Thursday, 30 August 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
This is my entry into the CardMakers United Challenge which is running at the moment. Here is the brief:
'The theme is 'Seaside', that's it! so your card can incorporate anything with a seaside theme; shells, sea, sand, deck chairs, candy floss...the possibilities are endless.
I was struggling to put it all together, then I spotted my Dolly Mamas stamp on the shelf. I stamped the image twice and decoupaged it using Whispers pens and a waterbrush to colour. The background is Bazzil card, and for the sea effect I rubbed a white colorbox chalk inkpad to create the waves and tore the bottom edge to show the white core. The sand is created with Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder 'Antique Linen' and the starfish is diecut. Finally, the sun embellishment I picked up some time ago; can't remember where. Looking at the finished result reminds me of myself on the beach in Cyprus, lol.
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Today's 'Little Extra' from Daring Card Makers is veeeeery interesting.......'Take a Letter Ms Jones.'
'OK, it's not about monograms, we've already done that. This time the challenge is to pick one letter and see how many things you can use on your card that begin with that letter.Now then, you can't choose "P" and just have pink paper, pink brads, pink ink, pink ribbon - oh no no no, that's not the way it works!You could however, useA pink card blank, paper, petals, plasma, a monogram P, something Purple, a Flower Pot...Or how about B?brads, buttons, birthday, banana (well, you never know..) blue, black, brown, blooms, buckles, bowsOr Sspots, stripes, string, sandals, Stickles, sunshine, stars, snowGot the idea? We're hoping this one will be great fun as well as maybe making you think really hard...'
So, I decided to have some fun with this one and take up the challenge of including a banana! Here is what I have included on my card - Bubbles (the name of the monkey of course!!!), BANANA, butterfly, balloons, brad, button, bow-tie, bling, ball, Best Birthday, blue and black and lots of other BRIGHT colours. 'Bubbles' is from DCWV Nana's Kids and the paper was a magazine freebie from yonks ago.
Next I did last week's mid-week challenge....
Dot Dot Dot Dash Dash Dash
We'd like you to make a card featuring dots and dashes, spots and stripes - that's it, a nice easy and fun little theme for you to play with - just make sure you get both spots AND stripes on your card.'
'I know you've all got buttons stashed away somewhere, whether they've been purchased at a cardmaking store or you thriftily snipped them off DH's old shirt. I'd like you to find those buttons and use them somewhere on a card. They can be real buttons, craft shop buttons, die cut buttons, faux buttons or another type of button, surprise us all.'
The backing paper is Crate, I used PM rub-ons for the flowers and butterfly, stamped the scrolls with Heidi Grace stamp, added the buttons to 'Metal Hardware' and embellished centres. The flower I made using Daisy D's paper, organza ribbon, lots of tiny staples and a large button threaded with ribbon. I was pleased with how the flower turned out and will definately make more of these.
Monday, 27 August 2007
Must catch up on my fave blogs and challenges tomorrow, oh and there's the washing to do (OK, it can wait), and 50 odd emails to sort through (may as well do a mass deletion). I really missed my craft den - it's the first place I went when I got in at 4.30am to stroke some stash. Didn't find any craft shops in Cyprus so I was beginning to feel quite panicky at the lack of pretty papers and embellies, although I did take my Making Cards mag with me which I read so many times that the free papers are a bit frayed at the edges! Speaking of which, that's how I feel now (frayed at the edges), so early night for me!
Friday, 17 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
I also got my AS result for English Language and Literature which I am doing on-line with Sheffield College and I got an A - can't believe it! What a great day this has turned out to be. No time for crafting today though, although I did pop into the local craft shop to pick up a magazine and a couple of other things (new Dovecraft ribbons 5m for 99p!!!), so intend to spend this evening leisurely reading with a glass of red wine. My son and his mates have gone out on the town, of course, so who knows when I will see him again and what state he will be in, but he deserves to celebrate. Back tomorrow with the DCM Dare.......now where's that bottle of wine?
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Going for a lie down now as I was up until 1.30am changing my Blog to make everything fit - where did the time go?
Today's brief from DCM was a sketch challenge called 'It's A Wiggly One', and here is my effort 'My Best Friend'.
I used DCWV Pocket Full of Posies paper, MM rub-ons, a metal frame held in place with brads adorned with gems and a single flower. The sticky ribbon is from DCWV and I threaded a silver bead onto organza ribbon as the finishing touch. The mat is stamped with a paisley print in black ink to add to the slightly ethnic feel. Hope you like it! :-)
Monday, 13 August 2007
The two collage stamps are coloured with chalks and highlighted with glaze - this stamp is one of my favourites as it is so versatile. There seems to be an orange theme going on today too - maybe to make up for the lack of sunshine? Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking and thanks for visiting my blog.
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Friday, 10 August 2007
This weeks Dare is set by Tracie (Bondgirl) and is titled Photo Finish....
This week I want you to make a card for any occasion but it must include a photograph somewhere! The photo subject can be people, items, locations, flowers, absolutely anything so get snapping. Dont forget to check copyright if you are using someone elses photographs in your art work.'
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Ooops! sorry folks, we're a Little Late posting the Little Extra today, but here you go.It's one of our recipes this time, all you need to do is include all the ingredients on your card - remember, you can always add more things if you want to.
Here are your ingredients for this week:
Friday, 3 August 2007
This card was inspired by my friend Louly from the 'Charmed' forum and 'Daring'. She creates masterpieces daily AND keeps winning competitions with her work (very well deserved)!!
Papers are from DCWV Once Upon A Time.
This card has been entered into a competition with my favourite website - Charmed Cards and Crafts - in the stamping category.