Monday, 7 October 2013

Off on my hols!

Just popped in to say 'Au Revoir' for a short while as I'm off on my holiday later today.  Cases are all packed and the taxi's booked.. so off to bed to catch up on my (much needed - lol!) beauty sleep then we're on our way....

See you soon, take care

Crafty Hugs

Su x

Friday, 4 October 2013

New Grandparents!

Hi everyone, one of my best friends became a grandma for the first time on 27th September (Dylan, a gorgeous little boy with a mop of black hair) so naturally I couldn't let the occasion pass without making a special card to celebrate the occasion...


An A4 sheet of white card was folded to A5 and the top portion embossed using Craft Concepts' 'Dragonflies' embossing folder and my Happy Cut machine, the folder isn't quite big enough to cover the whole area in one pass, so it was carefully repositioned and...well you can't see the join!  Each little dragonfly was then individually hand coloured with a lovely blue Hi-Text 'metal' marker, it didn't take too long and I think was worth the effort.  The stripey paper on the bottom portion of the card is from  my stash, but I highlighted along the stripes with a Sakura Glitter Pen just to 'bling' it up a bit.  'Baby Bamboo' (Party Paws) was stamped onto supersmooth cardstock with black Memento ink and then the sweet little image was hand coloured  using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers:-
CT2; 3 & 4, OR1 for the star, True Black/Blender & BG2/Blender for 'Bamboo' and TB1 & 3 for the 'sling', simply layering the darker blue to add depth and shade detail.  I traced around the image using BG2 to help it 'pop' from the plain background.  (Party Paws stamps and Spectrum Noirs are available from Crafters Companion).

Mats and layers were cut with Spellbinders Labels 29, tracing around the outer edge of the relevant dies to make the silver holographic/mirri mats which were then cut by hand.  I find it easier to trace onto the shiny side of mirri or holographic card using a fine embossing tool, and once cut I run my thumbnail around the shape; it seems to bevel and smooth the edge and gives a much better finish.  Blue double-sided satin 1/8th inch  ribbon was then braided and a small button added at either end to reflect the sentiment, then peel offs added as the final touch.

My friend was delighted with the card and the pictures she showed me of Baby Dylan were absolutely gorgeous, he's (as we say 'Up North') a 'little belter' and I'm looking forward to having a cuddle in the not too distant future!

Hope you like the card too, and if you would like to leave a comment, then please do - I love to read them. Thanks for stopping by and, until next time, take care.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

http://scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/challenge-2-always-anything-goes.html
http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/blog/crafterscompetition/2013/10/october-challenge-baby/
http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/challenge-30-anything-goes.html

Hugs

Su x

Friday, 27 September 2013

Horology.... or the passing of time!

Hi everyone, I've another card for you!  This one was made with the challenge subject of 'Horology' and....  I actually knew what the word meant without the need to refer to a dictionary... gold star for my chart I think - lol!  Next problem.... how to depict time passing as couldn't really have a ticking clock on a card could I?  Anyhow I came up with the card below showing the changing seasons....


Base card is A4 folded to A5 using a gorgeous (gold sheen) pearlescent card from my stash, I only know that it's not Centura Pearl, although that would have worked too.  The tags are an old Spellbinder die that I've had for years and each one has been matted onto gold embossed paper and then Kraft card, these two layers were cut by hand after drawing around the die I used and adjusting size to give the borders.  The little tree stamp is by Clarity and each little scene was completed using Whispers pens and kitchen roll as I couldn't lay my hands on my cut & dry foam - found it today tho'.... typical!  I masked off the little 'sun' with a piece of Card Candi as I didn't have a punch the right size - thankfully Quickie glue pen is repositionable if left to dry before being stuck to anything!  The pocket watch is again a Spellbinder die I've had for years, the tiny hands are separate so you can set them to whatever time is appropriate for your project (so long as you don't drop them on the floor and spend ages looking for them.... oh yes, it happened!).  Strips of Kraft card and the gold paper were cut and matted to add detail to the front and the sentiment is made up of individual alphabet rub ons from my stash and I added Flowersoft in appropriate colours for a bit of texture.

So there it is... Horology.... or at least my depiction of it!

