Sunday, 27 September 2009

Paris Socialite - Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend - MMSC#20, Stamp Something, Copic Colour #32 & Basic Grey #4

I can't believe it. I won last weeks challenge over at Dutch Dare and will be the proud owner of a stamp named "Happy Maya" , donated by La La Land Crafts. I've never won anything, so it made my day last Thursday when I clicked on the blog to see what the next challenge would be for the coming fortnight and there was my name. Thank you to the design team for choosing my card. Last Saturday I took some time out to enter into the Stampers United blog hop and I'm glad I did. some blogs I am a regular visitor to but there were others that until Saturday I had never come across. The level of peoples art work never ceases to amaze me or the amount of time the team must have taken ensuring the blog hop would happen. Back to this weeks creation, I have made a card using a fab stamp that my other half surprised me with after he took a trip to hobbycraft. It's called "Paris Socialite" by Stamps Happen. How lucky am I? He never comments on the 100s of pounds I spend on crafting goodies and gadgets, usually accompanies me to craft shows and even spends his money buying must have items. It probably has something to do with all the money he spends on his own hobbies! Anyway, whilst blog hopping I came across a new challenge blog "Priscillastyles: Midnight Madness" and it's their sketch I have used to create my design. I liked the sketch so much I will use it again and I am also going to enter the card into the Stamp Something Challenge for this week which is to use your favourite sketch. For the first time ever I am going to enter this weeks challenge over at the Copic Colour Challenge blog. The colour combination is V06, B23 & BG23. The main colour used on my card is V06, not a colour I would normally choose so quite a challenge. I used BG23 on the ribbon. I have also entered this into the Basic Grey Challenge this week as I have included Embossing on my card. I am pleased with the effect and will definitely use the stamp again with a completely different colour scheme. To make the card I have used: Card/Paper - Linen card stock 15x16cm, Purple Bazzil, Basic Grey Euphoria Stamp - Paris Socialite, Stamps Happen Medium - Copics, V06, V04, V000, 100, E00, E21, E51, R00, C3, C5 Distress Ink, Dusty Concord for the background and the edge of the BG papers Cosmic Shimmer Mica Pewter Grey, Stickles for the bling, White Gelly Roll Pen and Silver Pen Embossing/Dies - Cuttle Bug Textile folder, Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities Embellishments - Silver Buckle coloured with Stickles, Square Gems, White ribbon coloured and doodled on. I think that's it. Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog, it is appreciated. Jenny

Monday, 14 September 2009

First Dance - Dutch Dare & Stamp Something Challenge

Another Wedding card. This time for a friends daughter. Just one more wedding card to make and then its on to the next batch of birthday cards. I haven't used a sketch from a challenge blog because I couldn't find one that fitted what I wanted to do but I am entering this card into the Dutch Dare Challenge which was to take colour inspiration from a photo and the Stamp Something Challenge which was to use your favourite embellishment. My favourite has to be ribbon but I also like to make my own paper embellishments where I can. After tying the ribbon into a bow I twisted the ends into ringlets and then attached it into place with silicone. I love the dry embossing technique because I can create something reasonably quickly that looks elegant and expensive. I never seem to use it enough on my cards because I always want to try and do something different with each creation. I have used a beautiful stamp from Sugar Nellie called First Dance. It was a dream to colour with my copics. It was so easy I stamped it twice and then layered one on top the other. This is a sign of a good stamp for me because if it takes me too long to colour I can't be bothered to create a copy. To make this card: Card/Paper - 6x6 white square card, Bazzil Bling Chandler, Ice White Stardream paper, Bristol Board Image - Sugar Nellie First Dance Medium - Copics, ColorBox Blue ink for the background and pink for the paper rose Embellishments - Ribbon, White Paper Rose, Hearts, Pearls Dies - Spellbinders Hearts Nesties. Embossing Plates - Swiss Dots & Birds & Swirls Text - Hot Foil Wizard I hope you like the card and thanks for looking. Jenny

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Hanglar Wedding Wishes - Basic Grey & Stamp Something

