Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

I have won

Hi everyone
I have just heard that my little meerkat card has won top three over at CD Sunday Challenge - for the "Whiskers" challenge.  Top choice too!

That will give me the get up & go for 2012 - thank you ladies.

I have taken the top 3 banner - but as I am hoping to change my layout will leave putting it on the blog til then.

If you want to see it - it's in the 8 December posting.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Ooh! such memories

Hello everyone

Well I decided there was room for one more challenge this year after all.  I have been tempted by the challenge today over on CD Sunday Challenge - where the theme is "The Fifties". 

 I used the MCS "Fab Glam Fifties" CD & spent quite a while deciding which image to use.  But the full skirt & the waspie belt won the day.  I remember my Mum, bless her, telling me those belts were not good for me.  But you couldn't not have one - could you?  Ooh & the petticoats!  Oh yes - we looked good.

I used half of an insert from the CD to create a frame & merged the mannequin figure into the oval.  I then printed 2 more mannequins in order to 3-d the dress.  Trimming the top layer to just the belt & skirt.  Some pink stripy paper I had in my bits box made a good background & dotty pink ribbon down the side.  I then trimmed the music from a length of ribbon & added to the bottom.  The tag had just the right sentiment.

When I had been looking for the image I spotted another one that brought back memories.  So! just because I can - I used that image to make another a card which may well come in useful next year for a friends  big birthday.

I had a dress identical to this one right down to the pearl necklace as well.  I was to attend a rather posh dressy do & at the time did not earn a lot of money - so my lovely Mum treated me to the dress & the pearls. Again I used half of an insert so the mannequin could sit in the oval frame.  I then decoupaged the dress & added the black & white spotty ribbon down the side., along with some cream gems for the pearls. I have left the rest of it undecorated so that I can finish it to suit when I use it.

So a big thank you to CD Sunday for invoking some lovely memories.  I did print some accessories off for the pink card - some stiletto heel shoes & a handbag, but unfortunately had printed them a little too big.  Although with that full skirt we would probably have been wearing flat ballerina shoes.  The stilettos would have been worn with the black dress.  Aah!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Things with whiskers challenge

Hi everyone - yes I am still here but falling far behind.

I didn't want to finish the year without managing at least one more blog challenge - so here I am.

The challenge about things with whiskers is over at CD Sunday.  I sat & had a think as to what I could do - it's Christmas, Santa has whiskers - but surely lots of people will use him.  What could I find different?  Well in the end I stumbled on an image that I decided to play with.  Here is the photo of my card

The image is from MCS  Papercraft Library Volume 6 "Men-y Happy Returns".  I am sorry but after hunting high & low for backgrounds & things I cannot remember where I got the snowy background from.  What I did was to take the Meerkat & soften his edges then merge him into the background.  I copied his image to use as a cut out & to 3-d onto the card - but as it was Christmas I needed something else.  Again amongst my search through various MCS artwork I spotted the little Santa hat.  There were a couple of different shapes but this one had just the right curve for putting on the Meerkats head.  The sentiment is a transparent (think that's the right description) peel off.  I layered the background onto black card then on to a white card that I had pre-stamped with snowflakes for a random border.  The second Meerkat was then placed on with foam pads to raise it above the other one.  I had spent a long time playing with speech bubbles & trying to think of a witty saying ........ like "where did you get the hat?" or "why the hat - makes you look simplz" & many more.  But I couldn't get them to look right so I plumped for the peel off.

There may still be time for me to join in another challenge before the end of the year - fingers crossed, along with a resolution for the New Year to do better.

It was fun to do.  Merry Christmas Everyone - have fun.

Thank you for popping in.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Chance to try a new stamp

Hello everyone ...........................Well instead of getting back to my blog more frequently I have actually not blogged for a whole month.  I think this will become the norm for a while.  I have a blog for my stamp clubs which I write on everyday, so it is a little difficult to find something different to say on this blog.

I haven't entered any blog challenges for a while either - I have to admit to my creativity being a bit sluggish.  But, ..............

