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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easter Bunny

 This Easter Bunny is a Spyder Lyn digi called Bob the Easter Bunny, and I coloured him with Promarkers (I don't know why he looks so orange in the photo), and a little bit of Spica on the egg for shine. The papers are DCWV Spring stack, I cut two pieces and adhered them to a panel of blue, then covered the join with grosgrain ribbon and zig zag stitched round the panel. I mounted this onto a white card blank, then added some tiny Papermania Capsule buttons. The sentiment is also a Papermania stamp.
Inside the card.

This little bunny will be hoping into the following challenges:
Pink Gems - Spring is in the air (Sat)
Chocolate Coffee and Cards - stripes (Fri 18th)
Creative Card Crew - Spring (Tues)
Feeling Crafty - for a child (April)
Papertake Weekly - Easter (Tues)
Passion for Promarkers - All creatures great and small (Tues)
That Craft Place - Easter (Tues)
Ali Craft - Spring (2nd May)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Quirky Mayhem, of the messy mixed media variety!

 Gemma set the project this time as Mixed Media Mayhem, and told us to "get messy", well I certainly did that with my project (my hands are still very messy)! I chose this Digi, Tall Ship, from one of our sponsors Squigglefly, and wanted it to be on the sea. My sea isn't as good as I visualised, I had a fine oil painting effect in mind! I took one small flat canvas panel and covered it with white gesso first.When it was dry applied alcohol inks, using first some die cut clouds that I used as masks for the sky, then a wavy wave mask I bought at a show to get the horizon. I added the ship and coloured around the sails to match in with the sky and clouds. I added some fish and seahorse charms, and coloured them with Promarkers, and added glass ball gel medium mixed with acrylic white paint for the foam on the waves, applying it with a pallette knife (badly). I found a seagull stamp and stamped a few birds, and added some seashell ribbon to the hanging loop, the ribbon was from Crafty Ribbons a long time ago.
This is a close up of the project, messy or what! How I imagined this would end up was like a fine old masters oil painting - ermmm, think I have a long way to go!
 I hope to complete another project - it will be along later, and of course there will be many more examples next week in the reminder post.

So hop on over to Quirky Crafts to see some more great makes, and maybe to join in and win one of the three prizes on offer, from That Craft Place, Squigglefly and Digital Delights!

I have entered the following challenges:
Anything but a card - Spring has sprung, open challenge (ends in two weeks)
That Craft Place - anything goes (ends in two weeks)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Easter egg hunt

 This image is called Aurora Easter Egg Hunt from The East Wind by Unky. I coloured her with Promakers yesterday afternoon including a shadow around her in pastel blue, the colouring took a few hours, the rabbit is decoupaged because a tiny part of his foot got cut off,  then I added some glitter glue, and then I began to design a card around her. Die cut her with Spellbinders Labels 8, and an ornate rectangle in purple. (I had a few challenges in mind here), I made a gatefold card in yellow using my Scor Pal, the metric version, I creased at 7*, turned the card over and scored at the same place again, I used DCWV papers, Easter eggs at the top and stripes at the bottom. This is a very small pad of paper (with only two of each of the papers left) and I needed two pieces to cover the length of the purple panels, so I covered the join with lime green lace, I love purple and lime green together! I added some bunny brads to 4 outside corners, attached some purple polka dot ribbon to the back and one side of the card, then attached the die cut centre panel. I added a bow in the same ribbon and some lime green pearls.

I found some freebie papers that almost matched the stripes on the front, and made panels of purple paper then striped paper for the inside. The sentiment is heat embossed in purple and is a Papermania die, another fancy rectangle behind the sentiment finished it off.
I think Aurora Easter Egg hunt is only available as a freebie at present if you sign up to the newsletter at The East Wind challenge blog.

I have entered the following challenges:
The East Wind - Use a sentiment (April 10th)
Graph'it Markers - shadows (April 18th)
Allsorts - no flowers (Sat)
Bearly Mine - Spring (April)
Cards Galore - favourite colours (Tues)
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon (Wed)
Creative Card Crew - Spring (Tues 22nd)
Feeling Crafty - anything for a child (April)
Incy Wincy - 321, 3 different papers (and 3 x 2 pearls), 2 pieces of ribbon (and 2 of lace), 1 digi (and 1 sentiment) (Mon)
Moving along with the times - sweet treats (Thurs)
One Sweet Challenge - ringing in spring (April)
Papertake Weekly - Spring has sprung (Tues)
Passion for Promarkers - so sentimental (Tues)
Pink Gems - Ribbon and Lace (Sat) 
Coffee Chocolate and Cards - Stripes - (April)
Ali Crafts - Spring (May 2nd)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Spice up your life with colour girls - Quirky reminder

 Well Doris wants to see our "inner girls" in the current challenge that runs until Saturday. Our sponsor is the lovely Regina of The Cutting Cafe, and she provided the team with files of images to use, and I was lucky enough to win 6 months worth of every new release so I have used one of my files as well.
Rose is here again, simply because I like her and had her printed already. This time I coloured her dress with Promakers, and the rest of her too. I mounted her on a panel of lime green, on of my favourite colours, and teamed it with red - and pink. I found some sparkly brads to use on the green panel. The bright background is from You Colour my World, and the flowers and sentiment are from All About Girls. I added a big brad to the big flower, covered it in stickles glue, and added some lime green Stickles to the red and green flowers. All this mounted on a scalloped square, and this is an 8"x8" card blank so I used a Grand Nestability to cut the square. Finally I added some lime green polka dot ribbon.

This is McKenzie, wearing a dress which is cut from a panel from You Colour my World. She is coloured with Promarkers. In the background arranged so it looks like she is wearing the party hat, is a sentiment from All About Girls. the tall thin card blank is inked round the edges in pink, and I added polka dot ribbon and some teeny tiny buttons to match the colours.

Hop on over to Quirky to see some more fun makes, and to join in with the fun!

I have entered the following challenges:
Craft All Day - have a heart (April)
Allsorts - no flowers (Sat)
Cards Galore - creating with colour, your fav colour (lime green) (April)
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon (Wed)
I love Promarkers - Clean and simple (Wed)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes (Tues)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Quick cards and food glorious food!

I found a few photos I haven't shared with you all:
 I have had a pack of aperture card blanks for years, didn't know what to do with them, then Laura of Crafty Ribbons fame gave me an idea....scraps of ribbon! So I got busy sticking, and found heaps of ribbons I stickyfied with the Xyron then didn't use, and there was more glue on my fingers than anywhere!
I used a Doodlebug stamp set to stamp directly on the card blanks.
 Hmmm, what do you do when you stamp on your nearly finished card and make a mistake? Well you could stamp on a panel, cut it out an cover the mistake, bit tricky with the aperture - so, lets make it look deliberate! Did I get away with it? The "mistake" was the first block of Happys on the left, and I went from there!
Variations on the same theme...

 how many different ways can I stamp with these same stamps?....

Different ribbons make them look different and I have a whole heap ready to stamp!

 I think this was classic cheese and onion pie Slimming World recipe.
 Peppers stuffed with cherry tomatoes and quark with basil and garlic, yum.
 Here they are just out of the oven.
My Mum's adopted cat, Katy.

 Katy warming herself.
Salad and veggies with jacket potato and quark, or it might have been mozzerella cheese.

 Stuffed pepper, jacket potato and stir fry leek in passata.

Classic cheese and potato pie day 2 with my special home made tomato sauce - it needed something!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mother's Day UK

It was Mother's day yesterday here in the UK, and I hope all the Mum's had a good day! We went out for a family meal with my parents, mother in law, my son and his girlfriend and I enjoyed it very much.
Now for Spot the Difference - can you see the differences between the two cards I made for our Mums?
I started this card back to front, it was totally the wrong way to start, by cutting the window with a Spellbinders die, adhering to some DCWV paper adding the paper roses - then try and assemble it to the rest of the card which had not been decided at that point! No, it is better to decide and assemble the card and do the window last! I mounted the DCWV panel on some Papermania paper. This was mounted on to a large scalloped square of pink. Then the spotty ribbon was applied and the pink square was adhered to the yellow square which had ribbon already applied one side, then the holes were punched through both colours for the brads, and this was attached to a Craftwork Cards 8"x8" scalloped card blank. I added some butterfly die cuts that came with the Papermania paper pack, a corner Spellbinders die cut and a spotty bow. I wanted to turn the plain end over but the glue I used to attach the bow was so strong I couldn't do that. A touch of glitter glue on the roses, butterflies and paper, then Happy Mother's Day was stamped on the paper (with a Hero Arts clear stamp) and heat embossed - and it was done.

 I lined the inside of the card with Papermania paper, I think it is called Rose Garden.

Same card, a few little differences, the papers are different, there is one large butterfly, the brads are a different colour - that's all!

I have entered the following challenges:
Allsorts - use those dies (Sat)
Craft All Day - anything goes (March)
Left of Center - flowers and or ribbons (Fri)

Quirky Spice Girls!

The Quirky Crafts Challenge went out yesterday, was set by Doris,  and it is called Spice Girls (Spice up your life with colour - girls), and is about bright colours and girls! It is supposed to be about big girls, Rose is a "Big Girl" as in she is 6" tall, which isn't what Doris meant at all so I hope she is OK to show you.  
Just after Christmas I won a prize from The Cutting Cafe of every new release for 6 months - that is one huge prize, there are so many files and my big regret is I sold my Craft Robo, and don't get on with the eCraft,  so don't have anything to cut the wonderful files on, but I am going to buy a new machine I have decided.

The challenge sponsor is the very generous Regina of The Cutting Cafe, and she supplied the team with the following files:
I added one of my files won in the prize mentioned above:

I managed to print the little girl's overalls onto one of the backgrounds from You Colour My World  and paper pieced it, the clothes are provided in this file seperately also the pockets and cuffs, and there are even clothes with tabs so you can make dress up dolls. I printed a different coloured background to use in the background. I used two sentiments from All About Girls, and the Happy Birthday banner from All Occasions Banners all of which I coloured with Promarkers. The girl is called Rose from Big Girl -Elisha Jean and Friends, I printed the uncoloured version and coloured her with Promarkers. Finally I found some pretty spacers and added them and some baker's twine. The lime green panel is cut with a Spellbinders Grand Nestability die.

I am a bit late posting this, I added the card to the challenge post at Quirky Crafts at 2am, it has been a tough few weeks, especially last week, and I am very tired! I don't know how long the blogs have been like it, but last night I suddenly noticed both of them were "naked" having lost their backgrounds - EEEEK! The website providing the free backgrounds and banners that I used seems to have gone, but I managed to find another with free backgrounds that sort of go with the headers - at least the colours do! I like the new backgrounds (thank you Hot Bliggidy Blog), but there are no matching headers etc, so it might change again.

I have entered the following challenges:
I love Promarkers - anything goes (Wed)
Left of Centre - flowers and or ribbon (Fri)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Mother's Day cards.

I made a batch of quick (ish) Mother's Day cards all using the mini hats, and all with a panel of handmade paper under a scalloped or plain rectangle (or both) cut with Spellbinders long rectangles, and a couple of ribbons. I stamped and heat embossed the Hero Arts sentiment, and each card has either pearls or blooms or both.

This non fluffly Mum's day card is made using a Marianne stamp and die set, I am not totally happy with it, this is the first one. I need to make the top panel a different colour, maybe the patterned paper, or put this on a larger card so there is a gap. Anyway I was being frugal, the gold cup is cut from the centre of the gold panel, and the shorts and shirt are cut from the centre of the pink panel.
I am going to try different colourways. The panels are all cut with Spellbinders Card Creator A2 B set (I don't own the A set). The stamping is heat embossed.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

I won a challenge!

I won a challenge on the Technique Twist challenge blog (although I was the only entrant lol), with this card using an image from The East Wind by Unky.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Happy Birthday Brother

 It was also my Brother's birthday yesterday, and he is a keen ornithologist so I made him a bird card. The background done directly onto the card blank is stamped and heat embossed in white and clear powder to form a resist, the stamps are Crafty Individual. Then I inked over the stamping with Distress inks and rubbed over the embossed images.
I stamped the branches, feather and bottom sentiment with Paperartsy stamps (rubbing over the embossed images again), and die cut then stamped the bird (I tried stamping then die cutting - which is when I found out the die is not the right way round to do that, I had to die cut, flip the die cut then stamp). Happy Birthday is a Hero Arts stamp, and Brother is a Papermania stamp.
Inside the card I used some Papermania Spring paper, also with blue and brown birds, and cut a slot to insert a gift card. Stamped sentiments are Paperartsy.
I was originally inspired to do the heat embossed background when a craft company on Facebook asked a question: if you used what you are wearing right now as inspiration - what sort of card would you make? I was wearing a dark blue fleece top with white silhouettes of birds all over it!
Happy Birthday Brother!

