Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Oh, Alice!: The Red Queen's Spesch'al Fine Print

Time for another Oh, Alice Challenge :)
 
CHAPTER 6: The Red Queen's FINE PRINT...

"The Red Queen shook her head, "You may call it 'nonsense' if you like," she said, "but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!"

This week's challenge is to use some sort of 'fine print/text' in your project.
 I don't tend to use a lot of text on my cards, so this was an interesting challenge for me.  I had a little surf searching for text related to Alice in Wonderland, and came across this wonderful quote from Lewis Carroll himself;
Choosing my main image for this card was very easy, I had to use the gorgeous Red Queen from Spesch Designer Stamps, isn't she wonderful?  I used some red and grey promarkers to put a base coat of colour on her, then i coloured the rest of the image using my prismacolour pencils. 

I kept the rest of this card very simple, i found this wonderful card suites backing paper in my stash, so i layered that onto some black card.  I printed my quote onto white card, distressed the edges and then layered it onto red card, and distressed the edges.  I made my card base from a sheet of red cardstock, then simply layered my background paper, quote and finally the Red Queen herself.  The Red Queen is mounted using foam pads, to give her some dimension.

I resisted the temptation to add anything else to the card, I don't think it really needs any other embellishments; Would love to know what you think? 

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

P.s. Please come back tomorrow for a 'Rockin' New Release from StampInsantity!!!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

My Royal Battle #1 Card

So have you voted in The Greeting Farms Royal Battle yet?  Why Not?  All you need do is head over to the gallery and vote for you 3 favourite cards.  Please give one of your precious votes to the Time Traveller's Card; yep that my team, and we really would like to carry on in the contest, so need lots of votes.

As this is a competition and there is no guarantee we will go through to next week, we decided to all make a card for the challenge, and then vote amongst ourselves as to which to use.  We all voted for the gorgeous creation Sony made using My Guy Ian, not only a very cool card, but a male card too!

This is the card I made, not sure how retro it is? But i like it.  I tried out a few new techniques on this, and i'm really pleased with how they turned out.  Firstly for my background paper, i used an embossing folder to emboss the design, then i coloured the centre of the hearts with a red promarker.  I then covered the whole paper with clear embossing ink, and clear embossing powder.  I melted the powder and got left with this really lovely paper, with wonderful texture and shine.  The second new thing i tried was stamping onto textured cardstock; I stamped with black distress ink and used clear embossing powder on this beautiful Miss Anya.  I used a red promarker for her shoes, skirt and pendant, and coloured the rest of the image using my prismacolor pencils.  I love how Miss Anya stands out from the paper, so i'll definately be using this technique again.

Thanks for visiting. Please remember to vote Here for the Time Travellers :)
Have a wonderful day
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 26 March 2010

Feeling Foolish!!!

That's how we're feeling over at Raise The Bar this week, we're feeling April Foolish tehe!! Want to know what this weeks challenge is?  Here goes...

APRIL FOOL!
Show us a style that you normally don't do! Ack! A challenge indeed! ;) 

Now this really was a challenge for me, I've spent ages thinking about it, and couldn't decide what sort of card i wanted to do, the only thing i knew was i wanted to make a card that i could happily post on here, and not one that i wanted to bin straight away!

I finally decided to go back to some of my old favourite rubber stamps for inspiration.  I love Art, so have quite a few art inspired rubberstamps; so i went through my 'Mona' collection and came across this stamp, that i'd never used.  I then decided to stamp this image using a multicoloured inkpad (something else i don't do very often) and emboss it.  

For my background I can honestly say I cheated!; I sprayed a scrap of white card with water, and then stamped my 'dirty' stamp onto it.  The cheats way to clean your stamp and create a background, lol!  

I decided to keep my layout as simple as possible.  I limited myself to using just the background paper I had made, and my main image.  I cut my background paper up to create a mosaic style background.  I then trimmed my main image, distressed the edges and stuck it to the card.  For my finishing touches I decided to add a few staples, these are dual purpose, as they ensure my image stays on the card, and add just a little decorative touch.

Now the big question, Did I Fool You?  Would you have known it was a 'Suzi' card?  I'd love to hear your answers.  Hope you all have time this week to join in our challenge, it is a toughie, but I sure had fun with it, hope you do too.

