Saturday, 28 September 2013
A couple of week's ago I shared my card using Mo Manning's "Winter Fairy Talva" but this one uses the masculine companion image of "Winter Fairy Halla". Isn't he just too adorable? Actually, I love'em both...LOL! There was a challenge the other week wanting entries which summed up the creator's style. I think this one probably sums me up - particularly when making Christmas cards anyway - using my Promarkers, my Silhouette Cameo, layers - & snowflakes, snowflakes & yet more snowflakes with a touch of sparkle & pearls to finish it off. Do you get the impression that I love Mo's images & snowflakes? LOL
I welded a large snowflake onto my otherwise square card base & layered it all up from there using Mo's gorgeous image & a multiplicity of snowflakes from various designers (including my own), which were either dosed in Stickles or sprayed with Crafter's Companion iridescent spray. The pearls also adorning my flakes were this time created using Liquid Pearls. The overall colour-scheme is a very delicate shade of lilac to turn little Halla into a real "Ice Prince", blowing frosty flakes into the world. Cut from various types of card but mainly the same pearlescent card as the front (for extra sparkle), a couple of the lilac flakes were created as a print & cut so that they matched my chosen papers. I even managed to cut some flakes from 'left-over' card - always a bonus.
For the inside of my card I have, needless to say, still more snowflakes. Some are welded along with a sentiment, into a bordered frame with others welded more simply to an edge. The card-base for the inside was cut from a 'plainer' card so that the sparkle would show up more on the other pieces. Well it does so in RL as sadly, no matter how hard I have tried I can't get the sparkle to show up on the photos which is such a shame. The printed sentiment from DesertDiva was re-coloured to suit but as I wanted black text & a lilac/purple design around it I had to 'cut out' the text using my software & then re-insert a black version before printing. No, I don't make life easy on myself do I!
Well, I know it is quite 'fussy' for a masculine-themed card but I know it works as my son (now 22), on seeing it said he "rated that one very highly"!!! LOL
Challenges I wish to enter this card for are:
Mo's Digital - for the boys
A Creative Romance - fairytale or winged creations
Sweet Stamping - things with wings
Stamping for the Weekend - fairies or fantasy
Sparkles Monthly - fairies or butterflies
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Christmas fairies with a bit of sparkle
Creative Card Crew - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut - Christmas
Oldie But A Goodie - dies/punches (old stash - some of my snowflakes & others are cut from bits of left-over card)
Love To Scrap - fancy border (cut designs on inside of the card)
Digi Sketch - sketch &/or theme (for the boys)
Eclectic Ellapu - for a boy
Paper Crafting Journey - for a boy
Whimsy - masculine
Divas By Design - monochrome
Pile It On - cool or warm colours
Always Something Creative - not colourful
Silhouette Challenges - welded letters (using a Silhouette Cameo)
Crafts-Too - September - texture +twist of shine & sparkle
Wags 'n' Whiskers - sparkle
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes using inspirational sentiment/scripture (cut into the border)
Paper Makeup - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Hi everyone. Back to making Christmas cards again! I have used this month's sketch at CLP for this one (turned on it's side & I then 'pulled' out the now horizontal sections to the side - so I hope this is allowed by the CLP team?). The image I chose is from 'Phindy's Place' & is called 'Big Hill'. It was coloured with Promarkers & a couple of Trias to give me a very subtle colour scheme.
I employed my Cameo as you probably can tell to create the snowflake bordered frame of the top mat & for the swirly side embellishment too. The large snowflake design comprises of 2 layers of snowflake & all my 'snow' was given the necessary seasonal sparkle from 3 various bottles of Stickles & additional 'snowballs' of Cosmic Shimmer glue. The 'snowball' effect was continued with a dotty embossing folder & the trim running along the bottom which is from The Ribbon Girl (not to mention the occasional 'real' lilac pearl embellishment). More snow too from my blue snowflake design papers & some of my card mats were distressed.
For the inside of the card I have 'cut-out borders' onto which I have welded snowflakes for more falling snow & layered up my sentiment (from Desert Diva).
Well, thanks for coming by & have a wonderful week everyone.
CLP - design sketch
Country View Crafts - layers
Hiding in My Craftroom - layers
Creative Card Crew - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut - Christmas
Paper Creators Crafts - make it Christmassy
Word Play Saturday - seasons
Die-Cut Divas - celebrate
Christmas Stampin' - Christmas cheer
Southern Girls - monochrome
Totally Gorjuss - dotty (using embossing folder)
Natalie & Amy's - embossing
Crafts-Too - texture (with twist my style is probably summed up with cutfiles, layers, Promarkers & glitter at Christmas)
Wags'n'Whiskers - sparkle
Creative Belli - ribbon & pearls
Creative Craft - ribbon (has little pom-poms on it)
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Paper Makeup - anything goes
Challenges4Everybody - anything goes
Sister Act - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
No, not my usual style but I am trying my hand at a CAS card this week & I have made this particular card for my father-in-law who has undergone surgery for skin cancer. I hoped the image of this caring 'young nurse' tending to the welfare of her teddy would remind him of the twins playing with him & so give him something to look forward to during this very difficult time.
Coloured with Promarkers & all cut using my Silhouette Cameo to produce a shaped card (round cornered rectangle onto which I welded a circle top right to house the image's mat. The image itself was cut using my Cameo too so her feet & part of the bear's bed peeked out from the circular frame, using the off-set feature to ensure the narrow red mat behind was the size I wanted.
All of which make this a quicker card to create than usual for me but it also had to be given out more quickly too.
Thanks for coming by,
Silhouette Challenges - welding letters (onto rectangle)
Silhouette Blog - weld
ALBC - clean & simple
Love To Create - clean & simple
Eclectic Ellapu - inspired by a song (Doctor, Doctor - Thompson Twins)
Robyn's Fetish - people in their jobs
Crafty Calendar - going on a bear hunt
Cutie Pie - cute card for the boys
Ladybug Crafts Ink - no squares
Creative Cutting - anything goes (all created & cut using my Silhouette Cameo)
613 Avenue - anything goes/ happy fall y'all
Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner - anything goes
I ♥ Promarkers - anything goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - anything goes.
Saturday, 14 September 2013
A very personalised card to share with you all today though you probably wouldn't guess so at first glance. I have made it for my son's birthday & as he is a SpPC, decided to create a card for him using him & his 'beat' as inspiration. In case anyone doesn't know what a Special Police Constable is here in the UK, they have all the powers of a 'regular' but are unpaid and give their services in their 'free time'.
Yes, I ended up literally drawing this one myself too & coloured my image with Promarkers. Well, it's two images really as I have drawn his hat separately, LOL (from what I can gather they are prone to ending up on the floor!) It must look like him too as my daughter recognised her brother right away. :) Having drawn my image, I digitised it so I could cut it out using my Cameo to give me a neat border all around. Also using my Silhouette Cameo, I created a city skyline too & it was welded into the trapezium shape - & as his shifts are nearly always at night have used dark navy card to produce the silhouette effect. To add further 'city-beat' references, I used images from the city centre and a dp of bricks. A number of the layers have been added using glue-gel for dimension & hopefully I have created an all-action layout which echoes the colourful area he patrols.
Drawing more inspiration from a city's surroundings for the inside of the card with graffiti walls, posters & bunting. The Cameo cut out my signs once I had made my 'scruffy' edged poster designs. I didn't make the cut-files for the bunting though. These are designs from Lettering Delights and I strung them up using a length of baker's twine. I did however, make my handcuff design myself running along the top edge as a pattern & I used matt silver paper behind it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Campers - use a stamp (rubber or digi - drew & digitised this one myself)
Order of the Opus Gluei - city-scape
Can You Digi It - go somewhere (Manchester (UK) city centre)
Paper Minutes - cities (Manchester, UK)
Squirrel & the Fox - creations for men
Cupboard Trilogy - male
Whimsy Stamps - masculine
Totally Papercrafts - birthday boys
Crafty Catz - men/boys
Craft a Scene - dusk to dawn
Die-cut Divas - celebrate
Sisterhood of Crafters - use a digi
Sister Act - anything goes
Creative Moments - birthday/anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - anything goes
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes
Paper Parade - anything goes
Hobbycutz - anything goes
Creative Cutting.nl - birthdays
Creative Cutting - anything goes.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Well, when I say 'circular easel' it does also have snowflakes welded onto it so not quite circular any more. LOL. Yes, I do love my snowflakes.....and the selection here are cut-files of mine, Bird's Cards & Heather M - all mis-matched together to give me my very individual flakes. As I mentioned, I also welded a couple of them to the 'snow' bordered frame I created myself using my Silhouette Cameo before layering them up too.
Making my card an easel also ensured that I had extra space for added sentiment & room to write a personal message later - not to mention more snowflakes of course, as I utilised the space at the back of the card as well. I added those layers to reflect those on the main body of the card with gently distressed edges & a snowflake dp from Trine at NbF (but I have to admit most of those printed snowflakes are mainly covered up with my image & it's mats. LOL). The circular sentiment on the front I created myself on the PC & the one on the back is from DesertDiva.
|On the reverse.|
Mo's Digital - anything goes (using a Mo Manning image)
Hobby House - Hobby House Artists
Emerald Faeries - magical creatures
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Christmas fairies with a little sparkle
Southern Girls - make believe
Creative Card Crew - things with wings
Flutterby Wednesday - anything goes with butterflies &/or fairies
Die-cut Divas - let's celebrate (Christmas)
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas
Ladybug Crafts Ink - winter wonderland
Sparkles Christmas - non-tradtional cols (no red, green or gold)
Silhouette Challenges - welding letters
Totally Gorjuss - texture
Country View Crafts Challenges - layers
Christmas Card - something new (my cut-files)
Scrapbook Blessings - circular easel
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - anything goes (as long as it's Christmas)
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
613 Avenue - anything goes (optional spotlight technique).