Sunday, 25 September 2011

Willow Designs Sketch Challenge

The link is on my side bar. What an awesome prize is up for grabs folks. Please check it out before Wednesday at Willow Designs Sketch Challenge.
My card following the sketch is destined to be a birthday card for a teamie at work.

The image is from Sweetpea Stamps. Stamped in "teddy bear" brown and coloured with promarkers. Fussy cut out and mounted, first onto cinnamon then chocolate brown c.s.

The base is a pinky-red layered under mustard hand made papers. Then comes the basic grey DP. All layers sewn together. The cranberry lace strips were also sewn on before adding some homemade lace flowers with button centres. The lace for the flowers was coloured with promarkers to get the right colour. Some cranberry gems and pearls stuck on for that bit of glitz.

A small piece of the BP was stamped with the simple sentiment and heat embossed with copper to finish it off.

The challenges I'm entering
Willow Sketchie Challenge - Their Sketch

Saturday, 24 September 2011

One sketch - two cards

Midnight Madness provided the sketch for the two DT cards made for two of the groups in Stampin'Dymonz' Scrap Shack that I needed to make this week. Although it's the same sketch - both are entirely different.

#1 - A Christmas card - Really quick and easy to knock up a few of these in an evening. The ribbon weaving adding more texture to the card. Different types of white card stock were used including pearlised and matt. A few little die cut snowflake embellishments added.

#2 A Tunnel Card. This is the "fancy fold" recreated this week in the card making group.
I was "challenged" by a friend to use this little crochet owl. Well it found a hole to nestle in here.

and on the outside -

a mixture of different papers, some die cut leaves that were heat embossed with copper on two of them. Some gems hiding in the branches for creatures eyes. Delicious Doodles image, "the Cloaked Lady" coloured with promarkers. A lot of ink distressing as well.

Ooops nearly forgot - the little owl charm as well.

I am entering these into a couple of challenges
Midnight Madness MMSC#122 - their sketch

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Christmas in silver and black

I do like working in black and silver. Something about this combo that says special holiday to me.
This week's Christmas card to add to my stash is destined for someone special.

We're back to the dreary days of winter again here in Scotland therefore the pics aren't that great. I've tried to reduce the glare a bit.
I followed the sketch over at Midnight Madness this week. MMSC#121
The silver embossing powder was added to with some purple glitter. this also gives a "distressed" look to it as well as some glitz when the light hits it.

Also used was matt black and satin silver card stock.

Black satin ribbon edged with silver lurex

flowers are snowflake sizzix die with little white flowers (coloured silver) in the centre

some lilac gems

The candle stamp is papermania

The swirl is HOTP

The base ink used was SU! whisper white

The pins are homemade using black glass beads and silver metal beads

I an entering this into the challenge over at
Midnight Madness - sketch MMSC#121
Samuel Taylors Crafts - Christmas card - they have a wonderful prize of FOUR prima paper pads - wow
Christmas Inspirations - Candles
Crafty Emma's - Embellish me more - at least 4 different embellies - I count at least 5 here

Saturday, 17 September 2011

CMIT Featured Designer Challenge - Happy Hellowe'en

Over at Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack we have a little "Dark Arts Forum". I was asked to try help some of the ladies of The Village ease their way into another area of crafting. It's been hard going at times as there are only a few ladies joining in. Makes it feel like I'm talking to myself. Anyway this week I have asked them all to build a scene. For either Hallowe'en or Dia de los Muertos. Given two choices, I hope to see some one join me.

I thought I'd share my pics on here.
OK I cheated a bit on here slightly. The hard work on the scene was already done for me by Teri over at Delicious Doodles. This Gravestone Scene is fabulous.

Teamed it with the Devil May Care image and The Grim Reaper. The sentiment is also to be found at the shop.
The 2 black grave stones act as the "stops". I made some black paper roses to surround the sentiment which was well distressed with old paper and black soot DI. The Grim Reaper and Old Nick were coloured using my promarkers

I am entering this into a couple of challenges in addition to the CMIT Featured Designer Challenge
Creating Memories in Time - Hallowe'en
Floweret - Tricky / Hallowe'en
Forever Night Challenges - Villains, (got the biggest one of all on here)
Sew Many Cards - Hallowe'en
Crafty Boots Challenges - Anything goes

Friday, 16 September 2011

Christmas tree decoration

This started off life as a make for another challenge, then I changed my mind. lol.
I don't know about you, but I like to have little gifts hidden in the branches of the tree at Christmas. It seems to make that day last longer than the short while of getting together to give and receive pressies before the slog in the kitchen. Even though my "kids" are now grown up and I'm now a "granny", they still look for a pressie "from Santa". Just one of those little family traditions.
This is one of the "ornaments" that will be on the tree this year. Made from green and red co'redinations card stock with just the printed images and top done in white c.s.
Lots of heat embossing in red sparkle of different images decorate the inside of the panels.
The two outer layers are "hiding" a little 3cm square gift box.

The view of the outside? For this I chose the Delicious Doodles' images of various pets in Christmas stockings.

everything is threaded on some thin green satin ribbon, secured between layer 2 and the outside.

All the images are coloured with promarkers and barndoor DI smudged round them

I am entering this into a couple of challenges
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything goes
Jens Digi Stamps - Anything But a Card
Crafty Boots Challenges - Anything Goes

Cute as a Button

It's a new challenge over at Delicious Doodles Challenges this week. Cute as a button is the theme.
Normally I shy away from cute. WAYYY outside my comfort zone. This image though, the little Pumpkin Fairy, made it so much easier.

Yes the buttons do slide on this shaped penny slider card.
The little fairy herself is coloured using promarkers.
A light touch of glamour dust to her wings and the ribbon round her dress.
Tiny buttons and pearls surround her as well as a couple of pumpkin sequins. Pearls also adorn her hair ribbons.

The paper was part of a kit from Duckpond Crafts.

The base is made from some diecuts I bought cheap at somepoint thinking they might come in handy.
The slider - yet more buttons. This time piled up and tied with lurex thread before attaching to the pennies.
More of those pumpkin sequins, in the smaller size, round the base.

A closeup of this little Pumpkin fairy so you can see her better.

Now it's your turn. After, of course, going and having a good look at the beautiful cards my teamies made as well.

The Challenge

Make or use something cute, as long as there is at least ONE button somewhere!!

There have been a couple of changes to the rules and for a full rundown you'll need to read them at the challenge.
If you do use a Delicious Doodles image - you will get to be 'Spotlighted' on the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog and on the DD Blog and be in for an extra chance to win 5 images of your choice. Hows that for incentive?
So let's see those cute buttony projects.

I am entering this card into a couple of challenges
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge - Things with Wings
Flutter By Wednesday - Open as long as it has a fairy, butterfly etc
The Paper Shelter - Fairies and Elves
Bearly Mine - Button it up
Scrap Creations - Unique Fold
Crafty Boots Challenge - Anything Goes

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Framed in Creams and Gold

Over at Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack's Christmas Card Club, the project for the week was chosen to be "Frame It". So many challenges in Blogland have been "Use a Frame" the last couple of weeks, I decided it was a good idea to combine my DT project there with a couple of challenges here.
I followed the sketch over at Priscilla Styles' Midnight Madness sketch challenge, #119 for this card in Creams and Gold.

The cherub image (an old Crafters' Companion set) was stamped and embossed with gold onto the centre part of a sizzix diecut from cream card then ink distressed with antique linen DI. The outer part was first heat embossed on just the edges with the same gold then the whole frame heat embossed with clear/gold glitter powder before joining back up.

The 3 sprigs of holly from the same set were also heat embossed then cut out. Some coffee/gold twine added to the holly that were staggered in the corner.

The background is dry embossed (using a plate that came with my bigshot) after more ink distressing with antique linen.
Some gold organza/satin ribbon and some cream coloured lace before attaching the image panel.

The prima flowers have added stamens made from cream paper that was "fringed" before winding then more gold embossing on the tips and attached using pinflair glue.

The top panel then attached to the cream hammered c.s. to which I had added a further gold embossed line round the edges.
The sentiment will be added when I know to whom this will be given. I think this makes it more personal.

I am entering this card into the challenge
Midnight Madness Challenge # 119 - Their Sketch
Crafter's Companion - Christmas Wishes
Sir Stampalot September Challenge - It's A Frame Up
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - Emboss It

Friday, 2 September 2011

New Stuff

My first official make for Delicious Doodles as part of Teri's new DT.
This week the challenge is for people to make use of the new stash/techniques aquired. This is to co-incide with the new season that is upon us and the new DT that Teri has gathered together during the "summer". We haven't had much of a summer here in Scotland, infact, I can count on one hand the number of days that reached as high as 20c in this corner.

My project is made using a new canvas for me - dominos and two new images (for me).

Using the image Tattoos and Feathers

and using Medusa's Daughter

For both dominos, I started off by drilling the holes with a small bit. Then applied alcohol inks in the colours I wanted. Then, after colouring the images with promarkers and fussy cutting out, applied with a small amount of glossy accents to secure. Some bent wire was added behind Medusa's Daughter to simulate another couple of snakes and for balance an inchy stamp using stazon for background interest on the other. Glossy accents used to coat both dominos. Some tiny watch parts added to the Tattoos and Feathers to match the steam punk look of her.
The findings for making both of these into jewellery are still in the post unfortunately. So cannot show fully finished yet.

Please don't forget to go visit all the other DT blogs and see their amazing projects using their new stuff. Then will be your turn to show us yours and be in with the chance of winning five images from the Delicious Doodles shop.