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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Di's Digis Latest Challenge... Include an Animal

New challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog - geez those fortnight's go fast don't they?!  The theme this time around is to "Include an Animal".  Di has so many cute images of Animals so the "challenge" was to pick one :-))  Here's what I came up with
The colours are not 100% accurate on the picture, but it's a lot closer than the pic that's up on the challenge blog... I took that one in my light tent and this one outside next morning; all I can think is that my (photographer) son Chris has changed a setting on my camera when he used it to take pics at the Twins' birthday last week... ah well, close enough is what we have today :-))
The image I've used is "You're Beary Special"... available here, cute or what?! Sparkles Monthly Challenge has a Teddy Bears theme, so I'm entering there.  I've coloured with Copics, with a bit of Prismacolor pencil shading and some Stickles on the presents and Glossy Accents on the noses and wheel.  As You Like It want to know if we like Alcohol Markers or Distress Inks, and why; I have only done a bit of "inking" and had trouble with the paper I used (user error more like, lol) so I prefer Alcohol Markers as they are so easy/reliable to use and blend... no special papers required; that said Distress Inks are a "one day" challenge for me :-))
Once again I've used a sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2... love their sketches!  I've turned it 90 degrees, but apart from that left it "as is"... why mess with perfection :-)
So the card could be suitable for a gal or a guy I've tied the cord (which is sparkly IRL) in a knot rather than a bow.  I added faux stitching with gel pen, Inky Chicks has a "Stitching Real or Faux" challenge so I'm entering there. 
The papers are from Kaisercraft's Fine and Sunny pad and Echo Park's "Walk in the Park" pad.... I think!  Nice "Spring" feel to it, I'll be entering the Spring themed challenges at Hiding in my Craft Room Gem of a ChallengeLittle Red Wagon and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge too.
The brown Pearls are from my stash... as is the brown card for matting.  I used a Memory Box die to cut the clouds, which I mounted at different levels with foam squares, so I'm entering Pile It On and Whimsy Inspirations Challenges which have Die Cuts as their themes, and the sentiment on one of those clouds (cut down from an oval sentiment from Craftworks Cards) means I'll be entering Crafty Calendar's "Add a Sentiment" challenge and Aud Sentiments "Add a Birthday Sentiment" challenge too!
I finished the inside of the card with more of the same from the front :-)  I'll be entering Creatalicious ChallengesThrough the Craftroom DoorClear It OutCrafty CreationsArt by MiranPapertake Weekly and Catch The Bug's "Anything Goes" challenges as well, why not??
That's it for today's card.  Hope you get a chance to join in with the challenge, nice and easy as usual.  Great prize on offer too... as well as the usual "extra" chance to win if you use one of Di's cute images :-)
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Another Draft-ee From Craft-Dee

Well I've managed to drag another card out of my drafts.  This one's a birthday card for our friend Dave... and as we celebrated his 52nd birthday in Feb, I'm guessing it's over a year old!!  Pretty "uncluttered", well it IS for a man, lol.  Arranging the letters for the sentiment took long enough, there wasn't much time for anything else anyway!
I used an image from Tiddly Inks... actually it's several images from the same set... "For the Birds" available here, I've flipped a couple and cropped some out of the group to add a bit of variety to the sizes and shapes of the birdies :-)  I added the letters by using Text Boxes in Microsoft Word and just rotating and moving them until they fit on the placards... I'm secretly very pleased with the result... but it was surprisingly time consuming!  As You Like It, for their current challenge, want to know if we like "lines" or "no lines" and why... I like "lines", especially for this sort of image; it adds to the 'cartoon' effect.
The background clouds paper is digital; from Passion Fruits Night and Day Skies collection, I love this set of papers!  It's printed on linen card, looks really nice IRL.  I coloured the chicks with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and added some shadows around them digitally... just by using the formatting options in Word, too easy!
The starry paper is from a Baby Boy pad i got in Spotlight and the blue and the yellow card for matting is Kaisercraft.  There are NO embellies on this card, not one!
I used the same font and papers on the inside of the card... the sentiment is an "in joke" as Dave is in IT and signed me up to Twitter on about Day 2 of its existence... I've made exactly zero tweets, but he's a major twitterer :-))  It looks like the centre panel is crooked, but it really wasn't, I dunno! 
Well that's it for my CraftDee Draftee.  I've listed the challenges I'm entering this card in... bit slack but there's only so much conversation you can have with such a simple card so it's the most efficient way of including them.
I'll be back on Saturday with a new card for my Di's Digis gig.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Here's that list of challenges:
Mellow Yellow (Use yellow)
Hop Into Spring

Spring Colours
Stars
Use Patterned Paper
Happy Birthday
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
 Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Theme: Anything Goes Stash: Anything Goes

Friday, April 03, 2015

Lifelong Friends

Well I have finally started tackling some of the cards in my Drafts Folder.  I've decided to go with the 'oldest' one first.  It is a sympathy card I made for family friends on the  loss of their lovely Joan... my "Aunty" Joan.  I knew Joan all my life (well from the age of 18 months) when she was a young mother living near us (my Mum was a young mother then too) in England.  We moved to Wales, they stayed in England but the friendship remained. They followed us out to Australia - we came in 1972 they came in 1975 and still the friendship endured... over 53 years!  Joan was "fabulous"; glamorous and gracious and a good friend to my folks, always,  I can't believe it is a whole year since she passed away, I made what I hope was an elegant card, it had to have pink and it had to have a butterfly on as they were Joan's favourite :-)
I used a Delicious Doodles image "Lily and Butterfly", sadly Delicious Doodles is now defunct.... BU-UT, I've just found Teri's artwork in her Etsy Store "Arti Doodles", this image isn't available there yet but she is apparently adding more images all the time, so I'm sure it will be, yay !!.  
I coloured  with pencils adding some Stickles to the butterfly and mounting the image panel on some silver mirror card, then popping that up on some foam dots.  The card base was embossed with an embossing folder (Couture Creations, Hedged Maze -I think) and that was it.
I would like to enter my card in the following challenges.

Floral
Flowers
Anything Goes with Nature
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

That's it for today.  I'll be back with some more "old" cards very soon... it's quite cathartic, lol.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring into Spring with Di's Digis

I've done it again... posting my DT card for the new challenge at Di's Digis Challenge Blog a day late; all I can say is I'm sorry :-( I've been ridiculously busy and I'm still working out the nuances of my new laptop; I had to buy an updated version of Photoshop as my antique version just wouldn't function and I don't have time to learn Photoscape or one of the other freebies I've had lurking for a while waiting until I got a "Roundtuit".  Anyway I'm done now, here's my watermarked-in-Photoshop Elements 13-card :-))  The challenge theme is "Spring", I've gone for Spring colours and flowers.
I made this card for my granddaughter... can you believe my darling Twinnies are TWO already?? boy that went fast!!  I haven't blogged their first birthday cards yet, have to get onto that, lol.  This image is perfect for Miss Emily, she loves teddies and she loves pressies, it's called Teddies Pressie, you can get yours here.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge has a "Teddies" theme, I'm in!  As You Like It wants to know if we like "Lines" or "No Lines" ... I like "Lines", but then, I haven't tried "No Lines" yet... so who really knows? lol
I coloured with Copics, adding some Stickles to the big bow on the pressie. Bunny Zoes CraftsCrazy 4 ChallengesCrafty CardmakersCorrosive Challenges and Card Mania Challenges have Spring Themes, so I'm entering them and Send a Smile for Kids wants to see Pastel Colours for Kids so I'm entering there too. I've got Stripes and Dots... and I've used the colours in the pic from Cupcake Inspirations, so I'm entering there.  
I followed the sketch from the Digi Sketch Challenge I cut the image panel and the purple mat (using watermarked silk effect card from my stash) using Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circle Dies, Papertake Weekly have "A Cut Above" for their Challenge, so I'm entering there too.  Whimsy Inspirations Challenge want use to Use a Die Cut, so I'm entering there.  The papers are from Pool Party Collection and Kaisercraft's Save the Date. I'll be entering Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge and Clear It Out's Challenge which has Theme: birthday and Stash: Polka Dots.  
I finished the inside of the card using the same papers and a "reduced" version of the sketch. 
The flowers were punched from textured vellum then inked with Kaisercraft Ink, the pearl centres are from my stash.  and that, as they say, was that!! The Paper Shelter has "Blooming" as their theme so I'm entering there.  Craft Your PassionThrough the Craftroom DoorSeize the BrthdaySimon Says ChallengeLittle Miss MuffetCreatalicious Challenges and Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge all have Anything Goes challenges running, so I'm entering them too. 
Well that's it for today.  I'll be back soon, with something from my drafts... as well as all those cards I I have three birthdays cakes (including the Twin's first birthday cake, yup - from a year ago, YIKES) that I'm pretty proud of I've gotta say :-))  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Gotta be Green to be Seen

Hi everyone.  I'm a bit late (and it's a bit rushed!) with my post for the new challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog as my laptop died... actually I fried it!  I spilled a teensy weensy bit of water on it and the keyboard it toast.  I bought a new one yesterday afternoon and I have to say I REALLY hope it gets better!   I was seriously considering a Mac, but didn't think it warranted the extra expense, but after 20 plus hours of frustration primarily with Windows 8.1 and Office (including an hour on the phone to Microsoft help) I'm thinking of biting the bullet and selling this one to my folks for half price... good deal for them as they only use a tiny portion of their computer's capabilities anyway, and just "more"expense for me, sigh.
Phew, vent over (for the time being, lol) Like I said there's a new challenge starting today at  Di's Digis Challenge Blog the theme is Use Lots of Green.  As I had this image printed already I've gone with a Christmas theme :-)


