Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm tickled pink!!

There's going to be a new challenge blog in town!! Tickled Pink is kicking off a new challenge on Jan. 7th but until then there's a BIG candy on offer - there's 3 prizes and all of them utterly delicious!! Check it out HERE and don't forget to become a follower!

It's going to be so much fun!!

The blinkies aren't ready yet but I thought I'd celebrate with a card!

Meet Lil Lolita Lilith!!! She is coloured with Prismacolour pencils on kraft card which I got this morning from Dorcas. Yeah. You're right. I HAD TO make a card right away. This Prismacolour craze of mine WILL eventually pass, you'll just need to be very, very patient...lol

The papers are from Cosmo Cricket Wanted pad which is utterly delicious. I dabbed everything in sight with glittery texture paint I found in my drawer while looking for cream acrylic paint which I KNOW I have but STILL haven't found. I'm organized like that.

I dug out some old Primas and sprayed them with glimmer mist. Then I added loadsa lace and voila - a card!!!

I might as well enter some challenges:
Pear Tree Designs - sketch
Karber Weekly - DIGI STAMP and sparkle
One Stitch At A Time - glitz it up 
Craft Your Days Away (2 weeks) - texture 
Charisma Cardz (3 entries) - for a girl 
Delightful Challenges - flower power 
Fab 'n' Funky - anything goes 
Cute Card Thursday - previous challenge (Tic Toc!) 
Tuesday Throwdown - Embellish It 
Wee Memories - ribbon 
The Pink Elephant - Red, Blue, Green 

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Maybe it doesn't look sentimental..

...but this card is for Sentimental Sundays where the challenge is a recipe:
3 Patterned papers
3 Buttons

My hubby had his 40th birthday this week and that was what I made this card for. The image is SO him - minus beer gut, wee doggie and iPOD, lol. He's runs about 10-12 miles every other day. Wish I had his will power (cue a little sad look at my sizeable behind).

The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil, coloured with Copics and little background shading with Prismacolor pencils.

The papers are by Pink Paislee, sentiment is computer-generated by meself. I don't know where I got those buttons from but they're real cool. AND I managed to sneak some baker's twine on the card too - yay me!!

I would like to enter following challenges:
Hodge Podge Shop (2 weeks) - anything goes
Paper Play (2 entries) - stars 
Inktegrity - anything goes 
Flourishes - sketch 
Crazy 4 Challenges - script paper 

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Real cozy kitten

Now I am really cracking on these Christmas cards, boy the posting dates are getting dangerously close!

This little card uses Whimsy image called Snow Kitty. It's drawn by Melissa Jenkins whose art I happen to really-really-really like.

The colouring is another result of my latest Prismacolour-on-brown-card-craze. It's a dry blending again, a tiny bit of mineral spirit was used on background but that's it.

I really like the soft effect of pencils and the detail you can go into. It won't make me to hang up my Copics but still serves as a lovely variety. Given that I have an attention span of a gold fish, variety is ESSENTIAL, lol

Oh, and see those snowflakes? They're cut with Whimsy snowflake die called Winter's Jewel I got this week, boy is it gorgeous or what!! i couldn't resist resting the image on a lacy bed of snowflakes.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Winter Letter Seals set. My favorite, as you might have noticed! The papers are from MME.

I would like to enter following challenges:
Friday Sketchers - sketch
Christmas Stampin' - CHRISTMAS and anything goes 
Crafty Catz (1 entry) - christmas 
Crafty Sentiments - christmas 
Crafty Creations - christmas 
Freshly Brewed - winter or christmas
Simon Says Stamp - let it snow 
Artful Inkables (2 weeks) - die cuts and punches 
A Spoonful Of Sugar - anything goes 
Gingerloft (2 weeks) - great outdoors 
Top Tip Tuesday - Layers on Layers 
Scrapbook sisters - Let It Snow 
Fuzzy Wuzzy - winter 

Thank you so much for looking and happy crafting!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Another dose of winter cuteness

Hi all, it's time for a new Phindy's Challenge again! The theme is METAL this week - so all you need to do is to use metal and Phindy's image on your card!

The image you see on my card is one of the Christmas Cuties called Miss Chrissy Tree. I've been itching to play with her for a while - I just think her so fun and whimsical!

The colouring is done with Copic markers and some extra shadowing added with Prismacolor pencils.

For a metal I've used a brads, flower centers, a tree charm, chain, flourishes and filigree corners. Most of them were silver but I forced them to gold with Copic marker (y17).

