Sunday, January 21, 2018

Snowy and Sparkly

This is a card I made for the newly discovered Challenge blog 'Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - an all year round CHRISTMAS challenge blog where anything goes CHRISTMAS theme. Yippee! 

Who doesn't love an excuse to make christmas cards once a month. Its certainly one way to make sure that you have a stash handy when December arrives, so I am loving this challenge blog already.  The blog can be found here if you too would like to join in the fun. 

A new challenge starts every 2nd Wednesday of the month. So get cracking!!

For this card, I used a digital stamp from Lili of the Valley called 'Happy Reindeer' and it can be found here if you would like to purchase it too.

I coloured the image with my Copics and Prismacolor pencils, blending stumps and Sansodor. The background paper was also from Lili of the Valley - available as a digital download called 'Krafty Christmas' here, but I purchased mine a while ago at Alexander Palace in 8" x 8" pad form.

I added some printed christmas felt ribbon (from Hobbycraft) and some red metallic Card Candi. I then went over the whole image with my white Gelly Roll Pen to add 'snow'.

Hope you like it.
Thanks for popping over for a visit.

Paul Texting

One more quick card to add for Sunday that I have made for the newly found challenge blog, Sweet Stampin', their theme this week is MEN.

As a rule, I really don't like making male cards, so when a challenge is based on men as a theme - it REALLY is a challenge for me, which is why I like to take part, it's a good excuse to add a male card to my ever growing stash of girlie cards.

The Sweet Stampin' challenge for this week can be found here, if you would also like to take part.

For this card, I used a digital stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil. He is called 'Paul Texting' and you can purchase him here.

I coloured the printed image onto white card stock (sorry for the poor quality photo - my LED lighting in my shed is not a great photography tool) and coloured him with my Copic markers.  I then added highlights and shadow with my Prismacolor pencils, which I blended with Sansodor and a blending stump.

I tried to keep the card relatively simple by just adding some printed stars in the background and also added '18' using my Big Shot and numeric dies.

Hope you like it...
Thanks for stopping by

Cheek to Cheek

S'Me again.

I know... you don't hear from me for months and then all of a sudden you get a bazillion posts all at once, well, this is the last one for this evening, I promise!

I was recently invited to attend a 60th Wedding Anniversary party for a wonderful couple, who I have known for a very long time. I didn't want to splash SIXTY all over the front, so I just added a simple verse and the usual 'Congratulations on your 60th Wedding Anniversary' to the inside instead.

For this card I used a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil, called Cheek to Cheek, which can be found here.

I coloured in the couple using my Copic markers and stamped a 'congratulations' greeting to a scrap piece of card. Both were then mounted to grey card stock. I used a piece of patterned paper from my scrap stash and on another piece of white card stock, embossed 'I love you' using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, with my Big Shot.  I then mounted each piece where I wanted them to appear on the card and added some adhesive gemstones to finish it off.

Hope you all had a pleasant weekend and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit.

Spiderman, Spiderman

Hello fellow crafters

Another card, made for my friend Danella's grandson, Maison, who is a crazy-mad fan of Spiderman and Iron Man.

I chose to make a card of Spiderman as he was relatively easy for me to draw.  I found some images on Google and decided to go for the simpler of them.  Drew him onto white card stock and then photocopied him several times (so I could later fussy cut and decoupage - you can see the different layers I created in the second image, below.

I then coloured each piece in blue and red, adding some highlights and shading here and there.  Once I was happy with the layers and then proceeded to layer him up, remembering to adhere some jewellers 'invisible' flexible elasticated string to his hands - for his 'web', which I then wrapped around the underside of the actual card mount.

I then added some 'superhero' background paper (sorry, I forget which company produced the pad) and then created a simple star, which I drew a web on.

I printed a personalised sentiment, which I mounted on red and blue cardstock and added a glittery number from my stash and voila!

I was really pleased with the finished version of the card and Danella informs me that Maison was over the moon.  I believe his mum has now framed the card, so he now has it proudly displayed on his bedroom wall.

Camper Wedding

Dear bloggers

This card is a wedding card I recently made for my friend Tracey.

Tracey had been invited to a wedding where the bride was arriving in a lime green camper van and her colours were Lime, Lilac and Yellow and her bouquet consisted of sunflowers.  So, naturally, Tracey asked me if I could incorporate all of these specifics into one card for her.

I used a digi-stamp from Lili of the Valley, called Wedding Couple - the link is here.

I then digitally printed the image onto white card stock, which I then drew a circle round (using an old DVD), fussy cutting anything that was outside the circle - in this instance, the train and part of the grooms' top hat.  I then used an adjustable  circle cutter to cut three more circles, each slightly larger than the previous circle. Using my Copic markers, I then coloured the edges of each circle in my choice of colour (I also did the same for the rectangle mounts on the left of the card - leaving one white, which I then ran through my Big Shot using a CuttleBug embossing folder to emboss dots).  After colouring the edges of each mount I adhered them to the front of the card.

I then coloured the image, using the same Lime, Lilac and Yellow (and Grey) Copic markers.  Once everything was adhered, I then added some Jolee's Boutique sunflower adhesive stickers around the edge of the image.

For the inside I printed a wedding verse and a camper van, which I coloured in Lime Green, to match the Bride's transport.

Hope you like it...
Thanks for visiting

Lacie 4 Lillie

Dear Followers and Visitors

I wanted to share a card I recently made for my friend, Danella.  All Danella specified was that Lillie loved the colour pink and that she is a proper girlie, girl.

I used this image, called Lacie from Mo's Digital Pencil, you can go there directly from here if you want to purchase her.  She's so cute, I just think she's adorable.  I coloured her with my Copic markers and some Prismacolor pencils.  I then mounted her on some scrap pink card stock and added some ribbon, adhesive pearls and a glittery number from my stash.  I then just typed up and printed a personalised birthday sentiment, which I also mounted on coloured card stock, before adhering to the front of the image.

I am entering her, for the first time, into the Fab n Funky Challenge for this week - theme is GIRLY, if you too would like to take part you can pop over to their blog here.

I hope you like her as much as I do and don't forget, if you really like her - she is available to purchase from the link above.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Dear Followers
I know it has been a while, but I am writing to wish my followers a Happy New Year...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

70 is just a number

Back again

So, I made this card for a friend of the family, who's friend was turning 70 and she wanted a special card.  The lady in question has a Beagle (same as me) so I decided to use one of Mo's Digital Pencil images - not actually convinced that this dog is meant to be a Beagle (as Beagles have longer legs than this, think it is more likely a Bassett Hound) but I decided to declare it as such and used the same colours as MY Beagle- Bum.

This image is so cute in it's own right and I loved colouring her in.  I only used my Copic pens on this card and added a 'Happy Birthday' die cut, which was cut out using my Big Shot and then added some fancy, sparkly gold numbers for the '70', which also came with the two gold stars, as a set from Hobbycraft.  I then just added some background paper, again from my leftover scrap paper stash and three red adhesive gemstones.  Cute eh?

Thanks for stopping by x

Male cards.... Mmm Not my Thing!

Good afternoon,

It's been so hot here the past ten days that I just haven't had any energy to do anything, let alone sit at my computer and upload a few photos. Anyway, as today is slightly cooler, I thought I would take advantage of the fact and upload a few photos from the past few months.

This is a card I recently (May) made for my Brother-in-Law, Brian who, as you can see, celebrated his 60th birthday this year.

The image is a Lily of the Valley stamp, which I coloured with my Copics and Prismacolour Pencils.  The letters are self adhesive, by American Crafts and were purchased from Hobbycraft. 

The stripy background paper was just a piece of leftover scrap from my leftovers scrap box, so I am afraid I have no idea which brand of paper it is. The khaki coloured border around the image itself is from Papermania.

Hope you like the card as much as I loved the overall outcome of it.  To be completely honest, I'm not always that thrilled when having to make cards for men, as even though most men have interests and hobbies (i.e. football, fishing, barbecues etc.) I just find the thought of making a male card, uninteresting and more often than not, it shows in the finished product. However, on this occasion I think I must have really been inspired while making this one, because I was really pleased with the result.

Brian was thrilled with the card (as much as any man could be), which I guess is 'sort of the whole point' so therefore I was happy. He has since kept the card, in pride of place, on his fireplace (which is totally unheard of for him - as he usually takes his cards straight down the following day).

Anyway, hope you like it. Back soon

Monday, June 12, 2017

Birthdays and Anniversarys

Hello again, its me... back again, as promised

Here's a couple of cards I've made recently...

This card was made for a friend of my daughter, she was obviously celebrating her 21st.  I love this image, from Mo's Digital Pencil.

Coloured her with Prismacolour Pencils and Copics and added a few embellishments to finish the card off.

Added a few white dots as well, which is something I only usually do if I am trying to create the illusion of snow, but I think it also worked quite well here, overlapping the background colour.  I personally think, it adds a little birthday 'magic' to the scene, or am I just talking crap? Who knows?

Personally, I was really pleased with how the card turned out and therefore was able to finish the card and be happy with it.

You will see from the next TWO cards, that again, I have used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil, and you will also note that it is the same image each cards.

There is a good reason why I did that.  I wanted to show that it really doesn't matter if you use the same image more than once, because there are so many different ways to colour it or embellish it, to create two completely different cards.

This first card is for a friend of mine who has recently celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary, Congratulations to Mike and Dee and her favourite colour is green, so I was sure to colour the image in those colours and add some matching ribbon and embellishments.

Shortly after finishing Dee's card, my son asked if I could make a card for me and Steve from him, as we will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this July. Yes, I do have to make my own cards, including Birthday.  My son, bless him, won't buy me a birthday card, or Mother's Day card because, he says, he 'can't buy one as nice as the ones you make mum'... Awwww bless him, CRAWLER!!!

Anyway, because 25 years is also silver, I created this card in a lovely coral pink with silver embellishments and a really nice sentiment.  I think the sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp. The '25' and the 'mum' and 'dad' were die cut on my Big Shot using Dies exclusively from Hobbycraft called First Edition Craft and they were from sets called Male Sentiment Dies, Female Sentiment Dies and Number and Date Dies.

I haven't used them before now, but they were very reasonably priced and although I needed to buy three different sets to get all the sentiments I needed, they have a wide variety of things you could ever possibly need, for example:

Dad, Son, Brother, Uncle, Grandad, Nephew, Cousin, Boyfriend, Husband and Step

Mum, Daughter, Sister, Auntie, Grandma, Niece, Cousin, Girlfriend, Wife, Friend and Step

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0, st, nd, rd, and th

I know what you're thinking, they have duplicated Cousin and Step, as they appear in both the male and the female Dies - yes, this is something they could have done without, but after wracking my brains, I can't think what they could have possibly put in instead.  Also, I know that the Grandad is not how we would spell it in the UK, but I think we'll be forgiven for using it, so I guess for less than £10 a set, it's still not bad.

Both of the anniversary cards were coloured with Prismacolour pencils and Copics and were embellished with ribbons, card candi and adhesive pearls.

Anyway, I hope you like the cards, I'll add a few more later.

Thanks for stopping by.