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Monday, 30 January 2012

30th January 2012

Well, here I am again, two days latter with another challenge, am I doing well or not ? lol I have some samples to make now so I may be a bit slow on the challenge front for a while but I hope to be able to show them when allowed.
 I had a very lazy day yesterday, I was going to do so much but ended up reading and watching TV all day then feeling guilty. I don't intend repeating that today so I must get my skates on.
This card I would like to enter for Crafty Ann's challenge "What's new pussycat". The stencil that I have used I have had for a few months but I have never used it. Unfortunately, as usual, the lovely sparkle and colour of the glitter don't show up in the photograph even with scanning.

I have used plain black card for the base. For the image I have used a Dreamweaver stencil, stencilling paste and Pee Wee glitters onto black card. I have matted and layered with Mauve card to pick out the colour of  the fuchsia and  matted that onto silver card. The sentiment is a stamp that I have had for ages and can't remember the designer. I have stamped and embossed it with mauve embossing powder and matted and layered with mauve and silver card. The image and the sentiment have been mounted using foam pads and I have finished the card with a ribbon from my stash.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Saturday 28th January

It is the weekend again and I have spent most of today in my craft room but I have just realized that I am hungry so I have called it a day. I didn't get ant crafting done yesterday as I spent the whole day shopping at Meadowhall, the sum total of my purchases was one bottle of top coat nail varnish, when what I really wanted was an outfit for a party. How is it that when you are not looking for anything there are always loads of things that you like but when you are desperate you can't find a thing ?
I digress, the card that I have made this afternoon I would like to enter for Rainbow Lady's challenge -
"Scottish theme" to celebrate Burns night.

For the base card I have used an A4 sheet of tartan Kanban card. I matted Dark red card with gold and wrapped a tartan ribbon round it, I then fixed it to the centre of the base card. I fixed another length of ribbon across the top of the base card with a bow in the centre, the loose ends of the bow were fastened loosely at measured interval to the matted card. The images are two freebies from Dover Publications. I have coloured them with Promarkers and distressed the edges. I then matted and layered with deep red and gold, I have then fixed them with foam pads onto the centre of the trailing ribbons card 

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Thursday 26th January 2012

Well, my good intentions of doing three challenges every week are failing miserably. I have loads of family birthdays this month and next month four of which are biggies. I have been trying to fit my birthdays in with the topics but it hasn't always worked (note to self, must do better).
The weather has been abysmal so at least I have had no desire to go out anywhere, it made my little craft room look very warm and cosy, although after three days of incessant card making it looks like a tip.
The image below I would like to enter for CD Sunday challenge "Zodiac"

I have made it from the Zodiac section on Linda Ravenscroft's "Enchanted" CD.
I have used an 8x8 card layered with the matching backing papers. The center backing paper I have edged with the edging strips on the accessories sheet. I have decoupaged the image and adhered it to the centre of the card. I wrote the sentiment using the software provided on the CD. I finished it of with another sentiment in the corner.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

17th January 2012

This month is flying and although we have had a hard frost for the last few mornings, poking their little white heads through  in my garden is a patch of beautiful snowdrops. I hope that this means that spring is on it's way and not snow.
My son and Daughter in law have been sending stunning pictures to my mobile from New York where they are having a holiday, I am not in the least bit envious (I tell lies too :-) )
My latest card I have done for Rainbow Lady's challenge, the title is "The many faces of women"

I have used a cream base card which unfortunately I appear to have cut off when cropping the picture. I have matted with dark brown card. The main image is a wooden stamp that I have had for years, all the other stamped images are from a sheet from Inkilicious. All the images have been stamped and distressed with walnut and old paper distress inks. The background paper with the face is a free download that I acquired years ago, sorry I can't remember where from. The embellishments are lace from my stash and flowers made from the backing paper

Monday, 9 January 2012

9th January 2012

We have had a wonderful drive through Sherwood forest today, the sun was shining and the weather was quite mild, we stopped for lunch at a lovely restaurant and afternoon tea at a quaint little coffee shop.
 I think that spring must be on it's way, the daffodil shoots are peeping through, the primulas are in flower, I hope that I am not speaking too soon, we will probably have snow next week.
I am back on my challenge drive now. This card I would like to enter for -
Rainbow Lady's challenge - "Travel into 2012" and
Crafty Ann's challenge - "Lets think hot"

I downloaded the image and imported it into MCS where I manipulated it. I then decoupaged it using  Pinflaire silicone glue. Matted it with gold miri card and and mounted it onto Burgundy coloured card. I finished it off with red satin ribbon.  

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Wednesday 4th January 2012

Well, where did the end of the year go. I have only just managed to get into my craft room, I was having real withdrawal symptoms. I have finished a couple of birthday cards so I thought that it would be a good time to start back on some challenges. It was a little difficult to do them before Christmas because my old laptop went to laptop heaven and I had to use a netbook. So now armed with brand spanking new laptop, I have done my first challenge of 2012.
This is for CD Sunday Challenge "O for Olympics"
And Rainbow Lady's Challenge "My Choice"

I have used Scrapbook Artist Cd to make the topper. I have then matted and layered with gold plus red white and blue card. The backing paper is from "Men's collection" on My Craft Studio. The whole card was made from 8x8 dark blue card and embellished with a re ribbon bow