I recently treated myself to a fabulous set of Steampunk Christmas stamps from Chocolate Baroque and the first card I've made with them will be just right for the Bah Humbug challenge this week as their theme is 'something new'. The background was made by spraying Glimmer Mist in red and gold onto some card which was then put through a cuttlebug embossing folder with cogs and wheels which matches the steampunk design. The main design was stamped and embossed with vanilla ice embossing powder onto red card and the poinsettia (also from the stamp set) was embossed with the same powder which has tiny gold flecks in it. The border at the bottom was cut with a Crealies border die which also happens to be another new item - couldn't resist this or the stamp set which has lots of other versatile designs which will be used for Christmas and are also suitable for other occasions too.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Goodness don't the Fridays come around quickly - I swear someone has seriously shortened all my days but I wish they'd asked my permission first. Anyway I've managed to make a card for Judith's Forgotten Friday challenge using a stamp from Cuddly Buddly which I used quite a lot when I first bought it but can't say she's seen the light of day for some months now. I fished her out to get back into the swing of colouring using alcohol based markers because if I don't keep practising I find my colouring suffers. A mix of Flex, Promarkers and Copics were used to get the colours I wanted and the image was cut using a Nestabilities label, then mounted onto a Sizzix die cut shape from Stampin Up. The buttons were cut using another Sizzix die (SU). Background paper is from my stash - stamped around the edge using a faux stitch stamp (Chocolate Baroque). The paper and also the ribbon have been in my stash for ages so they qualify as well - the greeting was a free download popped onto Cuttlebug die cut shapes.
Thursday, 18 August 2011
I paid a visit to StampNcraft on Monday and decided my one lonely wooden House Mouse Stamp which I must have had for 10 year or so should have some company and it was difficult to decide which set to buy but settled on this one. Image was coloured with Flex and Promarkers and cut out using Nestabilities. Backing paper from my stash with a bit of stamping around the edge, a strip of embossed whitewash core-d-nations card sanded to show the core colour and the greeting from the stamp set cut out with a Stampin Up punch. As the message says - have a mice day - although it is raining steadily at the moment!! I'm off to visit a patchwork shop later and will do my best not to be tempted.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
The challenge for this month at Funky Hand is 'at the seaside' and they are giving away a lovely download to use - really bright colours. I decided to use their Colour Me Happy CD and papers (equally bright) from the Barbadian Ecstasy Collection. The little beach huts were adapted from a house which is on this CD and I printed it several times with reduced sizes of backing papers behind them so that I could paper piece to get colour variations. The sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
I'm back again with another card for the Make My Monday challenge - I was searching through my box of clear unmounted stamps for something and came across this set from Lavinia stamps which were the subscription gift from Craft Stamper magazine many moons ago (actually unopened would you believe)!! I'd completely forgotten I had them but decided to play around with some Distress inks and put in a fairy entry this week as well.
Over on the Make My Monday challenge we are still on 'things with wings' and this week they are asking for fairies or angels which I guessed would be a particular challenge for me because I'm not really into either and knew I probably wouldn't have much in the way of suitable stamps. That being the case I decided to trawl through the many digital images I've downloaded from time to time and I came across a zip file called 'angels all' - opened it and lo and behold a selection of really quirky angel characters including a selection of cats and dogs. Unfortunately there is no identification on the files so I've no idea who to credit with these fun designs - so apologies and if anyone recognises them perhaps they'd let me know. Background paper is from a pad which has lost its cover so not sure where that came from either but the sprig of holly was printed from Polkadoodles Sundae of Seasons CD. Don't you just love the socks and gloves on the quirky cat??
Monday, 15 August 2011
Just a quick post to say that the new craft shop which opened in Yeovil recently now has a blog - the shop is called StampNcraft and they have an impressive (and tempting) array of stamps, CDs, yummy papers and all things related to stamping. They are planning to hold workshops and demonstrations. I almost forgot to say they stock Myuki beads in a wide range of colours and sizes including Delicas. For anyone who lives in the vicinity or is near there on holiday they are on the Lynx Trading Estate right next door to Tool Station so why not pay them a visit.
Today's card uses another of the freebie images from Lili of the Valley, coloured with Flex and Promarkers. Background paper is from a pad of paper which came free with a recent magazine too and I simply added a computer sentiment, ribbon and some punched flowers
Sunday, 14 August 2011
I entered this CD Sunday challenge last week because a friend had told me about a prize on offer - congratulations to the winner. Their theme this week is ovals and I thought it only fair to enter a card again this week now I've found them. I've used an image from Polkadoodles Double Sprinkle of Kraft CD and also used a piece of backing paper from the same CD and just doodled a line around the edge. Image was cut out using Nestabilities dies and popped onto a Sizzix die. A few toning flowers and a Marianne die cut swirl were added along with a greeting on a cuttlebug flower die cut shape.