Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 50 - Flutterbies!

This week at Crafty Cardmakers we are challenging you to add BUTTERFLIES somewhere on your creation.  We are sponsored this week by the fabulous Stamp Man who are offering a £10 voucher to one lucky winner.  Our team have come up with some wonderful creations, go check them out. 

For my card I got out my Sweet Pea Stamp - Dance with Butterflies.  I coloured the image with a mixture of Starburst Stains (Frosted Forgetmenot, Icy Primrose Gold and Winter Jasmine Gold), Whispers Pens (watercolour method) and Sakura Stardust pens so she actually has lots of sparkle but I'm afraid it doesn't show up in the photo.  The background papers are from K&Co Tim Coffee pads (Daisy and Daffodil).  I cut and embossed the butterflies in 2 layers using sparkly card and vellum with my Cuttlebug Butterflies folder, added a sentiment from Hero Arts Anytime Messages and then to finish off a bit of gold twine with a little gold butterfly. 

Monday, 25 July 2011

Patience Rewarded

It has taken me days and days to make this card and my patience was certainly tried at times, lol.  It is a pattern by Josephine Davidson that appeared in an old Parchment Magazine (Feb 08). I've done parts of it before but this is the first time I've completed the whole pattern.  It was not easy!!!  To start with the pattern says fix your parchment to the small grid and follow the hole pattern first.  Then without taking the pattern off the grid, turn it all over and do the embossing.  Good plan except you can't see your pencil tracing when you turn the grid over - so I unstuck the pattern, turned the grid over and did it that way.  Unfortunately I had a bit of trouble so I've decided that it's not errors, it's a deliberate attempt to randomise the embossing pattern (tee hee).

Dream Valley Challenge 12 - Surprise

This week at the Dream Valley Challenge blog we want you to create something with a surprise element.  This can be a pop-up card, a hidden part or even lift up flaps.  Let's see what you can come up with.  We are sponsored this week by Digi's With Attitude who are offering a $10 Canadian dollar voucher for their on-line store.

I have made a Slider card.  I found the instructions in the project section of the DoCrafts site.  I have used papers from the Paper Mania Black and White colossal pad and the main image is, of course, a Digi With Attitude called Goth Tween. I've added a bit of black using a whispers pen and also some bling with a Sakura Stardust pen.  The sentiments are from Tim Holtz and an unnamed stamp.  The flowers are mainly from my stash with extra centres punched with a Woodware punch and then little silver flower shaped brads to bold them together.  All that was then needed was a bit of ribbon and, of course, a little skull hanging from silver thread.

Friday, 22 July 2011

First harvest this year and wind damage

Marrow and courgettes
 Well, here is my first harvest from my garden this year.  A nice little marrow and 5 courgettes!

I am determined to get at least a few tomatoes despite the weather so this one has been put inside my mini greenhouse. 
Runner Beans
 Runner beans are growing nicely but none ready to eat yet.

Split branch
All of my fruit trees are overloaded this year including this cherry.  We don't actually eat these because they are semi wild with hardly any flesh round the stones.  The birds love them.  But after the strong winds a couple of weeks ago one of the branches developed a split in it.  We will have to do some surgery on this but will wait till the birds have finished eating.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - ATCs

Over at the Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge blog we are focusing on ATCs.  They are Artist Trading Cards and are made to trade (NEVER sold).  They measure 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches (you can make them any shape with as many folds but they must always measure 3.5 x 2.5 when folded).  They are an ideal size to try out new ideas too.
I have used stamps from the Paper Artsy Bricks and Mortar sets for my ATC.  For the main background I used card that had been sponged with Brilliance Pearlescence inks (Lavender and Lime) and stamped the little arch directly onto this.  Then I stamped the houses and flowers on card that had been coloured with Starburst Stains (Lavender Mountain Gold), added some Sakura Stardust pen highlights and cut them out, then popped them onto my ATC.

