Thursday, 28 February 2013

Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes!!

Hi everyone - well this is the last day of February so on to March and a really early Easter - talk about time flying!!  Anyway it is time for another Craft Us Crazy challenge.

Our challenge theme we have for you is everyone's favorite... ANYTHING GOES!! So come and color us inspired or let us celebrate your holiday with you!!! And don't forget to check out the awesome prizes being offered by the ever so talented....
owned by the lovely and sweet Krista Smith
and please check out the Saturated Canary Challenge Blog
Krista is offering TWO DIGI STAMPS to one of our winners!!!!!
I have used one of Krista's stunning images for a shabby, distressed type of card but I kinda like it!!

I have used the beautiful 'Isabella' stamp and coloured her in with Copic markers.  I have used some papers from my stash that I had in a bargain bundle and added some Core'dinations card to the background too.  I distressed the edges and added ink in Barn Door and Gathered Twigs.  I made the flower with the Tim Holtz tattered florals die after spraying my paper with Dylusions spray so it matched and layered them up and used a hitch fastener as the centre.  I used a Blossom Bucket heart by Studio 490 to hide in the flower ;o)  The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.  I added a few pearls in the corner and did the inside of the card to match.  
Please pop over and join in on the challenge for a chance to win a couple of fab digis (You can't have enough Saturated Canary!!)
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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Craft Us Crazy challenge

 Hi everyone, well it is time for the Craft Us Crazy challenge again!

Our theme for Challenge 37 is USE YOUR FAVORITES!!! Be sure to let us know what your favorites are!!

We have a great new sponsor for you this challenge...

well, it is a difficult one to choose my favourite as I have so many and they tend to change on a daily basis!!  So I have used a few of my favourites on this card including using dies and making faux flowers;

I used a black 8 x 8 base card and cut out a large circle aperture and added acetate to cover it.  I then used patterned papers from Kanban to cover the card front.  The butterfly is a Tim Holtz alterations die (Fanciful Flight) which I cut out in black and for the stained glass effect I used some clear packaging and added alcohol inks to make a mottled pattern.  I stuck the butterfly onto the 'glass' window of the card so that the light will shine through when the card is standing open.  I used spellbinders to cut the foliage and also the flowers which I covered with microbeads before rolling them up. I heat embossed a sentiment and added this to the top of the card set on some more Spellbinders shapes.  I did the inside of the card to match including sticking some foliage over the back of the aperture to cover up and glue.  I then added a few gem swirls on the front.  Finally I added some faux stitching with a metallic marker.   just love the contrast between black and purple and I really love the butterfly ;o)

Don't forget to join in our challenge this week, we love to see what you make too!


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Using up my stash!

Hi all, well it's a pretty dreary day here and I am still recovering from some horrid flu type bug so am feeling a little fragile.  Anyway, I thought that i should probably start to use my mountains of craft stash rather than just keep adding to it!  My favourite thing is rubber stamping but I also have lots and lots of other paper crafting things that I have bought in the past thinking 'well I could use that', and 'oh I love that' and my favourite 'well it's too good a bargain not to buy' LOL. As a result I can barely move in 2 craft rooms and with all the other crafting things I do (knitting, sewing, painting plus a multitude of other things I have on my to do list) I really need to use some of it - plus I think my husband may divorce me if stuff piles up too much more!!
So I thought I would share a couple of small projects using some Tilda stuff that I have had for an age (although it was really hard as I just love the paper pad LOL).  The first thing is a card;

Different for me as there is absolutely no stamping, plus there is no matting and layering - just the papers which I edged with an alcohol marker.  I just love the floral brad in the corner (that was difficult using that - I really don't want to use the others I have now - what if I need them for something in the future and they're all gone????).  Anyway, I love these colours so thought I would do a little gift bag along the same lines;

Again no matting, just the edging with a marker.  I really liked these but they've been bought now so I won't get to keep them (am I the only one who finds it hard to part with the things they've made?  It's not that I think they're amazingly brilliant - I think it's just because I spend so much time on some projects that when they get given away, or sold etc it's hard to think that someone may just throw it away).

I hope you like my Tilda things - However, I still have mountains of stash to use so have lots to do!!


Friday, 1 February 2013

New challenge at Ladybug Crafts

Hello folks :o)  Well can you believe it is February already!!  This year is going to go soooo fast!!  
Anyway the first of the month means a new challenge on my Ladybug Crafts store blog .

This month the challenge is;
Valentine's Day and/or Love.

I have made a card for a Valentine and I have used some fab Studio 490 stamps from the 'Art from the Heart' stamp plate;

I made the background by putting Radiant Rain colour concentrate in Egyptian Gold over some black card, I then dried it with the heat gun.  I then put it through my embossing machine with a stencil to emboss and then put versamark over the stencil to mark the pattern.  I removed the stencil and tipped on Ranger red tinsel embossing powder.  I heated this and ended up with a really rich red and gold background.  I stamped the heart with Flitter Glue and added gilding flakes (the colour I used was Morris Dance ).  I did this 8 times and then cut the hearts out.  I folded each one down the centre with the gilded pattern facing inwards.  I then started to stic  them together to make a sort of heart fan.  I cut out some Spellbinders shapes in black and gold mirror card and then stuck my heart fan on the top.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment which was from the same stamp set.  I wrapped some black ribbon around the front of the card and added a bow and some stick pins .  I then did the inside of the card to match.  My husband really loves this card (which is a pain as now he's seen it I can't use it as a Valentine's card LOL) and I hope you like it too.
Don't forget to pop over to Ladybug Crafts blog and take part in this months challenge ;o)