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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

A dream for tomorrow.



This week over at Try it on Tuesdays we have another Alter it challenge and we would like you to show us  some ' Mosaic' on your piece. Please pop over to TioT's for all the details and see what we have been making. We are  sponsered by the Craft Barn with a voucher up for grabs..
Once again I have made a hanging, my friends seem to like them as a change to a Birthday Card, so I wonder where this one will find a home.

The bottom layer  is an off cut from picture frame cutting and makes a firm base.
For the blue layer I swiped the distress ink pad over the paper, I thought it looked a bit like marble close up.
Colours used Antique Linen and Stormy Sky.The mosaic tiles I think were a piece of left over Crowed Attic Paper, these I dabbed over with distress stickles.



All the stamps used are from Studio 490.
 When I'd stamped the heart I gave it 3 coats of clear embossing powder, let it dry, then deliberately cracked the surface.

The little bird is an Alterations die cut.



Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.





Monday, 27 February 2012

Love Story



My last Guest DT  card for  February over at  Make My Monday .
 Thankyou you all for inviting me, I have realy  enjoyed being with you this month.
The challenge theme is' Diamonds and Flourishes', please pop over to see the inspiring examples and get all the details.
The main image is by LOTV and was water coloured, before   layered up on  some Nesties die cuts.
My flourishes  were made using  a Memory box die.
The diamond patterned paper is from a Kanban stack, adding a few gems for a bit of bling.
Challenges-
Moving along with the times Lots of layers
Die-ing for a Challenge Anything goes for their very first challenge.


Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate all your comments.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Little Princess.


Make it for a Child -- is  our next theme over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
Once again our sponser is Marina from Cottage Crafts.
 Pop over for all the details and see what my fantastic team mates have been making.
Please remember we do like to see stamping on your project.

Well, this was not an easy theme for me as there are no young folk in our family. But as many of my cards end up in my favoured Charity shop, I think it will go to a good home.
The background is layered  including Graphics 45 paper.
The Little Princess is a S.W.A.L.K. stamp, she is coloured with watercolours.
The shading is Wild Honey Distress ink.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Two colours



Just a quick post to show you the card I made with the current Colour challenge over at Gingersnap Creations in mind. GC 140 use Two Colours.
I used  Studio 490 stamps, with clear embossing for the script and flower.
 The Distress inks for my two colours  were Dried Marigold and Stormy skies.

Thankyou for stopping by, I realy appreciate you calling.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Man about Town.


This weeks challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays is 'Anything Goes with Acetate'.
so we would like you to show us some acetate in your project and tell us how you used it.
Please pop over and see what my fabulous team mates have been making.
We will also have some exciting news for you shortly,  welcoming our new DT members.



 This  part of my card, is an  image of a dapper gent stamped onto the acetate and fixed with brads.
All the stamps I used are by the Artistic Outpost.
The red shading is barn door and worn lipstick distress inks .
I added a small watch face on Big Ben and painted this part with watercolours.





Challenges - The Artistic Outpost -February referral program Shades of Red.
                     Simon Says Stamp and Show- London Paris New York, take your pick

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Monday, 20 February 2012

Her Heart Rules her Head


This weeks Challenge over at  Crafty Cardmakers is a Recipe 1,2,3. and
is hosted by Kim.
1 -image, preferably a stamp.
2 -background papers.
3 -embellishments which must include a heart.


Our sponser this week is Di's Digi Downloads
Please pop over to Crafty Cardmakers  to get all the information and see what we have all been making.



This is my version of the recipe.
1 - stamped main image by Paper Artsy, I used watercolours for highlighting.
2 -background papers, the patterned one is by Kanban, these I just tore diagonally.
3 -embellishments, ribbon, mesh behind the image with  a heart on her hat.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Victorian Romance



My 3rd week  as a guest designer over at Make My Monday and the theme  for the challenge is
' Victorian Romance'.   Please pop over for all the details and see the fabulous examples.
I decided to make a wall hanging.
 My heart was hand cut on thick cardstock, coated with a watered down pale pink acrylic paint.
The other colouring I used was victorian velvet distress ink.
The stamp for the background is from Chocolate Baroque.
Memory box die cuts for the cage and the swirls.
Using some of my favourite store items of lace,  flowers etc  to trim and decorate.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Mardi Gras


Well, for  this card, I did  not reach out for any stamps. Its good to try something different for a change.
When I read that the  Rainbow Ladys new challenge  No192 was Mardi Gras, I reached for my new Debbie Moore Stamping magazine and used some of the papers  etc that came with it.
The gold miri  was embossed then rubbed over with sandpaper to age it a little.
I used vintage photo distress inks to tone the colours down and added some pearls, gems, glitter and feathers.
Also used was some distress embossing power at the edges of the shaped layer.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

For my Valentine


At Try it on Tuesdays we are celebrating Valentines Day, by asking you to make a  TAG ,  our theme this week is , ' Hearts and Flowers'.  Please pop over here for all the details and see what my team mates have been making.
The background of my tag is  from one of my home made random stamped  papers.
The hearts are spellbinders die cuts coated with alcohol ink and the image is another one of June's images from Dezinaworld. The trimmings are from my stash.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments..

Monday, 13 February 2012

Hearts and Flowers



My second guest spot over at Make My Monday and the Romance continues this week with the new theme being ' Hearts and Flowers, Stamping and Die Cuts' and you must use both. As always  there are beautiful examples by the DT   here, so please pop over for all the details.

First of all I used a flower stamp to cover my card and layer, it was an old ink pad, but just the colour I needed. 
I then used the free heart stamp from the Craft Stamper magazine  over the top layer, using  another oldie in pink. 
The golden  heart is a Spellbinders die and the corners are made from a Memorybox die.
Other  Challenges 
Rainbow Ladies - challenge 191 Have a Heart
Our Craft Lounge -challenge 104 Vintage Love
Bloggers Challenge - In Bloom .  A new challenge for me, but I hope I shall be able to join more over the coming weeks. 
Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Because............


Challenge 15 over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges  and our theme is  'Monochrome  plus one colour'.
Please pop over to see what we have been making, and get all the details. Remember we like to see some stamping on your piece.
This card, has not photographed to well,  I will be trying to get a better one if the light improves today.
The bottom left corner was stamped and  embossed before I added  the shading.
All the stamps are by Chocolate Baroque, stamped with Expresso Adirondak.
The colouring is tea dye, antique linen, distress inks also  various brown watercolours , with my extra colour, red, on the butterflies. The die cuts are  a Memory box die.                                          
I used a brick mask for the background.
The words are  -'because of you my world is a happy place'..

Thankyou for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Words of Wisdom



Wise Words or Words of Wisdom, come to us in many ways. I'm sure we all have our favourites.
I made this tag for  the  Gingersnap Creations  Chestnut theme challenge, which is 'Words of Wisdom'

The background of the tag  and the flowers are stamped with Studio 490 stamps
The shading is distress inks,  wild honey and antique linen.
The words I think are a Tim Holtz stamp.
The lovely Lady is from  the Faux Cabinet card set at Dezinaword .
The trimmings are from my stash.

Thankyou for stopping by I realy appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Its all about Love



Its card week again over at Try it on Tuesdays and this weeks theme is 'Its all about love'.
We are sponsered by One Stop Cards and Crafts, so please pop over for all the details and see what my team mates have been making.
This card was made by layering a selection of papers, with a couple of die cut hearts  [Spellbinders and Memory Box]. An image of a loving couple with lace and flowers to trim the card.

Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Monochrome Magic



Monochrome Magic  is Challenge No 61 over at Crafty Cardmakers
and this time it is hosted by Beth.


We are lucky to have two sponsers this time-
IndigoBlu   who are offering a Flitter Glue Starter Kit and  a gorgeous Love Is stamp


Digi Doodle Shop   who are offering a 10 dollar gift certificate for their store.

Please pop over  to see what my team mates have been making and get all the details for our new challenge.



So here is my take on our Monochrome theme.
 The image is stamped with midnight blue Staz-on. All the other stamping and shading is Distress inks, broken china and tumbled glass. For the fancy edges I used a Martha Stewart punch.
The stamp set I used is from Chocolate Baroque.

Thankyou for stopping by I realy appreciate your comments.

Romance


Today I can share some news, the lovely folk over at  Make My Monday  have asked me to be a Guest Designer for February. I was thrilled to be asked, I realy enjoy their challenges.

February's Theme is  'Romance' and for the first week the challenge is to include Love letters, verse or text.
I hope you will pop over for all the information and see the fantastic examples.
I love making collage cards and have to stop myself from adding more.
The stamps I used for this card are old favourites they are unmounted and I cannot remember who by.
All the shading is tattered rose and antique linen distress ink.
The flowers etc came from my stash.
Challenges -
The Cheerful Stamp Pad, Romance is in the air

Thankyou for stopping by, I realy appreciate your comments.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Sitting Pretty



When I read that the new challenge for February  over at Happy Daze was  Love,- 'A technique you love to use'. I didn't realise how difficult it would be to focus on one thing. So forgive me for letting a few favourites creep into this piece.

The first Stamping--stamps used Stampotique and  Studio 490.
Then came grunge ,- paint, distress and generally getting inky- I used a selection of inks and sprays for the clock dial.. The pocket watch is an Art Parts shape.
Last, the collage -with a quick trawl over the desk at the bits and bobs that might be useful, adding a couple of metal embellishments.

It is a dull winters day here in the U.K , so the photos were a problem, not as sharp as I would have liked.


The Stampman Challenge this time is 'Embellish It. So I will enter my Pocket watch here as well.


Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Nature.



The last week of the Nature challenges over at Make My Monday and they would like to see 'Butterflies / Dragonflies.
All the stamps used are by Stampers Anonymous. Colouring  is Antique linen and Tattered Rose distress inks, for the stamps the colour was Adirondak  Expresso. I used Wow  powder  [halloween] for the embossing






Here  are the front [on the right ] and back  [on the left] of the page I made for  'February'. The  Fat Page  swap that I am doing with a friend who doesn't blog.
Collaged with  bits and bobs and elements from a variety of sources.
It is a stamped background.




Thankyou for stopping by to take a look, I realy appreciate your comments.