Monday, 29 September 2008
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Friday, 26 September 2008
Lynsey has left me a couple of awards, can't think why!! Thanks Lynsey you're great. I still can't believe that people want to even look at my work, let alone leave me awards.
Monday, 22 September 2008
I just found a new Dutch blog over the weekend that impressed me so much I thought I would have a go at their challenge. The blog is called Double Dutch. and the challenge is to make a purse as designed by Moon . You have until 28th September to do it, so there's plenty of time to enter. You'll find the instructions on the blog, and don't worry about not understanding them, they're not all 'Double Dutch' as they're provided in English too.
I just love this idea. you could put photo's in the pockets, secret messages, vouchers, tickets, money, memorabilia, and I'm sure you can think of many more delightful things for someone special. So pop on over to the blog and you'll see some fantastic examples by the superb Design Team, it's really something different. Go and take a look.
- Paper by Kay & Co
Saturday, 20 September 2008
I'm a bit late posting today, on account of Blogger playing up this morning. It would not let me do anything...BOO HOO
Anyway not to be defeated, I'm trying again now.
The paper is from the Basic Grey Phresh and Phunky collection. "Rather last season darlings", but who cares, I like it anyway. You can still get it on-line if you shop around. The main piece 'Phlordilee' was first torn round the edges. I then soaked it with water, screwed it up and squeeeeeezed the water out, then I opened it up gently, as it was rather fragile by this time, and randomly dabbed over Starburst Stains from The Stamp Man. This gave it a beautiful gold shimmer. Doesn't really show up in this photo, but believe me well worth a try. It's gorgeous. I curled one corner up into a roll and left it to dry off in the beautiful sunshine we amazingly had yesterday. Once dry, I brushed over the peaks with Brilliance ink Cosmic Copper, and touched it around the edges, I punched some holes in one corner too.
The stamp is from Whiff Of Joy, one of my brand new purchases this week, and the flowers from Prima, over-stamped with a scroll in that cosmic Copper Brilliance Ink again. I don't generally do much distressing, but after this I think I'll have a go at some more, as I'm rather pleased with the result.
Friday, 19 September 2008
My first point of call was Graphics Direct to take a look at their Copic markers.
Well let me tell you, I took the plunge, and threw caution to the wind, and placed my order. Lets face it, they are not just any old cheap things, and it's hard to part with so much cash just for a few colours. But my my, what an investment. This set is the Spring colours. They're Beautiful. A real quality marker. They are lovely to hold too. I'm really impressed with the pigment in the colour. I'm definately going to have some more. The service from Graphics Direct was superb. I ordered them Monday, and they were here at 07:15 the next day by Royal Mail courier. Fantastic. I shall use their service again, it is first class.
THEN THERE'S MORE:
THERES EVEN MORE THAN THAT:
Tilda. I can't resist her. She's just so perfectly gorgeous. I love using these images, they are just the epitome of childhood.
AND THAT'S NOT ALL.
I've also got some Spiral Whispers on the way, but I know they've been on holiday so they are trying to get their orders out like mad. Can't wait.
Sunday, 14 September 2008
I chose the colours for September, the transition between summer and autumn. The rich golds and burnt oranges as the leaves lose their summer colour. The dragonfly reminds me of insects that hibernate over winter, not seeing the light of day until next spring. Some have even completed their lifecycle and gently fade away.
The background paper on my card is from Magenta 2006. I love how the colours merge into one another, like a sunset sky. The accent paper is from Daisy Bucket Designs and reminds me of those fading flowers, that turn brown and die.
The centre panel was embossed on white pearlised card with the Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy folder, then sponged with Gold Brilliance Ink. It shimmers in the low autumn sunlight providing that glimer of soft sunshine you see through the trees.
The dragonfly is from a rubber stamp by Judikins coloured with H2o's, again giving that soft shimmery look. The card was finished off with a couple of gold peel-off's and Prima flowers with a sparkling amber gem in the centre. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Just over a week ago Lynsey left me an award, and this is the first chance I've had to pick it up. (Sorry Lynsey, and thank-you) I'm always pleased to think that others like what I'm doing, and think I'm worthy enough to receive an award.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Well Martine has announced this weeks Basic Grey Challenge. You have to make an ATC, remembering to incorporate at least one Basic Grey element. Here's my submission as this months Guest Designer.
The papers are from the Scarletts Letter collection. The large flower was hand cut, and the smaller ones punched out. I added some scarlet gems for a bit of bling, and did some doodling around the edge of the card, and added dots around the letters. The striking lime flower was added at the back of the ATC to bring out the red of the hand cut flower, and I think it does the job beautifully. I'm really pleased with this ATC, it's only the second one I've ever made.
Why not take a look at the rest of the design teams work and pick up some inspiration.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Yet another challenge bites the dust. This time Daring Cardmakers, who provided a sketch for this week:
I wasn't too sure about this card initially, because although I just love these K & Co papers, they are not the typical colours that I normally use. Having said that I do really like the end result.
I'm having new windows fitted over the next couple of days, so no time to play. But all should be well again by the weekend. See you soon.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Instead I though I would go for something a little more sophisticated, but at the same time something that would still appeal to her. I mean she is only fifteen afterall. I chose pink, seeing as that is her favourite colour, but not a bright cerise pink, more of a soft salmon pink. The images were downloaded from Pink Petticoat. They have some fantastic downloads, really modern designs, and they are so easy to download and use.
Saturday, 6 September 2008
How exciting, my first Guest Designer spot ever, AND it's on the brand new blog, BASIC GREY CHALLENGES.
WOW, How lucky am I?
I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder, Floral Fantasy to emboss a strip of pearlised white card, which I then lightly dabbed over colour using Dauber Duos, Hyacinth and Lilac, beautiful soft colours again so well matched, which also helped to bring out the embossing. this again was backed by a strip of 'Arcadia'
The Magnolia image was coloured again using H2o's and Zig Art Pens, and placed inside the centre apeture. I threaded thin pink ribbon from John Lewis under the corner points, and tied it off in a bow at one corner. Then the corner points were stuck down in place to secure the ribbon. Lastly the buttons were added to finish it off.
So there we have it. Two very different looks from the gorgeous papers produced by Basic Grey. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. Have Fun.