Friday, 25 February 2011

Dancing Willow

Hi, it seems quite a while since I last posted. I have had migraine and felt off colour this last week but feel a lot better now! I am so excited. I have finally got some Whiff of Joy stamps. I have wanted some for so long. This is one of them, 'Dancing Willow' - a beautiful stamp!

I made this card for the Whiff of Joy - Challenge No. 98 which is 'Paper Piecing'. I hope that you can see in the close-up that I have pieced some of the backing paper for Willow's dress and shoes to match the background. I also decided to have a go at using my gold-leaf kit which I have had for six months and never opened !!! I painted the Size (glue) onto the handbag and the belt/sash with fine paintbrush. My first attempt was dreadful, but this one (my 2nd attempt) is not too bad so thought I would use it.

'Dancing Willow' - detail

Hair: Promarkers Vanilla and Tan
Skin: Copics E00 and R20
Necklace and bracelet: Sakura glitter pen

The backing paper is Milton & Co Paper Stack available at Handy Hippo. The gorgeous animal print card is also from Handy Hippo and I cut the shape with a Fiskar Template and Edging to make it look like an animal skin/rug then distressed and inked the edges. I haven't done much distressing - this is only my second go.  I think I might get to like 'distressing' as all that scraping gets rid of a lot of tension if you are feeling stressed!!! LOL. The sentiment is from a Molly Blooms stamp set (freebie with magazine) and mounted on gold card. The black ribbon is from stash. The gorgeous Gardenias are from Wild Orchid Crafts

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Whiff of Joy - Challenge No. 98 - Paper Piecing (ends Tuesday 1st March 2011)
Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge No. 23 - Bling It On (ends Monday 28th February 2011)
Creative Inspirations - Challenge No. 53 - Distress (ends Friday 25th February 2011)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge No. 9 - Spring ... Flowers Everywhere!!! (ends Sunday 13th March 2011)
Simon Says Stamp - Challenge - Coffee and Cream (ends Tuesday 1st March 2011)
Moving Along With the Times - Challenge No. 87 - Fashion (ends Wednesday 2nd March 2011)

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Molly Blooms

I hope you all enjoyed Valentine's Day and received lots of nice surprises, and of course - love! I didn't have a secret admirer, but my daughter surprised me with some yummy embellishments for my cardmaking. She's a sweetie! Thanks for all your lovely comments, I really do appreciate you taking the time out to visit my website!

I have been itching to ink up this gorgeous Molly Blooms stamp by Clare that came free with Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine and I have to say - I love this stamp! You will have to forgive me if it keeps popping up on my cards!! The image is mounted on Nellie Snellen Die Cut Frame.

I am entering The Sweet Stop Challenge and so using this week's sketch which I love!!! I will definitely be using this one again.

The backing paper is Sally Moret paper that came free with Crafts Beautiful magazine and was called Spring Paper Collection. The gingham paper is from Papermania Red Hot Paper Pack. I have only used two design papers and no more than 4 flowers, so it's great that I can enter it into the Creative Inspirations (Wednesday) Challenge 'Plain & Simple'.  The flowers are Petaloo Colour Me Crazy mini delphiniums, coloured with Pastel Blue Promarker. Wavy Scissors were used for edging. The sentiment was made on computer and then mounted on nestability. Pink card was from Papermania Sizzling Red Hot Pack. Bow, pearls and gems are from stash.

Colouring for image:
(Promarkers unless otherwise indicated)
Skin: Vanilla and R20 Copic
Hair: Tan
Scarf: Pastel Blue and G85 Copic
Top and socks: Cocktail Pink
Jeans and Shoes: Pastel Blue & Blender
Gift: Pastel blue and G85 Copic

I would also like to enter this into the Truly Scrumptious Challenge - Swirls and Pearls although I'm not sure if it qualifies for the theme. There are certainly plenty of pearls and I'm hoping that the blue wavy ribbons below count as swirls. I drove myself mad looking up the definition of a swirl. It said moving in a spiralling or twisting pattern. Oh I still don't know if it qualifies or not!! Lol - if not, just delete!

Swirls? and Pearls

I am entering into the following challenges:-

The Sweet Stop - Challenge 'SSS95' (ends 18 Feb)
Creative Inspirations (Wednesday) - Challenge 99 - 'Plain & Simple' (ends 22 Feb 9pm)
Creative Cottage - Challenge 33 - 'Fabulous Florals' (ends 1 March)
Truly Scrumptious - Challenge 51 - 'Swirls & Pearls' (ends 1 March 5pm)

Monday, 7 February 2011

Love is in the Air ...

