The Quirky Crafts Forum weekly challenges have started up again, and are better than ever.
I chose the challenge this week and it is "Rough and Smooth", something with texture and a smooth surface too. Any hand crafted item can be entered for the challenge on Quirky Crafts Forum and there will be a small but delicious prize (see photo) for the winner which includes a hand made notebook, some Christmas stamps from The Crafty Pad and other bits and bobs.
The winning entry also gets a photo shown on the forum sidebar for a week. Selected DT members will pick their favourite to win, no random picking, so you win on merit which I prefer.
We also have some new DT members so there will be lots of great examples to get you started.
I used one of my favourite stamps by Debbie Moore which is available on The Crafty Pad blog and is called Snoozin Albert, isn't he just great? He comes with the sentiment "A man's work is never done".
I stamped Albert with Memento Ink and coloured him with Letraset Trias, though I am very disappointed that one is running out and I have hardly used them.I am not that good at colouring but I do try to improve, I just can't seem to do the white accent here and there like on the boots, it never looks right so I colour them over! I used a small piece of Mica on the river, trimmed to fit, to give a water effect and it has the great smoky colour that looks like river water over the top of the blues and greens with a bit of brown that I used.
I cut Albert out with a Nestabilties die from the Labels 3 set, one die has gone missing so I will have to search! I also cut out corrugated card mats for Albert and the sentiments. The sentiments are half labels and the edges are slightly under the bubbles.
The blue bubbles were embossed on metallic blue card using a Cuttlebug folder. I used some big WR Memory Keepers eyelets with the Big Bite and threaded through raffia. Edges and corrugated card were inked with a dark brown Whispers brush marker.
The happy birthday sentiment is a Debbi Moore Designs stamp (there are a few Debbie Moores about).
The card blank is a textured brown card that I creased and folded.