Sunday, 29 April 2012

Less is More - Week 65 - Sketch

Hello fellow bloglanders......... well, I hope you aren't having the terrible weather we are at the moment.  Gales and torrential rain ........ can hardly believe it's May next week.  Still, I suppose I don't have to tear myself away from the garden........... lol

This week's challenge over at Less is More is a Sketch:

 You may choose either of these
For this card I went for a 4" square fancy edged white card blank.  I have punched the centre using my Martha Stewart Punch around the Page Caning which I've just got and couldn't wait to use!!!  I've placed a piece of cardstock behind and then stamped the sentiment from Stampin Up Always Elegant set using Shabby Shutters DI.  Will try and come back later in the week with another card but we're just off to an art exhibition preview by my friend Kaye Parmenter at East Lambrook Manor Gardens ..... methinks we will be a little soggy when we arrive!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Less is More - Week 64 - Theme - How Charming

This week's theme challenge set by the lovely ladies at Less is More is How Charming and they've asked us to incorporate a charm into our card.

As I was a bit short of time I looked at what was on my desk and I just happened to have a piece of card embossed with the Sizzix embossing folder I used in my last post.  I mounted this on a copper pearlised card.  I've added a charm butterfly and a heart (which says Hand made with Love) dangling from some bakers' twine.  The centre strip is punched from a Martha Stewart deep edge punch but can't remember the name.  I do wish they'd put the names on these as I always have good intentions of writing the design name on but nearly always forget!!!  lol

Thanks for dropping by on this very, very wet and windy day down here in Somerset.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sympathy card

Just a quick post today as I've been busy doing housework getting ready for friends coming to stay tomorrow for the week - I know what I'd rather be doing!!!  lol

Unfortunately had to make a sympathy card and so got out my Memory Box dies again - in this card I have used Prim Poppy, Dancing Tulips, Tulip Petals, Tessatina Border and Willow Dragonfly.  I die cut a piece of cream pearlised card using Spellbinders Grand scalloped ovals and then put it through in a Sizzix embossing folder.  The base card was a self patterned cream pearl card.  Ribbon from my stash.

Thanks for dropping by and hope you all had a great weekend - we've had the heavens open here most of the day so glad I'm inside.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Make My Monday - Week 45 - Men/Boys & Sports/Hobbies

Hi Everyone - well, I've dragged myself away from all the 'Tangles.......!!!  lol  I wanted to enter the challenge over at Make My Monday which is still on the theme of men and boys but this week it is sports or hobbies.

I've had this digi image for ages and unfortunately I don't know where it came from but I thought it ideal for this card.  Printed out and coloured in with Flexmarkers.  Then die cut using Spellbinders flowerpots............ weird eh but they were the perfect size turned upside down!!!  Backing papers from my stash and the die cut is a Memory Box die.  The sentiment is computer generated and I used my oval and scalloped oval SU punches.  Photo corners from my EK Success punch.

Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 16 April 2012

If you've got a headache - look away now!!!

Couldn't resist doing another entry in this week's LIM challenge of one layer doodling.  Couldn't quite believe how long it took me but love the optical illusion it gives...... shame the sentiment is a bit skew whiff !!!  Again I used my ultra fine black Sharpie for this and it's a 3.5" square which seemingly is what Zentanglers use............

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Less is More Week 63 - One Layer - DOODLING.........

Hello everyone - well this week's challenge is certainly different over at Less Is More; they have tasked us with DOODLING and their words are:

This can be in any form you wish, faux stitching, hand written or drawn elements on your card, zentangle. As long as you create something with 'ink' by hand

I've often looked at Zentangle and must admit it fascinates me but I've never had a go - so............... here's my effort today.  Definitely not perfect but don't think it's too bad for a first try.  Might have another go during the week if I've got time.  I used a double ended black Sharpie; ultra fine and fine tips.  The sentiment is Stampin Up Pocket Silhouettes.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you've all had a good weekend and those who went to Ally Pally didn't bankrupt themselves!!!  lol

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Masking and pricking samples

Just thought I'd post some of the cards I made to be used as samples at our club night this week.  The first project was teaching them how to use stamps and masking techniques and the second was pricking using a template.

The girls enjoyed the evening and went home with completed cards and some that they wanted to finish off at home.

If you've been over to Anne's blog you will have seen the card she posted using the Stampin Up motorbike - so you can see how similar our two cards are!  Strangely we don't tell each other what we are doing so it is a surprise on the night........

Thanks for dropping by - have a great weekend.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Make My Monday - Week 44 - Vintage

The theme over at Make My Monday is continuing with Men and Boys but this week is VINTAGE.  For my card I took a piece of kraft card to make an A5 blank and covered the front with some scrapbook paper from my stash showing bicycles.  Sponged round the edges with Old Paper DI.  I sponged a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft Resist with DI and then put it through my die cutting machine in an embossing folder called Work Shop by Couture Creations.  I stamped the image - Bicycle by Darkroom Door - onto cream card using Walnut Stain DI and then sponged colour on using Barn Door, Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen DI.  This was torn round the edges and matted onto a piece of kraft card.  A piece of red card was also embossed with the Work Shop folder and inked with Walnut Stain.  The whole piece was then assembled with the addition of metal die cuts using Sprightly Sprockets and then putting through with the Work Shop embossing folder and then stained with Promarkers.  The sentiments are various words from my stash stamped in Walnut Stain and clear embossed - again torn round the edges and sponged with Barn Door DI.

I'm also entering this into Joanna Sheen's challenge "It's a man's world".

Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Less is More - Week 62 - Colour Challenge

This week the challenge over at Less is More is Three Shades of Green

I decided to use a die by Lea'bilities called Frame Swirl - I hope it counts as a shade of green because that's exactly the colour of the die!!!  lol  Originally I was just going to use the actual frame but really liked the negative shape from the centre so decided to put them together.  The flower is made using my Xcut Botanical embossing punch and it has a brad through the centre.  The leaves are made by using my Nellie Snellen two part punch and embosser.  The sentiment is from my Stampin Up set "Punch Bunch" and it was stamped using Peeled Paint DI and clear embossed.

Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, 8 April 2012

Make My Monday Week 43 - Wheels

A really quick post today.  I wanted to join in the challenge over at Make My Monday this week and their theme is WHEELS.

I got this lovely graphic of the man in his flying machine from the Graphics Fairy and couldn't wait to use it.  (If you don't already follow Karen then it's well worth it - she has some wonderful graphics to give away.) I decided to use my CraftArtist to make this card..  Hope you like it.

PS....... just been over to add my link and realised the challenge finished at midnight last night!!!!  Ah well.............

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Clean & Simple 185

Happy Easter everyone.  Hope you're all having a great weekend and if the weather's anything to go by we'll all be spending the weekend playing!!!  The challenge over at Clean & Simple this week is a sketch challenge:

For my card I have taken a piece of Kraft card to make my base and then used a piece of cream card for the front.  The sentiment was generated by my xyron Design Runner.  I then took a doily and cut it in half.  The lacy bits around the outside were inked with Old Paper DI.  This was then attached to the card.  The finishing touches are the co-ordinating roses.

Thanks for dropping by - don't overload on too much chocolate this weekend!!!  lol

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Less is More - Week 61 Lucky Dip - card 2

I really love the colours of this week's challenge over at Less is More and so had a play today with the images they posted.

I went into CraftArtist and this is what I came up with - hope Chrissie and Mandi will forgive me for taking their inspiration for this challenge but I just couldn't resist!!!  lol

Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Less is More - Week 61 Lucky Dip

This week's challenge over at Less is More is:

Picture Inspiration
 for you from the fabulous 
Design Seeds
It is a wonderful source of colour combinations.

Aren't they gorgeous colours?  I've had this Memory Box stamp and die for quite a while but haven't had the chance to use it yet.  I stamped the Chrysanthemum Frame onto cream card using Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black and coloured using Flexmarkers.  I then cut a negative mask which basically just masked off the borders and flowers and sponged over Old Paper DI to add some depth.  I wanted to mat the main frame image so cut it out using scissors and then die cut a mat in pearlised green card using Memory Box Blank Ticket die.  I then stamped out the flowers and coloured them so I could add dimension by decoupaging them.  The swirl border is also a Memory Box die.  The sentiment is from my Stampin Up Always Elegant set stamped onto matching cream card, matted onto green pearl card and punched out using my EK Success label punch.

I'm also entering this into the Allsorts challenge.

Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Wedding invitations.................

I am delighted to say that I have now finished all the wedding invitations, place cards, orders of service etc etc.  This is the first time I've undertaken such a big order and if I don't see another piece of tartan ribbon in my life I won't be sorry!!!!  lol  There were several different components to this so we had the main invitation which was done on an 8" x 16" card, folded in half and then the front half folded back on itself.  There was a partial die cut on the other side of the card which holds everything together; there are the evening invitations which were simple in comparison; then the Order of Service on an A5 card with a double die cut on the front.  They also have RSVP cards and envelopes and place cards (tent fold card with die cut on front) for the wedding breakfast - the only thing left to do now when I get the names.  All the printing for the invitations has been foiled.  At times it seemed like a production line.  I know some people like doing batch card making but I don't think I will be doing this again in a hurry!!!  Anyway, as long as they are pleased that's all that matters......... plus I'm hoping to get one of the invitations back!

Thanks for dropping by.