Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Moovelas Birthday - Sketch Saturday & Basic Grey

Today's card I have made for my Brother using an excellent sketch by the Sketch Saturday Challenge. The image called "Happy Maya" is from La-La-Landcrafts. I was lucky enough to win this rubber stamp after entering the Dutch Dare Challenge last year and until now haven't had a chance to use it. The papers are "Archaic" by Basic Grey and a small strip from the Amy Butler Belle pad. I always have a problem finding something to put in each corner of a card in keeping with the image. This effort is supposed to be a broken fence! The sentiment I created on my computer and cut it out using my Spellbinders tag die. I attached it to the card using string. I am entering this card into two challenges, Sketch Saturday and Basic Grey, the theme is animals. Thanks for looking and enjoy the week. Jenny

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Everybody Art Challenge No. 75 - Blue/Brown/White

This week over at Everybody Art Challenge is a colour theme. The challenge is to use blue, brown and white. I have made my card for my Nephew who celebrated his 18th Birthday recently. Once again I have used a Mo Manning image, I just love them because there is always an image that fits perfectly for my project. To make this card I have used papers from various K&Co paper pads, these being, Ancestry & Life's Journey both pads. I wanted the card to appear worn so to create this effect I ripped, curled and distressed the edges with ink. The image was coloured with Copics and the background with distress inks. The effect behind the image was created by embossing a blue piece of Bazzill card with a Cuttlebug circle folder. I then swiped two ink pads over the top (Ranger Vintage Photo & Dew Drop Silver). To highlight the circles I used a white gel pen. For the "18 Today" I have used Sizzix alphabet "Fruit Smoothie" To finish I added a ribbon, charm and a word sticker. If you get time please play along with this week's challenge over at Everybody Art Challenge. I will enjoy visiting your blog to see what beautiful artwork you come up with. Thanks for looking. Jenny

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Punch It in Pink

Today's card I have made for a couple that will be getting married in May. I have made it using their colour scheme and I know they like the punched effect because they have it on their wedding invitations. I am entering my design in a couple of challenge blogs this week, they are; Creative Card Crew - Punch It Papertake Weekly - Pink Simon Says Stamps Challenge & DT Call - Punch It I have kept the design as free as possible of embellishments so that the punched border and image are the main focus. I coloured the image using Copics and created a large moon/sunset by masking the image and using distress inks to colour inside a spellbinders circle die. Materials used; Card/Paper - 6x6" white card blank, Bazzill Berry Blush, Two Toned Pink Card, & Basic Grey Image - Sugar Nellie First Dance Punches- Craft Habitat Silvermoon Punch range, Martha Stewart Doily Dies - Spellbinders Nestability Hearts, Circle Other Tools - Circle Template, Circle Cutter, Kreations Positioning Parts for Coroner Punch Medium - Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Copics - E50, E53, E43, C1, C3, C5, RV000, R11, E00, 0 Embellishments - Pink satin ribbon, white paper rose Thanks for taking the time to visit. Jenny

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Young Love - Everybody Art Challenge No. 74

This week over at Everybody Art challenge is a fabulous sketch created by Domi. I have combined the sketch with a lovely digital stamp by Mo Manning. It's called "Young Love" . As soon as I seen it I knew it would be perfect to help celebrate my parents 52nd Wedding Anniversary. To make the card I have used Card/Paper - Yellow Bazzill card, Backing paper - Jen Wilson's 29th Street Market, Basic Grey Indian Summer I have edged the paper with my Vintage Distress Ink and Stickles glue. I used Martha Stewart's doily punch on a piece of yellow paper, distressed it and glued gold satin ribbon through the middle. The foliage was created using Martha Stewart's frond punch and some leaves purchased at a fair. The flowers were purchased from Ebay. The image was coloured using copics: B00, B23, B45, BG93, C1, C5 C7, E000, E00, E11, E21, E31, E33, E35, E43, E50, G21, Y11, Y17, Y21, Y38, YR23, YR31, YG11, W1, W3, W5, W7 & 0 To finish I added a sentiment I printed off the computer together with pearls and a cherub. My parents loved their card but pointed out they are not yet as wrinkly as the image suggests. Check out the beautiful artwork created by my fellow design team members. I hope you will have time to enter this week and I look forward to viewing your creations. Thanks for looking. Jenny

Monday, 18 January 2010

Shabby Chic - Simon Says Stamps Challenge DT Call

This week over at Simon Says Stamps Challenge they are offering two lucky people the chance of joining their design team. I thought I would have a go and enter this card. The theme is "Shabby Chic. Click here to check out their blog for all the info including the chance of winning $25 P&P free shopping spree. I have used another stamp from Stamping Bella. This little beauty is called Charlotte Ketto. I coloured her with copics, E31, E57, 0, RV000 & R20. A circle nestability cut the shape, the edge was distressed with Antique Linen distress ink and a pair of scissors. I sewed around the circle in a messy way (not difficult for me). The papers are from the K&Co Ancestry range and the pink stripes are from the Papermania Regency Pad. Shabby Chic means to me well worn but elegant. To create this effect I have edged the backing paper with vintage distress ink and then sanded the edges with an emery board to get the white worn edges. Using the same paper I have cut out the blue rose and inked the edges and attached it to another piece of paper from the same pad which I ripped, inked and curled. I sewed around the edges. The pink stripped paper I ripped, inked and embossed with diamonds before sanding lightly to distress further. The sentiment was printed from the computer and then I cut around it and roughed up the edges. To finish I used a satin ribbon and lace together with a nice big bow and finally added two silver hearts. Thanks for looking and good luck if you decide to enter. Jenny

