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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Apologies

Sorry I've not posted for a long time a lot of personal issues over the last few months and will continue over the next few. As a result I've not done any crafting at all. I'm hoping that I will get the inclination back soon but until that happens there'll be not be anything to post.

Sorry x

Friday, 1 August 2014

August at Anonymous Stamps

Hi Everyone,

Another month has flown by and it's that time again for the next challenge for the Anonymous Stamps Blog. This time it's titled 'Falling into Autumn' and here's my DT card for this one.


I really wanted to colour this image so I know using autumn colours is a little tenuous but I really enjoyed doing this one as I've been doing an on-line skin and hair colouring class so wanted to see how I'd come along. I'll post more about that later. The image is called 'Flower Girl'.

The whole image has been coloured using Copics & Promarkers:

Background
Almond, Satin, Tan, Cocoa

Flowers
Antique Pink, Dusky Rose, Budding Rose
Apple Cider, Blender

Hair
E15, E18, YR23, YR21

Skin
E000, E00, E11, E21, E04
R20 (cheek, lips)

As the Anonymous Stamps digis are free you've really no excuse for not selecting an image, colouring and entering the current challenge.

Hope you all have a great summer.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Living the Good Life at Anonymous Stamps

Hi Everybody,

Wow! I can't believe a whole month has gone past and I've not posted on my blog, how naughty of me!! I've been suffering with badly with hayfever and have not done much crafting. Anyway back to the reason for this post. I'm hoping that you'll all pop over to Anonymous Stamps and enter the new challenge. My DT entry for this month is below.

I've used the 'From A Rose' digi stamp which I coloured 3 times with Promarkers before doing my bit of decoupage by cutting it above the banner and using Pinflair glue to add the dimension to it.


The colours used were:

Petals
Antique Pink, Dusky Rose & Budding Rose

Leaves
Pear Green, Marsh Green & Olive Green

Here's a closer view of the digi stamp:


Right that's me done & now I'm off to enjoy the Tour De France this weekend. 

I hope you all have a good one.

Karen






Friday, 6 June 2014

Summer Loving at Anonymous Stamps

Hi Everyone, this is my DT card for the Anonymous Stamps challenge this month which is call Summer Loving. It's a little different this time, the challenge is asking everyone to use the same stamp to see what can be done with it. It's a new one designed by Sian called Blossom & I really enjoyed colouring it using a lot of bright summery colours.


I created the background with orange card as the base matt and then cut the yellow card with my craft knife to create the sun rays. I then die cut a circle with my spellbinders nestabilities and assembled as shown.

Here's a close up of the digital stamp which I've decoupaged with the Promarker colours listed down the side: 

Hat & Trousers
Pastel Blue, Denim Blue, Cornflower

Hair
Ivory, Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Chestnut

Skin
Ivory, Satin, Putty

Flowers
Blossom, Pink Carnation, Fuchsia Pink
Pumpkin, Mandarin, Bright Orange

T-Shirt & Yellow Flower Centres
Yellow, Canary, Sunflower

The following shows the layers that I created for the decoupage:


The sentiment is a Tonic Studios Die and I've then used my Melt Pot and a Heart shaped mold to create the hearts. All adhered with PVA glue.


So pop along to the Anonymous Stamps blog to pick up the free digital stamp and enter the challenge it will be great to see how you all interpret and use the design.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

18th Birthday Card

Well yet another family birthday his time for my niece who is 18. The image is a digital stamp from Saturated Canary and was a freebie for Facebook group members. I just loved colouring this one using my Promarkers and I was so pleased with the result it was a while before I could bring myself to use it on a card but then I can always do another one.