Recently I was talking to Wendy & Martin of Card-io who gave me the challenge to use their new Christmas tree stamps.  Along with the trees there is a little set of stamps which are basically Christmas tree baubles in a snowflake design.  There are two trees in the set - one is similar to the tree they already have that looks like paint strokes for the branches.  The other tree has a lovely lean to it & different sized open circles that create the branches.  The little bauble stamps are designed to fit into the circles on the tree &  they even have two minuscule stamps that form the bauble tops & hanging rings.

My first attempts at using the circle design tree do not include the baubles - at least not on the tree - I am still working on those - but I have used them as part of the background decoration.

At the moment I am very much into black & white cards - even Christmas - so this was the path to take for the first card.

On this black & white card I stamped & embossed with white EP & filled the circles with glue & poured on fine glitter.  Because of the black card the glitter reflects some subtle colour.  I used the bauble stamp to create some background pattern using the second generation stamping for some of them.  To those baubles I added some bling by sticking on some tiny clear gems plus one each side of the sentiment. It looks like my white EP may have met it best by date as it looks a bit creamy.

Here is the second card.  Somewhat unusual for Christmas I know.  I recently visited a wholesale company that sells artificial flowers, Christmas trees & decorations.  Several of the trees were decorated in a very modern & colourful way - so I took that idea & went for a more modern approach with this card.

The circles in the tree are coloured with gelly roll pens in a mint green, blue & dark lilac & whilst the ink was still wet I lightly sprinkled some fine glitter on them.  The tree itself was embossed in silver.  I then picked up the colours of the circles with my Promarkers & edged the layering cards. The top one with a yellow to pick up the one yellow circle at the top of the tree.  The next layer used a pale green pen & the final layer a blue that was very close to the blue circles.  I found a card that was almost the same green & stamped with the top section of the tree with Versamark onto the front of the card, to create a background, & left it to dry.  The card needed a little something else so I added the ribbons - one layer of white with a silver edge with a pale green ribbon over it, & tied a faux bow at the top.  I knew that if I stamped the message & embossed it, the powder would definitely find a spot where the Versamark was not dry - so I used a white peel-off.

My photographic skills need some sorting too - as the cards look bowed - but they are straight I promise.

Having made these two quite straight forward cards - I think I can start being a little more creative - perhaps that is what I needed something to kick start me.  Thank you Card-io.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Some cards but a lack of stamping

Hello everyone
Well! another lovely sunny day - we are doing well.

I have had quite a crafty craft day today - but not much in the way of stamping - although there is a stamped sentiment on one card.

Today I was busy making some samples for forthcoming workshops. Here is the napkin fold card

complete with it's belly band
& below a view of the inside

I was going to punch around the outer edge -but my punches were a little too deep so the outside triangles would have been a bit small. 
The other style of card I needed for a workshop was one with an acetate dome.
I think you can just see the acetate dome over the poppies
The acetate dome on this one covers the left hand decoupage image. It is a bit like a half gate fold card.  When it is closed the lady is still visible.  Unfortunately you cannot see the acetate one on this but here is a view from the top.

That's my crafting for today.  Thank you for popping in.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Two challenges in one

Welcome everyone on this beautiful sunny Sunday.

Yes it is a bit blowy - well it is here anyway - but it is so nice to see the sun & it is quite warm too.

I have entered two challenges today with one card.  Here is the card & details follow

I am entering this in this weeks Less is More challenge, which is with a sketch & Crafts4Eternity where the theme is Autumn.

The tree stamp is from Kanban Autumn Silhouettes & I inked the tops of the trees for some foliage at the bottom to ground the trees.  The "forever" sentiment is from a little pack of unmounted stamps that I do not have the name of.  The background rectangle was coloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the following order - Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo then Fired Brick.  To tone down the Fired Brick a little I carefully went over again with Wild Honey.  With a damp paintbrush I took out a circle of  ink in the top right hand corner to simulate the sun through the autumn haze.  The images were stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The main image was then mounted onto black card to lift it off the cream card.