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Quixotix Challenge No. 9 - Spread A Little Happiness

I have created this card using a fantastic sketch designed by Judy over at Quixotic Challenges. This months prize is £15 worth of Prima goodies. Check out the blog for a chance of winning. To make my card I have used one of my new Ketto stamps from Stamping Bella. This little sweetie is called Tatiana. She is a little small so doesn't take very long to colour. The papers are from K&Co called Belle by Amy Butler. I pleated the stripey paper to give a little texture. I have also used Bazzill chocolate card and pale blue linen card. The sentiment is a rub on that I attached to card and then covered with Anita's Clear Gloss. I have finished it off with ribbon, flowers and pearls. Thanks for looking. Jenny

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Fun in the Snow - Everybody Art Challenge No.73

This week over at Everybody Art Challenge the theme is snow. I for one would like the weather to change, as trying to manage a team of people and ensure they stay safe but get the job done is becoming an increasing headache. Unfortunately forensic pathology waits for no one and so closing a department for days on end is not an option. On top of that the nasty cold I mentioned at the beginning of the year has come back with avengence. The sore throat is so bad its difficult to swallow and is not helped by the dry tickly cough. The pounding headache makes it difficult to concentrate and the aches and changing temperature makes me want to curl up and hibernate. Some days are better than others and its on these days that I try to work on my card designs. I have kept this design quick and simple. I know lots of people are having fun in the snow so found a lovely digital stamp created by Mo Manning called Toboggan . You can purchase this design at Digital Pencil Too. To make the card I have embossed the background using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots. I cut the shape using my Spellbinders largest label Nestabilities and then embossed it with the Spellbinders Snowflake Impressabilities. A blue ink pad was used to pick up the design. I coloured the image using Copics and then cut it out, shaped the edges and used foam pads to lift it off the page. The snow at the bottom of the page was made by ripping strips of white paper, layering them up and using wet glue to stick glitter on to it. I have gone mad with the stickles glue using it to edge the card and put a little bling on the image. Its not easy to see but I have also covered some of the dots to make it look like snow falling. Finally I have tied some organza ribbon around the spine and attached a sentiment using a holographic sticker. Copics used for the clothes were YG11, YG23, YG63, B00, B02, B05, RV02, RV06, C1, C3, C5 I apologise for not leaving comments on your blogs for all the lovely artwork you create but am hoping this will change over the next week or so. Take care and stay safe. Jenny

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Everybody Art Challenge No72 - Favourite Colour Combo

Here is this weeks creation for the Everybody Art Challenge. The theme is to use your favourite colour combo, mine is red,gold and brown. I am lucky to work with very talented crafters over at Everybody Art Challenge, please check out their blogs by clicking on the names on my sidebar. This is my 2nd easel card. I created this just before Christmas for a friend to give her Mother on Christmas Day for her birthday. The request was to have something with buttons and stitching! As mentioned before on my blog, I hate sewing because it always goes wrong. With fear I set up my sewing machine and had a quick practice on a scrap piece of paper and hey presto, it didn't jam up! I took the plunge and sewed away and actually enjoyed it. It would have been a different story if I had ruined the beautiful papers. To make this card I have used: Paper - Basic Grey - Wassail Card - Brown Bazzill & Gold Mirri Copics - E000, E00, E08, E11, E47, R11, R27, R46, R59, C1, W1, YG11, YG63, G99 Image - Gorjuss Girl with Fox Embellishments - Flowers, leaves and buttons. Thanks for looking. Jenny

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Birthday Celebrations

I would like to wish all my visitors a very Happy New Year full of lots of creativity.
I had a very enjoyable Christmas and was lucky enough to receive some fabulous crafting goodies from my nearest and dearest. Lots of rubber stamps to create my own backgrounds and a few cute images from Stamping Bella. I also received a few Martha Stewart punches that I have been itching to buy for some time now, distress inks to add to my growing collection and beautiful papers. I especially like receiving paper because it is usually designs I wouldn't buy myself so provides me with a greater variety to chose from when making a card. Since Christmas I have been suffering from a very nasty cold which has managed to restrict my daily routines and all I have wanted to do is lay down. New Years Eve was spent laying on the sofa watching rubbish on TV. Sods law when its the one time of year I get a few extra days off of work and was looking forward to crafting. January is a busy time for card making as I have so many family and friends cards to make. I have made my first easel card, in fact I have made two but the other one will be showcased on Tuesday when the next Everybody Art Challenge is revealed. This card is for my Mum as it will be her 70th birthday this week. I am entering it into this weeks challenge over at Charisma Cardz, the theme is Celebrations.
Card Front
I have used a cute image from Hanglar & Stanglar and coloured her with Copics. I have edged the image and the paper with stickles glue (Platinum) I also added a little glitter to a couple of the roses. The papers are from the Basic Grey Indian Summer range and I have layered it with K&Co paper, pink bazzill card, silver mirri board and grey bazzill card. Thanks for looking. Jenny