Thursday, 31 January 2013

Craft Us Crazy Challenge

Hello ;o)  
This post is a little late due to the
 Craft Us Crazy Challenge
running a bit late due to some power outage problemss - however, challenge 36 will be up and running very soon.  Anyway, onto the challenge;

Challenge #36
January 31 - February 13

Use your Cutting Machine and/or Favorite Technique

I have used my favourite techniques of distressing with ink and also watercolouring with distress inks;

I used two stamps from Kanban and stamped them in Brushed corduroy distress ink and then heat embossed with a holographic powder to give it a little sparkle.  I then used the same ink and lightly water coloured the image.  The papers I have used are from Papermania and they are inked around the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink to tie it all together.  I cut the image out with a nestie and layered it up on the papers.  The little clock charm is from Creative Expressions and the little foliage brad on the big bloomers is from the Idea-ology foliage range.  I added the beautiful thick and stripy ribbon and a couple of stick pins.  To finish I did the inside of the card to march (actually if I'm honest I did the inside of the card first which is what I always do LOL)  This is an 8 x 8 card and I have to say I was quite pleased with this one.  What do you think?
Don't forget to enter the Craft Us Crazy challenge (which will be up real soon I promise ;o))


Thursday, 17 January 2013

Valentine Craft Us Crazy challenge

Hello there ;o)  Well it's time again for the Craft Us Crazy challenge again!!  

Our challenge theme we have for you is VALENTINE's/LOVE and/or USE THE COLOR RED!!
For this challenge, we have a brand new sponsor.

The winner will receive 5 stamps/images!
I have gone for red this week and also the love theme - hard to believe we're moving towards Valentine's Day.  So, here is my card;

The stamp is a large wooden one that I have had for ages - it came in a bag of end of line wooden stamps and I have never gotten around to using it before.  I stamped it and heat embossed with lava black cosmic shimmer powder so although black it has a gorgeous red sheen to it.  The papers are from a pile of papers that were also bought as a job lot - they are really pretty and I love the birds on the patterned paper.  I edged them with a Copic marker.  I added some spellbinders die cuts and made two peony type flowers with white tissue paper and sprayed them with luminart radiant rain in persimmon.  I rubbed a walnut stain distress pad over the tops once I had dried them.  The little hearts are made from lava black powder again melted in my melt pot and tipped into a little metal heart cutter.  I added a few faux stitches to finish and did the inside of the card to match.
Please join us over on the Craft Us Crazy blog for the challenge, we love looking at your fab entries ;o)


Friday, 11 January 2013

Birthday card for my husband

Hi everyone - well I have had an 'eventful' start to the New Year and I have to say I hope it hasn't set the tone for the whole year LOL.  One of our doggies was quite poorly over the New Year and so we have had a couple of trips to the vets and a hefty bill, then the central heating stopped working and we were without heat for a weekend (which isn't too bad when you consider some people have to live with no heat but I am spoilt and the cold makes my condition flare up!) and my husband has had toothache pretty much solidly since a trip to the dentist over a week a go but can't return until next week as they are waiting for an inlay to be made!!  So, hopefully that's the drama over for the whole year LOL

Anyway I thought I would share the card I made for Steve's birthday which was on the 23rd December as I was really quite pleased with it and he loved as he has an obsession with donkeys - he just loves them so I used a fab Meljen's designs digi which I've been saving for the occasion for ages;

The image is coloured with Copics and I added a little glossy accents to the eyes and the hearts.  I used papers from Dovecraft layered on Kraft cardstock and distressed (with my fab Zutter Distrezz-it-all, which I love) and inked all the edges.  The ribbon is from Creative Expressions and is just lush and in this brown it is just as suitable for a man's card.  The sentiment and bunting stamps are Anna Griffin and I heat embossed with pearlescent green powder and then cut out and inked the edges.  I added some drops of cocoa brown cosmic shimmer glue to the edges.  I did the inside to match but I haven't shown that here as I only got a chance to take a photo after I had written it so my scruffy scrawl would have ruined it somewhat LOL.
I just love this little donkey ;o)


Thursday, 3 January 2013

Faux Porcelain flowers

Hello, back again, but this time with my faux porcelain paper flowers that I have made into a little ornament ;o)  I have used them as my DT effort for my challenge blog; Ladybug Crafts

The flowers are made with papers from the Mariposa paper stack by DCWV, available HERE , and then they are dipped in UTEE.  I stamped some leaves and cut them out and diped in Utee as well.  I used a sentiment from Creative Expressions and some memo pins to support it.  I added a butterfly on a 'stalk' and piled them all up onto an Art Parts spool, available HERE .  They really do look like one of the old porcelain ornaments - what do you think?

I hope you like them


New Year , new challenge, Craft Us Crazy

Hi everyone - this is a very late post as I set a post to schedule and not only did it not post but the whole post disappeared LOL  (I expect I pressed a duff button so entirely my fault!!)
Anyway, it is 2013 and we have the first challenge of the new year from Craft Us Crazy .

Our challenge theme we have for you is SOMETHING NEW and/or WORK WITH OUR INSPIRATION PHOTO BELOW!!
Use this photo to inspire your project in anyway that inspires YOU!! It can be one of the many images in the photo, the colors, the theme..whatever YOU feel!!!
For this challenge, we have a brand new sponsor. A dear friend of mine who is a wizard on the sewing machine!!!
Who is this wizard on the sewing machine?? Lets see!!!

Not only are we drawing inspiration from the picture above, but our prize for you this week is made with the fabric in the picture!!!! Below is a SAMPLE ONLY of the tote bag you will receive if you're the lucky winner!!

It measures 14" across and 16" top to bottom ( not including handles)
It is fully lined ( No Raw Edges)
Stabilized with a soft padded feel to help protect your items.
tote bag handles. ( Not fabric to make it even more durable)
Top stitching to secure the tote bag handles in place and to give the tote a finished look

I haven't done anything papercraft this time, but something with my sewing machine which seems to be getting a lot of use at the moment!!  I drew inspiration from the fabulous Debbie Shore who I watched make something similar on her Thimble Lane You Tube site (she is very talented with a sewing machine so is worth checking out if you're into stitching ;o)
So, here is my fancy pin cushion;

I hope you like it ;o)  I'll be back soon with some faux porcelain paper flowers.