Thursday, 20 November 2014

Books are my friends with Sweet Pea Stamps

Good Day All, Today I'd like to share with you my card featuring the very pretty 'The Book Fairy' by Helena Reis available from the Sweet Pea Stamps Store.   She looks so happy perched on the shelf with those books, I wonder what she could be reading, Whatever it is, I'm sure it's pretty magical.


Here's a close up of my image;
This gorgeous wee fairy was coloured with Letraset Tria and Promarkers, I then trimmed the image and mounted onto some love purple metallic embossed paper. I my layered image along with a piece of the same purple paper to a cream card blank.

For my sentiment I browsed online Quote sites to find something appropriate, and I found the following quote
" Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." by Charles William Eliot.
I figured this quote would work perfect for my card, so I copied it into my word processing package where I changed the font and colour before printing it out.  I then trimmed it and layered it onto my purple metallic paper.

To add a little sparkle and bling to my card, I scattered assorted purple sequins onto my card, which i then attached with PVA glue.  To finish it all off I added some pearls to the centre of some of the flower sequins.

I'm quite pleased with my finished card, I love this image, and the sequins remind me of fairy dust flying through the air.  Not sure if it could do with a little more pattern in the background, but I like it, hope you do too.

You can find The Book Fairy along with many more beautiful image by Helena Reis in the Sweet Pea Stamps Store in both Rubber and Digital format, I'm sure you'll see something that captures your heart.

That's all from me for today, Thank You for visiting with me.

Wishing you all a magical day
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 14 November 2014

Sweet Pea Stamps Christmas is Just Around the Corner Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Sweet Pea Stamps Christmas is Just Around the Corner Blog Hop! 

Today our wonderful design team members are featuring a plethora of gorgeous Christmas themed images in both, rubber and digi format, to inspire your Christmas crafting.
For my card I chose to use the gorgeous 'Snowy Siren's' by Concetta Kilmer.  I couldn't resist those gorgeous wee snowmen along side the gorgeous mermaids.  My image is coloured with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers, with the addition of some white gel pen on the snowmen and for highlights, and Sakura metallic and glitter pens for the christmas lights, and highlights in the mermaids hair.
You can see the glitter and sparkle better in this close up;
I wanted to add some dimension to my card, aswell as create a star filled sky.  So I used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes in the sky before layering my image onto some metallic paper, using foam pads to give a little height.
I then layered my image onto some purple metallic card.  I also layered some snowflake patterned paper onto some purple metallic card before adding them all to my card blank.  I kept my embellishments very simple, creating a large bow from some purple ribbon.  A very simple layout, but with such a beautiful image it doesn't take much to make a pretty card.

Talking of pretty, I thought i'd share a wee picture of my pretty wee Sophie 'helping' me with my creation!

Please visit each of our talented team members' blogs and leave a little love - a comment on every hop post will enter you into a drawing for a $20 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! As an added bit of fun share the hop on Facebook tagging Sweet Pea Stamps for a chance for a $10 gift code to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! Winners will be chosen around the first of next week.

Blog Hop List
 Ria
 Milo
 Tera
 Jane
We hope you enjoy the hop! Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

I Believe it's Variations Week at Sweet Pea Stamps


Good Morning All, It's my turn to share with you my project featuring the beautiful 'Archway Angel' by Karen Middleton available at Sweet Pea Stamps.  It's variations week, so the whole Design Team has been using the same image, and here is my interpretation;

As soon as I saw this image I envisaged the Archway Angel walking into a beam of light shining down on her, and that is what i've tried to create with this card.

I coloured this gorgeous image with a mixture of Letraset Tria and Promarkers, in shades of Neutral and Cool Greys and Sunshine Yellows.  I initially coloured the Angel with shades of Neutral Greys to give me an idea of where my shadows were falling, I then proceeded to create my rays of light, using the long strokes of colour all radiating from the same point.  I then added more shading until i was happy with the depth of both colour and tones.

For this card I wanted to create a softer feel than with most of my other cards, so using a square card blank, I added a layer of silver embossed textured paper, with a large round doily over the top.
I layered my image onto a piece of yellow card stock and added my sentiment.  At this point my card still looked a little stark, so I pulled together a mix of yellow and cream flowers, butterfly stickers and textured gems to embellish my card.

I'm really pleased with how the finished card turned out, I love the grouping of the flowers and embellishments, something i tend to struggle with, so I'm glad to see my technique is improving.

