Friday, 24 May 2013

Moxie Fab World - GIFT TAG challenge

Just a quick post to enter a tag in the MFW Gift Tag challenge.
I've been meaning to sit down and make lots of tags, so I can't believe this is first attempt.

I thought it would be a good opportunity to make a start on Christmas tags.

The stamps are all from Kaisercraft and the inks of course are distress inks.

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger/ Mojo Monday

 For some reason, this has felt like a very long week - it could be the onset of Winter or the daily visit to the doctors with my Dad, who's been having blood tests, Xrays etc to find out what's wrong to be told today, they don't know what's wrong and hopefully he'll be better next week! Poor dad (and Mum who's trying to cope with him)! They're both 87 and live in Independent Living at a fab retirement place, have a very busy life and are very inspiring!

Today I made a card for the current MFW Tuesday Trigger (Feather Weather) and decided I'd need a sketch, so I based it on the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

Isn't the inspiration for the Tuesday Trigger beautiful! I think it could be my favourite yet!
I followed the sketch fairly closely, except the embellishments on the right hand side would have been too much!

The stamp is from Craft Individuals, the paper is from MME and the pearls and  brad are from Kaisercraft.
The ribbon is satin seam binding dyed with distress inks and then frayed to make it shabby.
Oh and I almost forgot, I coloured the image with my gorgeous new  Faber- Castell  watercolour pencils that I won via Sanketi's blog.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Runway Inspired RIC#36

Hi there. Well I had an idea when I saw the new challenge for Runway Inspired challenge - I remembered I had some chipboard triangles left over from Christmas so this is what I did with them ...

So I made a vintage, non traditional Christmas card! Yay my 1st Christmas card for 2013!

I haven't made a card without any stamping or ink for a long time, so it was a change to work with pretty paper again.
Actually I have inked the edges of the base card with Victorian velvet distress ink.
I covered the chipboard with paper from the  Prima Botanical Collection and sanded the edges.
I also haven't done much sewing on my cards lately, but that will change, because It's just been fixed (the dogs chewed the foot pedal cord!)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Case Study Challenge #141

I just adore Maille's card for this challenge and love her new fun sequin card just as much. I have been trying to think outside of the square, but I'm feeling far too 'right-brained today'!

Never-mind, I decided to take this opportunity to christen my Lovely Layers stamps from PTI. I got these stamps a few months ago and it was one of those sets I just 'had to have' but haven't yet used! Shame on me! So today I've got inky and I'm now inspired to have a lot more fun with these stamps.

Don't look too closely, because I haven't lined it up perfectly, but I love this stamp a lot!
The sentiment are made with Memory Box  dies and then swiped with ink and embossed.
The burgundy panel was also swiped with ink and embossed with clear opals (thick) powder.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Another Runway Inspired & Simon Says Stamp Challenge

I wasn't very happy with my last card and I had an idea knocking around in my head so here is a 2nd card for the Runway Inspired Challenge and also The Simon Says Stamp challenge, which is flower power.

First of all, I'm sorry it's a bit blurry, but it's too dark now for another photo, I'll try to get a better one tomorrow,
The background stamp is from Kaisercraft and the sentiment is American Crafts Amy Tangerine.
The ferns have been die cut with a Memory Box die and coloured and the wood background was coloured with Twinkling H2Os. The flower is handmade using organza ribbon.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Runway Inspired Ric #35 Miu Miu

Hi everyone.

It feels like winter is just around the corner, today is grey and wet and I'm all rugged up. Consequently my Mojo is wavering today!  I had a couple of nice things happen though.  I won last week's Case Study Challenge which makes me happy, it is one of my very favourite challenges because there is so much talent and inspiration there! The other nice bit of news was winning a prize from Wida - some gorgeous brads from Heidi Sonboul.

Anyway, here is a card for the Runway Inspired challenge...

