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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Just shooting the breeze ...

I was a very lucky person and had two of my cards featured in Craft Stamper Magazine (February 2017 issue) which came out on 6th January 2017. I was asked by Nikky Hall of Polkadoodles to create the projects using 3 of her clear stamps sets: 'Oceania', 'Wish You Were Here' and 'Absolute Vintage'.

If you haven't got the magazine here is a little peek showing my cards ...


This postcard themed project is actually a one layer card and I have just masked images to create the illusion of 3D layers.


I began by placing the dolphins and whales (from Oceania stamp set) and then I masked them off using sticky note masks. Next I created my postcards by drawing around large sticky notes and giving the edges a doddle feel.


Using the lace border in the "Absolute Vintage" set, I began creating my sea. I thought the stamp gave the illusion of movement/water. I have added more ink to the bottom of my card to give an illusion of sea and sky. Next began the fun part of adding all the little details to the bottom postcard using the smaller embellishment stamps from the Oceania stamp set.

On the top postcard, I used the postal elements from the "Wish you here" stamp set.


I used linen effect card as I wanted a textural feel to my project and thought that this would help give a mottled effect to the dolphins. All the images have been water coloured using distress inks. The sentiment is from the Oceania stamp set and is one of 5 found on the set.


Thoroughly enjoyed making my card and really wantted to challenge myself to making a one layer card as sometimes I can overdo the layers and embellies. Now need to remind myself more often, to create more of these style cards.All the links to the products used can be found at the bottom of this post.

Thursday today which means Friday is very, very, very close ... yippee! Are you excited as I am for the weekend?

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

DJ play that tune ...

I had an occasion to make a male music themed card and for once I didn't dread the prospect! I knew where to go straight away ... PolkaDoodles Work & Play 8 - Feel The Music collection.


In the collection you get the digi image (to colour yourself) or a precoloured image. You also get some cracking design sheets where everything you need is in one place, making the design process so much quicker. For my card I have used a precoloured image.


I have cut the image out and layered it on to the themed papers (from the collection) and added some die cut stars. I do so adore the backing papers in this collection as they can suit both male and female cards ... added bonus!

Off to the eye doctors today (after work) to get my eyeballs measured again and will be so pleased when these visits are back to 6 monthly and not weekly!

Have a great day everyone,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
A bit more time to craft - anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge: anything goes
Crafting Musketeers - party time
CD Sunday - male
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Mr & Mrs ... Win & Tonic Challenge

Well feeling very proud today as I have been asked to join in with Win and Tonic Challenge (Tonic Studios) and here is my card. Firstly please forgive the photo as I have struggled to get a decent shot and struggled and struggled ... the poor light hasn't helped one bit. It didn't matter how many lights I used, the result was still "pah" ...!

So here is my first card for the challenge ...


Now Dawny sets a selection of themes for everyone to use but I thought you had to use all of them. That will teach me not to read the instructions properly. The children at school would find that very amusing as I'm always reminding them to read a question/prose etc once and then read it again before starting ...


I began by embossing card strips with Delicate Drape folder and inking the edges. Next I used the "Mr & Mrs" strip die and layered this on top of my embossed strips. I have now created my background. I cut a heart and a heart frame for my central piece, embossing the inner heart (as before) and inking the edges. Next using the mounted rose set, I cut both panels, embossing & inking the smaller and cutting out 3 roses.


On a piece of coordinating card stock, I covered it with Perfect Medium and then used Nuvo Shimmering Pearl embossing powder. I stuck my roses to the shimmery background and cut each out. These have then been placed around the heart. To add more dimension, I just cot out the rose and layered it on top.


The smaller heart was hand cut from a piece of card I had embossed with Ballerina Pink embossing powder. The sentiment has been cut away from one of the strips and mounted on to the heart. My finishing touches were some pink ribbon, stamped and embossed leaves (from Bunched Bouquet stamps) and flower stamens.

Next month I am determined to read the themes a little more closely before making my project, although that being said, I did have fun stretching myself to try and use all the themes. Don't forget to pop over to the blog and check out the other fabulous projects from the Tonic Studios team and who knows you could win this months prize. I don't have any mousses but they are on my "NEED" list.

Have a great Sunday,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Win & Tonic - take your pick
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Corner - anything goes
Making Memories - anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - celebration

Creativity takes courage

Blast it ...! I thought I was all organised and everything ready to go for my "Love to Create" project and now realise that this post should have been for last Sunday ...! Shakes head and mutters to herself ....

So ignoring my "boo boo", here is my project using MDF plaques to create a decorative home decor piece, coloured with my pan pastels. This was another item that PO failed to deliver to Nikky, (as a demo for the NEW Belle Papillon and Bella Fleur collection) ...


I wanted each plaque to be similar but also different at the same time. I have used all the same crafty items but the only difference was the colour. Each plaque was coloured with my pan pastels and sealed. I then added silver metallic pan pastel around the edges for added "bling". Next using the script stamp from the Belle Papillon stamp set, I over stamped the background with a complimentary ink. The next stage was to add the floral and butterfly elements. The floral elements has been both stamped directly on to each plaque (water coloured with pan pastels) and then stamped again on to water colour card and die cut. The butterflies have also been stamped directly on to the MDF, then on to acetate, embossed and cut out. Each plaque has the same elements but positioned differently. The one difference is that each plaque has differing sentiments, although they are stickers from the same Tim Holtz pack ... so similar but different ... now I'm starting to confuse myself ...

Blue Plaque

Wording:
Creativity takes courage 
Everything has beauty
Live, create and tell the story



Pink Plaque

Wording
It's always the small things that make the bigger picture
Be amazed
Great things take time



Purple Plaque

 Wording
 When nothing is sure, everything is possible
Fall in love with as many things as possible
Make it happen



The glasses were left over from Aaron's 18th birthday party from the photo booth I made. I've used my black (medium) pan pastel to alter the colours so that they fitted my scheme.

Although I have strung up the plaques, I haven't yet decided what to do with the string ends ... have a few ideas floating through my head: stampbord, possibly pegs, maybe quotes, more butterflies ...? So many ideas but one has not yet lodged itself in my brain. Any suggestions?

As I was busy yesterday celebrating my birthday, today is a ME day where I am going to do what I want. My birthday present to me. So on the cards is a little blog hopping, some Pinterest browsing (need decorating ideas for the bedroom) and some inky stamping. Ooohhhhhh I feel relaxed already.

Have a great day whatever you decide to do,

Lou
x x x

Products and links:


Challenges:
Crafty Calendar - something new (my stamp sets)
Inkspirational - flutter
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Craft Catz - anything goes with butterflies
Creative Artiste - anything goes mixed media
Allsorts - wings on things
Love to create - anything goes mixed media