ATC Challenges - Challenge 6

For my ATC this week for the ATC Challenge Blog I have dug out my Crafty Individual Stamps. I've used CI-232 and stamped them in Stampin' Up Early Expresso onto brown card. Then I've cut and mounted them onto some cream card that has one of the other stamps from this set stamped at an angle in SU Sahara Sand. Then everything is mounted onto a dark brown ATC.
Go check out the fab ATCs made by my team mates

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 11 - Summer Theme

At Dream Valley this week the theme is Summer.  If only we knew what that was here in the UK, lol!  Most of us know it as one nice weekend and a thunderstorm!  This week we are being sponsored by the fabulous One Stop Card Crafts, who are offering a £10 voucher for their on line store to one lucky winner.

I made two cards for this challenge.  They both are basically the same, but different!  I started with a cream card blank, added some beige hand-made paper (from PaperMania) which I'd cut into a square, wet the edges and then torn them to make it fringe.  The next layer is more hand-made paper but this time textured (sorry, no lable on packet).  Then I stamped my shells (KayCee Crafts) onto cream card using Stampin' Up Soft Suede.  The scallop shell is then edged with stitched beads and the long shell (possibly a whelk) has a bead fringe.
Go check out the fabulous creations my teamies have done over on the challenge blog.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight - Masking

It's my turn to choose the theme for this week over at Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight and I came up with a favourite - Masking!  What I'd like to see is any sort of masking.  You can mask your main image to stamp over it, use torn paper as a mask to make a background, use a ready bought mask to create something.   And I'd love a short description of how you used your mask.  We are offering a fabulous prize of a lovely Crafts and Me stamp (Flapper 2 Melody) to one lucky winner.  Go check out my teamies fabulous creations but in the meantime here's what I did (picture alert - lots of them, lol).
One of my favourite techniques at the moment is masking on a One Layer Card so that is what I went for.  I decided to have my main image (my favourite rhino) 'escaping' from his background.

I started with a white, square card blank and worked out where I needed my background to be.  I put feint pencil lines to show this and then stamped my rhino (English Stamp Comnpany) in Stampin' Up Basic Grey.  If you look closely at the second picture (you can click on it to make it bigger) you can just about see the pencil lines.

Next I stamped my rhino onto a post-it-note, cut him out and placed him over the top of the stamped image on my card.  Doesn't he look cute in green!  I didn't bother to mask his shadow (too much fiddly cutting out) as it was going to be outside my  background square.
Next I masked off my background square with post-it-notes.  First I cut my square out of one note with my Nestabilities as I'm useless at cutting a perfect square.  As I had already measured (very carefully) where the square would be and marked it with pencil I placed my mask in exactly the right position and added more post-it-notes so I didn't get ink anywhere else on the card.  You can see the rhino peeking out of the corner.

Next I tore strips of paper to make the background.  For the ground I used SU River Rock and sponged the ink below the mask making the colour more intense nearer the bottom.   I did the same, but in reverse for the sky, using SU Baja Breeze and this time sponging above the mask.
So, here is what it looks like after all that masking and sponging.  At first I always think it looks a bit of a mess, but you have to be firm with yourself, stop before you over-do it, and most importantly of all, believe in the magic.
Et voila!!!  All masks removed (not forgetting to rub out the pencil marks) and you have the gorgeous rhino escaping from a rather fabby background.  I felt this needed just a touch more 'something' so . . .
. . . here is my final card.  I've added a branch (Stampscapes) to the top left corner to balance the runaway rhino.
I really enjoyed making this card and can't wait to see what other people come up with.

Monday, 4 July 2011

ATC Challenges 5 - Anything Goes/Favourite Household Item

Over at ATC Challenges we have decided to have an Anything Goes theme for the time being, with the option of Favourite Household Items as an additional challenge.  We are offering a price of an A4 Vintage Bag (a bag of assorted vintage bits and bobs that will fit onto an ATC).
As I can't live without my Kettle I chose to honour it with my ATC!  I used some lovely Laura Ashley paper for the background and added a stamped corner (Michelle Marsden Vintage stamps) and an invitation (Inkadinkado It's A Party) stamps in Stampin Up Soft Suede.  Then I stamped my kettle (MM Vintage stamps) onto copper glossy card with black StazOn and cut it out, mounting it with silicone glue for dimension (and that is a tale in itself as my tube had sealed itself so I had to poke a hole in it with my pokey tool to get the glue out, lol).  So as I sit here sipping my Earl Grey in my chipped old mug I can dream of the days of copper kettles and flowery bone china tea sets.