Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Monochrome

It's that time of the week when we start a new challenge at I Love Promarkers, this week we're sponsored by Visible Image, and we'd like to see your "Monochrome" creations.
I've gone grey scale for my card, using just six pens, all the Ice Greys and Black, to colour this pretty Papermania Bellisima dress stamp.  I added a touch of Star Dust Stickles to the bodice to make it look beaded or maybe sequined.  I was tempted to go for shades of pink on this gorgeous dress, but I do quite like how elegant it turned out in grey.
 The patterned paper is Papermania Capsule Collection in Midnight Blush, to which I've added some grey pearl card for matting and a Craftwork Cards birthday sentiment.  The flowers were made with an Xcut punch, I added a hint of grey with a pale Promarker, then made some black foliage with a Woodware punch.  I further embellished with some black organza ribbon, a double bow and some clear gems.

 I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Creatalicious - #65 - Monochrome
Crafty Sentiments - Hand Coloured Image
Eureka Stamps - #99 - Monochrome
Love to Scrap - #34 - Scheming Crafters - Monochrome
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #94 - Happy Birthday
Wags 'n' Whiskers - #133 - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - #73 - Anything Goes

Monday, 21 July 2014

Cute Pie DT Card - Love and Marriage

It's challenge time again at Cutie Pie, this time our theme is "Love and Marriage", and we're sponsored by Sweet Stamps.  We're  Cutie Pie by name and Cutie Pie by nature so please don't forget to make you're entry cute!  I've gone CAS for my DT card, once upon a time I hated making these, I always thought they looked gorgeous, but I just couldn't make them, but I persevered, I now I really enjoy making them.  The secret is planning your design in advance, which is a bit alien to my organic way of working, but I do like to stretch my creativity a bit, I quite like how this one turned out, just like I planned really, no surprise twist!
 The stamp is, unmistakeably, Lili of the Valley, I've used my trusty Promarkers for the colouring.  The sentiment stamp is from a Stampin' Up set, I thought the fonts went well with the sketchy style of the image.  The punched edge was done with an Xcut punch, I then layered onto red card for a pop of colour and to show off the punched border.  Some red and white twine with a double bow is the only embellishment.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
DRS Designs - #131 - Colour Palette
My Heart Pieces - Wedding or Anniversary
Charisma Cardz - #15 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - #104 - CAS
Clear it Out - Theme - No More than 2 Layers, Stash - Anything
Craft Room Challenge - Wedding / Anniversary
Crafting from the Heart - #28 - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls - #15 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 20 July 2014

GDT Card For Quirky Crafts

After winning a challenge recently at Quirky Crafts, I was invited to be a guest designer for the next challenge, which starts today, with the theme of "The Silk Road", meaning all things oriental.  Even as GDT, I was very generously given a Squigglefly digi to play with.  The digi came with two versions, one with the character blacked out, and one as an outline version, as soon as I saw the outline version, I knew I wanted to paper piece it with patterned paper, which I did with fairly elderly Papermania oriental paper from an A4 Ultimate pack.  I then glazed it with Glossy Accents for that lovely Oriental lacquered look.
 All but one of the papers are Papermania, from the Ultimate pack, as are the tag and corner elements, but the vertical mat behind the image is the most gorgeous embossed, shimmery paper, with Chinese characters on it.  I bought it at a craft show ages ago but never had quite the right project to use it on, until now.  I used glossy black card for the matting, again for that lacquered look that screams oriental to me, I also think it sets of the red and jade colours rather well too.
To embellish, I've added some black organza ribbon, a bow, black pearls, some black border peel-offs, and a flower made with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals dies from Gemstones Core'dinations, held together with a glazed brad.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
My Time to Craft - #253 - Paper Piecing
Suzy Bee's - #38 - Anything Goes
Sister Act - #66 - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Love of Ribbon
Penny's - #186 - Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday - #80 - Include Pearls (mine are black) + Lots of Layers
Crafting From the Heart - #27 - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - #221 - Paper Piecing
Art by Miran - #10 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A Gem of Challenge DT Card - Spots and Stripes

