Thursday, 31 March 2011

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #146 - A Night at the Movies

My movie is The Wizard of Oz and those beautiful shoes belonged to Dorothy.

Just a plain and simple 6 x 6 card, the only decoration being some dry embossing and a Black Soot edge to the main image. Dorothy's shoes are coloured with Sakura Stardust pen, the bows are glittered and heart confetti added to the uppers.

The stamps are by Clear Art stamps and are all about the Wizard of Oz and nicely compliment their other set Alice in Wonderland (which also landed in my basket).

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DragonsDream TIO#74-Tag on side with Paint and Paper

Had a lovely time making this. I used a piece of corrugated cardboard and die cut a tag using my new best friend, Sir Tim's Tag and Bookplate die. I then peeled off some of the paper and painted it with Periwinkle Eco paint and Lilac acrylic paint. The pier, kite and beach hut stamps are from Rubbadubbado (one of the first ones I ever bought) and the seaside and gulls are from Crafty Individuals.

The images are coloured in roughly with felt tips and I swiped a white ink pad over the whole lot. The reinforcing hole counts as the paper addition to this tag! I am really pleased with the textured look this tag has and will certainly use this method again.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

CD Sunday Challenge - Transport

Have reverted to what I enjoy doing the most - making pictures!

My base is a really useful sky background from Joanna Sheen's Baby Love CD.

I have masked and sponged the landscape using my favourite non-colours Memento London Fog and Desert Sand. The trees are coloured with Distress Inks Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy, Crushed Olive and Pine Needles. The hot air balloons are from Stampin USA and Clarity. The sentiment is from Creative Expressions.

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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Two Challenges

Posted by PicasaGood morning to you all! I have made a contemporary Christmas card this week - not my usual style at all. The image is by Hero Arts and has been coloured with Copics, the backing paper is by DCWV (I was given a huge pad of papers for a present from Anna who taught me to ride my horse). I have added a die cut strip along the bottom and glittered the edge as well as the stars on the tree. I am entering this card into two challenges
1. Bah! Humbug! #12 - Christmas Trees
2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #13 - Square Card
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Friday, 25 March 2011

Crafty Ann's Challenge #37 - Be Inspired by an Elvis Song

Posted by PicasaElvis sang so many songs, it wasn't difficult to find one I wanted to turn into a card! This is the challenge over at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog. My card is inspired by the song'Wooden Heart'.
I have used Ann's Heart with Wings digi stamp and printed it out twice onto white card as thick as my printer would take (about 180gsm). The reason for this is because I used Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder to emboss the texture onto the card. These folders are very textured and the embossing digs deep into the card. Sometimes, if thin card is used, the embossing causes the card to split.
I then cut the image out and coloured the wings with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks. The heart was coloured with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain. I cut out the second heart, coloured it the same and added it with foam pads to the complete image. The backing paper was similarly embossed and coloured with Walnut Stain and mounted onto one of Ann's tartan papers in blue and gold. The sentiment was computer generated.
I do hope you will come over and join us at Crafty Ann's - see what you can do with an Elvis song!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

DragonsDream TIO #73 - Dreaming Haute Couture

Posted by PicasaI used a lace backgrounder from Stampin USA and stamped it with a Versamark pad. I inked up the brayer in Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up) and brayered a resist background. If you look closely you may be able to make it out. The colour is a bright baby pink but as it is such a dull day, I cannot get a decent photograph without loads of glare.
One of the dress forms is cut by my Cricut and the other is a stamp from Clear Art. The model is by Debbi Moore and the mail stamps from Crafty Individuals. The flowers were punched from a piece of music and edged with pink and the centres are black Stickles. As you can see I raided my bead box and put a few onto a header pin with the ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by and imagine a candyfloss pink tag!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

CD Sunday Challenge - Wild Thing

Posted by PicasaHaving had a Formula 1 horse ride this morning I immediately thought of a wild bucking bronco for this card! As you can see from the picture, I took the photo in the last of this afternoon's sunshine - hence the long shadows.
The image and frame are from Joanna Sheen's American Frontier CD and the backing paper was a freebie on Stamp TV. The sentiment is a freebie from Elegant Word Art and seemed so appropriate. I have finished the card with just a piece of twill tape and some gardening twine.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Bah! Humbug! #11 - Metallic

Posted by PicasaHave used gilding flakes on this 6 x 6 card - the edge of the black card has been taped using Great Tape that I rubbed and distorted before sprinkling with Copper Thunder gilding flakes. The colours in this selection are wonderful and can be seen in the top border quite clearly. The main image, by Elusive Images has been gilded with gold flakes onto acetate. The base card is cream and has been stamped in black using the equally wonderful Sanded backgrounder from Stampin Up. I am very pleased with how this card has turned out. It looks very striking.
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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #144 - St. Patricks Day

Posted by PicasaWith the exception of the ribbon and gems, my 6 x 6 card is made entirely of freebies. The digi stamp of a posy of shamrocks is by WMS and the backing paper is from Bearly Mine. The sentiment is a stamp that accompanied the latest DoCrafts Magazine.
Thanks for stopping by and have a very enjoyable St. Patrick's Day evening!

DragonsDream TIO#72 - Big Bold and Extended

Posted by PicasaWhat a challenge this week! I had to go delving into my secret stash of all things gorgeous to come up with this one! The key and lock are Tim Holz grungeboard painted in Eco paint Aged Gold and rubbed over with DI Black Soot. The tag was sponged with DI Wild Honey and brushed over with Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick, stamped with Royal Fleur de Lys from Elusive Images. I inked the stamp up with DI Crushed Olive, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany and stamped over. The crown from the same set was inked in Black Soot and Aged Mahogany.
The sentiment is from another theme plate Key to my Dreams.
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Monday, 14 March 2011

CD Sunday Challenge - Colours

Posted by PicasaOwning a very spoilt, temperamental and narcissistic little blue budgie called Judy - I felt immediately drawn to my Tim Holtz birdcage and hanging sign dies. The scene depicts the other little birds on a rescue mission to release the Blue Diva from the horrible witch lady (me) that keeps her in a cage in the kitchen.
My backing paper is from Carol Ann Studios CD Fantabulous Flowers, the die cuts are Tim Holtz and the three smaller birds are a paper punch and stamps from Stampin Up.
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Sunday, 13 March 2011

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #11 - Gold

Posted by PicasaI am delighted to say that I won a prize last week at CHNCC( see link in my sidebar). Thank you very much Hazel!
This week's challenge is Gold so with no more ado out came the gilding flakes I bought before Christmas and have never used. The image is one of my favourites by Elusive Images which I stamped onto acetate and then spread glue onto the reverse, sprinkled on the gold flakes and rubbed off. The coverage was ok, I had a few areas to re-do but not as good as using double sided adhesive film. The backing paper is by Papermania.
Thanks for stopping by and perhaps you would like to take part in Hazel's challenge this week. Another card for the Xmas stash!

Bah! Humbug! #10 - Apertures

Posted by PicasaIn keeping with my 'standard postage' mantra I have not used foam pads at all on this card. I have cut a circle aperture with nesties in the red card and then cut a frame for it in silver. I know it looks rather flat and you may think I have just stuck the image on top, it really is recessed into the card.
My nativity scene is by Ezybelles and is coloured with Copics. I know Mary probably wasn't a red head but I have a rather limited selection of colours - so I claim artistic licence! The Peace stamp is by Elusive images and embossed in silver. I thought the silver ric rac nicely duplicated the frame around the image.
Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment - they cheer me up in this awful wintry weather we are having.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

RainbowLady's Challenge #143 - Best Friends

Posted by PicasaCouldn't resist a canine theme to this week's topic of Best Friends seeing as Crufts is on the tv at the moment. I am a big dog fan and am absolutely delighted that the handsome Boxer won the Working Dog Section yesterday evening. Recognition for this lovely breed is long overdue. John and I have owned five Boxers over the years, sadly they have all gone to the big kennel in the sky.
My 4x4 page is a digi stamp from who-knows -where and it is coloured with Copics. The sky was coloured with light blue copic and then overstamped with a cloud stamp in white Brilliance and then dusted with Pearl Perfect Pearls. I am very pleased with the result and will definately use it again! The sentiment was a freebie in a craft magazine.
Thanks for dropping by and feel free to leave a comment - I need cheering up, it is snowing very heavily here in the North East of Scotland.

Friday, 11 March 2011

DragonsDream TIO #71 - Buttons and Bows

Posted by PicasaWe have been plunged back into winter again up here in the frozen north! Nice to stay warm and cosy indoors instead of battling the arctic winds that fly around our hill.
My tag this week has been stamped onto cream card and I have used only two colours of ink, Crumb Cake and Bravo Burgundy by Stampin Up. I first stamped the tag with a wonderful background stamp called Sanded by Stampin Up in Crumb Cake. The main image is a new one from Crafty Individuals, a freebie with my subscription to Craft Stamper magazine. I have stamped that in Burgundy and used a waterbrush to soften the colour. My little bows, part of a tapestry set by Craft Xtensions, are stamped in Crumb Cake. The buttons are die cut with Nesties with a real one on top.
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Crafty Ann's Challenge #36 - Spring is in the Air

Posted by PicasaSpring is most definately in the air! Daffodils, baby lambs and birds nesting do cheer you up, knowing that winter is over. (Well, up where I live in the Highlands, you never really sure until about May!)
Our challenge over at Crafty Ann's is a sketch with a spring theme. I have stuck pretty rigidly to the sketch and used parts of her daffodil digi stamp as corners for the Nestabilities Fleur de Lis pendant. The backing papers are also from Crafty Ann's - pale green Woodgrain that has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and gold embossed around the edges. The lemon paper is from Ann's Abstract range. The centre sentiment is by Elusive Images and has been embossed in lemon and coloured with Shabby Shutters DI along with the edges of the die cut pendant.
I do hope you will join in with our springtime sketch challenge, you will be made most welcome!

Sunday, 6 March 2011


Posted by PicasaI have wanted to use this hummingbird stamp from Clarity for ages but never got around to it until a recent card swap on the Rainbows Forum. The theme was Love is all Around. I stamped the birds onto glossy black cardstock with Versamark and coloured them with Perfect Pearls to a lovely shimmery finish. The oriental vellum was from a tiny notepad book from Papermania and the ornate heart stamp, embossed in black was from Elusive images. All the images were mounted onto black card that was very roughly edged with gold embossing. A gold ribbon completes.
I hope you like my card, I thoroughly enjoyed making it.

CD Sunday Challenge - Luck of the Irish/St Patrick's Day

Posted by PicasaI have used a lovely Irish Blessing as the starting point for my card - all about butterflies landing on your shoulder etc. I love butterflies so needed little encouragement to delve into the delights of Hinny Bop's CD Blissful Butterflies. The turquoise and green colour combination seemed appropriate and I added a few butterflies punched out of a paper scrap with my Martha Stewart Monarch punch.
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Bah! Humbug! #9 - Embossing

Posted by PicasaIn keeping with my New Year's resolution of trying to keep my cards as flat as possible, so that I only pay for ordinary post stamps - I failed miserably right at the end by sticking a wooden gold coloured star on top of my tree!

My tree is the very lovely Lacy Tree embossing folder from Cuttlebug and I have embossed the design very roughly in gold embossing powder and also the edges of the card. I have matted this onto a border design paper in off white from Sharon Duncan's Embossabilities CD. The snowflakes were cut by my trusty Cricut and embossed in gold.
I would also like to enter this card into Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge the theme this week is also embossing.

I hope you like it and thanks for stopping by. Do leave a comment as I find them all very encouraging.

Friday, 4 March 2011

DragonsDream TIO #70 - Delicate

Posted by PicasaI found this challenge very interesting and informative. I watched the video (link on DragonsDream TIO blog - see side bar) a few times and then sorted my stamps out, ink pads etc and had a go. My first effort was the one on the right. I used tattered rose DI for my main colour and scattered straw, bundled sage, dried marigold and shabby shutters for the overstamp. Unfortunately, I forgot to overstamp the background texture before overstamping the flowers. My second attempt is on the left hand side. This time the colours used were tattered rose as before, but then tumbled glass, dusty concord, scattered straw and bundled sage for the overstamped flowers. I think quite a bit of research is needed to find which colours go best together as the most unlikely colours take over when spritzing the stamp.
My stamps were a Clarity poetry stamp embossed in white, a Canvas background stamp from Stampin' Up and Queen Anne's Lace stamp from Penny Black.

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