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Groovy Gurlz Challenge #2

It's Thursday so that means it's time for another Groovy Gurlz Challenge, and this weeks challenge is a corker, your challenge is to 'alter' anything in your home that holds something!.  Now for me this was very challenge, as I've done very little 'altering' in the past; I decided to alter a coffee jar to hold some of my button stash.

The first thing i did was to make a template of the label area, I then printed Zeke and Maddie out nice and big, so that they would fill the whole area.  I chose a tartan paper from my stash and used this to cover the jar lid, i then added some decorative cord and some buttons.  I then coloured Zeke and Maddie to coordinate with my paper, and I paper pieced part of their outfits.  I covered the back of the Zeke and Maddie with tartan paper, so if you look through the glass of the jar, you can see it.  I used my Xyron machine to add adhesive to my papers, and this worked brilliantly for adhering them to the glass.

This project was alot more fun than i'd anticipated, i was really quite nervous, as my altering skills are not brilliant; however i love the result, and now have a very pretty jar for my buttons.  I hope you find something in your home you want to alter and play along with our challenge, if you need more inspiration, then make sure you visit the rest of the Groovy Gurlz to see their works of art.



Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

A Purrfect Inspirational Card Sketch

Isn't She a Pretty Kitty?  She is the Cheshire Cat Digital Stamp from SpeschDigiStamps as soon as I saw her i had to get her, and a couple of other Digistamps inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

I made this card for this weeks Inspirational Card Sketches Challenge; it's a very nice Sketch to play with, and when i saw it this morning, I knew it would work well with my pretty kitty.

To create my background i used a piece of orange vellum in my new tiger print Sizzix embossing folder; i distressed it a little with sandpaper, and then coloured in alternate stripes with a brown promarker.  I trimmed this vellum to size and then ran it through my xyron to add adhesive to the back of it.  I then stuck it to my pearlescent white card blank.  Using a Cuttlebug embossing folder i embossed a scrap of the orange vellum, and then trimmed that and layered on white card to for the panel on my card.

I printed out my Pretty Cheshire Cat, coloured her with prismacolour pens and letraset promarkers.  I then cut her out, and added some shading to her with an orange and white prismacolour pencil.  I added foam pads to the head and body of the cat, to raise it from the card background, i glued her feet straight to the card panel.  To finish my card i added some buttons and flatback pearls.

I love this cat digistamp, and i'm sure i'll be using it a lot, she reminds me of the thundercats tehe!!
Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 22 March 2010

Whoooooooooooooooo RRRRRRRRRRRRR UUUUUUUUUU?

That's the question over at the Oh, Alice! Challenge Blog.

'Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to create a card using a CATERPILLAR or BUTTERFLY on your projects this week!' 

Isn't that just the perfect challange for this wonderful spring day.  As soon as I saw this challenge I knew I wanted to use Springtime Morgan from StampInsanity; The Butterfly resting on her finger, is pefect for this challenge.

My paper choices for this card were very easy, The butterfly paper is from a Papermania pack, and the checked background paper is from Making Memories.  I coloured Morgan with prismacolour pencils, using the gorgeous pink and green of one of the butterflies as my inspiration. 

I kept my layout very simple, i layered the butterfly paper straight onto the checked paper, as I wanted it to almost blend into the background paper.  I'm not sure how successful this is, i think maybe the card would have benefited from more defined layers, and a bit more depth.  Both Morgan and the senitment are layered straight onto the patterned paper.

To finish my card off I added some beautiful 3D butterfly stickers, I really like these stickers, so pretty and add a lovely sense of movement to the card; I just wish the background of them wasn't quite so holographic.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Meet Nicholette!

Isn't She a Saucy Madam!  She belongs to the gorgeous Les Coquettes set of digistamps released this week by StampInsanity.  I don't know how anybody could resist her, if only i looked like her; well maybe a little taller tehe!!

Today is my wonderful friend Ju's Husband's birthday, so I made this card with him in mind.  I had been planning on making him a more traditional 'man' card, but I just couldn't get inspired.  I decided to have a play with Nicholette, as I really wanted to see what her dress would look like paper pieced.  I used my lightbox to line my patterned paper up with her outfit and umbrella, not only is this a really quick way of paper piecing, but it meant i could get the pattern on her outfit just how i wanted it. I coloured her using my promarkers, and a black fineliner. I then cut her out with my craft knife.

