Well red(head)!

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At Craft Your Passion the challenges are Always Anything Goes!We have the fabulous The East Wind as our sponsor too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I thought I’d have a little fun using Anne with E by The East Wind.After colouring her with watercolour pencils I decided to make an inky,splodgy  background so I pulled out some Pebeo Drawing Gum that I bought a little while back for this purpose.In the past I’ve found to my cost that paper masking just does not work well with this technique and this did the job beautifully,especially as the inks had been watered down to allow them to splat better!Once the inks were dry I then over stamped with a script stamp.Then I removed the gum,which came away very easily.The only mistake I think I made was colouring the image first as it seemed a little faded but was soon rectified by adding more pencil where needed.I also added some white gel pen highlights at this stage.I just had to try out my newly purchased dies to add an aperture to the paper to frame her and to create the border at the bottom 🙂 I stamped the flowers,a past magazine freebie, onto some textured card before fussy cutting them.I made the little book to add to the front.I was going to fill the pages with more of the script stamp but actually thought I would instead write words of encouragement to the recipient when this type of card is needed.I finished off by adding two jute twine threaded buttons to the flower centres that were visible.

Supplies :

Image : Anne with E by The East Wind

Sentiment : From Hero Arts Anytime Messages Clear Stamp Set

Flowers : Craft Stamper Magazine past freebie

Mediums : Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils,Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen,Posh Impressions Rainbow Inks Earthtones (watered down to allow them to drip and be splattered from a paintbrush),Sepia Archival Ink,Pebeo Drawing Gum

Papers & Card : DP My Minds Eye Indie Chic Citron 6 x 6 Pad,Core’dinations Pastels 12 x 12 Cardstock,Bockingford Watercolour Pad,Craft UK Limited 6 x 6 Kraft Card Blank (plus another one to cut up for border)

Tools : X-Cut Guillotine,Marianne Designs Craftables Dies Basic Shapes Passe Partouts Circle,Marianne Designs Craftables Dies Stitched Hearts and Accolade,Big Shot,Decoupage Scissors

To Embellish : Papermania Yellows Buttons,Jute Twine from stash

 

Some challenges I would like to enter :

Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine : Anything Goes

Dragonfly Dreams : Say It With Flowers

Glitter n Sparkle : Anything Goes

Let’s Color Saturday Linky Party : Anything Goes with something colored

Scrappers Delights : Anything Goes

The Pencil Case : V=Variety of Colors

Alphabet Challenge : H for Hand Coloured Image

Artbymiran Challenge : Anything Goes

Chocolate, Coffee & Cards : Use a Die Cut

Crafting-With-Friends : Anything Goes

Creative Fingers : Anything Goes

QKR Stampede : Quilting/Stitching – real or faux (stitch effect dies)

Simply Create Too : Use Buttons or Bows

Crafty Girls Creations : Always Anything Goes

Creative Moments : Always Anything Goes/ optional twist of Stitching Real or Faux (stitch effect dies)

Inspiration Destination : Always Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes

Tuesday Throwdown : Watercolor

 

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

Floral beauty

We’d love to see your Monochromatic creations at AiFactory Challenges this week.You don’t need a AIFactory image to join in but there are some freebies if you’d like one of their images.You have until Wednesday 2nd March 11:59 EST to upload your project.If you’re uploading your project from an online gallery please tag your project with AIF069 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 wonderful DT creations while you’re there!

