Meet Smookie

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Isn’t this just the sweetest dragon you could ever wish to meet.

This card was made for this weeks Katie’s Sketchie Challenge on Craftbubble and Challenge 5 Lemon and Meadow Green over on Passion for ProMarkers.It’s the first time I’ve entered so the biggest challenge for me will be creating a link!

Smookie Pot by Kars is mounted behind the spotty paper using Small Pinking Circles Nestabilities to cut the apeture.I then used them to create a frame to place over the top mounted on foam pads.Both borders were made using a Woodware Inverted Corner punch with the guard removed.Embellished with paper flowers,a heart shaped brad which I coloured yellow with a permanent marker and some buttons from my stash.Apart from Lemon and Meadow Green I used Lilac and Amethyst Promarkers on the flowers.

Katie’s Sketchie had 2 twists ; to create a border and to use some glitter.The border’s pretty obvious I suppose but I’m not sure if the glitter really shows even in this close-up.

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I used a clear Stardust gel pen on the bee’s wings,flower center’s and leaf veins. The top button has glitter encapsulated in it.

TFL,

Craftybunny x.

Hippos and Pirates!

An odd combination I know.Both cards were made for the Willow Sketchie Challenge at the Craftbubble forum.The first is a Father’s Day card.

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Stamped image by Imaginisce coloured with Promarker pens,patterned paper printed from Canon Creative Park,some knotted ribbon from a pack bought at Early Learning Center for a pound (art & craft departments of toy shops often have some great goodies for a fraction of the price of craft retailers),square button from stash,corner rounder punch and first use of Safmat film.For those who are unfamiliar it’s an A4 transparent sheet you can print a computer generated image or wording onto,cut round, peel backing off and stick down onto your project.Almost like a personalised rub-on.

Second card made for DS2’s friend who was having a Pirate and Princess birthday party.

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The sketch has been rotated.I coloured the stamped Pirate from TandaStamps  with Promarker pens using the blender to pick up ink scribbled onto an acrylic block for the sand,sea and sky to create a subtle background,distressed and inked the edges.As I had stamped the image in brown I went over the hat and eyepatch with a black fine liner pen.I love these stamps but in the past found it quite difficult to find a medium that didn’t obliterate the fine detail on them so they were just used as they were.Because I decided to colour the image first I then discovered that I didn’t have any papers to co-ordinate.So I took a piece of ordinary copier paper used some of the solid stamps from the sets with Momento Dew Drops.I then filled in between with some blue and yellow chalks.After that I screwed it up into a ball,flattened it out before applying light brown chalk ink lightly with a sponge and distressed the edges,tearing in places adding more chalk ink on the back in  places that would be seen from the front and then rolling and folding the paper .The white card the sentiment is on was also chalked and inked.A Seagull punch was used on the corners and silver brads were tarnished by sanding lightly and rubbed over with a little black Stazon.Fibre and Skull and Crossbones charm added for the finishing touch.

I think I’ve managed to catch up now.

Craftbunny x.

Christmas in June!

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I know to the outside world it may seem a tad early for Christmas cards but those within the crafting world know it’s never too early to start making cards.

After seeing this type of card made on Create and Craft shopping channel and in June issue of Craft Stamper magazine I thought I would have a go myself.I liked the idea of only using small quantities of these gorgeous Hot Off The Press Christmas papers.It’s actually from a pad I bought last year as I managed to come up with a design that only used a strip of the paper edged with scored lines using an Eazi-Score board.Which meant all the more for me!Fellow paper strokers will understand what I mean.Since when did I become obsessed with patterned paper?Since I first discovered it of course!

Sounds like I need to get back to the card… I like the simplicity of the design and the swirly reindeer stamp.Personally I make about 60 or so Christmas cards for family and friends so I try to keep it simple.Although it’s hard to tell from the picture the dots on the antlers are glittered.Both stamps are from e-Bay shop CraziBoutStamps.I also bought an Angel in the same style and another sentiment.I will mix it up a bit with different papers,colours and embellishments as well as the stamps.This style of card is intended for family and friends whose children have grown up.I have a different card using a Shaun the Sheep stamp (of Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave fame) lined up for those with young children. I was quite pleased with the result but trying to be a little too perfect I measured to find the exact center so I think next time I shall move the brad forward slightly to give a more even border. I shall still send this tho’ and just hope nobody notices!

TFL Craftybunny x.