I'd love to know what you think of my efforts, so please leave a comment if you wish.

'Til next time, keep safe and happy

Hugs  Su x

Ooops, forgot to say that I'm entering this into a couple of challenges:-

http://scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/challenge-1-always-anything-goes.html
http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/challenge-29-anything-goes.html

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

On a roll!

Definitely some kind of record for me.... third post in two days!!

Well, I said I'd be back with another part of my entry for the Beading Friends Forever September Challenge, yesterday I showed you my Dragonfly Brooch for the 'Anything Goes' part so today it's my entry (ies) for the 'Tutorial' section of the challenge that I'd like you to see.  It's a beaded cocktail ring that can be made in two versions, the first is quite flat to the finger when worn....

and I chose to make a bit of a 'statement' by using 4mm white faux pearls and black #11 seed beads both from my stash- just for a bit of 'drama' - lol!

I followed the specified tutorial (Beaded Cocktail Ring - Aleshia / Beadifulnights) and must say that the results are well worth the effort and it's  also very comfortable to wear.  This is my first attempt at a ring of any description and I feel I may be making more as they'd fit very nicely inside Christmas Crackers as a little gift to friends and family (not the men.... obviously - rofl!)


This is the second version of the tutorial, with a much higher 'domed' profile when worn, again all the beads are from my stash #11 silverlined crystal seed beads and #8 rich red seed beads instead of the pearls, you can see the detail of the ring band on this one, which is very pretty too.

As yesterday's post these are being entered into the BFF September challenge:-

Hope you like them as much as me!

Thanks for popping by

Su x

Monday, 23 September 2013

And along came another....

This has got to be some kind of record (well for me anyhow!) two posts within an hour or so!  This is my version of  Rachel Norris' wonderful Dragonfly design.  Thank you Rachel for the brilliant instructions on your first DVD 'Rachel Norris - Wirework Masterclass 1'  and I look forward to attempting some of the other elements on there (once my fingers have recovered - lol!)

It's only the second 'major' piece of wirework jewellery I've attempted, the first being Rachel's lovely 'Daisy' design (hmm... not sure if I've shown you that one, will check and post a pic if not already done so!)


The whole brooch is made using various gauges of chartreuse coloured silver plated copper wire with moss agate beads for the body and fancy jasper for the eyes and tiny beads on the wings.  I had a couple of attempts at the wings - the first of which could've easily fitted a Lancaster Bomber (lol!) anyhow I scaled them down and got things more in proportion (the larger set are still in tact in a box to be used at a later date).

I'm pretty pleased with the finished item, and look forward to learning more about wirework and trying new techniques in this medium in the future. It just goes to show what even a beginner like me can achieve with good instructions and a little determination.

I'm entering 'my' dragonfly in a couple of challenges - NEBBIES (on Facebook) and the
 'Anything Goes' part of the September challenge for Beading Friends Forever at
http://beadingfriendsforever.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/september-challenge.html

I'll be back tomorrow with my entries for the 'tutorial' part of the BFF September Challenge, so will say Goodnight for now.

Crafty Hugs

Su x

Long distance Christmas card!

Here goes nothing, my first Christmas card of the year!  I'm off to South Africa in a couple of weeks time to see where my brother and sister-in-law live, they've been out there for about ten years and this will be my first ever visit, also my first every 'long haul' trip so I'm pretty excited and, as the year is flying by thought I'd take their Christmas card with me as postage out to them is a totally 'silly' price even for the flattest of cards! I'm just hoping they don't spot it here on my blog.......


Base card is 8x8" (made from two A4 sheets) Super Smooth white card, with various matted layers of 'old gold' pearlescent paper, red pearlescent card, green pearlescent card which were embossed using 'Rose Garden' and 'Music' Embossalicious folders from Crafters Companion and I carefully coated the raised areas on the red card with Galaxy Gold Brilliance inkpad, just to add a bit of extra interest to the background.  The gold satin ribbon is from my stash with the bow tied by hand using the integral bowmaker on the Ultimate Pro again from Crafters Companion.