Here I’ve used the image She.Such a gorgeous,feminine image.She’d be pretty versatile too.Depending on the colours you use she would make a beautiful card for any age.I thought I’d try a different colouring medium for as much as I love my Promarkers I just feel there’s a lot more out there that I need to explore.So I printed her onto watercolour paper and coloured her with Distress Inks.If you want to try this NEVER  take the colour directly from the pad with your waterbrush or damp paintbrush.You’ll end up diluting the ink and ruining the pad.Instead press,twist and squish (technical term there!) gently onto a smooth shiny surface.I used a Woodware Hot Stuff Craft Mat and picked up the colour with a damp paintbrush.To give a more subtle colour dampen the area first.You can always build layers of colour from there.If you think the shade is too deep you can go back in with a wet paint brush and blot with a tissue/kitchen towel. I’m not really sure what colour you’d call the papers but I stuck mainly with Crushed Olive,Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw.I added a tiny amount of Tea Dye to tone down her hair.The skin is Tattered Rose and of course I had to use Worn Lipstick on her lips!I also used the Crushed Olive on the edges of the papers and dragged it across the originally creamy yellow ribbon to bring it together more.On reflection I’m wishing I’d inked the edges of the flowers.Ah well,we live and learn.Overall I’m quite pleased at my first attempt and although this image is very detailed it was so easy to colour.It was actually a lot of fun!I’ve never grown out of ‘colouring in’ – what a baby!!

 I found this bargainous little beauty for 99p in The Works.It’s mini stapler but just look at all those fabby staples.It’s pretty robust too as it went through the ribbon as well as the heavyweight paper.

I also had some fantastic news!!I’m staying on the DT at AiFactory Challenges.Only this time the term is 6 months instead of 3!Whoo hoo!

 

Supplies :
Image : She from AiFactory
Flowers : Freebie stamp from March issue of Craft Stamper Magazine
Medium : Distress Inks in Crushed Olive,Mustard Seed,Scattered Straw,Tea Dye,Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick
Papers : Papermania Persimmon Collection
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Tim Holtz Paper Distresser,Mini stapler
Embellishments : Ribbon,buttons,thread all from stash,newly acquired staples

 Some challenges this card is for :

Cardmadfairy’s Digi Days : Distressing
Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Mami Doodles : Flower Card
Phindy’s Place : Monochrome
Really Reasonable Ribbon : Spring Theme
Stampin’ For The Weekend : Monochrome
Challenge Up Your Life : Monochrome
Creative Inspirations : Distress
Sugar Creek Hollow : Buttons and bows
My Sheri Crafts : All about girls
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
OSAAT : No square cards
Pear Tree Designs : One Colour
Anything Goes : Distressing
Party Time Tuesdays : Anything Goes
Lexi’s Creations : Flowers
Stamps R Us : For the girls
Creative Craft : Cards for Teens
Scrap Creations : Birthday Cards
Sweet Stamps : Flowers
Creative Cottage : Fabulous Florals
Crafty Creations : At the bottom of my garden….lives!
Fresh Brewed : Ribbons and bows
Whimsie Doodles : From the garden
Forgotten Scraps : Spring/Flowers

TFL

Lisa x

Look!Up in the sky!

It’s a bird!It’s a plane!No it’s Super…um…dad!

We’d love to see your Male cards/projects at Craft Your Passion this week.We have the fab Dude Time Doodles as our sponsor and they’re giving away a $10 Gift certificate to spend in their store.Check the challenge blog for full details on how to play and don’t forget to take a look at the wonderful DT and GDT’s work while you’re there!

For my project I’ve chosen to make a wordbook using Henry Hero.Even tho’ I’ve had the Dreams Come True Papercraft Factory CD-rom by Funky Hand since it first came out this is the first time I’ve made one of these.Not sure what Anice & co would make of this.This kind of stuff is a little new to me.It’s going to be for my DH’s Birthday in a few weeks.I know a lot of people usually make this kind of thing for Father’s Day but I thought why wait ’til then? 

Here are some more pics including a close up of the image on the cover:

 I added Glossy Accents  to give him a healthy head of  hair and shiny teeth and drew in white gel pen highlights.

I sourced a Dad poem from the net and made a rosette from a squashed beer bottle cap,a Nestie cut piece of card and some ribbon.

 I took this photo at Stanwick Lakes when he was showing off to the kids!Thought the sentiment was pretty apt!

 One of my favourite snow pics.I know it doesn’t have much to do with the play but the words just popped into my head.

 I just had to choose this photo from our holiday last year (they only took their hats off to be snapped).We went on a walk through some beautiful Devonshire countryside which ended with some crab fishing in a secluded bay.Don’t worry we put them all back when we’d finished.Did you know the best bait is bacon?!

 I’ve added some extras on the back.I fashioned a pocket on the right.These used up some of the leftovers.

 A selection of treats! I even decorated the backs.I coloured the images with pencil after forgetting that Promarkers bleed through and ruining the first teacup one I made –  oooops!!

Hope DH appreciates the work I put into this and likes it!!Hope you like it too.

Supplies :
Images : Henry Hero from  Dude Time Doodles,Teacup freebie stamp from January issue of Craft Stamper Magazine,Beer and football stamps from See D’s Boys Toys
Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents,Inkssentials White Gel Pen,Polychromos pencils,Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
Sentiments & Coupons :  From  Crafter’s Companion 3 Birds Cleary Hand Stamped box (except ‘a man for all seasons’ – I made that one on the computer),Heart thought bubble from  Dreams Come True Papercraft Factory CD-rom
Papers & card :Wordbook,letters on the front and patterned papers printed from ,grey and red card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Fiskars non-stick scissors,decoupage scissors,X-Cut craft knife,Martha Stewart Cherish Edger Punch,Siesta Small Corner Rounder Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Nestabilities Labels 3 and Large Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles,Marianne Design Creatables Snowflake 1,Sizzix Bigz Tags Scallops,Big Shot
Embellishments : Brads and ribbons from stash,beer cap courtesy of DH!

Some challenges this is for :

Desert Island Crafts : 5. Border punch,7.The colour red,8.No flowers
Tuesday Throwdown : Pockets
Meljens : Happy Birthday
Aud Sentiments : Trendy Sayings (U Rock)
Cute Card Thursday : Shiny Happy Card
PaperPlay : Add Shine
Pixie Dust Studio : Don’t be square
Rainbow Lady’s Challenge : Something from a CD
Shelly’s Images : Show us what you  got
StampInsanity : The ABC’s of an ABC
Annabelle Stamps : Say it in yellow
Fun at Fairy Knoll : Birthday or Thank you
If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Happy Birthday
Guylou’s Inimitability : Anything Goes
Simply Create : It’s bright in here
Stamp Something : Something Funky
Stampin’ with the Dragon : Birthdays 
Tellen’s Place : Birthdays
ECP : Something for the boys
I Did It Creations : Anything Goes
OSAAT : No square cards
Get Funky! : Show us your heart

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

Seams sew pretty

The theme for this weeks challenge at Craft Your Passion is MONOCHROMATIC.The colour choice is yours –  just create away in your chosen tones.

For rules on how to play click on the link.You could also become the proud owner of some free digital stamps if you’re chosen as the winner!There’s some beautiful inspiration from the DT and GDT.If you’d like to join us as a guest please look under the Followers at the top of the page.

For my card I’ve used the Couture image from CoCoDingo,coloured it with Promarkers and applied  Distress Inks around the edges. I then coated the whole image in a fairly thick layer of Crackle Accents.Because this is quite a decent area to cover I gently spread it out with a plastic glue spreader – you know the type kiddies use (what that says about me I don’t know?!).As this isn’t as thick as Glossy Accents it tends to dry flatter and with the crackle effect it doesn’t really show any drag marks.Once it was dry I sponged some Antique Linen Distress Ink into the cracks then buffed off the excess with a soft tissue.Wish I’d taken a close up pic but too late I’ve posted it now!I just love these Papermania Persimmon papers and I got it at a discount too – so even better!I thought there would be nothing better to finish this off than with some threaded buttons,lace,pins and a sewing label.This is actually part of a free printable set from Craft Stamper Magazine.There are lots of other Vintage Downloads too.Just click on Resources and then Vintage Downloads.

