Thursday, 31 December 2009

New Year Candy @ Quixotic Challenge

Quixotic Challenge is offer a Mystery Gift Pack worth £40 as New Year Candy.  To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is post about this giveaway on your blog linking back to Quixotic challenge, and post your favourite creation of 2009.

So my favourite card i've made of 2009, well what a hard decision, but here it is...

I've had a wonderful year of cardmaking, and this card features lots of my favourite things, Firstly a TGF image, i love these rubberstamps, and this is one of the first ones i purchased. I also love pretty patterned papers, ribbon, anything sparkly and shiny, and my promarkers; and this card has them all, so i decided that this is my favourite of 2009.

Why don't you have a look through the cards you've made this year, and find your favourite.  Don't forget to link back to Quixotic Challenge to enter the draw.


Tuesday, 29 December 2009

TGF Twelve Sketches of Xmas - Part 1

I've not been too well over the holiday, so it's taken me a little while to get started on The Greeting Farm Twelve Sketches of Xmas Challenge; but i feel much better today, and have managed to get the first 6 cards finished.  So here they are...
Sketch #1

Sketch #2


Hopefully tomorrow i'll get a couple more cards made, i was lucky enough to get lots of lovely new stamps for Xmas, so i'm really looking forward to playing with them.  Hope Santa was good to you all, and that you stay safe and warm in this cold weather.
Bye for now

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Club Anya Holiday Blog Hop.....

is finally here.  I've really been looking forward to tonight, as the last customer blog hop i took part in was brilliant, i can't wait to see what everyone has created.  All the fun starts at Club Anya, where everyone's blogs are listed, so hop along there from 7pm CST

The Club Anya Team will be over at the PCP page from 7pm CST, so come along and have a good chat, laugh, and see if you can win some of this months awesome releases.

IN ADDITION to the fun awards that will be given out to a few lucky participants, ONE lucky commenter who completes the hop and then returns to Club Anya will be eligible to win tonight's ENTIRE RELEASE!  Good luck!  There are prizes GALORE tonight !! 

All the new Anya's will be available to purchase from The Greeting Farm at Midnight CST, so the wait will soon be over.

Well this wouldn't be much of a post if i didn't have something to share with you all....

As Christmas is nearly here, i decided i better get started on cards for the important people in my life.  This card is for my mum, she's a massive cat fan, so will adore this pretty kitty from the Gingerbell set, and it wouldn't be Christmas without  our adorable Anya dressed up in her Festive outfit.  I also made a gift to go with the card....

I stamped one of the little kitty's and coloured with my promarkers, then cut the paper to fit inside this snowglobe.  I created a folding box for the snowglobe using a 12 x 12 sheet of ribbed white cardstock, so the box looks very plain from the outside, and then you open it up to reveal the snowglobe, surrounded by more pretty kitty's from the Gingerbell set, i gave 2 of the kittens Christmas hat, for these i stamped Santa Ian's hat twice, coloured them and cut them out and layered them over the kittens.  i used papers from a Papermania Christmas pad, alternating coordinating patterned papers in each of the 9 squares of the box.  I then added the kitten images, which i had die cut to give a decorative edge.  A nice simple project, but i think it's turn out great.

Thanks for stopping by, and i hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop, now head back to Club Anya, for the next blog addy.

Happy Holidays to you all

Friday, 11 December 2009

All You Need is Love.....

...Miss Anya Love that is, yes the wait it almost over, Marie has designed another awesome Miss Anya Set for us to add to our Collection, and i'm sure you'll fall in Love as soon as you see it.

This adorable Miss Anya is one of the 3 beautiful stamps available in the new 'Miss Anya Love' set which is available with the other new releases on the 15th December at The Greeting Farm.   You are going to find this set a must have as these Anyas can be used on such a large variety of cards for so many diffrent occasions.  I decided to make a bright and cheerful 'Happy New Year' card with this little cutie, firstly i stamped Miss Anya, and then i followed Pam's tutorial on cutting outside the box, using one of my new Nellie dies, such a wonderful effect and Pam's tutorial explains it all so simply, you must check it out.  I then die cut another large circle this time in pink, to put behind the main image.  I die cut the smaller circle element in white and pink, and then add the sentiment to it.  I chose the background paper, because it is so pretty and beautiful, such gorgeous butterflies, i then coloured Miss Anya with my promarkers taking my colour choices from the paper.  Finally i created a pink border piece, using a border punch, and added some strips of ribbon for a bit of extra texture.  Aftler layering all the elements together, i decided to add a couple of flower gems, just to add a bit of bling.

My second project using this wonderful 'Miss Anya Love' set, was to create these super cute bookmarks; i thought they would make lovely little Christmas presents, so i'm working on a few sets of them.  Firstly i used a sizzix die to cut my basic bookmark shape. I stamped Miss Anya in memento ink, and also added the 'Happy Thought's sentiment from the McSplendid Farm set.  I also cut the bookmark shape from some scraps of pattern paper, and have added these to the back of the bookmark.  I coloured Miss Anya with my promarkers taking my colour choices from the pattern paper i'd added to the back of each bookmark.  To finish them off, i attached some ribbon.  A very simple project, and great fun too.
Don't forget to go and check out all the other lovely samples using Miss Anya Love at Club Anya, the DT has come up with some awesome creations.  Oh and remember to join us on Monday 14th December for the All Customer Blog Hop, it's going to be great fun, i can't wait to see all the wonderful creations everyone has made.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

I wish i could Fly....