I showed Ju, my cut and coloured Nicholette, and she said that Tim would love her, so happy in that knowledge I carried on with the rest of the card.  I spent a long time looking through my patterned papers to find a suitable one for this card; i have quite a few in this colour scheme, but most of them were just too girlie. I finally found this lovely black dotty paper, which had just enough pink on it to coordinate with Nicholette, without being over powering.  I also found the white paper with the faux stitching pattern on it; this was perfect for my die cut background.  I layered my patterned papers onto black glossy card, and distressed the edges, then using a pink promarker coloured the edges to add a touch of bright pink.

I decided against any other embellishments for this card, as I think it looks more masculine this way.  The only addition I made to this card was a die cut sentiment.

I'm really pleased with how this card turned out, not only is Nicholette gorgeous, but I've managed to create a card suitable for a man with pink on it, something i never thought I'd do!  Here's hoping Tim likes it!

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 19 March 2010

Sweet & Fruity Wishes!

Well It looks like spring is finally here, the sun is shining and the sky is blue.  Hope you've all got something nice planned for this beautiful weekend.  It's Friday so time for another Raise the Bar Challenge..
FRUITS OF LABOR

Yes! We are sweetening up the week with any card or project using fruit (yup, tomatoes too! heehee!). Lets see those fruity stamps and papers you've got in your stash; I'm looking forward to some very sweet cards :)

For my card i used stamps from the Whiff of Joy Summer 2009 Stamp Kit. I stamped and embossed this beautiful young girl stamp and then coloured with watercolours. I created a background paper using 2 strawberry stamps from the kit, i also coloured this with watercolours.  Then i got a bit messy creating a crumpled distressed cooridating paper, i simple soaked the paper with water at splodges of watercolour, and then crumpled the paper up, i then dried the paper using my heat gun.

I had planned on using the crumpled paper i'd created as a whole sheet on my card, but once i put all my papers together it just didn't look right..  I decided to cut a large heart out of the paper to see how that worked, and i was much happier with it; I then cut another heart from the middle of the large heart, creating a frame.  I used the frame over my strawberry background paper, and used the smaller heart to put my stamped sentiment on.  I also cut an even smaller heart from a leftover scrap of the paper.

I used a pale yellow card blank for my card base, and sponged on green and blue distressed ink to tie the colours together.  I sponged the hearts with distressed ink too, this helped emphasise the texture i had created.  My layout for this card evolved as i was creating the heart shapes, very simple, but i think it works.

I had fun with this card, especially creating the different patterned papers to go with my stamped image.  Can't wait to see what sweet creations are made for this challenge.

Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Thursday, 18 March 2010

StampInsanity Release Day: Meet Les Coquettes

Today is release day over at StampInsanity, so I get to share with you my first card as a member of The Groovy Gurlz.

Let me introduce you to Les Coquettes
Les Coquettes is french for flirty girls, and that exactly what you get with this adorable set, you also get some wonderful sentiments in both french and english.



For my card i used the gorgeous Pierrette Isn't she beautiful.  I decided to do some paper piecing for her beautiful dress, using papers from the Forever Friends - Pink Parfait Paper Pack.  To create her dress i simply printed out my digi, and used my lightbox to trace the outline of her outfit onto the patterned paper; very quick & easy, it also means you don't waste any of your precious patterned papers.  I used a Large Sizzix Oval Frame die to cut the frame, and a Sizzlits die to cut the corners.  

Now it's your turn, follow the StampInsanity Challenge Sketch, and upload your creations using Challenge Code SISC1, to the StampInsanity Blog


 Don't forget to visit the rest of the Groovy Gurlz to see their beautiful creations, using these wonderful new images.

Alison    
 Jennifer     
Jeri    
 Lisa   
 Margie  
Suzi  That's Me!! 
Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx 

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Oh, Alice! - CHAPTER 4: Picturing Wonderland



Time for another adventure with our friends at Oh, Alice!;  This week we have this awesome sketch by the truly marvelous Pam Varnell to play with.

I've had this picture of the Mad Hatter and Alice in my head for a few weeks now, and it's taken me a little while to figure out how to make it into a card.  My problem was solved when the wonderful Marie at The Greeting Farm released the 'Wonderland' set as a digital image; this meant i could make the Mad Hatter and Tea Cup as big as i wanted, and Alice nice and tiny.