Supplies :
Image : Couture by CoCoDingo
Mediums : Promarkers,Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Scattered Straw,Crackle Accents
Card & Papers : DP Papermania Persimmon,Papermania Textured Capsule A4 Colossal Pack
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,E K Success Medium Corner Rounder Punch,Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch,Woodware Inverted Corner Punch,Rectangle Nellie’s Multi Frame Dies,Big Shot
Embellishments : Free download sewing label from Craft Stamper Magazine, pins,Woodware buttons,thread,lace all from my stash

 Here are some challenges this card is for:

A Spoon Full Of Sugar : Anything  Goes
Artful Inkables : Punches and/or die cuts
Papertake Weekly : Cut It Out
Passion for ProMarkers : Old and New (buttons,thread and lace are old and image,papers and card are new)
Gingersnap Creations : Spicy Supply Challenge – Sewing Notions
Fab ‘n’ Funky : Going With The Flow
Inktegrity: Anything Goes
CCEE Stampers : Use Lace
Charisma Cardz : One for the girls
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Fun at Fairy Knoll :Family (this card is for my SIL’s Birthday)
Paper Cutz : Anything Goes
Allsorts : Monochrome
Beary Scrap : Anything Goes
Crafter’s Companion : One for the girls (optional sketch)
Craft Your Days Away : Texture ( Crackle Accents,threaded buttons,lace and textured card)
Top Tip Tuesday : Layer on Layer
I Did It Creations : Surprise Me
Creative Cowgirls : Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : FTTC 91 – Inspiration from a Cafe Baudelaire Print.I chose a French Mannequin Art Print.I haven’t added the blue/green colours but I’ve used the background colours and was influenced by the lace.(Not come across these before and now I’m sorely tempted!!)
Paper Sundaes : Adorn Those Corners
Simple Doodles : Cute As A Button

TFL

Lisa x
 

Fairy beautiful

It’s ANYTHING GOES at Digi Doodle Shop’s Best this week.Which means you have no excuse not to join in the fun!!

Don’t forget we have the wonderful prize of a $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Digi Doodle Shop just waiting for one lucky winner!Plus second and third place get  a badge to display on their blogs.All three will also get the chance to join us as Guest Designers too.So please click on the link for all the details.And the DT have some absolutely stunning creations to inspire you!

For my card I’ve used one of the newer images from Digi Doodle Shop.She’s called Fairy in Flight and as soon as I saw her I knew I wanted  to create something with her – she’s so beautiful.Initially I was going to use her as a Christmas fairy.But I’m SO not ready for Christmas I decided instead to make a girly card for my niece’s birthday.I cut up to parts of her using a metal ruler and craft knife,then cut  around the rest that I wanted to hang over the edge with decoupage scissors.Like a kind of manual version of the ‘Out-of-the-box’ technique using Nesties.I coloured her with Promarkers and added Glamour Dust to her wings.I hope you agree that she looks ‘fairy beautiful’!

Supplies :
Image : Fairy in Flight from Digi Doodle Shop
Sentiment : Fairyland Ticket Stamp freebie from June 2009 Craft Stamper Magazine designed by Jean Hardy of Crafty Individuals
Mediums : Promarkers,Glamour Dust
Card & Paper: DP K & Co,Papermania A4 Capsule Textured Colossal pack,Vellum from Papermania Blue 12 x12 pack
Tools : X-Cut guilotine,X-Cut craft knife,decoupage scissors,metal ruler,Martha Stewart Hydrangea Edger punch,Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die,Sizzix Bigz Swirls 2 ,Big Shot
Embellishments : Crafts Too Cool Series Acrylic Stone Wheel

Some Challenges :

