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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Southern Girls - Winter Blues - 31 May, 2018

This time around, Southern Girls challenge is Winter Blues, yes, tomorrow is the official start of Winter in Australia, and I am definitely feeling blue.  My least favourite season, batten down the hatches, stoke up the fire, grab a good book and don't move for 3 months.

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I've made to 2 cards using All Dressed Up's images - Christmas Cheer and Warm Hands Warm heart

The first card features Christmas Cheer, I moved away from the Christmas theme, and used blues for the flowers in the image, coloured with copic pens die cut and layered onto blue and tan cardstock, tiny blue flowers complete the card.

Entered into:
Through the Craftroom Door - AG
Fab n Funky - For a Child

The next card features Warm Hands Warm heart, also coloured with copic pens and die cut.  The heart paper and striped paper are from Kaisercraft and are both sides of the one paper.  Added a glitter red heart and more tiny flowers  (these are my all time favourite flowers to use)  Small sentiment and buttons complete the card.

Check out the challenge blog for more ideas
Entered into:
Penny's Papers - AG
All Dressed Up - AG

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Twice the Fun

I've made two cards both feature images from Ike's World called "Bunnies" and "Mama Puss".  My first thought when seeing these images was "great for a twin card"  I don't know anyone having twins, but at least now I have a couple of Cards ready.

First is "Mama Puss", coloured with copic pens and die cut with a stitched die.  Side edges are also diecuts, I've added mulberry flowers and punched sprigs, Patterned paper from Stampin up and a punched sentiment completes the card.

Entered into:
Show us your pussies - Anything Cat goes
Creative Knockout - Furry Friends 
Not just cards - Anything Goes
A bit more time to Craft -  Anything Goes
If you give a Crafter a Cookies - Dogs/Cats

Now for the Boys using "Bunnies"  again coloured with copics and die cut with a stitched die. Lots of the tiny mulberry flowers and punched sprigs.  Punched sentiment also completes this card.

Entered into:
Ikes World - Monochrome
Animal Friends - Stitching (stitched die)
Creative Cottage - Dies and/or Punches
Fussy and Fancy - Favourite Florals (this tiny mulberry flowers are my all time flowers to use on cards, soft, delicate and not bulky)
International Art and Soul - All about Boys or Men

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #196 All Creatures Great & Small - 15/5/18

Late posting today, nothing better than finding your telephone line is down and it will take 5 days for someone to repair, whatever is wrong.  Verdict - tree roots (large gum trees planted by the local council) apparently, temporarily fixed, could go again at anytime!!!! Not Happy Jan.

This fortnight we are looking for Animals

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Prize: 3 images

Knitty Kitty Digis' - Kitty Balloons feature on this Birthday card.  Have to say, I love these cats.  This time I tried something different.  I printed the image twice and the front heart and cat balloons again.  The first image I used as a background and coloured it with different inks.  Then coloured the cat and balloons with copic pens, fussy cut and layered onto the background.

For the front heart and blue cat balloons I coloured them with copic pens also and again fussy cut, they have been layered with a spring, so they wobble.

Entered into:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Birthday
Sweet Stampers - Birthday
Not Just a Card - Anything Goes
Show us your Pussies - Furrything Goes

My second project is with Mmedel Illustrations' "April Fox and May Fox colouring Page"
Had lots of fun with these two images to create a quote page in a journal. Who would've quessed " April Showers bring May Flowers" originally came from a poem written in the 1550s.

April Fox has been paper pieced whilst May Fox has been transferred onto a page and coloured with water pencils.  Lots of flowers, toadstool, rain drops and cloud complete the pages.

If you like the toadstools, cloud and raindrops, check out Flourish with a Bling, sadly closing soon, but they do have a great sale on at the moment.

Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes 
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Card Mania - Anything But a Card

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Perfume Bottle

The image on this journal page is from Sandi's Samples and is called Perfume Bottle. It is the free image for this month's Progressive challenge at Outlawz.

I wanted to try something different with the digital images and have decided on an Art Journal, which will hold my sketches but also digital images. A Journal that is not bulky and relies on paper, ink, pen and paint exclusively.  No embellishments and no glue.  It is a thick book, so hopefully as the pages turn over, my techniques get better.

The technique I used to transfer Sandi's image onto a page, seemed simple enough, let's say I hope it gets more simple as I continue through the book.

I've seen the transfer technique using an InkJet printer and wax paper.   Mmm! 4 pages later I'm thinking this can't be right.  I have printed on tissue paper with my laser printer - no problems.  But the wax paper was causing all sorts of problems for the printer, including nearly chewing it up and digesting it.

In Australia we have Wax paper, but we also have Grease-poof paper and I am beginning to wonder if  Grease-proof is called Waxed in other countries.  I know it is great for transfers.

Only I didn't have any, but I did have Baking Paper.   Yeah! a winner.

I used double sided tape to hold the Baking Paper onto a sheet of typing paper, printed, flipped the image over and ran a plastic card across the image.  It came out looking like a sketch (but I have included the credits on the image to show it is from Sandi.

Loved the technique, once I got it to work.  Image is then coloured with pencils, white ink and metallic gel pens. A couple of verses and patterns complete the page. 

Now I can print up some images and transfer them to the pages, so when I go away all I have to pack is the book, pencils and pens. 

Entered into:
The Outlaw May Progressive Challenge 
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspiration - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Brown Sugar #278 - Masculine - 4 May, 2018

Sponsor for this month is  
Mari Ko Creations

Using a sentiment and an image called Wreath I've made a Sympathy card.  Created digitally by inverting the colours, I have placed the sentiment inside the wreath, adding square onyx pieces to the corners.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Southern Girls Challenge - Retro Use a Punch 3 May, 2018

Our sponsor at Southern Girls fore this challenge is 
Always cute images,I've used an image called "Champagne".  Winnie has been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut. I have used a stampin up corner punch on all the front layers and inside a Martha Stewart edge punch.  Black glitter on Winnie's purse and gold glitter for the champagne bubbles completes the card.

Check out the challenge blog to see other punches.

Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes 
Pause Dream Enjoy - Lots of Layers 
4 Crafty Chicks - Women Celebration

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #195 - Gate Fold or Step Card - 1/5/18

This fortnights challenge at The Crafter's Cafe is to make a Gate Fold and/or a Step Card.Gate Fold or Step Card.

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Using Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' -  Floral Cats (Patterned and Textured) I have made a gate card with diecuts, flowers and a ribbon.

This time Decosse's Dynamite Doodles' -  Simple Beauty (Patterned) has been used to create a step card.

Another gate fold card, this time using ScrapNDipity's - Aquarius, which has been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut.  The water carrier and the bee are in the design.  I've used rain drop stickers and a toadstool from Flourish with a bling.  Check out their site, they are having a closing down sale, great bargains. 

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Entered into:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Add a Diecut
If you give a Crafter a Cookie - Photo inspiration (Bee and flowers)
Crafty Cardmakers - Birthdays

Pearly Sparkle for May - Things with Wings

This months theme is Wings and I've used this duck from Eureka, called- A Rainy Day.  Printed in colour and diecut, layered onto coloured cardstock.   Rubber raindrops complete the card.

CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge for May 2018

This card was made for a friend of my husband.  They are in a Hot Rod Club together, so seemed a fitting image.  Coloured with Copic pens, the same as his car is painted. Fussy cut and layered onto stampin up paper.