Friday, 29 January 2010

Love that old paper - Raise the Bar challenge#3

This weeks challenge at Raise the Bar is.... "The Older the Better" - use DP that you've had in your stash for a while. You know, like the ones Stampin' Up doesn't even remember carrying.

I don't know about you, but I have loads of pretty patterned papers in my stash that i haven't used, some of them because they are too pretty, and others because i just don't know what to use them for.  The first thing i did for this challenge was to have a look through some of the papers i've had for years, when i first started cardmaking (about 7 years ago) i bought a few mixed lots in online auctions.  I was lucky and always happy with the selection i received, but some of them just weren't very 'Suzi' lol;  so i decided to really challenge myself and use a couple of sheets of paper that didn't really speak to me.

After selecting my papers is was time to choose an image, i must admit i've actually spent a couple of days thinking about what image to use, as this challenge has made me change the way i go about a project (i usually choose the image first); Originally i was going to create a masculine card with these papers, but that seemed a little too obvious, then i spyed Wild Sprout Charlotte (i'd printed out extra copies earlier in the week) from The Greeting Farm and my decision was made.

I decided to use a sketch for my layout, and this weeks sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers, fitted my image very well. I've kept this card very simple, the only real embellishment being the punched border i created, and the faux stitching.  To finish the card i stamped the 'Love' sentiment, used a circle punch to cut it out and popped it onto a foam pad to give some dimension.

This really was a challenge, but i'm pleased with how the card turned out,  it was nice to look through my paper stash too, as i came across lots of lovely papers i'd forgotten all about, so now i just need to start using them more :)

Thanks for visiting

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Sassy Girls Rock Day#2 of TGF Relay

For today's card we were given the gorgeous WS Charlotte Digistamp to play with, now she is one sassy girl.
She made me think of a very street wise teenage girl, who is everyone's fave big sister, the girls want to be like her, and the boys, well, we all know what boys want!!! tehe

So that's the story behind my card, I wasn't sure about my layout (always a problem), so i had a little surf, and found that this weeks technique lovers challenge over at Splitcoaststampers is this interesting side stepped card, so i thought i'd give it a go.

I kept my colour scheme quite simple, mainly due to the fact i've got so many figures on the card, i didn't want them to fight with each other.  I found this paper in a DCWV mat stack, and thought it was perfect for this card.  The stamped images are all coloured in promarkers, and then stuck to the card base with foam pads.  To finish my card i added the 'Sassy' and 'Girls Rock' sentiments from 'Talk Loud' set of sentiments available at The Greeting Farm.  I added some faux stitching to the papers, i think this helps to tie it all together.

Can't for Day 3 of the TGF Relay, i'm having a blast, and there are some truly gorgeous card being created, and so many people taking part, it's great to see everyone joining in the fun, it's well worth checking out the Gallery at The Greeting Farm.

Thanks for looking

Monday, 25 January 2010

Fintastic Fun with TGF CHA Relay

Today is the first day of the CHA Relay Contest at The Greeting Farm, each day you have to make a card with a specific free digistamp, we were given a head start yesterday when we received Mer Ian.  You'll have no idea how long i've been waiting to see a Mer Ian, so i was over the moon when is set eyes on him.

I had no problems coming up with an idea for this card, as i've had the idea of a Mer Family card in my head for ages.  So i copied and flipped Mer Ian, and printed him out in two different sizes; I played around with his hair on the smaller print outs, to create 4 adorable little merkids.

I stamped the background scene onto watercolour paper, and watercoloured it; adding some prismacolour pencils for extra depth.  I coloured my Merfolks with a base of promarkers, and then added shading to them with my prismacolour pencils.  I like combining different mediums, as it helps to create different textures and more depth.  The rest of the card was simple, just a matter of cutting my Merfolks out and layering them onto my background.  To finish the card off i added the sentiment, which i thought went lovely with the image of the playing merkids, just in case your wondering, Mermaid Anya has gone out shopping, tehe!!