Creative Belli :Old,new,borrowed or blue
Challenge Up Your Life :Blue & Green
Fairy Tale Challenge : Everything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday : Use Glitter
Fairy Fun Friday : Make Your Own Flowers
Stamp Something : November Digi Day
StampInsanity : Oh,scrap! (leftover papers from a Wedding card I made in the Summer)
Stampotique Designers : Girly Girl
Wee Memories : Dust off that patterned paper
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge : Sparkle & Shine
Wags ‘n Whiskers : Acetate,Tissue or Vellum
Crafts and Me : Glitter
Crafty Purple Frog : Flowers
Paper Sundaes : Sundae Toppings Bar – Blue and punches
OSAAT : Your Fave Colour (blue & green combo)
Stamp with Fun : Square
Digital Tuesday : Anything with wings
Flutter By Wednesday’s : Open theme – must have a butterfly,fairy or angel
Fab n Funky : Forget me not (ticket stamp)
Fresh Brewed : Show off your style
Lollipop Crafts : Very Girlie
Southern Girls : Your Fave Colour! (tho’ the saying goes they should never be seen I love blue & green – I’m such a rebel he he!)
Simon Says Stamp : Sparkle
C.R.A.F.T. : Using vellum (flowers)
Hodge Podge Shop : Anything Goes
Meljen’s : Sparkle and Shine
Oldie But A Goodie : Glitter ( the ticket stamp details are in the supplies list)

 TFL

Lisa x  

Mermaid Love

At Cowgirl’s Sunday Stamp’en Challenge  you need to make your own DP backgound!That’s right no reaching for your favourite pack.It’s time to get creative!Please click on the link to findout the full  details and while you’re there take a look at the DT’s fantastic work!

We have the fabulous Michelle Perkett as a sponsor too!So here I’ve used her gorgeous Soulmates image.As the image has a nice layout I didn’t want to interfere with it too much and tried a technique that I’d not done before.After colouring the image I gently dabbed a Versamark pen (being water based the ink will smudge if rub with the nib) over the whole of it and the sentiment then clear embossed it.The bubbles are actually covered with Glossy Accents to give more dimension.Once it had cooled I used Distress Inks over the entire sheet.I then stamped over it with a crackle backgrounder.I gently buffed the ink off the shiny parts with a soft tissue.I was having a problem with inkjet ink smudging before with Distress Ink and I didn’t want to spoil the beauty of the image.Apart from that it’s intensified the colours so beautifully.I stamped some scrolls in green to make it look like seaweed and added some  acrylic dewdrops.To make them more sparkly I applied some stickles to the back but they still have to be adhered with Glossy Accents.It’s a shame I didn’t really capture just how glittery this is IRL.

*This post has been edited to show a close up of the sparkle*

I’m going to hide this card ’til next Summer to give to my DH for our Anniversary!!

Supplies :
Image : Soulmates by Michelle Perkett
Mediums : Promarkers for skin and hair,Copic Atyou Spica pens for tails and flower in hair,Clear Sakura Stardust gel pen for bubbles,Versamark pen,Clear embossing powder,Glossy Accents,Diamond Stickles,Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters
Stamps : Cornish Heritage Farms Crackle Backgrounder (they ceased trading this Summer 😦  ),Scroll from Elusive Images Delightful Damask set,Shell freebie from July issue of Craft Stamper magazine
Card : Core’dinations Gemstones
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Lip Pattern corner punch,Heat tool,Ranger Blending Tool with foam pad
Embellishments : Acrylic dewdrops,Pearl headed pins

Here are some challenges this card is for :

Craftalicious : Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown : 3 Elements ( Dewdrops)
Our Creative Corner : 3 Different Embellishments ( Dewdrops,pins and shell)
Karber Monthly : Fantasy
The Sisterhood Of Crafters : All things known as … BLING! (it really is very glittery in IRL)
Gingersnap Creations : Spicy Supply – Versamark
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon : Something Old (scroll stamp)/Something New (image)
PaperCutz : Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly : 3 of a kind (Dewdrops)
Wee Memories : Celebrate Good Times (Anniversary)

TFL

Lisa x

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