Xmas 2014

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I hope you enjoy reading this blog and find inspiration and ideas from what you have seen here but I would ask you to please respect my copyright and not use my pictures for publishing as your own work, or for entry into challenges.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Crafty Cardmakers challenge 119 - Under the sea

Julie is hosting our challenge today and she has chosen 'Under the Sea', so she would like you to create something with Mermaids, Turtles, Fish or other dwellers beneath the waves. Whichever you chose it should be a prominent part of the design and not just a small piece of seaweed or a tiny fish in one corner!
I have to say, mermaids are not really my thing, and for a while I was a bit stumped as to what to do.  I was ok for backgrounds, because I have recently been playing with some docrafts Spritzing ink, and the practice sheets looked remarkably underwater like.  So I had a base, but the question was what next?
My first effort was a rubbish scene with fish - not successful and quickly discarded.  Then I remembered I had some Serif digi images and chose one of those mermaids to colour in.   

 








I used my promarkers to colour her,  and I used some green and gold gilding flakes for the tail highlights, after going over the lines and dots with a quickie glue pen (my favourite for small areas).  I used glossy accents to cover the hair, because I wanted it to stand out and look wet.

I stamped some "weed" using grasses and branches stamps in green ink to make a sea bed, and stuck the coral image in the centre for my mermaid to sit on.  I added the sentiment onto the top right of the page, using a Crafters Companion sentiment.  I'm not sure what I am going to use this card for at the moment, so I didn't want to make it too obviously one for a birthday.  There is still room in the top left corner to add a further greeting on an angle when I decide.

However, I felt there was still something missing, so I added a gold die cut anchor (from Couture Creations) to sit in front of the coral (also printed from a serif image) she was sitting on.  Happy now!

For interest, the spritzing inks I used were:
  • Forest Green
  • Mint
  • Cardinal Red
  • Ocean Blue
  • Aubergine and 
  • Gold Stone
 Also, some clear mica spray on the coral stone to make it sparkle.

For this challenge we are sponsored by
 With this fabulous prize

Sir Stampalot is a retail shop and online website that specialises in stamps, die cutting and paper-crafting goodies.  We try to offer exceptional delivery times on your orders as well as keeping our stock fresh, new and exciting!  Our dedicated team of card makers means we have a wonderful, inspirational online card gallery with many more cards still to upload!  Sir Stampalot ships internationally as well as domestic so why not check us out if you haven’t already – www.sirstampalot.co.uk.   Happy Crafting!
and also by 
 with a $12 gift certificate
I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and more challenge 117 - Going round in circles

Marie is hosting the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more today, and she has chosen 'Going Round in Circles' as her theme. So basically she would like to see Circular cards or at least one circle (of an obvious size please, buttons DO NOT COUNT) on your project 


I chose to make a rocker card this time.  I didn't have a large plain circle die, so I drew around the edge of one of my grand nestie dies and cut it by hand, overhanging the fold line by about 1/2 inch.  I distressed the edge using some distress ink to take the starkness off of it.

Then I die cut two circles of coordinating nitwit papers that I had got free in a magazine this month, and layered them onto my base card.  I used a tonic die to cut the plain centre circle, that I wrapped some white chiffon ribbon round.  I used foam pads to attach this circle to the centre of my card.  I used a die lite medallion die to cut out the filigree edge from some left over pink basill card, and stuck that in the centre of the plain circle, covering the ribbon.  Finally, I used a smaller tonic die to cut out the topper, which I had printed out from my Crafters Companion Barkley cd.  I finished it off with some AB gems, stuck at each corner of the filigree backer.

I used the same chiffon ribbon to make a bow, and using my hot glue gun, stuck that on the top of the patterned circle.  The last touch was the sentiment, which was an offcut from another dielite die, and was stamped using some Phill Martin sentiment stamps. 
We are sponsored by 

 with this fabulous prize

As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog -
jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X

and also by

With a $12 gift certificate

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Challenge 115 - It's a Bug's life

Kimx is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and more... and she has chosen  'It's A Bug's Life' as her challenge to you. 
 
She would like to see Butterflies, Dragonflies, Ladybirds, or any other INSECT as your main image or focal point of your project
 
* * *
My colour mojo has been a bit iffy lately - sometimes I get really frustrated trying to match the background paper I have with the idea I have in my head and on those occasions it helps to strip the colour out - just make it black and white!  
 
This card is a birthday card for one of my friends who really likes the monochrome effect.

I used a centura pearl (silver base) card for my base card, and layered it with a plain black mat with the corners punched inwards.  In the gaps at the corners I used adhesive pearls, to look like studs.

The doily was cut from the same centura pearl card using a tonic die, and I used the waste flowers that came out from the die to surround the doilly on the black mat.  I had a Martha Stewart daisy border strip punch that matched the die, so used that to make the ribbon strip.  I used small silver flat nail heads to put in the centre of the flowers in both.

The butterfly is from a Personal Impressions zendoodles stamp set (Butterflies). There are two cool stamps in the set and they are perfect for "zendoodling".  I used a 0.03 fineline pen to do mine.  I wanted to have a heavier effect for the butterfly, so when I had finished the zendoodling, I covered it with double sided adhesive sheet and cut it out.  Then I removed the adhesive sheet backing and poured creative expressions clear micro beads over the top.  This gives a really cool Glass effect which unfortunately doesn't photograph very well!  I used pinflair glue gel to adhere it to the centre of the doilly so that the wings would remain raised.

Finally, I used some of the black paper to make a sentiment strip and edged it using an embossing pen and white embossing powder.  The sentiment was a peel off from my stash.
 
 We are sponsored by

with this fabulous prize 
CS077D Butterflies
 As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X

and also by

with a $12 gift certificate

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue! 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 113 - You've been framed!


It's my turn to host the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more... today. 

I have chosen the theme 'You've Been Framed', and would like to see a prominently displayed frame on your project, this can be stamped, die cut, or made up of other materials, or you could decorate an actual frame.

Now, as I have previously said here, I have far, far too much stash.  So, my mission for the forseeable future is to try to use some of it up!

I have made a Mother's Day card with a difference - and the difference is that it isn't mounted onto an opening card, because it was going to be encased in a polybag and taken to the cemetery on Sunday.  It's almost two years since my mum died, and I still find it hard not to make her a card...

So the base card is a textured gold heavyweight card from my stash.  Onto this, I layered a Hunkydory Adorable Scorable backing card with a gorgeous amber rose on it.  The only problem with using this was that my frame then covered up the lovely buds - so I cut round them, which meant they could be lifted so that the frame would slot in underneath them!

This worked really well and I will remember the technique for the future.

The frame itself was a combination of dies - Nobel Rectangle -  from spellbinders.  I cut the frame itself out of a heavy white cardstock and then added colour using vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks.  I added a combination of gold and copper pan pastel over the raised elements.  Underneath, I glued a textured gold piece of backing card cut with the same base die. 

In my stash I had some vintage toppers (also Hunkydory, I believe) and I mounted this one, which had a real look of my mum when she was younger, onto the frame with foam pads.  Finally, I used a gold peeloff greeting, and some corners.


We are sponsored by 
With these wonderful prizes

Singlz Embossing Folder

Square Frame Wood Mounted Stamp

Quick Frames Poinsettia Stickers
 

Sir Stampalot is a retail shop and online website that specialises in stamps, die cutting and paper-crafting goodies.  We try to offer exceptional delivery times on your orders as well as keeping our stock fresh, new and exciting!  Our dedicated team of card makers means we have a wonderful, inspirational online card gallery with many more cards still to upload!  Sir Stampalot ships internationally as well as domestic so why not check us out if you haven’t already – www.sirstampalot.co.uk.   Happy Crafting!
and also by
with a $12 gift voucher

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Using my stash - a birthday card


I've been having a sort out of my craftroom.  And I have come to realise that I have SO MUCH STUFF that I never, ever use.

So.  I have resolved that every single card I make from now on will utilise a different piece of my existing kit, be that stamps, or dies, or embossing folders.

This card, which I made for a friend's 70th birthday uses all three!

I have two favourite card sizes - the 6 x 6 square and the 7x5 rectangle.  On this occasion I chose to use a 7 x 5 base card, which I coloured using the stream adirondack inkpad through a stencil.  I really like this look as it keeps the colour tone but isn't too busy.

Then I ran a piece of Tim Holtz Kraft-Core (nostalgic collection) which I cut to size, through an embossing folder in my stash, and sanded it to distress it.  I wrapped some ribbon around the bottom right corner, and then matted  it onto some normal brown kraft card.  I made a bow from the same ribbon and attached it using a hot glue gun.