The Promarker colours I used were:


Dress
Ruby, Cardinal Red, Burgundy

Bandanna 
Cobalt Blue, China Blue, Midnight Blue

Hair
Ivory, Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Chestnut

Skin
Ivory, Blush, Oatmeal

Money Bag
Tan, cinnamon, Cocoa

Boots 
Cinnamon, Cocoa, Umber

Ear Rings & Coins
Gold, Amber



The dies for the flowers, the corner & the numbers are Tattered Lace. The card is the linen look gold from create and craft so not as bright as usual mirri card, although it seems to be brighter in the photos than in real life.



The happy birthday die is from Tonic Studios and the backing papers we in my stash I think they're a Papermania design but can't be sure. The embossing folder was Crafters Companion Embossalicious Perfect Paisley.







Sunday, 25 May 2014

Boudacious Bev Times Two

Well another family birthday card this time my 25 year old step-son. He's football mad but I decided to do something completely different this year so I used a Kenny K digi image that I've had for ages but never used. 


It's quite amazing how different an image can look just by changing some of the colours. All the colours for the hair & skin were the same I changed the Reds for Pinks & used lighter greys but that was all.

So on both images were:
Hair
Ivory, Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Chestnut

Skin
Satin, Putty, Oatmeal


Clothes
Lipstick Red, Red, Berry Red,
Warm Grey 4, Warm Grey 5, Black


Clothes
Cocktail Pink, Carmine, Magenta,
Warm Grey 2, Warm Grey 3, Warm Grey 4

All the papers and card backgrounds were from my stash. The dies were spellbinders for the cushions and the headboard & a tattered lace sentiment. The punch was a Tonic Studios.

This was one that turned out just as I hoped.


Sunday, 11 May 2014

Mad About...

Here's another of my makes that I did in March. It was for my step-daughters 21st birthday. I designed the card as a gate fold as I wanted the inside to surprise her. The front of course had to be her favourite colour which is purple so out came my tonic dies for the plaques and borders and my Tattered Lace dies for the words and numbers all tied up with purple ribbon.


As I know she's a little mad about Giraffes I was desperately looking for an image I could use. Luckily Google came to the rescue and this absolutely gorgeous image popped up on Mo's Digital PencilI also made a concious decision to keep it simple so that the image inside stood out and wasn't hidden by a lot of embellishment (that was on the front of the card). It was coloured with Promarkers all shades of brown with the exception of the flower.


Giraffe
Burnt Umber, Henna, Cocoa, 
Caramel, Tan, Putty, Almond

Flower
Purple, Yellow, Leaf Green












The image was mounted onto black & then purple card before being added to the inside of the gate fold. I used the perfect layers rulers to do this matting and layering, I only got them recently and they are fab makes it so much easier to get everything right.



I do have to add that my step-daughter loved her card.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Anything Goes at Anonymous Stamps

A little news for you today, I was asked to join the Design Team of Anonymous Stamps and I say: Yes please & thank-you for asking! 

This came about after entering my Mothers Day card into one of their challenges. It's my first ever DT membership and this post is my first ever DT card so I hope you like it. The challenge this month is Anything Goes so hop on over to the Anonymous Stamps Blog pick up a free digi stamp and enter the challenge.

I've chosen Windswept as my main image for this months challenge but I've actually incorporated a second image Strawberry Blossom, it needed a little resizing and also flipping to fit but I thought they worked perfectly together. The colour combination is an unusual one for me but I'm really pleased with the outcome.


The card base was made using pearlescent copper card-stock and the largest Spellbinders Grand Stately Circle die. The second largest die from the same set was used to cut the green paper. Using some of the left over card-stock I then attached the two circle dies to create an easel card base.

The images were coloured with Promarkers the colours used are listed below:



Hair
Pastel Yellow, Raw Sienna, Terracotta

Skin
Almond, Blush, Dusky Pink

Dress & Bow
Lime Zest, Lime Green, Pear Green


Flowers
Primrose, Soft Lime, Tulip Yellow
Eggnog, Apricot

Leaves & Stems
Lime Zest, Lime Green, Pear Green

The Windswept digi stamp was then attached to the front of the card as were the two floral stamps, the latter with Pinflair glue to add some dimension. 