The papers are from Basic Grey Jovial pad - love the colours! The flowers are cut from the same pad with Marianne's dies and then shaped.

I would love to enter following challenges:
ABC Christmas (2 weeks) - CHRISTMAS and x is for xmas
Crafty Creations - christmas 
Freshly Brewed - winter or christmas
Little Red Wagon - use basic grey products 
Artful Inkables (2 weeks) - die cuts and punches
Allsorts - lace, ribbon and a charm 
Papercraft Star - gift card featuring a Christmas tree (hehe)

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

There you go - colour combo gone BAD

It's a new challenge day today at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog and the theme is pretty straightforward - Non-traditional Christmas Colours. Which generally means no red, green, gold.

Could someone explain, please then how I got really muddled considering and most of my Christmas cards never use traditional colours??? And suddenly, when the CHALLENGE is not use any - shock, panic, horror! And a total mess of a card, of course!!

The image is a Penny Black Slapstick stamp called Winter Swing.

I've been playing with Prismacolor pencils lately, moving on from mineral spirit or baby oil to pretty much using them as Copics, just layering and blending with lighter colours. I have REALLY tried to get my hands on kraft card because I adore the results Dorcas achieves on it but no luck so far, so I'm using a cheap tan slightly textured cardstock from Tesco. Those from States - it's like Target or CostCo.

I very gently sponged all the edges with Memento Rose Bud ink and distressed slightly with distress tool. Did some quick fake stitching with white gel pen.

The golden pearl swirl is made with Viva Pearl pen. I tape acetate on a sheet of swirly rubons, make a swirl, leave it to dry overnight (it makes sense to make more than one) and then cut out. This way, if you go wrong you won't have to smear the card, just wipe the acetate clean and start again :)

I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Gingerloft (2 weeks) - great outdoors
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - christmas 
Crafty Emma - lovely lace
Ellephantastic (2 weeks, 1 entry) - christmas or butterfly
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - no flowers 
Fairy Fun Fridays (2 weeks) - buttons and bows 
Delightful Challenges - winter weather 
Pals Paper Arts - ribbon or fabric 

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

OK, so maybe I'm NOT the most organized person in the world...

I've known for a month what the theme for Make It Crafty For Fun challenge is - and of course I made it pretty much last minute, panting. Well, maybe not last minute - the minute before last minute. Yeah. That's better. And I know that cause I'm going to show you another card later today and THAT was last minute.

I blame global warming. Gotta blame something. Totally won't admit that I've been mojoless and lazy. Nope.

Anyway, the theme for the challenge is to make Anything But A Card. Yeah. So I did.

I heard you! Yes you, laughing hysterically, pointing at me! I hope for your sake it's because my creation is hilarious, not that you failed to identify a SHADOW BOX and mistakenly took it for a card.

Tut-tut! Clearly a SHADOW BOX, see, thanks to my crappy photography skills it even has some pretty sharp shadows. No mistake can be made. It's not me, it's you.

Now that I have it off my chest, I thought I'll briefly mention some card...erm shadow box details too. Images are called Aussie Santa and Gingerbread House. The colouring is pure Copic job, nothing added. Except about a bucketful of Glamour Dust and some Viva Pearl pen. And no, I didn't write anything down, I was too late making it so just pushed myself to actually get it done, lol

Because there were two strong images I chose to have a very clean design - well, for me anyway. The felt frame is cut with Spellbinders and I just got those cool border dies from MFT so had to play, obviously. As a result - a lot of felt borders.

And it wouldn't have been my c...shadow box unless there was some baker's twine involved. Or twill tape. Or both.

So there, that's all the entertainment for now. I'd like to enter some challenges though!!
Bunny Zoe's Crafts (2nd monday) - christmas but no cards (stop laughing like a hyena)
Cards For Men (2 weeks) - MASCULINE and christmas
Stamps R Us (2 weeks, 2 entries) - sparkle and scallops
Die Cut Dreams - anything but a card
Gingerloft (2 weeks) - great outdoors 
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - christmas
Catch The Bug (1 entry) - christmas crafts 
Our Creative Corner - anything but a card
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - no flowers
Pals Paper Arts - ribbon or fabric 
Paper Play (2 entries) - let it snow 
Some Odd Girl (2 weeks) - window cards 

Thanks for looking...please come back again. I'll promise I'll be good next time!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Peachy dreams

I don't have a design team card this Sunday for Sentimental Sundays. The theme is Thankful there - if you have a moment, head over, the DT samples are just exceptional and very diverse!!