The gorgeous digi image (Vintage Beauty 1 - Item No: 0021) is from a lovely new shop 'Scribble & Scrap' (http://www.scribbleandscrap.co.uk/) and was coloured by hand using various markers:- Graph-Its: 4125; 4115 & 4155 = skin, Spectrum Noir: DR2; 4; 6 &7 = dress/roses & lips, TN2; GB5 & EB3 = hair, CT4; CR2 & Blender for 'Christmas Roses' with the sash and leaves a mixture of LG5; DG3 & 4.  Spellbinders Labels 28 was used to cut the shape after hand cutting around the sections that would protrude from the base shape (I didn't want to lose them!) - again it justs adds a little extra detail, this was then layered up onto matching mats of  red, old gold and green pearlescent paper which were cut using my Cameo to get the nice even finish.  Inside the card is finished with complementary insert and appropriate verse for the occasion.

Ooops, nearly forgot... had a bit of a dilemma as to how to put the greeting on the front, especially with the deep embossing ..... came up with the idea of a peel off from my stash onto acetate which I then cut around and raised/adhered with some very thin 'slivers' of clear Zots!

As well as it being a special  'family' card I'm also entering it into the following challenges:-

http://scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/challenge-1-always-anything-goes.html
http://papercreatorscrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/challenge-14.html
http://christmasstampin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/challenge-34-christmas-cheer.html
http://jinglebellesrock.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/vintage-views.html
http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/blog/crafterscompetition/2013/09/01/september-challenge-and-be-our-guest/

Wish me luck, and please feel free to leave a comment as I love to see what people think of the items I make!

Take care, crafty hugs to one and all

Su x

Sunday, 1 September 2013

It had to be done.....

It was my OH's birthday at the beginning of August and, as he's a keen darts player I couldn't resist but to make him a 'pub' card...

...complete with darts player on the inside, he's concentrating hard on the game - you can tell by his tongue sticking out - lol!

Both digi images were based on an idea by a friend of mine, and coloured using Spectrum Noir Markers from Crafters Companion onto white Super Smooth cardstock - I reckon my tongue was probably sticking out too whilst I concentrated on the colouring.  I cut around the 'pub' to make the base card as I thought it was an interesting shape and it was only whilst I did this that I realised it was a tankard in its own right!  doh!  Anyhow, the card had the desired effect and made my dear OH laugh when he saw it; so all the effort was worthwhile.

Hope you like it and, look forward to catching up again soon.

Su x

Sunday, 25 August 2013

It's Summertime!

Hi there, hope you've been enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having over the past couple of months and, judging by the music and laughter I can hear from down the road there are some Bank Holiday barbeques going on..... and why not!

I've got a real summery card for you this time round ( I know.... it's been a while but 'life' happens and at the moment I've got a fair bit of 'life' going on!).  I've re-visited some Crafters Companion characters... those adorable little meeces by Jane Nestorenko, Cute Companions and they're having a day at the beach......


The card is A4 folded to A5 and with all the detail added to the front, so there is still a traditional card complete with matching insert behind what you can see which is printed from the Cute Companions - Summer Stories - Outdoor, I've used the decoupage sheets also from the CD to add some depth to the beach hut and so 'dad' can have a snooze on the deck!  Hat's off to Crafters Companion as everything fits together beautifully with no 'faffing' about and the windshields are double-sided and fold together as a gatefold on the front of the card hiding the mischief going on behind them....


All the characters are from the 'Summer Fun' Cute Companions stamp set and were stamped using black archival ink onto Neenah cardstock (again from Crafters CompanionUK) and then coloured using watercolour pencils - again something I've wanted to re-visit for a while and I think the softer colouring works well with the beautiful backing sheets.  Each little mouse was then carefully cut out and I even manged not to cut off any whiskers..... yes each one is still in tact.... amazing or what?!  Well I was pretty impressed with myself - lol!  Needless to say my CC Ultimate was used for all the folding - really don't think a crafting day goes by without me using this!

Anyhow, they all look like they're having a lovely time collecting shells and so forth so I think I'll leave them to it!

Hope you're having as much fun as they are... however you're spending your bank holiday!

Oh, just before I go, I',m entering this card into the Crafters Companion August Challenge so now off to keep my fingers crossed!

Catch you soon, hugs

Su  xx

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Men!!!!!

Strange title for this post but all will become apparent..... yesterday was my good mate's birthday and so I had entrusted my OH to post her card so it would arrive on 'the day'  (as I had to take my mam to hospital unexpectedly!)  so off he went with her card in his hand.... did he post it?.... did he post it?.... no he did not and left it in his son's car who was at work and so I couldn't retrieve it until too late in the day to entrust to Royal Mail to do their bit!   Grrrrrrr!  Needless to say an e-mail was sent to my friend with my apologies and  the card has now been delivered (only one day late) so Royal Mail at least got their bit right.  Okay, rant over and lesson learned.... don't trust my OH to post important mailings!

Okay the card, and it's the first I've made for a good while so am hoping it's the beginnings of an increased mojo as I really do feel 'out of sorts' when not crafting - may sound a bit silly to some but any crafter will understand what I mean!


A Handbag.... isn't that a famous line from 'The Importance of Being Earnest'?  lol!

Using my fav Centura Pearl cardstock I printed the main base from Katy Sue Designs' Fabulous Fashion' CD, the decorative panel is also from this CD but I tweaked it to get it the right size for the design and using my fantastic (not!) PC skills I also colour matched the colour of the handle to the stripe in the main design and again printed onto CP card.  The bow is another of the 'fashion' papers from the CD, again with a little 'tweaking' to make the design the size I wanted and I used the same design for the card insert using Serif Craft Artist to fade the design and also add a softly edged oval in the centre so I could add an appropriate verse - you can't see this on the pic but believe me it's there!  Finishing touches were faux stitching all around the relevant areas using a Sakura Glitter Pen and the large brad in the centre of the bow with a rub on sentiment that reads 'Birthday'.  Everything was cut by hand (next one will be cut on my Cameo).  All in all, it just goes to show that even the simplest of cards can have a fair bit of 'work' involved.  I say 'work' but you crafters out there know what I mean.  Hope you like my efforts, I'd love to hear from you if you have any comment to make.

All for now, 'til next time take care and hopefully enjoy some sunshine

Su x

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Popping by to say "Hello"

Hi everyone, sorry I've been AWOL from my blog for a while - things have been a bit 'difficult' one way and another.... but fingers crossed they're now 'on the up' and I can get back to doing what I love best..... crafting in all shapes and forms!

I've not been totally 'un-creative' (is that a word?) during my absence so I'll try to get some pics of what I've been up to posted very soon.  Until then, take care and hopefully the lovely sunshine we had today will continue for a while to come.

Crafty hugs

Su

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Sunny!

Hi everyone, don't worry I'm not talking about the weather - lol!  I thought you might like to see my creation using 'Sunny', one of Heather Valentin's lovely 'Flowerpot Pretties' digi stamps.



I coloured Sunny using Spectrum Noir Pens, die cut her and then added a softly inked edge to the image with the die still in place and making this diffused edge slightly deeper at the bottom so as to 'ground' the image without adding any further colours.  The same shape was cut (Spellbinders Adorning Squares) using green pearlescent paper from my stash and twisted around as a base mat, I wasn't too keen on being able to see through the 'lacy' edges of the image to the background layer - it looked a little untidy - so cut a further layer using the pearlescent paper just using the outer edge die so I didn't have the intricate details, then glued this layer on the back of the coloured image, now you see the lovely detail of the image and die without being distracted by looking thro' to the back layer!

The white base card is 8" square, matted with the same pearlescent green as for the die cut mats, the top layer is Ivory Centura Pearl card embossed with Grande Dots Embossalicious (8") folder.  The sunflowers were die cut using Die'sire 'Stamen' and  both large and small 'Sunflower' dies, quilled and when dry 'Nut Brown' Flowersoft/ black microfine glitter was added to their centres, which I think has worked quite well.  The 'Victorian Romance Flourish' by Cheery Lynn was cut in half and placed under the sunflowers to represent leaves.

Now for a confession..... I've never seen an actual sunflower.... so if my representation is way off the mark, then I apologise profusely!

Hoping 'Sunny' adds a little brightness to your day and I'd like to enter her into the following:-

http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/challenge-5-anything-goes.html
http://paulaholifieldcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/our-first-challenge.html
http://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/blog/crafterscompetition/2013/04/10/flowers-for-you/

Just for info:-

Spectrum Noirs, Centura Pearl, Embossalicious and Die'sire all from Crafters Companion
Skin - FS1,3 & 5, TN2;  Eyes - all DG's; Hair - EB2,3 &5, TN3 & 5
Dress - CT1,3 & 4, GB7; Flowers - CT1,3 & 4,GB7, EB6; Leaves - DG3 & 4
Plant Pot - BG1,2,4,5 & 6, then overlayed with OR1

Bye for now

Su x

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

I'm back..... again!

Hi everyone, sorry I've not posted anything for a few weeks - been ill and then catching up with the household chores!  Anyhow thought you might like to see a couple of cards I've made this past Easter weekend (hope you had lots of scrummy chocolate eggs), the first was s'posed to be for the Lacy Sunshine Challenge #4 but I didn't get her finished in time (Anastasia with Poppies) one of Heather Valentin's 'Melancholy Moppets' series and the second is for my nephew's birthday on Wednesday.  So here's Anastasia....


The challenge was for 'layers', so I began with Anastasia colouring her with Spectrum Noirs (I'll list the colours later) on Supersmooth cardstock, then die cut her using Spellbinders  'Opulent Ovals', layered this onto the same pearlescent card as for the base stepper card using Decorative Labels Eight; the red accents were cut with Decorative Labels One, chopped into quarters and added to the back just to give a little 'oomph'  and highlight the poppies.  The cameos are also Spellbinder dies - from very early on in Spellbinders' story - you may not have seen these before but it's a little set I do quite often use!  As you can see the base card has been overstamped with Indigo Blue's Watercolour Poppy stamp using Tattered Rose Distress Pad and I used the same inkpad to stencil the cameos and also a very soft edge around Anastasia.   I added a couple of lace roses and some tiny sparkly flower gems to finish - thought the lace was appropriate as she looks like an 'old-fashioned' girl to me and I reckon she has a lace petticoat hidden under her faded dress!

Spectrum Noirs used:-

Skin = FS1, 2 & 4;  Eyes - GG1, 3 & 4;  Hair = EB1 & 2 + TN1; Hat/Underskirt = BG1, 2, 4 & 6
Dress = PP1 & 3, Blender then when dried EB1 over all colours to add 'worn' effect;
Poppies = CR7, DR4 & 6, DG2 for stalk;  Feather = Blender & LG1 (also used to 'ground' image)

What do you think, have I gone a bit OTT with the layers?

And here's my nephew's card....


A diecut Kanban topper, decoupaged using Collall Glue Gel, 5.5" base card is pearlescent card from my stash and I printed a complementary plaid design (Crafters Companion) on the reverse side after altering the colour to be as near to the checkered background of the die cut.  I cut small squares of the 'offcut' from this and embossed with my 'Basket Weave Background' folder from Darice, and genty inked with Brilliance Galaxy Gold inkpad to link with the gold foiling on the topper.  I then cut diagonally into triangles and attached to the opposite corners on both the front and inside of the card (reversed card to match each section) and finished off with a corner rounder and the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment and tiny mobile phone from the topper sheet to form the stopper.  Now all I have to do is post it tomorrow (that should read 'later this morning'!)

Okay I'll be off to my bed shortly - so I'll wish you a good night for now.

Su x

I'm pleased to say that my efforts with Anastasia (challenge wise) haven't been totally in vain as I've found out that I can enter her into Lacy Sunshine Challenge #5 which is 'Anything Goes' so woo hoo, I'm going to do it!   (Not that they were - my friend loved her card - so much so that she kept it on show on the table while we were out for a birthday lunch!)

I've promised myself a full day in my craft room over the weekend so I'll get busy and make another card too - it's only fair that I keep to my word as I promised myself that I'd make an entry for each challenge (barring emergencies that is).  Now off to enter Anastasia into the challenge at http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/challenge-5-anything-goes.html  why don't you pop along and join in too?!

Su x

Monday, 18 March 2013

Double Spiral Bracelet

Well, here I am again just as I said I would be!  I couldn't resist the chance to try out this gorgeous Double Spiral Bracelet and after a few 'false starts' I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out and will definitely be making more of these!

