Saturday, 23 February 2013

For My Daughter

Two posts in as many days! Don't get used to it!!!! LOL.

Back to the 'girly' cards, (much safer territory, LOL) and as you can see by the title, this one is for my daughter.  Back too, to the plethora of cut-files which I just love creating. The image, from A Day for Daisies  is called 'Birthday Balloons' was chosen by my daughter herself - I put my file of digis up on screen & told her to choose one! LOL. I then got out my Promarkers to colour it in using the photo from 'The Shabby Tea Room' as inspiration. My digi papers printed out a little more blue than they had appeared on screen but that is sadly beyond my control. The required 'brown' element is her hair & I picked out the pinky undertones of that brown for a couple of balloons to 'lift' it slightly, if you know what I mean. That said, I do happen to see pinky tones in the photo in the shadows of the cyclamen - but that could just be my imagination or dodgy eyesight! LOL

The sketch I decided to use this time around is from 'Sketch 'n' Stash' which I thought pretty versatile & would lend itself to my style of crafting - or at least to me making loads of cut-files for it. :) There is one cut-file which I didn't create & that was the border strip which is from svgcuts. The rest - the card base itself, the 'daughter' fretwork & mat, etc are all my own.  The cutting around the balloon strings I wouldn't have dared do by hand but having tweeked the nodes around them to give me a tad more space, my Cameo didn't let me down. The card base and some of the layers, were cut from my favourite pearlescent card and even more sparkle & shine comes from the silver mirri board mats.

More cut-files too for the back/inside of my card, layered up to complement the front design rather than copying it & I added a sentiment to my oval centrepiece leaving me enough room to write at the bottom later. I didn't replicate the pearls that are on the front exactly either - opting for tiny circles cut from my pearlescent card but coloured using Promarkers for no other reason that it means the inside of the card is then more or less flat whilst still giving the same overall effect.

Thanks visiting my blog and thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:
Sketch 'n' Stash - design sketch
Shabby Tea Room - colour palette from inspirational photo + silver
A Day for Daisies - die cuts (+ ADFD image) - used a Silhouette Cameo digital cutter
Crafty Catz - dies/punches
Crafting For All Seasons - dies/punches
Card Makin' Mamas - birthday
Broken Box Stock - birthday
Digistamps4joy - birthday
Creative Card Crew - birthday
Inky Chicks - Mother's Day or birthday
Sweet Stampin' - Mother's Day or special lady (my daughter is my special lady)
Paper Shelter - any celebration
Happy Campers - a favourite stamp (my daughter's favourite digi)
Sweet Pea Stampers - digital stamp
Aud Sentiments - inner sentiment
Deep Ocean - b (is for balloons)
Stampavie & More - lots of layers
Eureka - inspired by a song (Daughter by Bread)
My Time To Craft - inspired by a film or song (Daughter by Bread)
Word Art Wednesdays- anything goes using scripture or sentiment.

Friday, 22 February 2013

A Monsterously Good Birthday

Well I am giving CAS (clean & simple) another go, as you can see & what is more, I am back to making cards for males in my life. Always a little tricky to do as you know, I have gone all 'monster' as I reckon monsters & dinosaurs etc. are fairly 'safe' territory image-wise. This card uses part of an image from A Day for Daisies called 'Monster Chris', (image name totally co-incidental I might add, as it bears no resemblance to my good self - at least I hope not! LOL) & I have my chosen monster peeping out of his circular mat.  I have of course, used my Promarkers to colour him in.

Having layered my selected Spring-coloured papers in a simplistic kind of way as befits a CAS card, added a hopefully appropriate circular sentiment I created myself to go with the image.  My beloved Cameo did the honours for my shapes (which having made the shapes I wanted used & found the relevant papers, used  the print & cut feature).

Unlike my last CAS card, I managed to keep the insert very simplistic too, opting for just a 'plain' paper one. Yes, not quite entirely 'plain' as I added a row of 'Monster Chris' at the top edge and a subtle larger version for the area I will eventually handwrite the 'to & from' on. The added sentiment hopefully matches my papers too.

Yep, as you can see I also made this card twice - well, this is my busiest time of year for birthdays! LOL.

Thanks for dropping by,

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:
Sparkle & Sprinkle - colour palette
A Day For Daisies - use a die cut (Cameo digital cutter)
My Time To Craft - men only
Cards Galore - one for the men
Broken Box Stock - happy birthday
ABC - H for happy birthday
Card Makin' Mamas - birthday
Digistamps4Joy - birthday
Creative Card Crew - birthday
Inky Chicks - Mother's Day or birthday
Paper Shelter - any celebration
Sweet Pea Stampers - digital stamp
Eureka - inspired by a song (The Monster Mash)
Aud Sentiments - sentiment on the inside
Paper Playtime - sentiment
Squigglefly - use a sentiment
Stampotique - use text
Totally Papercraft - hope for Spring (fresh Spring colours)
Cutie Pie - pretty pastels
Forever Friends (monthly) - animals, birds or butterflies (I think my monster probably counts, LOL - but if not just let me know girls)
Crafty Boots - out of your comfort zone (CAS really is for me - so tempting to add 'more', LOL)
CCEE Stampers - C is for.... CAS, Cardstock, Cutting (with my) Cameo, Circles & how about Crazy eyes!
Southern Girls - banners or pennants
Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes
Digi Makeover - digi + anything goes
Crafting By Design - anything goes.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

As If I Could Forget.....

