Friday, April 24, 2015

Like a Rose

This week's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to use only the centre of your top layer for your image.  I cheated because I only used one layer.  It was just too elegant to add more, I thought it would detract from the final result.  Besides, I always need lots of flat thank you cards for the end of the year.  This one uses MFP's Roses Set, which I coloured in copics.  I fussy cut a scrap version so I could sponge the blue oval.  The sentiment is from Dogwood Blossoms.

Challenges This Card Meets:
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie
Photo Inspiration
Fussy and Fancy - Springtime Flowers
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Stempelsonne - Handcoloured stamped image
That's Crafty! - Let's Keep it Simple
Wags 'N Whiskers - Flowers
Art Impressions - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Cute Card Thursday - Clean and Simple
DRS Designs - Blooming Beautiful
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie - I chose the flower and the pink, white and blue colour combo
Ruby's Rainbow - CAS
Simon Says Stamp - Clean and Simple

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shine Bright...

I'm on a Bella kick I think.  Either that or a use up my stash kick again.  I love this Bella.  It reminds me of my sister, Twinkle Toes.  As a kid, her report card often had comments about her having great ability but would be more successful if she did not dance or tap her feet in class all the time.  She's going through a tough time right now and could use a bit of brightening up.

This card is all stash.  The green base in one of my last two green Brazzil pages that I got a closing down sale of a LSS.  The image was pre-coloured from my stash.  The DP was part of a card kit and was in my scrap pile.  The pearls were in my give-away pile.  The sentiment came from my Say Everything set from Freshly Squeezed Stamps.  Have I mentioned, I miss them before?

Challenges This Card Meets:
Everybody Art - Pearls
Amusing - Feminine
Fairy Tale Stamper - Favourite Stamp
Sunday Stamps - Colour Challenge of Pink, White, Lavendar, Green
Suzy Bee's - Anything Goes with Dies or Punches
Chocolate, Coffe and Cards - Use a Diecut
Kitty Bee- Fantasy/ Fairy Tale (Tinkerbell anyone?)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Witch Way?

Oops, I did it again... I pulled out all my new stamps to play, and ended up making a card from old stash.  I do love this old Witchie Bella though.  Isn't she fun?  I love purple witches instead of black.  I used my old spider web embossing filer and I ran it through twice to get the webs.  The patterned paper is some old CM paper.  The sentiment is new.  It's my Waltzingmouse Halloween sentiments.  I love this set.  I'm thinking of sending Halloween cards this year instead of Christmas cards.  I have more time to write in October.  Do you think anyone would care?  I used some dark pearls on the chipboard and some purple jelly dots just for fun.  I'm glad this worked out so well.  I've had this layout in my head for about 2 weeks and I had to cut her out at an angle because she was pre-stamped for me so close to the edge of the paper.  I'm still using up images that people stamped for me when I was pregnant and couldn't stamp.  My babies are now in school!

Challenges this Card Meets:
Crafty Calendar - Add a Sentiment
Hiding in my Craft Room - Free Style
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything Goes as long as you use a die cut
Chocolate, Coffe and Cards - Use die cuts
Kitty Bee - Fantasy/Fairy Tale (The wicked witch of the west)
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Throwback Thursday - Anything Goes with a retired stamp
Everybody Art - Use Pearls

Jolly Roger

This week's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge is to make a black and white card.  I was totally inspired by a print that I found almost a month ago in my Pottery Barn catalogue of a square black print of a white jolly roger.  I can't find my catalogue now to show you and for the life of me, I can't find it on their website.  The image was in the background, I don't think it was really intended to be featured but I loved it and wanted to recreate it with my new Pirates set.  I'm so frustrated because I had grabbed the catalogue because I loved quite a few images in it and planned to use it as my inspiration guide for the next little while.    Grrr.

I decided to use a white base to create my frame.  The image is stamped in versa mark and then heat embossed to give some texture and definition.  I used my white chalk pastel to fill in the image and then buffed all the embossing.  After sealing the chalk, I repeated the step to give it enough contrast.  I love the ghostly effect.  I know this isn't for everyone.  It is a bit ghoulish but I think it would make a fun card for male teen.  It's just that little bit outside of the norm.

Challenges this Card Meets:
Fab 'N Funky - Masculine
Creatalicious - Embossing (I used heat embossing.)
Shopping Our Stash - Lost and Found (my chalk pastels)
Incy Wincy - Embossing (I used heat embossing.)
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - No Sentiment

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Heart of Gold

I'm sorry, my post is late.  It's been crazy in our house this week.  We are celebrating a little person's birthday and the yah-yah has been non-stop.  I'm so glad I'll get to craft tomorrow.  Shhh don't tell I'm on the computer now.

This week's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends is to make a gold embossed background.  I had to think on this one for a long time.  I was inspired by the bokeh techniques that are so popular right now.  I used my glossy cardstock, created a mask for the centre using a piece of diecut copy paper and added then some Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Victorian Velvet randomly.  Rather than adding the white circles, I added my gold embossed hearts from MFP's Calendar set.  This was fun.  The sentiment came from MFP's Swans set and was stamped in versa fine.  It feels very dimensional but is a one-layer card.  I may actually have to try the bokeh technique next.

Challenges This Card Meets:
Send a Smile for Kids - For Mom or a Special Female
Fantasy Stampers - Clean and Simple
4 Crafty Chicks - Diecuts (used as a mask)
Throwback Thursday - Stamp that you've owned for more than a year (MFP's Calendar set)
Addicted To Stamps - Clean and Simple
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Friday, April 3, 2015

Staring at the Sun

I had never heard of this technique before but I really like it.  It's called a panel card and it's the challenge for this week's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge.  I will so have to do it again.  I love the hint of dimension on such a clean layout.  I used up a strip of old yellow dp and the image is from "Sun and Moon" and my favourite sentiment is from "Hydrangeas".  You can't see it in this picture but I used my Wink Stella pen on the stars, ribbons and centres of the sun's rays just to give it that hint of sparkle.

Now hopefully, Mr. Sun will come out for everyone to have a wonderful Easter weekend.  It bucketed on us this afternoon while we were out but I'm looking forward to our egg hunts.  Fingers crossed!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Butterfly Birthday

I was so grateful for the excuse to make a card this week.  I'm in report card crunch and can't think straight any more.  I can't wait until I get them done and can have some significant crafting time to myself.

This week's challenge on MFP's Speedy Fox and Friend's challenge is to make a birthday card with butterflies.  I had fun playing with Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch challenge #533.  The images are from Oriental Joy and Lots of Words and the butterflies were stamped twice to allow the wings to fold up a bit for some dimension.  The sentiment is from Huge Blooms.  The ribbon was purchased when I was planning cards for my sister's wedding shower but it didn't make the final cut.  I love how it looks like part of a lattice fence here.

Challenges This Card Meets: