Friday, 30 April 2010

‘Ginger Tomasina’

Passion for Promarkers Wk 49 – Sketch and 2 handmade flowers.
The Secret Crafter #80 - Distressing
Creative Craft Challenge - Bloomin' marvellous
Quixotic Challenge #23 - How distressing!

Hi, and for this card I have used an image from My Grafico, the ‘hug a cat’ stamp which, given his stripes, just has to be a ginger tabby! It is this stamp which has influenced the rest of the card, as its the cat's colouring which dictated my other colour choices.

Following the basic guidelines of the sketch, I cut a square of white card & coloured it with Promarkers to match those used for the image and then inked the very edge with a black ink pad. The circle was made in textured card stock and coloured to match in tonally and had its edge distressed with sandpaper to reveal the white beneath. The green horizontal strip was made from the same white textured card as the circle and I used my Promarkers again to turn it the same green as that of the dress to ensure a perfect match. The background is DCWV paper which has its edges inked with distressed ink - the ‘Tea Dye’ colour from Tim Holtz, and this in turn was matted onto black satin cardstock which had its edges distressed with sandpaper too. Behind that is grey card which has also had its edges inked, but this time with black.

As for the two handmade flowers, I wanted to create spiky ones to match the girl’s spiky hair and I needed to look no further than the PFP site for guidance. Weekend Workshop #20 has a great tutorial from Caryn. Following the instructions given in this tutorial, I made two long triangles but for mine, I coloured the narrowest third of the triangle with Promarkers to match the daisies on the image. This meant that when I rolled the ‘flowers’ up they created the colourful centres to match both those on the image and those on the background paper.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you like this week’s card.

Monday, 26 April 2010

FBW #106 & Simon Says Challenge - Enchanted Fairy Wood

Challenges: Flutterby Wednesday
Simon Says Stamp

I only came across the FBW Blog Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp one on Sunday afternoon and just had to play along, especially as they both specified 'something with wings'.

Onto my mats of black, purple and then silver mirri card, I have printed my own background paper - created from several images, including one with butterflies on it from a MCS CD Rom. These have been overlaid on top of one another and I then added a rectangle behind the top layer. This was not only because it was part of the design criteria but I think it helps to give the impression that the fairy is looking through a ‘magical window’ in the forest around her. This was then printed out and matted onto the base.

The fairy herself is a stamp from Kanban, coloured with Promarkers, and her wings are glittered with Stickles. The wings themselves have been made in 3 layers, pink paper ones stuck onto the underside of the next layer which is in white card and given a Stickled edge. The top layer of wings is in matching paper to the background and has Stickles drawn onto them to denote the pattern on the wings. I made the wings in several layers as I was hoping to achieve the effect of them fluttering. Not entirely sure that it works, but that was the idea! The fairy is sat on a strip of black and silver card to look though the ‘window’ and is used for the horizontal elements on the design page. The three circles from the design spec I have interpreted not at the bottom of the card but at the top of the card as you can see, and I decided to use 3 flat-backed beads which reminded me of pearl ladybirds (obviously enchanted pearly ladybirds!).

Hope you all like my contribution to the Challenges and if you feel able to leave a comment, I would love to read it.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Tilda Makes a Daisy Chain

Passion for Promarkers – ‘In the garden’
Just Magnolia – anything goes
magicalcraftsfortnightlychallenge -Something for the girls .

Hi everyone and this week’s card is another made with colours to celebrate the lovely sunny spring days we have been having.

I have used a Papermania pastel paper from the Colossal range as a ground and this has been matted onto silver mirri. Onto this I have combined a paper from Crafter’s Companion Easter set with papers from an old download which was available on the Internet.

A small flower punch supplied me with the loose daisies used at the top corners and which also fit into gaps in the daisy strewn grass paper Tilda stands on. A Martha Stewart punch border runs behind the CC paper to echo the outfit’s lacy edges and a circular Fiskars’ punch has been used to create the shape of the large daisy behind the figure. Tilda herself is holding a daisy chain created by colouring some yarn with my Promarkers and I then made the ‘daisies’ by punching small circles, colouring each side to look ‘daisy-like’ and then threaded them onto the now green yarn. As usual, Tilda is coloured with Promarkers .

Hope you like this week’s creation enough to leave a comment.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Just Magnolia - First Birthday Challenge

Hope the weather is as glorious where you are as it is here. I would love to win the Blog Hop - I could do with more Tildas! LOL . It is so generous of Simon Says Stamp! to sponsor the Blog Hop as well as the challenge this week.

I have enjoyed working to Mina’s design and have used Happy Tilda again as she is so versatile. The papers were from a printable download some while back, so sorry, can’t remember where but the light blue gingham has been used with white card and a silver mirri board mat. The main shape behind Tilda was taken from Keepsake’s Sophistication Board and the horizontal designs were punched using a Fiskar’s design. A silver peel off emphasises the oval shape given in the design criteria and the three circles on the also on the design sheet have been interpreted with 3 darker flowers at Tilda’s feet. These 3 flowers also have larger diamante centres than the other flowers, all of which were secured to the punched flowers with a Quickie Glue pen (whether they really wanted to be glued there or not – I won that battle!)

For the message I printed off my ‘Thank You’ on the PC’s word processor and turned it into a banner for Tilda to hold using cocktail sticks. I decided not to colour these as the plain wood seemed to match her hair colouring quite well. To finish the banner off I added iridescent beads to the top of the sticks.

Hope you like this week’s challenge card.


Thursday, 15 April 2010

Tilda goes to catch her pony.

Hi again, and today's card is to fulfill the requirements of two blogging challenges:

Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Create a scene card

Magnolia-licious Highlites - (sketch #1 by Claudia Rosa)

After I had watercoloured the central panel I added a grass stamped front edge. I have used a relatively older design of background paper from K & Company- Studio K, but thought the colourway and the denim-like fabrics suited the story I wanted to tell. As this paper features fake stitching, it also lent itself to me adding stitching of my own, so I have sewn around the central watercoloured scene (which was matted onto ribbed card) with zig-zag stitches. Tilda's pony in the field beyond was coloured with my Promarkers, (an image 'How to draw a cartoon horse', on which was useful, as I do not have a Magnolia horse stamp - and besides, this one had to be 'little' supposedly as it has wandered off down the field!) The fabric flowers were from my stash but I felt sat well besides the punched daisies from the pony's field and those 'escaping' from the horizontal white paper. Tilda herself was coloured with Promarkers, but her jumper on this occasion was in blending chalks to add to the overall texture.

I hope my card making is improving, so if you like today's card, let me know and please leave a comment. Thanks. :)

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Magnolia Challenge 50 - Punch It Out

Hello again, and what another beautiful day of sunshine this weekend. Hope it is just as bright where you are. It is pure coincidence that I used the sun as inspiration for this week's challenge!

I have used a large circular Fiskars punch to create two circles of Papermania’s yellow vellum for my glowing sun and each layer has been cut from a slightly different shade of yellow, the deepest shade being for the outer layer. This was then matted onto circular gold mirri-board. The actual background paper was printed off from one of Artylicious’ CDs - the’ Damask Delights’ by Glenda Waterworth, and this was put onto square cardstock and the edges inked.
Tilda herself was coloured with my trusty Promarkers and kept as a blonde to co-ordinate with the colourway I chose this week. The co-ordinating ribbon and sunflower embellishment were from my stash and the messages which I chose to add as tabs to the edges of two sides were made on the PC.

Hope you like it and if you do, please leave a comment. Thanks. :)

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Passion for ProMarkers - week 46 - The Young Ones

This is my first attempt at a Promarker Challenge, so I hope you like it!

The stamps used are Kanban's Patchwork Pals, stamping a separate front body for the little girl and then stamping her trousers, shoes and tiara individually before colouring in each with the Promarkers, assembling and 'dressing' her. The back image of the girl was then stamped individually in the same manner, with the back tiara sandwiched between the front and back images so it looks as if it sits at the front of her head.

She is stood at the front of the card on a 'carpet' of Kanban paper and the window aperture is highlighted with a silver peel off. The balloons were stamped & coloured onto acetate and the crochet thread 'strings' put into her hand. The top left hand side of the white card embossed by hand with circles to echo the balloon shapes.

The inside of the card has a border of card around the aperture to create a window frame and a white paper insert added (for 'To' and 'From' etc). It is onto this insert that stars were added which peep through the window when viewed from the front. The stamped and Promarker coloured balloons, also with strings attached, go down behind 2 stamped and Promarker coloured presents. These link to the third present under the aperture by means of a silver peel off which also runs up the right hand side of the insert.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Magnolia Challenge 49

Gosh, was I surprised when I won last week's challenge! Well, onwards we go and another week and another challenge. As 'Folds' was the theme, I have decided to use the Miniboox board from Keepsake as the base and fold the design outwards. I have entitled this card 'Spring not yet sprung', (due probably to the hailstones pounding down when I started crafting this card!) Using one sheet of lilac A4 card I embossed the floral outline on the Miniboox board twice and cut out. Each was then folded forwards along the two central lines and joined together with tape so that a spine is created. Placing them back to back creates a carousel shape. It was then a case embellishing each of the 4 sides to this card.
Tilda (yes, it is Fall Tilda, but at least she is wrapped up warm for the weather...), is coloured with Promarkers in Spring-like colours to match the various papers I have chosen - K&Company's Sparkly Sweet and Papermania Colossal Pastels but also a blue hand made paper for extra texture. The large lilac flower added to the first side of the card is hand drawn and coloured, with a blanket-stitched edge drawn with a fineliner pen to echo the design on Tilda's hat and is also set at an angle to copy Tilda's. The 'button' is also made of card with fibres sewn through two punched out holes, and is also set at the same angle as on Tilda's hat. Hand drawn little flowers and sequins are added to the paper grass on each of the 4 sides. I can't remember where the dragonfly stamp was from, but it printed onto two sides and is set onto lilac wire.
The other 'main' side of the card featuring Tilda, has a butterfly taken from the K&Company's paper with a bejewelled body, but I have kept the other two sides relatively flat so that it can be folded down making it hopefully easier to send. The other sides also feature the verse etc, all done on the PC and the all important label so that it can be signed.
I hope you all like this weeks' creation and I would love to hear from you. :)