Monday, 25 April 2011

We have lift off!

Morning everyone! How do you fancy a Bold and Bright challenge? Can you handle it after the delicate Easter pastels? Of course, lol.

Challenge #4 starts this morning over at Bows and Berries and we'd like you to use bold and bright colours however you desire on your card. This could be really layered up or clean and simple with a splash of vibrant colour.

I've made a boys card using this fab retro rocket, but I think it could easily work for a girl with some hot pinks and juicy purples.

I've gone for big splashes of plain colour using a Nellie Snellen die cut for the corners, faux stitching on the Blue background and printed my own greeting. The image is done with coloured pencils and the striped paper is from a Papermania pack.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Easter chick

Challenge #3 launches today at Bows and Berries with an Easter theme. I'm loving the pastel tones on everyone's Easter cards at the moment but I don't make many myself so was glad the DT were tasked with this one.

I've used the Napping Chick image printed 3 times - on the die cut, then in yellow and patterned - and paper pieced the image then outlined in glossy accents and added some glitter for the 'ribbon' on the egg.

The scalloped card blank and die cards are For Your Inspiration by Which Craft? I've chalked the edges of the white layers and stamped on the yellow with a Hero Arts stamp from the 'trims' set in olive green.

We would love to see your Easter creations so please pop over...

Also designed with these challenges in mind:
Pollycraft - Easter
Creative Inspirations - Easter
Sparkle's Forum - Easter
Stamping Vacation - Special things about April
Fashionista Friday - Spring is in the air
Paper Cutz Challenge - bunny, lamb, chick or Easter eggs
Raise the Bar - Hey Chick!
Stampin' for the Weekend - Easter
Craft us Crazy - Easter/Spring
Simon Says Stamp - Spring colours/Easter

Sunday, 10 April 2011

CASE Study Challenge

I thought I'd try something a little different this week. I saw a listing for the CASE Study Challenge blog on Feline Playful and the muse card was just so gorgeous I had to try it out. This is the first one I have done and much like inspiration photos you are to take the presented work literally as your starting point.

Now, whilst this isn't easy for challenges with photos, I felt this was more tricky as I didn't simply want to copy her card - obviously! This was Silke's (completely divine) card:

And my project:

(Clearly the photo isn't the same calibre!)

I have used My Minds Eye papers from an old calendar, ribbon, gems and button from my stash. The central panel is a Hero Arts floursih stamped in Versamark and chalked over in a mixture of bright and burnt oranges. The butterflies are chalked through a stencil I got last week.

I hope you like it. I really enjoyed this style of challenge - felt like I was mixing things up a bit - and the result feels a tad different from my other recent creations.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Bows and Berries - April release

A new selection of stamps has been released over at Bows and Berries. Jenny and Robin have made up a preview of them and here it is:

I just love the sleepy rabbit on the Easter egg and I plan to get the pendant to make some bunting!

There's also and Easter Chic freebie on the blog throughout April that you could grab....

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

A Merry Fairy Christmas

This is the first year that I've been making Christmas cards all year round and I have to say I'm really enjoying it. There's no pressure to come up with a design you can do 8 times in 4 different colours and under 2 hours all told!

I feel I'm getting to try some new styles as the blogs have such great challenges and this cards is a great example. The theme at DCD is 'A Merry Fairy Christmas'. I've used a stamp set that I got free with Cardmaking and Papercraft but didn't use at all last year. It's not my usual style but I think it works well with the gold themed BPs.

I've stamped a star on the base card and round the image in gold. The papers are from a Dovecraft paperstack and the sentiment kindly donated in a swap from craft pal Lauren. The rosette was fiddly but fun!

So, I'll enter this into:
DieCutChristmas Dreams - Merry Fairy Christmas
Lawnscaping - Make a BP using stamps
Pollycraft - use an old neglected stamp