Saturday, September 13, 2014

Breaking ALL The Rules !?

Now the title of my post suggests I'm some sort of anarchist, but I'm not really... but you knew that, lol.   I am referring to the fact that a few weeks ago as Guest Designer for Little Miss Muffet Stamps I broke one of the cardinal rules of my youth "blue and green should never be seen..." and today I get to break another; "Don't mix Checks with Stripes" for the Challenge starting at Di's Digis.  To be fair, it's not compulsory to be so daring - you can have Checks and OR stripes, I just thought I'd go the whole hog :-))
I've used the sweet image "Surprise", available here - can you see the fluffy little surprise in the box?  I did the basic colouring with Copics and added the shading with Prismacolor pencils, it's not showing the detail it has in real life; my picture is a bit dark as it was taken in the evening, maybe that's why. Addicted to Stamps wants to see Pastel Colours, I'm in, Cute Card Thursday has Too Cute as their challenge theme - definitely in there, Cutie Pie Challenge has Two's Company, entering there and Allsorts Challenges has Sugar and Spice, so in there as well.
I added pearl pen to the girls ruffles and iridescent sparkle to the gift box.  I added some pearl pen dots to the background of the image too, the jury's out on the success of THAT one, lol.
I followed the sketch from the Digi Sketch Challenge, you know how I like a nice sketch, their theme this time around is It's a Girl Thing, so I'll be entering with the Sketch and Theme.  I cut the image panel and pink and blue mats using my Lifestyle Crafts nesting dies, I love these things as having 21 dies in a set means you can have very small increments.  I stuck some lace (which I slit down to make it "flexible") to the back of the image panel before sticking that onto the pink mat.  I stuck more lace to blue card for the two vertical strips on the sketch.  Bunny Zoes Crafts has a Lace themed challenge so I'm entering there and Papertake Weekly has Repeat Repeat (use two of something) so in there too.
The papers are from DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies 8x8 stack... they're really heavy and nice to work with - the blue/green stripes are really glittery too, not that that's showing in the pic either, sigh.  The ovals on the stripy paper were white, but they didn't tie in with the theme so I coloured them with R81 Copic, which seemed like a fabulous idea... at the start!  Oh, it didn't take that long and it made it match :-)  Simon Says Challenge wants us to Make Our Own Background Paper, I'm not sure this qualifies, but I did make it at least different to what it was so I'm entering, and as I've basically covered my whole card (actually I DID cover the whole card, the blue paper is from the pad I used) I'm entering Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
I fiddled around with other embellies for ages, in the end I coloured one of my basic white mulberry flowers with R81 and R85 Copics, stuck one of my favourite rhinestone/pearl embellies in the middle and added a couple of "leaves" punched with Martha Stewart's Forest Branches punch. The sentiment is from Craftworks Cards, I'll be entering the Seize the Birthday challenge. Some blue pearls on the corner of the DP panels, done! 
I used the same basic layout for the inside of the card, the stripes go the other way because it was an offcut from the piece I used on the front... and I was DONE with colouring little ovals, lol.  I used a brad in the centre of the flower and some linen textured card for the jotting panel.Catch The BugOSAATCrafty Girls ChallengeDivas by Design and Through the Craftroom Door have Anything Goes challenges (OSAAT is with a die, which I've used) so I'm entering them.
Well that's about it for today's card, pop over to the challenge blog and check out (did you see what I did there, lol) the rest of the team's inspiration.  Nice easy theme again so I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, with a super prize from Little Darlings on offer, it's well worth your time!  Don't forget the extra draw if you use one of Di's images too!!
I'll be back soon with another offering, I'm trying to get ahead with DT commitments as I have booked in to have my hip replacement on 3rd October, which isn't very far away really.  I am going to see the surgeon on 19th September, "my" surgeon is on Sabbatical Leave for six months and didn't want me to leave it until he returned (because of the Necrosis, I think) so I have to meet his Locum who is actually his Senior partner, don't know how it all works just want to get on with it now, though I am seriously dreading the process; operation and recovery are quite daunting.
I'll drag one of  the many out of my drafts to keep my blog ticking over, so I'll see you soon- ish! Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Monday, September 08, 2014