You can still get the Mer Ian stamp over at The Greeting Farm Blog (in yesterday's post), and you can join in the relay, but you must have your card uploaded to The Greeting Farm Galleria before 6pm CST (Check out The Greeting Farm Blog for full details)

Thank you for visiting, and pop back later to see my card for Day #2 of the relay

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Shiny Happy FFF meets Sketchy Saturday @ Club Anya...

Good day Everyone, and thanks for joining me for todays very cheery post.  I thought i'd share with your the card i made for this weeks FFF Challenge over at The Greeting Farm, this weeks challenge is to make a Shiny Happy Sunshine Sendoff card to wish Marie & Jess loads of luck at this weeks CHA.

I decided to use my HG Peace stamp (as she hadn't seen ink yet), I stamped her with memento black ink, and coloured her with my prismacolour pencils and OMS, i then cut her out and added a little glitter glue to the centre of her flowers.  After leaving her to dry overnight, i turned my attention to my layout, i didn't have a clue what i was going to do, but had my papers chosen; Then i saw the Saturday Sketch challenge @ Club Anya & Friends and thought it would be the perfect combination.

I followed the sketch pretty closely, layering my patterned paper to give it a bit more depth.  I added a piece of ribbon through a ribbon brad, which i topped off with a prima flower, gem, and sparkly brad centre.  As the finishing touches i added three flower gems along the bottom of the card, and a pretty 3D butterfly sticker to the top.

I certainly think i met the challenge, as it's a Very bright, happy card; really not sure about all the orange and yellow, two colours i don't use an awful lot.  But i like the overall effect, one of those cards that makes you smile :)

Thank you for visiting, and make sure you check out The Greeting Farm Blog today for a truly wonderful free digi.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Friday, 22 January 2010

Raise the Bar Week#2 - The Gift that keeps giving

Now are you all ready for this week's challenge? It's called The Gift that keeps on Giving: Use anything that someone has given you, whether it was a surprise from your hubby, a RAK'd (Random Act of Kindness) item in the mail, a birthday gift from a friend, we want to see it!

Here's my card for this weeks challenge

The gifts i used for the card are
The image - Tanglegoblinshimmer Digistamp by Amy Young - present from my hubby
Papers and Ribbon - Were a RAK from Steph
Brad and sentiments - Were a RAk from Ju
The flower and pearls were from my stash :)

I coloured the beautiful digistamp with my prismacolour pencils, and then mounted it with foam pads, onto the patterned paper background. I also added a piece of ribbon, which is threaded through a blue flower ribbon brad, i added a pink paper rose to this to complement the papers.  I trimmed and cut into the end of the die cut sentiments before sticking them under the brad.  To finish my card off I added some pearls to the green flowery paper, and two pearl dragonflys to the pink paper.

Thank you so much to my generous hubby and friends, you always send me such beautiful crafting goodies, i love and appreciate every one of them.

I can't wait to see what everyone else is going to make for this weeks challenge, remember to visit Raise the Bar to check out the rest of the DT work, and to add your card.  I can't believe how many people joined us for our first challenge, it was wonderful to see all the beautiful cards created.

Thanks for visiting

Better late than never, lol...

Yes, i know Christmas was last month, but i wanted to share with you all this card i made for my very good friend Ju; I forgot to blog it after i sent it to her!

Ju loves snowmen, so when i saw this Snow Angel digistamp @ Whimsie Doodles i had to get it.  I kept this card very simple, i coloured the image with my prismacolour pencils, then added the sequin and bead frame (sewing took a little while, lol)  and to finish it off a die cut Christmas Banner.  I love how this turned out, and altho the frame took a while to sew it was definately worth the time and effort, and i've discovered i find sewing very relaxing.

Thanks for visiting

Friday, 15 January 2010

Debut Day @ Raise The Bar

Today is the Debut Day for the new challenge blog Raise The Bar, and today is all about Debuts, so here's the challenge...

"Debut Day" - create a card with something that you purchased and have not used before, whether it be an unused stamp, a tool, spool of ribbon - I do believe we all have something like that. ;)

 A great challenge i think, and not too difficult either.  I don't know about you, but i've actually got a few stamps in my collection that i've not had chance to use yet, most of them being Christmas Presents.  So choosing which stamp to use was fun, i decided to go with a stamp that i treated myself to a good couple of months ago now.

Isn't she cute!!   She's called 'Little Miss Attitude' from the Gorjuss Girls range designed by Suzanne Woolcott.  She kinda reminds me of me when i was younger, i was a bit of a stroppy teenager, lol :D

I can't wait to see what your going to 'debut' for the challenge, please remember to add to link over at Raise the Challenge and don't forget to check out the rest of the amazing DT that Joni's put together for this new challenge blog.

Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Monday Mania @ Club Anya & Friends...

This weeks Monday Mania Challenge over at Club Anya & Friends, is all about couples, Caz challenged us to make a card using an Anya and Ian stamp, and make them look like a couple.

Choosing which Anya and Ian to use was alot easier than normal; i recently received some new TGF stamps, and Quarterback Ian was one of them, so i thought he'd look perfect paired with Cheerleader Anya.  My paper choice was another easy one too, this paper comes from the Papermania - Love set, and i thought was perfect for this challenge.

I stamped Anya and Ian in memento ink onto watercolour paper, then coloured them with Caran d'arch Watersoluable Crayons; i love these crayons and haven't used them for a while.  Most of the colouring i did with a brush, taking colour from the tip of the crayon, i add some shadows using the crayons direct to the paper, and then added a little extra water.  I was fairly happy with the effect, but felt that the browns needed to be darker, so i used my prismacolour pencils to add darker browns into the image.

I cut Anya and Ian out and mounted them on the card with some foam pads.  I added some paper pricking detail to the flourishes of the patterned paper, and round the edge of the card.  For my finishing touch i added 3 metallic red hearts.

This is a very simple card, and i'm not sure weither i should have added some extra layers to it?  But i like the overal effect, and loved working with a brush again, just need to find my watercolours now :)

Thanks for looking, and please pop back tomorrow to see my debut post for 'Raise the Bar' Challenge blog which launches tomorrow.


Friday, 8 January 2010

New Year, New Challenges...

I'm a bit slow with my blogging so far this year; i apologise for that, unfortunately this cold weather we've been having is affecting my health, so i've not been feeling too great.

However, i've had some good news to cheer me up.  I've been selected to be a 'Bar-Tender', for the new challenge blog Raise The Bar.  Every Friday a new challenge will be revealed at Raise the Bar, starting with there first challenge next Friday, 15th January 2010.  It's going to be a wonderful adventure, and will encourage us to use things we have in our craft stashes; afterall we all have things we've either not got round to using, or are a little unsure how to use them. So if you like a good challenge, make sure to pop over to Raise The Bar, and become a follower, and check out the rest of the Design Team, i'm honoured to be amongst some very talented ladies.

Monday, 4 January 2010

TGF Twelve Sketches of Xmas - Part 3

I've actually managed to get the last 3 sketch cards done for The Greeting Farm's Twelve Sketches of Xmas Challenge, so i'm a happy bunny tonight :)


I had real fun with these sketches, i had a couple of things i wanted to achieve with these cards, firstly i wanted to use a variety of TGF images, i also wanted to use a variety of colour schemes, i wanted to make each card different, and unique to the other 11.  I think i achieved all of my aims, which is great, i love the sense of achievement completing a challenge gives me.
Hope you enjoy looking at my cards, as much as i enjoyed making them.
Please come back soon

Saturday, 2 January 2010

TGF Twelve Sketches of Xmas - Part 2

Happy New Year to you all.  Today i thought i would share with you 3 more cards for The Greeting Farm's Twelve Sketches of Xmas, so here they are...
Sketch #7

Sketch #8

Sketch #9.

Come back soon to see the final 3 cards.


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