Friday, 30 September 2011

Less is More - Week 34 - Sketch

Think I've just got this in by the skin of my teeth this week........... the challenge over at Less is More is a sketch.  For this quick card I die cut an aperture out of paper using Nesties so I could mask off the rest of my card.  I then inked the edges with Distress Inks and stamped the butterfly image from my Stampin Up set "A touch of Nature" using brown Versafine ink.  I then cut out a mask for the butterfly so I could stamp the large SU French text background stamp over the butterfly.  I inked two borders using the same Distress Inks (which are straight but look a bit wonky from taking the photo at an angle) and then stamped the sentiment which was from the same stamp set.  The two punched butterflies are from my new EK Success 3 butterfly punch and were inked before being adhered to the card.

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Bah Humbug - Challenge 38 - Rudolph

The challenge this week over at Bah Humbug is Rudolph/Reindeer.  I am afraid this has been a real rush for me as I've been busy getting ready to do a Macmillan Coffee Morning tomorrow and had nearly 70 cards to do inserts for, get envelopes, bag etc etc................  Still everything's nearly ready and I just couldn't give up my 100% challenge entry to Bah Humbug so here's my card. 

I have used a stamp set from IndigoBlu called Here Comes Santa (HC1) for the snowflake border and sentiment and the reindeer stamp is from Stampin up and I've used IndigoBlu's Flitter to attach the metallic flakes.  You use a piece of cut and dry to add the Flitter to your stamps, then stamp, leave a short while and add the flakes.  It is an extremely sticky glue and you must make sure to wash your stamps immediately afterwards in warm water.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Make My Monday - Challenge 16 Metal Steampunk

This weeks challenge over at Make My Monday is continuing with their Steampunk challenge using Metal on our cards.  I have used a Kanban image of the dapper gentleman.  Backing paper is from their Industriana pad, as is the sentiment and ribbon border.  I took some sage green card and put it through my Joy with a TH embossing folder.  I then rubbed some metallic rub on over the raised areas, used my Versamark pad and clear embossed the piece.  The metal element comes from the gears which I have die cut using Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets and my pewter Art Emboss foil and then they've been coloured using alcohol inks.  The car registration number strip came from my stash.  Don't think the photo does it justice as it's quite a dark card but hopefully manly enough!!!

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Less is More - Week 33 - 1000 challenge Anything Goes CAS Entry No 2

Here is another entry for the Less is More 1000 Challenge.  Another Christmas card and I just had to use this gorgeous Polar Bear stamp set from Stamp Addicts.  Stamped both the large and small polar bear and coloured round the edges in my Glacier Blue Flexmarker.  I then cut each of them out, cut around the large bear's arms so I could "sit" the baby bear inside looking like it's being cuddled!  On a piece of pearlised white card (Anna-Marie's) I stamped the icicles and then stamped and silver embossed the star.  I sponged around the outside with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and then added Glamour Dust to the icicles.  This has been mounted onto an A6 pearlised card blank.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I've inked around the edges with a silver marker.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Less is More - Week 33 - 1000 challenge Anything Goes CAS

This week the lovely ladies at Less is More are trying to get 1000 submissions for this challenge partly to see if Blogger goes down!!!  lol  I do hope they achieve this figure.  It's a CAS challenge again this week so I've taken an A6 red card blank and stamped up my Christmas tree and Joy sentiment from the Chocolate Baroque Steampunk Christmas set.  Stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with gold detail embossing powder.  I've added some gems and a "faux" ribbon bow at the top.

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Bah Humbug Challenge 37 - Swirls & Flourishes

This weeks challenge over at Humbug Towers is Swirls & Flourishes.  I decided to use one of my new Me to You Winter Wonderland stamp set as I think these images are so cute.  Stamped in Memento and coloured in with Letraset Fleximarkers which are brilliant.  I do love my Promarkers and Tria pens but love the brush tip on the Fleximarkers.  Can't wait til they bring out new colours to add to the range.  I've used my nesties to die cut the image and mat.  The backing paper is from my stash.  I put a piece of silver mat card in an embossing folder (swirls) and ran it through my Joy Trouvaille, rounded the corners and added a pink spotty ribbon.  The main image was layered on top.  I have used a Marianne Flourish, Stampin Up sentiment (cut using SU circle and scalloped circle punches) and added a piece of ribbon to this.  The snowflake is a Whimsy Stamps die and this was a strange bit of serendipity.  I wanted to cut the snowflake out of glittered paper but thought it would be too thin and might tear, so placed it on a piece of the pink card and ran it through my Joy.  When it came out the other side it had sort of welded both pieces together which was quite a nice effect so I left it.  I added some Embellishment Attic Snow for Tatty Ted to stand on.

