Friday, 29 October 2010

What's Black and White and Red All Over?

Not that old joke we used to tell in the playground, but the latest challenge from One Layer Wednesday. Here is my 'effort' - it took me four attempts to get a fairly decent stamped image!

I'm not terribly happy about the red ink, my fault entirely as I mixed two brands (like you do with lipsticks to get the right colour) and it looks a bit patchy. I embossed the card with a circle nestie for the centre bauble and hi-lighted the middle with some glitter. The Stamps are all by Paula Pascual except for the ampersand which I found in an old alphabet set.

Going now to see if I can salvage any of the three that weren't quite up to being shown here.

Fiona x

Monday, 25 October 2010

....And Now For Something Completely Different

No, not John Cleese doing the Silly Walk (I'm showing my age now) but a card made for my niece Emily who celebrated her birthday today.

The bathing beauty is by Stamping Bella and I coloured her with watercolour pencils and cosmic shimmers, the bath was paper pieced. I placed her on a piece of acetate which sat behind an aperture cut and framed with nesties. The inside of the card was lined with 'bubble' paper by Joanna Sheen (kindly donated by my friend Eunice), and I enhanced the bubbles with glitter. The letters were die cut and the numbers just traced around some chipboard figures I had. The finishing touch was the bow.

Em liked it, hope you do too.

Fiona x

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Clean & Simple 113

This is my entry for the above challenge. The stamps are by Stampin Up! from the Good Neighbours set if I remember correctly.

The trees are coloured with distress ink's and the sentiment was made with rub-ons. Very quick and easy.
Hope you are all having a good week-end. The sun's out here!

Fiona x

Monday, 18 October 2010

Another Christmas Card

Here is a quick card made at the weekend inspired by Paula Pascual's lovely creations. Check out her blog if you haven't seen her work. I bought two sets of her xmas stamps last month and they have seen much ink already, they are so versatile.

Have you spotted my crafting crime?
A peel-off - quel horreur! I felt the embossing needed to be edged and scoring is not my forte. Anyway I don't think it looks too naff, do you? The designs were stamped with Nick Bantock ink and Versafine and cut out with nesties.

Does anyone else have a cat on their lap constantly nudging their typing hand whilst posting?

Time for bed, said Zebedee. Thanks for stopping by.

Fiona x

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Gust Designer?

I don't like to blow my own trumpet but I will anyway! My last card not only made the Super 6 over at Card Patterns but was also voted overall winner. How pleased was I ??? (and also very surprised, as there were over 90 entries!) As a consequence I was invited by the DT there to provide some inspiration for challenge 86. However I think a typo has been made on the Card Patterns blog this week as I am introduced as a 'Gust' Designer!! - and I haven't even had sprouts!
Seriously though, do pop over and have a look at the fab work by the design team and why not enter this weeks challenge.

Here is the sketch........

.......and this is my take on it.

I wasn't particularly happy with this one, (isn't that always the way when the pressure is on to come up with the goods?) and I stuck to the sketch quite literally. One thing I was pleased about, was being able to improvise and make a scalloped rectangle with a square scalloped nestie! I used my Birds & Swirls embossing folder and the stamps are Papermania from the Henbury Lane range. The bird image was stamped with Versafine and then heat embossed.

As usual, thanks for all your kind words, they are most appreciated.

Fiona x

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Back Outside Again

....to photograph my latest creation as the sun made an appearance today. This card is my entry for Card Patterns and here is their sketch.

This is what I came up with.......

I used the Trendy Tree's set by Stamping Up for this card. The oval was cut by nestie and I inked it with Old Paper D.I. whilst it was still inside the die. I used Versafine for the tree's and sentiment which is by HobbyArt.
I'm quite pleased with this one, although one of the small tree's has not stamped perfectly but I didn't have any more of that cardstock, so I had to go with it.
Hey ho.

Thanks as always for your lovely remarks, they are appreciated.

Fiona x

PS- Big thanks to Georgia at Kitty Krafts for this kind award.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Finding Time

.....for crafting this week has not been easy, even though I've had some time off work. I have been busy with domesticity, cutting lawns and hedge, digging allotment, washing curtains and I still have stuff on my 'To Do' list! Managed to find a couple of hours though last night after 'Strictly' for my entry to Clean & Simple FTL 110.
Here is the sketch.......

and my interpretation.............

It has got to that time of year again when I have to photograph inside! Although it has finally stopped raining, it has been blowing a gale, so unfortunately I can't get an outside shot (which in my opinion are better than my inside efforts!) At least this post is not as time consuming as my last, - I have reverted to 'old Blogger' by changing my settings. I think I will only be able to do this temporarily before they change it for good, lets hope Blogger make some improvements in the new system before then!

Enough waffle and on to my card. I used the relief method to make the centre panel by stamping my Hero Arts leafy branch with Versamark and then heat embossing it with white EP. Faded Jeans Distress Ink was applied with cut'n'dry, and I defined the side panels with faux stitching and a never-used stamp I found in my stash by See D's. The sentiment came from Paula Pascual (who else?) and the final touch was a white fabric covered button which I coloured with the distress ink.

Bye for now and thanks for all the lovely remarks about my last cards.

Fiona x