The embossing folder came with stamps, so I stamped out the extra butterflies and embossed them with fine gold detail powder. They were then cut out and stuck over their "mates" on the embossed card.

Next I chose a dielite die to make my sentiment base.  I stamped my sentiment (from a set by Crafters Companion) onto a textured cream card which I cut out with the die and coloured with the stream adirondack ink in the centre. On the edges I used the lemonade adirondack just to darken it slightly so that the cream centre would stand out.  The sentiment was attached to the card using foam pads to raise it.

Also from my stash were some paper flowers, which I tinted slightly with the stream adirondack to match.   In the centre of the largest flower I put a very small 70 (the lady wishes the number was lower!)  In the centre of the others I used a tiny AB gem.   Underneath the flowers I put a swirl, cut from a dielite die using the Kraft-Core surplus,

Finally using the same cream card as for the sentiment, I cut a small tab for my greeting.  The edges were coloured with the stream ink, and it was then mounted onto an offcut of the Kraft-Core card.  I used two AB gems as "brads" and the whole thing was mounted underneath the topper using a foam pad.


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Storing dies

Over the past few years I have acquired a LOT of dies.  Not as many as some people, but a lot by my standards.  When I first started collecting them, I had a metal board and I stuck all my dies on there using magnetic strips.   This worked ok - but the numbers grew and soon I had lot that didn't fit on my board.

So I experimented.  First I just kept them in tupperware boxes by type, but if you can't see them you don't use them.  Then a friend suggested using the metal cd box that I used to keep my promarkers in.  But I didn't see them, either.  And I got tired of going through the box.

So then I splashed the cash and got one of those folders from Crafters Companion with the magnetic sheets.  And that works really well - but the folder is SUPER heavy.  I've put most of my matting dies in there though, and will get another couple of magnetic sheets for the remaining dies.  But I have a lot more dies that are one offs, or small sets, like flowers.  And I didn't really have the cash to go for another lot of sheets even if they would a) fit in the binder and b) I could lift it!

Halfway through loading the system with dies
Then my friend S happened to say that it was a shame there wasn't a system that let you move the sheets of dies around, like the poster displays in shops and I went off on a scouting mission.

First I bought a 10m roll of self adhesive magnetic tape, which I thought would be lighter than a whole sheet.  Dies don't need a lot to stick to as long as key points are covered.  This cost me £9.65 from a company on ebay.

Most of the wall mounted multi poster displays on sale in the UK were about £50 including postage - and that was a lot more than I wanted to pay for an experiment.  So I checked these out on ebay too, and on there found a company in Lithuania selling a plastic version for $35 (including postage) or around £21.  In a spirit of adventure I ordered it - and it arrived within the week.

So yes, it is plastic.  You get what you pay for.  But!  It also works really well.  There are 8 A4 poster holders (which you can use on both sides) and a sturdy plastic sheet is also supplied to go inside them.  I just put some grey board in there to give it some stability, and then stuck my magnetic tape at judicious intervals on the sheets.

Sadly, the plastic fixing that goes on the wall is not strong enough to bear the weight of the dies - like I said, you get what you pay for - even though to be fair, it would be fine with paper posters in it.  However, it stands up on my work top just fine - and sits neatly in my ikea expedit unit along with the two tupperware boxes I decided to keep for my small spellbinder die lites, memory box dies, and the cuttlebug thick dies, right next to the CC storage folder.

How cool is that?

Monday, 17 February 2014

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 110 - Come Fly with me

Viv is hosting today's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more...  and the theme is 'Come Fly With Me'. 

She would like to see either birds or something bird related, ie birdcages/houses, as the MAIN focal point of your project. 

I am still trying to make sure I use old stash for every card, and the main part of my card today is part of some backing paper I have had for some time.

I kept my card very plain - just ordinary black cardstock as the base.  I cut down the backing paper to the size I wanted, and stamped the sentiment (from Creative expressions in the top left hand corner), then matted it onto some gold mirri card.

I then matted this topper onto the base card.

Finally, I used some white grosgrain ribbon with stitching detail that I had in my stash across the top right and left bottom of the card base, finishing off with a two loop bow made out  of the same ribbon.

I haven't put a greeting on the outside of this card, but I think I am going to use it as a Get Well card for a friend of mine who is having a rough time of it at the moment.

We are sponsored by

With this fabulous prize

As a family business we're a friendly, helpful, bunch at Hobby Art.  All our stamps are designed by us and manufactured in Britain.
Look at the gallery on my blog - jennymayes.com - for lots of card ideas using the Hobby Art range. 
We're pleased to sponsor the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge and look forward to seeing the entries.   Good luck everyone.  Jenny and all. X

and also by 

DI'S DIGISTAMPS
With a $12 gift voucher

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!  

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and more Challenge 109 - this is a Man's World!

The time has gone so quickly!  It's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmaker's and more and this time 
Carole is hosting. She has chosen the theme of 'This is a Man's world' so anything suitable for a man or boy.  

Do check out the wonderful creations by my teamies that are shown on the blog, and we are all looking forward to see the cards you enter into the challenge.  We have great prizes, too...


We are sponsored by

 FLOURISH WITH A BLING
 Flourish with a Bling is an Australian retail and wholesale company, owned by Lucy Patrick, Kate Settineri and Maggie Lloyd who are three passionate and avid crafting mums with a love for design, colour and everything Bling!
“Our aim is to bring more colour and variety into the world of flourishes and embellishments. With our unique designs and new materials we feel we are putting the ‘Bling into Scrapbooking’. We have a beautiful range of flourishes, vines, pearls, gems and more. And just recently, Flourish with a Bling have introduced their own range of gorgeous flowers.”
They also sell fabulous themed packs at amazing prices. They have flat rate postage within Australia and also post internationally (half price shipping for large orders). You can contact them or find all their products on their easy-to-use website www.flourishwithabling.com.au.
Don’t forget to check out their facebook page for random giveaways and visit the blog to win monthly challenges or visit their gallery for inspiration and ideas too.
and also by
 3 Images of the Winner's Choice. If, however, the winner has used a Stamping Boutique Image they will received 4 images of their choice  

Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor at CRAFTY CARDMAKERS. We at TSB are very proud to offer original digital images and artwork to you. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your valuable time to look over the store at http://thestampingboutique.com/ Good luck in the challenge and we hope to see you over at our TSB Community network. http://thestampingboutique.ning.com/ 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

So true...

I saw this video on a forum I belong to.  It's so true!!!



Today I plan to be productive and actually use some of my stash... I have an order for a first birthday card that needs to be delivered to the sender on Tuesday.  More later...

Monday, 20 January 2014

Crafty Cardmakers and more...Challenge 108 - Black and White

This time at Crafty Cardmakers and more... Kim is hosting our challenge.  She has chosen the theme of Black and White.  Black and White will be the only colours allowed, apart from flesh colours for skin and normal hair colours, but no other colours should be visible.

For my card, I have used a plain white 6 x 6 card blank.

My latest toy is the inkadinkadoo gear system, and following a post I saw on the Gentleman Crafter's blog, I thought I would give a go to stamping on parchment using white ink and then embossing with the pergamano tools.  I did several bases, but this one came out best for my purposes today.  

When stamped and dry, I turned it over and embossed some of the flowers on the parchment.  I then cut the parchment base down to fit the black matt layer I had cut for the card.  It's not easy to stick parchment down without the glue showing, so I used some black brads in each corner through both papers to keep it together before sticking the matt black layer to the base card. 
The topper was a crafty individuals stamp - so versatile, I love it - and I stamped it on plain white card using archival ink.  Using Black soot distress ink, I shaded the flowers slightly, and also the edges of the card.  This was then mounted onto black card with a narrow border.  When the ink was dry, I used a Wink of Stella clear brush pen to give the flowers some sparkle.    I stuck the topper into the centre of the parchment base using a sticky pad.

I stamped some flowers onto the parchment using a Dreamees stamp set, and heat embossed the large flower.  The smaller flowers were stamped with White versamagic and black memento for the centres.  All the flowers were cut out and the large one stuck together in a group of 3.  You can't see it clearly, but I overstamped with a small daisy stamp in white onto the petals before sticking it.  The small flowers were cut out and stuck on individually.  I used a small silver gem for the centre of all the flowers.
The sentiment came from a set I recently got when I ordered some tattered lace dies (I think!) and I stamped it onto white, punched it out using a woodware circle punch and edged it with black soot.  I mounted this onto black card, diecut using a round scalloped x cut die.

Finally, I used a tattered lace die to make the embellishment behind the sentiment out of black card.


Sponsors for the challenge this time are:

We are sponsored by
With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line. 

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the website www.woodware.co.uk.

The Woodware design team are playing along with the challenge so check out  their blog, which is there for inspiration at www.woodware.co.uk/blog.

Happy Crafting! 

We are also sponsored by 

DI'S DIGISTAMPS

with a $12 Gift Voucher

I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I now work as a Medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing. I started cardmaking about 4yrs ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I’m afraid I got the bug! My daughter preferred scrapbooking. I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.
I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so I started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images, and its just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful works of art. Long may it continue!  

Monday, 6 January 2014

It's a new year and a new name at Crafty Cardmakers!!

Crafty Cardmakers is starting the new year of challenges off with a brand new makeover, and a new name to reflect the slightly new direction some of our challenges will be taking - we are now Crafty Cardmakers and more...

We have also split the design team into three teams, two of which will alternate on weeks where we will be having our traditional type of challenge and the third team are responsible for our new venture.

Every 8 weeks we will be holding a Mixed Media style challenge, which we hope some of you will join in with. These challenges will run for 4 weeks instead of the usual two, and half way through them, there will be a new traditional style challenge, so that the end of the MM challenge and the other challenge will run concurrently and finish at the same time. Hopefully this sounds more complicated than in practice it will prove to be!

For our Mixed Media style challenges we really don't want to see cards, as we are hoping you will be inspired to show us something a bit more arty. So for example, you could make an album cover, or even a whole album, you could create a canvas, upcyle, recyle or repurpose something. Maybe you want to give a tattered old piece of furniture, box or jewellery chest a make over; or come up with something unusual completely from scratch. Whatever you do we would like to see a mixture of different media used and of different techniques.

Of course you will be welcome to add this type of project to any of our other challenges, as long as they fit the bill, but you might want to hold off to show them off in a challenge designed specifically for them.

The new challenge starts today, and our hostess Feebsy would love to see your creations along the theme of 'Bear With Me', in other words anything with a teddy bear, or more realistic image of a bear as the MAIN focal point of your project. Any sort of bear will be fine, so polar bear, grizzly bear, teddy bear etc., just make sure it is the MAIN focal point.

We are Sponsored by 

Flourish with a Bling is an Australian retail and wholesale company, owned by Lucy Patrick, Kate Settineri and Maggie Lloyd who are three passionate and avid crafting mums with a love for design, colour and everything Bling!
 “Our aim is to bring more colour and variety into the world of flourishes and embellishments. With our unique designs and new materials we feel we are putting the ‘Bling into Scrapbooking’. We have a beautiful range of flourishes, vines, pearls, gems and more. And just recently, Flourish with a Bling have introduced their own range of gorgeous flowers.”
 They also sell fabulous themed packs at amazing prices. They have flat rate postage within Australia and also post internationally (half price shipping for large orders). You can contact them or find all their products on their easy-to-use website www.flourishwithabling.com.au.
 Don’t forget to check out their facebook page for random giveaways and visit the blog to win monthly challenges or visit their gallery for inspiration and ideas too.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

New techniques - using the inkadinkadoo gear system

I've been aware of the Inkadinkadoo gear system for some time, but always thought it was a bit expensive for the amount of times I would use it.

But then while watching Create and Craft I noticed they had it in their sale... with flexipay and I succumbed!!

It arrived really quickly and I was so looking forward to trying it out but unfortunately, the day after delivery was a work day and that was followed by New Years Day and annoyingly I had other plans that couldn't be changed.   I know, how inconsiderate!!

So I finally got down to playing with it this morning.

Firstly, if anyone does buy the system, I must tell you that the packaging it comes in is beautiful - but you have to totally destroy it to get the equipment out!!  This meant I couldn't use the packaging to store it, which was disappointing.  I got round it by using a toiletry bag set I had in my gift cupboard - the big bag for the gears, and the small bags for the stamps and cogs.  First time I've given myself a gift from that cupboard, I must say!!!


It is really very easy to make lovely background papers using the system - a bit like the old children's toy spirograph -although as I mainly make cards I think I will use the cogs a lot more than I will use the wheels. The stamps were also really good value - and I have already sourced and ordered some more (on sale from Oyster stamps).  Now I just need to get the square and rectangular cogs and wheels...

For this card I used just one colour to make the background and distressing the topper card (Memento Olive Grove).  The two tone effect was achieved by stamping twice without re-inking - you get a surprisingly effective shadow...

It's easy to line it all up because the cogs have alternative openings marked with a little hole, and you never lose your place because you know which openings to put your paddle in.  The stamps are super clingy, and you can vary the effect just by lining the stamp up slightly differently on the paddle. Cool!

I used the same ink pad to distress around the edges and corner of the paper.  I also used my sakura gellyroll pen to highlight some of the dotty areas when it was done (although that doesn't show up in the photograph, which is a shame!)  The only other materials I used was some lace from my stash - a wide organza edged with gold to go across the centre, and some very narrow edged lace to go round the edge of the topper.

This monochrome effect was very easy and I used the colour tones as inspiration to colour in my fairy topper, which was a digital image I had in my stash.

I'm not sure whose digi image it was, so my sincere apologies for not crediting!

I used promarkers to colour in the image - again, sorry I didn't note the colours this time, but they were mainly the olive greens selection for the leaf skirt and shoes and yellows/light brown/orange for the hair.  I used pale pink and skin tones for the wings, and made them shimmer using a wink of stella clear brush.  Again, you can't see this in the picture as you can in real life, sadly...

I am entering this card into the following challenge(s):

Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes

Inky Impressions challenge blog - anything goes

The Crafting Cafe - anything goes

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas card challenge

I have been a very bad christmas crafter this year - most of the cards I sent were bought (shock, horror) and I have been so very disorganised that I still have near neighbour cards to deliver!!!  On Christmas Eve.  *sigh*

So.  I have resolved that in 2014 I am going to make one christmas card each week that can be put away for next year.  This should mean that I have  at least 52, right?  That should be ample.  And I will have no excuses....  I've set myself up a ticker *points up to just under the header* to track progress.

Let's see how long I can keep it up - my thinking is that even if I don't do it for the whole year it has got to be better than this!!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Winter Fun - Challenge 106 at Crafty Cardmakers

Welcome to our latest challenge, hosted by Marie who has chosen the theme 'Winter Fun'

Marie would like you to create something that portrays winter fun, but is neither Christmas nor New Year Related. In other words no Christmas cards/projects or New Year cards/projects, but some form of fun you might have during the Winter, skiing, skating, sledding.


For my card I have used a fun image supplied by one of our sponsors, The Paper Shelter, called Snow Angel.  My card is for a winter birthday - so hard to find a suitable card when Christmas has taken over!

I used a Kraft card base, and layered onto the top of the front some blue paper from my stash which had some small random white dots on it that looked a bit like snow.  To complement the theme, I stamped some additional proper snowflakes using some brilliance white ink.  

I coloured my image using promarkers and a spectrum noir and a Graph'it pen 

(Hair: SpecNoir FS1, Pro Henna, Burnt Sienna, Terracotta, Raw Sienna, Gold;   Hat, scarf and gloves: Pro Moss, Pear Green, Lime Zest, Lime twist, apple cider; Coat: Pro Tan, Cinnamon, Tawny Owl, Warm grey 3 and Skirt: Pro Mango and Graph'it 4175)

I cut the image topper to be square and then distressed the edges of it using distress inks and stamped a small motto in the bottom left hand corner.  I stuck the topper image onto my base layer at "a jaunty angle" and finished it off by doing some faux stitching around the edge using a thin nib on a promarker.  I added some glitter to the snowy lines using a quicky glue pen and some of the fine glitter I recently won in a blog hop run by creative expressions.

I did some more faux stitching around the edge of the card base using a black fine line pen, and finished the card by adding a round sentiment.  This was made using a circle punch, and a stamped image which was embossed with silver embossing powder.  Finally, I used the same distress inks as previously used to make sure it matched in colour.


This time we are sponsored byTHE PAPER SHELTERwith a $20 gift certificate for their fabulous store 
If you are looking for fun, cute and lovely digi stamps for your paper-crafting or web design projects, The Paper Shelter is your one-stop boutique! This growing catalog of high-quality digi stamps with many different kind of options offers a multitude of themes such as everyday items, holidays, special occasions, children, adorable characters and creatures. Stamps are available in standard black and white line art, as well as in pre-colored format. Images are wonderful for coloring and make perfect additions to greeting cards and scrapbook albums. In "The Paper Shelter" you'll also find great other resources for all crafts (or digital) projects, like Paper Packs, Printables, Accessory sheet, etc.


and  SIR STAMPALOT with this fabulous prize:-


  
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