Thank you for stopping by, your comments are always welcome.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Less is More challenge

Hello everyone
Finally! I have got around to entering challenges again.

After posting my one layer card yesterday I realised I could have entered it in the Less is More challenge - but I decided to make another card instead.

The challenge this week at Less is More is just to produce a CAS (Clean & Simple) card & they are hoping to get 1000 entries as they had recently reached 1000 followers.  So here is my entry;

To get my symmetrical heart shape I drew a half shape on a folded piece of paper then cut it out & sponged "Red Brick" Distress Ink through the aperture.  The rose is a Clarity stamp & the sentiment is one I have had for a long time & they were stamped in black archival ink.  It looked it a little too white & missing something so I found some narrow black ribbon just to add an edge to the card & finished it with a faux bow.

Thank you for stopping by on your blog travels - please call again & your comments would be most welcome.  Thank you.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

One layer stamping

Good afternoon everyone

Today I have been busy making cards by various techniques, but also getting started on some one layer stamped cards. I like this style of stamping but like many other things I don't do enough of it.

A club I belong to recently had a demonstration on one-layer stamping & it rather whetted my appetite to start again.

Here is the photo;

I hadn't originally intended putting any more than the flowers & the sentiment on it, but as I looked at the finished card I noticed a small black mark near the fold.  To cover it I stamped the little butterfly, then felt it needed a balancing one at the top of the coloured rectangle.

Now to stamp some more.

Thank you for dropping in - talk to you again soon.

Monday, 19 September 2011

My first envelope album

I can't believe it has been 11 days since I last blogged.  This just will not do.

So here I am starting again & I thought I would show you a mini envelope album I am in the process of making.

Over the last few weeks I have searched the Internet & books for the different styles of envelope albums - & paper bag albums too.  Every You Tube video I have watched gives different ideas & I have been amazed by just how much you can pack into one of these albums. I have used a mixture of stamping & peel offs in this one. Here are some photos for you to see what I have done so far;
This is the first page or cover & it doesn't have anything on it so far. I have used 6x6 scrapbook papers to decorate the "pages" & used some cream DL size envelopes which have had the short ends opened & are basically folded in half.  This gives an album of just under 5" square. My photography doesn't do the colours justice they really are Christmas red & green.
I haven't forgotten to turn the photo around - that is to show it coming out of the pocket. 
The page insert above has a Christmas sentiment on it & the flap of each page has been decorated with little Christmas stocking brads.  They have been in a bits box for ages just waiting to be used.
This page has a gold peel off bauble on it & I have inlaid the pieces from a matching silver image as it didn't show up too well on the paper.
To this page I have added a small pocket & two tags which will hold messages, photos or sentiments
All the pages have been inked around the edge with Adirondack "Bottle" ink to age them a little.
This album could be used as a special Christmas card - so on this page I have added a little tent fold card that could hold the Christmas message for the recipient.
The insert for this pocket has another peel off image on it, & again I have done some inlay work on it.  Of course as a memory album - this insert could hold the photo with the journalling on the back.
This final photo shows a page insert that has been decorated with word staples.  I brought these staples & the stapler a couple of summers ago & this is the first time I have used them.  I think they will be coming out for some of my Christmas cards too now.

So there it is - still lots to do - more embellishments, wider ribbon on the book rings & ideally I would like to get hold of some three-quarter inch book rings as with just 6 envelopes these one inch ones feel a bit too big.

Tomorrow I am going to sit down & tackle a couple of blog challenges, so hope to have more things to show you then.

Thank you for popping by - I am sorry I have not blogged too regularly recently.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Brussels here I come

Hello everyone
This weekend I am off to Brussels for a few days.

I think I mentioned before that I have researched craft shops & found one not too far away from the hotel so hoping I will have time to pop in & have a look.  I know usually an extra effort is made to visit craft shops when visiting other places but I really don't want to miss out on all the other things there are to see.

Hopefully I will return with loads of photos as I should think the architecture will make some beatiful shots. I have just got bitten by the envelope & paper bag album bug so I will be looking at photos of my stay to make one of those when I get back.