I love this sort of fold, especially if you've got a cute image like this one (Candle Light Mice, available here) and some nice paper - and you get to use some scraps too, if you've got some available that is - and who hasn't?  These papers are all from Kaisercraft, the gold glitter matting is from la carte... and next time I'll spray it with fixative before I use it... I've got glitter EVERYWHERE!
I coloured the image with Copics, adding some extra shadow with Prismacolor pencils and Glossy Accents to the flame and berries and Perfect Pearls to add a slight shimmer to the candle.
The crystal brads are from my stash, the sentiment is a wood mounted stamp I've had forever... with my sister owning it before that :-))
Like I said, I love this fold, it's a tri-shutter fold... here's a link to a fabulous Splitcoast Stampers tutorial if you're interested  You get to show off your papers, your image still holds pride of place and it folds flat for postage (well it does if you're like me and don't use a lot of embellishments!)
They look pretty good when they come out of the envelope too... bonus :-)
I've taken more photos, may add them as I don't really know if these are any good or not... the resolution on the new computer is completely different to the old... not as good sadly, so I can't see all the detail that I know is there in the image.  It's the first time I've realized that not everyone sees what I see when I'm looking at an image on the screen - this looks "flat" compared to real life, what can you do? sigh.
I have spent two hours this afternoon (as well as five times that in the last few days!) trying to get my Onenote package over from my old lappy.. it has all the links to challenges that I like to keep an eye on, all my links, picutures of sketches, you name it on it and I CAN"T get it to transfer, (not helped by a toasted keyboard that adds extra letters in all the time!) so I've just had to 'guess'at some of my favourites,   these are the ones I'm entering


Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Favourite;  Digi or Rubber (digi...every time - flexible, easy to store, reliable to print etc etc !)
Cute Cute Cute
Anything Goes
Bring on the Bling
Anything Goes
Green
March: Go Green
Freestyle
Use Patterned Paper  (and how!)
Use a Sentiment
Cute with Fancy Folds
Add Some Metal (Brads)
Mainly Green

Hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, there's a great prize on offer from Crafter's Companion, and don't forget if you use one of Di's cute images you go in an extra draw, WooHOO!!
I'll be back soon... as soon as I've transferred the photos of my unblogged cards I'll get them onto my blog... it's just too risky having 35+ cards worth in your drafts (I should just get them into drafts on Blogger... never thought of that!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Second Post

As indicated earlier... here I am with my Second post for the day.  This time I have a card I made for my last Guest Designer spot at Sketch Saturday. Thanks for having me ladies :-)
Well here's another digital image I had fun fun fun colouring up... he is "bunny with gift", a freebie, I grabbed from Sugar Nellie... "free with purchase" I think is the term ;-)   
I coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, adding some Glossy Accents to bunny's nose and eyes (which I added an extra highlight to with a white gel pen) and some Star Dust Stickles polka dots to the present.  The purple matting is from my stash (Kaisercraft), the largest mat is cut with Spellbinders Floral Ovals, the pink mat is Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals and the image is cut with Spellbinders Standard Ovals.  
Now here's that all important sketch, isn't it a beauty?  I sure think so :-)  I'm entering Cupcake Inspirations challenge "cute critters", here's the inspiration pic too. The flower is MFT Plentiful Petals, inked up with some Versamark ink and with some stickles added to the centre before one of my melted bead centres. The paper is digtital, from Nitwit Collections Fairytale Too "pack", the horizontal strip has paper from the same collection... not that you can see much of it with the glittery purple ribbon over the top (from my stash).  I cut the edge of the horizontal strip with Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Border Punch, the sentiment is from Craftworks
The inside got much the same treatment, paper from the same pack, different pony bead :-)
Well that's it for today, phew.  Hope you get to join in THIS challenge too, such a versatile sketch - do go and check out the rest of the team's inspiration... why not have a go at the challenge yourself? Great prize on offer, bonus!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges: 

Take your pick; cool colours/ sketch/use Kraft (cool colours)
Punches and/or Die Cuts 4kids
All or Nothing (one layer or lots of layers) LOTS
Cute Critters
For the Girls
Flowers
Make It Digital (image AND paper)
Use Patterned Paper
Anything Goes
Anything Goes with Birthdays
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes

I'll be back in a few days, I am determined to get some "stuff" out of my drafts... not just keep adding to it!!  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

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