking forward to working on their challenges, watch this space :). In the meantime, why not check out this week's Challenge: Weddings.
I'm having a second try at Lilian's sketch for this week's Sugar Bowl Challenge; I'm not totally convinced by the colours on my earlier card :).
I've often thought that Daisy, who is such a lovely Sugar Nellie to colour in, would look good as a monochrome image. So I've stamped her with Tea Dye Distress Ink and dragged some of the ink into her clothes and hair. I suppose the answer is that you can't go wrong with such a great stamp, but I think this looks good.
With Stampin for the Weekend's Challenge #3 in mind, I've kept to the soft neutral colours, she's A Whiter Shade of Pale, which fits their Rock'n'Roll 60s Challenge. The papers are Antique Cream Creative Tones from Papermania, I've added some Stickles to the flowers in Daisy's hair and to the daisies in the paper. The images are mounted on Kraft paper to fit the Sugar Bowl Challenge. There's ribbon in Daisy's hair and on the card, and that's it, a pretty clean and simple card.
Monday, 22 June 2009
I came across the Midnight Madness Challenge blog when following a comment left by Jeni on my blog. The Challenge is running for June; for each week you can enter once. The grand prize is cash - the more people enter the bigger the prize. Sounds fun, wish I'd found it sooner :).
The sketch is an interesting one, that could use either thin strips of paper, lace or ribbon, depending how you chose to interpret it. I've used a favourite line of double sided paper by Crate Paper, that I've bought from the Stamp Attic. Each time I use it up, I buy some more, it's so versatile.
The focus of the card uses a Basic Grey clear stamp from a set that also came from Stamp Attic. I've gold embossed the cage, but the cage door is open and my birds are flying free :). The wording comes from an Elusive Images stamp and the edges of the sentiment and the image are inked with Distress Ink. I love this stamp set, I think it'll get some heavy use.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
My Grafico has a challenge this week to make your best summer/sea card or layout. They have a lovely free set called baby silhouette stamps which I downloaded because it's got a great owl in it to use. The boat is in here, I've resized it into varying sizes and cut round it. Dare You To Digiatamp has a challenge this week to make a scene. Of course for scenes the Sketchingstamper has fabulous images, what a great excuse to buy one :).
I coloured the scene with a mixture of Inktense and watercolour pencils. Because I wanted to superimpose the boats on top of it, which are not to scale, I stylised the background scene by cutting it into three segments and matting them onto navy card. Then I used some silicon glue to attach the boats onto the split image. The background card is a world map double sided paper that I bought from Stamp Attic last year and the greeting is a peel-off. I'm really pleased with the way this card has turned out, Happy Father's Day Dad!
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Lilian, which must include some Kraft paper/beige colours. I've some Kraft paper that I bought from Stamp Attic a few weeks back with patterns on it, the wrong side is ideal for a background.
I've used one of my gorgeous Leanne Ellis designs, A Little Hug, I've stamped her onto the WS of the kraft paper and coloured her with Inktense watercolour pencils. The sentiment is from Elusive Images. The papers are Dovecraft papers that I've had in my stash for ages, since I first began cardmaking, their soft colour fits the image well I think. The Kraft paper is used right side out for the backgroud to the card, with a Prima flower on it and I've used some ribbon that has a vivid pattern on its right side, reversed so it works with the colourscheme.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
All the papers used are from a Basic Grey pad called cupcake, that I bought at Stamp Attic. The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado floral set, I've cut the flower circles with my smallest Nestie dies. It's a fairly simple card, the papers are quite busy and I don't think it needs anything more...
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Dutch Dare's challenge this week is one close to my heart, they are asking for cards to be created for Post Pals. Post Pals is something I already support, I send cards to Alice, who currently undergoing chemotherapy. Her favourite colours are pink and purple, so that's what I've used for my card.
I've used the gorgeous sketch from Sketch & Stash Challenge this week and I've used butterflies on my card, which is this week's challenge for A Spoonful of Sugar . I love Danni's butterfly challenges and this week she gave us the very straightforward challenge of using a challenge sketch and including butterflies (or fairies) so I've covered that one too :).
This is, of course, a stashbusting card as it's for Sketch & Stash :). I began with something new: the lovely butterfly stamp from last month's Graphicus Guild themeplate, which I hadn't used yet. It's stamped onto Glimmer Misted paper, the butterfly stamped again and coloured with Koh-i-Noor pencils then with Glossy Accents on top. The sentiment stamp is part of this month's Graphicus Guild themeplate, again I've not used it before.
The pink pearlescent card came from a box of paper that I filled at one of the first craft shows I ever went to, this is neglected stash, as are the two DPs, which are both from my Graphicus Guild membership papers. The pink background is obescured by the images, but it is a lovely large-scale flower print, and of course the butterflies had to go onto this card :). Butterflies diecut with a punch that I've had for a while and just begun using, ribbons and flower from stash.
Post Pals is a lovely organisation, please join in and send cards if you can :).
The bird image is fab and I will definitely be using it some more, do check out My Grafico when you get the chance.
