Monday, 25 July 2011

Here Comes The Sun

Good Morning bloggers! It’s Saturday, and time for another new challenge at Make It Colourful. This week’s fun theme is to Colour Your Embellishments. Being able to change the colour of your decorations gives you more versatility with your embellies, plus you can get a more co-ordinated look with your project.

This is my DT card: the image is done with Copics and I used some of the shades used in the image to colour my embellies, but you could always use another medium to add or change the colours. These are the embellishments that I coloured or changed colour:

Chipboard corners – coloured with YG67
Chipboard ribbon slider – coloured with Y15 and YR04
Sequin flowers – coloured with Y15 and Y17, and covered over with Copic Spica pen
Flower gems stuck on the chipboard corners – added YG63 to change their colour from bright yellow to a nice yellow-green
Mats under the image, yellow square DP and sentiment – white card edged with YG63 and YG67

Mats under the image, papers and sentiment coloured in YG63 and YG67

Chipboard corner coloured with YG67, and bright yellow flower gem toned down with some YG63

Chipboard ribbon slider coloured with Y15 and YR04, then coloured over with Copic Spica. and white flower sequins coloured with Y15 and Y17 (2 in each shade)
Card Recipe:

Images: Summer Dreams by Make It Crafty
Meadow Background by Crissy Armstrong
Colouring: Copics
DPs: Tim Coffey, K&Company: Daisy and Daffodil pads
Swirly Corners laser-cut chipboard by Make It Crafty
Fancy Ribbon Slider laser-cut chipboard by Make It Crafty
Flowers: Prima and Papermania
Ribbon, gems, sequin flowers from my stash
Computer-generated sentiment
I'd like to enter this in these challenges:
Bling It On - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Fun In The Sun
Copic Creations - Pastel Colours
Crafts & Me - Add A Flower
Divas By Design - Pastels
GuyLou's Inimitability - Recipe (1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 or more bling - mine is 2 flower gems and 5 sticky gems in flower centres)
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes

Hope you like my card; for more inspiration about colouring your embellishments, check out my teamies’ cards on the main challenge blog.

Have a good weekend!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Dream Valley Challenge #12 - Surprise!

Good Morning everyone, I hope everyone is well today. It's a new challenge at Dream Valley this weekend, and the theme is SURPRISE - we want you to incorporate a surprise into your project such as a hidden thing, a flap or a pop up. You can choose one of these surprises or a different one, it's up to you.

We are sponsored this week by Digis With Attitude, and a lucky winner will receive a gift voucher for their store.

This is my DT card for this week, and I've used one of Digis With Attitude's images, called Goth Tween. She is coloured with Copics, and I also used my copics to colour some embellishments to match the colours in the image - the metal corner is coloured black, the ribbon is coloured blue-violet, the paper flowers are coloured yellow-green and blue-violet, as are the large half-pearls in the flower centres. I added a cross charm to match Goth Tween's earring - it came from my lovely crafting friend Joan, all the way from the US.  I added a sentiment from Digis With Attitude (I cut off part of it and just kept the one word) to finish it off.

Image: Goth Tween by Digis With Attitude; Sentiment also by DWA
Colouring: Copic markers BV00,02,04,08, N2,4,6,8, YG06,63, E000,00,21,11, R81,83
DP: Moulin Rouge by Prima
Metal corner: Wild Orchid Crafts

Now for the surprise looks like a card, but when you open it up it's actually a wallet and contains some stamped images, so in fact it's a little gift. 

Hope you like my project....don't forget to check out my teamies' cards to get some more ideas, they have made some fab surprises.

Have a good weekend and see you all soon.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Tilda with pink hair, and a DT call entry

Morning bloggers, and how is everyone today? I must apologise for being so behind with my blog visiting and commenting - I needed to rest and have some time off, so now it's a case of catching up on everything. I'm getting there and I'll be round for a visit very soon.....promise!

So, another Saturday means another challenge at Make It Colourful, and this week we have a goodie......colour hair but not the usual colours of black, brown, red or blonde. Any other colour you like though! We are sponsored this week by Quixotic Paperie, who are UK stockists of Make It Crafty products amongst other crafty delights, and a very lucky person can win a £10 gift voucher for their store.

This is my DT card, and it's turned out way fussier and frillier than I had intended. The scene is a mix of rubber and digi images - you might recall seeing this Chaise from Make it Crafty in my last card on Thursday and I can promise you I'll be bringing it out a lot because it's my New Favourite Stamp. And I've wanted to use this little boy from Crissy Armstrong, called 'Can I Kiss You?' for a while now - it seemed perfect to have him on this gorgeous seat - and who better to pair him up with than Tilda? I decided to give her bright pink hair as per the challenge, using copics RV23, RV25, RV29, and R39.

The decorative swirly corners are laser-cut chipboard by Make It Crafty, which I got from Quixotic. I used a Krylon gold pen to coat them with a little gold paint and added a couple of pearls to them. Some green ribbon, a double flower, some leaves, a heart pin and an adage ticket finish it off.

More of the colouring on the Chaise

Images: Make It Crafty's Chaise; Crissy Armstrong's Can I Kiss You, available from Whimsy Stamps; Magnolia Tilda
Colouring: Copic markers (hair colour is RV23, RV25, RV29 and R39)
Designer paper: Kaisercraft - Peppermint
Lasercut chipboard corners by Make It Crafty, available from Quixotic Paperie
Tim Holtz adage ticket
Krylon gold pen
Pearls, flowers, leaves, heart pin and ribbon from stash.


Sundays With Crissy is having a DT call at the moment and it's on for the whole of July so there are still a couple of weeks left if you want to join in. I'd like to enter this card for the call.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Bling It On - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Pretty Blossoms
Do You Stack Up? - Sew: faux or real
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Sir Stampalot - Anything Goes

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Mix & Match with Tiddly Inks & Make it Crafty

Morning all, I hope everyone is well.

It’s an exciting day because finally time to release the big Mix n’ Match collection from Tiddly Inks and Make it Crafty!

Together they have been craftily plotting behind the scenes for months (making us drool in anticipation) to bring out a fabulous collection of Steampunk creations with a Victorian theme. You’ll find little steampunk houses, bits and bobs background scenes, flying contraptions, gorgeous characters and a fine selection of digital papers.

We could send you on a little hop, but they are getting a bit boring... so they knocked their heads together and thought up a game to play instead!

‘I SPY’ with my little eye...
... hmmm what do you spy??
Well to find out, head on over to where it all begins!!

CLICK HERE to find out more and play the game.

Start Mix n’ Matching with Tiddly Inks and Make it Crafty straight away as you grab the super bargain of 15% OFF.

Just enter the coupon code MIXNMATCH at checkout.

So, this is my card using a couple of the new release images: I merged Tiddly Inks 'Owlette' with 'Chaise' from Make It Crafty - I just couldn't resist that little owl and so wanted to try my hand at colouring the polished wood and plush fabric of the Chaise. I hope I did them justice. I added ribbon,flowers, black pearls, a metal corner and a leafy diecut to finish.

Images: Chaise by Make It Crafty; Owlette by Tiddly Inks
Colouring: Copic markers
Designer Paper: Paper Cellar's Victorian Burgundy
Metal corner: Wild Orchid Crafts
Everything else from stash

I'm entering this in these challenges:
Allsorts - Free and easy July
Bling It On - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Pretty Blossoms
Deep Ocean Challenges - Cards
Digi Days - Include an animal
Digis With Attitude! Challenges # 32 - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - For the birds
The Poodles Parlour - Bird's Eye View

I hope you like the new images as much as I do, and that you'll come along for a bit of fun with the I-Spy game too. Happy crafting!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Guest Designer - Michelle Perkett Studios

Hello crafters, I hope you are enjoying the fine summer weather and are managing to keep your bits of paper from flying around your craft space in the breeze from the desk fan (like I am finding, he he).

I was very happy to be asked to be a Guest Designer at Michelle Perkett Studios this week. I've only made one MPS card so far, it was from an image that I tracked down when I saw it on a blog somewhere. Anyway, I liked the first image so much I had to say Yes. The theme this week is Anything But A Card, which is something of a challenge for someone who only really makes cards! But I put my new box-maker to work and made this gift box.

The image I used is a relatively new release, she's called Peace Angel, and very easy to colour. I aged and handstitched some paper to decorate the box, and simply added some flowers, liquid pearls and a computer-made sentiment. My tip for this image is to roll something cylindrical lengthways over figure to round the skirt and adhere to the box using silicon gel so that it has some dimension and also makes her look like she is floating in the air like a real angel. Also, use a ball tool along the spine of the wings to give them some shape and curl. I hope you like it.


Image: Peace Angel from Michelle Perkett
Paper: Brioche by Memory Box
Colouring: Copic markers
Flowers: Kaishercraft, Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts

I'm entering this in these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Free and easy July
By The Cute and Girly - Things With Wings
C.R.A.F.T. - Boxes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesday - Open Challenge
Hooked On Crafts - Show Us Your Flowers
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Stitching
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Use a Digi
Truly Scrumptious - Things With Wings

Enjoy the rest of the week; I'll be back at the weekend with another project. Till then, see you on your blogs.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Make It Colourful: Colouring Reflections on Water

Morning all, and today is a new weekly challenge at Make It Colourful. I have my DT project to show you, but first I'd like to let you know about an exciting upcoming image release later this month. Now, when I say exciting, I'm not just trying to hype it up, I really do find this exciting....Make It Crafty and Tiddly Inks have got together and produced some new images on the Steampunk theme, with some great character and building images. I have to say I've never been interested in Steampunk, but when I got my hot little hands on these images, I printed them off straight away and started colouring. I'm not usually that quick, he he. Anyway, you can read all about it HERE.

So, our theme this week is Colouring Water Reflections, and this is the card I made. I've used Crissy Armstrong's Great Day To Fish image before, but this time I merged it with another digi image, Make It Crafty's The Beach, after erasing the foreground, so that the pier comes from the island into the sea. The image is so big that there wasn't much room for embellishments, so I simply embossed and sanded a sheet of yellow coredinations whitewash cardstock, made some rope from yellow yarn and threaded that through some punched holes, added a 'Gone Fishing!' sign, and also a little palm tree charm that came all the way from the US from my lovely friend Joan, from Stamping With a Passion:

Isn't the palm tree cute?

Images: The Beach, by Make It Crafty;
Great Day To Fish, by Crissy Armstrong, available from Whimsy Stamps
Colouring: Copic markers

Don't forget, we still have the month-long challenge going on till the end of July, you can find that HERE.

I'm entering this is these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Free and easy
Crafters Companion - One For The Boys
Fresh Brewed (month-long challenge) - It's a Guy Thing
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Make a splash - water-themed
Stamp Something - Use a Digi
Sundays With Crissy - DT call 

Have a good week and Happy Crafting everyone!