We have a new challenge for you today at A Gem of a Challenge, this time our theme is "Spot and Stripes".  I've gone unashamedly girly for my card, using Janet's cute Faye digi, coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with lashings of glitter, then fussy cut and raised up on foam pads on the square mat.
 The shaped blank is from Craftwork Card and all the rest of the supplies are Docrafts.  The papers are Papermania Capsule Collection in Boysenberry, the ribbon is Anita's, the fabric embellishment is Papermania Capsule Collection, Spots and Stripes, from the Pastel collection, the sentiment stamp is from a Papermania Forever Friends Black and Gold set, and the butterflies were die cut with my new Xcut dies.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Creative Corner - Love of Ribbon
Fairy Tale - #96 - Use a Digi Stamp
Simply Create Too - #66 - For a Child
Sweet Pea Stampers - Fairies
Crafty Ribbons - #98 - Fairies with Ribbon
Scrapper's Delights - #27 - Cute and Girly
Simon Says Stamp - Spots and Dots
Totally Gorjuss - #245 - Butterflies
Top Tip Tuesday - Magical
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - #21 - Sketch

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Christmas Cake, and Plenty of It!

Imagine a Christmas cake this size!  It's big enough to sit on!  This one would last well into the New Year.  I picked up this Tulip stamp for the bargain price of 50p in the Hobby Craft sale months ago, this is it's first inking.  I've coloured it with Promarkers, adding Star Dust Stickles and Glossy Accents to highlight elements of the design, and white pen for the dots on the ribbon.
 The striped paper is Papermania Spots and Stripes Capsule Collection, from the festive range.  The holly border was made with a Martha Stewart punch around the page set.  I kept the layout simple as the stamp is large and detailed.  The sentiment stamp is from a Papermania, Honey and Hugs stamp set, I thought it was perfect for this image.  The holly was die cut with a Spellbinders die and then glazed with Glossy Accents, it looks odd in the photographs, but in reality it just looks like nice, glossy holly.  I shaped the leaves and added veining with my Susan's Garden tool kit, I think it's this that has confused my camera and has made it look like there is a pool of Glossy Accents in the bottom of each leaf.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
CRAFT - #268 -  Christmas
Aud Sentiments - #111 - Christmas in July 
Crafting By Designs - Use a Sentiment
Hobbybook - Christmas in July
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas in July
Passion for Promarkers - #256 - Christmas in July
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas in July
Robyn's Fetish - #220 - Christmas in July
My Sheri Crafts - #137 - Food, Food, and More Food
Sweet Stampin' - Christmas in July

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

I Love Promarkers DT Card - Girls, Girls, Girls

It's challenge time again at I Love Promarkers, and I think this week's theme of "Girls, Girls Girls" will be very popular, all we want to see is a girl or girls in the image, easy peasy.  We're sponsored this time by Dies to Die for.
I decided to make a Christmas card, in an attempt to pad out the lean pile I've already made, using a cute Lili of the Valley stamp, stamped on Neenah Desert Sand card, and coloured, of course, with Promarkers, and highlighted with a touch of white pencil for the brightest highlights on the white robes.  I just had to add some glitter to their tinsel halos, I used a Diamond Sparkles glitter in Golden Sand, it's a lovely soft, warm, vintage gold.  I cut the topper out with a Spellbinders Floral Ovals die.
 The backing paper is Lili of the Valley, Krafty Christmas, and the star patterned piece is a piece of kraft card that I embossed with a Craft Concepts star folder, then inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
To embellish, I added some cream crochet lace, some cream satin ribbon and a matching bow and some pearls.  You might recognise the layout, it's the same as Monday's baby card!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges -
Christmas Cards all Year Round - Non Traditional Colours 
Passion for Promarkers - #256 - Christmas in July
Divas by Design - Christmas in July
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Kraft
Crafty Boots - Christmas in July
Robyn's Fetish - #220 - Christmas in July
The Ribbon Girl - Lovely Lili
Sweet Stampin' - Christmas in July
Suzy Bee's - #37 - Anything Goes
Completely Christmas - #20 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Felted Notebook Cover

I've got a felted project today, a notebook cover, wet felted in one piece using a resist.  I always seem to forget to blog my felted creations, I made this some weeks ago at the wet felting class I go to, it's A6 in size and made mainly from merino wool, with a little short fibre wool and silk tops added in for embellishment.  Sorry about the dodgy pics, I found it really hard to photograph, it looks much nicer in reality!

I'm entering this project in the following challenges -
The Sailing Pineapple - #11 - Anything But a Card
All Crafts - Anything Goes but No Cards