Thursday, 31 March 2011
Sunday, 27 March 2011
I'm going to be a bit busy this week with work stuff, so don't forsee a lot of crafting going on before next weekend. So that's all for now - have a nice week !
PS - anyone else having trouble editing in blogger?? This is the second post where I have found that it keeps removing my html edits and either creating huge spaces or running all the text together!
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Good morning everyone - yippee, it's Saturday so it's time for another Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Thanks to everyone who sprang into spring last week - there were some gorgeous entries which really cheered up the week. Don't forget to check the main challenge blog to see if you have won the adorable hedgie with daffodil stamp.
This week's theme is
So it's time to dig out all the bits and bobs of ribboon, buttons, packaging or whatever that you kept rather than throwing away for "just in case" ... can't wait to see what you come up with. And to help get your creative juices flowing we have got TWO fab prizes this week for randomly drawn winners ...
4 rolls of ribbon of the winner's choice from Fantastic Ribbons.
A 15% lifetime discount voucher from PB Stamps
Please remember that to be eligible for the prize you must submit a new piece of work which has as its main focus a Penny Black image, large sentiment or stickeroo.
The other DT ladies have been very environmentally aware this week ... please do check out their recycled offerings. Here is my card for this week - the recycled element is the ribbon which was taken from my husband's birthday cake. Pink ribbon on a man's birthday cake??? I hear you cry ... well, it was actually a totally delish and adorable chocolate heart shaped cake, which had pastel icing rose petals scattered on the top and bright pink ribbon round it ... very romantic!! And no, I didn't make it .. I got it in Selfridges in the Traafford Centre lol!
Anyhoo, back to my card ...
Main image: Penny Black "Crossing Bridges!" (3206J) coloured with Copics and Promarkers;
Sentiment: Penny Black transparent set "Salutations";
Papers: My Mind's Eye "Quite Contrary";
Supplies: Prima hydrangeas; pearls and large metal spacers from the Hobby house; sparkly brads and recycled ribbon from my stash;
Tools: large and small circle nestabilities; Martha Stewart "doily lace" edge punch and small monarch butterfly punch.
Stamp Something - Spring Somethings
Flutterby Wednesday #147 - Open with Fairy, Butterfly or Angel
Crafty Creations #111 - In Stitches
Hope you can join us this week, and look forward to seeing your creations.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Anyhow, I pulled out the very limited collection of distress inks I own (grand total of 7!) and decided to have a go at a "nightime sky" background as a precursor to some silhouette stamping with my beautiful but neglected Lavinia stamps (again, the only ones I own).
This exercise, in conjunction with some very kind tips and comments I received from Debby and Lisa, taught me that I needed several things:
a) a non-stick craft mat (bought one today :-) )
b) some more distress inks (likewise ... bought 4 new ones today ;-) )
c) a blending tool - haven't managed to get my hands on one yet, but in the meantime I have bought some cut'n'dry foam to keep me going.
Here's a card I made BEFORE buying my new bits & pieces ... watch this space for my experiments in the near future with my new stash!!
I actually made his card for this week's Less Is More Challenge - masculine - and then I felt foolish when I looked on the blog and saw no one else had used a flower!! I think my mind was full of the drama of silhouette flowers against the masculine colours of a night sky ... though I can see the overall effect isn't necessarily masculine in the sense of giving the card to a man. However it's done now, so I might as well blog it and move on lol!!
Main image: various stamps from the Lavinia "dandelions" set;
Sentiment: Penny Black;
Background: "Dusty Concord" and "Faded Jeans" distress inks;
Supplies: Papermania "sparkly trims" black frayed ribbon; pearls from The Hobby House;
Less Is More #7 - Masculine
PaperPlay #12 - Distressing
Spoon Full Of Sugar #144 - Ribbon + Pearls/Rhinestones + Flowers
CES #28 - Inspired By A Song
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
I bought this gorgeous LotV fairy a short while ago, as she struck me as suitable for occasions when you want a card that is pretty, but not quite so cute as you find with the adorable LotV girlies and bears.
This week the LotV challenge is a fabby sketch which I think suits this image perfectly, plus they are having a GDT call .. what's not to like??
So I quickly got to work and here's the result...
Main image: LotV "Freedom" coloured with Promarkers and liberally dusted with glamour dust; Sentiment: LotV sentiment circles;
Papers: BasicGrey "Wisteria";
Supplies: flowers from here & there including Prima large white flower, Wild Orchid Craft small roses, and local craft shop; pearls from Wild orchid Crafts; ribbon, lace and pearl strands from my stash;
Tools: small & large circles and Labels 3 nestabilities; Marianne D Creatables "flower swirl" die; Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch.
LotV #88 - Sketch
Simon Says - Happy Birthday
Bunny Zooe's Challenge #10 - Happy Birthday With Lots of Pearls
Birthday Sundaes #1 - Anything Goes Birthday Card
Pollycraft #85 - Swirls & Pearls
Creative Crafts - Lace
Southern Girls - Use Flowers
Charisma #11 - To Die For
The Shabby Tea Room #54 - Bingo!
(I have used gems, glimmer/glitter and ribbon)
Papercutz #83 - Anything Goes
That's all for today .. thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
In the meantime unfortunately I can't do a lot of visiting as i can't see any of my blog links - I can't see all the challenge blog links either which is also a total pain!!
Hope this will soon be sorted .... any ideas welcome!
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
I really love the new Less Is More Challenge, and promised myself I would play along every week. Unfortunately the past 2-3 weeks have been so hectic that I haven't had chance, particularly given that (as I'm sure we all know by now) "clean and simple" is definitely not the same thing as "quick and easy" !!
However this week I just had to go there, so I set about making a one-layer card card that was stamped off the edge. Boy did I have trouble with this one!! Below follows a few observations on the trials and tribulations associated with making a one-layer card - I'd appreciate anyone's views and/or tips.
My starting point was that having seen Chrissie's delish Rollagraph card, it reminded me that I have a Rollagraph I bought at a craft fair and have never used - nope, not once!! So I dug it out of the back of the cupboard and got to work ... I had but the two rollers, and the butterflies and cherry blossom seemed most appropriate for the task in hand. Several practice rolls later I decided on a stamped panel of black ink which I would then emboss with holographic embossing powder, and colour in with a wash of pink Cosmic shimmer paints ...
This is where things started to go a bit pear shaped ..... first of all I found that stamping direct onto linen card (which I always normally use for my base) doesn't give a good impression at all - several wasted sheets later I dug out one of my few smoother sheets of base card and tried that.
The stamped panel and sentiment still didn't come out perfect but I pressed on ... I washed around the flowers with my Cosmic Shimmer paint (leaving the flowers white) but my paints would not behave themselves on my base cardstock and dried very blotchy - plus I could not successfully "feather out" the edges of the painted panel as the paint kept drying into a harsh line. I rooted around until I found some matching ribbon to stick down and conceal the edges; and smoothed over my blotchy paintwork with a damp baby wipe - paint job was now smoother but of course flowers were no longer white - AAARRRGGGH!
So out came the glamour dust to whiten up the flowers. However I couldn't use a glue pen on top of the paintwork, so had to use some clear glue and then dab it to thin out on each individual flower, so I could get a sheen rather than a lump of glamour dust on each one. Time was really ticking away by now .....
Lost the will to live yet?? I had gone completely over the edge by this time!!
Fundamentally I'm finding stamping and use of colouring media direct onto base cardstock very problematic. This card took well over two hours and still looks rather rough and ready for my liking ... but at least I had a go!!
Main image: Rollagraph, embossed with holographic embossing powder and colour washed with pink Cosmic Shimmer paint;
Sentiment: Hero Arts "Chinese Happiness Wish" (E1718);
Supplies: teeny black gems and ribbon from my stash.
Less Is More #6 - One Layer Card - "Off The Edge"
One Stop Craft Challenge #122 - Clean and Simple
Paper Sundaes #60 - Keep It Simple
That's all for now ... hope you're having a great week !
Monday, 14 March 2011
Good morning everyone ... I have been missing in action for most of the past week, and the reason has been that having been a bit unwell last weekend and the start of last week I have been rushing to catch up with myself ... because today is my darling husband's 50th birthday.
I actually had a little time off work so that I could do a bit of shopping for prezzies and get the house tidy before the weekend, so we could just chill out and go for a nice meal without having to rush around catching up with the chores like we normally do. Of course I also had to make him a card ... and here it is!
I really thought this adorable PB kitty was perfect for the occasion - cute but not girly. Sadly I don't own this stamp - the image was sent to me some time ago by my lovely PBSC DT teamie Nat - but I only had the one so I only had one shot at colouring it in ... no pressure then! Having said that I think I may well now get this stamp as it has rather captured my heart (rather like my husband really :-) ). This is a C5 card rather than my normal square, and generally I kept it fairly simple as I don't think men like a lot of fussy details.
Talking of Penny Black, the more observant amongst you may have noticed that I didn't produce a DT card for this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Being so busy with other priorities I only managed to produce this one card, and I didn't want to publish it before his actual birthday which is today. However as luck would have it it fits the theme of this week's challenge which is
So please do pop over to the challenge blog to enter - there is a fab prize on offer this week of a $20 voucher to spend online with 1-2-3 Stitch; and also there is lots of fab inspiration from the rest of the team.
Main image: Penny Black , coloured with Promarkers;
Sentiment: LotV calendar circles and "Celebrations" See-D;
Papers: My Mind's Eye;
Supplies: pearls from The Hobby House;
Tools: Martha Stewart "scalloped dots" edge punch; numbers cut using Cuttlebug "Hippie Chick" alphabet dies.
Sentimental Sundays #46 - Let's Go Green
PaperPlay #10 - Shades of Green
Penny's Papercraft #48 - Going for the Green
Wee Memories #47 - Green or Spring
Stamp Something - Cream & Green
Colour Create #66 - Green, Cream, Brown & Black
(colour green, plus I think I had the luck o' the Irish when I found my husband ;-) )
CES #27 - Men Only
Ooh-La-La #75 - It's A Man Thing
Moving Along With The Times #89 - Card for a Male
Top Tip Tuesday #25 - Happy Birthday
Passion For Promarkers #90 - Food or Drink
Creative Card Crew - No Flowers
Simon Says - Anything Goes
That's all for today ... hopefully I will be getting back into my card making after today and will also have a bit more time for blog visiting.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Good morning, and welcome to another Oldie But A Goodie Challenge. Thanks so much to everyone who entered last fortnight's "Spring is in the Air" challenge - the entries really were a cheerful breath of fresh air!
This fortnight is Annie's turn to pick the challenge theme, and she has chosen
We have a fabulous prize for you this week sponsored by Bron
- these two adorable Magnolia stamps.
Don't forget that in order to be eligible for the prize you should submit a new piece of work and use a stamped image (not a digi) that is at least 6 months old ... so have a little riffle through your stamp box to find an old but loved stamp ... and of course have fun!! :-)
The other DT ladies have made some adorable cute creations - do check them out. Here's my baby card for this challenge.
Main image: Penny Black "Baby Hammock" (2073J) coloured with Promarkers;
Sentiment: LotV sentiment circles;
Papers: Craft Creations;
Supplies: flowers and lace from Wild orchid Crafts; pealrs and ribbon from my stash;
Tools: large, small, scalloped and lacy circles nestabilities; Martha Stewart "eyelet lace" PATP.
Dream Valley #2 - New Beginnings
Everybody-Art-Challenge #132 - Baby
Totally Papercrafts #56 - Pearls and Lace
Sentimental Sundays #45 - Pearls and Lace
Crafty Pad #111 - Use A Ribbon
Alphabet Challenge - R is for Ribbon
Craft Your Passion #48 - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Crafts #18 - Anything Goes
Hope you can join us this fortnight - look forward to seeing your creations.