Father's Day in the Land of Oz

It's Father's Day here in Australia, I have stacks of cards in my drafts still to post but thought I'd share the cards I made for my Dad and Hubby while they're fresh, well one of them anyway.  Today is the card I made for my Dad
I made an easel card, my Dad just loves them (as do I, so that's a bit fortunate, lol)  I used an image from the Stamp Fairy - this is Lenny Father's Day 2 available here - I just visited the site to grab the link and see that they're CLOSING DOWN, gasp, better go and get some of those super cute images before they're gone!.  It wasn't until I had it all printed out and ready to go that I realised I used a Lenny image for Dad's birthday card back in May; oh well, it is a cute image and he DID really like his birthday card :-) oh, and I ran out of time (yup, again with the last minute card making scenario!) 
The image comes with both teddies "au naturel" and it didn't feel quite right, so I paper pieced a dress for the little girl (just a free hand cut shape, I made sure it had sleeves and that made it look so much more like it belonged)  I paper pieced the tie (which was already on the image) as well. Crafts 4 Eternity has a Digital challenge, Outlawz Friday Colouring Challenge and My Time to Craft have Teddy Bear challenges and Cutie Pie Challenge want us to use an image with two characters on, so I'm entering them; Hobbycutz and Corrosive Challenge want to see something for the boys so I'm entering there too.  I cut and embossed the image panel with a Crafts Too Squares die
I coloured the image with Copics and some Prismacolor pencils.  I used the sketch from Sketch and Stash this time around, I do like a nice sketch :-)  The papers are Kaisercraft, they really are beautiful IRL, with loads of gold foil, the brown cardstock is from my stash. I'll be entering Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge as my card base is (all but) covered in DP.
 The only embellishments on the card are the Kaisercraft Sparklets on the horizontal panel, they were clear - I coloured them to match the DP with one of my BG Copics, worked a dream, and they stayed nice and sparkly!  Totally Gorjuss has a Bling Challenge, so I'm entering there.
  I made the sentiment on the computer, Aud Sentiments wants to see a Sentiment Other Than Birthday, I'm in!  Clear It OutOSAATCrafty Girls ChallengeCatch The BugArt by Miran and Papertake Weekly all have Anything Goes challenges running so I'm entering them too.
 That's it for my Dad's card.  I hope he had a lovely day - we had the family all over for BBQ breakfast, my sister is up from the bush so with her and the twins it got pretty noisy, lol. Happy Father's Day to everyone celebrating today :-)  I'll be back in a few days with my hubby's card (or one from my draft folder, gotta get into that soon!)  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, August 30, 2014

There's a Bear on the Line

We have a new challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog, the theme is All About Animals.  My Animals are of the stuffed variety, I've made a card to welcome a baby girl - I realized I didn't have a single "girl" card on hand when my son asked for one recently, so I've made one.
When my eldest son was born (33 years ago!!) my Father in Law gave him a panda.  He was a very "difficult" man, so this personal gift was of particular significance, the fact that my son loved it was such a bonus.  He loved it so much that when it needed washing (as it got dragged around everywhere it was a regular occurrence) he would sit under the line gazing at it waiting for it to dry - lucky we live in Australia and it usually didn't take too long!  So when Di drew this image, called Washday, I just knew I had to have it, you can get it here
I've used some Copics but mainly Prismacolor pencils to colour, the cloudy background was done using a home made stencil and Kaisercraft ink. 
I used a Memory Box Corner Bow Die (cut up) as "ends" for the clothesline adding a tiny punched flower in glittery white with a Copic-coloured pearl in the centre.  The sentiment is computer generated, Aud Sentiments wants to see a sentiment other than birthday so I'm entering there, Little Red Wagon has Girl Power for their challenge so I'm entering there and Fab'n'funky Challenges has For the Kids so in there too.
I cut two rectangles out of the card base and (finally! I've had it for ages) used one of my new dies, Spellbinders Fancy Lattice to cut panels to fit into them.  I added strips of pearls around the edges, Totally Gorjuss wants to see Pearls, so I'm in.  You can see through to the pink cardstock I used on the inside of the card, to which I added a white jotting panel trimmed with more bits of Memory Box Corner Bow.
That's about it for my CAS card, I have been soooo busy, achieving little to show for it I might add, so I didn't have a lot of time to make this card, but I'm really happy with it. My Mums Craft Shop has a CAS challenge so I'm entering there.  Top Tip TuesdaySimon Says ChallengeArt by MiranBrown Sugar ChallengeSister ActStempelsonneCute Card ThursdayCrafty Girls ChallengeSimon Says ChallengeSimply Create TooSimon Says Challenge and Crafty Calendar ALL have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering them as well.
Pop over to Di's Digis Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the team's inspiration = awesome!  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too, it's a fun theme and there's a great prize from Love Bug Creations - and don't forget that if you use one of Di's fab images you go into an extra draw for an additional prize... win win!! 
That's it from a very wet Perth (we have had the wettest August day in a decade, 50mm or two inches! It's not that cold just WET and we did have enough sunshine to sit at the beach for lunch so not all bad) Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guest DT at Little Miss Muffet

