Saturday, 14 December 2019

Spring Jasmine

Hi all
This is my second inspiration card for this month's challenge over at Ching Chou Kuik's Facebook challenge.
For this card I have used the gorgeous Spring Jasmine image which you can find here.
Isn't she just the most adorable image ever?
Once again I have coloured with my copics and I am really pleased with how this turned out.  I wanted the shawl to look quite lightweight against her dress - do you think it works?
Obviously Jasmine is usually white which is why I have done white flowers.  I haven't just left them as uncoloured either, no sirreee!  There are four different colours on those flowers, three greys and a lemon.  I am quite pleased with them too.
The vine leaves are a John Next Door die called Ivy Corner.  They cut beautifully and I think they give a fabulous shape to set off those flowers which are from my ever depleting stash, really must go flower shopping!! Lol
The papers are from Lili of the Valley with Raspberry Road called Shabby Shack.  I really don't know what I am going to do when I have used all these papers as they don't produce them any more! Boohoo.
Anyhoo, I can't wait to see what fabulous entries you come up with for this month's challenge. Don't forget that you can also enter at the Ching Chou Kuik Blog challenge too as their themes are the same as the Facebook themes.
Right, must get on.
See you soon.


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Through the Window - Digi Choosday Challenge

Hello everyone
Well, things are moving along quite quickly now aren't they?  Not long before the big man goes a visiting!  Hope you are all ready? Lol

I wanted to show you my latest creation today which is a bit different for me.  I feel like I have regressed to my childhood! hahaha

For my card this time I made a "Window frame" which I cut out of Kraft card and then painted with white gesso.  I suppose I could have just used white card really couldn't I? Lol

So I wanted people to think that they were in this room and were looking out at the sweet little Carol Singer outside with her pretty little reindeer and singing birds. The image is called Winnie Heavenly Angel, Musical Winter, isn't she just the cutest?

In order to make it look like an inside window I added a piece of "net curtain" and a "pelmet" (gosh I sound old now don't I??)  I used a wooden skewer for the pole and then folded the top of the net over and stitched along the width and then threaded it onto the pole.  I was going to leave it like that but it just didn't look finished so added the chunkier lace on top.

To add to the feeling of being inside I attached a line of little stockings to the window sill. These came from the Winnie Winterland Tags and Frames digital download I changed the colour of these in my Craft Artist programme to match the "wallpaper" 😀

I added a sentiment, again from the same Tags and Frames download, which I again changed the colour on and then finished off the front with some sparkly gems.  

Then I coloured up the sweet little image and added it to the inside of the card.  I had to fiddle around with where it printed on my page so that when I trimmed the paper it fitted square on the inside.

The image is coloured with my polychromo pencils and the background is done with Pan Pastels.  I have added some sparkle to the fur on her hat and coat but it doesn't really show up very well on the pics.  Looks okay IRL though! Lol

So, there you go then.  What do you think?  Does it look like my granddaughter made it?? Lol (She is 2 by the way! 😂😂😂😂)

Now remember today is the start of the new challenge over at Digi Choosday which means not only do you have another two weeks to submit an entry for the challenge but you also get a MAHOOSIVE DISCOUNT on selected digital products over at the POLKADOODLES STORE.
Hop on over to the DIGI CHOOSDAY CHALLENGE BLOG and pick up your DISCOUNT CODE and have a mooch around the store.
You have to be quick though, it only lasts until midnight!

Right, I shall be off then.  Please let me know what you think of my project, I do love to read all your comments.


Saturday, 7 December 2019

A Gift For You!

Hi all
Here is the first of my inspiation posts for the last challenge of the year over at Ching Chou Kuik's Facebook group.
This month's challenge theme is:
Choice is yours.
I hae gone with Happy Birthday for this first card and have used the wonderful,
A Gift For You, hence the blog header! Lol

Coloured with my copics and used colours I wouldn't usually go for, mustard!  I love how it has turned out.

Now I don't know if you can see it (trust me you can't unsee it once you do, hahaha) but if you look at the wings can you see a bird's head and beak??  Every time I look at the image, it is all I can see now. Lol

The sentiment is a Claritystamp from one of their fabulous Wordchains and the flowers and lace are from my stash.

Hope you all get a chance to join in with the challenge this month.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with.



Friday, 29 November 2019

Orange and lemon - eeeek!!

Hi again
Wanted to show you my latest project.
This card uses the fabulous Ching Chou Kuik image "Blowing in the Wind"

Bet you are wondering the significance of the blog header eh??
Lol.  Well, I am not a huge lover of using orange and lemon really.  I never think it looks quite right once I have finished.  But, do you know what?  I am kinda loving this one!
I think I might be a cured of my colour phobia. Lol

Once again coloured with my Copics and I have used papers from a Lili of the Valley pad called One Birdie Lane.  Sadly they are no longer available which is a crying shame because they are fabulous quality.

The flowers are from my stash.

Right, gotta go.
I have so enjoyed seeing what you have all entered into the challenge this month and am looking forward to seeing the entries into our next challenge too.



Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Digi Choosday - Anything Goes

Hi everyone
Today I want to share my pocket card with you all.

