Sunday, September 28, 2014

Taking a short break.

hello all!
just a quickie to say I will be taking a break from crafting and blogging for a few weeks  - have lots of boring non-crafty stuff to do and don't have enough hours in the days at the minute!
Will see you all soon :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time for another challenge!

Hello all!
                                             Another fortnight has sped by and that means a new challenge over at Time Out .  This challenge is generously sponsored by Avocado Arts and the winner will receive a fabulous stamp set.  To be in the running for the prize, you must do the 'twist' with this challenge - our general theme is "Stamping" and the twist is apples.

                              Our Guest Designer for this challenge is the very creative Loll so please pay her blog a visit along with the rest of the Time Out DT.  I chose to stamp and paper piece for my card but I didn't use the twist as I didn't have one single apple stamp in my collection!

    I used a sweet little penguin stamp and stamped him onto 3 different designer papers, choosing non-traditional Christmas colours.  I also used the papers for some decorative strips and stamped a festive sentiment too, finishing off their hats with some stick on pearl gems.


         Thanks for stopping by today :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sparkle & Shine!

Hello all!
              it's time for the Friday colouring challenge over at The Outlawz once more and our challenge this week is to take your inspiration from this colour palette - 

         Our sponsor this month is the delightful Vera Lane Studio so get your colouring pens/pencils/inks and paints out and come join us.  We don't mind what colouring medium you use but you must colour a lined image as we really want to check out those amazing colouring skills!

                              I used an image from our sponsor this week and concentrated on using the blues and greys from the photo.  If I'm totally honest, I thought the pale yellow/cream colour was more of a beigey tone so I thought my skin tone would be a good match but now I see it in daylight........... hmmm not so sure.  Still we do allow some artistic licence on the colours, just make sure you use the majority of what's there please :)

       Please take some time to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT  - you won't be disappointed!  By sheer coincidence, we all used Vera Lane Studio images and you should be able to see them on the Facebook page (if we all remember to link up!!).

         Entering this into the challenges at Crafty Catz ,  Alphabet Challenge and A Creative Romance.

                                 Thanks for stopping by today :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Double trouble!

Hello all!
        It's not often I post on a Monday but there's been a very special event recently for one of the DT members from the fabulous Time Out DT.   The lovely Bev has two new additions to her family and is the very proud mum of twin baby boys!   In honour of this momentous occasion, the Time Out DT is having a special (surprise) challenge with a theme of "Double the Joy". and a prize from Uniko Studio  up for grabs.

                         For my card I wanted to keep CAS and fired up my Silhouette Cameo once more.  I typed some text for the main sentiment and added the mathematical sum down the side, framing the whole thing with some jagged edge detailing and adding two little baby blue stick on pearls.

            A big congrats to Bev and family - I'm sure they'll be very busy for the foreseeable future!

      Entering this into the challenges at Crafting from the heart , The Crafty Bloggers network , Creative Cutting Challenge .

                                   Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cock your hat - angles are attitude.

Hello all!
         Starting off with a quote from Frank Sinatra as our new challenge from the colouring DT at The Outlawz is taking inspiration from the upcoming "Make a Hat" day - who knew there was such a day???
      Anyway I thought the Frankie quote was very apt for the image I used for my card as you shall see.  Before we get there though, I just want to mention that we are being sponsored by the fabulous Vera Lane Studio this month so find some time to join our challenge and you could be the lucky winner!

      I tied in my card with the current challenge from Make It Colourful which is 'Two tone monochromatic with abstract background' - what a title!!  Their challenges always encourage you to stretch your colouring skills and I've missed entering them for a few months as it took a while to get settled back into things after returning to the UK and becoming gainfully employed again!  Anyway I made some time to think about my card design before printing the images and decided I wanted to use MIC tap dancing man in 3 different poses, using grey for the shadowy figures, blending it into a sepia type brown for the front man.

             I achieved this threesome by using Photoshop Elements and opening 3 layers with a different figure on each and then overlaying them - the digis are PNG files so this makes it a whole lot easier. Sorry if I'm speaking gobbledegook for some of you but there are plenty of great tutorials explaining how to do this a lot better than I can.   The abstract background was created by masking all the images (I printed them onto cheap paper and fussy cut around them) and then stamping with a patterned rubber stamp from my stash.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut 2 cardstock frames and added some tickets for an extra bit of bada-bing!

      Here's a close up of the fancy footwork dudes!

   This was fun to do and although not quite as dramatic as the fabulous two tone creations from the Make It Colourful DT, it still follows the guidelines and I'm pretty happy with the end result :)

        I would also like to enter this for the challenges at Chocolate, Coffee & cards, Creative Corner, Left of Centre.

                     Thanks for stopping by - it would be great if you could check out the fab creations from the rest of The Outlawz Colour DT, especially as we have a new member joining us.  You can find Laine's blog here and just click on their names for the rest of the team - Carla , Penny and Kathi.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another Time Out challenge

Hello all!
We're having another challenge over at Time Out but before we get into the new theme, I should mention that we have some new DT members joining the Time Out team which means some more fabulous blogs for you to check out!  You can find links to all the DT members here so please do grab a cup of tea or coffee, put your feet up and spend some time browsing:)
      You should also check out the wonderful creativeness of our Guest designer this week - Christine.
                  So onto the challenge which is a photo inspiration this fortnight -

    I used my Silhouette Cameo for my card and cut out the white thin tags after printing the words and then designed the background by adding a sentiment to be cut out and 2 thin white lines for balance.  A digitally designed CAS card!

Entering this into the challenges at Cardz 4 Guyz, Through the Craftroom Door and Divas by Design.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A day for the bears.

Hello all!
              Time for another challenge from the colouring DT over at The Outlawz - the first one for September and we are very lucky to have yet another sponsor for this month.  For September we are being sponsored by the fabulous Vera Lane Studio who has some delightfully quirky and fun designs to choose from.

     I will be using a Vera Lane image later in the month but for this challenge, the theme of which is Teddy Bears to mark 'Teddy Bear Day' on September 9th, I used a Cuddly Buddly freebie that I have had stored in my files for ages!

          I used Kraft cardstock for a change and coloured the image mainly with Copics, just using a white Prismacolour pencil for the daisies.   Colouring on Kraft card really makes the colours seems more muted and almost gives a vintage feel to the image.  I added a stamped sentiment and some washi tape strips to finish off yet another CAS card - it's the only design style I have time for at the moment!

    Entering this into the challenges at Fairy Tale Challenge , Creative Corner , Crafts 4 Eternity , 

Thanks for stopping by :)