Sunday, May 22, 2016

... and Now It's One For The Boys

It's that time again... time for a new challenge over at Di's Digis Challenge Blog.  Last time it was flowers everywhere, now it's time for "One For The Boys".  I made a card for my Dad's (87th) Birthday.  We are very water conscious here in Western Australia, nobody more so than my Dad; he has about ten watering cans on the go at any one time (we tease him about it, but gently, lol) so as soon as I saw this image I knew it would be perfect for his card

The image is called Seedling Ted, how cute is he?!  He's available here. I coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils... after I took these pics I added some gloss to the water drops and Ted's nose.
I used papers from Kaisercraft's Chapter One and another pad I can't remember the name of.  I thought the floral paper was not too floral for a "guy" card - the green is foiled, adding a nice something "extra".  The black card used for matting is from the Chapter One pad too, it has a gloss pattern embossed on it, again just adding a little something.   
I cut the scroll with a Memory Box die (Corner Bow) from the same gloss patterned paper, the cloud is also Memory Box (Puffy Clouds) and the sentiment is from Craftworks.  The black and orange strip across the middle of the card is glittery tape, I bought a pack of ten different colour rolls for a couple of bucks, didn't know how they'd go but I LOVE them - might go back to my LSS and see if they have packs of different colours
I used the same layout for the inside of my card, nothing unusual in that, lol, the black background paper is yet another pie form the Chapter One pad.
I'll be entering my Dad's card in the following challenges: 
Cutie Pie Challenge Escape to the Country  (Farmyard or garden animals)
Bunny Zoes Crafts Lovely Layers
As You Like It Wants to know if we like Big or Little Bows... I like big bows, but just can't seem to nail tend to use little bows, like this die cut one!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere - at Di's Digis

Here we are again with a new challenge starting at Di's Digis Challenge Blog, the theme this time around is "Flowers Everywhere".  I made a card for my lovely Mum for Mother's Day... which is tomorrow here in Australia!  
It's a "Magic" card... or that's what Marianne called it in her fabulous tutorial here... it uses the "winged sides to stand up and has a "secret" panel that shows when you lift up the front panel.
The oh-so-sweet image is called Hide and Seek Mice (I do love Di's mice images!) and you can get it here.  I coloured with Copics, adding some depth to the shading with Prismacolor pencils and some gold gel pen to the base of the petals... it ties in with the gold on the paper and actually looks a bit more subtle in real life, quite effective if I do say so myself :-)I used some beautiful handmade Cherry Blossom patterned Chiyogami paper from my beloved Starfish Lane - special paper for my very special Mum :-)  It's a pain to cut cleanly, you do have to spend a bit of time cleaning up the cut edges but it's SO worth it; this paper is GORGEOUS in real life, with a tissue-y texture, gold detail and rich colours.
I punched the edges of the "wings" that help the card to stand with a Martha Stewart Edge punch - "Doily Lace", I sponged some dusky pink Kaisercraft ink on the edges to soften the effect. 
I've been drooling over Stitched Mat type dies all over blogland, I finally treated myself to a couple of sets - Stitched Mats circles and squares - from L'il Inkers (the largest one in each of their sets is the biggest of all the brands I looked at) they stitch "inside and outside" of the cut line; giving a stitched line on the outer edge of the mat and around the outside of the "hole", which gives a useful negative :-)  I'm really impressed with how nicely they cut, and their customer service was excellent too.  I inked the edges of all the circles to match the punched edges.
The flowers on the front are from my stash... they came on a branch and as they weren't the right colour I just touched them up with a Copic marker to suit.  The sentiment is a sticker, it was all joined together in three rows, I snipped them apart and voila!
The poem inside the card was one I found on Pinterest... click on the pic to see it up close and personal :-) I typed it out using Precosia font, I haven't added it to my freebies page as this font was free for Personal Use only. 
Another stitched mat circle for a jotting panel and a strip of the Doily Lace to tie that in (and to compensate for the fact that I didn't have enough of the chiyogama paper to cover the whole of that panel) and done... it looks okay I think.
Well that's it for today's card, pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the DT's work; truly Flowers Everywhere, lol.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge this time around... there's a great prize on offer as always (from Magnalicious this challenge) woohoo! If you use one of Di's sweet images you get to go into an extra draw too don't forget!
 I'll be sharing my card at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge, as I'm on the DT I won't be entering the prize draw - just "show and tell", lol, but I WILL be entering Mum's card in the following challenges.  
Cute Card Thursday Secrets (a hidden something) hidden panel behind the front flap
Pile It On Garden Creatures
Tuesday Throwdown Welcome Spring
Aud Sentiments  Animals + a sentiment
As You Like It Favourite; Patterned or Embossed Paper - well I DO love patterned :-) especially when it's so lush as this
Creatalicious Challenges Mother's Day/Special Lady My Mum is VERY special
The Paper Shelter Love (any kind of love) I love my Mum, that's some kind of love
Fab'n'funky Challenges 3 or More Layers
I'll be back soon... still got that pile in my Draft folder, lol.  Until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, May 01, 2016

May Day

Here we are, first of the month again - time for a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge, where the "challenge" is to use some patterned paper on your creation.  I made a card for our friend's 80th birthday card... it's a "flip" card, the only way I can think to describe it to the uninitiated is in photos, so expect a few :-)
Here's the front, with the cute image from Bugaboo, coloured with Copics (and some Prismacolor pencil detail) with Stickles added to the party favours and hats and - of course - Glossy Accents to the birds' eyes.

