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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Quirky Crafts 2011: Challenge 5 - Alice in Wonderland

This week I chose Alice in Wonderland for our Quirky Crafts Challenge. We want you to base your craft project on the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll, and if you don't know the book or it is an ancient memory as it was for me try putting it in Google, you will find lots of images and the story too, Wikipedia has the best and original info on the characters.
Check the Quirky blog for some great examples to inspire you. The challenge this time is sponsored by the lovely Stamping Boutique, and if you are the DT choice overall winner you will be able to choose some really nice images as your prize.
I haven't used the sponsor's images in this card, I hope to make another soon using some of the images, but the other team members have used them and we have a great sample from our sponsor.
I used two stamps from a set by Leanne Ellis for Sugar Nellie, which I have been itching to use. I coloured the images with Promarkers, and die cut a branch for the Cheshire cat to sit on. I copied the relevant passage from the book, found online, printed it out on vellum paper and distressed it, and stamped Birthday Wish from  a set by Debbi Moore.
The pocket watch is a button from a set in my stash. I am not totally happy with the finished card, not quite sure if I should have used a different colour card or a mat as the background, but I thought patterned paper would be too busy for this one.

Do you like the grin that Alice is looking at?

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Recycled Romance, Quirky Crafts challenge time

Its challenge time again over on Quirky Crafts, I was late as usual with my DT example. The challenge is Recycled Romance, romantic projects with a recycled element that you would normally not use on cards and would throw away, such as kitchen foil, bubble wrap etc. I altered a Green and Black's chocolate box, painted it first with Gesso then white acrylic with a touch of bronze. I then stamped it with a variety of stamps and Stazon and dabbed it with Versamagic chalk. The heart on the front is die cut using a Tim Holtz Sizzix die and pink and silver tissue boxes, I realise that might be hard to tell as it looks like the holographic card you can buy, this really was two tissue boxes! The heart backing is a page from a book.

Inside the box more stamping, more book pages and Decopatch glue, stamped with Cherry Pie gravestone and owl stamps, and a cat. The skeleton happy couple are also from the same Cherry Pie set and are suspended with invisible thread, glitter hearts added. Heidi Swapp clock, with brad hands. MM metal sentiment eyelet. Various other embellishments from stash and Dymo tape words.
Stamps used: Cherry Pie, Inkadinkado (words), Paper Artsy, Crafty Individuals.

I have entered this in the Haunted House Blog Macabre Monday's challenge - Love Bites.Is it dark, macabre and creepy enough do you think?

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Quirky Crafts 2011 - challenge 3: Spots and stripes with embossing

 Its challenge time again over on Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog and I am only a day late, but I have been sorting out exciting sponsors. This challenge is by Lyn and must include spots or dots with stripes and any sort of embossing.
The exciting news is that there are lovely ribbons and buttons from Crafty Ribbons to be won, and some digi images (who is giving a voucher to one lucky winner so they can choose) from our very own talented Spyder Lyn.

This is a striped Papermania card blank, with a panel embossed with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, die cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities long rectangles. The image is a Unity Stamp and is a friendship flower, coloured with Promarkers and the gorgoeous ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons of course, I couldn't resist a bag of these in every colour when they first arrived. Please excuse the slightly skewed panel, I used permanent tape and couldn't peel it off again!