Thursday, 26 April 2012

Here come the Doubledeckers

My partner is a classic bus enthusiast ( or bus nerd, as I kindly call him). It’s his birthday this week and this is for him. The bus stamp (Penny Black) is a new one, but the animals waiting to get on are from old acrylic sheets.

I’d like to enter this for:
Shopping Our Stash  Starts with a B (bus)
CRAFT Animals
Crafty Boots No girls allowed
Make My Monday Men and boys themne - birds or animals.
Craftroom Challenge Use a real stamp

Monday, 16 April 2012

Rose Bonnet

I started making this yesterday but was unable to complete it due to a horrific burn on the end of my thumb, caused by a hot pan handle . (Pans are being evicted ...surely the handles should be heat proof!!??!!) I had my thumb in a glass of water for three hours - I was going around, carrying the glass of water with me - not ideal for crafting!

The image is from Joanna Sheen Fashion Boutique CD - I decoupaged the bonnet and then the rose. The patterned paper is  Echo Park and I also used a scrap of vellum, a Martha Stewart punch to make the 'lace' , and a Prima rose.

I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:
CD Sunday Ring of Roses
Daring Cardmakers Hat Boutique
A Gem of a challenge Sketch  

Sunday, 15 April 2012

For my nephew

It's my nephew's birthday next week. He's welded to his computer , so this image , from Mo's digital pencil, is perfect for him.  I didn't want to get into colouring in the computer equipment (how many shades of grey???) , so I printed the image onto a paper from My Craft Studio Steampunk CD ( having turned down the opacity of the paper first).  I printed it again onto plain paper and again onto a scrap of patterned paper and coloured and layered it all up. (BTW nephew is a redhead, hence hair colour!)
I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:
Crafty Ann's It's a man thing
Our Creative Corner Boys and their toys   

Bon Voyage

Hi everybody! Just had fun making this card - was trying to get the feel of an elegant cruise liner in the 1920s/30s.
The stamp is called 'Backward Glance' - don't know the manufacturer. I embossed it in Blue Pearl EP. The two papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Salt Air collection and I cut the liner out from this same set. I made the circle of words on my PC and printed it onto coloured cardstock - cs is a paler aqua green in real life.
I'd like to enter this for:
Papertake Weekly Water, water everywhere.
Artful Times Sea of Greens
Poodles Parlour Going round in circles
Glitter Geeks Nautical  

Owl be Back

I've really enjoyed making this's taken me all evening (incorporating watching The Voice UK while doing it). I was supposed to be going out but the babysitting didn't work I've thrown myself into cardmaking.
The shop sign and flower are all from Marianne dies. The owl is an acrylic stamp, origin unknown. The patterned paper is Basic Grey. Okay..I know it's spring but I love these autumn colours.
I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:
Gingersnap Creations copper, ginger or rust.
Totally papercrafts Things with wings
Challenge up your life Owls  

Friday, 13 April 2012

Nautical...but nice???

I wanted to make a nautical theme card...but this one looks more sandy than sea!

The stamp is a single shell silhouette by Inca. I inked the stamp with distress inks - Victorian Velvet with Antique Linen on the tips, sprayed it with water and stamped onto watercolour paper (repeated 3 times! ) The sentiment is a red rubber Um - probably from a Non-Sequitur plate.  The compass and anchor are Kanban. The backgrounds are Distress Inks and Glimmer Mist.

I'd like to enter this for these challenges:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Nautical
Crafty Boots Nautical
 Sentimental Sunday Silhouettes

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Butterfly Dome

For this project (ooh!!- not just a card, my friends!) - I was trying to get an effect like those Victorian bell jars.(Can you see the domed acetate?)  I don't think I've really achieved that - this is too light for a Victorian, I think- but I quite like it anyway. Maybe I'll have another go at the bell jar look.
This is what I used:

Background paper printed from My Craft Studio Quintessential Country Garden  (straight off the porch today)

Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, punched out of MCS paper, same Cd

Die cut cage from MCS coloured with  Victorian Velvet Distress ink pad, Glimmer Mist and black ink pad.

Cardboard from a box.

Glitter (lighter than it looks in the photo)

Dragonfly charm

Pink gems.

Black card and pink vellum

Hero Arts fern stamp, stamped with Kaleidocolour Fresh Greens

Acetate to make a dome.
I'd like to enter these challenges:
Order of the Opus Gluei What else do you know? (acetate dome)
Crafty pad just die-delicious ( cage die-cut)
Crafts and Me 3d embellishments
Little Red Wagon spring colours   

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Jack in a Box - pop up!

Although I now have lots of CDs, I’m not much of a CD crafter, and this project reminded me of the things I like about CDs and the things I find ‘challenging’.

I wanted to take part in the CD Sunday challenge –Toybox Treasures – and felt sure I’d find something good on the Adorables Summer Collection CD. I did but it was part of a whole page of different images and I didn’t want to use them as they came.  I took the Jack-in –a –box image into My Craft Studio and  digitally punched it out but I still couldn’t change it to colours I wanted – or to a black and white digi stamp. In the end I printed it in grayscale and coloured it in over the top!

So, what I like about CDs is the huge variety of images ,papers etc, you can have. But…sometimes I find them a bit inflexible.  It may be , however, that I just lack the skills to use them to their best advantage!

As well as the CD Sunday Challenge, I’d like to enter this for:
Crafty Bloggers Pop ups 
Digital Tuesday Birthdays  
The front of the card.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Reach for the Skies

I recently ordered some digital stamps from Mo’s Digital Pencil.  They have a great shop – I like the ethnic diversity of their characters and that they have images of girls in non-stereotypical activities.
This image is called Dream G. I slightly digitally tinted the colour of the lines to a red-dy brown before printing. I coloured the image with various brands of alcohol markers.
I also used:
Kaisercraft Up, up and away rub on words and a scrap of striped paper.
Kaisercraft  Cock-a-doodle do  Clear stamps (clouds)
October Afternoon Boarding pass stickers (plane and tab)
Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride scrap of turquoise paper.
Papermania Kraft cardstock
Aqua ink
I'd like to enter this for these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Bingo (Kraft, stripes, yellow)
Charisma Cardz Chipboard/stickers   (stickers!)

Sunday, 8 April 2012

April Showers

I've used this image a lot over the years - I think t's from a Woodware set. The quote is from Dolly Parton!
I'd like to enter this for:
Oldie but a Goodie April showers
Lil Red wagon April showers bring may flowers
Poodles parlour Going Dotty  

Monday, 2 April 2012

Lantern Tag

A little (well, pizza-shaped) box was waiting for me when I got in from work today and one item in it was Bo Bunny lantern stamps. I stamped and masked the lanterns on a manila tag. Then I stippled green Brilliance ink onto the tag and stamped with Judikins Heron stamp. I brushed a little gold Pearl-ex mica poweder over the top, although it's hard to see on the photo. I stamped the lanterns onto a patterned paper scrap and edged it all with Krylon. Then I added a metal brad and coin.
I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:
Artful Times Tag (Good luck with your new blog, Neet and co. )
Corrosive Challenges metal

Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Resurrection

This Easter, I’ve decided to resurrect an old technique I haven’t used for years – marbled backgrounds using Marvy Metallic Markers. I’m not sure if they even make these markers anymore.

I sprayed water onto glossy card, added several colours of markers , more water and swirled them together. When dry, I stamped and embossed the eggs (Serendipity) and die cut the bird ( Marianne – I cut off the branch). I’m sure the bird is wondering where those massive eggs came from! The background paper is by Crafty Individuals.

I’d like to enter this for these challenges:
Fashionable Stamping Challenges  Spring is in the air
Try it on Tuesday  Easter
Charisma Cardz Easter
Crafting when we can  Things with wings
The Crafty Pad It's Egg-tastic