Friday, 28 January 2011

Sunday Sketch & Stamp .... Sketch 45

Hi here I am again!  Three times in one day!

This is the third challenge that caught my eye today & is sketch based - Emmas Sketch #45 over at Sunday Sketch & Stamp

Here is the card & sketch, how I made it follows

Now! this photo shows up just how squiggly my outlines are - I am due an eye test next week - this shows I really need it.  Anyway!  I used three different background papers & my favourite sentiment stamp which I am using quite a lot as a focal image.  I stamped it in dark green ink & embossed it with clear EP, then cut it out with deckle edge scissors & finished it by using the same ink to just colour the edge.  The small sentiment was treated in the same way.  I decided that the layers needed defining so used thin gold border peel-offs.  If it wasn't for the squiggly lines I am quite pleased with the finish.

Stamptacular Sunday ............. Three's a Crowd

Hi everyone

Here is my second challenge of the day, which is "Who said three's a crowd?" over at Stamptacular Sunday.

The challenge was to use 3 designer papers, 3 flowers, 3 ribbons & of course a stamped image.  Now! I very rarely make a card that has that type of finish - so I thought I should face the challenge.  Here is the card & as usual, how I made it follows

At the moment I am very much into monochrome (as much as possible), & I am also trying to use the same image in different ways.  My previous post had this lady in it on a red & black tag.

For this card I found 3 background papers in shades of blue with different patterns on - its a 6x6 pad I have had for a while & the cover has long since gone, so I can't say whose papers they are.  The strip along the lower edge I trimmed with my scroll border punch.  The lady I stamped in black Versafine ink & embossed with clear EP.  I then coloured the image with 2 shades of blue Promarkers, using a very light beige colour for her face.  I really must get some skin tone Promarkers!  Amongst my stash of flower sprays I found these little cream flowers & coloured one with one of the blue Promarkers.  They take the ink very well - which opens up lots of possibilities.  I made the little bows (bunny ear fashion) getting them as close to the same size as possible.  I have a bow maker - why didn't I use it?  Mind you I enjoy making those little bows by hand.  The style of this card is so outside my normal creativity - but I have to say - I love it!

Theme Thursday ....... Red & Black

Hello everyone

This morning I looked through the challenge sites & spotted three challenges I fancied joining, one of them was "Red & Black" over at Theme Thursday

I liked the sound of black & red - but did I have enough items to join this challenge?  In clearing my desk from some earlier work I noticed in one of my see through drawers a red tag.  Then lo & behold at the bottom of the drawer was a black one.  Here is the photo of the tag - how I made it follows

I love this lady stamp & it works in lots of different ways.  In fact I have used it on another challenge as you will see.

So! I laid the red tag over the black tag  aligning the holes then trimmed the shoulders on the red tag to match.  I stamped the lady in black Versafine & embossed with clear EP, in my ribbon box I found some black ribbon & then some red ribbon.  I used the little sentiment to fill the negative space at the top inking & embossing as before.  It needed a little something else - so I took a cream flower & coloured it with black Promarker then stuck a red jewel in the centre.  Voila! red & black tag.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

CD Sunday challenge - Waters Meet

Hello again
This afternoon I decided it was time to start entering blog challenges again.  So I have started with this weeks CD Sunday Challenge where the theme is Water Meets.  After having a little look amongst my CD's I plumped for one from My Craft Studio called "World of Watercolour" & the picture is "Yellow Boat" from CD1.

The first picture is the card laid down flat;

You can see that it doesn't want to lay completely flat & that is because it is an easel card with a difference.  Here is the other picture.

It is a twisted easel card. 
Because the right hand edge of the front is a little darker looking (it's just the light in the room where I photographed it) it looks like it is a piece folding forward - but it is actually flat. I am not 100% sure I have made it correctly as I have seen one somewhere, although I don't remember there being any instructions - just a picture.  Mine is a square card with the front half folded diagonally.  When I first folded it I folded the opposite way to how it has been finished, but that didn't look right, so I refolded it.  As usual sometimes mistakes don't hurt as when the card is laying flat both diagonal folds can be seen, but they create a grid pattern on which the image sits.  Phew!  The background paper on the base I chose because it gave the illusion of water & land reflection.  I printed a paler version to cover the inside of the front as well, then I cropped the narrow boat, enlarged it & mounted it on matching card to create the easel stop. I know - or at least, I think, that canals don't have seahorses in them, but he was so sweet I just had to include him.  He has been sitting in a box for ages waiting to be used.
Yes! quite pleased with that.
Right - I am off to search out another challenge.

Ink on my fingers once again!

Hi everyone
It's been a while, once again, since I blogged - but now I have something to blog about.

I have made a decision to pick a particular image for each month & make several cards with it.  For January I selected a sentiment stamp, & stamped it onto cream card in black Versafine which I then embossed with clear EP.  The next stage was to colour the card with distress inks & cut around the image with a Nestablities die. Hence the title - Ink on my fingers again, although I do admit that after the first 2 cards I decided that when I made the others I would wear the fine gloves.  i just don't like messy fingers!!!!   What am I like! After that it was a search through the stash boxes for embellishments, ribbon & gems etc.