I created my main image in Photoshop using the 'Wonderland' digital image, just a matter of playing around with layering the images.  I then saved it and printed it out really for me to colour.  I coloured the image with my Promarkers, and added some shading and detail with my Prismacolour pencils.

I die cut a frame using a Sizzix die, and then coloured it with Promarkers to coordinate with my main image.  The card blank i found in my stash along with this very pretty and wonderful background paper.  Using a border punch i created a border on each side of the paper before sticking it to my card base.  I then stuck my main image down, adding my coloured frame with foam pads to add some dimension.

To finish my card off i decorated the frame with some large flatbacked pearls, and added a green organza bow.

This card turned out pretty much how i'd imagined it, so i'm really happy.  As you can probably tell Wonderland is very bright in my imagination.

Thanks for visiting
Suzi
xxx

Friday, 12 March 2010

What's Green and Creepy?

Well that would have to be today's card!  It's Green because this weeks challenge at Raise the Bar is...
GO GREEN!

Interpret this as you desire - either a recycled item on your card, all green hues, a St. Patrick's Day image, the choice is yours!

So I decided to make a predominantly green card, don't think there is anything recycled on it, but the stripy background paper was a leftover from the last card i made; so that's pretty close to recycling tehe!

It's Creepy, because I used one of the wonderful Creepy Cake Digistamps from The Greeting Farm.  Isn't she beautiful; although i don't find her very Creepy, i thinks she's kinda cute.

This was a fairly quick and simple card to make.  I created a card blank from some green pearlescent card and covered the front of it with a piece of stripy green paper.

I then embossed another piece of green card with this beautiful vines and butterfly embossing folder; using Peeled Paint Distress Ink I coloured the embossed pattern.  This embossed card was then trimmed and mounted onto another piece of green card before being stuck to my card base with foam pads.

Next I added the ribbon and tied a bow in it (oh i do wish i could tie a better bow, this definately wasn't one of my best!).

I printed my Creepy Cake Girl, trimmed and mounted her onto green card, then coloured her with an assortment of yellow and green promarkers.  I then added her to the card using foam pads to give her some dimension.

To finish my card I added 3 large green flatback pearls, and a very pretty 3D butterfly sticker.

Thanks for visiting my blog, i really do appreciate you taking the time to read my waffle and leave comments.  I look forward to seeing what you all make for this weeks challenge, have a fun week :)

Suzi
xxx

Monday, 8 March 2010

I'm a Groovy Gurl!!!

 
Yep I can officially call myself a Groovy Gurl, I can hardly believe it, but i've been chosen to be a member of the original Groovy Gurlz design team! I'm so excited :) Yep I'm on the StampInsanity Design Team.

Not heard of StampInsanity?  Then you must visit their website and check out their awesome stamps.  

'StampInsanity Rubber Stamp Designs is all about edgy, unique and sassy stamps! If you are looking for something a little different.'

 They have the most adorable characters, you'll love Henry, Morgan, Zeke & Maddie; and each character is accompanied by truly wonderful sentiment stamps.

I can't wait to get started, it's going to be such fun, and sharing this adventure with me is the rest of the truly awesome Groovy Gurls Team:


I want to pass on my congratulations to you all, and i look forward to working with you all.

Let the Insanity begin tehe!!


Suzi
xxx

Happy Birthday Mummy :)

 
Today is a very special day, because it is my Mummy's birthday, so i had to make a special card for a special lady.  My Mum loves anything oriental, especially Chinese, so i decided to create a little Chinese Girl for her card.  My friend Ju had been kind enough to stamp me out a few of the new Wild Sprouts from The Greeting Farm that i don't have yet; and i knew Stella would be perfect for this card.

I altered Stella slightly, i basically cut away her outfit, and using my lightbox, i drew her new dress.  I drew the dress onto a scrap of white paper first, and made a few alterations to my lines, then using this drawing, i traced the dress onto this gorgeous lilac chinese dragon paper (another beautiful present from my friend Ju). I coloured Stella with my promarkers.