A few weeks ago one of my cards (this one if you're interested!) got "Spotlighted" at Little Miss Muffet Challenges; the lovely Faye contacted me and asked if I would like to have a Guest spot on their DT.... would I????? Errr, YESSSS PLEEEAASE!!  So here's my offering for their challenge starting today, the theme is Blue and Green
Now, I was always taught "Blue and Green should never be seen, without a colour in between", well I'm thinking... bunkum!  Here I have those two colours up close and personal and she's looking prett-tty swish :-)  Of course having a lovely little image like Katie (one of the gorgeous Polka Dot Pals, available here) did help, quite a bit :-) Little Red Wagon has Girl Power for their challenge, Fab'n'funky Challenges has For the Kids while Send a Smile for Kids has Anything Goes For Kids so I'm enterng those... oh, an Crafty Little Fairies has Cute and Cuddly so I'm entering there too :-) 
I used Copics from the Blue, Blue/Green and Green families and some Prismacolor pencils, which I especially like the look of on the linen textured paper I used for the image. I made an easel card, they are my favourite fold after all :-) Though I do have a few "favourite folds", lol
Papertake Weekly have their regular "Sketchie Free For All" challenge, yay!!, Sketch #51 really lent itself to the idea I wanted to use of having the image "sticking up" over the edge of the fold (instead of covering the whole front with a square. It looks pretty much as I was hoping it would.
The papers are all from (ANCIENT) Die Cuts With A View Mat Stacks, Far East and All Glittered Up (I think) They're very glittery IRL.  I cut a circle of the blue and green then cut a frame with black cardstock from my stash, using Lifestyle Crafts circle dies - a great set for this sort of job as there are 20+ in the set so you can make very narrow frames easily, here I've used about 3 sizes apart so you can get MUCH narrower frames than this.  
I managed to get some glue on the black when I was sticking the silver cord (bought for egg decorating 11 years ago!) around the edge so I added some Gloss squiggles to disguise it, I'm really happy with the result; it helps tie the frame in with the pattern on the DP
I merged Katie with one of the stools from LMM's Tea Party Table and Chairs Combo pack, especially easy to do with Little Miss Muffet digis as they're in .png background (meaning they already have a clear background perfect for layering) Sadly I can't find the combo pack on the website any more, but Katie is still easy to merge with any background.  I had put her originally on some digital paper, but I managed to drop a Copic on it so I had to fussy cut her and mount her on foam dots on the DP circle.   The sentiment is from Create With TLC, I think it was a freebie... Paulette is very generous with her sentiments so it's highly likely :-)  I added a couple of star stickers, again from ancient stash.
The silver lace was a gift from one of my Mum and Dad's Malaysian holidays, the rhinestone button isn't - a button that is - it's a slider with a glittery cachou thingy stuck inside, which was silver, I coloured it with a Copic to make it green (I have some green ones but  they're too Christmas Green, if you know what I mean)  I added a couple of tiny silver "pearls", what is a pearl that's not pearly called??
Top Tip TuesdayTuesday ThrowdownCrafty CalendarSimon Says ChallengeCrafty Girls Challenge and Cute Card Thursday all have Anything Goes Challenges running so I'm entering there.
Anyway that's (finally!) it for today's card.  I'd like to thank Faye again for the opportunity to be a part of their fabulous DT - make sure you check out the challenge blog so you can see just what I mean by "fabulous".  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too, fly in the face of those Blue and Green should never be seen-ers, lol. 
I'm off to get dinner ready, Thursday is a super busy day for me, we have the kids over for dinner and quite often (like tonight) my parents as well; my DIL brings the twins over about 4 o'clock and life as we know it ceases from that moment, lol. 
They're growing up so fast, we put a little sandbox in for them last week (just a planter filled with white sand and some toys, but they love it) so now we have mayhem inside and out, lol. I thought I'd share this pic of Grandad watching "them" in my laundry last week, Emily got his attention while Nathan (in the background) got into the cupboard and took the lid off the disinfectant!!!  I swear they're in cahoots!  Time to put locks on methinks.  I do my shopping on Thursdays too, so enough from me!
I'll be back on Saturday with my regular DT card for Di's Digis.  Until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Hammy" Birthday to Tam