I have entered the following challenges:
Allsorts - All about the boy (Sat)
Cute Card Thursday - It's a wild world

Happy Birthday Dad

It was Dad's birthday yesterday, and I know he liked a Flippin' Men card I made for my brother once, so decided to get out the Flippin' Men (drawn by the talented Jak Heath) and make him a card.
I cut an aperture in the brown leather look card with a Spellbinders Grand Nestability label, I cut a larger size in acetate and made a frame from the two sizes to cover the edges of the acetate inside the card.
I cut and coloured the back and front man on a beer barrel using Graph'its for the barrel wood and Promarkers for the rest, before fussy cutting the top part of the image. I stamped Happy Birthday from a Hero Arts clear set in copper and heat embossed it. Dad is heat embossed also and is a Papermania stamp.
I thought this brown check card was perfect for an inside panel, and I stamped cheers on it and a row of beer glasses so they showed above the man's head when the card is closed. Dad is also stamped on the brown check card and die cut to go on the front. 
The quote from the set is stamped in brown on parchment which is torn and inked. In the side of the panel I cut a slit for a pocket to put a gift card in, this doesn't show when the card is closed.
Finally I added some baker's twine to match his suit.
Dad loved it, Happy Birthday Dad!

I have entered the following challenges:
Allsorts - All about the boy (Sat)

Monday, 17 March 2014

Have a lovely day

I recently bought a Sizzix Framelets and embossing folder set that makes a scene, clouds, sun and umbrella. I decided that the scene would be perfect for Warren Rabbit (by Craftwork Cards). The image is coloured with Promarkers and Copic glitter pens, and fussy cut. The background is embossed then coloured with Distress Inks for the sky and hills, and Promarkers for the rainbow and flowers and ground. The clouds and sun are die cut from Coredinations paper and then embossed and sanded.
The sentiment is a free stamp with the current issue of Craft Stamper magazine which I stamped, heat embossed and then die cut with Spellbinders. I know my rainbow colours aren't in the right order, I will do better next time!

I have entered the following challenges:
Craft all day - anything goes (March)
Avenue 613 - anything goes with optional 2d or 3d flowers (Sun)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

What is in my Quirky Cupboard?

Whoo hoo, my turn to set the challenge and it is based on the image supplied by the sponsor Crackerbox Palace. It is all about cupboards, shelves or dressers, and they must have contents!
The team used the digi version of this but I had the stamp set which I won some time ago so I decided to use it and the sentiment it comes with.
I cut out and coloured two cupboards, and layered them together with foam for depth to add embellishments. I coloured the foam tape to match, colours used are Denim Blue blended with Cyan and Ruby Red Promarkers for the hearts. I added some "wallpaper and carpet" using DCWV paper and some card stock, die cut with a Grand Nestability scalloped square die, added gingham ribbon to cover the join (gingham skirting??) and mounted that on a panel of teal cardstock, which has narrow and wider heart ribbon top and bottom (all ribbon was from Crafty Ribbons), and faux stitching with a white pencil, and added the die cut sentiment to the bottom. Then went hunting in my stash for the mini cans, and found a few other embellies to use! This said Mother to me, so I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment and heat embossed it. 

I cut the doors off the underneath cupboard and stuck them to the back of the doors of the top cupboard, I scored the doors first so I could bend them forward, and then cut out two heart knobs to add to the doors. I wish they closed, I would have liked to have them as openable, but sadly they don't meet by a long way. Maybe they would look strange if the doors were big enough!
So hop over to Quirky Crafts to see more Cupboards or shelves and to join in the fun!

I have entered the following challenges:
Pink Gem - Mother's day 28th March
Cards Galore - use a stamp or digi (March)
Craft all Day - anything goes (March) I WON
Papertake Weekly - Bingo (die cuts, free, glitter) (Tues)
Stamping for the Weekend - anything goes (end March)
That Craft Place - Flowers and/or Mother's Day (end March)
Tuesday Throwdown - Faux stitching (now you know why I did that!)