Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Hi all, I am finally over my cold. Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my posts - they really cheered me up and I enjoyed reading them all.

I was really pleased to see the cheerful Lili Of The Valley Challenge this week - Winter Fun!  And what better way to try out my new LOTV stamp which features James Bear, enjoying the snow. 

The challenge asked for glitter!  Yay, I love going over the top with the glittery stuff every once in a while.  A couple of weeks ago I saw some snowflake paper that I really liked on Handy Hippo Website. So immediately thought of that for background. I wanted to create a Winter Wonderland for James Bear so I went to town with the Diamond Stickle and also added some glitter card and sparkly Christmas trees.   

James Bear "In The Snow" (detail)

I am also entering the card into Tuesday Throwdown Challenge which is "Anything Goes" and also the Wild Orchid Challenge No. 8 which is Pastels.

White Square Card Blank
James Bear "In The Snow" Stamp from Lili of The Valley
Christmas Paper Collection "Snowflakes" from Handy Hippo
Clip Art Christmas Trees changed into monochrome trees with Seashore Software, printed onto card and edged with Sky Blue Promarker
Glitter Card - "Baby Blue" from Handy Hippo
Craft Scissors - "Wavy Edged"
"Walking in A Winter Wonderland" banner made with 'A Charming Font Expanded' - (free Font download from FontStock)
Blue Stars from stash
Lots and Lots and Lots of Diamond Stickle !!!!

Promarkers used to colour James Bear
Bear: Cool Grey 2 and Cool Grey 4
Glint in James Eye: Sky Blue
Hat and Scarf: Sky Blue 
Snow: Sakura Metallic Silver Gelly Roll
Fur/edge trim on Hat/Scarf: Diamond Stickle

Christmas Trees
Baubles added by blobs of Silver Stickle
Edge: Sky Blue

Mounts and Card edges: 
Diamond Stickled to the hilt!

Lili of The Valley Challenge No. 70 - Winter Fun
Tuesday Throwdown   No. 22 - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Challenge No. 8 - Pastels

Sharing Moments:

The leaves are gorgeous colours at the moment.  Danny (my darling Tibetan Terrier) has a new game - chasing and catching the falling leaves. He is 13 years of age (if human he would be drawing his pension!) but I don't remember him playing this game ever before. It kind of goes against the saying 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks!'

As Christmas is approaching I have got in early and asked Father Christmas for a Die Cutter.  I am so tired of cutting everything out by hand and I find it a real chore cutting out mounts to size, especially if you want to do fancy scalloped edges - it takes forever with ruler and scissors. I really can't wait until I can use the Nestabilities.'

I thought this post I would share a photo of Danny enjoying last year's snowfall.  Danny loves the snow and likes nothing better than snuffling his nose in it and sending it everywhere as you can see by this photo!

Danny in the Snow

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Leaves Are Falling All Around

I love this time of year - the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange and copper brown. The shops are starting to sell Halloween and Bonfire Night goodies such as Parkin and Treacle Toffee. I have come down with a bad cold and temperature so am feeling rough.  I lose my mojo when I'm under par but managed to finish this card before I succumbed completely.  My colouring has gone like a two year old and I keep going over the lines! 

I am entering the Lili Of The Valley  No. 68 Challenge - Autumn - which entails using one of their stamps. As I only have three and they are all Christmassy, I have adapted one to look Autumny.  Not sure if it worked? 

 I am also entering the Sir Stampalot Challenge as it is Autumn Breezes, Buttons and Bows. The card depicts an autumn breeze and has a button with a delicate bow.   

Pocket Full of Posies  have a Challenge for Autumn Leaves. It does say in the rules that you have to have something floral on your card. The Happy Birthday Banner has a flower on? but not sure if that counts but will try. Last but not least Creative Stamp Friends has a Challenge for Orange Brown so I think it qualifies for that. 

 I have coloured the girl's hair gold - I know it seems strange but it just looked really nice.  I made an Easel Card which is only the second I've ever done. I struggle a bit with decorating them and think I need to be more inventive. 

I love looking at all the entries into the Challenges; they are amazing and so many different takes on one theme.  Anyway, I'm off to dose myself, meanwhile here is the card recipe:-

Square Easel Card
Milton Paper Stack: Orange with white daisies and Thinking Of You Paper
Lili of the Valley Stamp: "Dropping the Shopping"
Mounts: Earth Tones Glitter Paper (Handy Hippo) - Brown
Brown recycled Card (Handy Hippo)
Die Cuts from stock coloured to match and mounted
Leaf Banner: ClipArt leaves copid and pasted together
Orange Button (raided from my mum's button stash)
Gold string from stash
Two amber gems

(Promarkers by shade and Copics by no.)
Face and legs: Vanilla and Copic R20
Hair: Gold Sakura Gel Pen
Fur Hat, Mitts, Boots Trim: Shale
Scarf: Coral, Black spots highlighted with gold
Coat: Tan
Dog: Tan, Shale for button nose
Bag: Burnt Orange, Gold Sakura Gel Pen, 
Girl's parcel: Pear Green, Shale
Dog's Parcel: Coral and Burnt Orange with Pear Green Bow.
Scarf: Tan, Black and gold spots

Lili Of The Valley  Challenge 68 - Autumn
Sir Stampalot - Autumn Breezes, Button(s) and Bow(s)
Pocket Full of Posies - Challenge 8 - Autumn Leaves
Creative Stamp Friends - Challenge 9 - Orange Brown

Sharing Moments:

I came across this recipe for 100 year old Parkin - just follow the recipe and then leave for a hundred years! (only joking). The recipe is actually from October 1907 and it states that back then it sold for eight old pence a pound! I wonder how much that would be in today's money?  Amazing stuff.

I also came across this when scanning some old 35mm slides from the '60s.  It's a shame my head has been cut off but look at that grin - it's bigger than the swedes!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

First Challenge

This is my first attempt at a Challenge and is from Bev's Sketch on LOTV Challenge 67.  

Christmas Candle

The Stamp is Lily of The Valley's "Christmas Candle" and I really love it as it can be coloured in so many ways and can look totally different. It gives the card a really Christmassy glow.  I never would have thought black would work on a Christmas Card but as I have loads of black card leftover thought I would give it a go.  I think it kind of gives it an olde worlde feel? The background for the stamp was made on computer with Seashore Software. You can get a spray paint effect.  Then when dry, I stamped onto it and coloured with Copic Pens and Promarkers. I didn't have any brads so used buttons with gem on top.

Christmas Candle (detail)
Square black card blank
Red pearlised paper
Milton Christmas Papers
"Christmas Candle" Stamp by LOTV
Martha Steward Doily Edge Punch
Red and Gold Ribbon from stock
Stamp Background made on Computer/Printer
Christmas Wishes Tag made on Computer/Printer
Paper Flower coloured with Promarker Ruby, Stickled with Glitter, pearl added.
Black buttons with Red Gems stuck on top

Colours used to colour Christmas Candle Stamp:-

*Promarkers stated with shade, Copics by no. 
Face: Vanilla and Copic R20
Coat: G85
Scarf: Cool Greys 1, 2 and 4
Shoes and Mitts: Cool Grey 2
Candle Holder: Black
Candle: R46
Flame: Yellow, Bright Orange, Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Glitter Pen
Holly: Lime Green
Berries: R46
Fur on Hood/Pom Poms: Layer of Sakura Souffle White Pen and Ultra Fine Glitter Pearl

Stockists: Stamp from Lili of The Valley, Punches from Crafty Devils Papercraft.  All other from Handy Hippo.

Lili Of The Valley - Challenge 67