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Monday, 27 May 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 92

This time's challenge was set by Annette, and she wants us to make a tri-shutter card! Now, I had no idea what a tri-shutter card was, so I first had to check out some tutorials to get the basic design.

Now, when it comes to trying out a new fold, I tend to head for Photoshop Elements. I traced out the various elements there, and then added a background colour, then layers of digital paper and the panels, adding wording to two of them.


I printed the image and cut and folded as required.

I used paper, images and other elements which are from Debbi Moore's Venice collection and are available as freebies on her site.
I cut out the images and matted them onto some Spellbinders die cuts.
I finished with some die cut flowers and a feather. The flowers were made using Sizzix dies.

I hope you can join us this week!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Bearly Mine where anything goes,
The Perfect Sentiment where anything goes (with a sentiment),
Wags n Whiskers where anything goes,

Sunday, 26 May 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 165

This week at One Stitch at a Time, our challenge is ... Make it Stitchy! You've got to use something from the Stitchy Bear shop, and if you want to add some stitching, so much the better! It's a very special week and there're lots of prizes available - check out the challenge blog for full details.

This week I worked with a sweet image from B B Cakes called Flora Fae.

See what I mean about 'sweet'? I coloured the image with Promarkers, and added a faint backgroun with Distress Ink applied with Ink Dusters. I've used Spellbinders dies to cut the image and the mat, and the doily ring used a die from Cottage Cutz. The paper is from Dovecraft's London collection, and although you cn't see it, it's rather prettily glittered. To finish I've used some flowers and pearls from my stash as well as a couple of stick-pins I've had for ages. I know they were a gift from someone online - I suspect someone I bought something from - but it was so long ago, I just can't remember! So, thanks to you, whoever you are.

I hope you can join us this week - take a look at the Stitchy Bear shop - you're bound to find loads of images and papers you'd love to use!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Bearly Mine where anything goes,
Passion for Promarkers where anything goes,
As You Like It where they want favourite colour combinations (mine is peach and warm blue. Why? Well, look, it's just gorgeous!)
Milk Coffee where they want us to load on the flowers,
Creative Belli where the theme is 'flowers',
I Love Promarkers where anything goes,
Wags n Whiskers where anything goes,
Sweet Stamping where they want doilies and dies (I've die cut a doily - hope that's ok!)
Crafty Calendar where they want 'blooms and blossoms'.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

90th Birthday Card

I was asked recently to make a card for a 90th birthday for a friend. The birthday 'girl' is from around here, but has lived in the US for many years, so I saw a perfect chance to use some of that 'London' themed paper from Dovecraft!


I edged the paper, blue layer and doily with distress ink in Stormy Sky. I used dies from Spellbinders and Cottage Cutz. The flowers were made using punched shapes from Leone M and Martha Stewart and the gold vining and leaves are Spellbinders die cuts. I had to keep the whole thing fairly flat because of postage, so couldn't use any more elaborate flowers. There's an insert that wishes her a happy 90th birthday, but I'd prefer not to show it here.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Bloggers Challenge where they want red, white and blue,
Wags n Whiskers where anything goes,
DRS where they want paper punches,
Milk Coffee where they want loads of flowers,
Creative Belli where they want flowers
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge where they want circles,
Whimsy Stamps where anything goes,
Everybody Art where they want flowers,
LEJ where they want die cuts/punches,

Sunday, 19 May 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 164

This week at One Stitch at a Time, the challenge is to use a digi! So, easy, isn't it?

We're sponsored by
See the challenge blog for more details.

This week, Haze chose a lovely image for us to use. It's called Rustic Bench from Gingerloft.

I coloured the bench and pots with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, and did the background with Distress Inks using a stencil brush to dab colour. The area behind the bench uses Faded Corduroy and Old Paper, but the paler bit isn't really visible in the photo!

The paper is from Dovecraft's London Collection, and the flowers are from my stash. The various die cuts are from Spellninders, and I finished with a butterfly charm.

I hope you can join us this week!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Our Creative Corner where anything goes,
CMC where anything goes,
Wags n Whiskers where anything goes,
ABC Challenge where they want three or more embellishments,
Country View Crafts where the theme is 'How does your Garden Grow?',
Sandy's Crafty Creations where they want three or more flowers,
My Sheri where anything goes,
One Stop Craft where anything goes,
Simply Create Too where anything goes.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 91

This time at Crafty Cardmakers, our host is Sharon, and she wants us to 'Use Three Techniques'. The techniques must come from the following list:

Embossing, distressing, masking, make your own flowers, paper piecing and shrink plastic.

Our sponsors for this challenge are:


and
See the challenge blog for prize details.

I used an image from our sponsor (Milk Coffee) and made another Christmas cards.

The three techniques I used are: masking, embossing and I made the flowers.

For the background, I used a mask. I embossed some white card using it, and, with the card still attached to the mask, I dabbed the card with a Versamark ink pad. I then removed the mask and applied some Perfect Pearls in blue, pink and gold.

I coloured the image with Promarkers, adding a bit of Sakura Stardust pen to the wings, and cut it with an oval nestie. While it was still in the die, I applied some distress ink to the edge of the image. I added some using an Ink Duster, and then added some more to the very edge using a sponge. I matted using another Spellbinders die.

