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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

As it's Sunday it's time again for Pixies Snippets Playground. Di has decided to change this to a fortnightly challenge from this month onwards, to give people more time to get their cards made and posted. For my card this week I have used a 6x6 black card base and a piece of the beautiful Graphic 45 paper that was left over from covering my Mini ink pad holder. I matted it onto some gold mirri card and then placed a matching ribbon and bow around the centre. The die cut circle and matt were out of the scraps box (left over from a project before Christmas) all I needed to do was stamp the sentiment, which was from a Chocolate Baroque set and pop onto the card front.


Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Black, White And One Other Colour At PCC

Over on the Perfectly Created Chaos blog the current challenge is for Black,white and one other colour. So this afternoon while try not to be interested in Crate and Craft and the new CHA releases I've made this card for the challenge. It's a 6x6 white card base with black matting, then stamping in black using two stamps from a Chocolate Baroque set called Sunny Sunflowers. I used the two stamps to stamp a background using a Black Onyx ink pad from Versafine and also to stamp two of the larger flower on a separate piece of card. I then cut out one of the flowers as it had been stamped and the other cutting away some of the stamped area making a layer to go on top of the other. My one other colour is Mustard Seed distress ink, this I used to distress the edges of the card and also the sunflowers, using a distress pen in the same colour for the centre of the flower. I then popped a piece of ribbon in a matching colour around the centre of the card before mounting onto the black. Lastly I added the flower using glue gel and also added a Best Wishes sentiment cut from a Tonic die.


Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Thursday, 19 January 2017

NBUS Challenge - Pencils On Craft Card

Darnell has a NBUS challenge over on her blog at the moment where she is asking for people to use coloured pencils on craft card. I must admit that I have a large pile of craft card which I seldom use and have also been meaning to try this technique for sometime. The stamp is a Hobby Art stamp that was a stamp of the month in November that I just had to have, but had not used it yet. I stamped onto the craft card using Versamark and white embossing powder, then coloured using Spectrum Noir pencils, I added some very light grey around the outside of the image to give it a bit of a shadow. I then mounted onto some matching card before putting onto a shaped craft card base. Now that it's finished I have to say that I love the effect and don't know why I haven't done this before, I'm sure that it won't be my last.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Humming Bird

My card today has been made for the current challenge over at Allsorts Challenge. This week they are looking for Wings On Things. The stamps used on this 6x6 card all come from Designs By Ryn.  I started by making a background using distress inks in Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon, then using Versafine Black Onyx I stamped the flowers and leaves. Next on a separate piece of card I stamped the Humming Bird, I then coloured both the flowers and bird using distress pens. I went over the bird with clear Wink Of Stella to give it a lovely sheen then fussy cut it out and popped it onto the card with glue gel. I then mounted onto some gold mirri card and then onto a green card blank.  While in the USA in June last year Hubby and I were lucky enough to see a pair of these stunning tiny birds who were drinking from a feeder that a cafe owner had filled and popped into the flower bed outside of the cafe. Despite trying for sometime we failed at getting a decent photo of them, their wings move so fast they just look like a blur.



I would also like to enter this into the Customer Challenge over on the Designs By Ryn blog.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comment which are always appreciated.

Sue

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Mini Distress Ink Pad Holder

I thought I would share with you a project that I've been working on, one I also thought that I had messed up too. Just before Christmas I found this wonderful storage box for Mini Distress Ink Pads, I found it on the Candy Box Crafts website. So when it arrived I looked through my 12x12 paper pads and decided to use one of my precious Graphic 45 pads. The one I chose was Artisan Style. I merrily started drawing around measuring and cutting out the papers and after sticking on the centre piece (the handle), I realised that the gap in the trays was quite tight in fact so tight that the tray would not slide down the handle. So at this stage I set it to one side hoping that once it was dry the tray would fit, but that did not happen. I was gutted needless to say, but hubby came to the rescue and found a thin file in his workshop and filed away some of the centre gap so I could now get the trays to fit.



I have now finished and am so pleased with the overall look now . The top three trays fit all 60 of the ink pads and the bottom tray which is slightly deeper has room to store blending tool in.


The knobs were some that I had bought for another project but went with this so well and it makes it easier to get the lid off.


Thank you for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Texture At PCC and Butterfly Challenge

I made this card to cover two challenges, At Perfectly Created Chaos the theme is Texture and the Butterfly challenge is looking for Jade and/or Jewels. The card looks more jade in real life than it does in this photo, but it has got jewels on as well so I have the challenge covered. I started by embossing a piece of white card stock in a Tattered Lace butterfly embossing folder and the taking a distressed crayon (peacock feathers) and rubbing over the whole of the card. Next I took a damp baby wipe and rubbed over the crayoned piece, as the crayons react with water this gave it a softer look. I then took the same crayon and went back over the top of the raised areas this time I left it alone. I mounted this onto some gold mirri card and then onto a white 6x6 card blank adding some gold and white ribbon around the middle. The fern is from tattered lace and the beast wishes a Tonic die. The butterfly is a Tim Holtz stamp, which was coloured and fussy cut before I added the jewels to the body. I mounted this onto the card with glue gel.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Coffee and Cream with Stamping Sensations

My card today was made for the challenge over at Stamping Sensations which this month is Coffee and Cream. The stamp set that I have used is from Chocolate Baroque - As Free As A Bird. I made a 6x6 card base using some brown card and also used the same colour for my matting. I then stamped onto cream card using Brushed Corduroy distress ink for my main image and also the background. For the background I used the tail feather of another stamp from the set. I was tempted to distress the edges of both the background and the main image but in the end decided that I liked as it was, uncoloured in any way.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Monday, 9 January 2017

Something New

The challenge over on the CD Sunday blog at the moment is Something New and new to me is this gorgeous CD by Debbi Moore - Art Deco Elegant Moments. This card is for my Mum's birthday which is on Thursday. She has not got the Internet so I'm safe posting this on here now. The main image has been decoupaged and put onto the card with foam pads, so plenty of dimension going on, as I also cut out the border of of another backing paper and put this on with foam pads too. I've added flat backed pearls and some flowers made from my favourite Crealies die in a matching colour with gems in the centre. It had to be in green as this is her favourite colour



I would also like to enter this into the challenge over at Ooh La La which at the moment is Feminine and this card defiantly fits the bill.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A Birthday Card and Two Challenges

I suddenly remembered this morning that it was our Great Nephew's Birthday tomorrow and I hadn't made him a card yet, and with it being Sunday it's a new challenge over at Pixie's Snippets Playground. So with both of these things in mind I started rummaging in my scraps box. I found lots of small (but not too small) pieces of white card, plus a square piece that I had stamped something on and then abandoned it. Then I remembered that the new challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog was Dogs and/or Cats, and sitting in my cupboard were both the cats and dogs sets of stamps from Tim Holtz. As I have never inked any of these stamps I thought it was time to remedy this. The reason that I picked this dog over any of the others and the cats, is the fact that yesterday afternoon my sister turned up with her dog. I had just started chopping up some meat ready for dinner and this was the look that Luka (the dog) gave me thinking that I might throw a piece his way. I created an inky background using distress inks and then over stamped around the edges with a star swirl stamp from Stamping Up and an ink pad with luminous ink however it did not show up in the photo very well. I stamped the dog on a smaller piece of card and then coloured him with Aqua pens before cutting him out with the matching die.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 6 January 2017

Zucchini At The Butterfly Challange

My card today is for a fairly new to me challenge blog, Butterfly Challenge. When I say new to me this will be the second time that I've entered anything, but the blog itself has sat in my sidebar for many months with the intention of me taking part. When I saw what the challenge was this month I was a bit stumped, but thanks to Valery, who runs the Butterfly Challenge, she has put up a description of the colour Zucchini, which is hues of yellow through to hues of green. Then I wondered if I had anything that looked like it could be this colour. In the end I found everything that I needed for this card in my scrap box with the exception of the base card which came from my stash (if I hadn't already entered into Pixies Snippets Playground this week this card would have been ideal).



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue