Sunday 28 February 2010

OMG.....I've been picked!

What a day! Not only have I won a prize from One Stop Challenge I have also been picked to be a Guest Design Team member for two months at another of my very favourite challenge blogs, Colour Create!
I'm gobsmacked! There were so many fab entries (...I looked...!) I didn't expect to get anywhere but I have! I put it down to the Mo Manning image.....! LOL!

I won a prize....!

I'm chuffed to bits - I won the One Stop Challenge with my Wall Hanging!
Thank you One Stop - so made up! I never win anything!
Looking forward to receiving my prize........!


Still re-organizing my craft-room after the Christmas chaos and trying to find room for my new stuff from Tim Holtz, I came across a handul of those useless metallic ink-pens that have the needle-type nib that either writes in patches or deposits a huge flood of ink on your work - I could never get on with them, but being a Womble, could never bin them either!

So, after fruitlessly trying to 'prime' one of them and releasing the inevitabl blob of ink, I ended up playing and dabbing eith a sponge, misting with water, wiping with a Quickie and generally experimenting and came up with this using only two pens, lilac & green. The other colours arrived as re-actions to water and heat-gun.

Hope you like it - I'm made up with it!


Friday 26 February 2010

Mag's Magnolia Candy CLOSED NOW

Anyone who loves beautiful cards and Magnolia stamps won't want to miss Mag's Candy!
I's open until 28th February, so pop over there and look at her lovely blog!


Wednesday 24 February 2010

C.R.A.F.T 39 - Glitter & Ribbon

I love this week's challenge from C.R.A.F.T! Glitter and a ribbon, using some lovely background paper from our sponsor Toucan Scraps! What's not to like?

Of course I had to use a Mo Manning image 'Feel the Joy...' and colour it with my lovely Copics, didn't I? LOL! I think I may be in danger of becoming predictable!
The only thing that saves me is the infinite variety of Mo's images.

I love this image of Bella - every child should have many 'feel the joy' moments in their lives and it saddens me to my core that many don't.

For a change I've made a gate-fold card. I've covered the front with a lovely lilac paper from Toucan Scraps and egded the left leaf with a lilac Bazzil Bling card with my Martha Stewart border punch. I'd previously run the border through my Xyron adhesive so the holes in the filigree, could be filled with white glitter.

I then matted my image onto a scrap of the lilac Bazzil Bling card and adhered to the left leaf, taking care to centre it accurately.

I then punched out some green pearl paper with my Martha Stewart 'Branch' and L-Em 'Ash Branch' punches. These were adhered in place with Pinflair glue-gel.

The purple glitter daisies are Petaloo from the 1, 000 piece 'I Love You' bargain bag, which wasn't such a bargain because a good half of the bag were cheap foam flowers which I probably won't use (...well, who knows? I love a challenge...!)

A couple of brads and a purple bow finishes the card!

Copics colours?
Skin - E0000, R00 & E 00
Hair - Y21, E08, E35, E47, YR16, Spica Orange, Spica Yellow
Shadows - B60
Other colours - YG11, YG60, Rv02, BV00

I hope you like it!

Colour Create Challenge 38 - " Hair I am Mummy...."

The clever team at Colour Create have set a scrummy set of colours this week - red, white/off white, chocolate and pink. There is an optional element of silver and a heart.

As anyone who has visited my blog will know, like all crafters I'm a recovering chocoholic (none since Christmas) so this is the closest I can get to the delicious c-stuff - just look at that inspiration piccie !

So, I've used
K&Co Neapolitan Scrap-pad to Go double-sided paper.
Martha Stewart punches
Prima Blooms
Nestabilities Mega Curved Rectangle
Sizzix Texture Plate
Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Cream eyelet lace and old rose satin ribbon
Mo Manning's wonderful 'Angelina's Balloons'
Copic Ciao & Sketch markers E0000, E00, R00, R29, R59, R20, Y11, YR31, YR16,
YR38 & Spicas yellow & orange.
Glossy Accents

I decoupaged the Angelina image and layered it with silicone gel and used fine wire for the balloon strings.
The balloons I covered with Glossy Accents as I did Angelina's lickle shoes.

I thought my lickle granddaughter Ada, could give this to her Mummy for Mother's Day. Whatcha think?

I hope you like it!

Monday 22 February 2010

Sketch & Stash 29 & Allsorts 40 Challenges

I'm trying hard to get back into my challenges after being a bit lost in the wilderness for a couple of months due to technology malfunctions and illness so, as I have a few days off from minding my lickle Ada this week, I'm getiing stuck in!

This week at Allsorts, we're asked for a tag, a ticket or a label and I've put my motto on my hanging label for this. Also, the lovely DT at Allsorts would like to know what neglected or never used stash was used.
Well, the pink gingham was in a pad I bought nearly two years ago from a craft show and have hardly opened! The lovely patterned paper is only unused because I love it and was saving it! It's DCWV from Nancy's Pink Spring set of Drawers.

I'm really sorry about the photo - the colours haven't come out at all well and I will try to take another tomorrow morning in daylight, but if I leave uploading until then, I'll miss the Sketch and Stash challenge which provided the fab sketch!

(NB just uploaded new photo but after Jules' lovely comment!)

It's a bit of a gamble all round this card because I've coloured Mo Manning's fab image 'Between' in both Copics and Lyra pencils. Copics, I love and use all the time but except for one time I can think of, I've never used coloured pencils for years - since high school I think!

Also, not having any 'Sansodor' (which I've read peeps use to blend the pencils) I used a drop of body-oil which may or may not have worked, but smells lovely! LOL! So if my colouring isn't up to my usual - that's why!

Hope you like it!

Sunday 21 February 2010

One Stop 68 - Wall Hanging

The One Stop Challenge this week is for a 'Wall Hanging' and the DT demos are so inspiring I've actually managed to join in this week!

I've been very remiss recently, with my challenges, as I have been having nightmares with my technology, despite a brand new pc & printer (...or maybe 'because' of those!) and Windows 7.Hopefully, these seem to be resolved (for the minute anyway!) now.

I've used hand-made papers for this project and the small mirror is from a Christmas cracker. Red velvet ribbon and a couple of flowers in toning colours finish off.

Hope you like it!

Thursday 18 February 2010

C.R.A.F.T 38 - Eisketch 2

For my sketch this week at C.R.A.F.T, I've used Mo Manning's two year old toddler Jill and coloured her with Copics!
I love all of Mo's images but her toddlers are seriously well-observed and represented - I mean, just look at that attitude! LOL!

Because the sketch is quite 'busy', plus I wanted Mo's drawing to stand out, I've used quite plain colours and treatment, using Martha Stewart plain pale aqua paper and a couple of her punches to create interest and a little floral peachy paper for the mounts to bring those warmer tones out in the colouring.
I've purposely kept the colouring very light as a challenge to myself not to be too heavy-handed!

I fully intended remembering to list my Copic colours but I'm afraid time has not beeen my friend again this week and neither has my pc - it crashed for four days again!
Like a naughty child, it behaved perfectly at the pc doctor's then came home and threw another wobbler! Technology....pahh! The Luddites had the right idea.....

Thursday 11 February 2010

C.R.A.F.T 37 - Colouring Digital Images

This week at C.R.A.F.T we have some lovely images from Digital Delights to colour in.

I have 'Rosie', who is having a lovely time frightening the life out of a poor bird minding his own business in the clouds!

I would have liked to do a tutorial for this card but time just wouldn't allow - I'm sorry.

It is just a simple 'penny-slider' card but done vertically instead of the more usual horizontal and there's a fishing-line tied to the balloon and fed over the top of the card to the back where it has beads threaded on and an amethyst heart to weight it and when the line is pulled, the balloon raises!