The card I'm sharing today was made for one of my son Chris's friends for her 30th... as it's her birthday again in about six weeks I thought I should get this one out of my drafts!  Tam loves pigs so the image choice was simple :-)
 I decided on this little piggy (pun intended, lol) from the sadly now defunct Pollycraft - I actually have a few pig images as my hubby loves them too and I l tend to grab them when I find them :-)  I coloured the image with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  The Crazy Challenge has Cute Little Animals while (somewhat coincidentally) Crazy 4 Challenges wants to see Animals (though not bears or bunnies) for their challenge so I'm entering there.  Cupcake Inspirations  has Party Time and  Great Impressions has a Birthday Bash, so in there too.
Tam has made all the right noises over the years re the cards I have made, and I know she likes easels so that was what I went with here.
The paper is from Kaisercraft's Save the Date pad, those banners and pinwheels are lovely and glittery IRL, impossible to capture on camera though, grrr, as is the gloss finish on the circles on the base.  I'll be entering Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.  I used one of the precut borders and made a stopper for the front of the card to sit against, adding a wooden "30" that I painted and glitter embossed.  The sentiment came with the image and the mat for that is another of the Nesties.  I cut out one of the pinwheels and added it to the corner of the sentiment with a brad from my stash.
I cut the mat for the image with Nestablities Lacey Squares, the image panel itself is just a rectangle with the edges trimmed with a corner rounder.  The patterned paper triangles are matted on cardstock from my stash which are mounted on foam dots to give some dimension.
I used metal letters from my stash, they are so old I simply can't remember where I got them from, I threaded them onto twine (stash again!) and then cut little slits next to the piggy's trotters and threaded the twine "under" them so it looks more realistically like the pig is holding the string, 'coz clearly "REALISTICALLY" that's what the pig would be doing, lol.  Crafty Creations wants to see our Stash, tada! and Clear It Out wants to see our Favourite Colour Combo, I love all colour, especially fresh juicy colour like this!
I added another Lacey Squares Nestie mat for the jotting panel, which I cut and embossed with a Crafts Too Square die and added another of the cut out pinwheels.  The "growing old..." sentiment came in the Save the Date pad.
Well that's it for Tam's (last) birthday card, I hope to share this year's a lot sooner, lol.  
Fab'n'funky Challenges and Send a Smile for Kids have Anything Goes for kids challenges, this card isn't technically for "a kid" but Tam is a kid to me and it's definitely kid-oriented so I'm entering there, I'll understand if it's not allowed though :-) Top Tip Tuesday , Tuesday ThrowdownThrough the Craftroom DoorCrafty Girls ChallengeLittle Miss Muffet,  Stamping Sensations and Crafty Calendar all have Anything Goes challenges - I should be alright there, so I'm entering them :-)
I will be back on Thursday with a card I've made as a Guest Designer for Little Miss Muffet, which I am most excited about, I hope you can pop over and check that out.  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Grab a Pencil: It's Time For Di's Digis Back To School Challenge

Yup, it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digis Challenge blog... we have a "Back To School" theme.  I decided to make something "useful" as my project, so I grabbed one of the pencil tins I got in a sale (2 for $1) some time back and decorate that. 
As it will probably get shoved in and out of a bag or shelf countless times I thought it best to keep the layers and embellishments to a minimum; that's when I came up with the idea (not really that original!) of printing all the elements on one layer, so that's what I have done... with the exception of the twine of course.  
I used Microsoft Word; I made a rectangle by cropping a sheet of digital paper from Nitwit's Live n Learn 2 collection, then I added an oval, filling it with one of Word's inbuilt textures (cork)  adding the bevel edge and dropped shadow (using Format Shape, just in case you're not familiar with the process)  I then added the fabulously cute image, Back To School Bunny -available here for only $2. I had already removed the white background from the image and saved it as a .png - I do this with all my images so that they layer well.    Crafty Little Fairies wants to see Cute and Cuddly, I'm in, and Pile It On wants Primary Colours, I've got the red yellow and blue as my main colours so I'm in there too.   
Next I added "Pencils" using Wordart and printed the whole thing out, voila! I coloured the image with Copics, with a bit of Prismacolor pencil shading, and added gloss to the pencil and to the Wordart - I added a really thick layer to make the letters stand out, it looks much more even in real life, and surprisingly effective.  All that was left to do was add a bit of twine from my stash. Crafts 4 Eternity wants to see Something Old, the tin is at least a year old and the twine is more like three - hopefully old enough! 
Here's my pencil tin doing what pencil tins do :-))
I think it fits the sketch from Seize the Sketch so I'm entering there, and Whimsy Inspirations Challenge has a Back to School challenge so I'm entering there too.
Through the Craftroom DoorCrafty Girls ChallengeCrafty CalendarStamping Sensations and Little Miss Muffet all have Anything Goes challenges running so I'm entering them as well.
That's it for today's project, a very simple little thing it was too - but still I had fun making it.  Check out the rest of the team's inspiration, awesome as always.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too, we have a great prize from the Frantic Stamper and as always, if you use one of Di's fab images you go into an extra draw with a prize of it's own.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna 

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