Wednesday 29 June 2011

With Love

Hello everyone.

What a couple of weeks I've had! My daughter was 4 last week, with all of the chaos of party and baking, and of course spoiling her rotten, lol! I've also had to sit in several waiting rooms with one child or the other, and me! I've got, hopefully-fingers crossed, one more visit to the dentist about my root canal, hope it's sorted soon.

I've been having a bit of a clear out and have some hAnglar stAnglar and Tilda stamps listed on ebay, click here. This is my personal account so clicking on my other link won't work. I'm also getting rid of some of the kids clothes, but if you scroll down I think I've got over 60 stamps on there-need to make way for new ones, lol!

Anyway, back to my card.

With everything going on I've missed seeing my cards come together. We're away to the Lakes soon and I'll be taking my copics and some images with me too ;) .
I've coloured Tilda in with copics, and it's the first time I've attempted to stamp the edges, even though I practiced on blank paper I was still very hesitant to do it on my coloured Tilda.

I'm entering the card into Magnolia Down Under 'Stitches and Swirls', Just Magnolia and hAnglar stAnglar 'Butterfly Theme' and TOMIC 'Shimmer and Pearls', this card ticks all of the boxes.

There is some Glamour Dust on the hem of Tilda's dress and the roses are covered in Glimmer Mist for the shimmer. I've got 3 pearls on, one on the tag, which incidentally is from Lili Of The Valley, as is the sentiment, and two more on the swirl. The swirl is there along with all of the distressed edges being stitched for Magnolia Down Unders challenge. For Just Magnolia and Hanglar Stanglar's challenge I've used some of the most gorgeous Pion papers which is covered in butterflies, I really wanted to keep this to keep looking at it, but it looks so much better on a card. I've also used one of the gorgeous bronze butterflies from Wild Orchid Crafts, where I also got my roses and seam binding.

That's it from me, and it will be for a while-we're off on our jollies soon :)

Take care

Wednesday 15 June 2011

Alter It

Phew, what a week! I started colouring in for this challenge on Sunday and the glue is still drying now, lol.

I've never actually altered anything before, but it's my daughter's 4th birthday next week and she has a small box on her bedside table that she keeps photo's in, this is now full so I thought I'd make her a new one.

I wanted to trim the top with lace, but I only have crocheted lace, so i hunted through my border dies, and I think this does the job.

I've stamped Elf Tilda sitting on a large mushroom by first of all stamping Tilda and then masking her by cutting out a stamped image of her on post it note as the low tack is ideal to keep it in place. Then I stamped the mushroom over her, I've outlined (the best I can) the outline of the mushroom on the backside of the stamp and this way you can visualise it through the clear block and get her to perch where you want her.

'Grace' has been cut out using Tim Holtz Vintage Market die, the other dies are all magnolia doohickeys. I've even used magnolia papers, everything just works so well together. I've toned the edges down a tad by painting white acrylic paint round the edges, so when you cut into the sheet all of the edges look the same. I've also used a punch to punch out the small flowers which I've put a small pearl in the centre of each of them.

I had a go of trying to colour with distress inks, here is my first attempt;

Terrible or what, LOL!! So when I was at work on Saturday night I googled and came across a great step by step guide by Jacque, it is brilliant. I also had some advice off Mel and I saw on a you tube guide saying to wipe the brush on the back of your hand (I'm sorry I can't remember who posted this), so when I got home and before I went to bed I had another go and this is it;

Secretly I'm rather pleased, especially with the one on the far right.

I've got a load of birthday's coming up which of course means lot's of birthday cards so I may or may not be on here for a while, it'll depend if I can make any of the cards to fit any of the challenges, lol!

I'm entering this into MDUC, 'Alter It'.


Friday 10 June 2011

Tilda With Kite

Hello Everyone and happy Friday, yay!!

It's actually been my weekend (sort of) since 9am this morning, although I have another 12 hour nightshift tomorrow night :(.

Along with a 12 hour nightshift last night I also had a lovely visit to the dentist for some ongoing root canal work, and it's still so sore. I have to go back, again on 30th June-I wish I had it removed right at the beginning, it's not that I dislike the dentist, I don't like needles in the roof of my mouth and also when there's not quite enough anaesthetic in and you can start to feel it.

Well, on with my card.

I'm entering this into Magnolia Down Under Challenges where they want you to use purple, peach and cream, not a colour combination that springs straight to mind but I think it looks quite nice. I'm also entering it into Just Magnolia and Hanglar Stanglar where this week there is a sketch to follow and they want us to do flowers galore, well I think I have that covered, lol.

I've coloured 'Tilda with Kite' in with copics and used some gorgeous Pion paper, I really hate having to cover this up as it is gorgeous, I have to keep telling myself that I've bought it to go on cards and not to keep getting it out to look at it.

The flowers and crochet lace are all from wild orchid crafts. I've used a nestie to cut Tilda out, cutting round the kite so it's all one piece. I couldn't decide what sentiment to use, but when I stood back and looked at the card I thought it looked great without one.

The card is for sale in my eBay shop.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, hugs

Monday 6 June 2011

My First Boy Card

Hi Again,

I got a few images coloured yesterday and had time to sit and imagine some cards in my head, so with a day off today I've managed to run off a couple of cards as well as going grocery shopping, having a walk around the sea front and having an impromptu BBQ, lol.

It's my Uncles birthday tomorrow, so here is my first 'boy' card which is for my Uncle Rob, whom I call 'Unc' in e-mails and on facebook.

I'm entering this in lovely haenglar only, where there is a sketch to follow

and this is the sketch. I'm also entering it into Just Magnolia and hAnglar stAnglar challenge where anything goes.

This is my first proper effort at a mans card, and I'm actually quite pleased with it. Although with no sparkly stuff, ribbons or flowers it didn't seem finished, lol. My hAnglar kite flier is coloured in with copics, and the flags and sentiment have all been done using whimsy stamps and dies using the invaluable template for the die.

That's all from me today, I'm off to practice how to colour with distress inks as I really love the effect and colours achieve this way and as yet I'm still trying to master it. So any hints or tips are appreciated, even if it's just a pointer to a blog with a tutorial or a video on you tube, lol.


TOMIC Challenge #1

I worked a 12 hour shift yesterday and I took my copics and a few stamped images to help pass the quiet times, I got a few images coloured in. One of which was 'Birthday Tilda', so when I logged on to The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge or TOMIC there was only one image I could use for their theme of 'Happy Birthday Pauline'.

I'm entering this card into TOMIC. As I mentioned earlier I've coloured Tilda in copics, trying my best to try and make the candles look like they're illuminating her face from the bottom. The gorgeous papers are from pion, and I've carried the girlie theme through with the glimmer mist pink roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. I've had to hold myself back from using more flowers as I didn't want to cover up the stunning paper. I've also distressed the edges and sewn them.

I've used my magnolia doohickeys and nesties on this card. I've also just got a ribbon punch, so I had to find a way to use this.

I've put a few gems in the corners, and had to make myself stop with the embellishments, but I think less is more with this card.

That's it from me for now, hugs