Monday, 20 June 2011

My earliest one ever!

Good afternoon, peeps!

Yes, it's true - I've never made a Christmas card this early in the year before although I know that some folks are super organised and make them all through the year, I'm not one of them I'm afraid! So why, I hear you ask amd I starting now? Well, it's a class project and forms a half of the day's projects on 2nd July at Samuel Taylor's in Roseville Street, Leeds. The other half shall be revealed soon! I think that the colours look a bit 'bleached out' on this photo but it was the best I could do.

Maybe many of you have made Tri-fold Shutter cards before, but I do think it's an attractive fold and a great way to use your fabulous DPs. It's even possible now to buy the cards ready cut and folded but this one started out its life as a flat piece of card.

Tilda with Fir is still one of my fave Magnolia Christmas stamps - I wonder what they'll delight us with this year, peeps? All I can say is that I hope they issue them earlier than they did last year!

This is how the card looks when it's open:

Well, I hope the class members like it, it's not a difficult card to make but there's a fair amount of measuring and cutting to keep them busy and, by way of a departure, I decided to use a poinsettia cut from a Marianne die rather than use purchased flowers, even though I like them so much! However, this poinsettia is also very appealing and I can see it getting quite a few airings as Christmas draws ever closer. I expect that, like me, you can't believe that virtually half the year has gone already - scary! Please someone tell the sun to shine before we go into Autumn!

The image is coloured with the usual Copics, Promarkers and Prisma pencils and I was a good girl and kept a note of the colours for you!

OK, this is me leaving you with the card recipe whilst I go back to some more projects but I'll see you again soon.


Stamps: Magnolia 'Tilda with Fir' & Jolly Holly, Merry Christmas - Printworks, With love - Artifacts
DPs: Memory Box Mistletoe Collection
Dies: Nesties and Marianne die #LR0122
Distressing: Old Paper DI
Ribbon: from my stash
Skin: E000, E00, E01 E21, R11, R20, R30
Hair: E23, E27, E50
Coat & hat: RV32, Promarkers Antique Pink and Burgundy + Tuscan Red Prisma pencil
Fur on coat & hat: E40, E41, E42
Fir Tree: G40, G82, G85, G94 : Marine Green Prisma pencil
Tights/Mittens: BG70, BG72, Promarker Tea Green + Muted Turquoise Prisma pencil


Friday, 17 June 2011

Triangle Joyfold Card

Good morning, peeps and have you got that Friday feeling? It's the start of the weekend and it also means it's time for another challenge over at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge. The challenge this week is for you to 'case' a DT member which, if you're not familiar with the expression means that you need to make a card after the style of one of the members of the Design Team - quite an interesting challenge!
Here's my offering for this one:

I was keen to make one of these triangle joyfold cards as soon as I saw it on the talented Marlena's blog. It's basically an opening criss-cross card with an extra little card inserted in the centre but it's a fun design to follow and if you follow the link to Marlena's blog, it'll take you straight to her instructions on how to make it.
I decided to use this really cute Tilda with balloon - she looks a little wistful don't you think? I've coloured her with the usual Copics and Prisma pencils and used a Martha Stewart punch around the page as a background for her.

The same punch has been used to create a jotting panel for the inside of the small card. I'm sorry that this photo is a bit dark, I must have got the lighting wrong.

I do hope you'll take up the challenge, peeps - there's a super prize up for grabs from Digi's with Attitude and I'm sure that whole of the DT will be intrigued to see what you produce!

I hope you've got something nice planned for the weekend although, looking at the weather forecast, it had better be something you can do indoors! Is it really Summer? Maybe Summer's coming to the party a little late and she'll be along soon -let's hope so anyway!

Stamps: Magnolia 'Tilda with balloon' stamped with Memento 'London Fog'. Slice of cake from a Kelly Panacci plate and the 'Happy Birthday' greeting is from an anonymous clear plate in my stash!
DPs: Prima 'Sweet Fairy' pad
Dies: Magnolia Doohickey swirl and leaves
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts (of course!)
Pearls: The Hobby House
Punch: Martha Stewart Cherry Blossom PATP
Ribbon: from my stash
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E21, R11, R20, R30
Hair: E23, E25, E27, E53 + Dark Brown Prisma pencil
Dress: R81, R83, R85 + Raspberry Prisma pencil
Socks, hairbans, dress trim: V000, V91, V12, V15 + Dark purple Prisma pencil
Shoes: BV20, BV23, BV25 + Cool Grey 90% Prisma pencil
Balloon: YG03, YG11, YG25 + Marine Green Prisma pencil

Well, that's all from me for today. I'll be working on loads of class samples and there's a box full of Clarity Stamps awaiting my attention - I need to complete those samples well in advance of the next TV show. I don't think I'll be getting bored, do you?


Friday, 10 June 2011

One for the boys - take it easy!

Good morning to you, peeps and happy Friday!
It being Friday, it's time for another challenge over at Fussy and Fancy and my card is a week later than usual - that is, I've transferred into Team B for a week because I was so busy that I couldn't manage to get my card finished in time last week. Anyhoo, here it is at last:

As you may have guessed, the challenge this week is to make a card for a man or boy, not one of my major strengths,I feel! However, K & Co's 'Hopscotch' pad and Lily of the Valley to the rescue and this is what came out. I love these DPs for male cards, the colours are so bright and sunny!
There are great prizes on offer for this challenge from Meljen's Designs and Love to Stamp, so do come and join us. There's also a DT call out at the moment so why not give that a try as well? Just follow the link above to go directly to the challenge site.
Well that's all from me for today but I will definitely be seeing you again soon! The card recipe is below and have a great weekend whatever you have planned!


Stamps: The little boy and the sentiments are both from Lili of the Valley
DPs: K & Co 'Hopscotch'
Dies: Spellbinder Nestie, Magnolia leaves, Sizzix Primitive Stars
Buttons: from my stash
Distressing: Pumice Stone DI
Skin: E000, E00, E01, E21, R11, R30
Hair: E31, E35, E37
Shirt & socks: E50, E51, E53, YR12, YR14, YR15, YR16
Shorts, cap & shoes: B32, B34, B37
Paper: E40, E41
Branch: E25, E27
Grass & leaves: G20, YG93, YG95
Ground: W5, W3, W2, W1, W0
The colouring was enhanced with Prisma pencils and Sansodor but I didn't keep a note of which ones - sorry!
I'm also entering this in the Lili of the Valley Challenge, which is Anything Goes.


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The secrets are revealed!

Good morning, my poor neglected blogging friends! Did you think I'd got lost? I think that the absence of blog posts arises because I get deeply engrossed in the Clarity Stamp DT work and, because it has to be kept secret until after the TV show, I forget to post anything. Hmmmm, I'll have to give some thought to what I can do about that.

Anyhoo, I thought I'd show you the ones I made for the last show. Here's number 1:

I created this one by stamping with Versamark on to Triple Silk paper. It's something I've had for years and bought from a supplier that has since closed down but basically it's a semi-gloss paper and I could probably get the same or similar effect from Claritycard. When the Versamark had dried a little, I sponged on Adirondack Pool, Stream, Denim and Eggplant. I then stamped with Versamark again but this time applied Moonglow embossing powders in various colours. I do love the effect of layering stamp designs in this way and it's some time since I used the technique. The double frame was inspired by a blog post I saw but I'm blowed if I can remember where so, apologies to whoever originated this type of design.

Here's number 2:

I felt very much at home creating this one because it allowed me to use my lovely Copics. I had great fun with them on this design but the colouring took me well over 5 hours in total! The ribbon and beads are from my stash.
Well, I'll leave it there for today, otherwise this post could become like War and Peace but I hope you enjoyed looking at these two and I'll see you again soon.