I am in love .... with this 'bear couple' digi-stamp from Stitchy Bear Stamps. I am very fussy about my bears, but think these are the cutest, cuddliest bears I've seen in a while. I coloured them with Cool Grey 2 Promarker and then used a dark grey pencil to add some lines to look like fur. The hat is coloured with Pastel Blue Promarker and then Diamond Stickled.

I have finally got my Glossy Accents! I have so many things that I want to buy and yet I am trying to be good and ration my spending LOL. Anyway, this month I got the the Glossy Accents with my spends and added some to the bears' noses and mummy bear's kiss.

Cutting out some bits of the bears was a problem. I bought a craft knife last year but it is SO blunt! I can't believe it is a craft knife - I think my vegetable knife might be sharper. Can anybody recommend a good brand of Craft Knife? There are no little 'uns in house, so safety isn't an issue. I would be grateful for suggestions. Thanks.

The paper is from a Kate Knight pad that came free with a magazine - I do love her designs.  I wanted to do flourishes for corners but don't have any dies for those yet, I am not patient enough to do them by hand with a blunt knife!  Anyway, the flourishes are next on my list! So the corners are done with wavy scissors and martha stewart doiley punch. There's quite a lot of gems and pearls, but then it is a celebration of Valentines and quite a girlie card! The ticket sentiment is from Valentines Pack from Stitchy Bear Stamps. I coloured it digitally to match the paper.  The pink card is from the Papermania Red Hot Pack. The gorgeous pink rose is from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have added some glossy accents to look like dew.

I am entering the card into the following Challenges:-

Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge No. 20 - Anything Girlie 
Stampin' For the Weekend - Challenge No. 3 - St Valentine's Day
Creative Stamp Friends - Challenge No. 18 - Valentine
Wild Orchid - Challenge No. 16 - Love Is ....
Stamptacular Sunday - Challenge No. 97 - Hearts Gone Wild!
Digi Doodle Shop - Challenge No. 45 - Valentines
I Love Promarkers - Challenge No. 51 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge No. 8 - Love is in The Air!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Ooh - Blog Award!

Another nice surprise!  Laurie has kindly given me this award which I shall proudly display in my sidebar!

Now I am supposed to pass this on to 8 people after I've told you 8 things about myself!  Here are 8 things about myself:-
  1. I was born on the same day, month, year as Sir Steve Redgrave (Olympic Rower)
  2. I was a terrible teen! and once told my mum that I was going on a picnic, when actually I took rope, torch and ginger wine and went caving with friends!!
  3. I love Egyptology and would love to see The Pyramids and Sphinx one day.
  4. Another hobby of mine is Genealogy and I have traced most of my tree branches back to mid 1700's.
  5. I love composing and playing songs (albeit badly) on GarageBand Apple Mac.
  6. Queen Elizabeth visited our local park for Silver Jubilee in 1977 and I took a photo of her passing in car. Due to crowds, all you can see is a white gloved-hand waving through the Rolls !!! LOL
  7. Aged 15, I went with the school to Mont St Michel, France and along with two friends, got locked in the Monastery. We nearly missed the coach home and the teachers hadn't noticed we were missing!!
  8. I love History, especially Tudor Period and have read lots of books on it. I also love the series "The Tudors" (hot totty lol) and contrary to popular belief, most of it is surprisingly accurate!!
I don't know 8 people to pass this on to !!!! sob, but anyway, will pass this award on to the 5 beautiful followers that I have and if they wish to partake then they can do so. Oh no, I can't pass it back to Laurie! I only have 4 followers now, sob, sob, LOL.  Ah well, quality rather than quantity!!

It is fun way of getting to know each other! Thanks Laurie!!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Classic Bentley

Feeling under par at the moment, yet another virus probably. Struggling to do anything but made this card for my Uncle. It's Bentley Bear and one of the free stamps that came with this month's issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft. Paper is from this month's Craft Beautiful. The sentiment was made on computer. Button and ribbon from stash.

The image is digitally coloured. As I feel shaky, didn't want to do colouring, so I stamped the image, scanned it and then coloured it with Seashore on my AppleMac. I had a go at texturing but it doesn't really show up in the photo. You might see it on car tyres. I mounted the image to one side thinking it might create an illusion of speed, but it just looks odd! If I could go back I would centralise it!

Bentley Bear and Friends

I am entering it into the following Challenges:

Dutch Dare - Challenge No. 98 - Buttons, Whose got the Buttons
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge No. 150 - Banish the Blues!
The Crafty Pad - Challenge No. 106 - Something For the Boys