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Monday, 30 April 2012

Wild Poppies

Well our weather is so unpredictable isn't it?  After a weekend of torrential rain and blustery winds, summer has returned for a day with temperatures at 18 degrees and that shiny yellow thing up in the sky :-)  It's a pity I was at work today, but lovely to have the car window wound down on the way home!

This card reflects the good weather today with a display of poppies standing tall.  The background was also made using the smaller poppy stamp, versamark and mica powder.  I think it's very effective and especially on the black card.  This is another technique that I've wanted to try for ages and have now been able to tick it off my list and will definately be using this again.


Materials used:
Coloured with promarkers
Sentiment - memories
Distress ink - antique linen
Versamark ink
Mica powder - pearls and pastels

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers - flower power
Whimsy Inspires - distressing
Hooked on Crafts - flowers
Pink Elephant - spring
Whoopsie Daisy - flowers
Pan Pastel - summer
Stamptacular Sundays - spring bling
Crafty Pad - April showers bring May flowers
Prairie Fairy - flowers
Little Darlings - flowers
My Mums Craft Shop - great outdoors
The Outlawz - anything goes



xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

Saturday, 28 April 2012

White on White Anniversary

As I'm always talking about my cards at work lol, one of my bosses asked me to make his wife an anniversary card.  The brief he gave me was nothing too slushy and not lots of hearts and that was it!  I've spent ages thinking about the style of card and decided that white on white was the safest option, but I really struggle with these as I always want to add something to bling it up - doh!!

I hope he likes it :-)


Materials used:
Pearlised & hammered card
Couture Creations embossing folder - tied together
Tim Holtz bigz die - tattered florals
Spellbinders die - Persian motifs
Magnolia DooHickey die - bloomy tag & leaf and swirl
Distress ink - antique linen
Sentiment - computer generated
Ribbon from my stash

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Card Crafters Circle - pearls and lace
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - bingo (full house)
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Prairie Fairy - flowers
Poodles Parlour - anything goes
Pixie Dust Studio - embossing
Crafts and Me - embossing
Fab 'n' Funky - no dp
Little Darlings - flowers
Truly Scrumptious - distress & dies/punches




xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Daisy, With Love

Well after getting up at stupid o'clock on a Saturday morning to accompany my other half to pick up another motorbike, I'm now back in my craft room and finishing off another card whilst he plays with his new toy :-)  Boys and their toys eh?!?!?

The inspiration for this card came from the sketch over at Truly Scrumptious and also gave me a chance to use my promarkers again.  Did I tell you that I now have the full set?  I decided to treat myself with my bonus from work and got the last 35 pens which now finishes my collection :-)  I suppose they will bring out the summer editions now, won't they?

Anyway here's my card:



Materials used:
Stamp - Daisy
Coloured with promarkers
Distress ink - milled lavender
Backing paper - Wild Rose Studio - lilac mist
Stamp & sentiment - tickets
Embossing folder - Swiss dots
Ribbon embellishement from Lidl
Pearls, gems & glitter card from my stash

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Whimsy Inspires - punch/die
Prairie Fairy - flowers
Stampin' for the Weekend - sparkle & shine
Outlawz - distress
Bearly Mine - embossing
Craft Your Passion - punch/die



xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx




Friday, 20 April 2012

Your Wish Will Come True

The past few weeks have been rather hectic and I haven't really had much time for crafting :-(  However, I got to play a bit more whilst on holiday last week and managed to try a few techniques which have been on my "to do" list for ages!  Hopefully after a bit more practice I can actually use them on my cards :-)

It's challenge time again over at Fussy and Fancy and the theme for the next fortnight is "Punches and Dies".  Here's my card, but why not pop over and have a look at the other DT's cards too:

 

Materials used:
Stamp - Teddy Bea 116
Coloured with promarkers
Distress ink - spun sugar
Magnolia DooHickey die - leaf and swirl
Martha Stewart punch - doily lace
Nestalibilities - lacey circles
Sentiment - Jane's script
Backing paper recycled from wrapping paper
Butterfly & glitter from stash

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - pink, pearls & lace
Crafters Companion - 4 legged friends
Papertake Weekly - stitch in time
Whimsy Stamps - punches/dies
Joanna Sheen - someone special
Emerald Faeries - dazzle it
Creatalicious - butterflies & flowers
Cupcake Craftroom - wings
Paper Shelter - wings
Sassy Cheryl's - butterflies
Craft Your Passion - punches/dies
Lexi's Creations - punches/dies
Made Especially For You - 3 flowers
Ooh La La - bold & bright
Cutie Pie Challenge - circles
CCEE Stampers - pink, white & black




xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx




Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Lily of the Valley


I thought I would carry on with the theme from my last card and try a bit more brayering!  This time I've gone for a more muted colour, but I actually found it more difficult getting the graduation of colour just right.  I worked in from each corner using distress inks, but found with my first few attempts that I couldn't get it too look even - this was my third attempt at this card.

The stamp I've used is from Clarity Stamps and was sent along with my project sheet full of ideas as part of Barbara Grays project club.  Why not check it out as you get a stamp each month to play with and before it's realeased too.

Here's my card which again could be used as a sympathy card:


Materials used:
Coloured with promarkers
Accented with glamour dust - crystal
Sentiment - memories
Distress ink - antique linen

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Joanna Sheen - someone special
House of Gilli - flowers
Karens Doodles - spring
Dream Valley - earth tones
Paper Sundaes - anything goes
Fairy Fun Fridays - anything goes
Pixie Cottage - green



xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx






Saturday, 14 April 2012

Special Moments

Thanks to the good old English weather, rain has stopped play outside for today, but I did manage to get the garden weeded and helped Mark to lay a path!

So now I'm sat in my craft room and have been able to tick another thing off my "to try" list with this card as I've eventually got to play with my brayer after hours and hours of watching Barbara Gray from Clarity Stamps in action.  Doesn't she make it look easy?  I can't say that I've mastered the art yet, but I'm quite pleased with my first try :-) 


 
I think this could be used for a sympathy card especially with the verse, but not sure with the bright colours!  I'd be interested to see what you think - good or bad :-)

Materials used:
Sentiment - memories
Big and juicy inkpad - vibrant primary
Ribbon from my stash

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Wags 'n' Whiskers - anything goes
Art Impression Stamps - thinking of you - WINNER
Craft a Scene - silhouettes
Sentimental Sundays - silhouettes - WINNER




xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx




Friday, 13 April 2012

Corset

I think I've sat through all kinds of weather whilst making this card - sun, hail, rain - UK weather eh, will it ever decide what it's going to do?

I've used a couple of stamps that haven't been inked before on this one and a technique that I haven't done for ages, which is masking!  I had real fun making it so you may be seeing more soon :-)



Materials used:
Stamp - corset
Paper pieced with dp from First Edition - dreamcatcher
Coloured with promarkers
Stamp - latin script
Stamp & sentiment - tickets
Backing paper - Wild Rose Studio - lilac mist
Distress ink - dusty concord
Peel offs, ribbons, buttons & embroidery thread from my stash

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Pixie Cottage - sketch (optional paper piecing)
Paper Shelter - buttons and bows
Scrapbook Sisters - anything goes
Craft Us Crazy - mothers day
Pixie Dust Studio - ribbon
Crafts and Me - 3d embellishments
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - ribbon



xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx





Saturday, 7 April 2012

Milly - Just For You

It's challenge time again at Fussy and Fancy and for the next fortnight we have a sketch for you to work with.

I've used a LOTV stamp for this one which I received on a craft retreat that I attended at the end of January.  Whilst we were there, amongst other things, we had demo's on colouring using copics, promarkers, water colours etc, but as promarkers are my thing, and I wanted to improve my blending, this is the image that I used!  It took me several hours to colour and I kept getting it checked by the queen of colouring Shell - thanks for your patience :-)  Here's the card I made using that image:


Materials used:
Coloured with promarkers
Distress ink - spun sugar & tumbled glass
My Minds Eye papers - lime twist, happy go lucky
Martha Stewart punch - double loops
Glamour dust - crystal
 Nestabilities - classic scalloped circle small
(to make the blue flowers)
Card candi - sorbet
Liquid pearls - lemon yellow & pastel raspberry
Pink flower (goody bag from Eileen - Torquay2 on Docrafts)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers - spring
Passion for Promarkers - theme
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Prairie Fairy - anything goes
Poodles Parlour - going dotty
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - something new (card candi)
Divas by Design - anything goes
Fashionista Challenge - anything goes for girls
Outlawz - nature


xx Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx