Monday, 20 April 2015

Less is More - Week 220 Theme & HLS Sketch Challenge

Well it's another lovely day here in Somerset, especially if you are somewhere sheltered as there is quite a cold breeze and we had a slight frost this morning.

There's a new challenge over at Less is More and this week the category is "Theme".  

Here's a theme to conjure up a pretty picture
Up, up and away!
For this one you can think balloons, planes, other things that fly and things that can be carried along on the breeze.
Let your imagination take flight!

There is also the April challenge over at Happy Little Stampers:

Here is my card that I'm entering into the challenges.

I've used my Lawn Fawn Party Balloons die set to cut a balloon out of red card with the string to match.  I sponged round the edges of the balloon to give it more definition.  The greeting is Papertrey (birthday) and Tattered Lace (wishes) die cut from glittered mirri card.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to add some definition to the front of the card before I popped the balloon up on a Wobbles Action Spring.  

You can see how it stands out from the card (but goes totally flat to go in the envelope) but it also wobbles as well!  I've just added some sequins to finish off.

Thanks for popping by.  

Happy crafting.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #61 Showers

Hi everyone - haven't we been having some lovely weather recently?  Changed a bit today and had a couple of light showers this morning.

There's a new challenge over at Addicted to CAS and their codeword is "Showers".  


 Here is my card:

I decided that my Stampendous Rain Dance stamp would be perfect and stamped it with black Versafine and heat embossed using Judikins Iridescent Sparkle e/p, then coloured with my Promarkers.  I cut a mask for the stamped image and then used  my Water Droplets stamp by Designs by Ryn.  This was again heat embossed.  All the layers were die cut using Spellbinders Labels 1.  Final addition was a bow.

Thanks for dropping by - hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tri-shutter and double pop-out 21st cards

Hello everyone - how are you enjoying this lovely weather......well it is down here in Somerset but looks like the country is divided on the weather front.

I was asked to make two 21st birthday cards for a chap whose 18th birthday card I made.....well, three years ago!!! lol  I was given two was paintballing (help......) and the other was motorbikes.  I had been given plenty of notice which quite frankly I needed to come up with something for the paintballing card.  Anyway below are the photos of the two cards.  The paintballing card is a double pop-out card and the motorbike card is a tri-shutter card.  Hope you like them.


All was going well and finished off all the printing I needed for the paintballing card.  I was busy with other "stuff" for about 3 weeks when I started to prepare the motorbike card.........and my printer died!  Isn't it always the way.........always seems to happen on a Friday as well.  Anyway I ordered my new printer which arrived a few days later.  Installed it and everything was fine.  For the motorbike card I prepared a lot of it using CraftArtist and I printed pages onto copy paper first to make sure I'd got the sizes correct etc.  Then just as I was about to print out the final version on cardstock I got a warning beep and "paper jam" message.........once, twice, three times et al.  Tried everything I could think of, phoned the company I bought the printer from and they said they thought the roller had jammed, so ended up ringing Epson directly who were very good and said anything that goes wrong with their printers up to 30 days of receipt is called "dead on arrival" and have agreed to send a new printer so I'm totally without a printer (except for a b&w laser) and feel totally lost.  I'm just keeping my fingers crossed it arrives soon.  BTW all this happened on a Friday again!  Think I'm going to stay in bed this week.............hehe

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

HLS April Sketch Challenge & Craft Stamper Take it Make it April Challenge

Happy Easter everyone - hope you are all enjoying the long Easter weekend and maybe indulging in a little chocolate???? lol

I'm joining in the HLS April Sketch challenge which is shown below:

and I'm also joining in with the Craft Stamper Take it Make it challenge.  The requirements are:

As you might remember, this year our challenge is alternating between 'Take A Stamp', and 'Take A Technique'....and this month our challenge is 'Take A Technique'!
Well, not so much a technique as a theme.... this month we want you to go all out with the colour!

April Challenge:
'Take A Technique: Colour'

and here is my card:

I used a water brush to wet an area of watercolour card and then used my Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens to add random colour.  This was then cut out using my Die-namics Banner dies - I chose the largest which was too long but as I wanted an oblong shape rather than a banner this was perfect.  I passed it through my BS and then turned the die around and placed it on the uncut end of watercolour card to get a long oblong shape.  The greeting is die cut using my Winnie & Walter "In a Word: Happy Cutaway" using black mirri card which was then popped up on d/s foam squares.  The "birthday" was stamped in VersaFine black and is from Waltzingmouse Stamps WMS IC3 set.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Happy crafting.