Friday, 25 February 2011

Encouraged by En!

Well the ever so talented En (Enfys) is having a wee little Letraset competition on her blog at the moment, so I had to enter! I have coloured a squillion images to make into cards and then found none really inspired me any further . . . not a good start me thinks. Any hoo, I finally settled on the Pink Cat Studio digi image which was one of the images I had coloured in my frenzy and a "quick" card idea popped into my head . . . phew!

Papers: Polka Doodles (Paper Botique 3)
Image: Pink Cat Studio
Sentiment: SU
String: from stash

I made a simple birthday present by layering plain and decorative papers and as finishing touch some manly string . . . lol . . The image was coloured with Promarkers adding subtle white gel highlights. It has then been double mounted and placed in front of the present . . . a really quick card to make once I had settled on an idea in my head!

Promarker "blended" colours used:
Powder Blue & Pastel Blue
Forest Green & Pear Green
Ice Grey 1 & Cool Grey 4
Tan & Cinnamon

I can't get the photo I took of the blended colours to look like the colours (!) so will try scanning the swatch in and then add it to this post . . . bear with me as I have to try and remember how to use our scanner!

Why not have a colouring session and enter En's giveaway.


Stashbox Stamp Week ?!?!?

Welcome to another Friday and a Polka Doodle challenge! Enfys set the challenge for this week and the Polka Doodle team have a new element to the challenge too this week, which we are going to make a regular feature once a month. We are calling it Stashbox Stamp Week, which basically means that we can dig out our favourite stamps and use them with our Polkadoodle papers and pretties. Of course, our favourite stamp may well be a Polka Doodles one...but that's okay too. Enfys also made one more stipulation - two ribbons and a charm (it can be home made with shrinky dink, threaded beads, or whatever takes your fancy).

I made 2 cards for this weeks challenge . . . one for a boy and one for a girl!

I have used a set of stamps from "My Favourite Things" and all the papers are from the Paper Boutique Volume 3 CD. The images have been paper pieced an covered in Crystal Lacquer for added "shine"! Pleated ribbon is made from paper and additional ribbon(s) from stash.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a charm or any shrink plastic to make one . . . . and local craft shop didn't have any shrink plastic either . . . so have used a glitter bead thing as my charm. I made a "boy" and "girl" card using the same paper designs just changing the background paper to co-ordinate with my dinosaur.

Well this has taken nearly 2 days to upload as we are having severe computer problems . . . will be back later (fingers crossed).


Friday, 18 February 2011

Uuuuummmmmm chocolate!

That's the theme chosen by Saskia our "Belgian choclat gir"l over at Polka Doodles and now that I have my printer back on line . . . happy, happy, happy dance at Chez Lou . . . I knew straight away what I wanted to do to fit this weeks theme. All papers, topper images and sentiment are from the fab Sundae of Seasons CD which is simply choc-ker (get the pun?) with images, papers, sentiments, digi images . . you name it, it's got it.
Papers: Sundae of Seasons CD from Polka Doodles
Topper elements: as above
Bias binding ribbon & flowers: Orchard Crafts
Lickle word sentiment: written by ME!
Gems from stash
Hearts made with X-cut punch

I made a pocket on the front of my card to put my cake bits and bobs onto with some bias binding ribbon along the top to finish it off! The little sentiments were written by me, chopped up, mounted on chocolate paper and then added . . . however the brown protruding bit in the mixing bowl is not meant to be there!!! Only just noticed it when I uploaded my cards.

As you can the large tag is removable and has a sentiment topper added (which is also on the CD). I have added some hearts, gems, a lickle flower and the softest bias binding ribbon ever!

I am entering my card into the following challenge:
Colour Create - colour combo of "Chocolate, Strawberry and Cream"

Right gotta dash and get showered as have to take Aaron to the doctors. I can't cope with his hacking cough any longer and am in desperate need to be able to get some sleep . . . mind you, so does he too!


Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Make your own . .

embellishment is the theme at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week and I have had a play with my glimmer mists and embossing powders. My printer was still out of action when I made my DT card but I have good news . . . MY PRINTER NOW WORKS! Ooooohhhhh, can't wait to fire it up and print off some designs . . . but have promised my inks, stamps & embossing powders that I will not neglect them again!

My "hand made" embellishments are my decorated ribbon, flowers and butterfly.

Papers: Perfect Papers by Pink Petticoat
Sentiment: ET of Vibgyor Crafts
Bobble ribbon from Polka Doodles

I have used Pink Petticoat papers which I have distressed, glimmer misted and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The huge "Dream" sentiment has also had the same treatment!

I made the butterfly by cutting out the image on my craftrobo and then making additional wing layers with acetate and papers. All have had the same treatment as the papers! I added gems to the butterflies wings, thorax and abdomen.

My flowers are heart shapes joined together with a little paper rose in the middle (which chalked and inked edges). Finally my ribbons have been sewn together with beads and sequins.

Phew think that's everything but should say that the card is 8"x8" in size and is for my Mum's birthday . . . just hope she likes it now!?!?! She's a card maker too and a very fussy one! lol

I an entering my card into the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesdays - have used their sketch
Ooh La La Challenges - make something for someone special . . . this is for my Mum
Allsorts - theme is "it's all about the sentiment"!
Creative Cottage: Fabulous Florals
Little Red Wagon - use your mist!
Simon Says Stamp: Make your own embellishment

Well better go and get the tea on as the hoards are starting to hassle me!


Friday, 11 February 2011

Not quite sure . . .

. . if I'm 100% sure that this card is balanced or maybe it's just too neat for me!!!

Over at Polka Doodles this week we have the theme "That's Amore" but the twist is to create your project with a Love Song in mind ! Uuuummmmm . . . not a "love song" sort of person so struggled to think of a lovey dovey song that I liked and having no working printer at the moment frustrated me further! Well after looking through my "toones" on the computer, finally decided on "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Gardens. If your not sure what it sounds like, check out this link on You Tube . .

I have used the ever so versatile baroque style stamp from the "Daisy Doodles" collection to create all my detail; the border strips & the lickle toppers. A little embossing, velvet ribbon and shocking pink vellum add a touch of texture to the card along with some gems and metal staples (used as hangers)! Decorative edges created with a Martha Stewart punch and sentiment using Doodlebug rub-ons.

A quick, simple card and am falling in love with Kraft Card all over again . . . could you guess . . ! I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Flutter by Wednesday's - use at least 3 hearts
A Spoon Full of Sugar - "let's see some love"
Papertake Weekly - "Have a heart"
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - "hearts gone wild"

OK . . have a busy day today as we're off to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to have a nose around and then join in some Greek themed workshops.

Have a great Friday everyone,


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Still no printer

but I have been reliably informed by the tech savvy lads in my house that the doofer that fits the whatsit, that in turn sends a message to wherever and possibly is now whistling in the wind (!) will be back on line very soon . . . as you can see tech jargon is totally lost on me and in fact, inconsequential to my crafting needs ! Suffice to say my Wifi printer will now work . . . very soon!

Anyhow, as I couldn't print off (again) any digi images, I have been using pre-printed stash or just saying "hi" to long neglected crafting stash and whilst blogging the other night was really taken by the JUGS sketch and challenge this week. So this is what I came up with . . .

I loved the idea of just putting everything in the top of the card and letting the other parts be "free". However, I have changed mine a little by using a Kraft DL sized card . . hey crafter prerogative. It also help me create my Fab'n'Funky DT card this week as the theme is "Tempting Textures".

All my "tempting textures" are: 1) embossed background, 2) embossed flower, 3) ribbon (1 is velvet) and finally a felt butterfly. The sentiment is from (ET of Vibgyor Crafts) and I made the flower using scraps of paper. The felt butterfly was in one of my many "bits and bobs" boxes!

In short, I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Fab'n'Funky - theme is "tempting texture"
- brilliant sketch
Shabby Tea Room - "Sweet Hearts"
Papertake Weekly - "Have a Heart" - 2 layers of my flower are made from hearts and a lickle heart on the sentiment.

Gotta dash as it's very late and I have loads to do before the end of today, especially as I need to be up with the birds in the morning.


Friday, 4 February 2011

Whoops . . .

. . . so busy being organised yesterday that I forgot to post my Polka Doodles DT card!!! I can't believe how empty my head can be at times . . . gonna blame it on the hair dye finally permeating through the follicles into my brain !

The them this week was "Amore" or translated "anything with a heart on it" ! I still have no printer but managed to find some PD paper I had previously printed off to help make my card. I have used one of the NEW Magic Neighbours stamps, coloured with Promarkers.

The flower was made using bits and bobs I found, plus some hearts punched out of the paper. Button centre with wire threaded through and 2 glitter heart buttons.

The lovely Claire (Hope Jacare) designed the stamps for Nix/Polka Doodles. Nix was demonstrating these on Create and Craft last weekend and not surprisingly, they flew out the door.

Off to clear up my crafting mess and sort out my stamps . . . gonna part with some soon as it's a shame that they are sitting idle in a box, when others could "love" them more than I am !


Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Technology woes!

We recently bought a new all singing and dancing router which could near enough "walk on water" and guess what . . . yep, it's thrown a male type strop!!! It can't handle too many thngs at the same time (just like a man; not able to multi-task) and just keeps cutting out on us all . . . the worst part is that I can't get the wireless printer to work properly and therefore can't use any of my digi images or papers . . . complete pain in the bottom. I wouldn't of minded so much if the lads hadn't chucked out my old Epsom printer (really old, much loved) which I could of just plugged in and printed away to my hearts content . . . technology, men . . . ggrrrrr!

OK, the Fab'n'Funky theme this week is a colour combo of "Chocolate and Blue" and we are sponsored by Dude Time Doodles. I so wanted to use one otheir images but due to my printer woes . . . couldn't! So had to dust off my stamps and play with some ink for a change.

I have used "Summer by the Sea" set from Stampin Up and have coloured it using only 5 different promarkers ( and a sneaky bit of white gel pen!) I got the idea after seeing Nix's demo on Create and Craft this weekend (Nikky from Polka Doodles) and wondered if I could copy it and also whether it would work with any stamps. Sorry for the poor photo but the card looks very Sepia toned in real life . . with a modern twist of course.

Here is a close up of the image and simple colouring style used to achieve this effect.
Edited to add - promarkers coloured used are: blush, tan, cinnamon, henna & cool grey 4

I also decided to make a strip using only the flower bit from the main image. I have repeated it and then coloured using the same technique as the topper. The card is finished off with some gems and 2 acetate butterflies. The sentiment is also from the same set.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Fab'n'Funky: colour combo "Chocolate and Blue"
Passion for Promarkers: Photo inspiration
Sketchy Colours: colour combo of "Blue, Brown & White"
Cute Card Thursday: I have used their great sketch

Stampacular Sunday Challenge: theme is "Whateva"

Now I need to get me some internet time and catch up with some serious blogging. Take care and hope to visit really soon,