Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ooohhh...meloves me some steampunk!

To celebrate the release of 4 new steampunk images the new challenge at Kenny K Krafty Girlz today is METAL EMBELLISHMENTS.

Our sponsors are - Bearly Mine Designs (2 Digi sets of winner's choice)
Kenny K - 5 Digi's of the Winner's Choice

I chose Scarlett West for my card and I coloured her with Copic markers exlusively for a change. :) I did add some accents with Sakura gel and Stardust pens but those do not count as colouring. At least in my little twisted world they don't, lol
The sentiment is from Whimsy Film Strip Sentiments and is cut out with a matching die. The idea to stamp it on acetate is shamelessly nicked from Ann.
I used Fancy Ribbon Sliders and Gears Galore laser cut chipboard by Make It Crafty, giving it a good coating of metallic rub-ons.
I also tore a strip of cork board for added texture and used loads of metal flowers (LOVING them atm) and brads to make sure I totally adhere to the challenge as I've been cheating a lot lately...
Alphabet Challenge - 1E, JFF - M is for metal
Glitter Geeks - 2E, C10 - rock and roll
Totally Papercrafts - bling
Aud Sentiments Challenge - 2W - anything that will make someone smile/enjoy your day
Stampin' B's - JFF - use ribbon
Crafts and Me - #45 ribbon
7 Kids College Fund - 2W, 3E - texture (2nd wk)

Simon Says Stamp and Show... - Anything goes
Victorine Originals - 2W, SIO - 2nd week - Bling
Totally Papercrafts - bling
4 Crafty Chicks - bling

Thanks a million for popping by!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Creative approach to Stamp Something Challenge

Now the challenge this week at Stamp Something is Summer Fun BUT I have a CAPM certification exam next week and I was pretty sure I would need to sit out the challenge. Then I got a commission for a wedding card and since I don't get them too often and every penny is welcome with me at home, I accepted it.

After I had finished it I kinda thought - well, it's summer and weddings ARE fun (unless your mom tells you your hairdo makes you look like a hooker but lets not go there).

So, here's the card:
I used a whole lot of Nesties, pretty papers from Pink Paislee and delicious chipboard by Make It Crafty.
The image is coloured with Copic Markers.
I added some Flower Soft and Stickles to the image to boost it slightly.

Fashionista Friday - summer
Stampin For The Weekend - 2W, 1E – anything with four legs
Stampin' B's - JFF - use ribbon
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - 1E - #20 patterned paper
Crafts and Me - #45 ribbon
7 Kids College Fund - 2W, 3E - texture (2nd wk)
Deep Ocean Challenge - 2W -   2nd W - Ribbons
Crazy Challenge - 2E - Ribbons
Cupcake Craft - Shabby Sparkle
Make My Monday - Vintage lace and pearls

Thank you so much for popping in and happy crafting!

Monday, July 25, 2011

I see sea side - and a humongous out-of-proportion bow too...sigh

This time I am trying my hand with colouring a Carmen Medlin stamp called Siren's Call by SCACD. I have to admit the colouring didn't go as well as I planned - it seemed I wasted most of my steam for the background and scene and then everything about the poor mermaid went a bit wrong. :( But hey, we all have our bad ...and worse days! ;)
All I used was my watercolours and Sakura white gel pen (that's what I made the most mistakes with, sigh).

And the more I look at that oversized monstrous bow, the more I detest it. It's stuck on VERY firmly though. I tested. Sigh.

