Sunday, 30 March 2008

The Sunday Stampers

Mmmm - now first of all a little whinge. The theme this week is 'Going for Green' and Hels wanted us the hum the Going for Gold' theme tune. What actually happened was that I whistled Kermit the frogs 'It's not Easy being Green' for the best part of two hours. Now I'm a big fan of Kermit, and all things Muppety, but it seems that not everyone shares my enthusiasm!!
I have made a tag this week - didn't mean to, it started off as a card, but whoever said there are no mistakes in craft, just happy accidents needs to see my rubbish bin!!
The tag has been inked up with lots of different shades of green, and Moon Glowed with gold. The background stamp is by Elusive Images and has been inked in Adirondack lettuce.
The sentiment is by Simple Expressions. Same background stamp, but stamped onto a distressed inky background.
The flower is also by Simple Expressions. It's been stamped in lettuce, then stamped onto acetate. I embossed this with verdigris embossing powder - and it looked awful!!
BUT I turned it over, and it looked quite nice, kind of like molten glass, so it stayed :o)
The bit in the middle is another little S E stamps which was stamped in gold then ultra thick embossed.
A few prima's and a dragonfly brad and all done....
or so I thought....I couldn't let it rest, I wanted a card. So I folded a piece of acetate into a DL size, and lined it with some patterned velum (this doesn't show up to well on the photograph) I poked holes through both layers and threaded the gold ribbon through to join the layers together.
The tag has been stuck on the front, and a Serendipity sticker popped underneath.
I really enjoyed making this, but it certainly isn't easy being green....

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Funky Fairys Challenge

I have just discovered this brilliant site, and it's given me just the inspiration I need to make a card for a friend who will be 20 next week. The theme is 'Bling' - something she will easily relate to!!
The backing papers are from the Pinkipops' download that I bought last year. They are 8x8 and print beautifully. Lovely fresh colours.
The stamp is by Stampotique. I fell in love with her last year when I saw her in Craft Stamper. She's great to use on modern fun cards.
A bit of matting and layering, a couple of Prima flowers, and then lots of Bling!!
The sentiment is also from the same download, then a bit of ribbon and all done!
I'm really pleased with the card, and I hope she likes it too.
Thanks so much for the challenge, and see you again next week :o)

Friday, 28 March 2008

Craft Swap Forum Hidden Depths Card

This is my 1st attempt at this challenge. The idea is to take a piece of 5x5 card, and fold it in such as way that the inside is hidden. Then decorate in the same theme, but different style. Simple eh -Not!!
The themes this time are punctuation, presents, and the one I've chosen passion.
I've folded my card, and for the outside decorated with sticky ribbons and a chipboard heart.
The inside has been brayer with a hearts design in red, then I've stamped the 'Paper Artsy Urban Snapshots' stamp onto red velum in black. I love this stamp, I've used it for every anniversary for the last year :o) The flowers and torn edge were then inked round with a gold pen.
I enjoyed making this, and it really was a challenge.
CSF Challenge

Monday, 24 March 2008

The Sunday Stampers

The theme this week is 'Party Party' and it has to incorporate a party hat.
It gave me the perfect opportunity to try out my new Lost Coast Designs
'Waiting for Mr Right' stamp. I inked up my background using red and yellow distress inks, then stamped the ladies with black stazon. I am really unsure what inks I can use where so stazon is always a safe bet!
Then a bit of matting and layering with some K&Co papers, and some further stamping with the 'stitches' clear stamps that were in the QVC tsv last Summer.
Final background was inked up again as before, and finished off with the moonglow spritz in cactus gold.
The paper hats have been 'glossy accented' as has the clock on the party time sentiment.
I am ashamed to say that I sat at the computer waiting for Hels to post the challenge - sad or what!!
The Sunday Stampers

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Sunday Stampers Laydeee

Here is my card for this weeks Sunday Stampers challenge. I spent an hour messing with my Paper Artsy 'Mother Nature' stamp, but I couldn't get her to look right, so I got out my Stamp Camp 'Mona' and had a go with her!
I have stamped with one of those huge multi coloured dye ink pads in 'folliage' colours. The corners and 'mask' are a set of clear stamps that I got from US last year on holiday.
The crown and 'smile' are both Heidi Swapp's stamped, embossed and cut out.
As Mona is a lady I have given her a set of pearls and some paper artsy 'scrap'.
I then broke with all tradition and tidied my mess up straight away as I left my Easter cards till the last minute and will have to do a couple after work tomorrow.
I am so glad I have taken part in the last two challenges, I've really enjoyed them. xx

Thursday, 13 March 2008

A Birthday Card For My Mum

It's my mum's birthday today so I have made her a card. She's not very fond of the inky stampy messy type, but she loves flowers.
I took a deep breath and used my 1st sheet from my K&Co Chocolate Neopolitan scrap pad. It's double sided so I covered the chipboard frame with the reverse of the base sheet.
I stamped the Heidi Swapp 'happy birthday' on a lovely piece of patterned velum that I received in a goody bag from a great guy on CSF.
There's also lots of Prima flowers, and some brown and pink polka dot ribbon held in place with a ribbon brad.
The quality of the paper meant that the card felt really substantial, but not bulky.
I'm pleased to say that my mum loved the card so I don't feel too bad about cutting into the paper pad lol.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

My First Attempt at a Challenge

I though I would like to take part in a challenge, and I really liked the look of Hels' Sunday Stampers on CSF. The theme this week is Oriental, and while I don't have many oriental stamps, I do have this large one from Stamp Camp. Every time I look on their web site I end up spending a fortune.
The ladies were stamped and clear embossed, and then masked. I then stamped the blossoms in yellow and orange distress inks, and swirled the colours around a bit with a watercolour brush.
To glitz it up a little I sprayed with some gold Moon Glow spritzy type stuff that I've had for years and never used. It then needed a quick blast with my heat gun as it had a bad attack of the curly edges!!
The ladies are coloured with Marvy le plume pens and a water brush.
To finish I inked the edges with a gold krylon which I have just discovered thanks to everyone on CSF. I added a stamped bamboo tile and some coins tied with raffia.
I really enjoyed taking part in the challenge, and am looking forward to next Sundays.x


I've been trying to upload some photographs to put on here - just a tad stressful. I should do it more often, that way I would remember how to do it. My son bless him tries to be patient and help me but that means missing valuable play station time!!

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Welcome to my blog

If you knew me you would know that I'm the last person on Earth to set up a blog!
I know nothing about computers, but after seeing all the inspiration on the Craft Swap Forum I decided that I would give it a go.
I certainly won't be posting every day, or even every week, but I hope that creating this will help me to get my butt in gear and take part in a few challenges.
Here's hoping....