Preparing for Spring

I just adore this stamp!Apart from being cute I’m really taken with the idea that a little fairy paints all the flowers.She’s called Nature’s Little Helper and she’s available at the Artistic Stamper.

I have used Promarkers to colour her and applied clear glaze pen over her wings (as a change from glitter) and the paint parts of the image for that shiny wet paint look.This close up demonstrates it better:

The papers are K & Co and the card is Papermania Textured.I have used the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser around the edges.I’ve also inked around the edges of the base card and image using a mixture of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Angel Pink Memento ink.I created the flowers using the Flower Martha Stewart Punch and Stamp Set.I made the leaves by cutting a punched flower shape.Green pearls have been added to the centres.I’ve used a length of grosgrain ribbon with a charm tied on using co-ordinating  thread.

These are the challenges I used  for inspiration:

Let’s Get Stamping ( at Craftbubble):Karen’s Sketch plus ‘Pink and Green’:

Stamp Something : ‘Pink Somethings’

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : ‘How does your garden grow?’

Simon Says Stamp : ‘It’s so distressing’

Creative Card Crew : ‘Vintage/Aged’

Die Cuts R Us : ‘Create a project using a stamped image and daisies’

Papertake Weekly : ‘Open theme’

Crafty Creations : ‘Anything goes’

Stamping for the Weekend : ‘Ribbons and Bows’

Fab ‘n’ Funky : ‘Spring is in the air’

Stamp,Scrap and Doodle Saturdays : ‘Wings’ 

TFL

Lisa x

Oriental Blossom

Over at the Willow Sketchie Challenge this week DT member Heidi set the sketch along with a recipe of 3 buttons,ribbon and 2 papers.This is the sketch:

The obvious choice for me was to use a different paper either side of the strip across the middle.But to add more interest I decided to cut the front of the card in half  and round the top corners using a punch.The image I’ve used is from the Oriental Delight download by Willow Designs and can be found here.As there are 3 little ladies to choose from I always find it difficult to pick one but I do think this one is my fave – I just love those buns on top of her head.I printed onto semi-glossy photo paper and coloured her with Promarkers.I’ve never tried this before and was really pleased with the intensity of colour I could achieve.I cut her out with an Eastern Ovals Nellie’s Multi Frame die and mounted her onto an Eastern Rounds diecut piece (when sticking this to the front I had to remember to only apply adhesive to the bottom part.Not something I always do!!) I also printed the backing papers onto the same type of photo paper.They are a free download from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and are designed by Sharon Armstrong,who also created the image download.The card I’ve used is Papermania Textured,the buttons are also Papermania and the ribbon is from my stash.

TFL

Lisa x

We’re off to Button Moon!

DT member Rosie set the Sketchie Challenge on the Let’s Get Stamping group at Craftbubble last week.The twist was ‘Boys and Buttons’.

This is the sketch:

I started by embossing the base card with the D’vine swirls Cuttlebug folder.Next I matted a piece of K & Co paper – which I thought looked like stars in the night sky  – onto a piece of dark navy card.I created the porthole in the same way as you construct a shaker for  a card. I cut some silver mirror board (although it shows dark in the photo) using Large Circles Nestabilities and embellished it with brads to simulate rivets.I then stamped the back piece with some stamps from the Retro Space set by Banana Frog in Cat’s Eye Silver Pigment ink onto more of the same card.I stamped one of the space ships from the same set using Paris Dusk Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers ,including the Metallic Silver one, and a Silver Copic Atyou Spica glitter pen.Rather than give away three real buttons I rather cheekily stamped two from a mini set of stamps that I won when DT member Lauren set the challenge a couple of weeks ago.The real one is by Papermania.I tied a length of silver cord around the card to finish.

This card started out as a tribute to ‘Pig in Space’ but once I created the porthole I was thinking Wallace and Gromit in a ‘Grand Day Out’ and finally ended up landing on ‘Button Moon’.As you can see from my choices I’m a very mature and well balanced individual!!

TFL

Lisa x

A Teacher’s Thank You

Yes,I know it may seem a little early in the year for this type of card but my DS1’s teacher’s  last day yesterday.It’s such a shame as she really was fantastic with my son’s class.I think they’re going to miss her.

The stamp is from C.C. Designs School Days theme plate and has been coloured with Promarkers.As he’s a doggy I’ve given him a lovely,healthy,shiny,wet nose courtesy of a small blob of Glossy Accents.

In keeping with the school theme I cut him out and mounted him on foam pads onto a piece of card cut with a Nestabilities Labels 4 die and then embossed using the Script Texture folder by Cuttlebug.I drew his shadow back in as this got cut off.The coloured card is Papermania Textured and the paper is Basic Grey Cupcake.The pelmet is cut with Fiskars Scallop Sentiment edge punch.The piece of card the sentiment , from the set , is stamped on has had a Lip Pattern punch used on the corners as this made it fit perfectly inside the die cut piece.The ribbon is cut  from a top I bought recently.It’s the piece that keeps it on the hanger in the shop. 

TFL

Lisa x

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