Friday, 14 August 2009

Vintage Card using a sketch

I used a vintage theme for this card so it fits in with Allsorts Challenge this week.
I foolowed the sketch on Carol's Sketch Fun but not sure if my card is allowed as i moved the star over and down slightly as it didn't look right overlapping the circle. Carol if i've altered it too much please remove my card from your draw.
Lots of stamping on this card but just 2 stamps used both paper artsy.
Sorry for brief description, got bad migraine, amazed card turned out so well as migraine affecting my vision today.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Drayton Lady atcs

The lovely Liz who runs the Drayoton Lady ATC Swap will be please to here my atc mojo has returned althogh the credit for that goes to Creative Inspirations and Tuesday Taggers (see post below).
These atcs are the same format as below in that the tag can come out of it's nest holder.
Used up some of my scraps and offcuts with these.

Bird and Bees Tag ATC

This atc i am entering into 2 Challenges and i owe both challenge blogs a big thank you as i had an atc block and combining the 2 challenges has got me over my atc block.
First challenge is Creative Inspirations which is tags this week, i have made the atc into a nest pocket for the bird tag.
Second challenge is Tuesday Taggers which this week is a theme of birds and bees, i did a bee background on the atc and a patchwork style bird on the tag.
Background on atc is stamped with saddle brown stazon and stamps are from the Whimsical Garden See Ds Morsels set. Coloured in the bees and added a strip of basket weave paper to form a "nest" to hold the bird tag.
The bird template i got from a past crafts beautiful mag luckily for me as my printer is poorly it was just the right size i needed. I took a bit of inky card (i always use scaps of card and paper to mop up the excess ink after projects and keep these in a box for other projects.
I used the same swirl stamp as i did in background and stamped on the card with pearlescent brilliance ink.
I made 4 of these atcs but this is my fav and the one i'm entering in the challenges will put the other 3 in a seperate post.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge

The theme on one stop craft challenge this week is roses and i have had these rose stickers in my craft stash for a while and this was just the incentive i needed to do something with them.
There was only one corner sticker in the pack (bottom right) so i placed the one top right with bits hanging off and trimmed to fit so i had roses over both corners. I used my xcut shape cutters (ovals) to cut out the 2 oval and mounted them on foam pads, the bottom one i stamped with a background stamp in versamagic chalk in pink grapefruit. I matted them up then added the rose sticker and a chiffon ribbon bow (it looks yellow in pic but is pink).
I added a strip of wide silver mesh mounted topper on top. Wrapped a pink/purple fibre round card and tied a charm to it.
I took 2 metal flowers and coloured with pink metallic pen then roughly stamped with pink grapefruit chalk ink to give a 2 tone effect, used white flower brads to fix them to my card.
I usually find pink to be my hardest colour to work with but i found this card easy to do.
Thank you very much for taking the time to look at my work.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Plane Card

I'm really getting the hang of both watercolouring and masking now.
Cut out a cirlcle on post-it-notes as a moon and stuck it on off-white pearlescent paper, used distress ink in broken china and faded jeans as well as versamagic chalk ink in perfect plumeria and pink grapefuit whith a thick water pen/brush to make the sky. I then stamped plane in black stazon and coloured with distress ink in walnut stain. Background is same plain roughly stamped with distress ink in vintage photo, to get the rough stamped look i sit my card on the board i use for my paint and glazes as it is a bit uneven and gives a distressed look to the stamped images.
Added a strip of patterned paper to finish.
Not bad for a first attempt.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Rescued Card

Thank you very much to Rita, liz and Cheryl for their advice.
You were right ladies it was the uneven panels i didn't like and no it wasn't the sketch i don't have a working printer just now and my craft corner is upstairs and pc downstairs and i tried to remember the sketch and of course i got confused (it really doesn't take much to confuse me lol), so i now do a rough copy of sketch on paper lol.
I made some more faux ribbon to cover the uneven panels and added more stamped leaves as there was too much blank space on panels. Added 2 flower gems to finish.
Still not a great card but it definately looks in proportion and presentable.
I am so very greatful to Rita, Liz and Cheryl for their advice, it was very helpful.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

What's wrong with this card?

This was my first attempt at using a sketch and there is something wrong with it, it looks out of proportion. I'm not sure if i just need to add some more stamped leaves to the background panels or if i should add something else. It is very well stuck down so i can't pull it apart.
Been staring at it for days so asking for your help, please.

First multi Challenge Card

Thanks to the lovely Liz who runs the blogging section on the Crafty Salon, i can now do links (next to conquer will be the sidebar lol).
So to celebrate being able to do links i decided to do a multi challenge card.
The image i made using just 3 stamps, a flower, butterly and leaf frond and stazon ink in black, brown and green. I made some masks using stick-it-notes and built up my picture. I find i get best results watercolouring using a waterbrush and inkpads which i squidge onto a plastic lid to make a pallette. I then highlighted the flowers with some stickles (think you will need to enlarge pic to see this. I stamped,glittered and cut out another butterfly then stuck it on with a foam pad. The butterfly on the matted layer i stamped with a pink chalk inkpad. The swirly flowers i stamped with brown stazon. Used liquid pearls in platinum and some diecut flowers to finish.
Challenges this cards fits (well i hope so lol) are
Tuesday taggers which this week is flowers, lots of flowers on this card.
A Spoon Full of Sugar which is floral fantasy this week, the stamped pic does have a bit of a surreal feel and plenty of flowers.
Pile It On which is at least 3 flowers plus another challenge, more than 3 flowers on this card and hopefully i've filled the briefs of the other challenges i have chosen.
Creative Inspirations which is bling, lots of bling (glitter and liquid pearls but you may need to enlarge pic to see all the glitter)
One Stop Craft Challenge which is swirls and pearls, this is the one i am not sure if my card qualifies as i have used liquid pearls and i'm not sure if the swirly flower background is swirly enough appologies to the DT if i have it wrong (i'm very new to challenges).

Monday, 3 August 2009

My first sketch entry

This card is made using this weeks sketch on Carol's Sketch Fun.
The sketch is also the other chosen blog challenge on the Crafty Salon.
This card is my second attempt at using this sketch i didn't like the first one, this one is better.
This is my first properly watercoloured image that i haven't ruined, i used a mix of watercolour pencils and distress inks. Papers are from hotp dog stack. Although it is hard to see i have a co-ordinating strip of paper going across the middle it has smaller paw prints. The matts are cut from sizzix adhesive pads. Went round the edge with a paw print stamp in antique linen to soften the edges and bring all the elements together.
Hope that i have followed the sketch correctly.

C.R.A.F.T Challenge Card

This week on C.R.A.F.T Challenge is Pink and Green, i joined in on their first week but haven't had the time since lol.
It is also one of the chosen blog challenges on Crafty Salon, a new small but friendly craft message board with a live chat room and lots of swaps to join in, do pop over and have a peek we are very friendly.
My inner card maker escaped again as you can see by the use of peel offs but they do make nice borders in this instance lol. Using up my offcuts of papers here along with some border stickers. The image is coloured with my fav pearl glitter glue. Some offcuts of sticky ribbons camplete the card.
Hope it fits the brief.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Making a dent in my stash, well trying to.

I am struggling to shoehorn any more craft stuff in my corner so i am trying to use some of it lol.
I have come to the conclusion that i am not a natural scrapper so used some of my 12x12 and 8x8 for these cards. The card bases are thick papers cut to size. The flowers are cut from very bright retro style 12x12 and layered up. The floral sqare and rectangle on bottom card are from a 12x12 sheet of die cut tags. I cut off the tag end, water coloured the top one to show up the detail more as it was very faint and added glitter glue (stickles) to highlight.
I'm not sure if i really like them, worryingly i seem to be liking bright colours just now, what happened to my neutrals and metallics lol.