Saturday, 27 February 2010

Wild Card Wednesday @ Club Anya & Friends: Emboss It

 
This week we've been challenged to use some sort of embossing on our cards, for the Wild Card Wednesday Challenge over at Club Anya & Friends.  I decided to make an ATC rather than a Greetings Card, hopefully it still qualifies for the Challenge. I chose to make an ATC so i can enter it into this week Challenge over at Anya Ink; the challenge is to create anything but a card, hopefully an ATC will count.


I stamped and coloured my 'Hello Ian' onto a piece of card, then coloured with promarkers and prismacolour pencils and oms.


Then i stamped over my image with a background stamp i'd created with offcuts of mounted rubber, to create a stained glass effect. I used clear embossing ink and embossing powder, and the heat set it with my gun. I then sponged over some brown distressing ink, which worked quite nicely. But it still looked a little clean.


So i added somemore distress ink, and then some distress embossing powder. The distress embossing powder stuck to my clear embossing powder in places, but that didn't bother me. I then heated it, and let it cool.


Once it was cool to the touch, i started rubbing off the distress embossing powder. It came away quite easily, but where is was over the clear embossing powder is was impossible to rub off. So i took a craft knife to it, and scraped away at it until i was happy with the amount of embossing on the image.

I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. It sort of reminds me of an old family photograph, looks like it got buried in the garden accidentally years ago, and it's just been dug up, and it's a bit distressed lol. I had fun with this project and i love the texture i've created with the embossing powder.


Thanks for looking
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 26 February 2010

3's The Magic Number...

 

Time for another challenge over at Raise the Bar.  This week it's all about the numbers:

Three's Company!
That's right - use increments of 3 anywhere on your card: 3 embellishment, 3 brads, 3 designer papers, you name it. Good thing we can all count to 3 tehe!

I had real fun with this card, i've been thinking about it all week; I knew i wanted to use 3 stamps for my main image, but i couldn't decide on which ones. then inspiration struck and i came up with the idea of creating a trio of Gorjuss Girls.

I stamped the first little girl, masked her, and then stamped the other two using walnut stain distress ink.  I then coloured the girls using more distress ink for their hair, and my promarkers for the rest of the image.  I then trimmed my image and mounted on a scrap of patterned paper i had left over from last weeks card (waste not want not eh!)   I then set about creating my background, i found a card blank in my stash that went perfectly with the colours i'd chosen, so using that as my base I decided to create a stamped background.  I used 3 different dotty stamps first i stamped them in distress ink, then i embossed them with clear embossing powder.

I then sponged some distress ink over the background i'd created, and also over my stamped mounted image.
I decided then that the card didn't need much more doing to it, but i wanted to include a couple more '3's' so i rummaged through my brads and eyelets and came across these brown heart eyelets, so i attached 3 of them to the bottom of my main image, and added 3 orange brads to there centres.  The final thing to do was mount the main image onto the card base; i used foam pads for dimension and put it on at an angle to create a little more interest.

I love how this card all came together, and had real fun with my distressing inks.  I can't wait to see what you all make for this challenge, Have Fun!

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Oh Alice! It's Wonderful!!

It's finally here, the first challenge over at the awesome Oh, Alice! Challenge Blog; and what a brilliant challenge it is, we were given this amazing inspiration piece....

 
Isn't that the coolest make-up set you've seen!!

For my inspiration i focused on the mushrooms, and the pretty purple and green eyeshadows.  I knew i wanted to create a scene on my card, but i wanted it to be a little different, so i search through my paper stash and came across this lovely candy striped paper from Doodlebug.  

First of all i create my card blank, using a lovely piece of purple pearlescent cardstock to make an A5 card; I then trimmed the doodlebug paper slightly smaller than my card for the main background.  Taking a piece of white card and a scrap of the stripy paper, i cut the paper to give the impression of a small hill, and stuck this to the bottom of the white paper.  I then stamped the circles in the sky (Bo Bunny - Urban Acrylic Stamps), to represent the cheshire cats' eyes and nose.  I stamped a selection of mushrooms onto white paper (from TGF - Wonderland Set) and one of the gorgeous Miss Anya's (from TGF - Miss Anya Dressy).

I then set about colouring my background, and my stamped images.  I used Prismacolour Artstix for this project, as they let you get lots of colour onto your paper, without require alot of pressure; i blended them with odourless spirits and a paper stump.  Once i'd coloured and trimmed all my pieces, i played around with the layout until i was happy with the overall composition.  I then raided my stash of paper flowers and pearls, and created a little flower garden at the bottom of my card.  To finish it all off i stamped the 'Wonderful' sentiment (TGF - Wonderland Set).

I'm really pleased with this card, and very happy to have finally got it finished; I started work on it at the weekend, and had hoped to finish it yesterday, but i wasn't well so had to spend the day in bed.  As i couldn't finish my Alice card yesterday, i decided to read the book instead, i'm ashamed to say i don't think i'd ever read it all before; very glad i've remedied that situtation, going to read Through the Looking Glass next :)

Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Case of the Curious Card....

 
Time for another challenge over at The Greeting Farm, and this time, it's time to CASE the wonderful Marie.
 
Not only does Marie design beautiful stamps, but she makes pretty darn good cards too.  Got to love Miss Rockabilly with her Christmas Hat on.


 
As you can see, i also used one of the new Cheeky Cherry Girls, in this case the adorable Glamour.  I stamped Miss Glamour with black memento ink and coloured her with my promarkers, i added some sakura stardust to her eyes and boa, cos a girl needs to sparkle.  I love these papers, which are by 'My Mind's Eye' and came free with a craft mag, got to love freebies.  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of white card, and then attached that to one of the free motifs that were included with the papers.  To finish my card i added a couple of pretty buttons.

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 19 February 2010

Promarker Tutorial: 3 Colour Vintage

Today i found this wonderful tutorial on Randi's blog showing how to colour your image in a vintage style with just 3 colours; It's a great tutorial, but the only problem i had with it, is that Randi uses Copic's and i don't have any of them.  So using Randi's tutorial as my starting point i decided to create the following tutorial, going for a similar vintage feel but using Promarkers instead.

 
 The 3 colours i chose were Satin, Almond, and Dusky Pink.

 
Following Randi's tutorial, i used my palest colour, in this case Satin, and outlined the whole of my image.

I then took my 2nd colour, Almond, and added some midtones to the image.

I then took my 3rd colour, Dusky Pink and added the darkest tones to my image.

 
I then worked into my image more with all 3 colours, trying to create a more blended effect.


 
To finish my image i took my blender, and blended my palest colour and the white areas, to try and get rid of any obvious lines; i also added more of my darkest colour in places to give me the depth i wanted.  You could if you wanted continue adding colouring and blending to get even more depth into your image, but i decided i quite liked the effect i'd achieved here.

All i need to do now, is make a card to use this gorgeous 'Glamour' Cheeky Cherry on.  Please make sure you visit Randi's blog, as i would not have attempted this tutorial without having gained inspiration from her awesome work and wonderful tutorial.

Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx

What No Stamps Allowed!!!!

 
STAMPER NO STAMPING!

That's right friends! No stamping allowed - except for a sentiment. This includes rubber, clear, photopolymer, digital - NONE allowed for an image. You can use an embellishment as a focal point, a picture, even the actual sentiment itself. 

Yes you read it right, this weeks challenge at Raise the Bar is to create a card without using a stamp!  Definately not the easiest of challenges, but boy did i have fun.

I bought this cute fish brass stencil a couple of months ago, and decided it would be perfect for this challenge.  I embossed it, pricked it, and sew it onto a piece of green card, i then went over it with a reddish rub on to enhance the embossing.  I then created my wavy background, by using the same varigated thread to sew some waves.

I then decided to have a go at the Folded Paper Frame technique, i played around with it a little to get it big enough for my image.  I then added some patterned paper and die cut corners  to finish it off.

This left me with a very nice focal point, but it was rather large and an unusual shape, so it didn't seem right to just stick it onto a standard card shape; so i decided on a Spring Card, which works perfectly.

All together it was a very different project for me, but i really did enjoy it.  I love sewing on my cards.  I'm also really pleased with how all the different elements came together, because i had no idea what i was going to end up with :)

Hope you find time to give the challenge a go, and have a wonderful week
Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 15 February 2010

My Cheeky Valentine Blog Hop!!!!!

HELLO and WELCOME to our highly anticipated "My CHEEKY VALENTINE" Blog Hop!

We are SO excited to finally celebrate the release of The Greeting Farm's BRAND NEW stamp line, the Cheeky Cherry Sprouts!  You've seen the previews, and we're so happy you agree that Rockabilly, Shooter, and Glamour have found a home on the Farm and in our hearts!

Today we have a SPECIAL surprise for you...the ENTIRE TGF DESIGN TEAM, both current AND ALUM were asked to participate in this event!  We are THRILLED to be back as one big team and are prepared to ROCK THE FARM tonight, so sit back, grab some tea or maybe some of that Valentine's chocolate, and ENJOY!

Now, what would a hop be, especially on Valentine's Day, without PRIZES???  Well, there are PLENTY of them hanging around, and for our overseas friends, fear not, you will have until 9am CST TOMORROW (Monday, 2/15) to enter your comments to WIN the new stamps!

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be chosen from the Club Anya & Friends Blog to WIN ALL THREE Cheeky Cherry stamps!  In addition, Jessica has "hidden" SIX Cheeky Cherry singles on certain team member's Blogs, both PAST and PRESENT, and those people will be able to CHOOSE which Cheeky they want to take hom!   That's 9 singles being given away today, everyone!  Can you say AWESOME???

Well, let's get started then!  Here is the OFFICIAL "My Cheeky Valentine" Blog Hop order:


Randi Wall 
Tammy Maxvill
Melyssa Connolly

back to CA&F Blog to let us know you've completed the HOP!

THE CHEEKY CHERRY stamps will be released Monday 2/15 at 12AM CST, in just a few hours!  We anticipate that they will go fast as these sweet and sassy little bombshells have been quite well received from what we've been hearing, so scoop yours up ASAP!   ALL winners will be posted on the Club Anya blog on Monday morning shortly after the 9am deadline.  GOOD LUCK!

I'm so glad to be able to take part in this awesome blog hop, can't wait to see what everyone else has done with the super cute and very Cheeky Cherry Girls.  Hope you like the cards i made to share with you today, i had great fun making them, and couldn't choose a favourite, so i decided to share all three with you, Enjoy!

Rockabilly
I thought that Our Cheeky Rockabilly had a little of the 'Mrs Robinson' about her, and that is what inspired me to create this card.

Shooter
 
I'm sure any cowboy would want our Cheeky Shooter, so here she is on her very own wanted poster!
Glamour

 
When i think of Glamour, i think of movie stars like Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall & Mae West.  It's Mae West that inspired this card, along with Salvador Dali and the wonderful lips sofa he designed back in the 1930's

Thanks so much for participating and for stopping by today, and be sure to stop by Janna's blog now...she's the NEXT STOP on the HOP!   

Have a VERY Cheeky Evening, everyone ;)

Friday, 12 February 2010

Be Mine Forever with Raise the Bar & The Greeting Farm

It's friday so time for another great challenge at Raise the Bar, and this weeks challenge is brilliant:


BE MINE FOREVER

Okay, it sounds corny but really it has nothing to do with a significant other! This week's challenge is to use a stamp/set/item that you will never ever ever sell or give up. Ever. And we'd love to hear your story when you post your card.

So What is your favourite stamp set in your collection?  I gave it some thought, and decided that mine is 'Dress Up' by The Greeting Farm; you'll all know by now i adore Anya & Ian, and i love how versatile this set is, so this is my forever set :).

For my card i took inspiration from this weeks Monday Mania @ Club Anya & Friends, the awesome Rachel set us the challenge of creating a valentine card without using pink or red.

To start off with i stamped Ian, and masked him, then stamped Anya.  I decided i wanted to have them in a heart shape, but my largests heart nestie wasn't big enough to cut them both out without chopping bits off; so instead i decided to have two hearts overlapping behind them.  I used my largest heart nestie as a template, and drew round it twice to create the shape i wanted; i then cut it out. I stamped Ian's outfit out twice, as i decided to use his tshirt as a dress for Anya.

My papers are from the 'Flowery' collection by Papermania, funny how the two sheets i used have no flowers lol. Using colours from the papers i had chosen i coloured Ian & Anya in, along with there outfits, and the heart shaped background.

