Sunday, 25 October 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge 25 - Distress

Seems Kate and I have the bug for entering challenges at the moment - well I know I have. It's nice to see how others perceive the challenge and you certainly learn from them.

This card is for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge - haven't joined one of their challenges for ages but seems as I have been bitten by the Tilda stamps again this was one I just had to join in with - especially as the theme was 'distressing' - my fave technique!!!

Can't remember the paper I have used (Bo Bunny perhaps - not sure) which was distressed with a thread cutter and then inked with Antique Linen. A little v was added to the paper and a little piece of lace was added behind it. Liddle ole' Tilda was coloured with distress inks and then I traced an oval shape around her and cut her out by hand!!!, stuck her onto a couple of scalloped ovals (nestabilites), added a few flowers and used my lovely branch punch which I bought from Running With Scissors a week ago (along with a few other bits ;0)), a bit of ribbon and lace was added with a scalloped oval with Happy Birthday on it and here it is...

Just know I will be joining in with more of the Tilda challenges - just counted how many I have bought over the last few months and I'm now the proud owner of 15 of them - laughs scarey eh!!! TTFN x

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge Bright & Zingy (and a honourable mention)

Been buying a few more Magnolia stamps recently due to the grandchildren liking the figures on their birthday cards so decided that I would enter the Just Magnolia Challenge. Their theme this week is Bright & Zingy and this is the card I created.

I've used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for colouring in (Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose & Worn Lipstick, Dress: Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Hair & Boots: Walnut Stain) cut an oval just smaller than the Scalloped Nestability I wanted to use, used the Martha Stewart Doily punch and added a spotty orange ribbon

REALLY really chuffed - I just got another Honourable Mention on the Lets Get Shabby Challenge - Use something Vintage. Didn't squeal quite as loudly as Kate but not far off. I love this challenge site and can't wait for the next one. TTFN

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Wine & Chocolates!!!

Even though I've not been at work much this week due to this cold virus I've got (yesterday I sounded like Pinky & Perky on helium and today I sound like one of the Rugrats - its anyones guess what I'll sound like tomorrow!!) I still haven't been that craft productive. Since given up smoking 2 months ago I've never been so unhealthy - picked up bug after bug!

This is the wine bottle I decorated a week ago for a wedding present. Same kind of design really that I've done recently except no inking or distressing on this bottle - felt it would have spoilt it so left that out.

This is the front of the bottle...

and this is the back..

Well onto a wee box of chocolates!! I made this box out of a piece of Stucco card, 2 small pieces of cardboard, a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper, ribbon and flowers (made the little bouquet mystelf which I sprayed with glimmer mist) and a Crafty Individual stamp 'Dream A Little Dream'. I did intend to make a few of these boxes and fill them with Ferro Roches but unfortunately I've ate most of them so only enough for 2 boxes :O) - well I have been poorly you know!!!

Here's the box from above..

from the side...

and the box slightly open...

Was out and about today shopping for bits and bobs and managed to catch up with a few friends who I haven't seen for a while which was nice. Working on a Gorjuss card now for a card challenge so hopefully will get it finished before the closing date. TTFN xx

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

A commission - a bottle of wine for a wedding!!

Was given a bottle of wine at work - unfortunately not to drink!!! It was to decorate for a wedding present - oh well!

I made the same kind of design as the other one I made a few days ago except this one was really PINK!!! I used pink cardstock, the main paper is Melissa Frances which was distressed and inked with Antique Linen. The punch used on the top is my absolute fave - the Martha Stewart doily punch, the photo is from a cd containing vintage images, ribbon and flowers from Boyes, some eyelets from B&Q (these are the larger eyelets and you get 100 plus the little tool all for 99p), scalloped nestabilities, a little heart punch, a leaf punch (which I have to stand on to punch out the leaf) and... think thats it.

And here is the back of the bottle....

And here is the front.....

Soooo wanted to keep this :O). Mind you - since I've taken it into work I've been asked to make another one!! TTFN x

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Lets Get Shabby Challenge 4 - Use something vintage

Let's Get Shabby are now on challenge 4 - use something vintage in the sketch design. I must say - ALL the DT designs are absolutely fantastic which does inspire you to have a go. I don't have any authentic vintage photographs but I do have a box of pearl necklaces that I bought yonks ago from a secondhand shop in Mablethorpe so after raiding it I decided to use one of the old clip-on EARRINGS!!!

Again I've used K&Co papers - cut a large circle (template was a dinner plate) and distressed the edges. Stamped a swirled image all around the edge randomly, inked around the edge and then added a few pale pink pearls to the swirls. The photo was printed on linen card rather than photo paper as I like the faded lined look you get. A small white doily was used behind the photo and teared paper that co-ordinated with the main background, I made a little bouquet of mixed artificial roses from Boyes, made a chiffon bow and added the clip-on earring to the knot. The words were computer-generated except for ROSE which was the cuttlebug Olivia alphabet.

And here it is. Thoroughly enjoyed this challenge again and can't wait for the next on e :O) TTFN xx