Tuesday, 17 February 2009

The Daisy Dance - House Mouse Challenge 25

Good Evening,
I'm on a roll, another finished card in less than a day!!! But then again it's always easier when you've got a sketch to follow. The sketch I followed can be found on the HM Challenge site and is for the new challenge. On this card I used three stamps to get the picture I wanted, and I've just looked at the picture and it seems they're on a hill !!! Oh well I can't be perfect all the time LOL...

1. Base card (as usual) Stardream pearlescent card.
2. Bazzil pink card.
3. DP Basic Grey - Euphoria - Ferver
4. Stamps used where: House Mouse -Twinkle Toes and Relaxing. The Daisy stamp is from Whippersnapper - Field of Daisies. All coloured with Derwent Coloursoft pencils and Sansador, with a blob of Sakura Gelly Roll clear glaze pen on their noses and eyes. The circle was hand cut as was the mount which is Bazzil card. The grass tufts were hand drawn.
5. The ribbon is from eBay, the same colour but in two different widths.
6. Prima flowers with a little Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust clear pen around the edges, and finished of with a pink flatback pearl.
Thanks for stopping by for a look see, and I'll see you again soon :)
Take care & keep smiling

Saturday, 14 February 2009

With Love - Magnolia Vs Stampavie Sketch 13

Hallelujah !!! I DID IT !!!
At 9:30 this morning I decided to have a go at the Magnolia Vs Stampavie challenge. Well as you may have read in my posts before I'm always moaning about how slow I am at making cards, so the challenge for me was to see if I could actually finish the card in time to enter (the new challenge is posted tomorrow, Sunday). Well I decided to go with a Sarah Kay stamp and here she is...

Sorry about the pictures, just couldn't seem to get the light right, oh well.
1. Base card Stardream Purple Punch pearlescent card.
2. DP's by The English Paper Company Siesta collection.
3. The top DP was mounted onto the same card as the base card.
4. The stamp is called Roses' Garden and was coloured in with Derwent Coloursoft and Sansador. The button, stones, garden tools and the center of the flowers where dabbed with Sakura clear Gellyroll Glaze pen. I also use Staedtler triplus fineliner pens on the grass and foliage. This was cut out with the long Megabilities.
5. The image was then mounted four times onto 3 different colour pink Bazzil card stock. Why so many? Because I couldn't make up my mind which colour I liked best, so I used them all (as you do) and the last layer was punched with Martha Stewart Doily punch. It was then stuck down using 2mm black foam pads.
6. Pink dusky rose ribbon edged both sides with white cotton lace.
7. Pink mulberry roses
8. The label was stamped on to pink card that was then cut out using the long megabilities. The stamp is from Hobby Art stamps and was first inked up with ColorBox catseye "Orchid" then I gently inked the top and bottom of the words with ColorBox catseye "Chianti". I stuck it down then realised I had wanted to sponge the edges of the label to "lift" it. SOooooooooo, I got the card I'd cut the label from, fitted it back onto the cut out, then I was able to sponge away to my hearts content with out getting ink on the DP, ha haaaa (where there's a will...). Then I just added a little bow, because I felt like it :)
By the way, have you seen the new Whiff Of Joy stamps (they came out today)? They are sooooo cute, and I couldn't help myself, I ordered the Banquet Hall, Maid Charlotte, King's Jester Charlie, and I just couldn't resist Draco the Dragon he's FAB-U-LOUS. Any hoo I'm off to post my entry.
Take care & keep smiling

Friday, 13 February 2009

Heart of Gold – My Time To Craft Challenge & ALOTA4 - Valentines Challenge

Hi di hi folks,
Here’s my entry into the My Time To Craft Challenge and The alota rubber Stamp Valentine challenge over on Paper Craft Planet. I really enjoyed making this card, mainly because I’d had this idea using the alota Ruffled Heart stamp and with this challenge I was able to try my idea out…

1. Base card is Stardream pearlescent
2. DP – K & Co Vintage Collage Flat Paper
3. The heart was made using alota Ruffled Heart stamp – First I stamped the inner heart onto vellum with Encore Metallic Gold ink pad and heat embossed with Stamp-n-Stuff Detail Gold EP. Then cut it out and then stamped it with Rubber Stampede Signature Background stamp using the same inkpad and EP. I found it easier to ink up the stamp, lie it face up on the table then put the cut out heart onto the stamp. This way I could choose which part of the stamp I wanted to use (it’s a large stamp) and because it’s vellum I could see that the image stamped properly. Second I stamped up the inner heart with the lacy border using a white inkpad (ColorBox cats eye ink pad) and heat embossed with Stamp-n-Stuff White Detail EP, again cut it out. Lastly I stamped the whole stamp with the same gold inkpad and EP as before. After cutting this one out it was then glued together. I started with the inner heart, making sure I only put glue where the embossed image was, so as not to have glue showing. Then I glued up the white heart making sure not to glue the lacy bit as I wanted to lift that part a little to make it look like a lace. Then last but not least when I glued the whole heart to stick to the DP, again I didn’t put glue on the ruffle bit.
4. The photo comes from Joanna Sheen’s Fashion Boutique CD ROM, and was printed on Ilford Gallerie smooth pearl photo paper. I cut it out with a small border to make it look like a real photo and then mounted it onto brown Bazzil cardstock with just a 1mm border just to “lift” the photo so as it didn’t get “lost” on the DP. The picture is one of those that have had colour added but through my graphics program I change it first to B&W then added a brown tint.
5. The gold swirl/flourish was made using Sizzlets Decorative Strip die and gold silk Mirri card.
6. The embellishments used where – cream cotton lace, cream lace flowers with yellow jeweled brads in the middle, white mulberry roses, a gold butterfly charm that I bent the wings back slightly and photo corners that where made with a Sizzlits die. The flower part of the die cut can be removed if you want to, but I left it in.
I LOVE the alota heart stamp, it turned out just as I wanted it to (makes a change for me) and I bought an extra one to put in a nice package I’m putting together, which I’ll be giving away on my birthday. OOOoooops didn’t mean to tell you that :P Forget I mentioned it, my birthday isn’t until April and I’m not just going to give it away to a left comment, NO NO NO, you’re going to have to earn it. HE HE HE, (evil laugh), but I’ll let you know more nearer the time. Thanks for taking a peek.
Take care & keep smiling

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Horror-ble Birthday!!!

Good morning Blogger/crafters,
I wasn't going to post this card as in the grand scheme of crafting it isn't very exciting and didn't take a lot of effort to make (99% computer generated). But as I haven't posted in a while and at the moment can't get myself motivated to make anything, I decided I would. I made this card for my brother's birthday, he's a film fanatic, and his favorite type of film is horror. I didn't make to much effort with this card as I know my brother all too well, and this'll end up in the bin with the rest of the cards he's sent. And if I bought him a card he'd want to know why I didn't make one! :) Typical bloke (English slang word for man)...

I'm not going to go in to great detail as to how it was made, but Iwill say the horror birthday "poster" was double heat embossed and the EP use for the border is Sparkle N Sprinkle Japanese Lacquer EP. If you want the deep red to show from this EP it's best to use VersaMark ink pad, if you use a red ink pad the EP turns out black with a red tint. I might have a go at the My Time To Craft Challenge, which is called "Going For Gold", if I can get my lazy can't be bothered butt in gear :P.

Take care & keep smiling

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Gypsy Tilda

HE HE HE, well this card took me a week to do. The main image took two attempts before I was happy, and Tilda took three attempts. I did consider not putting Tilda on as I REALLY liked how the main image turned out, but decided as I have more Magnolia stamps that I know what to do with I'd better start using them. So take a look at my Gypsy Tilda...

How I made the main image...

1. The caravan is a rubber stamp from alota rubber stamps and the trees is by Inkadinkado.

The caravan stamp didn't really look like a gypsy caravan. Gypsy caravans don't have stoves, so the chimney had to go, and they don't have a back board behind the step, so that had to go as well. I masked both of these off with some low tack masking tape then I inked up the stamp removed the tape and stamped. Because then there were gaps I used my Pilot pigment ink drawing pen to draw in the missing roof and under the step I drew in a box, as that is what you will find there on a real Gypsy caravan. Coloured it in with my Derwents and Sansodor, and went over the red frames and "metal" parts of the caravan with Sakura Gellyroll Glaze pens (red & clear). Then I stamped the caravan again on to a large Post It, cut it out and used it to mask the coloured caravan. Then I stamped the trees twice with Versafine vintage sepia ink using a stamp positioner. As the trees are bare and I wanted the trees to have leaves, I cut a small piece of sponge. This is just an ordinary bath sponge, don't use real sponge, the ink just soaks straight in and you can't sponge onto the paper. I made the sponge as small as possible then using Versafine olympic green ink sponged "leaves" onto the trees, and then randomly scribbled my green derwent onto the the ink to make the foliage look a bit thicker in places. The grass I did with Derwents and Sansodor and to make the tufts and blades of grass I used Staedtler triplus fineliner pens (0.3mm). Just for fun I drew in some daisies with the Pilot pigment pen and used Sakura Gelly roll white pen and yellow pen to colour them in and the birds were drew with the Pilot pen as well.
Tilda is coloured with derwents and Sakura Gellyroll stardust pens (on the apron and the band in her hair). She's sweeping away a cobweb that is a stamp from Magnolia. And the ribbon is from Nostalgia Ribbons. It was VERY expensive, £5 a metre, but I couldn't resist it :) The paper is from Basic Grey "fruit cake".
I must thank my Dad, he helped me choose the DP and the ribbon for this card. In fact before I actually stick any of my cards together, I always show him first to get his opinion, and if there's something he's not happy with I'll change it 'til he says "that's it".
Well, a pretty simple looking card that most of you would probably have thrown together in a couple of hours, but I like it and that's why I don't do as many Tilda cards as I would like to. There are so many accessory stamps, I just feel the need to do a scene with them.
Thank you for stopping by, and when I'm a t work tomorrow I'll see if I can think up a SIMPLE card to make :P
Take care & keep smiling