Friday, 31 May 2013

Here's one for Willsy!

Yay! Will, my youngest Grandson had his 3rd birthday this month. He's such a happy little chap and well into Jake and the Neverland Pirates. One of the great things about making your own cards is that you can personalise them to suit so I was able to add 'Ahoy Willsy' using die cuts. Bet he didn't get another card like it LOL !

Here's what I used and did -

Lili of The Valley Stamp - Land Ahoy. Lili have a great range of stamps and particularly boy's images. Thought I'd make a last minute entry to their Challenge Blog this month which is 'Boy Oh Boy'.
Die Cuts - Spellbinders Heart Squares and Memory Box Parker Lower Alphabet
Spectrum Noir Pens to colour and I used off cuts from the Heart Square to add some love!

Hope you all have a fab weekend x

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Diamonds are a girls best friend

Well, I feel like a bus - nothing for ages and then 2 together! Funny how sometimes you've just gotta get it out of your system.

I made this card for the PanPastel UK Challenge which this week is 'Fairyland' and for this month's Lavinia Stamps Challenge which is 'Pastel Colours'.

I used linen cardstock and stamped Lavinia Stamps Poppies, Nigella and Pixies on with Versamark ink. I then dabbed  Chrome Ox. Green Tint PanPastel over the ink, when I was sure that the ink had absorbed the colour I then blended it to cover the card. The sentiment is also from Lavinia and I stamped that in black onto a separate piece of card and used a Spellbinders die - Deckled Rectangles. To finish I tinted the edges with the PanPastel colour and then with Mica Flakes and attached it using foam pads to give it a bit of lift. The flowers and pixies were embellished with Glamour Dust and a few gems.

So there you go, I've been a busy bee today, probably because I haven't been able to do much for the last month ! Thanks for looking x

Certified at last - lol !

Well, finally feeling a lot better at last! One knee still a bit sore but much better than I was. To celebrate I've managed to get back into some crafting - hurrah! Looking forward to seeing my crafty pals at the next workshop with Eileen.

Another piece of good news for me was hearing from Spectrum Noir that I had passed their colourist accreditation programme - yay! So I'm now certified (some say I should have been a long time ago!). Just waiting for my blinkie and certificate to arrive, Jennie Black -who runs the program, is away at the moment but her email said I'd get them soon. The program was good fun to do and there are plenty of online tutorials to guide you through smooth blending, dimension building and palette blending.

So I thought I'd enter this month's Spectrum Noir Challenge which is all about the colour purple and also the Fussy and Fancy Challenge which is 'Anything Goes' to celebrate both bits of news!

Spectrum Noir - Skin TN2, FS2, FS3 and FS6,  Hair TN3, TN7 and TN9, Dress and Flowers LV1, LV2 and LV3, LG5 and LG5, Shading IG1 and IG2. Outline in TB1. Ribbon and flower coloured with LV2.

Stamp - Bildmalarna, Little Winged Angel Tulips.

Papers - Maja Designs.

Embellishments - Flowers, lace, ribbon, Glamour Dust, Liquid Pearls and gems from my stash.

Thanks for looking and I hope to be back soon! x

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Clarity Challenge 3 - It's All In The Sentiment

Challenge 3 already! Where does the time go? It has been lovely to see everyone's entries in the Challenges so far.
I always find it inspirational to look at other crafter's ways to use the stamps.
Interesting one this month as the theme is about a sentiment rather than an image. There are some fab interpretations by the design team on the website - Clarity Challenge Blog so I hope you'll take a look and see.
Clarity does have a great range of sentiments and this is one I particularly love. Having decided on the stamp I wanted to keep the colours delicate to keep the focus on the sentiment.
I am also hopeless at brayering , yes I know - what a confession from a Clarity designer! They come out OK sometimes but more often than not they don't, so to start with I used a backing paper from the new 'Vintage Spring Basics' by Maja Designs. which I then adapted by distressing the edges using Adirondack Ink - Stonewashed having stamped around the edges using Clarity Stamp Small Leafy Swirl with Adirondack Ink  Juniper and Distress Ink Antique Linen.

Whilst that was all drying I used a Spellbinders oval die to cut a shape in a co-ordinating paper and stamped the Clarity Stamp 'Never Forget' on it. I then used a Memory Box die called Tiffany Frame and attached it to the oval using foam pads and then stuck pearls on to embellish. I used another Memory Box die called La Rue Heart which I popped behind the oval before attaching to the card.
I felt the card was out of balance so I used some flower dies to make the corner group and added some pearls and pins to finish it off. There you go - different I know, but if I struggle with a technique I try to find other ways of doing things which can be just as effective. I'll keep practising with my brayer and for scenes you can't beat it, I am always in awe at others who produce some beautiful pieces of art with theirs - not least of course Barbara Gray!
Hope you all enjoy having a go at your own interpretation of the theme this month and I look forward to seeing them! x

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