Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge #91 - Anything Goes

It's time for another challenge with us at the
This week we are taking a walk on the wild side with

Today I have used an image from the delightful
Hat Shoppe set of digital stamps by Rick St. Dennis.
The second I saw these hats I was reminded of the old fashioned photos that had a touch of colour added by hand, so I decided to make a vintage cameo design.

I printed off two images onto A5 X-Press It Blending Card using a laser printer, the images are just under 4" tall.  I used Copic markers in the earth tones (E50's) to create my sepia shades.  This project was a great learning time for me, as I found out what it is like to have a marker run out ... of course it had to happen mid-project.  Luckily my husband took me on safari to source my first refill and soon all was well in my colouring world.  It was also my first time colouring an entire background, so I think I will have to do my homework and learn about airbrushing with Copic markers.

I also experienced some "greyness" around the image lines that I think is toner bleed.  I'm going to do my homework to investigate this.  My first thought was maybe the thicker X-Press It Blending Card is too thick and the toner is not getting heated enough in the printer, so I might try zapping my images with my heat gun before I attempt to colour them next time.
Have you experienced this before?
Do you have any handy hints on how to handle it?

Rick St. Dennis digital stamp - Hat Shoppe
Fundamentals A5 card base
Copic markers - background - E50
Copic markers - hats & stands - E50 E51 E53 with tip-to-tip E57
Copic markers - fluffy feathers - a light touch of RV10
Copic markers - long feather - B95 B97
Copic markers - small wings - B000
Copic markers - rose - RV10 RV21
Copic markers - sunflower - Y00 Y11 E71 E74
Copic markers - leaves - G000 G00
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - cut file
- Small Scalloped Ovals With Insides Nested by Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings

Kaisercraft - weave cardstock - Licorice
Kaisercraft - weave cardstock - Pebble
Kaisercraft - Pearl Flourishes - Latte
Kaisercraft - Paper Blooms - Honey
Kaisercraft - Mini Paper Blooms - Honey

Sending a big Thank You to Rick St. Dennis for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #90 with the Crafty Gals Corner.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
ABC Challenges
P is for Pearls
I have used two large pearl flourishes to embellish my card
Addicted To Stamps Challenge
Challenge #132 - Your Favourite Embellishment (with a stamp)
I have a long list of favourites, especially if they sparkle or shine.
My favourite today is the shimmering pearl bling flourish.
Alphabet Challenge Blog
"O" for Oval
Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
Crafty Catz Challenge #339 - Anything Goes
{with the optional twist of ribbon & pearls}

I have used large pearl flourishes to embellish my card
Inkspirational Challenges
Challenge #118 - "Glamour"
I think my hats, pearls & flowers are glamorous together.
Make My Monday
Challenge #31 - No Patterned Paper
I have rotated the sketch clockwise and used my large flourishes instead of the ribbon & paper panel and used my flowers instead of the tag.

Friday, 23 September 2016

What makes you different . . .

makes you PERFECT

... such a sweet sentiment from the Waffle Flower "Hibiscus" stamp set.

It's funny how cards evolve.

When I first saw this photo inspiration and colour combo fromWaffle Flower, I immediately thought of a pastel rainbow with the "what makes you different makes you perfect" sentiment from the Hibiscus stamp set.
Then I thought, why not an hibiscus garland?
Well I stamped, fussy cut and coloured a bundle of little hibiscus flowers and made them into a garland with twine that had a strand of gold running through it.  It looked like a pretty pastel lei but ever so stark against the white background of my card base, so I stepped outside the colour palette and placed it against a sheet of ombre green paper and it look much better, especially with the toucan on the branch in the darkest section.  What do you think?

Waffle Flower - stamp set - Hibiscus
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Dual Tip Marker - Tuxedo Black
to go around the edges of the fussy cut flowers, leaves & toucan
Copic makers - flowers & toucan - RV10 YR61 Y11B01 V01
Copic markers - leaves - G12
Copic markers - leaves & branch - G21 G21 G85 G99

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
see photo above

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge #90 - Critters

It's time for another challenge with us at the
This week are taking a walk on the wild side with

Today I have used the sweet Frog and Oleander digital
image from Beccy's Place to make my DT project.

Beccy's Place Digital Stamp - Frog and Oleander
Copic markers - flowers - YR61 YR65 YR68
Copic markers - flower centre - R08 YR09 Y19
Copic markers - leaves - YG11 YG13 YG17 with tip touches of YG67
Copic markers - stems - YG17 YG 67
Copic markers - frog - YG00 YG01 YG03 YG13
Copic markers - frog eyes - R08 YR09 and "100"
Altenew stamp set - Bejeweled one of a kind sentiment
MISTI - it really is The Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented
Memento ink pad - Tuxedo Black

Sending a big Thank You to Beccy's Place for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #90 with the Crafty Gals Corner.

I am going to enter my DT card in the following challenges:
Beccy's Place September Challenge
The challenge is to create a papercraft project using a Beccy's Place image.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog
Simon Says: Inspired By Music
my song is Kermit the frog singing "It's Not Easy Being Green"
As You Like It Challenge
Favourite Song or Film & WHY
The Muppets are favourites with our nieces and nephews and a song that strikes a chord is Kermit singing "It's not easy being green".  While it sounds sad while he is singing it, feeling invisible and insignificant, by the end he realises that being green is special and beautiful too.  ... of course it helps that I love frogs and confess to having a collection of "green" frog ornaments :)
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
Challenge #164 - Fall Colors + A Sentiment
I love the sentiment on this card
"one-of-a-kind card for one-of-a-kind person"
... perfect for the theme, as autumn leaves are one-of-a-kind too
Fresh Brewed Blog
Freshly Brewed Challenge September 201621 - Animals
Crafty Cardmakers
Challenge #173 - Autumn

Monday, 19 September 2016

Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, you are so perfect to me

STOP, you are not experiencing triple vision!

You have already seen this digital stamp twice before but in case you missed it, it's The Perfect Christmas Tree digital stamp from QKR Stampede and the "Holiday Cheer" sentiment from the Christmas Words Dies from Paper Smooches.

This time I have matted the image panel.
Because my nesting oval dies have quite a large gap between sizes, I traced the inner edge of the die and fussy cut the image panel and layered it over the die cut mat.

NOW it's time to decide on which of my Perfect Christmas Tree cards are going to be perfect for half of our Christmas mailing list this year.
What do you think, 1st, 2nd or 3rd version?

You can read about the original version of my card HERE and the 2nd version HERE

Copic markers - star - Y02 Y06
Copic markers - ornament - R22 R24 R27 with a touch of "0"
Copic markers - tree - E31 E34 E29
Copic markers - wooden planks - E31 E34 E35 E29 W3 W5
Grosgrain ribbon - red 1 1/2"
FULL details can be found HERE and HERE

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges:
The sentiment and oval panel were die cut.
I think my little Christmas Tree is super cute
Anything goes as long as it's Christmas
You will never guess what my song is ...
Yes, you're right, it's "O Christmas Tree"
Was it my post title or the image that gave it away?