Hats Crafty!

At Craft Your Passion there’s a colour challenge going on.We’d love to see your ORANGE PURPLE BLACK creations – it doesn’t even have to be Halloween either!So click on the link to play along,find more details and take a look at the DT’s beautiful work!And don’t forget there’s a prize for one lucky person! 

I decided to make a non-Halloween card using the colours.This Hat Dots image from CoCo Dingo Didgital Stamps just seemed ideal for this.I used Promarkers to add shading and depth and decoupaged just the bow for more dimension.I did use an Orange Atyou Spica Copic on the bow and dots but it doesn’t show up in the pic.The gems were originally lilac and were too pale so I coloured them with Plum Promarker.I also thought the Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder would be pretty appropriate too.

Supplies :
Image : Hat Dots from CoCo Dingo Digital Stamps
Sentiment:Personal Impressions Cute Character Set 2 
Mediums :Promarkers,Atyou Spica Copic,Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Card & Paper : K & Co DP,Dovecraft Designer Paper Pack,Black card from stash
Tools : X-Cut guillotine,Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder,Classic Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities,Big Shot
Embellishments : Papermania gems coloured with Promarker

Challenges this card is for :

Baby Bud Designs : Fall/Halloween
Bunny Zoe’s Crafts : Autumn Love
The Sisterhood Of Crafters : All things known as BLING
Inktegrity : Halloween or Fall
Inky Impressions : Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studios : Fall into Fall
Stampin’ B’s : Fall colours
Stampin For The Weekend : Halloween/Fall
Fresh Brewed : Purple and Black
Scrap-Creations : Make It 3-D (apart from the decoupaged bow this has a lot of layers on foam tape tho’ it doesn’t show too well.I’d also like to think my shading makes the image look 3-D)

TFL

Lisa x

Twinkle,Twinkle Little Hamster

Over at Craft Your Passion it’s ‘HANDMADE FLOWERS’ we’d love to see on your cards!They’re right on trend at the moment and there are so many techniques to try – so why not have a go!To tempt you even further there are free digi stamps up for grabs for one lucky winner.So why not pop on over for more details and some truly wonderful floral inspiration from the DT.

I picked this adorable little ‘Hamster’ as I thought he’d be ideal for the theme.Also things can’t get much sweeter than a hamster bringing you flowers!!If you’d like to give him a loving home too you can find him at CoCo Dingo.As well as being super sweet this is super sparkly too.I wanted to try a technique that seems to be on a lot of cards.So I edged some of the layers with Diamond Stickles and while I had it in my hand Iwent to town with it on the flowers he’s holding,the edges of the flowers,the brads and the punched butterflies.Usually the sparkle plays hard to get in photos so I gave it no excuse to be camera shy this time!!

Here’s a closer view of his bouquet and a clearer pic of  the Glossy Accents on his eyes and nose.

A close up of the flowers.

Here’s how to make them :

1.Take a strip of felt 1 1/4″ wide and cut six scallops along it.You might want to draw it first as I did.I used a fine liner marker and drew them freehand.If you’re not so confident maybe draw round a small coin or template.TIP: Cut INSIDE the drawn line as the pen will show even on the reverse.

2.Starting at one end fold and pleat where the first scallop ends and stitch into place making sure you go through all the layers you want to hold together.Just keep going along pleating and stitching,shaping the flower as you go. TIP: Keep the tension taut and the stitches small and as close to the centre as possible.

3.To create a neat finish when you get to the end fold the edges of the last and first scallops under.Place the last scallop over the first and stitch together securely.TIP: Make sure you finish off the final stitching well – you don’t want all your hard work falling apart!

It’s no great secret I can’t sew for a toffee (or anything else!) so don’t feel you can’t give these a go.If I can do it anyone can,really!You don’t have to be great with cutting out or a needle  either.Felt is a very forgiving material.And the butterfly is to cover up a large stitch I did by mistake.

Supplies:

Image :CoCo Dingo ‘Hamster’

Sentiment : Cute Characters Set 1 stamp

Colouring Mediums : Promarkers,Glossy Accents,Diamond Stickles

Papers : Making Memories fom the Bella Multipack

Tools: X-Cut guillotine,Standard Circle Nestabilities,large butterfly punch from The Works,Small X-Cut butterfly punch

Other materials :Felt,medium brads

Here are the challenges this card is for :

Stamp With Fun : Card for a girl

The Shabby Tea Room : A little bit of metal

Cowgirl’s Sunday Stampen’ Challenge : Summertime feeling      

One Stitch At A Time : Say it with shapes       

Sundays With Crissy : Favourite time of year – Summer!

Oh,Alice! : Sparkly Fabulousness

Paper Cutz : Anything goes

If The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Metal

Fairy Fun Fridays : Use punches on your card (butterflies)

Stamp Something : August Digi Day

Aud Sentiments : Anything goes

C.R.A.F.T. : Photo Inspiration  (pink and yellow from the colours and the theme of sweet)

Crafty Creations : Butterflies (on the flower)

Digi Doodle Shop’s Best : Anything goes

Glitterbabe’s Challenge : Sparkle,glitter,bling and 2 flowers

Paperplay : Pink to make the boys wink  😉 

S2G Twisted Thursday : Yellow

Creative Bellie : Round and metal/optional sketch (I’ve not used the sketch)

Fab ‘n’ Funky : Flower Power

The Photo-Synthesis Challenge :

Creative Card Crew : Sparkle and shine

Digital Tuesday : Use your scraps (paper and felt)

My Time To Craft : Glitter and Glitz

Tiffany Doodles : Flower Power

E.C.P. : Girly theme

 Alphabet Challenge : Q is for Quotes

Charisma Cardz : Die cuts

TFL

Lisa x

How does your garden grow?