That's all from me for today, make sure you check out Karen Middleton's full range of images over at the Sweet Pea Stamp Store, you'll find another version of this image with a background which is really beautiful. Don't forget to visit the Sweet Pea Stamp Blog to see the other variations of this gorgeous image, they are all magnificent.

Thank you for visiting with me,

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Goodbye my Friend

Time for me to share a little news and a wee project featuring the gorgeous Goth Girl by SLSLines DigiStamps.

I'm sad to say my time on the SLSLines Digistamps Design Team has come to an end, I've had a wonderful time working with Sal's gorgeous images, and getting to work with some very talented and nice designers.  Unfortunately it's got to that time of year where I need to lighten my load a little, and free up a little time.

But before I leave I wanted to create one last project as a wee Goodbye;

I had great fun working with this image, as with all of Sal's images, they are fun, quirky and beautifully drawn.  Don't forget to add SLSLines Digistamps Etsy Store to your favourites, and check out the gorgeous new images that are frequently being added to the inventory.

There is a new challenge over at the SLSLines Digistamps Challenge Blog today, and you can find some beautiful creations from the rest of the very talented design team, so make sure you hop over there to leave them some love, and make sure your a follower, as I know you'll want to keep up to date with the forthcoming DT creations, I know i'll be avidly following them all.

That's all from me for today, Thank You for visiting with me,
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx



Thursday, 6 November 2014

Swinging in the Stars with Sweet Pea Stamps

Good Morning, Today I'd like to share with you a project I've created using the beautiful Swinging in the Stars by Maigan Lynn available at Sweet Pea Stamps.com

I coloured this gorgeous image with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers and a little white gel pen for highlights.  I had great fun creating the starry sky, and speckled moon.  I love the subtle glow on this beautiful creature.

I used a Glossy Cream card blank for my base, to which I added some gorgeous blue mirri card, and a pale green metallic textured paper.  I layered my image on the same textured paper and card.
I added a little texture behind my image panel with some paper hessian type ribbon.  To add lots of sparkle I scattered hot fix Stars onto my card background, and over the stars hanging from the moon girls finger.  My final embellishment was a 'You're a Star' sticker by Simple Stories.


That's all from me for today, don't forget to check out the other gorgeous images by Maigan Lynn available in the Sweet Pea Stamps store now in Rubber stamp and Digi format.

Thank You for visiting with me,
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Frightful Spooky Creatures at Sweet Pea Stamps

It's Thursday again, so time for me to share with you another creation featuring a gorgeous image from Sweet Pea Stamps.  Now with it being Halloween tomorrow I thought i'd indulge my love of all things creepy and spooky, and create a frightfully spooky card for today's post.

What better than a spookilicious Vampire for Halloween, so I chose the wickedly beautiful Neferata by Charmaine Flannery for this project.  Neferata is coloured with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers with the addition of a little white gel pen for highlights.

I created an A5 card base from Black Card stock to which I added some gorgeous foiled halloween embossed paper by ATD/Momenta.  With such a gorgeous image and papers I decided to keep the embellishments to a minimum, and decided to add some Tim Holtz Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers.

So that's my spooky creation for today, I do hope i've not scared you too much.  If you need something to calm you down and relax you, then don't forget to visit the Sweet Pea Stamps Store to check out the gorgeous selection of images available, you'll find a few more scary ones, but the majority of them are super sweet and sure to bring a smile to you face.  You'll find lots of gorgeous creations to inspire you on the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog so don't forget to pop over and check out the work from the rest of the design team.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dilly Beans Challenge; Round Card or Lots of Circles

Good Afternoon All, Today I'd like to share with you my creation for the new challenge over at the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog,  Our theme this time is 'Round Cards' or 'Lots of Circles', I went with the second option and used lots of circles on my project;
I chose the gorgeous 'Cinnamon Circle Frame' image for my card, I love this cute image, and it's perfect for a challenge requiring lots of circles.  I coloured Cinnamon with a mix of Letraset Tria and ProMarkers.


For my background, I raided my paper stash and found this wonderful Water Fun Circle/Stripe Double-sided paper by Pebbles Inc.  I trimmed a piece to fit my card blank, and then die cut a circle from it slightly bigger than my image.  I attached the square of paper to my card blank, and then added the die cut circle (with foam pads for dimension) showing the pattern from the other side of the paper.  I then added my coloured image.

Using a small circle punch, I punched 8 circles from the leftover card stock, and added my sentiment using Letter Stickers by Simple Stories. I arranged these around the image, and adhered them to the card, tucking the edges underneath my large die cut circle.

To finish my card I decided to make a coordinating bow out of the remaining patterned paper.  I used the MFT Beautiful Bows die.  This bow was so much easier to make than a hand tied bow, ribbon bows really are not my strong point.  Once I added the bow to the card, I decided to add a blue pearl to the centre of the bow, and the bow in Cinnamon's hair.

That's all from me for today, don't forget to hop over to the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog to see the gorgeous creations from the rest of the design team.  Thank you for visiting with me today

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Featured Artist at Sweet Pea Stamps


Good Morning All, It's featured Artist week over at Sweet Pea Stamps, and this week we are focusing on the beautiful image by Helena Reis.  Helena's image have a lovely whimiscal feel to them, and choosing one to work with was quite difficult, as I love so many of them.  In the end I went with one of my favourite themes - Alice in Wonderland and used the gorgeous Alice image by Helena.

Here's my project,
Doesn't Alice look wonderful on this Altered MDF Teapot, I had great fun with this project, I covered the MDF Teapot with patterned papers from Lilybee Design's Victoria Park Tiny Tablet.  I left it to dry overnight, before trimming the edges of the paper with a craft knife, and then sanding with some fine sand paper to smooth the said edges.

Alice is coloured with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers, along with a little white gel pen for highlights.  Here's a close up of Alice;
I really recommend you check out Alice in the store, as Helena's original version is quite different to my version, I'm sure you'll be quite surprised by how different they actually look.  I hope you like my interpretation.

I trimmed my image and added it to the Teapot. Using the 'Tea' stamp from Alice Sentiments stamps by Sweet Pea Stamps, I stamped my sentiment onto a wooden tag, I then added some black gingham ribbon. I found this cute wee bow flatback embellishment in my stash, so i added that to Alice's headband.  The Black Pearl Swirls are from That Craft Place, and with careful trimming I managed to cover the Teapot with swirls and flourish, using just one if these gorgeous swirls.

That's all from me for today, Thank You for visiting with me, Don't forget to visit the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog to see the gorgeous creations from the rest of the DT using Helena's beautiful images.
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Christmas is coming at SLSLines Digital Stamps

It's New Release Day over at SLSLines Digital Stamps, and this month the DT are showcasing some of Sal's gorgeous new Christmas images.

I had the great pleasure of creating with the 'Christmas Birds' image, here's my project;
I have to say birds are not something I tend to colour, so I was a little nervous working with this image, but  I do love a challenge, and I think I did OK.  This image has such a traditional wintry Christmas feel to it that I wanted to created something to echo that feeling, a classic Christmas card, suitable for anyone.

I coloured the beautiful birds with a mix of Letraset Tria and Promarkers, with the addition of a little white gel pen for highlights.  I wanted to give the impression that my image is a Christmas bauble, so I was going to die cut it circular, but my heart dies jumped out and me, and upon close inspection I found that one of the large dies worked really well with this image, creating a nice focal point on the birds without cutting off to much of the background.

I created an A5 card from a piece of Dark Red Card, then trimmed a piece of Dark Green Card to 5 x 7 before embossing it with the Floral Vine Embossing folder from Crafters Companion, as you can see if you turn the pattern upside down it resembles mistletoe, so works perfect for a Christmas card.

I layer my embossed card onto some Bright Red Card to add a little zing, this also gave me the opportunity of adding some Red Bias Binding to the card to give it a wrapped present feel, I also used the Bias Binding for the baubles hanger. I then adhered all my layers together, before adding my final embellishments.

I added a circular Christmas sentiment sticker by Simple Stories to a red bottle cap, this was then added to my card along with a few dotty red buttons.

That's my take on Christmas for today, you will definitely want to see the rest of the DTs beautiful creations using this months gorgeous new images, so make sure you hop over to the SLSLines Challenge Blog to see the full line up of creations.

That's all from me for today, Thank You for visiting with me,

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Variations Week at Sweet Pea Stamps


Good Morning All, It's Thursday so that means it's my day to share a Sweet Pea Stamps creation with you.  Today I'd like to share with you my version of Conie Fong's Snowy Joy to the World;
Snowy was such fun to colour, and is the perfect image for Christmas card for anyone, no matter what their age, he's just full of the Joy of the season.


Don't forget to check out the rest of Conie Fong's gorgeous images available in Rubber and Digital Format in the Sweet Pea Stamps Store now.

Bye for now
Suzi

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