Monday 26 August 2013

Funky Girls and Boys

This week over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges the new challenge is 'Funky Girls and Boys', with the kind sponsor of Kenny K. The prize up for grabs this week are some digi images from Kenny K.

As you might know from previous posts, I am not used to digi images at all! I was lost a bit with this digi image at first, as I kept dwelling on what I didn't have to craft with, and how impossible it was to colour him in. But then I did a little "talking to myself", and decided to focus on what I did have, and with the positive energy flowing, my luck changed!!

I normally find it so hard to make cards for men or boys. I have no embellishments that would be suitable for male cards, and even my choice of printed papers is pretty lacking for masculine 'themed' projects/cards. With this digi image from Kenny K I could combine what I have, to produce a funky boys card!

I used watercolour paints to colour him in, and then chose to frame the image with a red pen hand-drawn frame. I backed it onto some red card, giving a few millimeters of a frame.

With some navy card, I cut a scalloped edge, and stuck on a strip of lime green printed paper. With the same navy board I cut out a circle, and then stamped in green ink onto some white board. I have this really funky die and stamp set, that makes cutting out the toppers so easy!! (I will try and find the make of it) I cut out an even larger yellow checked pattern board, and stuck it down on top of the navy strip, but behind the digi image. I then stuck my '100% Cool" topper overlapping the digi image and the yellow check circle.

I used some red striped washi paper to add a bit of horizontal interest, as the card seemed a little bare to the left. I then 'evened' off the image by doing a piece vertically. I cut the washi tape to create a bunting and banner edge.

On the far left, the card still looked a bit barren. I cut a hole on the fold of the card, and threaded some twine through. I looped it around the card twice, and laced two buttons through. This just finished off the card, without creating too fussy a card for a young man!!

I am entering this card in a few challenges.

Why not give the challenge at Through the Purple Haze Challenges a go?
Thanks for stopping by,
Eithne :)

Monday 19 August 2013

Birthday Cupcakes :)

This week over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges, we have a Double Challenge of Bingo! Both teams are creating a project this week, and then by public vote, the DT member with the most votes wins a prize! yippeee! You can vote for your favourite DT entry at the right hand side of the blog post. As I recently moved to team B, I am fond of both teams (!!), so go take a look and see which DT creation you prefer.

This is the Bingo sheet - we can choose diagonally, vertical or horizontal. I chose, (can you guess??) Bling, Three Papers and Sentiment, one of the diagonal row.

This weeks sponsors are Lacy Sunshine and Craft and Me. The prizes are $20 to spend in Lacy Sunshine store and three digis from Craft and me, so WOOHOO there will be two winners this week :)

I have used this beautiful Lacy Sunshine cupcake fairy for my 'S' fold card.

 I used watercolours to paint her, and a bit of bling for her frosting hair!

This is the card when it is standing. You can see the three different papers I chose. The green paper is beautifully embossed with glitter on it.

 This sticker, I used for the sentiment. It tied in with the cupcake/cake theme fairy!

 Yum, all this talk of cake is making me hungry!! ;-)

Why not give the challenge a go? I hope to enter this card into some challenges.
1)  Glitter (on the paper) - belli challenge (27/8/13)
2)  Your Choice - The Cheerful stamp pad
3)  Something Sweet - Created with Love (24/8/13)
4)  Birthday Celebrations - Digi Darla's Challenges (24/8/13)
5)  Challenge No. 38 - Photo Inspiration - The Paper Girls Challenge
Hope wherever you are, you have a wonderful Monday :-)

Monday 12 August 2013

"Through a chink too wide.....

... there comes no wonder..."
Advent by Patrick Kavanagh

This week over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges, the new challenge is "butterflies and other garden lovelies" The kind sponsor is Floppy Latte, offering $6 coupon for the winner.

I have changed teams, so I am now on team B. This is my first week on Team B! This is my card for the challenge:

I used the lovely digi image as a second layer, die cutting a circle out to look in. It reminded me of spying on some delicate butterflies or birds through a chink in the garden fence. The Patrick Kavanagh poem, Advent, lent to the title perfectly!

I used some pencils to colour in the digi image.

The side strip is a piece of printed vellum. Then I used a styled label to place my sentiment and quilled petals on top.

I used part of a scalloped lace die to partially frame the die cut circle. Using some gems, I added a bit of bling to the front!

Hope you like my card, if you use this digi leave me a comment and I would love to see what you make with it. Why not give the Through the Purple Haze challenges a go?

These are the challenges I would like to enter my card into:
C is for Challenge - Fresh and Bright (15/8/13)
Crafty Boots Challenges - Die Cuts (18/8/13)
Eureka Stamps - Blooms and Blossoms
Pink by Design - Round out your summer (11/8/13)
Simon Says Stamp - Use your dies 

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful day :)

Monday 5 August 2013

Cards with Tickets or Tags

Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Here in Ireland, it is our August Bank Holiday. I'm afraid it is a very, very wet one! Thunderous downpours and floods :( Thankfully it's great weather for crafting ;-)
This week, Team A at Through the Purple Haze Challenges, have a challenge of "cards with tickets or tags". Our wonderful sponsor, Craft Sentiments Designs are giving three digi's for the winner's prize.

This is the card I made with the beautiful digi, Kaye, Thinking of You.

Please don't laugh, but this is actually my FIRST digi image to use, EVER!!! I was so nervous working with her, as I never painted or coloured skin tones before. I don't even have any markers that would do her skin tone justice. So I semi-cheated! I printed her out onto cream paper, to resemble my own skin colour. (if only my complexion was as even as a cream sheet of paper!!)

I coloured her waist sash and trimmings in a teal blue marker, and paper pieced her dress and hair. (another technique I am new to) It was so rewarding putting her together, and I just love how the printed paper of her dress make it pop out! As she was on cream paper, I needed to isolate her entirely from the cream sheet of paper. So I cut her out and stuck her on the circular frame, on top of a doily.

For the ticket, I used a beautiful "a Birthday Wish' tag, printed onto the same colour paper as Kaye's hair. I then got a few teal strips of paper, and stuck them onto the yellow polka dot paper for the background. I cut out two of the 'styled labels', inked the back one with distress ink, and frayed the top layer.
I used a few paper flowers, and stuck some buttons or gems in the middle. I also spotted a few flower gems around the card and a button.

Being it my first digi image, I am delighted with how the card turned out. I love the combo of colours, although it wouldn't be my usual choice.

I hope to enter this card in a few challenges.

For your chance to win three fabulous digi's, why not enter in the challenge - at Through the Purple Haze Challenges?

I hope you enjoyed reading my process of making this card. If you make one similar, I would love to see it, please leave a comment with a link! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day :)


Sunday 4 August 2013


Over at Eclectic Ellapu this week, the challenge theme is "Anything for Teacher".
I made a notebook, wire bound. The size is an A6 (approx 105 x 148mm)

 When it is opened, this is how it looks:

Please note: This is a photo heavy tutorial of how I made the notebook :)

I cut some grey board approx 220mm x 110 mm and creased it at 158mm and 175mm (these sizes will depend on the size notebook you choose to make)

 I cut some paper, cut to 148.5 x 105 mm.

I chose some printed paper to decorate the cover. As I wanted a layered cover edge, I marked on the back roughly where I needed the base layer to at least cover.
 Then I cut off the triangles of paper, ensuring that at least 3mm was left between the grey board and the triangle cut.
 I folded and stuck the edges down.
 Then I folded in the edges, to create a clean corner.
 I positioned the second layer of paper and stuck it down.
 Then I positioned the final layer, to make sure I got as much on the cover as I wanted.
 I did the same cutting of corners with the green paper, and then folded and stuck down.
 I folded the cover on the crease lines to make sure the cover wrapping wasn't too tight.
 When turned over, this is how the cover is looking. Now to decorate!

 I cut some blue paper approx 100 x 210mm.
 I stuck it down, ensuring that I had two sided tape each side of the creases.
 Next I punched all the pages and a grey board back cover, the same size as the paper. I bound them with a white wire -

Onto the back of the grey board, I stuck two strips of strong two sided tape. When I was happy with the postioning, I stuck the front cover to the back.

 When opened this is how it looks -
 This is how it looks from the back -

 The final photos showing how I decorated the cover.

Although this is for the "Anything for Teacher" challenge, I don't need a teachers gift for a few years! So for once I am gifting myself with this notebook, a notebook to write any notes, sketches or project ideas while I am away from my desk. I am thrilled with it, and find the size perfect for carrying around with me!
Why not give the challenge at Eclectic Ellapu a try?
Challenges I am entering:
Anything Foral -
Hope you are having a great day where you are!
Thanks for stopping by,