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Less is More - Week 32 - One Layer Seeing Double

This week's challenge over at Less is More is One Layer - Seeing Double.  For this card I've taken a square white card blank which has a slightly textured finish - must admit I wished I'd used a plain card at the end but I've been short of time this week so carried on regardless!  I started off with the sentiment which is computer generated and then I have used my butterfly stamp by Inkadinkado.  I've stamped with Broken Glass Distress Ink and then clear embossed it.  I then cut out a mask and placed it over the image and inked up my stamp with Faded Jeans D/I; stamped the image and again clear embossed it.

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Bah Humbug - Challenge 36 - Paper Weaving

This weeks challenge over at Humbug Hall is paper weaving.  Had to have a little think about this one but ended up with a heart shaped Christmas card.  I started off using two pieces of light cardstock from my stash cut to 14cm by 9cm and I rounded the top of each piece (I used an old CD).  I then made four cuts (giving 5 strips) from the bottom edge to about three quarters of the way up to the top.  I then inked all the edges and used a swirl stamp over both pieces.  I then put both pieces together at right angles weaving each strip over and under the co-ordinating strip on the other piece.  I then fastened the loose ends and used d/s tape to attach it to a 6"x6" card base.  I then cut around the heart shape.  The cute baby polar bear and star are from Stamp addicts Polar Bears SA-6019.  Coloured with Promarkers and die cut using nesties with matching scalloped mat behind.  Flowers are from my stash and leaves were made using my Nellie Snellen punches.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up Contempo Christmas set.  I added a bow and matching ribbon.

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Friday, 9 September 2011

Steampunk ATC

This week over at Make My Monday the challenge is to design a Steampunk ATC.  I really love anything Steampunk so dug deep in my stash to find some watch parts - cogs, springs etc - which I haven't used for a few years when I used to design for Stampers Mall an American website.

I cut my base ATC at 2.5" x 3.5" and sponged the edges using Distress Inks.  I then added the tag, which already had cogs etc on it, after I'd embossed it with a Tim Holtz e/f.  I then embossed a small piece of pewter using the same embossing folder.  From this I punched two photo corners using my EK Success punch and cut a strip to go across the centre of the ATC.  I printed out the hot air balloon which was a free digistamp from the lovely Carmen at Beyond The Fringe Crafts - she is amazingly generous in sharing her fab creations..  I sponged with Distress Inks and added to the ATC.  I then added various cogs, springs, wheels etc from my stash; an old pen nib and a watch glass.  I then used Diamond Glaze on the hot air balloon.

I've got into Steampunk so much I have even managed to find a Steampunk Clock (on my side bar)!!!  lol

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

LIM Week 31 - Colour - Metallics

This week the Divas over at Less is More have asked us to create a CAS card using a colour theme which, this week, is: 

I've been dying to use my new Marianne's Christmas Ornament dies and this was the perfect challenge for them.  I took some Art Emboss medium weight Pewter which I normally use in my free machine embroidery and die cut three shapes; two of the more open designs and one of the slightly more solid design.  They cut beautifully and, because the pewter is quite flexible, came out of the die easily.  I attached some metallic black and silver cord to the top of each ornament and then mounted onto a piece of black card to which I had put a strip of red liner tape around the outside edges and added metallic flakes to.  I then used Diamond Glaze on the inside of each of the ornaments to give a nice shiny finish and mounted this onto an A5 ribbed black card base.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up Contempo Christmas and embossed in detail silver e/p.  To finish I've gone round all the edges with a silver pen.

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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Bah Humbug Challenge 35 Christmas Sentiments/Text

This weeks challenge over at Humbug Hall is to use Christmas Sentiments/Text.  Now I've got lots of sentiment stamps but had seen an idea I liked so thought I'd give it a go.

I took some Christmas backing paper that went together and cut various widths (2 of each and only one of the central one) which I rolled up making sure I had some d/s tape at the end to stick it all together.  I then die cut two mounts, one green and one red, from my Go Kreate Frilly Frames #5.  I then used silicone to glue the tubes (for want of a better word.....) centrally on the smaller mount and then computer generated my Merry Christmas sentiment which I cut down to size, sponged with Distress Ink and added brads at each end.  This was then placed over the tubes and stuck down onto the mat.  I have used an 8x8" card blank and cut a piece of pearlised white card to 7x7", clipped the corners and added some border peel-offs.  Edges were inked with a gold pen and I added an organza ribbon.

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