The chipboard flourish and dragonflies are by Make it Crafty and the pretty papers are from Prima Moulin Rouge pad.
Just a little tip - if you want to paint in strong background involving layered washes like this one, it really helps if you invest into some art masking fluid and cover the foreground figures with it. You can just boldly colour the scene in then, wait it to dry completely and rub off the masking fluid - no ultramarine washes on you mermaids face! :)

Thank you so much for popping by!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Stamp Something - Favorite Embellishments

The challenge at Stamp Something is Favorite embellishemnts this week and the sponsor is Sugar Nellie. It was actually surprisingly tricky for me cause I couldn't stop adding my favorite bits and bobs to the card.
The paper is from Prima Madeline pad. I guess you alreaady spotted one of my great addictions - Make It Crafty laser cut chipboard. In addition to that there's some jewellery findings, cute resin flowers, double layer of lace and flat back gems.Yup, I DID go to town, lol
The image was coloured with Polychromos Art Grip pencils on kraft card. It's one of the older Gorjuss Girls and I absolutely adore her - although this was the first time she saw ink - too many stamps, too little time...
Thank you so much for popping by!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Whimsy July Release Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps July rubber release BLOG HOP!

The Whimsy July rubber release happened last week on July 13th, but today we are hosting our blog hop to showcase the 9 fabulous new rubber stamps and 2 new Shapeology metal dies now available at Whimsy Stamps! These new goodies are available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favorites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Deb Routledge, Elaine Hughes, Niki Estes and Zoe McGrath.

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been showcasing these fabulous stamps for the past 6 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration!

Here is a full list of the wonderful July release rubber stamps and dies:

5 stamps from Kenny K
Boogie Down ~ Holla Back Girl ~ Hot Weave ~ Spy Chick ~ Victory Kid

4 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
A Touch of Elegance ~ Adventure Mini Postage Stamps ~ Vintage Bottle Labels ~ Vintage Transportation

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Dress Form Die (coordinates with ‘A Touch of Elegance’ stamp set) ~ Elegant Flourishes

If you would like to hop along with us today, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Lori’s blog.  The hop starts today (Wednesday July 20th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday July 27th at noon EST.

For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have one grand prize draw where one lucky hopper will win a selection of new release stamps for hopping along with us. We also have 5 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp!

For my card I chose Spy Chick by Kenny K and a sentiment from Vintage Transportation set.

I also used new Elegant Flourishes Dies set - cut them out from the designer paper and rubbed on some metallic rub-ons with my finger.
The image is coloured with Copic markers and some accents added with Sakura white gel pen and gold Stardust pen.
The papers are from Crate Paper School Spirit pad - I know the the card doesn't have anything to do with school but the colours and patterns were exactly what I wanted :)
The cogwheel and filigree jewels are laser cut chipboard by Make It Crafty. I used metallic rub-ons on jewels/medallions and copper leafing pen on the cogwheel.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. The next stop on the hop is the super talented Iris's Blog. Be sure to pop over and see what she has for you today. And then remember to leave comments and enter for your chance to win the prizes on offer along the hop too! 

Shopping Our Stash - C10 - #9 Technique not used for a while  (distressing with leafing pen)
Try It On Tuesday  -  Steampunk
Tuesday Throwdown - #58 Something Metallic
Happileigh Scrappin - SIO - Make your own embellishment
 Make My Monday - Vintage shabby chic, torn or crumpled 
Gingerloft - 2W - 2nd week - Make it Sparkle
Lollipop Crafts - July challenge - Anything goes
Ellephantastic - M, 1E - July: Celebrations 

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and we hope you enjoy all of the DT creations!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Whimsy July release taster

Tomorrow is the blog hop for Whimsy July release and I thought I share a little sample of new stamps with you.
This is Victory Kid by Kenny K and he is available from Whimsy Stamps and, if you are in Europe, Quixotic Paperie. The sentiments are from Adventure Minu Postage Stamp set cut out with matching Mini Postage Stamp die (one of my fave sentiment dies at the moment!!).

I coloured with Copics on Make it Colour blending card - I never get tired of recommending that stuff. Best marker surface I've ever tried!
I used the papers from Basic Grey Marjolaine pad - LOVE the colours in this!! Quixotic has 15 % off designer papers at the moment so if you are planning to boost you stash, it would be a good time to take a look at their stock. Just sayin', lol

Cupcake Craft - include Stars
Make it Monday - Anything goes 
Here Come the Boys - 2W, 3E, cards only, must be masculine - 2nd week - Sporty 
A Gem of a Challenge - 2W - #25 2nd Wk - Lets Hear it For The Boys
Charisma Cardz - 3E – use stars
Rainbow Lady's - 2E - real, faux stiching or pinked edges
Crafty Creations - #127 Boyz to Men

Thanks for visiting and have fun crafting!

Monday, July 18, 2011

...and back to Copics :)

It's my first time of colouring up Victoria Case image and I really went into town with shading here - I was using Make It Colour blending card and the brilliant thing abouit that stuff is that you can REALLY go into the town with layering your Copics. I am still to see the colours bleed on that card!
This image is called Thinking Of You - brilliant for all sorts of caard - I can even see it on back to school cards! The papers are from Basic Grey Life Of The Party pad.
 I was experimenting with different skin colour combo here - YR02/61/00/000, YG00, E13/15/0000. A bit unusual but works well, I think.
The fiery red hair is achieved with E07/09, Y21/38, YR18.
Those lush flourishes are a brand new set of dies from Whimsy Stamps - real versatile and incredibly intricate. And of course I used fair bit of flat back pearls - they just finish off the cards so well, I think!

Thank you so much for visiting and hope you found something of interest. :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New stamps from Whimsy - and Messy is going MASCULINE

This month Whimsy Stamps is doing things a little differently - they are releasing the stamps and dies a whole week before our new release blog hop! So that means... the July New Release rubber stamps and dies are available to buy RIGHT NOW from the Whimsy Stamps store! Yippee!!

We are going to be holding a fabulous new release BLOG HOP on July 20th, when we will have our usual plethora of prizes, special guests, and lots of amazing creations from our DT.

From the middle of this week until July 19th, the DT are going to be showcasing this month's new release stamps and dies in the lead up to our BLOG HOP on July 20th, so be sure to stop by our blogs to see what we've created.

Here is a list of the new stamps, sentiment sets and dies Whimsy has released in July:

5 new Kenny K rubber stamps
Boogie Down ~ Holla Back Girl ~ Hot Weave ~ Spy Chick ~ Victory Kid

4 new Raindrop Echo Designs sentiment rubber stamp sets
A Touch of Elegance ~ Adventure Mini Postage Stamps ~ Vintage Bottle Labels ~ Vintage Transportation

2 new Raindrop Echo Designs dies
Dress Form Die (coordinates with A Touch of Elegance stamp set) ~ Elegant Flourishes

Remember, they are all available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store RIGHT NOW!

Happy shopping! :)

I have created a little masculine card set to show you using the Vintage Transportation and Adventure Mini Postage Stamps from new release and various backgrounds from previous relases.

I used Versamark in for stamping and various embossing powders for heat embossing. All the papers were inked with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany.
I stamped Adventure Mini Postage Stamps straight onto background paper here with brown and red inks.
The crickled and distressed paper here is from the packaging of my glue gun tape rolls, lol.  The background papers are created using Life Defined Background and Music Notes Background (the last I stamped haphazardly without the use of the block.).
The backgound is fabric-covered card I've had for ages and the corrugated stuff is from the top of chocolates in chocolate box.
Thanks for visiting my humble abode here!! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Stamp Something - Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July at Stamp Something and the sponsor is DRS Designs. I have used one of their cute snowflakes and a sentiment to make a little quick gift bag - perfect for giving a lip gloss or gift card or something in that size :)

Thank you for visiting and happy crafting!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mix & Match with Tiddly Inks & Make it Crafty

It’s finally time to release the big Mix n’ Match collection from Tiddly Inks and Make it Crafty!

Together they have been craftily plotting behind the scenes for months (making us drool in anticipation) to bring you a fabulous collection of Steampunk creations with a Victorian theme! You’ll find little steampunk houses, bits and bobs background scenes, flying contraptions, gorgeous characters and the finest selection of digital papers!

We could send you on a little hop, but they are getting a bit boring... so we knocked our heads together and thought up a game to play instead!