The cloud on the front is an interesting technique. You can't see white on white all that well in a photo, but there is texture on there.
What I did was take a dribble of white Liquid Applique (the stuff that puffs up when you heat it) and brayer it over the front of the card. Then I shook Fun Flock, also in white, all over it and heated it with my heat gun! Quite 'cloudy'!

The bird I drew free-hand and just mirrored him, stuck him back to back on a bit of acrylic from some packaging or other and stuck him to the inside of the card so he looks like he's above the cloud.

The fab 'sky' paper is '12 by 12' brand by a lass called Jennifer O'Meara.

All colouring was with my lovely Copics and I used a little 'Glossy Accents' on the hearts on the balloon.

Hope you like it - it was fun making it and I'll refine it again later on in the year.

Monday 8 February 2010

Mo's Dream Team Entry - Bella & Bronte

Most of you will, by now, be familiar with Mo Manning's images on this blog as every other card I make is a Mo's Digital Pencil image.
Mo's drawings are well-observed and insightful images drawn with a rare talent.

Mo's Dream Team (her DT) are looking for a new GDT and, crazy lady that I am, I thought I'd try for it! Well, they can only say no...! LOL!

This is it!
I can't say it's my favourite Mo image as I don't HAVE a favourite because I love them all!

However, I do have a soft spot for Bella & Bronte because they remind me of my relationship with the dog I had as a child and growing up. She was my pal for over seventeen years and I still miss her and dream of her even though she passed on over thirty-five years ago!

The papers I've used are from Nancy Hill at DCWV, from her Summer collection and the flowers, ribbons and buttons are just from my stash. I coloured Bella and Bronte with my beloved Copics.

I enjoyed using this sketch and will probably use it again.

Hope you like it!

Saturday 6 February 2010

Allsorts 37 - Sketch

As my regular victims will know, I've been not quite firing on all cylinders since before Christmas but I'm now getting there! Not at full throttle yet but definitely feeling much better and not nearly as tired.

I think it's appropriate that my first challenge of 2010 is for Allsorts as it's one of my very favourite challenges (....and I've been placed in their top five twice...!)
so here's my entry for their sketch challenge for this week.

It's an important one too as I'd love to be considered for the Allsorts DT and hope this Mo Manning image (...for which I've had express permission from Mo personally to alter just a little as it's for my straighter-haired baby granddaughter Ada for her second birthday... can you see the resemblance below?) will help to impress them ( could it not...?!).

The papers I've used are from K&Co Sweet Pea Scrap-pad To Go range and they're mounted on a lilac Stardream pearlescent card and the flowers are Prima.

As usual, I've coloured Mo's fabulously observed drawing with my beloved Copics.

The photo hasn't come out that well so I'll try to do another in the morning light but it may not be in time for the challenge close.

I've really enjoyed following the super sketch and hope you like my effort!

Thursday 4 February 2010

C.R.A.F.T 36 - Valentine Card

My glamorous assistant is helping me this week!! Ada was really happy to pose with my card and I hadn't the heart to take it from her! So I did what any proud Nana and crafter would do - I grabbed me camera!

The theme this week at C.R.A.F.T is Valentines Cards and we're sure we'll be inundated with fabulously romantic cards!

Die-Cut Dreams is our sponsor this week and you really need to pop over there to have a look at their site if you like die-cuts or indeed any supplies!
My card is made entirely from stash so I'm afraid I can't tell you what the card & paper was but I will tell you that they came in an A5 pad from a Craft Show at Aintree Racecourse last year - if that helps! LOL!

The spotty paper is a printed pearlised paper, the black & white patterned on the inside page is card and the matching square matt is faced with printed vellum. The two hearts are form an old Dawn Bibby kit as is the buckle and the red velvet ribbon id held on with ds tape.
Look forward to seeing your creations on C.R.A.F.T!

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