Sunday, February 28, 2016

Time to Use Two or More Dies

New challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog (yup, another fortnight has WHIZZED by, lol), the theme is "Use Two or More Dies".  I've made a card for a Christening/Baptism
The image is called "Christening Day, Girl" ("Boy" is available too, of course) and it's available here
I took my colouring with me when we went away for a few days last week and I had great plans to colour up a bunch of images... of course when we got down to Margaret River I realized  I'd left my Copics at home - I'd remembered my refills, but not the pens, duh!  I had taken my pencils and solvent so I did get a few images coloured with them, this is one of them; it's not often I use only pencils, but I'm reasonably happy with the ones I did... even this one :-)
I always use coloured card for matting, so this was a bit of a departure... I used a really nice quality paper to cover the base of the card, I think it made a nice backdrop for the patterned paper; the paper on the top half of the card is from Starfish Lane (so of course it's really lush IRL, even though it doesnt' show on the pic) and the bottom half is from Kaisercraft - could be the Vintage Timeless collection, may not be, lol.
The diecuts are all made using cream pearl cardstock - it looks nice in real life, but hard to capture in photos

Now, the all important - for a dies challenge - are; Spellbinders Floral Oval for the image mat (actually I made a frame with the image panel glued behind it), Memory Box Magic Flourish to the right of the image and MFT Crochet border for the "lace" across the centre (I think it goes really well with the Floral oval)  The rhinestone and pearl embellishment was sourced from a Wedding supplies place on the internet.
The sentiment is from Craftworks Cards, I may change it for a personalized one when I need the card, I attached it with a pearl brad from my stash.  The pearl "string" - actually it's a thread of sticky backed pearls - is also from my stash... sadly these are the last I had, I'll have to get more SOMEWHERE, they're so easy to use!
As always I've used elements and papers from the front of the card on the inside, sorry about the quality (or lack thereof!) of some of today's pics... some  were taken with my photo tent, the paper didn't like the lighting, or the lights didn't like the paper!
Well that's about it for today's card, a little different in style for me, it was a nice chance to crack out some of my favourite dies... at which point I found all my "new" dies, it's already practically March and I haven't cut one thing with the dies I got for Christmas, even though I've made a few cards over the last couple of weeks, must try harder, lol.
I will be entering the following challenges: 
Cute As A Button Shabby Chic
Inky Chicks Ribbon and/or Lace
Great Impressions Any Celebration
The Paper Shelter Animal Magic
Little Red Wagon Furry Friends
Aud Sentiments Cute + a Sentiment
Creatalicious Challenges Favourite Colour Combo
Hanna and Friends Favourite Stamp
Hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, it'll give you a chance to dust off those dies :-)  There's a great prize on offer as always, from the fabulous Crafty Ribbons this time around, and (again as always) don't forget that if you use one of Di's awesome digis, or a Candibean rubber stamp if rubber is your thang, you get extra opportunities to win, yeehaw!!
I'll be back in a couple of days with my Crafty Hazelnut's DT card, until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Birth-Day vs Birthday at Di's Digis

So yet another fortnight has whizzed by and it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digis.  The theme this time around is "Birthdays", but I'll be honest and tell you I got distracted half way through making my card, which was going to be for my grandson's birthday in March, when my husband's great niece had a baby boy on Tuesday - I got all excited having such a cute image all coloured up ready and decided to use it for a "baby" card.... so this is stretching the theme as it's for a "Birth-Day" vs a "Birthday".
The image - told you it's CUTE, lol - is called Animal Crew and is available here.  As usual I used Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils to colour the image, quite a bit of pencil this time around - I'm really happy with the lion's mane and just couldn't get this effect without using the white pencil.  I added gloss to the balloon, think I might add some to the lion's nose, not sure yet.
This is quite a big card (21.5 x 14.5 cm or roughly 81/2" x 6"), it's one of the things I love about digis; the ability to scale them up or down to suit your card size.  Right from the outset I was determined to make this a "one layer" style card, I've been admiring Netty's work for some time and this is the look I've been trying to emulate (err, alright, copy, lol) without much success... I am definitely closer this time!!  Still a ways off though, oh well something to aspire to :-)
I used the sketch from Stella Says Sketch  it really lends itself to this style of card. 
The patterned paper is from Die Cuts With a View, the Animal Crackers pad; it's an 8x8 pad so it fit the card without matting (in fact it's cut down).  The blue cardstock is leftovers from my stash, the star punch is one my folks brought back from one of their Malaysian trips, and the star safety pin embellie is from a pack I've had for years.  
The twine is from my stash too; the day after I finished this card I found a pack of blue paper string which actually looks better, but it's too fiddly to change so I'll stick with the twine.
I used the "Congrats" die from Sizzix Celebrate Words die set, I added gloss to it: I think it looks more "finished" that way.
As always I finished the inside of the card to suit the front, I stamped the sentiment inside using Memento ink and stamps from a couple of sets (Kaisercraft both, I think) that have been gathering dust in my CD holder (that's how I store my clear stamp sets) until I bought my Stamp-a-Ma-jig... now I'm stamping all the time 'coz I can get them straight... I know this doesn't look that straight, but trust me IRL it is!!
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges;