I created the stopper using another Spellbinders die, Medallion One. which I attached to the base of the easel with foam tape. The flower I added to the top of this and the centre of the floral digi stamp was created using Crealies Creative Flower die number 10.



The design was finished off with a few gems, some ribbon and a sentiment stamped onto the same papers, these were also cut with Spellbinders Circles and Lacy Circles.



Now you've got through this long post don't forget the challenge over on the Anonymous Stamps Blog.







Sunday, 27 April 2014

Wedding

This one was made for a friends wedding. The colour was decided when I found out the colour of the bridesmaids dresses but I didn't know what the outcome of the design would be as it evolved over time.



I started with die-cutting the base using Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One which I then embossed with a Die-sire A4 folder. I then threaded the ribbon round the edge, this had been coloured with the purple Promarker as it was originally white. The card base made with purple cardstock from Papermill direct and a larger spellbinder die from the same set as before.

I then printed 4 copies of a Just Inklined image of a wedding cake onto Neenah card-stock which I then coloured with Promarkers using Purple, Orchid, Lilac, Leaf Green and Bright Green. I then decoupaged the images and heat embossed the purple areas with a holographic embossing powder to add a little bit of sparkle (although this doesn't really show on the photo).


The roses were made using Martha Stewart paper clay and left to dry overnight. The edges were then lightly inked with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I cut the leaves from Centura Pearl using the Tattered Lace Summer Rose die which I then coloured using the Leaf Green Promarker. The roses were then glued to the die.


All the words were cut using the Tattered Lace Sentiments dies and the whole things was glued to the topper base which was then added to the card base.



Due to the dimensions of the roses I had to make a box for it. This again has some more paper clay flowers and various dies all Tattered Lace. The initials are those of the Bride and Groom.



A special card for a special day.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Colouring Hair & Skin

After the enjoyment of colouring my Mothers Day Card I decided I wanted to colour some more as I find it very relaxing and therapeutic. I decided that I needed to improve my hair and skin colouring so I found a lovely digital image on Anonymous Stamps called Windswept which I printed a number of times to practice different colour combinations. All the images were coloured with Promarkers and in addition to the colours listed the blender pen was used in places for highlights.

Blonde Hair
No blender pen used on this one.


Hair:
Sandstone, Mustard, Vanilla, Ivory

Skin:
Dusky Pink, Blush, Ivory

Dress/Bow:
Purple, Amethyst, Orchid





Brown Hair
I did struggle with getting the highlights on this one.


Hair:
Umber, Cocoa, Cinnamon

Skin: 
Dusky Pink, Putty, Satin

Dress/Bow: 
Antique Pink, Dusky Rose, Pale Pink


Black Hair
Not sure if you can call it black or whether it should be grey! 


Hair:
Black, Ice Grey 5, 
Ice Grey 3, Ice Grey 1

Skin: 
Coral, Tan, Putty

Dress/Bow: 
Duck Egg, Cool Aqua, Tea Green
I still want to do some other colourings of these like light brown or dark blonder and maybe a red head but I thought I'd get these up on the blog.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Pop Up Mothers Day


Well I've jumped on the band wagon & created my first pop up box for my Mothers Day card. It started out with me wanting to find an image of daffodils to colour as these are one of my Mums favourite flowers but no idea what I was actually going to make. I found a lovely digital stamp designed by Anonymous Stamps called Just Daffs which fitted the bill perfectly.


I then made the box up using the tutorial on the Craftworks Cards blog, it was so easy and added papers to each part, these were printed from one of the duck design sets off the Pollyanna Pickering British Wildlife DVD.

I printed two copies of the digi stamp and coloured them with my Promarkers, the colours I used were:

  • For the yellow part of the flowers: Sunflower, Canary, Yellow, Buttercup
  • For the orange part of the flowers: Mandarin, Orange, Saffron, Ivory
  • For the stems and leaves: Bright Green, Leaf Green, Pastel Green

 

Once coloured I attached one of the digi stamps in its full form to the box at the back. The other I cut down into two and used parts in the middle and at the front. To add further dimension I added some die-cut flowers again coloured with the same colour Promarkers and filled in the spaces in the box. These flowers had orange gems added to the centres.

I then decorated each of the flaps of the box ensuring the whole time that it would close OK and also fit in the envelope.

 

All the die cuts were done using Centura Pearl card stock and coloured with Promarkers which I love doing as the shimmer remains it's great for toning things to the colours your using on a project. The colours used were as listed above with the addition of black which was used in small amounts on the butterfly. The following dies were used: 

  • Tattered Lace: Chantilly Bow, Alphabet (free with issue 3 of the magazine)
  • Crealies: Creative Flower 10
  • Marianne Design: Butterfly

I was really pleased with how this turned out so I can see me doing more of them. I hope you enjoyed seeing this one and I've entered it into the Anonymous Stamps March challenge which you can find here.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Die Mad

I made this card a while ago but never got round to putting it on the blog. It's made using a range of dies.

To make the card base I created two 7in by 5in cards from white Centura Pearl card-stock & then I scored to create the fold back flap. 


Before I stuck the two separate card bases together I used the half-cut technique with the Tonic dies to create the shaped flaps. Again I used Tonic dies to crate the purple mats 

All the other elements were cut from white centura pearl card-stock and some were left white and others were coloured with a purple Promarker before adhering it all to the card.


The Happy Birthday sentiment, bag showes and corners are from the Tattered Lace collection. I can't remember which brand the flower and swirls are, sorry.


The stamped saying is from the Crafters Companion Frou Frou collection and were stamped using Distress Ink Seedless Preserve.


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Valentine

I decided I wanted to do something different for my husband this Valentines day as we've had a really hard start to this year already. It's the first time I've tried anything like this and as I got a melt pot for Christmas I thought it would be a good way to use it. I had a basic idea in my mind but had no idea what would come out of it. I'm really pleased with the result and I'm glad to say so was my husband.


I started with an MDF frame with the four apertures and I used the Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges of the frame. I used a kraft coloured paper to cover the frame, I could probably have done away with this as it was a very similar colour to the MDF but I decided I wanted the paper base. To make the edges fit I used sandpaper to remove any excess & then I inked the edges with the Antique Linen to hide the white left behind.

I created the outer frame using a Tonic punch on copper Centura Pearl paper & the inner frames is a Tonic die that I cut 8 times. I then glued all this on & added brown/gold card-candi to complete it. For all the sentiments except the 'Love' I found the sayings on various sites on the internet and used Craft Artist Professional to create them. I then printed them onto Crafters Companion Neenah card stock and die cut them using spellbinders nestabilities.

In the top left hand aperture I've used the Spellbinder D-Lite Medallion 1 Die and added the brown/gold card-cani to the centre. The sentiment was die-cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4 with a red mulberry paper backing.



The bottom right aperture was much the same as the top left other than a I used D-Lite Medallion 5, a pink mulberry paper, a button was added to the centre of the die & a different sentiment.



The top right aperture uses a Tattered Lace die for the corners. The frame was created using my melt pot with UTEE and a Martha Stewart mould. The heart was a created using the small Spellbinders Mixed Media Hearts One Bezel as the mould. I stamped the Love onto some heart patterned paper.



For the bottom left aperture I again used my melt pot & the small & medium mixed media Hearts One bezel as the moulds. I then dropped in the key before it had cooled down. This sentiment was die-cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 1.


I wanted to get hold of a small stand or easel but couldn't find one at the time but we later found one in Hobbycraft so this is now how it is displayed, excuse the background but it was the place with the best light.



I enjoyed making this and is something I'll do again when I've got the right celebration and/or inspiration.