This week the challenge at Pear Tree Designs is ‘BEST WISHES’.So any creation featuring these very words is the order of the week!We also have the fabby Lilac Lemon Designs as sponsors this time too.So head on over for details on how to play along.Don’t  forget to check out the wonderful DT inspiration and welcome Susie as our new member!

I’ve used a stamp from the Cute Characters Set 1 and coloured her with Promarkers.The sentiment is from the same sheet.The papers are a freebie My Minds Eye pad that came with a past issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.The coloured card is Papermania Textured.I’ve used a mix of Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Classic Scallop dies.To create the tag I punched a hole with my Crop-o-Dile and set a heart shaped eyelet and threaded it onto a length of waxed cord.I cut some felt flowers with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix die and topped them with some square Papermania buttons also threaded with the same cord.I used a large corner rounder punch too to add some interest.

Here are some challenges this card is an entry for:

Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge : What Little Girls Are Made Of

Speedy the Cat’s Challenge : Think Flowers

I Did It Creations : Anything Goes

If  The Shoe Fits…Scrap It! : Die Cuts

The Res-Q-Challenge : Flash those pearlies

Digi Doodle Shop’s Best : Flowers

Pixie Dust Studio : Pretty in Pink

Little Red Wagon  : Summer Theme

Creative Card Crew : Let’s get cute and girly

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge : Anything Goes

Simon Says Challenge : There ain’t no cure for the Summertime blues

E.C.P. : Girly theme

TFL

Lisa x

Gone fishing

Here’s a  card I made for my brother’s birthday using this sketch at the Willow Sketchie Challenge blog:

The image is from Cute Characters Set 2,coloured with Promarkers and white gel pen highlights have been added.All papers are Basic Grey Archaic and the edges have been distressed with the Tim Holtz tool.The left hand strip of card has been embossed with a Cuttlebug Mesh Texture folder.The strip on the right is piece of jute ribbon.I have threaded some string I saved from something through the buttons before adhering them in place.The greeting is from an old foam set but I stamped the words and fishes seperately so that I could fit them into the sketch.

TFL,

Craftybunny x

Easelcard-itis

It seems this type of card has been taking the cardmaking world by storm.Easel cards just keep appearing everywhere!

This card was made for the Willow Sketchie Challenge at Craftbubble set by Karen with the easel card style being the twist. I used colours to make this an entry for Passion for ProMarkers  Marsh Green and Burnt Umber  also.

Here’s the sketch:

The image and greeting are from Cute Characters set 4 by Personal Impressions.Coloured with Marsh Green,Burnt Umber, Olive Green,Umber,Almond,Putty,Duck egg Blue,Mandarin,Burnt Orange and Inkssentials Opaque White gel pen.

All corners have been rounded with EK Success Medium Corner Adorner Rounder.The image and sentiment have been edged with Marsh Green Promarker.The papers,Basic Grey Archiac,have all been edged with Burnt Umber Promarker.

A threaded button and a piece of jute ribbon, trimmed to fit, have been used to finish.

Some people seem daunted by the thought of making these.But they are relatively easy.I just used a 5 x 5 pre-scored card blank ,scored and folded the front in half with a mountain fold ( this means that the folded piece stands up to form a  ‘peak’),then fold your card it the middle as normal,next I cut another 5 x5 blank in half to create the front.You decorate the front as you wish and then stick this panel to the front of your card.I found the easiest way to do this was to place the card flat with the midpoint crease at the top( tent fold),put the adhesive on the bottom panel (it’s important to only place it there otherwise it won’t work ),then carefully line it up.This will work for any size of  card – all you have to do is measure and score at the halfway point on the front and make your front panel the same size as the card blank.To hold the easel in place you need to decide where you want it to stand and place a chunky embellishment such as a brad or a button or even a sentiment layered with foam pads at that point.

TFL

Craftybunny x 

 

 

 

 

Behind again

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I can’t believe how far behind with everything.There just seems to be so much going on familywise at the moment.

I actually made this card on Saturday to enter into the Willow Sketchie Challenge on the Let’s Get Stamping group at Craftbubble.

The sketch and twist,to use some distressing,were set by GDT Kathy.

This is the sketch:

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I have to admit this card was made in rather a hurry for my son’s friend who was having a party that very morning!

Having already decided which stamp and the colour scheme I hurridly looked for a suitable free download backing paper which I found here.I chose a piece of this lovely zig zag card and some black card that has a ridged texture next.I coloured the image,from Personal Impressions Cute Character set 4,with Promarkers and highlighted the skull and crossbones on the shirt with white gel pen.The greeting is by CraziBoutStamps.All corners have had Lips Pattern corner punch used on them and all edges on the layers have been distressed with a Tim Holtz tool.The patterned paper,image and greeting have had Black Soot Distress ink sponged around the edges.I don’t think I did too good a job of this as time was of the essence but I suppose it adds to the grungey feel of the card.A giant red brad and a black ribbon from my stash provide the final elements.

TFL,

Craftybunny x   

 

 

Another win!

Can’t believe I won the Willow Sketchie Challenge again on the Let’s Get Stamping group at Craftbubble with my Anniversary card.Anyway here’s a card for this week’s sketchie using my prize of a free download:

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I’m still suffering the effects of this Swine ‘Flu so I kept it simple.The image has been coloured with Promarkers.The stamped sentiment is from Cute Characters set 1.Papers are part of the download.In the original sketch there were three flowers where I have placed the bow.By the time I had got to that stage I’d run out of ideas/steam.Don’t know if I’ve really done the image the justice it deserves?

Sharon Armstrong who runs the group also has an online shop here.There are lots of  lovely stamps and downloads designed by the talented lady herself.

TFL,Craftybunny x.