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Monday, 23 March 2015

I love her jewel-sea...



Today I’m sharing another book calendar I’ve made for a friend’s birthday featuring Beach Pretty from Saturated Canary.


I’ve followed the sketch at Dei Sketchtanten to decorate not only the outside, where I’ve flipped the sketch, but also the inside where the awesome image is featured.


This is not just a book calendar but also a holder for notes, the card (my message is on the reverse of the ‘inside’ (back of where the image is located) and holder for the actual gift of the pen.  Pretty nifty, right?  You can find a tutorial to make this book calendar by Clarissa over at the Noor blog although I altered it to make this a 6x6, my favourite card size and so I could use 12x12 cardstock.  As this features notes I am entering it in the current challenge at Fun with Shapes and More.


Now over at Saturated Canary they have a colouring challenge going on featuring the lovely Beach Pretty and her sister image, Beach Ink.  It’s almost over so everyone who wants to vote has probably already voted but I’m still going to enter my book calendar over there as there are three other ways to win and I had heaps of fun colouring this beauty up.  Oh, and as it is a colouring challenge, here’s a close-up of the image, complete with the stray bits of Fran-tage that blew all over it, kinda looks like sand particles, right?!


Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Eyes BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05
Lips R27, R29, R59
Hair E29, E53, E55, E57
Outfit BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78
Earrings Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Towel B23, B24, B37, B39, B41
Chalks & Powders etc
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel ~ Shabby Blue
Embellishments
Francheville ~ Hinge Clip
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye, Walnut Stain & Weathered Wood
Tim Holtz Distress Paint ~ Broken China
Papers
Bazzill Cardstock ~ Typhoon
Ribbons & Trims etc
Stamps
Challenges

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Friday, 20 March 2015

How did it get so late so soon?



What do you do when you realise it’s someone’s birthday today and you don’t have a card made?  Reach for your go to image (1920’s Kody from Some Odd Girl is mine for male cards), crop it and go CAS, of course!


Now because I am not so flash with layouts I did take some time out to go find a suitable layout, it saved me time in the end as it took the guesswork out for me.  The current one at CAS on Sundays worked beautifully with my image and the need to crop (no time to colour a full image) although I did layer up the background papers to add some additional weight and interest to the card.

Now this card is both CAS and for a guy so I am entering it in the current challenge at Cardz for Guyz.  I’m also entering it in Stamping Sensations’ current challenge where the theme is also a male card.  And given all my white space on this card I’m also linking it up at AAA Cards in their bare naked CAS challenge.

Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Eyes E53, E55, E57, 0
Lips E11
Hair N5, N7, N9, 100
Outfit C00, C1, V20, V22, V25, W3, W5, W7
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Spellbinders Nestabilities ~ Classic Circles
Papers
Bazzill Cardstock ~ Herbal Garden Medium & Pinecone
Ribbons & Trims etc
Fabric Tape from stash
Stamps
Some Odd Girl ~ 1920’s Kody (retired)
Challenges
 

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

…and each moment is a day



I needed a card for a 50th birthday which seemed the perfect excuse to colour up two gorgeous images from Abigail Larson available at Simply B Stamps, Mr Roberts and Clocks.


Now you can’t see Clocks on the outside of this card as it’s a special ‘peek-a-boo’ card I made following a tut by Norma of From my Craft Room (you’ve got check out her lovely work and awesome tuts).  So here is a view with Clocks.


While this is a fab card type it doesn’t exactly leave you with much space to write, am going to have a think on it and maybe shift from my usual and favourite 6x6 size and see if I can alter the pattern to give more space inside.

For now though, I am happy with the card, which I’ve kept fairly simple as it is, hopefully obviously, for a male.  Shopping our Stash have a metal challenge going and if there’s something my stash is full of it's metal.  So in I went and hunted around, I tried to spell out more of my sentiment in metal but just didn’t have words that worked so went with two variants on the same emotion in different styles of embellishment.  Loved the clock hands, I’ve been hoarding them for a while, so added them even though they’re black and my time piece is silver.

I went with the mostly green colour as the recipient is Irish by heritage and with my green I am entering this in the current challenge at Creative Card Crew. I was a bit conflicted on whether to add in the number 50 on the front but contented myself with a clock set to five as I think reaching a half century is a bit of a touchy thing for the recipient.  But I still have a number, twelve in fact, so I am also linking this up at Addicted to Stamps’ current challenge.

Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Eyes E49, 0
Lips R24, R29, R46
Hair E43, E44, E47, E49 & N1, N2, N4, N5
Outfit G94, YG61, YG63, YG67 & E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, T0, T4, T2, T3, 0
Chalks & Powders etc
Pebbles Cream Chalk ~ Metallic Beige
Embellishments
Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings ~ Clock Hands, Jeans Plates & Vintage Tub Knobs
Tim Holtz Idea-ology ~ Time Pieces
Inks & Paints etc
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Forest Moss & Walnut Stain
Papers
Bazzill Cardstock Dotted Swiss ~ Clover Leaf
Bazzill Cardstock Smoothies ~ Carob Cream
FabScraps Retro Twist ~ Fantasy Flight
Prima Cartographer ~ Les Yeux
Stamps
Challenges

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

How the heart feels a languid grief...



It’s our second challenge over at Show Your Digi Love and I’ve made a special card featuring an image I’ve had for ages but never coloured up, the stunning Fairy Princess of Autumn by Enys Guerrero available at Sweet Pea Stamps.


My card is actually a box card; I followed a tutorial over at Noor Design by Tiets.  It’s supposed to have tea light candles in it but is going to someone who doesn’t really use them so I’m going to fill it with chocolates instead.  Here’s what the inside looks like, it’s hard to tell in the photo but the gold medallion in the middle on the right side is actually printed on organza ribbon, which is there to hold the chocolates in but in real life is see-through so you can actually see what’s inside the box.


As this is really a glorified gift box and it is for a gift (a thank you for someone whose place I’m staying at for a crafty weekend), I am entering it in the current challenge at Hanna and Friends.

The front of the card follows the current sketch over at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, a great one that allowed me to add lots of delightfully shabby elements.  To pick those elements I’ve played along with the tic tac toe challenge at Fussy and Fancy.  I really couldn’t pick a column or row so I just went with every one of the elements as they were all fabby so I have a charm (I’m thinking the Tim Holtz Foliage counts as a charm, it’s metal and has a loop to hang it),  several die cuts (the corner element, the oval and the label on the tag inside, lace (love the one I used, sadly it is no longer available), dry embossing on the corner die cut (it’s a bit hard to see as I’ve covered a bit of it but the label is also embossed), ribbon (two kinds, the organza and the jute), pearls (around the oval frame), a sentiment (on my tag), wet embossing (the sentiment on the tag, which is why it’s a bit difficult to actually read it!) and sparkle (I used gilding flakes on the embossing, also the gold veins on the leaves and the glittery printing on the organza ribbon).

And a closer look at the tag I made (needed somewhere to write a message!).

 
I love how this turned out and am really happy with my colouring of the image; she is such a beautiful image.

Now hopefully I’ve inspired you to go through your own digi stash, yes, that one you have full of gorgeous and fun images you’ve never got around to colouring, and join us at Show Your Digi Love.  Our challenges are always anything goes and just for fun (a fab badge is yours though and guest DT spot if you want it) and this month we are asking you to choose your favourite image from Aurora Wings, The East Wind and Sweet Pea Stamps.  We’d love to see your makes with one of the fab images from one of these talented artists, or even all three!

Ingredients:
Copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Lips R24, R29, R59
Hair E43, E44, E47, E49
Outfit E23, E25, E27, E29, R39, R59, R85, R89, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Brambles E23, E27, E29
Wings E17, E18, E25, R22, R59, Y21, 26
Chalks & Powders etc
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Sizzix Die & Embossing Folder ~ Labels
Spellbinders Shapeabilities ~Ironwork Accents
Wild Rose Studio Die ~ Oval Frames
Embellishments
Prima Flowers ~ Merlot Capri
Tim Holz Idea-ology ~ Foliage
Inks & Paints etc
Rub’nBuff ~ Spanish Copper
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo
Viva D├ęcor Inka-Gold ~ Old Gold
Papers
Bazzill Cardstock ~ Bitter Chocolate
Creative Memories ~ Reminisce Travel
Echo Park Reflections Fall ~ Autumn Stripes & Count Your Blessings
Gold Paper from stash
Ribbons & Trims etc
DMC ~ Memory Thread
Green Tara Pearl Trim ~ 3mm Ivory
Jute Ribbon from stash
Live and Love Crafts Lace ~ Reinette Champagne
Maroon Organza Ribbon with Gold Print from stash
Stamps
Challenges

Fussy and Fancy #133 ~ Tic tac toe (charm, die or punch, lace | dry embossing, ribbon, pearls | sentiment, wet embossing, sparkle)

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