These cards are really easy to make, and to adjust to different dimensions.  For example this Splitcoast Stampers tutorial is what I used for the idea and dimensions for my first flip (also know as swing) card, but for this one I adjusted my template to suit the wider image, resulting in a bigger card overall.  You can use dies to cut out the part that "flips" for a different effect; there are a ton of videos on YouTube - check them out.  

Mine's pretty basic, but it IS in metric unlike most others I found, this pic is just a jpg, if it's not clear enough to follow here's a link to a downloadable pdf,  (it's on my Tutorials, Templates and Freebies page too)  

I used a Cottage Cutz Best Wishes die, cut in blue card then smothered in gloss to "fill" the area next to the image... you need to think about that space when you choose an image for this type of card :-)
Anyway, here's the card mid-swing, and then completely flipped over to read the sentiment, which came with one of my Birdbrain Chick images from From the Heart digital stamps.  I just typed the sentiment on the front - tried to match the font on the FTH sentiment as best I could, I think it's okay :-)
The papers are from my stash... can't remember the origin of either I'm afraid... and the wooden 8 and 0 are from my stash too; given the paint and gloss treatment to tie them in. 
That's all there is to it... easy peasy.  I hope you get a chance to pop over to the Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge to check out the rest of the DT... hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too; great prize on offer as always, and of course the theme is so EASY!
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges: 
OSAAT Anything with Wings
A Snowflakes Promise Anything Spring
Inky Chicks Birthday
Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Birthday
Little Miss Muffet Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends Challenge 19  Anything Goes (Always)
Creative Fingers Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes
Create and Inspire Anything Goes
I'll be back in a few days, I've got a few things ready to blog (finally!) so it's "just" a case of finding the time to write a post up.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pastel Colours Challenge at Di's Digis

A new challenge started today at Di's Digi Designs Challenge Blog, the theme is Pastel Colours.  I made a Christmas card... then read the theme, duh, and THEN made this wedding card :-)  The Christmas card will wait for another day, lol.
The image I've used is called To Have and To Hold and is available here.  I decided to colour with Prismacolor pencils only this time around, I seem to be able to maintain the pastel-ness with pencils better than I can with my Copics :-)  I added lashings of Ranger's Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder to the bride's dress, and a little pearl to the bodice.
I made a "window" card, I like the effect and it makes the inside of the card as interesting as the outside.  As I only had enough of the Kaisercraft Magic Happens paper for the front of the card I used another paper for the inside; I can't remember what pad it came from... it was in my stash of separate sheets...I think it might be from  Basic Grey's Indian Summer pad; it has the same tones at least.
For some reason this card took ages to get together (probably because I only realized my error as I was about to load my Christmas card onto the challenge blog, last minute of course, and knew I was under time pressure)  The colouring didn't take long, but cutting all those oval holes and frames (Spellbinders Oval Floral dies, as opposed to their Floral Oval dies... why did they do that? give two of  their sets such similar names... just to confuse us peasants I feel!! ) seemed to take forever!  
There's one on the inside of the aperture as well as the outside as well as around the image, all of which I embossed with the same glittery EP as the dress, of course it hardly shows in the pics :-(  I thought that sticking double sided tape on the back would make it easier and less messy to glue them on after cutting, which it possibly did... what it definitely did was make it VERY fiddly to get all the little bits out of the die cut and I'm not sure I'll bother again!  
I decided to make a jotting space on the back of the card, with another frame, but was flagging with the whole thing by then, so it got a basic pink matt, stuck down with UHU glue and a plain oval whacked on top; it serves the purpose I suppose -sorry about the over-exposed pic, few issues with my camera I think... like Operator Error!!
I used a spellbinders die for the Mr and Mrs and I think it's a Kaisercraft stamp for the "Congratulations" on the inside of the card, stamped with a Versa ink.  
The flowers I used have been in my stash for a while, coming from various places, the leaves I remember getting from Mulberry Crafts.  I finished the sprays by adding a few sticky backed pearls from my stash.  That's it.
I hope you get a chance to stop by the Challenge Blog and check out the team's work, and that you get to enter the challenge too; great prize on offer as always - from the Cutting Cafe this time around - and as always if you use one of Di's cute images (a digi or one of the Candibean rubber stamp range) there are extra opportunities to win.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges,
Addicted to  Stamps Pastel Colours
Southern Gals Challenge Patterned Paper
Crafty Cardmakers 1 image 2 papers 3 different embellishments (flowers, die cuts, pearls)

