Thursday, 24 March 2011

A card for spring

Here's a bright little card with a cute Penny Black image, coloured using Prisma pencils and Sansodor (the magic coloured pencil technique). The sentiment is Hero Arts.
I'm entering it in to the Penny Black Saturday 'Spring is Sprung' challenge, and the Stamp with Fun spring challenge.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Beginner's luck

I was absolutely thrilled to discover that one of the first cards  I'd ever entered into a challenge, won over at Papertake Weekly. I was lucky enough to win some vintage image downloads from Peggy Loves Vintage. Many thanks to Peggy and Papertake Weekly.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Yellow poppy card

I've made this card for The Ribbon Girl green and yellow colour challenge, Lothian Crafts Online and the Sir Stampalot challenge using  Hero Arts stamps and K and Co Wild Saffron papers. The poppies have been paper-pieced and decoupaged. I embellished the card with seam biding and twine from The Ribbon Girl.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Anna Griffin Mother's day card

I've made this card using an old Anna Griffin kit I bought from QVC when it was a TSV several years ago. It has been a really handy kit, as it has a huge amount of card and paper in it, as well as several sheets of these die cuts, which have found their way on to several of the cards I've made for my Granny over the years. She is 102, and the floral style of most of this kit is perfect for birthday and Mother's day cards for her.
I'm entering this in to the Sketch n Stash challenge 57 , the Papertake Weekly trio tastic challenge, Crafty Catz Weekly challenge #74Crafty Creations challenge #110 and this week's Paperplay challenge.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Kanban kit

I've just made a couple of cards with this Dawn Bibby kit from QVC. I know a lot of people absolutely loathe these kind of kits, but I have mixed feelings about them. I find that many people who receive them absolutely love them, but my crafty head says they are a bit of a cheat, and look a bit naff. But a friend told me recently that a card I made from this kit was the nicest one I've ever made any of her family, and I had excelled myself! So I can distress, stitch and stamp to my heart's content, but sometimes people just don't 'get' some of the things I do, and like these cards best and I'm all for making people happy :) I'm not a cutesy crafter, but something about this Kanban kit appealed to me. Some of the cardstock  is absolutely gorgeous. I love spotty patterns and there are several in this kit. You can say what you like about Kanban, but the quality of their cardstock really is good. This peach spotty card makes a really sturdy diamond pop up. I have the spotty ribbon in several colours. It's an absolute bargain at  £2.99 for 25 metres from Grafton Crafts.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

You're in my thoughts card

I've made this card to send to a friend who lost her husband a year ago. All the stamps are Hero Arts. The poppies are water coloured with Whispers pens, and I used Distress inks to stamp the background and colour the image edges.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Simply Create challenge

I thought I'd enter the Simply Create challenge for this month, with a scrapbook LO created with the WRMK White Out Tiffany scrapbook pad . The colours fitted in well with the inspiration board, although I had to add a transparency from one of the  K & Co packs I blogged about yesterday, to bring in the deeper purply-pink shade. I also managed to sneak in another three of the die cuts on to this page too, plus a bit of their cut up packaging so have a bash at seeing if you can spot them.
Surely the hardest thing about blogging is taking good photos. Sorry for the horrible glare on part of this one. With snow dinging down here, the chance of getting any natural light to take photos in is zilch.

Friday, 11 March 2011

K &Co crafty loveliness

Having spent a ridiculously small sum at the SECC the other weekend (and deliberately completely forgetting  the fact that I've bought a WRMK corner chomper, and several Hero Arts stamps this month already), I decided to have a bit of a crafty splurge and buy a whole load of these K & Co ephemera packs I've had my eye on for ages. Charmed Cards & Crafts has a brilliant selection so I was spoilt for choice but managed to resist buying them all. CC&C service was excellent, with my goodies arriving a couple of days after the late night order was placed. I'm always looking for interesting wee bits and pieces to add to my scrapbook pages mostly, but also my cards so my biggest problem now will be which of the 673 pieces to use first, and how best to store them all. There are always a few designs in these sorts of collections that I struggle to use, but some of the die cuts have plain, coloured backs that can be stamped or journalled on and the Amy Butler ones are double sided with different images on the reverse. However, at about 4p a pop, if some remain unloved, it isn't a disaster.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Penny Black diamond spring card

My second post of the day is a diamond spring card that I'm entering in to the Penny Black Saturday 'more than one fold' Challenge.
This is such a sweet little image, and doesn't take too long to colour. I used Whispers markers to do this one.

Bright poppy card

I've been having a play with the stamps Kath used in her class at the Papeterie the other week and came up with this. The poppies are coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink and I used Faded Jeans for the background stamps. The yellow backing paper is from the K and Co Wild Saffron pad. The black dots in the poppy centre are done with Ranger enamel accents. I'm entering this in the Papertake Weekly challenge, where they are looking for entries that have something lemon, yellow or bright and zingy.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Silver wedding card

This is another anniversary card, similar to the ruby wedding card I posted here and as before, it is based on a sketch found at Sketch N Stash. I love adding metal charms to my cards and managed to stock up on some more while I was at the SECC Hobbycrafts fair on Saturday.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Double embossed background

I was at the SECC Hobbycrafts fair on Saturday, and spent some time watching all the various demo's going on and chatting to some of the ladies that appear on  Create and Craft TV. I was really taken with some samples Jo Channon had done that used a Crafts Too Daisy and Swirl embossing folder and Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder in Silver Lustre. Needless to say, I had to buy both. The lustre powders all have a lovely translucent quality that lets the underlying colour shine through. You can't see terribly well in the photo, but the background to this card was dry embossed, then inked with a couple of different Distress inks before being heat embossed with the Silver Lustre, giving a really pretty effect. The embossed edge to the Craftwork Cards scallop edged card was done using my Hougie board. I find the easiest way to get the lines in the right place is to use the mount for the front of the card on the reverse of the card. When it is in position with removable adhesive, use a clear ruler like this one to mark the border lightly in pencil, then use that as a scoring guide.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Sympathy card

Who else finds sympathy cards the hardest of all to make? The only card I have bought from a shop in recent years was a sympathy card as all inspiration left me and I wasn't able to come up with anything that I felt was just right. However, this Hero Arts stamp, and other similar ones, I turn to again and again for lots of different projects, and this time I came up with something I think would be suitable to express my condolences.
After watching Sheena Douglass on Create and Craft TV, demonstrating her paint fusion technique, it made me want to get out my acrylic paints and have a go. How I painted this doesn't remotely resemble Sheena's great technique, but her idea of using rubber stamps to create an image which you totally paint over and just use as a guide, as opposed to actually colouring in, is hers. The image on this card is a negative one, ie, the starflower is uninked. I inked the stamp with blue chalk ink, then using some acrylics, I over-painted bits of the blue background, and painted the starflower.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

A Sizzix baby card

I made this card today, using the Sizzlit stuffed lamb die which I paper pieced then shaded with Promarkers. The embossed background is a Sizzix embossing plate,  and the letters were cut using a decorative strip Sizzlit alphabet.

Here's a close up of the lamb. I think these Sizzlit dies need quite a bit of work with shading to make them look good, and always look a bit raggedy where the different sections get cut, if you get in too close to them, but I was quite pleased with how it ended up.