....right up to the sky but i can't, but Travel Anya can, and she is landing at The Greeting Farm on the 15th December along with the other wonderful releases.

For this card i wanted to create a vintage feel, something a little different for me.  First of all i stamped Travel Anya with brown memento ink, then i used a pricking template to prick the decorative boarder around the image.  I then coloured Anya in with my coloured pencils, and used odourless blender and coloured pencils to create the graduated background.  I careful repricked the border, as it was a little flat, and then i layered it onto a piece of copper metallic card, then onto a dark brown card base.

After the vintage feel of the previous card, i decided i wanted something a little brighter and more upto date, so i came up with this card.....

I had alot of fun with this card, and have used some of my favourite techniques.  First of all i stamped Travel Anya with brown memento ink, and coloured her with my promarkers, now to me Travel Anya looks like an air hostess, and therefore she would not have been complete without some red lipstick, so i did a little altering giving her lips, and some nice brown mascara.   
I then moved on to the stitched frame, i decided to use twine, as i wanted to get some texture into the card, and it reminds me of packages that have travelled the world securely tied up with twine (strange how my brain works, tehe) to contrast the colour and texture of the twine i then added a red organza ribbon border.  I do love stitched frames, they take a little time, but really add alot to a card. 
I wanted to keep the background of the card fairly simple, but i wanted some colour, so i created a grid background, and coloured the squares with some of the promarkers i'd used to colour Anya with.  I then went over the grid lines with a brown koh-i-noor pen and trimmed the paper to fit my card base.  As a finishing touch i added 3 red buttons which i had thread with twine.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, and make sure you come back tomorrow to see a truly lovely set of stamps being released alongside Travel Anya.

Why don't you fly by the Club Anya Blog now to see where else Travel Anya has been, the rest of the DT have created some awesome samples as always :)

Have a great day

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Relax and Rejoice...

Yes today is the first of the previews for the release of the new Anyas available at The Greeting Farm on the 15th December.  I would like to introduce you to the beautiful Yoga Anya, isn't she awesome, makes me want to run and sign up for a Yoga class right away.

For this card i wanted to created a nice peaceful scene for Yoga Anya to meditate in.  I chose papers from the Papermania - Spring Life pack, i love this combination of yellow, green and brown, aswell as the geometric elements mixed with flowers and swirls.  I stamped Yoga Anya in brown memento ink, and then coloured with Promarkers.  I used some yellow card from my stash to layer the centrepiece on, i used a die cut tab to add the sentiment to this layer, i decided on 'relax and rejoice' from the Me Time Anya set, as it fitted in perfectly with the mood i wanted to create.  I added a few pearls and gems to the background papers to enhance the design and add a little dimension to the overall effect.  Finally i found some gorgeous 3D butterfly stickers in my stash, and add a couple of them as a finishing touch.

For my next card i wanted to show you how diverse this beautiful stamp is....

Not only does Yoga Anya like to meditate, she likes to promote world Peace, so in this card she's been joined by Hippy Anya for a Peace picnic (no food required, tehe) in this very bright and cheerful scene.  I did a little altering to Yoga Anya, i drew in her eyes and lips, and gave her a funky floral tshirt.  I then coloured both Hippy and Yoga Anya with coloured pencils.   I chose some really bright papers for the background, i wanted to keep the layout of this card very simple, as there was so much going on with the colours.  I cut the papers to give the impression of a little hill, and the sky, i then added my adorable Anya's with some foam pads to add a little dimension.  I then printed and coloured the letters for the word 'Peace', cut them out and arranged them at the front of my scene.  To finish it all off i add this pretty pink heart button :)

I hope you like the two different views of Yoga Anya i've showed you, the possibilities are endless with the super cute stamp, just take a trip over to Club Anya, and you'll see more amazing views of her from the rest of the Design Team.

Make sure you come back tomorrow to meet the next addition to the Wonderful World of Anya, you'd be mad to miss it :)

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

A Bookmark for me....

 Today i decided to have a break from working on my previews for Club Anya (that's why i've been quiet, tehe) and use a stamp i bought recently but hadn't had chance to use.  As soon as i saw 'Charlotte' by Kraftin Kimmie, i knew i had to have her, she is such a 'Suzi' stamp!!!

I saw that this weeks 'Way to use things' challenge over at Splitcoaststampers was to use tags, so i thought a tag bookmark would be a great idea.  I used my dog tags sizzix die to cut my tag, i cut one from some thick white card, and another from some wrapping paper that i wanted to use for the back.

I then stamped Charlotte onto the white card tag, using memento ink, and i added the sentiment from the 'everyday phrases' set.  I coloured the image using my promarkers, i also edged the tag with dark grey promarker, before adding the finishing touch of some cerise yarn for a tassle.

I love how this turned out, definately going to get lots of use out of this bookmark :)

Thanks for looking


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