Great Impressions Any Celebration
Simon Says Challenge One layer, can add embellishments
Hiding in my Craft Room Super Scraps Saturday
Clear It Out Theme: Anything Goes Stash: Twine
Simply Papercrafts Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Anything Goes
That Craft Place Anything Goes
Addicted to  Stamps Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes
Well that's it for the card, loving this style; it lets the image shine, and as colouring images is my favourite part of card making I'm happy because I get to spend more time colouring and less time assembling!
I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge this time around "Birthday" is an easy theme - even if you are me and stuff it up a bit :-))  There's a great prize on offer from Craftin' Desert Diva's shop and also a prize from SVG Attic and dont' forget if you use one of Di's fab digis OR a Candibean rubber stamp you go into an extra draw with it's very own prize, yeehaw!!
I'll be back soon; my Drafts folder is burgeoning I really DO have to sort it out and get it published!  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, February 01, 2016

It's February Already

Yup, it's February ALREADY, eek.  It's the first of the month so it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge... where it's really no challenge at all as all you have to do is use patterned paper somewhere on your creation :-))  I made a sympathy card as they're the sort of card we all need at some point and are loathe to make "on demand" as it were - good to have one or two on hand.
I cut two of the corners with my 1" corner cutter... I rarely use this, now I see how much it cuts the card down I can see why, it looks alright when used as a feature though, in my opinion anyway.
The background paper is GORGEOUS in real life, the green foil is really lush against the charcoal background; it is from my "special" papers box... most of those come from my favourite shop Starfish Lane... either as treat-myself purchases or with the proceeds of gift vouchers from my lovely son Chris - as this was :-)  The image is from Beccy's Place, it was a freebie  called simply  "Magnolia"
I broke with tradition this time around and used only Prismacolor pencils to colour the image... well not really broke; I printed the image on Versa Linen card and I usually use pencils on the heavier textured card as I have found that gives a nicer finish than Copics... well I think so! 
I did manage to get some Copic action happening though; the pearl in the centre of the embellishment on the ribbon was cream, I coloured it to suit with a Yellow Green Copic.  The ribbon is VERY glittery (let me translate, it loses fine black glittery bits all over the place!!) and didn't look good tied in a bow, or even a knot, so all I did was gather it with a little cotton and plonk the embellishment on, as I only had a little bit left it worked out well as I ended up with (just!) enough for the inside
The sentiment is from a set I've had for years; stamped in green pigment ink and embossed with clear... not that the gloss shows.
I cut the image panel with Spellbinders Standard Ovals and the mat (which I embossed with homemade black glitter EP) with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals.
As usual I finished the inside with elements from the front of the card... instead of the rhinestone/pearl embellishment from the front I used three flat back pearl embellies... they started life cream too, lol.  I didn't gather the ribbon this time, so it needed more pearls.
That's it for today's card, pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the team's inspiration, hope you get a chance to join in the challenge this time around: great prize as always and the theme is so easy, why not??
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers Die Cuts and/or Punches
As You Like It One or Multi-Layer (I'm going for "Multi-Layer" coz they're easier, lol, but I love One layer too!)
Pixies Snippets Playground Snippets (ribbon, I have about 2cm left, sob)
Aud Sentiments Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Little Miss Muffet Anything Goes
That Craft Place Anything Goes
Addicted to  Stamps Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Simply Papercrafts Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes
I'll be back soon (with something from my drafts I think, or maybe the cake I did for the twin's first birthday, seems as I'm already thinking about their THIRD which is on Easter Monday)  I have been press ganged into making a cake this week for one of my son's friends; I made a cake just before Christmas, now it only seems right that her eldest daughter get the same sort of cake - Sep's a nice lady so I said yes even though I don't do cakes "commercially" any more; three years of wedding cakes for a shop cured me of THAT, lol
Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna