Tuesday, 29 June 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - In Full Bloom

Having enjoyed watching the Scissor Sisters at Glastonbury I succumbed to a bit of scissor therapy for this week's challenge and went for decoupage.

The CD I have used is called Floral Fantasia by KraftyHands and is full of floral gorgeousness and lovely backing papers. There are five layers to this image of old roses and wasn't too tricky to cut out.

I added a satin butterfly trim which I coloured to compliment the roses (not showing up on the photo folks!)

Hope you like this, I enjoyed making it. Please feel free to leave a comment - they are all appreciated.
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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge #24 - Father Christmas

Just a simple, vintage card this week with the requisite amount of glitter and ribbon! This says Christmas to me and I never tire of this type of card.

The backing paper is by Papermania.

Hope you like it too and thanks for dropping by.
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Saturday, 26 June 2010

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #109 - Ice Cream

Neapolitan is one of my favourite ice creams so this was easy! The image is from a template I have had for ages and never used before as is the backing paper - both are from Stamptv. The image is coloured in with pencils and OMS and also Marvy Brush Markers. I have used glossy accents on the raspberry topping to give that shiny slipperiness of melting ice cream.

The sentiment is a Janet original and is handwritten with my new best friend a 0.1 black fineliner. The jury is out as to whether I should have done this on the computer instead.

Enjoy the hot weather and eat plenty of ice cream!
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Thursday, 24 June 2010

DragonsDream Tag It On #44 - Heart and Soul

Goodness me, where on earth do I start with this one? Frankie, I am indulging you this week, seeing as you are, quite rightly still all loved up with your handfasting ceremony - romance is not a strong subject of mine!
Heart and Soul was a big hit written in the 1930's by Hoagy Carmichael. The words, written by Frank Loesser are all about falling in love, kissing and staring dreamily into each others eyes etc.

The tag, in shades of lilac and pink is based on the music score for this song. The lovers in the boat are staring dreamily into each other's eyes and the lips signify the kissing. My True Love and Love is the Thread that Binds Us completes the scene and completely exhausts my stock of romantic stamps.

Enough! Can we have a tag of derring-do next week?
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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Pink and Tangerine

This is my entry for Crafty Ann's Challenge blog #17 - Embossing. My colour palette was inspired by the orange ribbon with pink spots.

This is a big card 8 x 8 as I wanted to try my version of a poppy and I knew they would not turn out small and dainty! The pink card was embossed in the Bug and the raised areas coloured with Pearlescent Orange Brilliance Ink. The left over card was punched and made into two poppies and the third made out of plain pink card coloured on the edges. The stamped image (Elusive Images) was black embossed and coloured with pencils.

To complete the card I punched three corners with a MS punch and added black ribbon with the orange and pink ribbon over the top. I mounted this onto a black base card. Black foliage was also added using a L-em punch.

I do hope you like this card and I look forward to your comments, which are always appreciated.
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The Children spied a herd of Reindeer ....

I thought I would indulge myself in a bit of scissor therapy this week for Bah! Humbug! #23 challenge - A Child's Christmas.

I stamped and cut out all the elements on this card and arranged them into a picture. Naturally, of course, lashings of GlitterGlass, Stickles and a gem were used.

I particularly like the stupid looking reindeer (Crafters Companion), they look rather embarrassed at being caught!

Thanks for stopping by and all comments are gratefully received.
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Sunday, 20 June 2010

Rainbow Lady's Challenge#108 - Alcohol Inks

The pretty Christmas angel stamp and sentiment are by Crafty Individuals and for a change I thought I would do shades of pink. Bah! Humbug! you have started something!

I used raspberry, salmon and shell pink alcohol inks with a touch of silver mixative and stamped the image with black Brilliance ink. It was mounted on an embossed rectangle of silver foliage card. The snowflake and star were die cut out of the same. The base card is pearlescent orchid pink.

Thanks for dropping by and looking. Please leave a comment as they are all appreciated. I am having a bit of a job getting back to making things after Stamp Addicts Retreat last weekend I think it is called creative burnout!
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Friday, 18 June 2010

DragonsDream Tag It On #43 - Scene in the Garden

I dedicate this tag to Frankie and Fred and wish them every happiness in their life together.

The bench scene and rose arbour is a stamp from Create and Craft. It is stamped onto glossy card and waterbrushed with various Distress Inks. I then made an outer arbour of ivy and trailing vines. The acetate wrought iron gate and creeper are from a Joanna Sheen CD.

The two white doves represent the happy couple.
I hope you like my tag and know that this fantasy garden isn't a patch on Frankie and Fred's own garden.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment - all are appreciated.
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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Bah! Humbug!#22 - Anything Goes

I have been practicing 'reflection' stamping as demo-ed by Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps. This one is pretty glitzy as I embossed all over the image with Stardust embossing powder (oh how I love this stuff). It is in shades of blue and uses a Stampin USA grove of pine trees. The inks are Stampin Up Not Quite Navy and Bordering Blue.

I mounted the lake scene onto silver holographic card and matched it up with a wide border. The sentiment (Elusive Images) is embossed in white. I added some holographic die cut snowflakes to complete the scene.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment if you would like to.
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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #107 - Take a Fantasy Trip with Me

I have loved dragons ever since I watched Ivor the Engine as a child and fell in love with Idris the Dragon who lived in Ivor the Engine's fire box.

My fantasy dragon (for there are real ones) is made from glimmer misted card stock using Frosty Night and Golden Fish Cosmic Shimmer mist. The icicles are Lavinia Stamps and Stickled with Stardust. The fantasy castle is by Stampin USA and the dragon is an Elusive Images stamp.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you like my ATC. Please feel free to leave a comment as they are all appreciated.
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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

DragonsDream TIO#42 - Acetate and Alcohol

Where to start on this one ... ah yes - alcohol.
My stamp is called Finger Food by Stamps Happen. I bought this stamp on first sight as it made me laugh out loud. I love the fact that the lady is like one of Beryl Cook's larger ladies and that she is trying to be delicate and ladylike whilst scoffing all the cocktail olives and yet failing miserably.
The background is made with alcohol inks and the stamp has been embossed in white on acetate and fixed over the top. To finish off I have added an acetate heart and a few confetti foil glasses as a border. The sentiment is one that my lady should take to heart but usually ignores! The purple tinsel ribbon continues the party theme.
Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment - they are always appreciated.

Monday, 7 June 2010

CD Sunday Challenge - Girl Power

I know that this image is not exactly what the challenge is all about but it seems to me that this sort of "power" has been mighty successful over the years!

The image and backing paper are from Pandora's Box by Gwyneth Windsor. There are some really unusual images and topics on this CD and I think I will use it quite alot more in future. I decoupaged the bathing beauty and cut two nestie shapes and cuttlebugged them with the "You" embossing folder for mounts. In keeping with the retro look I made a border using an MS deep punch and completed the look with an irregular folded card.

Hope you like this and thank you for visiting my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment as they are always appreciated.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Crafty Ann's Challenge #16 - Fly the Flag

I was very lucky enough to win twice on Crafty Anns Blog Hop this week! First from Kym's blog and secondly from Crafty Ann herself! Absolutely amazing! One of the downloaded sheets from Ann were these lovely pale blue roses. As I live in Scotland I thought I would enter the football theme with a Scottish Saltire colourscheme. Unfortunately the national side did not qualify for the World Cup - but what the heck!

I hand cut the circles after drawing around a saucer and a side plate. Very scary. The backing paper is from a CD by Docrafts and the sentiment is by Elusive Images. I put gold glitter in the centres of the flowers and gold embossed the words.

This card looks very grand in real life and I will be giving it to a very grand lady later in the year.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Bah! Humbug! Challenge #21 - Acetate

I love using acetate and particularly enjoy painting it. Photographing it is another matter and I apologise for the picture quality.

My stamp is from the Winter Collage collection from I Brake For Stamps and is a fallow deer. I have painted him and his decorative borders in reinkers and Diamond Glaze and mounted it onto scrunched up foil to give depth and reflection, (too much when taking the photo!) I cut an aperture and stamped the Lavinia Stamps trailing vine around the edges. The sentiment is by Elusive Images.

Thanks for stopping by and looking, please feel free to leave a comment.

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #106 - Faces

Yikes! I don't have any stamps of faces (or so I thought). In fact, when I started looking I had loads to choose from.

I have this lovely brick wall stamp (I Brake For Stamps) and wanted to have people peering over the top looking at something. The something was the man riding the penny farthing bicycle (Elusive Images). The people on the wall are the top half of a group of cyclists (Elusive Images).

The wall was stamped in various shades of DI's and aqua painted and the main images stamped in Versafine.

I do hope you like my picture - please feel free to leave a comment, I appreciate them very much.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

DragonsDream Tag It On #41 - Steampunk Influences

This is yet another first for me. I had to look up "steampunk" to find out what it meant. I had a fair idea from Frankie's lovely sample but it was a totally new word for me!

I gessoed and mat gelled a piston diagram (Graphics Fairy) to the tag and then overstamped it with a background stamp of cogs and clocks (Creative Expressions) and clear embossed. At the bottom of the tag I stuck on a thick layer of Iron Ferro paint and pressed a few cogs into it for texture. When it was dry it was brushed with copper Perfect Pearls. The edwardian man (Elusive Images) was overstamped in black Archival and the metal hardware added. The words are computer generated.
To finish I added a metal D ring.
Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment - I do appreciate them.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Gothic Arches Challenge - Openings

My friend Frankie from DragonsDream Tag It On is this weeks guest host on Gothic Arches and so I thought I would have a go. I have never done an arch before and have seen very few so this is very much my interpretation of "Openings".

I used masks to colour the scene and then painted out the walkway or stairs with water. I drew freehand (shock, horror!) the handrail and stamped a small Clarity tree to show hope in such a bleak landscape. The brilliant sun draws the traveller onward and upward to better times.

Thanks for visiting and do feel free to leave a comment.

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