Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Creative Card Crew #24

At Creative Card Crew our new challenge is anything goes so you've got free reign to be as creative as you want to be!  

We have a lovely new sponsor for this challenge

And our lucky random draw winner will be receiving this fabby prize


Don't forget to have a look at the fabulous projects from my teamies for lots of inspiration

So here's my card

Compared to everyone else's projects this time my card looks all naked lol
The chicken stamp was a freebie with Craft Stamper magazine a while back and the faux stamp was from a company called Because You're Special a long time ago.  Unfortunately it looks as though they've stopped trading, which is such a shame because their stamps and samples were just fabulous.  I only ever saw them at the Happy Stamper show at Port Sunlight.  So if anyone looks at this and knows where they are please let me know

I stamped the chicken straight on the card and also on a post it note to create a mask.  The next stage was to add the faux stamp.  The stamp is a cube with four different shapes on it and a matching template was available for it with the apertures being slightly smaller than the stamp.  I left the mask in place and used distress inks to create the grass and sky.  I colored the flowers and the chicken with ProMarkers and had to put a liner on the inside of the front cover as the ink seeps through to the other side.  I finished it off with my favourite Woodware Tiny Phrases stamp and DI around the edge of the card

Monday, 12 November 2012

ABC Christmas

The challenge over at ABC Christmas is to use vibrant colours

I love the quirky design of Michael Powell's stamps and this one is perfect for small square cards.  I've used a Forever Friends background paper but you can't see much of it and inked the edges in red.  I like the effect of having only three corners rounded

I coloured the image with ProMarkers and Flexmarkers and I've quite impressed myself with the way I've coloured the snow and the shadows, lol, and put some Glamour Dust here and there.  Not so happy with the stained glass window but it will do.  I did consider stamping the image again and just colouring the window to piece onto the main image but persuaded myself that I was being too fussy!  I might change my mind though between now and posting it off hehe

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Young at Heart

I haven't made any cards for challenges of late.  I've been busy doing other things, knitting and sewing mainly, as I am making as many  Christmas presents as I can to use up some of my stash and save pennies too.  I've got so much that I want to do and not much time to do it all.

This card is for the challenge at Allsorts #180 where the challenge is Young at Heart

I enjoyed making this card using decoupage from Jolly Nation, Cuttlebug and embossing folder, mini pom-poms from Papermania   and  peeloffs.  All things that seem to have been in my stash for years!

The card is A5 and I managed to use my Cuttlebug folder to emboss the background paper without leaving a join line.  It's a pity that the patterns on the folders don't line up to do continuous embossing, I'm sure that I would use them more if they did.  I used the iridescent peeloff  snowflakes as centres for the embossed snowflakes

Looking at this photo now I've had the idea to put a 'snowball' in the child's hand

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Creative Card Crew #23 Blue & Silver

As the title of my post says it is our 23rd challenge at The Creative Card Crew which is to use blue and silver.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful Simon Says Stamp who are giving our random winner a generous $20 voucher to spend in their store

I love using blue and silver for Christmas so I decided to create a decoration.  I bought a set of four chipboard baubles at Port Sunlight in September but they didn't have a name of a manufacturer

The baubles are in two sizes and this is one of the larger ones at 12 cms across the broadest part.  I covered it with a Forever Friends paper and then went around the edges with a silver pigment ink pad.  I didn't worry about the ink being even, and then dipped it into silver embossing powder and used my heat gun to melt the powder

To create the centre band I used my Memory Box tessatina die with silver and dark blue.  I was careful not to let the the cutouts come away from the frame in the blue card and stuck it across the bauble topping it with the silver frame.  I used Glossy Accents to fill the shapes and added round and square gems to finish 

I decorated the top of the bauble with ribbon, feathers and jingle bells.
I think I'll use this as a wall decoration rather than a tree one because of the size. 

 I'm hoping to get the others done in time for when I go and stay with my daughter in law and granddaughter in five weeks for our "Christmas" with them.  Aisling and Bronwyne will be going to spend Christmas with Aisling's Mum and step Dad with Michael being in Afghanistan