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


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 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 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, pop over and have a look there are some wonderful entries well worth a peek!

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

'Til next time

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