Another project completed and this time I can enter the card into two challenge blogs. Basic Grey, Week 3 Inspiration Challenge have asked for a card to be created taking inspiration from the picture shown above and Stamp Something asked for a card using a favorite stamp and the addition of a punched design. Basic Grey Photo - for me it symbolised elegant, fresh, clean lines with different textures. Stamp Something - not difficult choosing a favorite stamp or adding punched detail to a card. I love this Hanglar & Stanglar image. It's really easy to colour and as I have three wedding cards to make will come in very useful. I am pleased with the card although I did mess it up a little with the sentiment. I had planned to put it at an angle above the image but after sticking everything in place I found it didn't look right. The best place would have been above the image, however this would have only looked good if I had moved everything down. Not an option as I had glued everything in place. So the only place for it was at the bottom. Not perfect but I have learnt from this so won't make the same mistake again. To make this card: Card/Paper - A3 linen card cut down to approx 25 x 16cm Moss Green Dotty Bazzil Card to cover the front Layered with Bazzil Pearlescent Cream Card Top layer, Basic Grey, Chintz 12x12" paper part of the Porcelain range Image Topper - Hanglar & Stanglar Wedding Stamp stamped onto Bristol Board Coloured with Copics Edged with green Ink Layered onto Silver Bazzil Pearlescent Card & Bazzil Pearlescent Cream Card Text - Using my hot Foil Wizard i have written the text using silver foil onto quartz Stardream paper and layered onto silver Bazzil pearlescent card. Embellishments - Graphite Organza Ribbon - Pearl gems Tools - Punch from Craft Habitat I haven't taken a picture of the inside but I used more of the Basic Grey chintz paper to cover the inside and the inked the edge of some white paper and fixed this in place leaving a large border. To finish everything off I made a box and decorated it with a strip of moss green dotty card which had been punched both sides and engraved their names using my Hot Foil Wizard. Thanks for looking and I hope you like the card. Jenny

Monday, 7 September 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge No. 15 with an Indian Summer Theme

At long last I have been able to make a card and boy did I enjoy it. This time it's for a work colleagues birthday and will be given by the team. I have used the sketch over at Truly Scrumptious (see side bar for link) with the added theme of Indian Summer. To make the card I have used: Paper - Basic Grey's Ambrosia range. Just a small amount of retail therapy at the weekend. Card - Cream Glitter Card & some dotty card. I think its the bazzill range. Image - Crafty Individuals Flower Stamps. Stamped on to card that had been coloured using distress inks and spritzed with cosmic shimmer. Embellishments - Skeleton leaves, White roses (coloured), grosgrain ribbon bow, nestability oval. Hot foil wizard for the sentiment. Below is a voucher wallet I have made but it's too late for the Truly Scrumptious Challenge 14 - Make anything but a card. Oh well better late than never. I have used K& Co paper, a paper punch and embellished with roses. This will be perfect for the vouchers the team have purchased for the present. Thanks for looking. Jenny

6x6 Scrapbook - Silver Wedding

These 6x6 pages are of my eldest Nephew. He always had his head in a book and received top marks at school hence the star and book theme. There is not much you can put on a small page when you want to add lots of photos. I have used K&Co Ancestry papers. There is a tag behind the baby picture ready for journalling. Below are pages from my second Nephew who was also very good at school but I didn't want to use the same embellishments so I made buttons. I was having a mental block of what to put on these pages until my better half came up with buttons. These are made from card, coloured with copics and glazed. I also used faux stitching around the edges to give a little more interest to the page. I have left a small space for journalling. By the time I had finished these pages I had had enough. I was itching to make a card and enter it into a challenge blog but couldn't. I just had to keep going until it was finished. Below are the pages I did for my third Nephew. Time really wasn't on my side so I had to speed up. I quite like the simplicity of these pages and the papers used are gorgeous. I used a music theme although Josh is more into listening to music than playing an instrument, I'm sure he didn't mind me using my artistic licence. My final four pages are of my eldest Nephew's Wedding. The week before the wedding, Oxfordshire where I live was hit with rain and terrible floods. It was so bad I couldn't get to work for three days and my other half missed the stag night that was taking place 80 miles away. The day of the wedding couldn't have been more different. It was blazing sunshine all day and only started to rain later in the evening. I have sepia toned the pictures and coloured the plants and flowers. The embellishments were made using the spellbinder heart nestabilities and the spellbinder flowers die. I have distressed the papers with brown distress inks. The final pages I have kept bright and cheerful. the flowers were made using the spellbinders die and finished in the middle with shop bought roses. The beautiful wedding cake, although not easy to see, was made by my Sister including all the iced flowers and leaves. At last this is over and so is my wedding invitation orders. I now have four projects to fulfill, one birthday card and three wedding cards. One day I will be able to use all the new stamps I have bought that are sat in a drawer waiting for some attention! Thanks for looking. Jenny