‘I SPY’ with my little eye...
... hmmm what do you spy??
Well to find out, head on over to where it all begins!!

Start Mix n’ Matching with Tiddly Inks and Make it Crafty straight away as you grab the super bargain of 15% OFF!!

Just enter the coupon code MIXNMATCH at checkout!

I mixed-and-matched this elegant Owlette from Tiddly Inks with a glorious Steampunk Treehouse from Make It Crafty.
As you can see I've been messing with watercolours again. I reduced the opacity of the background house quite a bit in Gimp to prevent it from competing with the foreground too much - and then used too bright tones for colouring it...duh! - lesson learned!
It was a pretty big image I coloured - about five and half inches square or a bit more. I was determined to add some clutter though to go with overall steampunk/ornate Victorian feel.
I used different bits of Make It Crafty lasercut chipboard and heat embossed it with three different embossing powders. I totally fell in love with these dragonflies!! To give them lil' heads and bodies I snapped off backs from some metal brads and attached these with glue gel.
Thank you so much for popping in and happy mixing-and-matching to you! :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kenny K Krafty Girlz blog hop

Good Morning Kenny K Fans, today we're celebrating the 1st year Anniversary of the Kenny K Challenge blog with a Blog Hop and 8 Fabulous New releases from Kenny K called the Showbiz Celebrities that are now available at Kenny K Downloads
The Kenny K Krafty Girlz have all created some fantastic cards for you showcasing these new images
If you'd like to participate in the Kenny K 1st Year Anniversary blog hop and you didn't arrive here from Karina's Blog, then click here to start at the beginning on Donna's Blog
The Blog hop starts today and runs until July 23rd at midnight UK time.
On your way around the Hop, some of the Krafty Girlz will be offering up a candy of their own as a small token of thanks for stopping by! 
For my Blog Hop Creation I used Dr Phil-Me-In digi stamp.
I coloured the image with Copic markers and used papers from Cosmo Cricket Wanted pad.

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When you've finished hopping we have a challenge (everyone's favorite.....ANYTHING GOES) AND a MAJOR prize from some fantastic sponsors

Here is a list of our sponsors and the fabulous prizes they have donated
is offering a Bev's bag of blooms

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Bunny Zoe's Crafts is offering  one KENNY K rubber stamp
of the winner's choice

Cult Pens is offering TWO sets of the Copic Ciao's in addition to offering KENNY K fans a SPECIAL DISCOUNT for the two week's only of 10% off your COPIC purchases using this discount code at the checkout

Offering 5 Die Sets worth £61.95

offering a £10 Gift Voucher

offering 5 Tria Markers of the winner's choice

is offering a $15 Gift Certificate

is offering a special dispenser full of ribbons worth £25
 plus they are also offering a special collection of ribbons for Kenny K that normally retails for £25, but for the Kenny K customers, you can get it for only £ awesome is that!

is offering a £10 gift voucher

is offering a £15 gift voucher

and in addition to all this.........Kenny is offering
TEN rubber stamps (winner's choice) plus a $30 Gift Certificate to his shop 
And that's not all...........he's also giving away
a tub of pearls
a selection of web ribbon
head pins
I Am Roses gorgeous blooms
Sakura Jelly white Opaque pen
Total Prize value over £300

Conditions for being eligible for the MAIN prize:

You MUST leave a comment on EVERY BLOG, there are only 23 and you have got a whole two weeks to leave comments, that’s almost 2 or 3 a day! You are also asked to make a card for the Anything Goes Challenge using a Kenny K image and link it after completing the blog hop. The big prize Winner of the challenge will be picked by Random.Org.

We hope you have fun hopping around the Krafty Girlz and special guest’s blogs, leaving comments along the way and can find enough inspiration to get your creative juices flowing so that you can enter our challenge for the next two weeks for your chance to win the GRAND PRIZE

Good Luck!

Now it's time to head to Renata's Blog and see what gorgeous card she's created

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