Thursday, 27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving with Sweet Pea Stamps

Happy Thanksgiving to you All.

As it's Thanksgiving Day today, and my day to post a creation on the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to create a Thanksgiving Card.  Our featured Artist this week is Regan Kubecek, and her 'Thanksgiving' image is perfect for this special occasion.

I coloured 'Thanksgiving' with a mix of Letraset Tria, Flexi and ProMarkers, before trimming it down and mounting onto some core-dinations card stock.  My background paper is from the Retro Stack by DCWV.  I added some blue ribbon to more of the core-dinations card stock and layered it onto my card with some foam pads for dimension.  I then added my image, which you can see in more detail below;

You can find this gorgeous image along with many more by Regan Kubecek in the Sweet Pea Stamp Store in both Rubber and Digital Format. To embellish my card I added some feathers in coordinating colours along with a ticket die cut with the worlds 'Give Thanks' added in alphabet stickers.

I have to say I'm quite pleased with how this card turned out, I used colours that I don't tend to use that often, so i'm really happy with how my colour scheme came together.  I love the patterns in the Retro Stack by DCWV, so it was really nice use some of these papers, and create something which takes a very traditional image and combines it with some funky patterns.  I hope you all like it too.

I'd like to wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving where-ever you are in the World.
Thank You for visiting with me today,
Bye for now

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

All my Love with Sweet Pea Stamps, and don't forget the DT Call

Today I want to share with you my project for the current DT Call over at Sweet Pea Stamps.  I have to say I love being on this Design Team, so reapplying was a no brainer.  They have some of the best images and artists on their books, as well as a Management Team of truly amazing and talented Ladies, who all happen to be very nice people too, which is a blessing in the craziness of the crafting community.  So if your thinking of applying, don't let anything stop you, It's the best team to be on, and you'll love it.

At the moment the DT are focusing on Gift Ideas, after all we all love to give and receive gifts, but at this time of year it can get a little expensive, so we are showing you some projects that don't cost much to make, but should leave you with a very happy recipient.  That said, here is my Gift project;
It's an Easel Card/Calender, perfect for anyone and really quick to make.  The easiest way to make these I've found it to start of with 2 card blanks of the same size, one you will use for your base, and the other for the card top.

Take the first card blank score/fold at the half way point of your card front, folding in towards the already creased centre fold of your card.  Take the second card blank and cut along the centre fold, so you end up with two pieces of card the same size.  You will use one of these for your card top, and the other can be used for matting/layering elements on your card, or saved for another project.

All you need to do then is decorate your card base and top.  For the base I use the same patterned papers I plan on using on the top, along with the leftover card and a calender tab ( I used a Calender Tab by Docrafts, you can get a pack of 10 for around £1 at any good craft shop)  For the top use whatever patterned papers and image you like.  I used the beautiful Bella with Rose image by Conie Fong for my calender.
As you can see from the above picture the calender tab acts as a stopper for the card top, so your calender will sit quite happily without external support.  You can then fold your calender flat and it will fit into the envelope that came with your card blank.
You can add 3D embellishments if you wish, but you'll need a sturdy box for it if you plan on mailing it.

That's all from me for today, make sure you check out the Sweet Pea Stamps Facebook page for current information including discount codes, and other gift ideas from our very talented design team.

Thank you for visiting with me today, hope I've inspired you to make a few calenders for those special people in your life.

Happy Crafting
Bye for now

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

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
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

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

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

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


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