Thoughts of Summer

I can’t believe we’re into the third week of Pear Tree Designs challenges – think it’s definitely a case of time flies when you’re having fun!

This week’s challenge consists of a sketch with the twist of including some flowers in your project.Here’s the sketch:

A rather gorgeous stamp by Pink Gem Designs is being offered as the prize so why not visit the challenge site to take a peek at her and take part.You’ll get to see the other DT’s fabulous creations too!

I’ve been desperate to ink this little beauty up for the short while I’ve owned her so I grabbed the opportunity as I had quite a few challenges in mind that I could enter using her.She’s a C C Designs Swiss Pixie and I’ve coloured her with Promarkers.I was going to use the Out-of-the-box technique so that her legs stuck out over the edge but I decided to cut her out and mount her on foam pads over a Nestie cut scalloped circle that I had embossed with my new Kassie’s Brocade Cuttlebug folder for something different … And not because I’d stamped her too close to the bottom of the card and cut the bottom scallops off.Ahem *moves swiftly on*.I’ve layered this onto a larger scallop and pierced around the edges.I then took a strip of card , punched the bottom edge with Martha Stewart’s Hydrangeas punch, scored some lines,added some more piercing and rounded the top corners.The paper is K & Co and I’ve stamped the greeting from the Siwss Pixies set and coloured the flower with Promarkers.I cut the two flowers with  Floral Dies 1 and the swirly leaf  from Ribbon Flower 3 dies by Marianne Designs Creatables.The flower gem has been tinted using a Promarker.Diamond Stickles have been used to pick out the embossed circles on the flowers,the centres of the flower in her hair,the one on the sentiment and her wings.Here’s a closer look:

She looks very thoughtful laid among the flowers and the greenery.There’s nothing I like to do in the Summer than relax in the garden,soaking up a few rays lost in my own world.Mind you it doesn’t last very long – one of the kids always wants something.Bless them!

The challenges that helped with the creative process are :

Creative Card Crew – Pink and Green

Little Red Wagon -Altered Embellishment (Gem and flowers)

Stampavie and more – Summer

Your Next Stamp – Use a border punch

Charisma Cardz Challenges – Flowers

Everybody Art Challenge – Summer

Meljen Designs – Dry embossing 

Pixie Dust Studio – Punch it out

E.C.P. – Green

Stampin’ for the Weekend – Summer/Travel

Our Creative Corner – Summer Inspiration 

Crafty Ho’s Challenge – Anything goes

Cupcake Inspiration

Sentimental Sunday – New  (stamps and folder) or Neglected (paper).

Sundays with Crissy– Relish to embellish

The Corrosive Challenge – Die cuts

Busy Beauties Creation Station – Anything goes

Alphabet Challenge – F is for Flower

Ai Factory Challenge – Anything goes with a punch

Stemple-Magie – Flowers

Paper Makeup Stamps – Flowers

Oh Alice! – Show us your muchness (I’d say this card is typical of my signature style plus the cute stamp,Promarkers and Stickles)

Caardvarks – New (stamps and folder)

Craftalicious – New (same reasons as above)

Stamp Scrap and Doodle Saturdays – Handmade embellishment (flower)

Tuesday Throwdown – Trees and Nature (flowers and colours)

Paper Play Challenge – Flowers and Sparkle

Cupcake Craft – Dazzle Us


Lisa x

Con-tent-ed Swiss Pixie

The Sketchie Challenge for the Let’s Get Stamping group over at Craftbubble was set by Karen this week in the form of this sketch along with the twist of only using two colours :

As soon as I saw this layout I saw the potential to make another tent card.I’ve used an adorable Swiss Pixie stamp by CC Designs coloured with tones to compliment the colour scheme of the card.I’ve used the Out-of -the -Box technique and taken away the starkness of the cream card with Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.The papers are freebies from Summertime Designs.Please read and respect her terms of use.The red and tan card are from my stash and the colours have been toned down with the same inks.I’ve used Standard Circle Nestabilities to cut the apeture and matting layers.The red one has been embossed with my new Cuttlebug Polka Dots folder and I’ve applied Frayed Burlap ink with a cotton bud to tie in with the ladybird.I found some tan eyelets in my stash and used some tan waxed cord to hang her up.The flowers have been cut from felt using the Tattered Florals Tim Holtz Sizzix die and because they were too vivid I took the colour down with more Distress Inks.I threaded some buttons with more cord before adding them to the centres.I adhered two pieces of raffia lace either side of the apeture then tied some red raffia around,splaying and tearing the ends.I feel these elements tie in with the Vintage/Rustic look of the card.The sentiment is from the same set and the flower on it has been coloured with ProMarkers. and the edges have been inked.

I’m going to enter the following challenges with this card :

Passion for ProMarkers – Anything goes

The ABC Challenge – V is for Vintage

Charisma Cardz Challenge – Going round in circles

E.C.P.Challenges – Buttons

Flutterby Wednesday – Open theme

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge – Make your own flowers

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge – Buttons and Blooms

Creative Inspirations – Distressed

Totally Gorjuss – Wings

Crazy 4 Challenges – Tent card

Daisy Doodles – Anything goes

PaperPlay Challenges – Up in the air

One Stitch at a Time – Use something new (stamps and folder)

Rosie D’s Challenge – Fairytales


Lisa x