I then set about choosing my papers for the rest of the card; I used the dragon paper as my starting point, and went through my papers choosing patterned papers that coordinated with it.  I ended up with five patterned papers that all worked nicely together.  I had seen a faux quilt background on Splitcoaststampers, and decided this would be perfect.  I punched out squares of the patterned papers, and arranged them in a quilt like pattern.  I glued them to a scrap of white card, and then used my Top Note Die to create my quilt; I also cut a lilac Top Note to layer behind my quilt.

Then it was time to start assembling the card.  I cut a piece of stripy green paper slightly smaller than my card base and stuck this down.  I then created the central band, i cut some lilac card and used a border punch on it to give me a nice edge, then i layered on a couple of strips of patterned paper to tie it in to my quilt background.  Before sticking the central band down, i used some lilace organza ribbon to create a bow, and stuck the ribbon to the central band before sticking it to my card base.  I then added my quilted die cut, and my little chinese Stella, i used foam pads on Stella to give her a bit more dimension.

To finish my card I stamped the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, and embossed it.  Then using circle punches i cut the sentiment out, along with some larger circles, and layered them all together, before sticking them to my card.

I'm really happy with the finished card, and i'm sure my Mum will love it.  I'm also pleased that i managed to use 5 different patterened papers on my card, as this weeks Wild Card Wednesday Challenge at Club Anya & Friends was to do exactly that; I didn't think i'd manage that, and like the end result.

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great week all.
Suzi
xxx

Edit:  I'm entering this card into this weeks challenge over at Quixotic Challenges, their challenge is right up my street.  The challenge it to alter a TGF stamp, so my gorgeous little Stella fits perfectly. Quixotic Paperie is one of my favourite UK based craft stores, the perfect place for TGF, and Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps to name but a few, and the service is excellent. The only problem i have with them, is they have far too many pretty things, and i don't have enough money tehe!!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Raise the Bar - Challenge#8

It's the end of another week, so it's time for another Raise the Bar Challenge, can you believe we're onto challenge #8 already.  So for this weeks challenge...

NATIONAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH!
To honor this great celebration in March, use a BOOK somewhere in your card/project and commemorate all of our achievments in our lives.
Now this may sound 'different' and you may not think you have a book image, but search your stash and you'll be surprised at what you discover!

 
I had great fun looking through my stamps to find one i could use for this weeks challenge; and i came across this little beauty, it's Wendy from the 'Never Ever' set by The Greeting Farm.

I stamped Wendy onto watercolour paper using Black Soot Distress Ink, and then i embossed her with fine detail clear embossing powder.  I then sprayed the image with water, on the front and back (spraying on the back stops your paper curling) and set about creating my background, I misted my watercolours and then just added a little colour to the paper, spreading it around to create a nice soft background.  I left my image to dry over night, and then set about choosing my papers.

I found these lovely papers in a RAK envelope i receieved a while ago, and thought they were perfect for this image, unfortunately i don't know what make they are.  I decided to create a round focal point for my card, so i got a couple of my circle nesties out, and used them as templates, cutting the circles out with a craft knife.  I knew i wanted to distress the edges of my circles, so thought a hand cut circle would work better, and it was nice and quick too.  

I then finished colouring my image, using my paper choice as my inspiration for the colour of Wendy's outfit.  I kept the watercolour paper dry this time, and just applied water to my paints, giving me nice strong colours.  I'm really glad i embossed my image, as it made is so much easier to control the paint, no unwanted blending.

For the layout of my card, I just played around with the papers until i was happy with how they worked together.  I decided to add a scallopped punch border in the background, mainly to get a bit more light in the card, and to separate the papers. I then distressed the edges of all of my papers, before sticking them all down, i stuck all the layers flat apart from the main image which i used foam pads on, just to give a little more dimension.

My sentiment comes from the 'Sassy Sentiments' set by MFT.  I love clear acrylic sentiment stamps, as they are so flexible, this one i curved to go on my background circle. 

To finish my card i layered some Prima flowers, and added a pearl centre, and some leaves, to create a nice little corner detail.

I had great fun with challenge, once i got over the inital problem of 'Do i have a stamp with a book in it?'; It was fun looking through my stamp collection, amazing what you find that you've forgotten about, so glad i rediscovered this pretty image.

I can't wait to see what wonderful creations will be made for this challenge, hope you have time to play.
Thank you for visiting
Suzi
xxx

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