What ever you are all doing hope you have a good weekend.  Happy crafting

Talk soon.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Playing with My Craft Studio

Hello again everyone

Today I have had a play with My Craft Studio using some photos I took when on a day out in Portmeirion in North Wales.

You may know it as the village where  "The Prisoner" was set back in the 50's.  I want to do a scrapbook with the photographs I took that day - well not all of them as I took just over 100.  Then I had a thought that I could combine some of them within one photograph.

I aught to say that being a stamper I do create scrapbooks where the pages are decorated with stamping - but I really do enjoy some digital scrap booking too.  This particular page is more likely to be made into a card when reduced to just under A5 size.  I am also looking at printing off the various elements of this digital piece so that I can make a hybrid version.  I would then have to stamp to reproduce the flourish.

Now that I look at the photo above perhaps I should have chosen a photo of one of the hydrangeas I took, as there appears to be hydrangeas along the bottom of the main section.  But then - that makes a second page doesn't it?

Thank you for popping in again.  I look forward to you visiting again.

First Blogaversary

Hello everyone
Well - it is so hard to believe that I have reached the end of my first year & beginning of my second year as a blogger.

That's probably due to the fact that during the year I have had some long spells where I haven't posted anything - so have I truly reached this event?.  Well - yes, I think so, as I started on Tuesday 7 September 2010.

As this is new years day for "Ink on my Fingers?" I feel I should make some new years resolutions.  Perhaps I might even be better at keeping them than I am with the ones made each year on 1 January. I promise myself to blog more frequently - I cannot be sure I can write a post every day but I should be able to do better than I have been doing.

To start this new year right I am going to insert a photo of a card I made some time ago - it is to do with friendship & I am sending out to all my friends who read my blog & to those of you who have become followers.  Thank you for your support.
This weekend I am off to Brussels but I usually take my netbook away with me - so I will try & write a post or two in the evenings whilst I am there.  I am hoping to visit a craft shop I have already found information on & I am hoping for something a little different to be there.  Also I am hoping that the Brussels sights will give me some creative ideas.

Thank you for stopping by.

If you would like to leave a comment it will be nice to hear from you/

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Final stages of my images ...

Hello everyone.
I do hope you are all enjoying this bank holiday weekend despite the rather unpleasant weather.  But we must be grateful that we are not experiencing the awful weather that our colleagues in New York & other States are suffering.  I am sure all our thoughts are with them.

This weekend I managed to complete the images that I started about a week ago & have already shown you some of the early stages.

The first photos are of the very elegant lady with her parasol;

I love this image & always leave it to makes it's own statement hence the minimum of embellishment.  On this one I mounted the image on to some quite dark gold card after having gone around the edge of the white card with some dark beige ink to age the card, then onto a black card.

On this pink shade the image has been layered on to some white card that has the edges coloured with the same ink as the ladies jacket to create a matching layering card.  Also I selected the peel off border because it had a similar look to the detail on the back of the jacket but I didn't want gold - so again I used the same ink as the jacket. What did we do before Promarkers?

Here is the blue version this time with the image layered with silver card & peel off border.  I also chalked the edge of the white card with pale blue to lift it a little.
and finally the green version.  This time the white card has been layered onto some dark green card but the peel off border has been coloured with Promarker pen in the lighter green.

The two remaining cards in this series are
first - the final one of the set with the birthday message.  It has been placed on a really bright pink card which was left over from making another card & it opens on the side not across the top.  The flower has a pink pearl in the centre & a couple of small ones have been put in the curves of the flourish.  The white card looked really stark so I coloured it with two shades of pink chalk.

Next & finally

The Celtic style tulips.  In this yellow version one of the prints had a problem so I needed to do some recovery work.  So I did something I rarely do - the image that had the faults was cut apart.  i cut away everything except the central flower & it's ste4m & the two curled leaves at the sides.  it was then placed over the complete image with sticky pads. The edge of the white card was brushed with pale yellow then green chalks & the peel off sentiment was coloured with green Promarker pens.  Some ribbon& a faux bow & it is complete.

I enjoyed that exercise & it has got my stamping mojo going again.

I hope you liked looking at my work & look forward to you visiting me again.  Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Next stage of my images ........

.......... well one actually.

Good evening everyone - nice to see you all again.

Here is the photo of the first completed card of my work in progress session.

Putting this together was quite a problem especially as I was thinking on the hoof so to speak.  But sometimes when I work like that I get better results than planned sessions.

Laying the sentiment on the red card - which by the way went well with the red flower - it looked awful.  White, stark & glaring.

I decided to distress the edges & used the most obvious choice -Fired Brick.  Some areas it is a bit heavier than others but as a personal choice - I quite like the effect.  It was finished off with some red sparkly ricrac braid.

I recently mentioned a multi-fold card that I had seen on the Internet that I was making - here are the photos of the finished item.  The photos start with the closed card complete with belly band - which in this example I have made using some ribbon.  The remaining photos show the card gradually being unfolded.  This is a delightful card & surprisingly easy to make.  I wish I had thought of it but I have to give credit to the person whose video I saw  - a lady called MariLynn. Click on her name to go to her website.

I need now to think of how to make this card in different sizes - the finished size as you look at it is about 3.5" square - the black card that the whole card sits on is 3.75" square.

No there is no need to adjust you computer screen - I made the card in black & white.  The pad of 6x6 papers I had were just right for decorating the different panels. I now want to make a Christmas one.

Well that is me for today I hope to bring you more tomorrow.

Thank you for dropping by

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Stage two of my images

Hi everyone
Well as I said I would I am popping back to show you the next stage of my work in progress images.

It's only a small step.  I will put the photos here & explain.

These are two of the three sentiment images that I stamped.  As I thought of doing, I have added a flower to the top of the flourish.

The centre of each flower has a small matching pearl drop & the flower itself is two layers.

I had a third image stamped but the flourish had not come out very well - so I decided to trim that away & then use the sentiment on its own.  But I didn't make a good job of trimming around it so I am afraid it had to go to the big waste bin in the sky.

The photo below shows the Celtic style tulips.  Of each pair that I stamped there was a small problem.  So I had to decided what to do about that.  As you can see I have coloured completely one of each pair & the other one I
have only partially coloured.  What I am hoping to do is to cut out the partial coloured image & layer it over the top of the fully coloured image.  It will be fiddly cutting but I think I can do it.  So we will see.  Should I not make a good job of the cutting I still have 2 good images to turn into cards.  These things must be tried.

So finally I am left with the four elegant ladies;
My straightforward idea is to separate them & mat & layer them giving me four lovely images.  But when I am ready to do that I will see what idea or ideas may come to mind.,

I am hoping that tomorrow I will be able to move this little work set on to it's finished project.

Thank you for dropping by & please leave a comment it would be much appreciated.

I'm still here

Hello - is there anyone there?

I cannot believe it has been one month since my last post. What on earth have I been up to!

After my holiday I had some preparation catching up to do with projects for my clubs & also for my workshops, then there are also domestic duties & family things.  So, it doesn't take long for the time to rush past.  I haven't even joined in a single challenge in this last month - but hope to put that to rights starting today.

So, I thought I had better start posting news of my stamping efforts & am going to cover my latest work in progress across a couple of posts.  I am not currently doing anything amazing just some honest to goodness rubber stamping.  I decided to prepare some images, then colour them or whatever I was going to do with them, then turn them into cards.

Here are some pictures of my basic stamping stage;

I love this sentiment about birthdays & use it quite a lot as the focal image on card rather than the sentiment inside.  Obviously it gets used that way too.

After I had stamped the image on to three white card pieces I realised I had left myself with a strange size leftover on the right of the image if I trimmed close to the image.

Then I had the idea to put something alongside to extend the design, & decided to use this rather nice flourish - which if I remember correctly comes from Dimension Fourth.  Two attempts & the image came out perfect, but the third one decided not to take properly.  I will therefore have to trim that one back to being just the sentiment.  My idea with the other two is to add a flower at the top of the flourish - so that will be stage 2 of work in progress on this one.

Next image is the Celtic style tulips.  I love this design too & it does get used rather a lot.  So you can see where I am going here with my easing back into stamping again - go with the familiar to start.  I stamped the image, as you can see, four times.  two of them have problems - the second one from the left the image has not come out in the middle.  Guess I wasn't applying the pressure in the right place!  Then the one on the far right - well the picture says it all doesn't it!  But that is not as big a problem as the other one as I can just trim that part away.  I have an idea what to do with the first set - but that's for stage 2.

This is the third image I worked with & once again it is a favourite of mine.  Fortunately this one worked out pretty well.  There is a tiny piece at the front of the hat on one of them that didn't ink too well but it doesn't show that much.

I saw it because I scrutinised it so closely.  The next stage with this image is to carefully cut between them to get four images.

After I had got this far & taken the photos I had a think about what I would do next & that was stage 2 which I carried out yesterday & have still to photograph.  So after a long spell of hearing nothing from me - there will be two posts today.

The other "play" I had yesterday was to make a multi fold / layer card that I had seen on the Internet called a "Six fold card" when it is finished I will do a post about it, but before I do I want to check the site I found it at so that I can give credit where it is due.

That's me for now - back later & I do hope my followers are still out there.

Have a good Sunday.  'Bye.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Workshop projects

Hello everyone & welcome.

I haven't done much blogging recently as for just over 2 weeks I was away on holiday & then the other weeks bringing me up to now have been reasonably busy getting back to normal.

Today I worked on some projects for workshops that I will be doing over the coming months & thought I would pop in & show one to you.

I do not remember where I saw this project - but I have been making it for quite a while now, the first one a good 3 or 4 years ago.  I call it a Gift box card - because that's what it is - a card & gift box combined.

This project can be made any size as its measurements are based on the size of the gift that is going to be put in the drawer.

I created this one based on measurements of 6" x 4" x 1".

It is created in 3 sections - the drawer or tray, the sleeve that holds the drawer in place & the outer book style cover.

This one is made from a pale blue card & I found some pretty floral paper that was blue based to go with it.

The "thank you" sentiment has been put onto the reverse side of an off cut.

As well as the papers there were some matching flowers - so I cut around 3 of them & attached them to the bottom.  To tidy the floral layer I edged the long sides with silver peel off borders.

Here is the view of the inside also showing the drawer slightly open.

The inside has another layer of floral paper this time in blue.  Again I used the reverse side of an off cut to create the panel for the message.

The only thing I haven't done to this one yet is put something on one of the ends of the drawer for pulling it open.  Although it isn't essential as you can push gently on the end in much the fashion of opening a match box.

I have had some disasters in the past with this design where scoring lines are not right & the finished project ends up leaning to one side.  Not this one - I used the Hougie board for the scoring & everything fitted just perfect.

Thank you for popping by - I hope you like my little project & perhaps I will have something else to show you soon,.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Photos you long to take

Hello everyone
Apart from my passion for making cards especially with rubber stamping I have a passion for photography - I only have a fairly simple point & shoot digital camera. Although you can govern some of the process.

I enjoy taking photos of flowers & nature - some of my sunset photos have appeared here.  One of the photos I have always wanted to achieve has been that of a lake scene where the sky & banks etc are reflected in the water.  My holiday this year (just a couple of weeks ago) in Brittany was where I finally achieved this ambition.  I am so pleased with the result.  Here it is for you to see;

Isn't it beautiful?

I took this picture on the evening of the first day of my visit to the area. It was a beautiful sunny & reasonably clear evening.  The water was like a mill pond or sheet of glass.

There is a rather nice restaurant behind me as I take this picture & that is where we were going for our meal that evening.

It was my birthday - but that is another story.

I revisited this lake just before the end of my holiday & the weather had changed & so had the appearance of the lake.  It was a grey day & the surface of the lake was rippled.

I often use my photographs that turn out well for greetings cards.  With the help of  My Craft Studio I can create my own matching backgrounds & inserts.  I think this picture is going to be one of my new ones.

Another photo I have always wanted to take was also achieved on this same holiday.  A photo of something in nature - I could not think of the way to describe this but I think the photo will explain.

In the last stages of our drive to the start of our holiday gite we stopped in a little picnic area where there was a little stream running through a really nice green area.  Photos of water, especially waterfalls are another of my photo passions.

But as we walked over a little bridge we spotted damsel flies all over the greenery.

I never dreamt for one moment I would manage to catch one.  One problem was that it was so sunny I couldn't clearly see the picture that I had in my screen.  Of course they also move very fast - they do not settle for long.  But look at that - I got him!  It was a shame that his wings were closed - but even so.  They were absolutely beautiful - a brilliant shade of dark blue shot with other colours.

It just shows - take the picture - you never know how it will turn out.  If you don't take it you will always wonder what you missed.

I am such a happy snapper.

Thank you for visiting & I hope you like my photos.

More crafting news later.

CD Sunday Challenge - Handbags

Good evening everyone
I am really hoping to enter a few challenges to get myself back on track & have decided to enter this weeks CD Sunday Challenge where the subject is handbags.  I will pop the photo of my card here & then talk about it. 

I chose My Craft Studio to help me in this project.

The handbag is from MCS Encyclopedia CD's.  I used the handbag 3 template & changed the colour to an aqua colour, although it looks quite blue in this picture.

Then on the same CD I looked at the backgrounds & found this one which has a slightly lighter panel at the top.  I printed that on an A4 sheet of card - trimmed off the white areas & folded it in half to make my card.

I didn't notice at first that the pattern was actually bubbles - but it goes well even so. Also one of my colour cartridges must be running low as there is a strip pattern on the card which isn't part of the pattern.

The handbag had gusset sides so as I had the idea to put it on the front of the card I didn't use them & refolded the flat base so that I could fold the handbag in half to put on the card.

The handbag had a flower pattern on the front so I thought I would top them with fabric flowers.  I only had cream flowers but found that I had a Promarker Aquamarker in Aquamarine.  (Phew! that's a few aqua's).  So I recoloured the flowers & glued them over the printed ones.  After studying the card for a while I knew it needed something else.  So I laid some ribbon along the change of pattern & decided that I would glue some along that line, then also decided to put some down the length of the card.  The ribbon was white with Black dots & silver swirls - not quite right - so I coloured it with the same Promarker pen as I used for the flowers.  The I added a little cluster of three flower heads at the top left.

Now & then when I look at a finished project I notice little things that could make a difference to the finish.  In this card I should have thought ahead about the cross over on the ribbon.  If I had positioned it just a little differently I could have had a continuous pattern across & down.  Still - we live & learn.  Let's hope I remember this in the future.

Thank you for popping in - I am off to see what my next challenge should be.

ATC Challenges - Anything goes or Household item

Hello again everyone & what another beautiful day.

The challenge this week over at ATC Challenges is Anything Goes or Household Item.  I wasn't sure what I would be able to come up with at first, but then i did a catch up session on my craft magazines that had arrived whilst I was on holiday & there with one of them were some chipboard embellishments all to do with cooking, including some utensils.

Prior to last Christmas I downloaded some items form Printable Heaven - they were offering some free downloads that were Christmas recipes.  So now I had the next part for my ATC.

I coloured the white ATC card with Distress Inks (oops I have forgotten the name of one - something to do with Honey!) & Vintage Photo.  Then on my desk was a scrap of dotty paper from a previous project so I used that behind the recipe which I had shrunk from its original size.  The recipe is for Christmas Kisses - but I think it will be to feint to read.  Then the hearts & the rolling pin are from those free embellishments.

Thank you for popping by - now that I have sorted myself from my holiday I hope to be back & blogging & entering challenges most days again.

By for now have a lovely day.