Friday, 12 June 2009
I've used a free Digi-image from MyGrafico, a great site that has plenty of freebies as well as lots of items included in their sale. It's well worth checking out what they have. As I've used a digi-image, I've also entered my card for Stampin' for the Weekend's second challenge, to use a digi-image. The sentiment is computer generated, the background paper from Stamp Attic and the little buterfly is cut with a punch, I found it on my desk and decided to add it to the card :). Oh, I've used Distress Ink (tea dye) around the edges of the paper.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
My Chairman at work and his wife are due to move back into their rebuilt home just as soon as the floors have dried out and I decided to make a card for them. I used my S2G stamp Home Sweet Home, stamping it onto Glimmer Misted paper and paper piecing the birdhouses. There's a little glitter on the centre star too. The wording with the stamp is "Home Sweet Home" but I couldn't fit that onto the card; I just inked up one word and centred it beneath the image.
The papers came with a magazine; I mounted a piece of the house paper onto Bazzill card, and did the same for the stamped image. I cut out another house from a greeting on the free papers and silicon glued it on instead of a flower; the "new home" strip across the bottom comes from the papers too. It's quite a simple card, I feel sometimes that cards for non-cardmakers look better without everything but the kitchen sink added to them :)
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Stampin' for the Weekend is a new one, with my friend Vanja as one of the Design Team, having seen her lovely card and their great theme - From Dusk until Dawn - purple and yellow - I wanted to be sure to take part in this one. I went with a really nice sketch by Dawn from Inspirational Card sketches challenge #19 . I also included the Secret Crafter's challenge #35 for this week, which is bling, using some glitter, some gemstones and some Glossy Accents. Cute Card Thursday's Challenge #63 is to use punches and die cuts; I've managed to include this on the card too. Phew! I think four challenges in one card is my record, I'm always in awe of those who manage to fit umpteen challenges into one card, which takes some multi-tasking! OK that's the challenges, now on to the card :).
I have used all Elusive Images stamps for the card; the Graphicus Guild stamps this month include the bird and birdhouse, the brilliant "Best Wishes" stamp is from another, older, Guild stamp set. The papers are all from the papers included with the Guild membership. The birhouse is embossed with Adirondack Eggplant onto patterend paper, with a gem on top of it. The bird is stamped onto pale yellow Bazzill card and then again onto a pale yellow patterned paper, in Eggplant dye ink this time. I've used the birdhouse stamp around the edges for the leaf pattern. The bird is mounted onto the card using silicon glue and then painted with Glossy Accents, which seem to have turned the Eggplant a bit blue.
When I assembled the card I was going to use the thin piece of the sketch to the left for the sentiment, until I remembered the pearlescent card that I used a butterfly punch on a couple of days ago, the negative shapes were just too pretty to throw away so it went into the scrap box. I think it fits the sketch really well.
I stamped the "Best Wishes" onto the card when it was assembled, in Eggplant again, and added faux brads to the corners and gemstones below the butterflies. I've coated the brads in Glossy Accents and dropped some Prisma Glitter on them to give them a bit of bling. I also used a tip from a workshop I went to at MadeByYou last week for the ribbon: I used double sided tape wider than the ribbon, with a narrow sticky border each side of the ribbon and again, coated it in the glitter more some more bling. I think this is a great idea, may come in useful for any accidental sticky tape left showing :) .
Love the Dusk Until Dawn theme, great one to work with and it came together with the other themes quite well, I think.
Friday, 5 June 2009
I bought some sumptuous Basic Grey papers earlier this week in the Stamp Attic and was keen to use them, so that set my colour scheme as pinks, greens, browns and apricot. I chose papers for the flower and made it first, leaving it to dry, then I went on to make the card. I haven't made an aperture card before so I kept it simple and chose to cut a circle. I wanted the circle to be off-centre to make room for the flower and other embellishments, so I used a Nestie to cut a scalloped circle and stuck that in the right spot, then cut into that with a smaller circle.
The sitting Gorjuss Girl from Sugar Nellie works really well sitting at the edge of a circle, so I coloured her with watercolour pencils and a little bit of opaque white pen and placed her on the card, with some ribbon behind to make a stem for the flower. I filled the RH corners of the cards with flourishes from Elusive Images, stamped in green, and added a die-cut butterfly to the edge of the circle to balance out the sitting girl.
Then I moved on to the inner of the card. I used some lovely blotchy green paper and began with some grass, using a Stamps by Judith stamp and with a Penny Black tree. I gave the tree leaves and flowers with Tapestry stamps and added some flowers with Craftwork Cards clear stamps.
So far so good... until I decided to spray some iridiscent Glimmer Mist over the scene, to match the lollipop flower. The non-waterproof inks all began to run and I hastily dried it with a heat gun! I also learnt that I should have cut a large square of background, not cut the circle as of course it was a pain to line up and the white around it spoilt its look. I mounted it onto a dark square of paper, only to find that it wasn't quite parallel with the card edges and looked crooked. I solved this by cutting some lace borders from the papers and covering the top and bottom of the square.
I really enjoyed making the card even if the aperture was a steep learning curve :).
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
This is the first time I've entered the Stampavie Challenge, I've used Jay Jay's pretty sketch to make a Get Well card. I've used some lovely two-sided paper from the Stamp Attic, with the shabby gingham for background and the big roses for the circle. The image is coloured with Koh-i-Noors in soft pinks and greens and mounted onto green Bazzill Bling card. The flowers are also from Stamp Attic.