Monday, 26 November 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 80 - Christmas Photo Inspiration

Our at Crafty Cardmakers this fortnight, hosted by Fiona, is a photo inspiration challenge.
Make a card or project inspired by the following photo. You can take inspiration from any part of it really, from the actual image or from the colours.
We have two great sponsors again.  First we have Di's Digi Downloads who are offering a prize of a $10 gift voucher, and secondly we have Crop Stop who are offering a $15 voucher for their store.

I decided to go with the lovely colours in the photo for my inspiration and made a necklace for a friend.  I used two different size glass pearl beads and between the larger ones I placed some crystal rondelles.  Next comes a section with small clear glass beads, silver spacers and then aqual crystals.  The third section is again pearls, but this time smaller ones, with the small glass beads between them.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 46 - Non Traditional Christmas

At Dream Valley the challenge is to come up with a Non Traditional Christmas project.  What exactly does non-traditional mean to you.  Come on, show us your ideas.  Our prize this week is a surprise goodie bag for one lucky person.
I decided to go really alternative and got out my lovely Oh My Dear stamp from Stampotique.  I stamped her in black and then paper pieced her jumper using shiny pink paper.  I made a background on my card using a star (also by Stampotique that came free with Craft Stamper) which I stamped in Versamark, then added Stampin' Up Heat and Stick topping it off with Doodlebug Sugar Coating in Beetle Black Glitter.  The stars at the bottom were given the same treatment but this time the stamp was from Inkwell (also free with Craft Stamper) with a bit of added pink bling.  The lovely sentiment across the middle of the card  was cut using a Sizzix alphabet (Cherish) and black holographic card.  I used the same card to make a matt for the sentiment section.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Parchment for Pleasure

I have been busy making my Christmas cards but decided to take some time out to make a couple of parchment items for friends.

This is a pattern by Josie Davidson called 3D Flower Parasol which was published in Parchment Craft Magazine in January 2010.  I traced the design, including the border, with a white pencil, then I embossed the border lines, the frill, the handle, the ribbon and the outline of the parasol using a small ball tool.  I stippled the bottom of the handle and then added colour behind this, the ribbon, the frill and the border using Whispers pens.  The gridwork was done on a large, bold, straight grid with a sun tool added in the spaces.  The little flowers were punched out of parchment using a Woodware Multi flower punch and were coloured on both sides and then embossed, but the colouring hardly shows.  These were stuck to the parasol using glue dots and then little pearls were added to each flower.  I cut round the edge of the border using a 2-split tool and mounted it onto purple card using pearl brads. 

My second project was a pillow box.  First I  made the box, using a small, straight grid to make the pattern on the front of the box.  Then ona seperate piece of parchment I drew the cat.  This is from a design called Peek A Boo by Gail Sydenham which was published in the December 2010 issue of Parchment Magazine.  The parchment was placed over an outline of the cat and then I drew in the eyes, nose and fur using Derwent Studio pencils.  I also added some pencil colour to the reverse before attaching the cat to the pillow box using brads.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 79 - More than one die cut or punch

Our challenge this time at Crafty Cardmakers is hosted by BettyC and she would like you to use more than 1 punch or die cut. You can have a combination such as 1 punch and 1 diecut as that equals two, or two punches, two diecuts. You can use more if you wish as long as there is at least two in combination or two of either on your creation.  We have two great sponsors for this challenge.  First up are Hobby Art Stamps and secondly Milk and Coffee Digital Stamps.

I started with the gorgeous Pom Pom stamp from Lili Of The Valley.  I coloured her using Derwent Studio Pencils adding a bit of Sakura Stardust pen to her wings and pom pom for that oh so necessary sparkle.  I cut her out and then matted and layered her using Nestability Cicle and Scalloped Circle dies.  The lovely bg paper is from Stampin' Up's Springtime Vintage papers.  I also used a tiny strip from the same papers in place of a ribbon.  Next I got out my SU punches.  I stamped the words and then punched them out using the modern label punch, then matted it onto two more punched shapes using the extra large scallop oval punch and the decorative label punch .  Finally I added lots of pink and cream flowers which are held together with grey brads.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 45 - Anything Goes

This week at Dream Valley we have decided to have an 'Anything Goes' week.  That's right. Anything.  Let's see what wonderful crafty creations you can come up with.  And this week we are sponsored by the lovely Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 voucher for one lucky person.

I decided to get out a stamp plate that I've had for ages and have hardly used.  It is by Designs Inc and is Plate 876.  I stamped both the beautiful image and words using Stampin' Up Crumb Cake ink onto cream card, then matted and layered onto pink adding an additional grey layer to the image.  The DP is from the Wedding stack by Paper Cellar.  To finish off I added a strip punched with Martha Stewart Scallop Dot punch and some half pearls.