Can you see where I got my inspiration? The stripes for the dress and background and the dots on the little cakes for the gorgeous handbag!
This card is not very me - too girly, but I've owned this Hero Arts set for so long and I've only used it once! 
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Flower Power and A Blog Named Hero - Clean up Your Act!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Case Study Challenge #140

Happy Mothers' Day to those who celebrate today!  Especially Chupa, who I'm sure is very happy today! Just a quick post as I'm racing off to see my son play footy and then to a family lunch.

This week's inspiration at the Case Study challenge is another beauty from Maile Belles.

I've used the ever popular Hero Arts butterfly stamp and the background stamp is from Just right
Stamps. I used antique linen and brushed corduroy to highlight the butterfly and white gel pen and enamel. 

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Simon Says stamp and Show - Inspired By

It's an absolutely glorious Autumn day here - more like an Indian Summer.
So I felt like making a happy, sunny card!

I just realised that I haven't been entering many challenges lately, except for Case Study, Runway Inspired and mostly MFW. So I had a bit of a blog browse and decided to make a card for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, which is to make something inspired by someone else's creativity.

There are so many artists who inspire me, but there are 2  ladies in particular who blow me away where their amazing talent  with any colour media. I'm talking about Jennifer McGuire and Jill Foster.

Here is an example of their cards

These colourful cards are made by Jill.
This amazing card is made by Jennifer.

This is my card...

I just love this Painted Rose stamp from Hero Arts!
I need to practise a lot to get it looking as good as Jen McGuire's, but it looks gorgeous no matter what you do with it. I used distress ink and Sparkle n soft in the centre. The background card was inked with mustard seed yellow and then using a stencil was sponged with wild honey.

I'm also entering this in the Moxie Fab World Watercolour challenge as I did use watercolour on the rose  and A Blog named Hero challenge 'all that glitters'

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Moxie Fab World TT - Pretty Little Petit Fours

I've finally got around to making a card for the MFW Tuesday Trigger.
I usually do a fairly literal translation of the trigger, but this time I decided I wanted to use my gorgeous Japanese papers, so the colours are different but I've still got the idea of the litlle squares and the flowers. I hope you like it!

I used my new Memory Box die for the 'happy', the 'birthday' is an old die. The wooden dragonfly is from Kaisercraft and is coloured with gold ink.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Case Study Challenge #139

Hi there. Today I've made a card for the Case Study Challenge. They have a very special Muse this month - none other than Maile Belles! Maile always has the most amazing, CAS  designs.

Here is the inspiration card for this week...

Well as you can see, I've used a very old stamp - Stampin Up 5th Ave for the rose and the sentiment is another oldie from my sentiment collection. The designer paper is from the AC Dear Lizzie Neapolitan collection. I used inktense watercolour pencils to colour the image an splatter the background.

I'll also enter this in the Moxie Fab World Watercolor Wonders challenge.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Another Baby Card for Aga

I decided to make another card for the Runway Inspired Baby Shower challenge, because I loved the inspiration and hey, you can never have enough baby cards - right!?
Congratulations again Aga on the arrival of your little girl, Helena. Can't wait to see the photos!

The image is from Pink Petticoat and I just had to add a little pink and of course gold sparkle.
This glitter is a pink/ gold - I just love it! I've mounted the card with foam - I really like this look at the moment, although I do find foam tape to be very costly.

NB: the photo was taken late afternoon, so the light was a bit dull, will try to get a better one tomorrow.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Runway Inspired - A Baby Shower and another Watercolour

I was very excited to hear that the gorgeous Aga from Runway Inspired design team has had a baby girl - named Helena.  Congratulations to Aga and family.

I adore every single card that Aga makes and when I think of her cards, I think of watercolour, so I have used the inspiration photo as well as incorporating watercolour into my card.

I originally planned for the card to portrait orientation, but when I took the photo it looked better as a landcape card.

The tag is from AC Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 5th & Frolic collection. I used distress ink pens and Twinkling H2os for the watercolour and gold glitter with glue on the tag. The baby sentiment was added with very old MM rub-ons!

It's been raining most of the day, so taking a photo was challenging, I prefer natural light.

I'll also enter this in the MFW watercolour challenge.