No, this one isn't titled this way because I forgotten a birthday - but I can't easily forget it as the recipient, my nephew, celebrates the day after mine in March. LOL. Wouldn't this adorable image work so well for a 'sorry I forgot' card too, with this cute two-some from Elizabeth Dulemba?  I had great fun colouring the elephant with my Promarkers, masking the image to give him a blue background with my airbrush.  I do love colouring!!!! That and creating my cut-files - could do it all day if I could. All I need is to get paid to do it & I would 'have it licked' as they say! LOL. The tiny mouse is coloured in similar colours as his larger friend to make them a perfect pair & I cut my image having added a printable 'stitch'.

The layout I chose for my card is from Tuesday Morning Sketches and as you can see, is rather CAS (Clean & Simple) compared to a lot of my cards. Does you good to mix it up a bit though, doesn't it? LOL  I chose clean, fresh Spring-like papers (how's that for optimism? LOL) & having made my vertical 'banner' cut file, again used the print & cut feature. I also used the Silhouette Studio software to create my sentiment.

Inside layout.
Well, yes it is indeed a CAS card but I have to admit I just couldn't resist adding a few more 'extras' to the inside of the card in the form of little chevron borders down the sides with a larger 'zig-zaggy' one at the top. Kept the layout a reverse to the one on the front but have kept the sentiment circle blank so I can write who the card is to & from etc. later by hand.

Isn't this big fella just too cute!
Take care everyone.

Tine :)

Challenges I would like to enter this card for are:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - design sketch (with or without washi tape)
I ♥ Promarkers - happy birthday
Creative Cutting (must use cut files) - birthday card
Craft Us Crazy - use your cutter/dies or fav. technique
Just Us Girls - masking technique
Crazy Challenge - for a birthday
Love To Create - let's celebrate
Creative Corner - for the boys
Cards Galore - one for the men
Crafting For All Seasons - colour palette
Delightful - think Spring colours
ABC - G is for going dotty
Forever Friends (monthly)  - animal, bird or butterfly
Alphabet - zig-zag (chevron cut files & also paper)
SweetPea Stampers - use a digi
Fairytale - stitching
Word Art Wednesday - (sentiment/word art) - anything goes
Bearly Mine - anything goes
Hanna & Friends - anything goes (with a cute image)
Baffies Kreativladen Shop - anything goes but no Magnolia.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

I ♥ U

I had so many ideas as to how to make my Valentine's card for my OH that I was finding it difficult to decide which to use. In the end, I created a whole new set of cut files (any excuse, I know, LOL), using my Cameo to create my 'I ♥ U' shaped card and added an image from Precious Moments too.

I coloured my chosen image with Promarkers (as I always do, LOL) and added it to my specially constructed shaped base, layering up with a heart design paper too. To this paper I added a row of paper-piercing, this time adding 'stitches' to it with a fineliner pen. I even managed to squeeze in a bit of paper-piecing too - on his bow-tie, again a paper with tiny hearts all over it.

The reverse - showing the 'restrained' (& heart embellished) stand.
If you look at the back of the card you will see that it is a kind of restrained tent-fold idea so that the card won't collapse whilst on the window sill. I created tiny hearts (and 'dashes' to echo those I had popped onto the large heart on the card front) and then added yet another heart to the centre-back onto which I had welded 'From ?'  Like he doesn't know, eh? LOL. I could have course, popped all those tiny hearts into the envelope to fall out when it is opened, but as it would be me that tidied them up, I don't think I will bother! LOL.

Hope you have a great week, everyone.

Tine :)

Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:
Cameo Creations (must use the Silhouette Cameo or SD) - love
Craft Us Crazy - get into cutting
Paper Shelter - alter something or card with many folds
Kaboodle Doodles - hearts
PumpkinSpice - hearts
Card Makin' Mamas - love
Frosted Designs - love / heart
Ladybug - Valentine's Day &/or love
Lexi's - Valentine / love
Ooh-la-la - love story
Sweet Stampin' - love is all around
Cards For Men - all my love
My Time to Craft - love is in the air
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - Valentine's
Dream Valley - Valentine's
My Sheri - Valentine's
Di's Digis - Valentine's / love
Digi Haven - love / Valentine
FAT pages & cards - love
Crafty Calendar - love & marriage
Hiding In My Craftroom - reds
Cupboard Trilogy - red & romance
TipTop - let me call you sweetheart
2 Sister's - white, red &/or pink
Allsorts - cute
Creative Belli - rhinestones
Crafty Catz - anything but square
Bearly Mine - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes.