Saturday, 15 November 2014

PJs and Trees

Today is Waltzingmouse PJ party day and I've managed to combine their sketch challenge with this week's LIM challenge which is to feature more than one tree

Here's my take on the sketch which I've included below for reference.

I used the row of trees from Flurries and a bit of inking with a dauber over scraps of torn paper to get some hills to ground them on.  I wanted to tie into the "warm" in the sentiment so decided to add a large low yellow sun rising behind the hills.  I put my die cut panel onto a soft background of snow created using texture paste and a SSS stencil.

I didn't manage to do all the challenges this month but I did have a go at the Scandi Tag too.

I decided to do a sparkly red snowflake - not traditional but I think it works - particularly with this spikey number from the last release.  I added a little scani-ribbon and a simple sentiment along with a dashed border and hey-presto - a quick and easy gift tag.   I really love to wrap with plain coloured papers at Christmas and let my trimmings do the talking so these are going to look great on my red wrapping with lots of natural hemp twine.

It's just the day for a PJ party here - cold, grey and foggy.  What could be better than staying in and getting inky!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Savannah has a Star

I had a little birthday splurge on my favourite stamps for "colouring in" this weekend - I do soooo love an Uptown Girl from Stamping Bella.   It's a brand I don't sell myself though, so if you want them, then like me, head on over to my mate Elaine's fabulous store Quixotic Paperie and pick up a  lovely leggy lady (or 12 like I did!!!!)

I always like to try and play in my favourite weekly challenge - Less is More - and this week, they want us to feature a star on our one layer project - hope this one isn't too subtle ladies - she does have a star and it's even in the name of the stamp but it is a bit little!

I had such fun colouring Savannah in - and I love the idea of wearing a Christmas tree!  I stamped her on a kraft base card and used the stitched mat square dies from Lil' Inker Designs to create an embossed border and then traced the solid line in red to make it pop between the dashes.  I coloured her with Polychromos pencils - using just 3 shades of green to get some depth in the shadows and highlights on the tips.  I love using pencils on kraft - you can get such a grown up finish from a medium considered so childish!   I finished with one my favourite Christmas sentiment sets by Hero Arts.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas Colours

The challenge at Less is More this week is to make a Christmas card with no red or green and Virginia's View challenge is "All About Metallics" so I combined the two for my card over on the store blog this week.

I die cut an ornament from Paper Smooches from double-sided adhesive sheet and then covered it in 3 shades of microfine blue glitter to get a shaded effect (I used Blue Purple, Royal Blue and Bluebell - all of which can be found here) and then added the ornament topper in grey and silver.  A bauble needs somewhere to hang and for that I used my new Spring and Berries die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and cut it from silver card and I used the matching embossing folder to add interest to the background.  A simple die cut "joy" sentiment in matching silver was the perfect finishing touch.

It was the first time I'd tried the microfine glitters and I really love them - you can colour with glitter like you do with copics - the shades blend so well together and a little goes such a long way.  I am going to be glittering everything this Christmas!!!!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Little Penguins

This weeks' Less is More challenge is to feature "little creatures" so I took it as a perfect excuse to use the new Mama Elephant penguin stamps I just got in store today before they sell out!

I stamped 4 of them in a row, skating along until, like me on ice, they fall over and get very red in the face!   The sentiment and "ice lines" are from the companion set which I just love nearly as much as the little fellas themselves so I will be making my Christmas cards with these this year I think.

As it's a one layer card I used pencils to colour them in so it doesn't show on the inside and I left the sentiment open-ended so I can use this card for any reason by finishing it off inside with whatever I need at the time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Waltzingmouse PJ Party

It's party night - have you got your PJs on?  I'm ready, especially as I have Spandau Ballet on the TV too!

I managed 3 of the 4 challenges this month - I must admit the sketch stumped me a little - too many bits for my mainly CAS style so I passed.

Here's my card for the first challenge - Texture it - make texture without embossing folders.  It turns out mine was really hard to photograph - but hopefully you can make it out in the top right - I used 2 pieces of ric-rac ribbon and my embossing mat and ran it through the big-shot to see what would happen - irl it's really detailed (although the ribbon is now much flatter!) and I like the way it frames my scene.  The snowman is stamped on pearlised card and glued on with pinflair gel to get some nice round shaping to him and then his bits are paper-pieced with enamel dots for eyes etc.

The second challenge was "snow is falling" so I used one of the new snowflake dies and cut several from white glitter card and blue iridescent card to make a winter wreath with matching shimmering sentiment and a few sequin highlights.

Challenge 3 is old PJs - use any Christmas set other than the new ones.  I decided to make a really mini card - this one is just 3x3 inches as I had a lot of 3 inch scraps of this striped paper from another project.  I used one of my all time fave sentiments from Compliments of the Season 2 - I love the sheer elegance of this and how it can be the feature of a card (especially a mini one!)   Stamped in red on kraft and cut with a spellbinder label die - a few glitter accents, gold edging and gold washi tape - et voila mini card in 5 mins!

Have fun at the PJ party - I'll be back to see who else is playing later.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

One and Two

My favourite challenge of the month on my favourite challenge site is the one layer challenge - I used to be terrified of them but now I make mostly one layer cards so I love this challenge and this week all you have to do is have 2 of something on your card.   I've gone for 2 penguins and 1 santa so I hope that's ok!

I used North Pole from Avery Elle - you get 3 "sentiment hats" to put on Santa so it's a super fun set to play with but he looks so jolly it had to be Ho-Ho-Ho!   He dropped off a little pressie for my two penguins on his way to his sled.   It is all simply stamped and coloured with copics and glitter pens, and framed with a simple black line.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Falling into Autumn

It's rare these days that I get to play along in challenges just for fun so I'm pleased I got time tonight to make a card which fits into 3!   The inky paws challenge at Newton's Nook and the Less is More challenge are both autumn colours and addicted to CAS is the codeword of stencil.

I used my favourite puddy-cat from Newton's Birthday Bash to be the focus of my card by extending the string with a black pen - colouring him with copics and adding glossy accents to the balloon before fussy cutting him out.   Having a ginger Tom seemed the obvious way for Autumn colours!

The background of arrows I thought was appropriate to add to the movement and was created with stencil paste coloured with acrylic paint and sprinkled with glitter.

The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Cake and Candles stamped in black and matted with a hand cut flag.

Here are the links to the challenges if you want to play along too.

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