Monday, 26 May 2014

Imagination takes wing!

Greetings one and all, I hope you have enjoyed your bank holiday weekend if you are in the UK-the weather hasn't been great but we are quite used to that!!
Today a colourful make (I am a tad besotted with all things teal at the moment!), using several products from Imagination Crafts and a variety of stuff from my stash. 

Using and 8x8 card blank I made from linen effect white card, I took the beautiful Peacock Feathers distress ink and went all around the outside edge through a butterfly stencil from Imagination Crafts. The black gloss card and the leaf stencil used to get the glittery image onto it are also both from Imagination Crafts! The black card was layered onto some colourful paper I had lurking about-the paper included a shade close to peacock feathers so I figured it would go nicely :) This was all then layered onto some dark gun metal coloured mirri card, spider webbing in silver was attached running across the middle and two pieces of teal ribbon running vertically up the right hand side were added before it was all stuck to the card blank.

The double ribbon was hand tied (got it on my second attempt!) and the small rosette and butterfly were made by putting Sparkle Medium in a mold and letting it set.  The other butterfly was stamped onto acetate with distress ink (yes you can probably guess the colour!!) and silver embossing powder was sprinkled onto it and heat embossed before being cut out and stuck on-I used the heat to get the wings to curl upwards. The birthday sentiment was unused from some kit or other.

Apologies for being brief and to the point, but it's time for a nap for me!

Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it and you are encouraged to leave a comment to let me know how I am doing, thank you and Happy Crafting xx

Challenges entered:
Imagination Crafts- Things with wings
Sentimental Sundays-Things with wings and a sentiment
That Craft Place- Ribbon/Lace

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Wuthering Heights

Greetings to you all, I hope you are well on this fine day.
Today's offering is one I am really proud of-a card I have been meaning to make ever since I saw this stamp! She instantly looked to me like a character from a romantic tragedy and so here she is as Cathy from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights!

The stamp is Isabella by Visible Image and I have coloured her using Derwent Graphitint watercolour pencils (with the exception of her skin and the heart in her hands for which I used my trusty pro markers!).  She is half cut out to give the impression that she has come out of the page behind her (a page from the literary classic, Wuthering Heights!).

The gathered twigs distressed edges of the torn page, along with the sanded, distressed edge of the craft core card as a background, give the card an aged feel which I think adds to the timeless quality of the coloured image.

The red of the roses, both mulberry paper and die cut, perfectly complements the red of the heart in the stamped image. I really enjoyed making this card and am really pleased with how it turned out :)

The dies used are both from Tattered Lace, the paper roses are from Wild Orchid. The finishing touches, cocoa liquid pearls in each corner, some jute twine tied around the bunch of flowers and 3 red pearl gems from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog, let me know what you think xx

Challenges entered:
Tattered Lace- Romance and Roses
Visible Image- Anything Goes

Friday, 9 May 2014

Blue, Birds and Buttons!

Greetings one and all, I hope you are well.  Apologies for my silence but I have been a busy bee readying my work to go in a new shop that opened locally this week.  Knitting Bee and Craft Shop in Colwyn Bay has a lovely display of my work on sale alongside the work of local crafters :)
So, without further ado, on to my post! Today is a card, an entry made so I can enter the Wild Orchid Challenge-not something I usually do, I usually make the card then see what I can enter but this challenge calls for use of the colour blue, birds and buttons as well as use of at least one wild orchid product so it did really present a challenge as I hardly ever use birds and am really not a fan of buttons on cards!

I started with the image stamped on a die cut heart (a product of time spent at my crafty friend's house!) and, aside from the brown of the bird box, everything else is coloured in a shade of blue. I used at least six different blue Pro Markers!! The edges of the heart were then distressed using Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky inks.

So with the blue and the birds taken care of, I needed to include buttons and of course, Wild Orchid products!  I attached a large grey button to a hand tied bow of dark blue silky crush ribbon. The background kind of created itself! The book scraps you can see are excerpts from Fellowship of The Ring, just jazzed up with a touch of distress ink around the edges!! I added two more grey buttons in the top left corner seeing as I was using buttons on a card I figured I should do it in style!!
The flowers used are from Wild Orchid, I used the same two distress inks as earlier to add a touch of blue to the ivory roses.

So, there we have it-Blue, birds and buttons!!
Thank you for reading, let me know what you think and, until next time, Happy Crafting :)

Challenges entered:
Wild Orchid Challenge- Blue, birds and buttons
Delicious Doodles- Blue and brown
Creative Knockouts-Ribbons and Bows