The flowers were cut using a Crealies die. I embossed the edge of the petals using some pastel-toned embossing powder and cut each petal in half before shaping the various layers. I finished the flowers with some turquoise Stickles.

I hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Left of Centre where they want a dig image,
Our Creative Corner where anything goes,
Brown Sugar where they want angels or fairies,
As You Like it where they want punches/dies
My Heart Pieces where anything goes,
Papercrafting Journey where anything goes,
CMC where anything goes,
Divas by Design where anything goes,
Papertake Weekly where anything goes.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 163

This week at One Stitch at a Time, the challenge is 'Summer Sun'. Of course, that's something that means something different to different people. Now, I'm not a sun worshipper. I come from west central Scotland, and I have a colouring not unusual in those parts. Ten minutes of sunshine, and I'm liable to turn a most unattractive shade of lobster! I'm not fond of hot weather either, and generally want to hibernate during periods of hot weather. It always drains my energy completely. So, no beach scenes for me!

Instead, I've gone back to my childhood. Sunny days then might (if we were lucky) mean a jaunt down the coast to Largs, a walk along the front and maybe even an ice cream!

The photo is one I took of Largs the last time I was there (several years ago). Because the card I use for Promarkers tends to muddy colour photos a bit, I printed the photo onto matte photo paper, then layered the Promarkered image on top. It adds a bit of dimension too as I've gently shaped the image and attached using Colall Glue Gel.

The paper is from Dovecraft's London collection. They had packs of it very reasonably priced when I was at Alexandra Palace the other week, and even if I never use the Union Flag festooned sheets, there are some gorgeous florals like this one, so I'll definitely get my money's worth. And you never know, I might even use the other sheets. (I'm perfectly patriotic, but it seems an odd theme for a greetings card.) The flowers and butterflies are from my stash, and I've added sticky gems to the flower centres.

I hope you can join us this week!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

LEJ Designs where summer's coming,
Papertake Weekly where anything goes,
Moving Along with the Times where they want CAS,
My Heart Pieces where anything goes,
Papercrafting Journey where anything goes,
Left of Centre where they want us to use a digi,
Simply Create Too where anything goes,
CMC Challenge where anything goes,
Our Creative Corner where anything goes.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Another 'Josephine Wall' Card

A colleague has a 'big' birthday coming up, so I've made a 'big' card! I love the images on the Enchanted Dreams CDrom by Josephine Wall, but there's so much detail in every one that I hate having to print them small, so it's become my 'go to' CD for 8 by 8 cards.

I've placed the watermark to hide the personalisation. (I'm never comfortable putting people's names on my blog even if they're untraceable.)

As I often do, I made the paper in Photoshop Elements using a small section of the image and tiling it. The blue layer with its personalisation was printed and layered with the image. The flowers were made from punched shapes and the ribbon is from Hobbycraft.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creative Corner where they want 'things with wings',
Simply Create Too where anything goes,
As You Like It where they want our favourite dies or punches. (My favourite dies and punches at the moment are my flower shapes - all of them!)

Sunday, 5 May 2013

One Stitch at a Time Challenge 162

This week at One Stitch at a Time, our theme is, 'Anything Goes'! So, show us whatever you've been crafting.

Our sponsor is:

See the challenge blog for details.

Now, there are loads of talented artists who sell through the Stitchy Bear Digital Stamp shop, and one of my favourites is Hope Jacare. I was lucky enough to work with one of her images this week - it's called Bonsai 2.


This is the front of the card. Now, you can't see the image very well, but  kind of wanted to do some sort of 'window' effect for this image, so I used a double fold card from Craft Creations. If you open it up once, you get this:
And if you open it up agan, you get this:
And, so you can see the lovely image a bit better,
The mage is coloured with Promarkers and edged with Distress Ink in Pine Needles.  The paper (both types) is from a MME pad I've had for a while. The flowers were cut with my new Crealies dies - some flower and leaf shapes with punched centres. I'm a little disappointed in the dies - they don't cut as well as I'd like. The two flower dies with long petals need several passes through my BSP, and since they're foam backed, that leads to a slightly different cut each time, with the edges of the die cut being shaved off to some extent. I edged the petals and leaves with Distress ink - Spun Sugar for the pale flowers and Victorian Velvet for the darker ones and more Pine Needles for the leaves.

The apertures and image were cut using a Sizzix die set, and the lattice is from Spellbinders. The lattice is always a hard one to cut - in fact I suspect it was largely responsible for my first set of cutting plates breaking when I first got my BSP. I've since learned how to strip-shim and that works really well, but I think, from now on, I'll use that die in my Wizard. Yes, it takes more passes through the machine, but I don't believe those great, thick plates are going to be cracked! (And if I'm wrong, then I'll just have to put my Wizard out to grass as I haven't seen any cutting plates available for it for ages.)

I hope you can join us this week.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Love to create where they want punches/die cuts,
Paper Pretties where they want pink and green,
Crafts and Me where they want a floral frenzy,
Fab and Funky where they want lots of pink,
Annabelles Stamps where anything goes,
Card Crafter's Circle where they want flowers,
Creative Corner where they want flowers,
Left of Centre where they want a digi image.

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