Monday 20 July 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge 15 - DT card

Hi everyone, well I think Becky has just outdone herself this week for the sketch, I absolutely LOVE the versatility of this. Such a simple layout but with the chance to add loads of bits and bobs to it if required, just perfect! I hope that you'll agree and manage to join in with Sketch & Stash this week.
Don't forget you can use any image you want on the sketch and the 'optional extra' is to use your neglected scraps.
I managed to achieve this as I very rarely use these papers but I thought they had a slight 'oriental' feel so would go well with my image.
I saw a gorgeous image of a 'manga' style girl on Rachel's blog and knew I just had to check it out, but once I made it to the fabulously talented Princess Elemmiriel's gallery I was absolutely overwhelmed by her stunning creations and actually chose this image instead. She was kind enough to allow me to use her lovely drawing for my DT card even though my colouring doesn't show it to it's best advantage.
I'm going straight off now to read up on a tutorial for colouring black hair, as I've managed to make a real mess of this, the more I tried to put it right, the worse it got!

Card Details:
* Image - Princess Elemmiriel's gallery at deviantART
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Papermania
* Everything else from my stash

Thursday 16 July 2009

Colour our World competition

Well, now that I've finished making all my required cards and I'm back in Blogland again I've been browsing the card challenges to see what I can enter. I couldn't believe it when I saw that Charmed Cards and Crafts were having another 'Colour my World' competition, so I set to and used 'Elegant Annie' for my card, I love the sweet, innocent faces of these girls.

Card Details:
* Image - Delectable Clear Stamps 'Elegant Annie'
* Design Papers - Basic Grey 'Two Scoops'
* Backing papers - Capricious Scraps freebie download 'Sunbonnet Girls'
* Scalloped mats - Nestabilities
* Sentiment tag - K & Co
* Pearls - Joanna Sheen
* Everything else from my stash

Just imagine being lucky enough to win a set of Copic pens, my dream come true!
Charmed have also got another THREE competitions running at the moment to celebrate their birthday month and the prize for these is a set of gorgeous K & Co 12 x 12 scrapbooks Mmmmmmm!

Wednesday 15 July 2009

A Vintage card for Mum

Hi everyone, well what a surprise I'm actually posting something thats NOT my DT card!
I was busily making cards last week to try to re-stock my local hairdresser's shop as I'd been very bad and not made any new ones for ages. I actually managed to make 40 cards in a few days, so not too bad. I then got myself up to date with family and friend birthday cards for the rest of July and August, so hopefully I'm now free to spend some time making what I want to, instead of what I have to!

One of my most important cards for August was my Mum's birthday card. She'll be 84 this year and thankfully is keeping quite well, although she's a lot more frail than she was, following a very bad fall and long stay in hospital about this time last year. Mum favours the vintage style of card and her favourites are the Harrison Fisher ladies, but over the years I think I've used pretty much all of these images, so this year she's getting an Art Deco image. I think this is quite a striking image, and I didn't want to detract from that so I've kept everything else fairly simple.

Card Details:
* Image and Border - Card Creations 'Art Deco' CD
* Punch - Martha Stewart 'Doily Lace'
* Alphabet stickers - K & Co
* Flora Doodles flower and pearls - Joanna Sheen

I hope Mum likes her card, once again I've forgotten to scan the inside, but the insert has lots of smaller 'faded' versions of the lovely image on the front, so it looks quite professional (I hope!)
I think that this card also manages to fit the challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge this week, which is 'Furry Things'
I'm hoping to manage another challenge or two before my next DT card, but if I don't get that far, I'll be back on Monday with the card for Sketch & Stash, can you believe we'll be up to Challenge 15, amazing!

Monday 6 July 2009

Sketch & Stash Challenge #14

Hi everyone!
It's that time again and Becky's latest sketch is another winner! I've used it to make a commissioned birthday card.
The optional element this time is to use ribbon on your card, unfortunately I forgot all about this until I'd finished the card, so hopefully I'll remember to add the optional element next time, although I do seem to be getting more forgetful than ever!

Card Details:
* Image - PC Crafter kit 'Floral Bouquets'
* Papers - HOTP and Laura Ashley
* Punch - Martha Stewart 'Doiley Lace'
* Corners - K & Co
* Sentiment - designed on PC
* Everything else from stash

The 'new' stash is the image from a recently purchased download kit from PC Crafter (one of my favourite haunts!) The chipboard numbers are definitely 'neglected' stash as I always forget I've got them, this must be only about the second time I've used them even though I've had them for years!

The commission was for flowers or a garden scene, so hopefully this will fit the bill for my client's Mum's 80th card. I did decorate the inside, but as usual I forgot to scan it (I did say I was getting more forgetful lately didn't I?) The card is another large 8" x 8" as this size seems just right for those 'special' cards, I think I prefer it to an A4 folded in half, it somehow looks more expensive and professional.

I seem to be spending less time than ever on crafting and blogging recently. This may, in truth, be something to do with my buying the Sims 3 game. I'm currently obsessed with it, but that will wear off, I promise. I've been addicted to The Sims since the original came out (decades ago!) I then moved on to Sims 2 when that was launched and I think I also bought every expansion pack for both of them. I wouldn't mind, but I didn't very often even play the game, just loved the design elements involved, I always knew I harboured a secret desire to be an interior designer LOL!!

I'm feeling much brighter again and more like my old self lately, so I'm sure that I'll be bouncing back again before too much longer (as soon as I'm bored with my Simmies so not too much longer now, I think!) until then, thank you for continuing to visit and leave me such fabulous comments, they really do mean a lot to me.