I've used Bordeaux and Soft Pink 4mm Pearls, together with toning Size 11 seed beads and a really 'sparkly' Size 6seed bead for the 'core'.  It's not a difficult technique, just a bit fiddly especially if, like me, you have a tendency to pull things tight!!  Still I got there in the end.... now who's birthday is coming up next?  I think I may have their present ready - lol!  Oh yes, the pretty 'rose' toggle clasp is from my beading stash.

 Again I'd recommend taking a peek at Beading Friends Forever (http://beadingfriendsforever.blogspot.co.uk/) there really are some amazing designs on there!

Take care, 'til next time

Su x

A Favourite Colour Combo

Hi, well as you'll know from past posts that as well as papercrafting I also like to make jewellery and it's been a while since I made anything 'sparkly' to wear so I've been busy and while trawling 'the net' I also came across BFF - Beading Friends Forever (courtesy of Facebook) so I've signed up as part of the group and received lovely warm welcomes.  BFF have a monthly challenge so as I'm getting into the 'swing' of challenges I thought I'd give it a go!  Their challenge is in two parts - a theme and a tutorial to follow, below is my entry for the 'theme' section - 'favourite colour combination' a necklace, bracelet and earring in a classic combo of silver, grey and charcoal using one of my favourite designs (not my own!).
 Have a pop over and check out the fabulous pieces of jewellery that have been made - I've got a lot to learn!  Here's the link http://beadingfriendsforever.blogspot.co.uk/!

I'll be back shortly with my 'Tutorial' piece so watch this space, 'cos I've been a 'busy beader' over the past weekend!

Hugs  Su x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

So What Colour is a Dinosaur?

Hi everyone, it's my eldest grandson's birthday at the beginning of April and he loves dinosaurs so hopefully this card will 'fit the bill'!  He'll be ten this year and I honestly don't know where those years have gone...

 
 
 
This is 'Pickles Dinosaur Ride' from Heather Valentin's Lacy Sunshine Shop (http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/) and is actually the 'freebie' digistamp supplied to allow entry to the current 'Double Trouble' challenge which ends at 6pm GMT today (yes -I've just realised that it's already Saturday!).
 
Cut an 8"square card (two pieces of card cut to the same size and 'hinged' on the right) on my Silhouette Cameo, then matted a layer of Kraft Card to frame the decorative paper layers which were all printed from the Crafter's Companion  'Toreads' CD, I inked around the edges of these layers using 'Bark' Versacolour inkpad for definition.  The creamy coloured circle and strip were cut from card from my stash. embossed using Fiskars 'Stone' texture plate and then swiped with the 'Bark' inkpad followed by Versacolour Silver to bring out the detail.  The little 'bones' were cut on my Cameo and are each about five layers thick as the card was a bit thin, inked on the edges and then covered with 'Glossy Accents' to make them shiny.
 
I worked with Spectrum Noir Marker Pens to colour the image as follows:-
 
Dinosaur - TN1/TN2/TN3/TN7/EB8 for the main body; EB1/ EB2/BG3 for the 'ruff' and BG1/BG2/Blender for the horns
 
Pickles - LY2/CG2/CG3 for his body; GB4/GB6/GB7/TN9 for his 'toga' and BG2/BG3/BG4 for his club.
 
The eyes for both used DG1/DG2/DG4 and True Black.
 
So now I have to hide this from Kieran as he'll be here later today and I don't want him seeing it before his birthday but first I'm off to enter it into the Lacy Sunshine Challenge which you can find either here http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ or by clicking the button at the side of my blog, it's well worth a look as there are some really talented people on there.
 
Night for now, take care
 
Su x


Saturday, 2 March 2013

Pink & Purple - Hannah

Well, you get one and then along comes another almost immediately!!!

Anyone who knows me also knows that I love all shades of purple (hence the blog title) but another favourite is pink, so put the two together and I'm in heaven!


This gorgeous girl is Hannah again by the very talented artist Heather Valentin and, as she's coloured in another of my favourite colour combinations I thought I'd enter her over at the second Lacy Sunshine Challenge too!

Again coloured using Spectrum Noir Pens (colours on the same list as Emily so not to hand at the mo but I'll post them once I find the list) and I used Ivory Flowersoft for her 'furry' waistcoat.

I cut various "Wonky Squares" from Spellbinder dies and twisted these to make the layers and then mounted this onto a 'funky' rainbow mirricard that I'd punched fancy corners using a couple of my favourite punches, sparkled up some paper flowers, and then finished these with Regal Amethyst Card Candi.

Okay, I've got about 15mins to get this entered into Lacy Sunshine's Challenge http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ so please excuse me whilst I dash off to get this done.

Hugs
Su xx

Emily L'il Duckies

I just loved this Heather Valentin image 'Emily Li' Duckies' and thought it'd be quite spring-like in one of my favourite colour combinations, lemon and lilac, which just happens (such a coincidence!) to be the subject for the second Lacy Sunshine challenge.  So, as I've got about 45 mins until the challenge closes I'd best get cracking!!!



Lemon base card is just smaller than A5 and I've added an embossed centre panel of lemon silk card, embossed using Embossalicious 6"x6" Floral folder and then added borders lilac cut from Spellbinders 'Asian Accents' die set.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid and the velvet ribbon (all I had in a toning colour!) is from my stash.

Emily is coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens (sorry but I've lost my list of colours somewhere in among the card and paper strewn all over my craft room).   I'm really just beginning to 'get the hang' of working with these, but so far so good.  Oh yes, the oval around Emily is cut using Cheery Lynn's Mini Pearl Oval Mega Doily die - these dies are actually only a half shape so they take a little figuring out to get them lining up to complete the shape.

So that's Emily and her L'il Duckies just ready in time for Easter.

I'm entering this into the second challenge over at http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ and there are some awesome entries over there - why not pop in for a look?

Hugs
Su x

Thursday, 28 February 2013

White on White (with a bit of red....)

Hi everyone, well I haven't quite made it to posting on (at least) a weekly basis but not too far out so will try even harder to keep my word for the rest of  the year!

Okay, so here we go - the 'mission' (if you chose to accept it) was to use white on white with the only colour being a printed or stamped and hand coloured topper etc and/or sentiment allowed.  Hopefully, I've managed it!
Don't know why but the colour's a bit weird in the pic - promise it is all white (apart from the obvious bits that aren't - lol!)

A 16"x16" sheet of white Centura Pearl (CP) was used to make an 8" square tent (fold at the top) base card, just inside the hand pricked edge I embossed a single line border for detail then, from the same card sheet,  cut  a 7.5" (approx), scallop edged square to co-ordinate with  the Spellbinders 'Classic Scalloped Hearts' die used for the aperture.  This 'mat' was embossed using the 8" Regency Swirl Embossalicious folder before removing the actual cutting die - not done this previously but will definitely be again!  (True crafter that I am the heart-shaped 'die-cut' has been saved for another project, most probably the box for this one!).

The red rose image was printed from one of my MCS Cd's and printed onto parchment paper having added a 'canvas' texture, which has turned out to be very realistic 'in the flesh' using my very old Adobe PSE (graphics program) and then positioned on the flat base card to show through the heart-shaped aperture I'd cut.  Tiny flowers I'd made from Tonic's  'Kendell' and 'Ava' punches using white CP paper with Spellbinders 'Bitty Blossoms' leaves cut from CP white card scraps were added to the side of the heart, and the Victorian Romance Flourish die by Cheery Lynn (with a little 'adjustment') provided  the elegant 'fronds' to this embellishment.  To finish off I made a tiny book using my Silhouette Cameo for the text (Sakura Gel Pen) and to cut the silk effect cover and vellum pages, added a narrow red ribbon 'bookmark' and there we have it!

Thanks for popping by, take care

Su x

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Whoopee!

Hi everyone, oh boy did I get a nice suprise today?  Yes, I certainly did!

I discovered my entry ('Wishes Granted' digi image) had been picked as one of the 'Top Three' in the very first 'Lacy Sunshine Challenge' and I'm absolutely, as we sometimes say here in England, 'Gobsmacked'!!!  All the challenge entries were amazing and to have had mine picked out..... well..... Wowee!

Now all I have to do is put my 'Top Three' blinkie where you (and I!) can see it and then get my thinking cap on for Challenge #2  that begins today and runs until 2nd March with the theme of "Favourite Colour Combo", okay you've guessed already there's just got to be purple involved in whatever I choose - lol!

Use the 'I Luv Pickles' Challenge Blog button on the side bar to hop on (oops - pardon the pun!) over and check out the details, T's&C's etc for the challenge then come join us in the fun, you've nothing to lose but a lot to gain!

If you'd like to use one of Heather Valentin's ORIGINAL digis to enter the Lacy Sunshine Challenge #2 but don't have any, then follow the instructions in the challenge details to contact Heather and she will generously supply you with a FREE! digistamp to use, however the image supplied by Heather must be the image used for your challenge entry, but then... there's more good news... this will give you two chances per challenge entry (maximum of three entries per person) so that's a possibility of  up to six - yes, six chances to win the top prize of $30 (or equivalent) to spend in the Lacy Sunshine Shop where Heather's original, cute, funky and fun characters are available from as little as $1 each(retiring digis- but still great artwork!).

C'mon, you know you want to!

Hope I've made things clear, but please check out the 'official' T's&C's on the Challenge Blog just to be certain.

I hope you will join us and, if you do, then good luck may come your way as it has mine...now where did I put my markers??????

Hugs to all

Su x

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Tiny Bit Magical?

Hi everyone, hoping all is well with you and yours.

I've had a little 'me' time indulging myself with some gorgeous images and have created something a little... well.... see for yourselves....


This gorgeous image is from a very talented artist, Heather Valentin, and is available from her online shop http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/ which is the official and only place to buy Heather's work!

'Wishes Granted' to me is a very pretty Genie and where do you find Genies... in a bottle of course!  Unfortunately the acetate that forms the actual body of the bottle doesn't show up to well on my pic - probably because it's see thro' - lol!

The image was printed onto Super Smooth Paper and coloured with Promarkers (only my second attempt at using these for a whole image) and I'm pleased with the result although obviously there is room for improvement (as always!).

Colours used are:- Skin - Ivory, Satin & Dusky Pink; Hair - Almond, Vanilla, Tan & Spice; Eyes - Amethyst & Orchid; Lips - Rose Pink & Cerise; Clothing - Maroon, Amethyst & Blossom, 'Hat, Shoes & 'Sleeves' - Pastel Green, Soft Green & Blender; Veil - Blossom & Blender, Belt & Jewellery - Vanilla, Sandstone, Mustard & Gold.



I masked off her head, arms and tummy and then sprayed Crafters Companion Pink Iridescent Spray & Sparkle (supporting Breast Cancer Care) over the rest of the coloured image, let this dry and then added tiny golden gems to her bracelets.

An 'Arty Farty' template I've had for years was used for the bottle with a simple ribbon bow and flower added  as I wanted to focus on the Genie emerging from the swirling magical 'mist'.... yes, you've guessed it cotton wool that's been very well 'teased out' and then sprayed very lightly with Multicolour Spray & Sparkle for a bit of magic 'dust'.

I'm entering this into the very first Lacy Sunshine Blog Challenge http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/challenge-one-anything-goes.html, pop over and have a look there are some wonderful entries well worth a peek!

Now what should I wish for.......

'Til next time

Hugs
Su x


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Well, a very belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.  Sorry it's taken so long to get back to my blog ('life' just got in the way again) but at least I'm back here now!!

I'm really just beginning to find some 'me' time to craft and here's my latest effort, for which I've gone back to 'crafting roots' so to speak...

The cream background card is part embossed with an Embossalicious folder from Crafters Companion and then 'swiped' over with a Versamark pad and sprinkled with holographic embossing powder and heated to highlight the raised areas, with the main focus on the paper lacing and hand cut decoupage (using an ancient image), a peel-off sentiment and satin ribbon to finish.

Have you spotted the deliberate (not) mistake?....  Yes that lovely spring pansy is upside down!  It's now been rectified and faces in the right direction, but I hope you'll excuse me for not taking another photo.

Take care and see you soon
Hugs, Su x