Friday 29 November 2013

Gerlinde - up close and personal ;o)

Hello and happy Friday! I am back this week with the step by step, as I mentioned in my previous post. I had aimed for Wednesday to have this out, only that morning I reversed into my gate :( Thankfully nobody was harmed, my car got dented and lights broken, but it took the wind out of me for a few days! I still can't believe how stupid I was!! Anyway... :)
A while back I noticed on Ebay someone was selling a few Martha Stewart punches and We R Memories punches. I have often longingly looked at these, but could never afford them. So my luck was in, when I won the lot. I longed to use them on my projects so I tried my best to use as many as possible this time ;-)
This is the 6 inch scallop punch. 

When all 8 punches are complete, this is the result.

I have a bigz Die that I've looked at for a long time, trying to think what I could use it for. With a bit of foam board I cut out the frame, and thought it would work well for a layout/wall hanging piece. So thus my idea was planted in my head what I was going to do!

This is the foam frame covered in some magenta paper from a pack that I have since I started paper crafting. It fitted in perfectly with the challenge at

 This is the beautiful Gerlinde from Encino Stamps, our sponsor this week. I am not a colouring artist by any stretch, and usually struggle with digi's only this beautiful image had no skin tones!! So I could work a little loosely with colours. I usually colour any digi's with watercolour paints, and this one was no exception. I added some glitter to the eye, just for a little sparkle.
Here are all three elements so far, on my 8 x 8" layout. I loved the vibrant colours of the pack, and I am delighted I could copy the colours on Gerlinde.

Some more colours from the paper pack, trying to bring in as much colour as possible :)

 With one of the blue strips I got the Martha Stewart border punch and gave the strip a lace effect.
 This acted beautifully as a border and layer for the green flower strip.
 Me playing around with the layout.

 On the frame I stamped in magenta ink, one of my favourite stamps "LOVE LOVE LOVE" (I am a huge Beatles fan, so I especially love using this one!) Although the ink looked beautiful, it is a pigment ink and never dries. So I decided to heat emboss it. I used a Kaleidoscope Transparent embossing powder. It must have been the foam board, because when it heated up, it began to curl a bit but also the colour was awful.

 The pink went a bit luminous :(

So I cut out some white card, stamped it, embossed it and this time it turned out better!

.I put a glitter border around the heart to hide the join.

As the frame is thick and Gerlinde was going to be 'resting' on it, I decided to attach her with foam pads. I created an outline with a grey marker to create a shadow.

 I found some buttons to tone in with the other colours, and loosely arranged them to create a corner.
I stuck a piece of washi tape down (I can never resist!!) With some hearts placed, I decided to jazz them up a little and used some glitter. (it was perfect for hiding a slight blemish on the biggest one!)

And finally the finished layout. Excuse my crazy desk behind!!! ;-)
Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the step by step.

Why not head over and check out all the other beautiful projects at Through the Purple Haze Challenges?
Eithne :)

Monday 25 November 2013

Use your craft stash

Good morning, and happy Monday to you! Hope everyone survived the weekend ok :)

This week over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges, we have a new challenge 'Use your craft stash'. This week we have two kind sponsors - Encino Stamps kindly sponsoring digi stamps for first, second and third and My Mums Craft Shop sponsoring a £10 gift voucher for in store.

We got to work with some beautiful digis this week from Encino Stamps. Here is what I made with mine:-

As per usual, I didn't have a photo to fit the Love Love Love frame! This 8 x 8" layout is for my two little girls bedroom, so I'm going to get a lovely photo of the two of them and frame it.

 This paper pack I bought when I first fell in love with paper ;) I LOVE the colours, but I am sometimes afraid to use it!! Last year a good friend of mine gave me another pack of the paper, so I am trying to use it, because the patterns and bold colours are a joy to use!
Here's the beautiful Gerlinde painted and ready to work with.

Here is the beginning of the layout.

 I have some silver glitter glue since the beginning of time!! I normally don't have the patience to use it as it is quite thick and takes a while to dry. As the frame was separate from the layout, it allowed me to continue working, without destroying the glue (as per usual, I quickly forget it's still wet!)

Some lovely bright coloured buttons to complement the rest of the layout.

 This hearts I have quite some time. The biggest one had a slight blemish on it, so I decided to use pink glitter glue this time.

I decided to keep with lovely fresh, bright colours and love how all the colours work well, although conventionally I wouldn't use them together. From now on, for kiddies projects I'll definitely combine this colour palette. I think it lends itself and is beautifully bright!

I am in the process of doing a step by step of how I made this project, so please call back on Wednesday to see it :)  (If I'm really adventurous I might even make a small video save having a 40 photo post!!! )

I hope to enter this into some challenges.
1) Anyting but a card - Craft my Life
Why not give Through the Purple Haze Challenge a go? Great prizes up for grabs :)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful day.

Monday 11 November 2013

Anything Goes with Delicious Doodles

Hello, happy Monday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend :) Well November is certainly pushing us nicely into winter, can't believe how cold it suddenly has become!

This week over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges, the theme is "Winter Scenes with animals or people". Our sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles, kindly giving 4 digi's to the challenge winner.

Here is the card I made for this challenge:

I got the beautiful Angelique to play with :)
I used a mixture of watercolour paints, pro markers and embossing powder to colour in this lady.

I decided to go with a blue and silver look, to portray the ice and snowflakes. I cut out a blue 'doily' with my bigz die, put an outline sticker on it and placed it slightly off the card to the top.

 I used some stripy blue paper as the background, and then layered up the centre with ribbon and a silver paper. I used another outline sticker to 'even off' the card.

I printed out Angelique onto a heavier card in my local print shop, but as usual did the wrong size! I had the card in my head and didn't work in the size dies I had. The only die that would fit her, was the largest banners die. I had no way to layer the image, as the smaller banner die cut off too much of the image. So I cut both the silver backing board and image at the same size, and then got my fabric scissors at the image to make it slightly smaller.

As it was a snowflake/icy image, I wanted to try and portray that on the card. I used some Kaleidoscope Transparent embossing powder on her wings, and used a silver embossing powder around the trim of her top. I love how the finish comes up on the wings!

To give the snowflake a bit of depth, I cut out a second one, heat embossed it, placed a gem in the middle and layered it with foam pads.

Thanks for stopping by, why not give the challenge a go?

I hope to enter this card in some challenges.
Artistic Inspirations Challenges - Use a Sentiment/Anything Goes (closed)

The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Angel Wings
Creative Creations Challenges - Sparkle and Shine
Lady Anne's 8th Challenge - More than one layer
Smudgy Antics - Fire and Ice
Sparkle n Sprinkle Creative Challenges - Anything goes with Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking
Paper Playful - Sparkle
Have a great Monday :)

Monday 4 November 2013

Anything Goes Double Team Challenge

Happy Monday to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Can you imagine it is November already? Next I will have to take out ALL of my Christmas crafting stuff! Eeek!! (I'm still in denial that Christmas is near ;-)  )

This week over at Through the Purple Haze Challenges, it's Team A -vs- Team B. Team A are working with some beautiful digi's from Stitchy Bear and Team B are working with some beautiful digi's from Floppy Latte.

The generous prizes this week for Stitchy Bear is $10 of digi images from the artist that is used and from Floppy Latte is $6 coupon.
This is my card for this weeks challenge:

I used the lovely digi image 'Playing in the Snow', and is available to buy here.
I'm sorry this post is shorter than usual, but unfortunately I'm smothering with the 'flu! Going to crawl back to bed and get some sleep to get rid of it. ;-)

Hope you can join in with the challenge!
Thanks for stopping by,