Our neighbours had their little girl christened this weekend and I had to face one of my big cardmaking fears (some of which include wedding, anniversary, christening and shaped cards).

I didn't want to make a traditional white or pink card so I went with warm peachy and aqua tones instead. The image is from LOTV and papers from Sassafras Lass.

The colouring is pure Copic Markers and then I dipped on liberal sprinklings of glamour dust, some Frosted Lace Stickles and covered the window in clear glaze. Verry shparkly....

I used some of my favorite laces from Wild Orchid Crafts and gorgeous peachy ribbon I got from Ebay from all the places!!

And then I dumped on loadsa peachy pink pearls. I MIGHT admit that I went a bit overboard with these. Very reluctantly, mind you! :P

I'd like to enter these challenges:
Pink Elephant - Sketch
LOTV - glitter and glitz
City Crafter - little children
Cinema Saturday - a hint of lace
Crafty Emma - lovely lace
Crazy 4 Challenges - circles 
Charisma Cardz (3 entries) - babies 
Pals Paper Arts - ribbon or fabric 
Simon Says Stamp - sparkle 
Stamps R Us (2 weeks, 2 entries) - sparkle and scallops

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hope those pressies contain some stash...or juicy bones!

OK, so the challenge at Stamp Something is Thankful Somethings. And I can think of a lot of things under the Christmas tree our family can be thankful of! lol

The stamp is from Whimsy stamps and it's called Santa's Puppy Helper. And the sentiment is from Winter Seals combined with text from MFT. Told you, you're going to see that set a lot!!

And guess what - the papers are from Whimsy as well!!! I just got these in mail and couldn't wait to use them!! lol This set is called Very Merry. Such vibrant colours and beautiful patterns.

The image was coloured with Distress inks. I've been having fun with them lately :)

I would like to enter following challenges:
Paper Pretties - thank you
Simon Says Stamp - sparkle 
Stampin' Royalty - patterned paper 
A Spoonful Of Sugar - distressing 
Critter Sketch - texture 
Lexi's Creations (2 weeks) - traditional christmas colors 
Pollycraft - glittery christmas 
Crazy 4 Challenges - christmas 
Secret Crafter - sparkle and shine 
Fuzzy Wuzzy - Seasonal

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Things I miss...

I really long for real winters here in Ireland. Proper snow and all. Last winter we had what I would call a little bit of snow and the whole country almost came to halt, lol

This card combines two challenges - STAMPIN' FOR THE WEEKEND\: Winter Projects and PHINDY'S CHALLENGE\: The Sketch.

I really love that lil' kid from Phindy's Winter Cuties. I was about the same age waddling around on the skis. Not that I was ever much good at it :)

The colouring is pure Copics with the exception of the chalk on background. Real fast and easy way to create a soft backdrop for the image.

The sentiment stamp is from Whimsy Winter Seals. Real mad about them, so versatile.

The papers are new Basic Grey Marjolaine pad. funny, first I got them I wasn't taken with them at all but once you combine the papers the patterns just SING together. I can see it becoming one of my go-to pads.

PANYTS< HAT< SCARF: BG78/75/72/11/10, T7/5/3
Jumper: YG:13/25/21/20/91, T5/3/1/1
Boots: E79/37/35/33, T7/5/3/1
Skin: E11/00/000

I would like to enter these challenges:
Freshly Brewed - show off your style
Stampin' Royalty - patterned paper 
A Spoonful Of Sugar - distressing
Tuesday Throwdown - buttons and bows
Gingerloft (2 weeks) - great outdoors
Bee Crafty (2 weeks) - DIGI STAMP and christmas 
Crazy 4 Challenges - christmas
Marks Finest Paper - snowflake
Secret Crafter - sparkle and shine
Sweet Stampin (2 entries) - snowflakes

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I'm visiting...

Las week I was lucky enough to win a challenge at Delightful Challenges. That means I have an honour to be their guest designer this week!

I got to pick a lovely image to play with from Digital Delights and used Mercy's fab sketch to put the card together.

The papers are from OA and that cute saddle stitched ribbon I got from wonderful Mina. Background is embossed with Fiskars texture plate. The wooden stars are from Studio Calico.

I'd like to enter these challenges
Cards For Men (2 weeks) - MASCULINE and animals
Crafty Cardmakers (3 entries) - dry embossing
Paper Sundaes (3 entries) - punches, ribbon, embossing, blue
Pixie Dust Studio - cards for men or boys 
Our Creative Corner - colours

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A dream in sepia and white...

These were the words circling in my head when I saw the challenge theme CHILDHOOD at Sentimental Sundays.

The image is from A Day For Daisies and I coloured it with Copic markers. I TRIED to keep it very minimalistic and not go overboard with shadowing. Used the whole range of E40-ies on clothes and hair and E50/51/53 for skin. Plus R00/01 for cheeks, very sparingly.

There's not a strip of designer paper involved, just cheap tan cardstock from Tesco, Sizzix texture plate, Cuttlebug 5x7 folder and loads of white ink.

The borders and flowers are my new purchase - Stempelglede grunge stamps. I had been coveting these for a long time!!

Big flower I made myself from tulle ribbon and flourishes are Marianne's dies.

The embossing punch is from Fiskars. I find these work better with slightly thinner cardstock and paper but the designs are lovely. Been neglecting them since I got MS punches which cut better.

And look - no baker's twine!! Shocking!!

I'd like to enter these challenges
Fairy Fun Fridays (2 weeks) - make your own flowers
AiFactory (2 weeks) - die cut or punch 
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes 
Paper Pretties - embossing 
 Sisterhood of Crafters - birthday
Anything Goes - emboss it 
Crafty Cardmakers (3 entries) - dry embossing
Copic Creations - browns
A Day For  Daisies - favorite recipe (sepia tones, love them) 

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Friday, November 12, 2010

I can do serenity! No bother.

It's a Digi Day at Stamp Something. So get out your digis - you're free to create whatever you wish!

I got to choose the image from Digi Doodles - they have loads of very detailed images there but since I should really start thinking about my Crimbo card list, I picked a nice snowy landscape.

The image was printed on pearlescent paper, heat embossed and then coloured with Copics, TRYING to achieve a bit watercoloury look. I have to say it looks a lot better irl, the sheen of paper was really interfering with taking photos and a lot of subtler detail like slight reflection of the sunset colours on snow, are lost. :( I will list the marker codes further on though.

I added some vintage glass glitter to the trees and ground for a bit more texture and sparkle.

Because the landscape images need a bit more setting off I chose to have a very clean structured layers with paper piercing for extra definition. I carried the theme of shimmery papers throughout.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps. I liked the font, so delicate and elegant.

All I added then was some clear gems and a statement ribbon and bow which I frayed slightly to soften the lines of card.

Snow: T5/3/1/00, B00, BG0000, Y00, 0
Sky: B91/93/41/00/60, BG000/0000, YR0000/1865/12/31, Y35/00, T5/3, 0
Trees: E79/99/59
Post box: YG97/95/93/91, R46/59
Bird: E55/53, R22, T5
Spruces, holly:BG99, G29/24

Challenges I would like to enter:
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Scrapbook Sisters - christmas colors
A Spoonful Of Sugar - snow / snowflakes
Crafty Little Place - red, white, green
Wild Orchid (2 weeks) - classic christmas 
Crafty Calendar (monthly) - winter 
One Stitch At A Time - winter wonderland 
Paper Sundaes (3 entries) - let it snow 
Sundays with Crissy (monthly) - red, green, gold
Marks Finest Paper - paper piercing 
ABC Christmas - Winter Wonderland

Thanks for looking!

Christmas Is Coming - well, to Phindy's Challenges anyway!

Yup, you got it right, Christmas Is Coming is a theme for next week at Phindy's Challenges.

But I didn't have quite the right jingle-bell mood while I started making this card so I kinda cheated and made a wintery card that COULD be given for Christmas too. The name of that image is Let's Play and it's one of Phindy's "older" winter images. :)

I used Copic markers for colouring, colours are listed further on.

The papers are from Basic Grey, all sponged with Antique Linen. I wanted a soft but structured look so went for double matting in muted tones.

The embossing punch I've used I found in my punch box. It's a lovely pattern but not really good for heavier cardstock - luckily the tan one I used was not too thick.

The sentiment is from a Whimsy Stamps new release, the set is called Winter Seals and it's one of my all-time favorites!

Copic Colours:
Dog: E39/35/53, YR24, W3/1/0
Dog coat: YG91/93/45, G45/40
Skin: E21/11/00/000, W3/1/0
Snowsuit: BV29/25/23/31/20
Scarf, hat, boots: RV99/95/93/91/25, T3/1/0
Sky: BG11/10/000/0000

Challenges I'm entering:
Cupcake Craft Challenge - sketch 
Crafty Creations - buttons
Creative Cottage (2 weeks) - for someone special at christmas 
A Spoonful Of Sugar - snow / snowflakes 
My Time To Craft - roses (the punched border)
Stamps R Us (2 weeks, 2 entries) - buttons and bows 
Crafty Calendar (monthly) - winter 
One Stitch At A Time - winter wonderland 
Paper Sundaes (3 entries) - let it snow 

Thank you so much for looking!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hooray, we're hopping!

To celebrate a new release  at Whimsy we are happily hopping. Go on, hop along, you do NOT want to miss all the visual treats on offer! And, of course, the hidden prizes on the way! :)

There's A LOT of new wintery stamps from Crissy Armstrong, Meljens and Ann Vento. But that's not all - Whimsy now has a line of metal dies as well - the first one is a ticket die, perfect for cutting out ticket sentiment stamps! And you can also put in preorder for THIS:

It's called Winter's Jewel 1 and should be shipping in week's time or so - an absolutely stunning snowflake metal die - and it embosses as well!!

Oh, and there's 10 new designs for custom rubber stamps too - have a look!!

Now, if you're coming from Claudia's blog, you're on right track. If not, you might want to start over from Crissy's blog.

My card uses a beautiful angel from a Peace on Earth set created by Crissy Armstrong. The sentiment is in the same set, along with several others. I used another image stamp in that set to stamp a frame around the angel.

I coloured the angel in distress inks, trying a out a bit different approach and style for me - which, as you can see, needs A LOT of practice! lol Most of the embellies on that card came in a RAK from WONDERFUL friend Tara! I am incredibly lucky!

My goal was to achieve a very vintage and softly wintery look and I think I came pretty darn close!!

The image looks actually better irl, the embossing is lovely but VERY hard to photograph. :(

The next stop in the hop is our fabulous, fantastic ERIN! she has something real pretty for you...

I would also like to enter these challenges:
Stamp With Fun - Sketch
Crazy Challenge (2 entries) - things with wings
Kaboodle Doodles (2 weeks, 1 entry) - vintage
Wild Orchid (2 weeks) - classic christmas
Crafty Calendar (monthly) - winter 
Cinema Saturday - a hint of lace 
Charisma Cardz (3 entries) - with love at christmas 
Scrap-Creations - Christmas 

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Thankful Fairy Dust

 There's always something to be grateful for. For example - at the moment I am pitifully thankful that Beloved is reading kids the bedtime story and I was able to make myself a nice hefty mug of frothy latte. Curled up in an armchair with my laptop and typing away.

The challenge for next two weeks at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge is a project to say "thank you". As long as you use a stamp from 7KCF you'll be free to create whatever you wish. And the choice is wide - Magnolias, Kraftin Kimmies, Penny Black, Stampavie, C.C. Designs, Whiff of Joy - I could just keep counting!

And you better try to play along because a prize is 75.- USD voucher for 7KCF store this time. Just THINK of all the goodness you can buy with THAT!!

 My card today is featuring a sweet Tilda blowing fairy dust. She is from Fairytale collection - which  happen to LOVE!!

Colouring is all Copics - I made a mistake with that because she was stamped on softer-than-usual card stock and I fought a lot of bleeding. If you want to use a similar technique that requires a lot of soaking of the paper, you will be better off with Xpress-It cardstock or something alike.

I added a bit of Stickles to the image and kept the card pretty simple. The papers are from Cosmo Cricket Material Girl 6x6 pad, all sponged with Scattered Straw and Pumice Stone distress inks. A nice gingham bow, button, twine and some dew drops. Simple and sweet. And of course took me ages.

Copic Colours
Skin: E000/00/21/13, W5/3/1, R00/01/
Hair: E79/77/75/71/70, 0
Clothes:G20, YG03/25/63, W5/3/1/00, 0

Oh, and I cannot NOT to mention that 7KCF is now carrying one of my big favorites - October Afternoon papers!!!  And there's new High Hopes stamps in the store - you get 10% off ALL High Hopes stamps with a code HOPES10!

I would like to enter these challenges:
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Stamps R Us (2 weeks, 2 entries) - buttons and bows 
Gingerloft (2 weeks) - buttons 
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - give thanks 
Fairy Tale (2 weeks) - anything goes
Our Creative Corner - And Attitude Of Gratitude
Just MAgnolia - Anything Goes
City Crafter - Thank you
Raise the Bar - Curves

Thank you so much for looking!!!

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