So, Choosday rolls around once more and you know what that means right?
Yep, a new challenge over at Digi Choosday and a brand new MAHOOSIVE discount on selected digital products all day!! Woooohoooo!  
You can find the discount code over on the Digi Choosday challenge blog as usual.  You just need to add the code at checkout to save those pennies.

So, before you all rush off to use the discount let me just tell you a little bit about my card.
Our challenges are always ANYTHING GOES, which you probably all know by now eh?
But, the Design Team are always given little extra challenges to address.  Let's face it, if we all did a simple card with an image on, it isn't much in the way of inspiration for all you lovely peeps out there now is it?
So this fortnight we needed to make a card with a pocket or mini envelope on with something inside.
So, this is what I came up with.  What do you think?

I checked out You Tube for a bit of inspiration and decided to go with one of the simplest makes.
Now this needed a piece of paper 8 inches by 11 inches which had a design on both sides.
So, I looked through my digital papers and found two that I liked and then printed them out on one piece of paper, i.e. made it double sided!
It is just a case of simple folds and scoring and one cut line, so so easy really.
Click HERE for the link for the You Tube video I used.
You can't really see the second paper as it is between the two pieces of lace but it is stripey rather than starry. 
My only problem was, because it was made from paper, (actually quite thick paper as it goes) it wasn't very substantial.  So, I decided to make the pocket part and then stick it to a card base.  The only problem with that is that it can tend to become front heavy so you need to bear that in mind when you add things to the front.  If I hadn't have added the silver chain bit at the top it would probably have been okay.

Having made the pocket part of the card and adhering it to a card blank I then set about the other elements.

In my Craft Artist programme I added all the elements from different digital download packs and then started to put it all together.  Because I wanted to add images to the tags and for them to be double sided I chose blank tag images (4 of them) and added them to the workspace - then I grouped them all together so that when I changed the size they would all be exactly the same.
Then I added the images and sentiments to each tag, adding a shadow to each one so they looked a little less flat.
I printed these out along with the pile of presents image which I cut out and adhered to the front of the card with pinflair silicone glue to "lift it" a little.
I added white lace to the edges of the pockets to give them a little more interest and then added the chain of silver beads across the top left corner.  These are actually part of a very fussy necklace which I don't wear any longer. Get me eh, upcycling!! Lol

Finally I added some ribbon to the tags to be able to pull them out of the card pockets and added cute little bows to either side so you can't see the hole.
The final touch was some sparkly little gems across the bottom and to the middle of the bows on the pile of presents image.
So there you have it!  
My first pocket card and possibly not my last.

I think the papers needed more of a contrast myself, what do you think?
Other than that, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Remember to stop by the Digi Choosday blog whatever so that you can use that fabulous discount, it's not there for long! xx

These are the elements I used and the links for where to buy them:
Two digital papers from the Winnie White Christmas Paper Heaven 1
The tags are from the Winnie Winterland Tags & Frames
The pre-coloured Winnie image on the tag is Winnie Heavenly Angel Delivering Candy
The other images on the tags are from Winnie White Christmas Embellishments digital download
The sentiments on the tags are from Winnie Celebrations 1 Sentiments

Right, I shall be off for now.
See you all soon.

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes Optional Twist Something Beginning with R - Recycled Necklace

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Crimson Holly

Hello again
Back again with another Ching Chou Kuik card to show you.
This time I have used Crimson Holly for my card.
I just adore this image.

I decided to go back to my Polychromo pencils for this one.
I don't know why but I always love to colour this image in pencil!

Now the eagle eyed amongst you may spot some white dots throughout her hair.
I added lots of white dots, normally quite effective, but I think as I had printed this one out a bit smaller than normal it just overpowered the colouring.  So I went over the image with a craft knife and scraped them all off.  It has left a ghost like remnant of the white ink but I actually quite like it.

The greeting is from a Claritystamp letterbox set and the flowers are all from my stash.

Now I normally do the butterfly on this image in orange and yellow but for some reason I went with purple on this one.  It gives a completely different perspective to the image I think?  What do you think?  Shoud I go back to orange and yellow for the next time I use it?

Right, best get a wriggle on.  
See you soon.


Friday, 22 November 2019

Colour Crazy Challenge - Be a Foxicorn!

Hello everyone
So today, we see another challenge over at Colour Crazy.
Our fabulous sponsor this time is:
They really do have some fabulous images, a real good mix.
For my project I got to use this gorgeous little fella:
Digi Stamp Instant Download. The Foxicorn  Knitty Kitty Digis image 0
He is called The Foxicorn
I just couldn't resist him.
So here is my card.

I was going to colour him up in pretty unicorn colours but then I decided to just keep him as a fox who was trying to be a Unicorn.

He is coloured with my Copics and I have used my Sepctrum Noir Sparkle pen to add a bit of sparkle to his horn. (Actually, I decided to go the whole hog and make him sparkly all over.  Sadly it doesn't really show up in the pics but he is really sparkly, honest!) Lol

I am really pleased with how he looks.
What do you think?
Would you have coloured him in fantasy colours or left him as proper foxy colours?
I'd love to know what you would have done.

Anyway, can't wait to see what you all submit into the challenge this time.
Have fun and good luck.