 I'll be back soon - I HAVE to be... the first quarter of the year is our family birthday time and I've been making cards like a maniac, gotta get something out of my drafts folder soon or my laptop will buckle under the weight, lol.  Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Thursday, April 21, 2016

NOT a card

When I saw the challenge at As You Like It with the theme "Favourite Non Card Project" it was a toss up between one of my cakes or a painting.  In the end I thought I'd show one of my paintings. I painted this panther some time ago for my hubby's birthday, it's one of my favourite paintings because I made it for one of my favourite people, aaw, and he loved it, which made me proud.  
It was his birthday again last week and I only just managed to get a card made for him; how I ever found  the time to do a project like this I don't know... then again I was teaching decorative painting from home at the time, and card making hadn't taken root, lol.  I do hope you like it; ... it hangs in our al fresco area now, uplight by a lamp that really brings out those eyes
The whole thing is one piece of MDF, a platter I suppose you'd call it.  I used a pattern from Folk Art and Decorative Painting magazine and Jo Sonja Acrylic paints.... the "woodgrain" effect on the pseudo frame was done using cling film!!
There are a LOT of tiny strokes (using a tiny liner brush) involved to get the look of the fur, as with all things crafty (in my experience) it looks better in real life!

The eyes "follow you", very hard to capture in a photo... very effective irl.
I thought while I was at it I'd share my painting in Craft Your PassionThrough the Craftroom DoorLi'l Patch of Crafty Friends and Bizzy Becs Anything Goes challenges.  I think they're all okay with Non Paper projects, apologies if that's not the case.
I painted another picture about the same time as this one, of a clown, it's the one picture I painted that he has been keen on keeping on display (as well as this one, which was made for him and therefore a "given", lol)  I will show that another day soon.
I'll be back in a few days... with a card.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dry or Heat? Embossing That Is!

ETA:  I have spent 4 hours trying to edit and publish this post... it is now gone 2 am and I have no energy to spend trying to get it to publish all the pics and links ... Blogger doesn't want to play!I will return later in the morning to edit it.... must sleep now! Donna
Time for a new challenge at Di's Digi Challenge... and the theme, as the Post Title implies is "Embossing".  You can either crack out your embossing folders and go for Dry embossing or fire up the heat gun and grab your embossing powders.  I've done both, but either or is fine... I'm just an over-achiever, lol.
I've gone for a Christmas card, partly because I KNOW you can never have too many Christmas cards, and it IS only just around the corner - it's ALWAYS just around the corner - and partly because I just LOVED this image, one of Di's newer ones called Santa's Buddy and available here.  I've coloured with Copics, adding some Prismacolor details.
The heat embossing on the image is using Ranger's Clear Detail powder on the belt and Rudolph's nose, Glittery gold on the belt buckle and Ranger's Bridal Tinsel on the hat trim.
Of course the "main" embossing is found on the goild foil card I've used in place of patterned paper.  I used an Embossalicious Die'sire embossing folder "Let It Snow"... I can't tell you how pleased I was with the effect - it really does look great in real life.  
I embossed only half of the bottom panel, making it easier to attach the jotting panel (much easier to glue to flat card than embossed card, for sure!)  The black matting is from my stash, actually from a new pack I bought from Riot Art and Craft that comes with black, white and chipboard... really cheap!
The white card is from my ENORMOUS stash of "bits' left over from cutting my card bases out... it was exactly the right size, provided I used the right Lifestyle Crafts nested circle die of course, lol.
The green card for the holly leaves is also from my stash; I wish I could remember where I got it as it looks FABULOUS in real life, I cut the holly sprigs using a Cottage Cutz Winterland Holly die.  The red pearls are from my stash: they're self adhesive, but when I shaped the leaves (the die cuts little slits making this easy and desirable, they look so much better not being flat!) the "berries" kept pinging off... so I used clear craft glue and stuck them down good and proper, lol.
I think the sentiment is Kaisercraft, but don't hold me to it... and that's it!  Easy peasy and really quite effective.
I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:  

G is for Green or Gold
Anything (Christmas) Goes
Something Shiny
Furry Friends
People and their Pets
Anything Goes (Always)
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
I hope you get a chance to check out the blog, and a chance to enter the challenge too; great prize on offer as always, with extra opportunities to win if you use one of Di's Digis or a Candibean rubber stamp, if rubber is your thing.... I've decided this evening that rubber really ISN'T my thing; I spent two hours trying to stamp two images from a set I got in the mail yesterday.... between not getting a crisp image and smudging ink onto where it wasn't needed I had twelve failed attempts.  It just confirms to me that I AM, as suspected a digi kinda gal, lol
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna