A bigger nest

It’s all about NEW BEGINNINGS at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.This is quite an open theme as it could mean a new baby,home,job,year etc.Just about new anything!So click on the link to see how to play along.You’ll get to see the DT and GDT’s wonderful creations too.

There’s the chance for one lucky person to win the generous prize of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop.Second and Third place get a badge to display on their blogs.All three will be in the running to join us as Guest Designers if they wish.

The 50% off sale is still running too. Although it’s not necessary to use a Digi Doodle Shop image you do get two entries into the draw if you do.Wouldn’t now be the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to one or a few?Maybe it could be an early Christmas pressie for yourself – go on you deserve it!

For my card I’ve used Mother Bird & Babies from Digi Doodle Shop .I’ve seen this technique of colouring onto kraft cardstock and thought I’d give it a try.Here I’ve used Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and blended them with Low Odour Thinners for oil colours.These pencils are oil based rather than wax,like kids pencils.I’m a bit of a cheapskate so I used cheap cotton buds instead of a paper stump to move the colours around.I’m quite pleased at out how the colours pop but hmmmm…. think I need to hone my colouring skills a little.Maybe I’ve just gotten so used to using Promarkers.

This card is for my Niece and her DH as they’ve just moved home to accommodate their growing family.

It’s made such a refreshing change to making Christmas card I can tell you.As I’ve finally finished making mine now I suppose it’s a new beginning for me too!

Supplies :
Image : Mother & Birds from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : From Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box
Mediums : Faber Castell Polychromos,Boldmere Low Odour Thinners for Oil Colours,Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks,Inkssentials White Gel Pen
Card & Paper : DP K & Co,kraft from my stash.brown card from Papermania 8 x8 Christmas Textured Cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder,Nestabilities Standard Circle dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Raffia from my stash,Dovecraft Metallics A brads

Here are some challenges this card is for : 

CES : Anything but a Christmas Card (hooray!)
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Stamp Something : December Digi Day
The Crafty Pad : Embossing – heat or dry
Gingerloft Challenge : Distressing
OSAAT : Anything Goes
If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Texture
Karber Weekly : Anything goes with a digi
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything Goes
Cardmakin’ Mamas : Anything Goes

TFL

Lisa x

A sprinkling of fairy dust

Over at AiFactory Challenges the theme is ANYTHING GOES!A nice easy one coming in to Christmas for you.You don’t need an AiFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.As we’re taking a little break over the Christmas holidays this challenge will run for TWO weeks instead of the usual one.You have until 11:59 EST Wednesday 29th December to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF061 so that we can find it easily and  leave you a comment.So stop by the challenge site to check out full details.Don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful DT creations while you’re there!

Here’s a closer view of all the sparkle.

For my card I’ve used one of the adorable Sweet pea Fairies.You can buy these individually or as a whole set.She’s coloured with a mix of Promarkers and Copic Atyou Spica pens.I’ve applied Diamond Stickles to her wings for extra oomph.The edges of the flowers have also been ‘iced’.Gemstones cardstock has been used to give even more shimmer.Well,if you can’t go overboard with the glitter and glitz on a fairy card,when can you?Oh,it made such an enjoyable change not to make Christmas card.Mind you if you still have a few to make she could easily be adapted to make some pretty last minute festive makes.

Supplies :
Image : Sweet pea Fairies from AiFactory
Sentiment : Freebie stamp from a past issue of Craft Stamper magazine
Mediums : Promarkers,Copic Atyou Spica pens,Diamond Stickles,Jet Black Archival Ink 
Paper & Card : DP Freebie My Minds Eye paper pad from past issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine,Core’dinations Gemstones cardstock
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Siesta Large Corner Rounder Punch,Martha Stewart Hydrangea Edger Punch,1 1/6″ circle plier punch
Embellishments : Prima flowers,Papermania flower gems,Organza ribbon from stash

Here are some challenges this card is for :

CES : Anything but a Christmas card
The Character Cafe : Glitter
Creative Card Crew : Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesday : Open theme – must use a fairy,angel or butterfly
Sew Many Challenges : Flower Power
Stamp Something : December Digi Day
The Corrosive Challenge : Sketch
OSAAT : Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Sparkle and Shine
Die Cut Dreams : Fairies
By The Cute and Girly : Children
Craft Your Days Away : Punch It Out
Karber Weekly : Anything goes using a digi
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats : Anything goes
Cardmakin’ Mamas : Anything goes

TFL

Lisa x