Monday, 10 November 2008

Did you think........

......I'd disappeared off the face of the earth??

I'm so sorry for neglecting my blog these last few weeks but I did have a lot on my plate recently.

One happy occasion we celebrated was my son Ben's 7th birthday. He's already asking "When will I be 8?"
Here he is with his cake - Disney Cars of course! He is a big Lightning McQueen fan.

And here he is with his sweet little girlfriend Ellis who isn't at all girlie (She loves dressing as a pirate!)

On the subject of Ben - he loves to create, especially painting projects. I came across great puppet kits by Crafty Kids and Ben loved the dinosaur one.

Take a look at the website to see the fantastic range of puppets on offer. I have one small comment to make and that is the paint supplied needs 3-4 coats but when I used my good acrylic paint the coverage was much better. It wouldn't put me off buying more though.

Here he is doing his prep work. I love those busy little fingers hard at work!

Ta Dah!!!! The finished article! Ben is ever so proud of his creation and this occupied him for many hours before and after the making of it.

I've been doing mainly little painting projects so I apologise to all those paper crafters who might not be interested. I'll be back soon with a couple of little name plaques I made recently.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Hey, hey my laptop's back!!!

Happy Days!!!! Thankfully my laptop just needed a new AC adapter.

Well, I thought I'd share a few simple cards with you using this tree from a Stampin up set called "Season of Joy". I don't own this set (wish I did!!) but my friend Judith kindly lent me hers.

I love lettuce ink from Adirondack and used that as my starting point and I just happened to have great green ribbon from Mayarts that worked a treat.

This first card is a 5 min card which I finished with a sparkly star, a corner rounder and a little dotty embossing using a Cuttlebug folder.

This card was inspired by a scrap of Basic Grey paper on my desk. (Mellow, I think??)
The sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms (Mona Lisa Moments - Christmas expressions), inked in another fav Adirondack colour "Stream", bringing out that little blue stripe in the designer paper.

This card was also good for the Color Throwdown challenge no. 14
I know I'm a little late for this challenge but I had a good excuse with my wonky laptop!

This final one used up my last tree and remaining Basic Grey paper.
I blinged it up a little with A muse twinkle stickers on the star.

So, if you are looking for some quick Christmas ideas, why not try one of these!

I still can't quite believe that I didn't colour one thing for these cards and there isn't a copic pen in sight!!!!

Saturday, 11 October 2008

For Father - SU

My friend Judith is a SU demonstrator and she kindly shared some stamps with me last week.
This image is one from the "For Father" set.

There is a great sentiment with this set but for this card I chose to write my own!
The yellow dotty paper and ribbon are both A muse and the lace punch is by Fiskars.
Coloured with copics and apples glazed with Judikins Amazing glaze.

Little close up.
Just another take on the same image but using little scraps of paper and ribbon I had on my desk.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

RST ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm a little sad today as my laptop is leaving for a repair (I hope!). They've promised a 3 day turnaround, so fingers crossed as some of my photo-shopped photos are still on it ready for blogging.
I think the little port that my AC adapter fits into is faulty or the actual AC adapter itself as it won't work off the mains and I can't recharge my battery.
My other AC adapters don't fit so I can't check that.
So I'm back on my old PC that the kids use lately and it is a little slower so bear with me.

I thought I'd share a couple of cards with you that started out purely as little oval panels with absolutely no thought to what the designer paper choice or cardstock colour would be! (Not the best way to work I admit!)

Anyhoo, the stamp set is "Fall leaves and acorns" from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and the sentiment is theirs too. I like how you can get such different looks from the same set by tweaking the colours.

Both use the oval and scallop oval nestabilities, dewdrops, Ranger inkssentials white opaque pen and "Mellow" 6 x 6 paper pad by Basic Grey that RST sell also.

Pic 1, ORANGE - other supplies. Brilliance rocket red, Versamagic pumpkin spice, Versamagic mango madness, Versamagic Hint of pesto.

Pic 2, PURPLE - other supplies. Versamagic eggplant, Versacolour green tea, Versamagic mango madness. Corner rounder from SU and ribbon by Mayarts.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

End of Summer?

I did this card a little while ago and meant to post but forgot!!
I think it marks the end of Summer for us here in N. Ireland - long gone are the sunny days that were few and far between! It is pouring down as I write and there are huge puddles everywhere which my 6 yr old son demands I drive through!

I opted for my Prismacolor pencils for this one just to give my Copics a rest. Hehe!
It is soft and subtle and the light coming through the trees was my white pencil.

This stamp is "Perfect Summer's Day" a Thomas Kinkade image from Cornish Heritage Farms.
The backgrounder is theirs too and one of my favs. I inked it with Jumbo Java.
I finished with some little Prima flowers, stickle and a ribbon tab.

Other supplies: Oval punch from SU, eyelet.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Pink cat Christmas

The starting point for this card was the lovely starry paper by Flair designs and a Fiskars snowflake border punch. This image is one of my favs from Pink Cat Studio and is from a set called "Lily & Tweet".

I wanted to limit the colours I used to colour the image and stuck with reds, tans and a little green to add an accent. I'm not at my desk right now but I think I used the following Copic colours. It's very tempting to use lots of colours but I often find the best results are from a limited palette.

Copics: Skin White, Brick beige, pale sepia, cardinal red, cadmium red, olive, black and cool shadow.
It is very subtle but I did airbrush some cool shadow copic around the main panel.

Accessories: Airbrush system. Snowflake punches by EK success and Dovecraft. Ribbon by Mayarts. Liquid applique and my "couldn't be without" white inkssentials pen for highlights from Ranger.
The sentiment inside is from the same unmounted stamp set.

Here's a little pic of a bonus project. Same image but applied to a candle and glittered to death!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Holly-Day House

I hope you like this as much as I do. This is a new one from the Tom Allen Friendly Kritters range at Cornish Heritage Farms, "Holly-Day House". It is a dream to colour and a perfect excuse to crack open my new long rectangle nestabilities.
The sentiment is by CHF too and I think it would work with quite a few stamps I own.

The gorgeous sparkly paper is from DCWV, 'butterfly' 8 x 8 book but I thought it looked quite Christmassy.

I apologise now for the number of photos but I'm trying to improve my v. basic photographic skills and I'm sure there are a few like me!
I've photographed the main card indoors and outdoors - which looks best? I'm leaning towards the dark one.

Do you see that little motif in the corner? Well, I thought it looked a little bare so I got my Copic multiliner and drew my own little holly and pine sprig and added a bauble too! V. proud if I do say so myself! :o)

Now you've seen it from all angles - I've been admiring photos in this style on other blogs and wanted to give it a try.

Other accessories : Dewdrops, crystal stickles, copics, nestabilities.

Check this card out by Julie Campbell using the same stamp. WOW! You can tell it is one of her favs too.
Or this is another fantastic one by Kristine Reynolds. I love the snowy roof and the hanging sign!