Thursday, 28 November 2013

MilkCoffee Showcase – Christmas is Coming

Hello there and how are you doing? 

I am here to let you know that it is showcase day over on the MilkCoffee Blog 
and our theme this time is Christmas is Coming, and you know what, it is! (Trying to contain ridiculously high pitched squeal of excitement!!)

So today I have chosen to use the gorgeous Lisbeth and Mr Deer available here a stunning image that begs to be coloured so I was happy to oblige with my Spectrum Noirs. 

I admit to being a bit nervous about attempting this; I mean that is a lot of deer!! But my teamie Samantha did such an amazing job with this image on a previous showcase (check it out on her blog  here) that I thought I would give it a go.

I created a wreath using Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles and stuck Spellbinder poinsettias and glittered snowflakes all around it. There are some All Occasions dies and Tonic punched snowflakes in there too, somewhere!

The paper is Kanban (I think) and the sentiment is from LOTV. 

I added pearls (the liquid kind too), clear dew drops and a bow to finish things off.

Why not pop over to the MilkCoffeechallenge blog to see all the amazing creations by my fellow team mates.  They’ll knock your Crimbo socks off!!

See ya!

Scribbly hugs
Jane xx

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Create a Scene at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog

(And by ‘Create a Scene’ I don’t mean jumping up and down yelling and screaming and stamping your feet!  I’ll be the one doing that thank you very much!!)

Hello, how are you keeping? Hope all is well with you and yours and you are keeping warm.

Today launches a brand new challenge over at the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog  and our theme this fortnight is Create a Scene (please read opening paragraph for clarification). 

All we want you to do is create a background that goes with a cute image in the foreground. So it could be a cloud background or grass and flowers or even a snowy scene.  As long as you put your image within a scene you’ll be sorted.  But don’t forget to include a cute character in your design. The Cutie Pies live to see cute on your creations and I am sorry to say that them’s the rules! Anyway if you are still a bit stuck pop over to the Cutie Pies blog to see what my talented teamies have created to inspire you.

This week we are sponsored by the wonderful

and one lucky winner will win a $20 voucher to spend in their online store.

So to my scene.  Well I recently bought a set of stamps from Hobby Art called Country Scenes available here and thought I would play around with them to create a winter landscape.  So, several ‘dress rehearsals’ later I came up with this.

I stamped my scene onto Neenah Solar card and coloured it sparingly with BG Spectrum Noirs, using 2 CT markers for the sun and IB1 & HB1 for the sky.

I then used my so far un-inked Wild Rose Studio stamp Building a Snowman which I purchased here and coloured with LV and TB Spectrum Noirs (that super cute snowman is the reason I bought this stamp, luv him) and added Pinflair Snow Dust to the little girl’s furry hat and coat.

Isn't that snowman just the cutest ever!!

I used a pre-scored stepper card (me and measuring and not on speaking terms) and added some ripped pieces of Centura Pearl card to create a snowy ground for the characters to stand on.
The papers are LOTV, the tree is a cut down Spellbinders die and the snowflakes are an All Occasions die.

And there you are, a few gems and a liberal dose of Stickles later and my scene is done!

See ya!

Scribbly hugs
Jane xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 17 November 2013

In the Spotlight!

Hello. Hope this finds you well.

Today I would like to share a card I made in response to the current Passion for Promarkers challenge which is ‘In the Spotlight’.

Now I had heard of this technique but never tried it so I was keen to give it a go. 

So this is what I made.

The papers and sentiment are LOTV as is the gorgeous image which is called ‘Wedding Couple’.

I stamped the image twice and then from one of them I cut a small section (their super cute little faces) using a Sizzix Framelits die.  I then coloured it in with Promarkers, backed it with a small edge of pink paper and then mounted it onto the complete uncoloured image, which had been cut using a larger heart die. I also drew on some faux stitching for added interest.

The pearls and lace are from my stash and I took three long pearl topped pins, coloured one with a Watermelon Flexmarker then attached on a few more beads to 'posh' them up a bit.  I then tied a bow from white Silky Crush ribbon (my absolute favourite) and stuck them into the knot.

The pink roses and buds are created from a Britannia die and the white ones are a Sizzix Bigz die. 

And there you are.  Throughout the whole process (and even now) I couldn’t stop singing “Going to the chapel and we’re going to get maaaaaaaried!” (A song by the Dixie Cups).

Just be grateful this doesn't come with a soundtrack!

See ya!

Scribbly hugs
Jane xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Thursday, 14 November 2013

MilkCoffee Showcase – Shaped Cards

Hello and how are you? 

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to those who have taken time out of their busy days to leave me comments.  I am so grateful for your kind words; they are a huge confidence booster I must say, so thank you so very much.

Ok, so what’s going on today then?  Well I am here to announce that it is showcase day over on the MilkCoffee Blog and our theme this time is Shaped Cards (oooh ‘eck!).

Now I don’t do shaped cards that often.  I have a lot of pre-scored square blanks and I only own a couple of the larger dies to make my own so I struggled with this a bit.  My only option was to get out my trusty EK Success Circle Scissor to make my base from Centura Pearl.  And that’s as far as I got really.  Until that is I got this little fella to work with.   He is called ‘Pilgrim Boy’ and he is available here and he is the sole inspiration for this project. So you know who to blame!

Now we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK (even though I personally have an awful lot to be thankful for) so I had to do a bit of research so I got it right.

And this is what happened.

Well to be honest with you I’m not too sure what happened!  This card kind of acquired a life of its own and I could do little to stop it. The whole harvest/Thanksgiving vibe just took over.

I coloured ‘Pilgrim Boy’ with Spectrum Noirs on Neenah Solar White card ( I love his hat and his buckled shoes) and cut him out.  I then found a free pumpkin digi on-line and printed it out twice on orange card and added some shading with pencils. 

I used a brayer on my circle base to create a sunset with Rusty Hinge and Dried Marigold DI, using a stencil to make the ‘sun’, then stamped a flock of birds to add to the scene.

The leaves are various Spellbinders dies and the acorns and twigs are made from a Martha Stewart mould and air-dry clay. I t was at this stage that I had to hide my glue to stop myself adding any more to it!   I ended up with more of a ‘sculpture’ than a card but there you go. 

Now watch me try and get it in an envelope! :{

See ya!

Scribbly hugs
Jane xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Monday, 11 November 2013

Little Cuties at the Cutie Pie Challenge

Hello, how are you keeping?

Today launches a brand new challenge over at the Cutie PieChallenge Blog  
And our theme this fortnight is Little Cuties, so that’s babies and very little people.  Now at this stage I would be asking you not to forget to make your entries cute, but I don’t see how they could fail to be cute with this subject matter!

Anyway, just in case Madam Mojo refuses to play along pop over to the Cutie Pies blog and check out the wonderful inspiration created by my teamies.

This week we are sponsored by Stitchy Bear and one lucky winner will win 3 of the wonderful Digi stamps from Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet to the value of $10

So what did I do?  Well I chose to use an image from our sponsor called ‘A Mother’s Love’ which can be found here

As soon as I saw it I knew I had to colour it and that it would be in greyscale.  I even knew the colour I wanted to go with it and how it would look!  It happens like that sometimes, doesn’t it?  The image and the card just design themselves really.

I coloured mother and child with Ice Grey Spectrum Noirs and cut then out using Spellbinders Floral Oval.  I also shaded around the image with Turquoise Tint Pan Pastel, which is not too obvious in the photo I’m afraid.

The small flowers are cut from a Tonic punch and the larger flower is from the SB Jewelled Flowers & Flourishes set.

I added pearls from my stash and cut a SB Ribbon Banner in half (shading that with Pan Pastel too) and stamped my sentiment, which I wanted to be simple and to the point.

And there you go, I hope I have done such a gorgeous image the justice it deserves.

See ya!

Scribbly hugs
Jane xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Moving Along with the Times – Challenge: PEARLY SWIRLY AND GIRLY (Pearly (yes), Girly (yes) and the background paper has swirls on it! If that doesn't count please delete)

Monday, 4 November 2013

Starlet Tiffany!

Hello, hope all is well with you and yours.

Today I would like to share a card I made for a friend of mine who is a vintage film fanatic.  Her husband wanted me to make her a card that reflected her mild obsession with movies of the 30’s and 40’s.  So this is what I came up with.

The 'pin' is a silver piece of Card Candi; looks multicoloured here though(?)

The image is from MilkCoffee  and is called ‘Glamorous Tiffany in Her Night Gown’ .  I thought she had the look of a black and white movie starlet so I coloured her with my Promarkers in greyscale and made her into a photograph pinned to a wall, well a piece of embossed and sanded Core’dinations to be precise.  

The 'autograph' is my untidy scrawl.  

I printed the clapperboard and filmstrip free from the web, stamped a script onto a piece of vellum and I made the roses using a Sizzix Bigz die.  The idea is that the roses are fading and losing their petals.  Not too sure if that’s how it looks.

And there you go.  I hope she likes it.

See ya!

Smiling always (!)!

Scribbly hugs
Jane xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges: