Thursday, 26 January 2012

Play Date Cafe & A Fond Farewell

Jax over at The Play Date Cafe gave some fab descriptive names for our colours this week… Plum, Pear & Mouldy Cheese!  Now what kind of card does that conjure up?!  Well I’ve been mulling this one over and I went from cute to elegant to cute to elegant and ended up this….
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This card is a CASE of this gorgeous card by Kelly Rasmussen, HERE.
Much as I tried to get this card design out of my head I just couldn’t so had to just go with it.  I hope I did it justice Kelly!!

Here is our sumptuous image for this week’s inspirational colours, love it!

This is a sad post for me today because two of my lovely teamies are moving on from The Play Date Cafe.  We are saying ‘adieu’ to Michele and Andrea.  I say adieu because it won’t be goodbye, we will stay in touch.

Elegance is what Andrea’s cards are all about, they are always beautiful and polished. Andrea is such a gentle and supportive person, truly caring and very calming in her nature.  (I need lots of people around me like that lol)  My favourite memory since knowing Andrea was when she was helping me create some wording for my business cards and she came up with the ‘gem of a card’ from Ruby 2 Shoes!  I love that!!  It’s great that my business cards have a bit of her stamp on them!

Michele’s style is fun and cute and I will never forget when she had not been on the team very long and she had been driving out in her car and heard the song, ‘Ruby, Ruby, Ruby’ by The Kaiser Chiefs.  It prompted her to go in and buy me a copy of PaperCrafts Stamp It magazine and pop it in the post all the way to little ole me in the UK, a magazine I go back to time and time again!  Thanks Michele!  Michele’s fun personality is contagious and she has the ability to bring clarity to ideas/situations, a great person to have around! 

I’m going to leave you with pictures of creations from my lovely teamies of my favourite projects that they’ve both done.  I will miss you both, but let’s stay in touch in wonderful blogland.
Don’t forget to pop by the main blog to see what prizes are up for grabs from our sponsor of the week…
Also you will want to pop round and visit all of the other girls to see what they have been up to and make sure to visit Andrea and Michele’s blogs in particular to wish them all the very best in their ongoing paper crafting adventures!!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Moxie Die Cutting & Paper Issues

It’s me again!  I’m back with a card that I made for one of the current Die Cutting Challenge in the Moxie Fab World which also happens to tie in nicely with the fun ‘All You Need Is Love’ challenge over at Paper IssuesI would encourage you to link up your cards/projects over there too, you will be blown away by some of the inspiring projects by the rest of the DT.
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I was asked to make an Engagement card and wanted it to be elegant but in less traditional colours.  There is a challenge over at Moxie World is to create a project using a die in an innovative way so I threaded some ribbon through the die, I hope it will qualify!  I paired up some gorgeous patterned paper that I got over at The Stamp Attic with my new die from Memory Box sent over by the lovely Suzanne Dean at Color Me Creative, thank you Suzanne!  The butterfly is layered although I’m not sure it shows that well in the photo, you may just be able to make out that the bottom butterfly is chocolate brown.  The ZVA crystals were cut into two so that I could use them at the top and bottom of the card. 
Hope you like it!  I’m working on my accounts at the moment for my tax return due at the end of the month, so not much time to play but I will be back Thursday with another Play Date Cafe card.  Until then, have fun!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Some Wintry Fun over at CMC!

Happy Sunday everyone!

The fun has started over at Color Me Creative with our newest challenge that is all about wintry frost.  I’m in a bit of a purple phase right now so coloured in a little snowy image using purple Copics and patterned papers. 

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I have to apologise because I cannot unfortunately find the name of the image for you, she was one of a few images that I won over a year ago in a challenge and despite looking I don’t seem to be able to find her.  If anybody knows where she is from I’d love to give the appropriate credit so it would be great if you could leave me a comment pointing me in the right direction.

I coloured my image with a central light source.  (I found light sources quite a challenge when I first started colouring but I think I’m slowly getting it!!)  The first thing to consider when colouring an image is where your light source is coming from.  As my little girl is standing quite straight and not at an angle I decided that the light source would be central so I coloured her darker on either side, leaving it lighter in the middle, giving the appearance of light hitting the centre.  Suzanne Dean’s Copic Colouring classes don’t just focus on colouring but also cover some of those tricky ‘arty’ type things such as shading, shadows, light sources which I find incredibly helpful.  She teaches you things to look at and what to do to develop your eye into seeing how light falls.

I used C3, C1 and C0 for the snow and then outlined her in BG10.  My friend gave me the gorgeous glitter to use which finished her off really well, well actually she gave me most of it.. the papers, the flower, the ribbon lol.  Thanks Pauline, you’re a star!

I think one of my goals for this year is to spend more time just playing with my Copics, trying different techniques and seeing what happens with them.  Being a bit of a perfectionist can be a challenge sometimes so it’s nice when I just permit myself to play!  I hope you all do that from time to time too!  Here are the details of the challenge..

NEW CHALLENGE #35 will run until February 3rd!
Your challenge this time is all about


In honor of the winter season we want to see your cold & frosty images!  Use frosty colors to make everyone feel brrrrr....COLD!!!
Use Inspiration Pictures Below as well!

Pop on over to the main Color Me Creative blog to find out all of the challenge details but remember that you can also colour your image with ProMarkers or Coloured Pencils, not just Copics.

One lucky winner will win a fab prize from our Sponsor for this challenge, Lily of the Valley

Visit their store for a great selection of digi stamps perfect for copic/promarker/pencil colouring!!

Pop on over to my fellow teamies to see what delights they have for you..

I'm entering this card into the following challenges...

Cardmadfairy's Digi  – Ribbons & Bows
Cardmaking Mamas – Use Something Old (my digi)
Delicious Doodles – Winter Wonderland

I look forward to seeing what you create. Have fun and most of all keep cosy!!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Clean and Simple Play Date Cafe fun

Phew where is the time going?  It can’t be Thursday already surely?!

Today over at The Play Date Cafe we have a neutrals colour palette for you.  I made this simple little card for it, but I just had to add a splash of orange! Apologies for my picture, it's been really proving difficult to get decent pictures of late, the weather is so overcast.

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I love patterns by Orla Kiely and for Christmas I got her book called Pattern, which is what inspired my card.
Using Blissful Botanicals by Lawn Fawn I stamped the stems and coloured them with my Copics.  I often match up colours of a palette with my Copic pens,  I can then use the pens to hold against the papers and get the colour match.  I have used four colours on this card for the leaves, E87, E77 , W3, C3 and then YR09 and YR07 for the orange flower.  The stamp is from PTI’s Daydreamer set.

We are being sponsored by Paper MakeUp Stamps this week so pop on over to the Play Date Cafe blog to get more information on the prize and also to see some fab inspiration from the DT girls.

I will leave you with the inspiration picture and look forward to seeing what you create with our colour palette this week!
I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Thank you for taking the time to pop by.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Paper Issues–All We Need Is Love

Happy Hump Day!

Paper Issues have a new challenge running called ‘All We Need Is Love’.  (btw am I the only one singing The Beatles’ song having just read that title?!!)   I’ve made this card in the past as a congratulations card but thought I’d make it again and blog it this time because I think it would make a great Congratulations card to a newly engaged couple!
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The images are Paper Smooches and the paper is by MME.  I am so pleased that I ventured into the Copics world.  Expensive hobby, yes, but sooo worth it.  Colouring is just too much fun!!  I love how you can play around with colours and make them match your papers.  If you like to colour then pop on over to Color Me Creative and sign up for some Copic classes, a great way to get you using those pens!

Hope you like it!  Have fun! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a CAS card for tomorrow’s new Play Date Cafe challenge.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Lawnscaping–Winter Wonderland

Today I’m back to share another project as guest designer over at Lawnscaping Challenges.
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The theme this time is Winter Wonderland. I chose to cover a small notebook with pencil and make a mini card to match. I don’t use purples that often so thought this would make a nice change.

I decided I wanted to create my own patterned paper.  I buy a lot of patterned paper but thought it was time to have a play at creating my own, so I dug out some distress inks and two sets of wintry stamps, Frosties & Critters in the Snow.

I firstly coloured some plain white cardstock using a mix of Seedless Preserves and Tumbled Glass and my sponge applicator tool.  Once this was done I simply stamped the snowflakes on using Seedless Preserves as my ink.  This is the completed piece of patterned paper that I used for the notepad.
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For the blue border I ran my Tumbled Glass inkpad across white cardstock and die cut it with my PTI border die.
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The darker purple strip was created by using Versamark ink with white embossing powder and then I just ran my Dusty Concord distress inkpad across it as shown above.
For the notebook I turned the book onto the coloured patterned cardstock as shown below and using pencil I marked a line around the edges and cut away the excess. 
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I used a corner chomper to round the corners to match the curved corners of the pad.  I then added another piece to the top and the back to cover it.  When doing this remember to check where the elastic will sit once the book is closed, I nearly put my blue border down too low!  You also need to allow a little bit of extra room at the top so that when you open the pad it isn’t too tight.

Finally I stamped out two little penguins and coloured them in with my Copics.  I was playing around with the 'bridging' technique that I learnt over on my Color Me Creative classes where you blend two colours together that are a few shades apart.  It takes some practice but it's a great way to get more colours out of your collection.  I thought about doing traditional coloured penguins but I decided I would have purple ones instead with blue tummies, why not lol

I hope you liked my little project.  The wonderful Lawn Fawn are our sponsors this week. 
Have you seen any of the Lawn Fawn sneak peeks on the Lawn Fawn blog?  Ooh la la, I think I spy a shoe in there!! (bottom right)  I hope it is because that would work for my Ruby 2 Shoes wouldn’t it?!!  I could add shoes to everything lol

Pop over to the main blog to see more information on the prize and don’t forget to visit the other DT members’ blogs too;

Laurel Beard -
Melania Deasy  -
Lynnette Kauffman -
Tamara Laan -
Ayana Posadas -
Christy Reuling -
Britta Swiderski -
Vera Yates -
I’ve REALLY enjoyed my time as Guest Designer, no doubt you will see me playing along in the challenges again soon too.  Thank you Lawnscaping for asking me to guest design with you and for being so welcoming.

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