I love the little skull and crossbones on the tshirt, so i used the skull and crossbones stamp from the Matey set by The Greeting Farm, to add the motif to the dotty background paper.  I then cut two squares out of each of theses papers, as i wanted to create a patchwork look behind my main element.  To fit 3 motifs on each square i had to cut them to 3 1/4 inches square, which would have made a rather large card if i just layed the squares next to each other, so i decided to overlap them , and create a 6" x 6" card.

I inked the edges of all my papers, and the heart shaped centrepiece, and then layered them onto my card.  I added a few faux stitches to the heart shaped centrepiece to make it look like a patch.  Now all i needed was some finishing touches, so i gave it some thought and decided on black pearls, i added black pearls to Anya headband, just to give her some pretty bling, and added varying sizes of black pearls to two corners of the card to tie it all together.

I love how this card turned out, i would never have chosen these colours for a valentine card, if i hadn't been challenged to, but i love it.  I just hope my Dad likes it, because my Mum is giving it to him for Valentines.

Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 5 February 2010

I Love Friday's!!!

 
What's not to love about Friday's, it's the end of the week, so it's time for some quality time with our loved ones; and it's time for another Raise the Bar Challenge 

And for this week's challenge...
It's time to have a Heart To Heart Talk heehee!
I know, this was expected as Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so let's see some hearts on your cards
  
I had great fun with my card for this challenge, it gave me the opportunity to ink up one of the stamps my mum got me for christmas, the adorable Josephine by Kraftin' Kimmie.  I love the moonlight whispers range of stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie, they all have some wonderful character and attitude. I stamped Josephine with black memento ink, and then coloured her with my promarkers, i then added some shadows and highlights with my prismacolour pencils.  I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of paper, using my promarker so it matches perfectly.  I used a 6x6 scrapbooking stencil to add the large dotty heart and the scallopped edge, i used a 0.1 pigment liner for this, then coloured the shapes in with the same red promarker i'd used on the text.

My papers are from a craft mag i got last year, as soon as i saw this weeks challenge i knew these were the perfect papers. I've used a scallop border punch on my papers, and layered them onto the card base.  I decided i wanted a little more embellishment and texture, so i add to pieces of ribbon (scraps leftover from other projects).  I die cut the sentiment and added two metallic heart embellishment to it, before attaching it with foam pads to my card base.  I then trimmed round my main image, and mounted it on the card with somemore foam pads for a little dimension.

 Well i bet head off, gotta go see my doctor this afternoon, so glad the snows gone, luckily the rain washed it away overnight.  Have a great friday all, and a wonderful weekend; i look forward to seeing everyone's challenge cards over at Raise the Bar.

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 1 February 2010

Mrs Weyremasters Meets Monday Mania @ Club Anya & Friends

 
It's Monday, so that means it's time for Monday Mania over at Club Anya & Friends, and i am very honoured to say that the wonderful Jessica asked me to set this weeks challenge.

So I challenge you to use the Easel Card Technique, and add some Ribbon to it :)

For my card today i decided to experiment a little with the size of my easel card, instead of the standard square i decided to make mine a 7"x5" card, so instead of a 10" x 5" piece of card for my easel base i used a 10" x 7" piece of card, and for my easel top instead of 5" x 5", i cut my card to 7" x 5".

You score your easel base at 2 1/2" and 5", and then continue to follow the orginal instructions.

I used the adorable Easter Anya and Wild Things from The Greeting Farm to create my little scene.  They are off on an easter egg hunt so this paper from the papermania 'Spring Time' set was just perfect for this card. I covered my easel and card base with the same design, and used a sheet full of easter eggs for my background piece.  I laced some pink ribbon between two pieced of card, and then added the egg paper to it, this is then attached to the card with foam pads to give some dimension.  I then attatched Anya and the wild things with foam pads.

To finish my card and enable it to stand up, i punched a row of hole along the easel base, threaded pink ribbon through them, and then tied it in a bow.  

I can't wait to see the entries for my challenge, for all challenge details and a chance to win free stamps visit Club Anya & Friends.

Make sure you visit The Greeting Farm's Blog today, they are having a blog hop to celebrate today's wonderful new releases.

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

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