Here are photos of a few of them;

I do make cards with things other than stamps & during last year collected a lot of background papers & toppers.  I have to admit I am not sure why - but as there was so much of it, it was definitely time to start using instead of just looking.

Here is a photo of a birthday card I made for my step-daughter using papers & images from an issue of "Making Cards".  When I saw the smaller round image I remembered the box of vellum metal rimmed tags I had.  This seemed an ideal way to add a different embellishment.  This box of tags was a birthday present from a friend a few birthdays ago & that is the first one I have used.  When using papers like this I do also try & find a way to incorporate stamps, but this one I left very simple. -

All in all very pleased with a couple of days work.

Using various parts of my stash that I have accumulated I actually put together 44 cards last weekend.  Might add some photos of some of them - but they are not stamped ones.

Hope to be back again very soon.

Thank you for popping in.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Apologies for an omission

Hi there
In yesterdays blog I omitted to give credit to the little stamp I used on my challenge card.  Well I did give credit - but forgot the link.  So here it is now.

The stamp was from the Molly Blooms range by Clare.

Sorry Clare.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Two challenges in one - New & Blue and Sketch 93

Hi everyone
Finally I have had the time & the necessary papers & images with which to join in another challenge. 
Actually whilst trying to decided how to make the card I realised I could use it for another challenge too - what luck!
It was the colour theme that had been my first challenge to do, then I remembered there had been a sketch challenge on one of the blogs.  So I popped back to have a look & Voila! - 2 challenges could be entered. 
The colour theme was the challenge over at Stampin' for the Weekend - it had to be blue & include something new.  That could be a card for a new baby, house etc - or because of using a new stamp.  My reason was the new stamp.

So here is the card .............

and here is the sketch................

The sketch challenge was set over at Stamptacular Sunday.

The background papers & the dark blue ribbon & little pearls from my bits box. The "new" in this card is the stamp - a gorgeous little design from the Molly Blooms range by Clare.  I coloured the design with Promarkers - using denim on her jeans, shoes & gloves; Azure for the parcel; Sky blue for her shirt & headband & I forgot to make a note of the colour for the dots on the parcel, her hair & socks.  It was a very pale yellow colour to tie in with the slightly yellow parts of the design on the central background paper.  For her skin I actually used - Satin.  I don't have any of the skin colours yet - so if I am going to use this little cutie & her friend (a boy) I had better correct that situation.  I stamped her with Versafine Black & embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used a Coluzzle oval template to cut the image out, which I then drew a dash-dot border around & finally chalked the edges with light blue. I also applied that to the sentiments tag. 
I also learnt that perhaps the card I stamped her on was not quite right for the Promarkers - there was a tendency to bleed a little.  So will have to get some suitable card.  But all in all I am very pleased with this card.

Now I am off to find some more challenges.

Friday, 7 January 2011

My first 2011 challenge - Stamp & Sketch

Well, here I am with my first challenge of 2011.  I am hoping it will be the first of many. It is for Sunday Stamp & Sketch.

Sadly i could not find a round frame to cut with so used a DSST roll to draw around on the inside -but my cutting out leaves a little to be desired.  As does the shape for the sentiment.  Here is the sketch;

& here is my creation. I have had a peek at some of the entries for this challenge & mine is very "clean & simple" style in comparison.  There are some beautiful cards there, do take a lo9ok.


Sunday, 2 January 2011

Hello & Happy New Year

Hi!  is there anybody out there?

Well! after such a long break from blogging I wouldn't be surprised if I no longer have any followers & will be chatting to myself.  But hopefully I can put that to rights this year.

The tail end of 2010 saw me a little occupied with the final meetings of 2010 for my clubs, one of which sadly had to be cancelled due to the snow.  I did manage to keep the club blog going whilst working on the preparations at home for Christmas - not that I had much of that to do either. 

Lately I haven't participated in any of the challenges I had started enjoying doing.  I have really fallen behind with those - but I did make every single one of my Christmas Cards - a total of around 140.  Not all were stamped.  For quite a few designs I used papers & toppers that I have collected during 2010.  Which also came in useful when making a Christmas present for a friend - a desk calendar.  For another friend I made one of those bags along the style of Pinflair Crafts.  I didn't use one of their kits but did some "recycling" which I know my friend would appreciate - by using an Asda hessian shopper.  I had some very pretty pansy patchwork/quilting material - which I used to cover the front & back of the bag. I also found a rather cute cat stamp which I popped in the bag for her along with a book. So I haven't been dragging my heels exactly.

Here are some pictures of a few of the stamped Christmas Cards - the small cream one is the one that was done in bulk, & that one did not get sent out due to the 2 smudges on it.

So! today it is time to put things to rights.  I have just popped into some of the challenge websites to see what is happening this week - Sunday CD Challenge, Sunday Stamptacular  plus Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  There are others too but I though it being Sunday today that was a good place to start.

Here's a little slide show of my friends calendar;

That is it for today hopefully more tomorrow when I have worked on some of those challenges.