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Sunday, 31 August 2014

AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER

     
       Just a quick visit today to share with you a card I have made for the August challenge at Crafter's Companion UK.  I have used papers that available free on their website. These are the ones from August 2014. They put a new design each month and these were very appropriate for their challenge which is All About School.                          



    Really bright and cheerful, although I expect that might not be the case for some children this week as they head back to school or start for the first time. The summer seems to have gone by too quickly and I suppose our thoughts will now be turning to Christmas. We have a few family Birthdays to celebrate before then though so will share my creations with you. Thankyou for visiting.   

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

       There is a challenge circulating the globe at the moment called the Ice Bucket Challenge. Basically anyone taking part has to have a bucket of Ice cold water poured over their head. They then nominate three more people to take part. While this is usually hilarious to watch there is a very serious side which is the fact that it is all in aid of Motor Neuron Disease. Fortunately as a family we have not been touched by this illness but that does not mean we do not care about others who have..
       My son Greg and girlfriend Amie turned up for lunch today and whilst we were eating Greg had a message informing him he had been nominated to do this challenge. He is always ready for a bit of fun and as our grandchildren were with us as well he decided to get it done. So off they went to buy ice. The grandchildren decided they would be the ones to soak their uncle. I think they enjoyed every moment, they were a bit wet themselves.        
                                                                                 
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Well done to Greg for being a good sport and not long after his challenge my other son was nominated.  You can donate by texting ICED55 to 70070                                                                            

Sunday, 24 August 2014

FLORALS and FEMININE

  Cards for females are so much easier there is a lot more choice and a chance to embellish the card more. On this note let me tell you that the Challenge at Clarity this month is entitled FEMININE. The only difficulty was choosing which of my many stamps or stencils to use. In the end I decided on the Freesia stamp, my mum loved Freesias, Dad used to grow them in his greenhouse for her. 

Finished card and extra tag.

   First of all I made a couple of Gelli print backgrounds using the leafy swirl stencil and a couple of different colours of acrylic paint. Phythalo Turquoise and Silk Purple. One was used for background and the other cut into two tags. I stamped the Freesias onto the tags with Black Archival ink. Now I do not have any distress pens and could not use Pro-markers with Archival ink so in the end I used my Sakura glitter pens to colour images. They worked quite well and I do like a bit of sparkle. 

     I needed some extra flowers so keeping it all Clarity I made my own using a stamp from the Filigraphy flower set. Some buttons were added to the centres.

Petals for flowers.

   Using the leafy stencil I drew round a small section and after a bit of fiddly cutting out I had a swirl to add as well. The tags and background were mounted onto glitter card then everything was arranged and fixed in place with glue gel. I also made an insert to finish off.



  I think my mum would have liked this card and I hope you do too. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Gorgeous Flowers

      Just a very quick visit today to share with you the news that I won the Challenge at Sweet Lilac flowers. I was so pleased and even more delighted when this week I received my prize. A hamper of their wonderful flowers. I really am thrilled to have found this product, there were some leaves in the box as well, very useful.
      I think many of my cards will be beautifully embellished now as I have such a wonderful choice. I will definitely be getting some of the Christmas blooms as well. I love Christmas,  a time when you can be extra generous with flowers and glitter.
My wonderful prize.

Enjoy your crafting and I will be back very soon with some more cards that I am making.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

LOVEBIRDS


     This card has the addition of some beautiful flowers. They are by SWEET LILAC  http://www.sweetlilac.co.uk/ which I have recently discovered. I saw them used on another blog JR CRAFTS    http://jr-crafts.blogspot.co.uk/ and could not resist buying some.  I have made the card to enter into the challenge on the Sweet Lilac blog.


Completed card

      The paper used for the background is from some of my stash which I have had for quite a while. I do love the vintage look which is strange as I really did not like it at all at one time. On one square I stamped the lovebirds and a lovely swirl in the corner. Then I cut another rectangle and stamped the swirl again and also a birdcage.  Brown Archival ink was used for all images as I thought it went well with the paper. The rectangle was matted onto a contrast card then added to the left of the lovebirds. The whole image was matted and layered onto another two pieces of contrasting card.

       Time for the fun bit, adding some of the beautiful flowers. At the moment I have not got too many to choose from but I chose ones that went with the colour scheme. I think the small roses are cute and reckon I will be using them quite a lot in the future. A couple of swirls of quilling paper and a bow completed this project.

      I am entering this card into the Sweet Lilac July/August challenge which is Birds of a Feather.
                             http://sweetlilacflowers.blogspot.co.uk/2014_07_01_archive.html

Thursday, 7 August 2014

LADY IN BLUE

   Hello, I have been trying out a new stencil. I ordered this one because there is a little competition over at Claritystamps. We were challenged to come up with a design for either of the lovely dress stencils. I could not resist having a go and this card is the result.

                                            
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                   I brushed through the stencil with Stonewashed Adirondack and used a make up sponge to add some extra shading. I decided on short sleeves so just added the blue a little way down the arms and  coloured the rest with more of a flesh shade. I made the hat a shade darker by using Denim distressed ink. The stars were out of a  Christmas set, which I stamped on very lightly and then went over carefully with a glitter pen adding a gem to the centre of each one. The belt was drawn in with the same pen. 
      For the background I covered the lady with a mask. then laid over the brick and Leafy swirl stencils together. These were carefully brushed over with Mountain Rose Adirondack ink and Bundled Sage distressed ink.
Closer view showing background
  
     I added some shading around the base of skirt so that she does not look as if she is floating and stamped some grasses on edge. The handbag was cut out of some more card that had been coloured  the same as dress and edged with peel offs. Some flowers in top corner completed this little creation.  
    I think I might make another couple, these could be useful feminine cards to have in stock. I would like to play around with adding a shawl across her shoulders or maybe a parasol in her hand. Anyway in the meantime I will enter this one into competition and keep my fingers crossed. 
                                                                                                                                                  
 

         

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

PINK CARD

     Just a brief visit today to share with you a quick card I have made to enter into a challenge on the Cardmaking and  Papercraft website. The rule is that the design has to be all in pink.

     I have used some cardstock that I had by Hunkydory. I really enjoy the challenge of stamping these days but it is always useful to keep some card and paper that can be made into a card quickly. Hunkydory can be relied on for quality.  The flowers are from Sweet Lilac, I was spoilt for choice when choosing from their
website. So many lovely designs.
Pretty in Pink

   I hope you like this card and I will be back soon with some more cards. I have a lot of Birthdays to prepare for in the next few weeks.