May 26, 2012

'Hostess with the Most-est'... well I try.

Hello my friends.

Our Creative Corner  (My Challenge)

Indeed I would love to be the Hostess with the Most-est, but the competition is arduous in this  virtual environment of card making, and the talent that is on my OCC team alone is nonpareil.
I have been waiting in the wings since February for my turn to contribute and set a Challenge.
I am so excited, not least in the fact that I can choose the genre! And no surprise to many of you I chose:
"A Little Shabby Chic"
Most of you will have seen my Shabby side, and some will have seen my CAS side, I can tell you with unmitigated confidence that I entertain the former with absolute delight, as opposed to feeling handicapped with the latter.

For your delight then and inspiration here is my Shabby card.

The beautiful elements; I love these glass drop beads hanging from my delicate dyed ribbon, where I have also added a pearl button.

The flower, I make my Roses from my own paper that I paint up in water-colours, using the TH Tattered Florals die-cut.

Now add and add--- organza, lace, pearls, burlap and leaves, anything to create texture and dimension. 
Create a tactile environment on your project.

Look at all my different fibres I have going on, the spray is busy and engaging, the soft fragile palette of the delicate pastels; a mix of both warm and cool colours, are the easiest of all the palettes to combine, and always blend beautifully.

And again another look at the finished card, where you can pick up the embossed Bg which has been painted in metallic gold and sanded down a little, then popped up for dimension.
Some of my stitching on another layer, which has some stamping haphazardly placed.
Then choose your card, I went with a soft Pink shaped card.

And to complete, finish off the inside as well.
'Have some fun with this'.

Now it is your turn, I hope this card is inspiring for you to enter this week at OCC and provide me with utter JOY of seeing your projects, I am so eager to see what you create.
My fellow teamies have some wonderful examples as well so pop over HERE, and you will see them all.

Have a most enjoyable week.

May 22, 2012

A Magic Set of little girls.

Hello my Friends

Last week I made 4 little cards from the Nicecrane Collage Sheet  named 'Little Magic Girls'.

I have a little bit of Magic in my life; Precious (grand-daughter) Scarlett, who informs me that she is now 'half of three' in age!!!!
She has been a little poorly with Chicken Pox and I thought I would cheer her up by making her these gorgeous cards to give to her friends for their birthdays.

I made 4 scalloped cards on my cricut.

 I die-cut 2 'blossom' shapes from Spell-Binders;
One using painted card stock and the other for the images.
The Bg Patterned Paper is Prima; 'meadow lark collection.' 

Now sit back and scroll down and enjoy the close-ups.

My butterflys are from the Martha Stewart border punch, painted up and Kindy glitz applied, all little girls like a bit of glitter, and Precious is no exception.

I used Parchment and fussy-cut the wings,  and popped them up for some dimension, it creates movement that will be totally lost on this age group, but I had to do it to satisfy my own artistic expression.

This looks sickly Green  but it is actually Yellow!
And horror of horrors I have just noticed the writing is upside down!
Oh well.....

 You can find the Collage sheets and many more here.

Thank you for your visit, I really enjoy your feed back.

May 19, 2012

A little Vintage card.

Hello my Friends

I love working with-in this genre.
It is not true vintage as you can observe, there is some shabby-chic included.
 (can't help myself)

Today 'Our Creative Corner' hostess Meihsia Liu has provided an Inspirational Photo for us to work from.
The first colour that captures your attention is the hot friendly Orange; it is gregarious  and vivid, the negative association to bright Orange is that it is loud, but it also radiates warmth and vitality, it is a tactile colour; you so want to touch it.
In this Photo you are soothed by the soft light, glistening on cool sheets; pure and lightweight, it surprisingly has a wistful feel, I say this because White is seen as a cold colour and sometimes sterile.
The balanced mixture of both warm and cool colours, always blend beautifully, this Orange has to be toned down for a card, as the softer shades are pleasing to the sophisticated eye.
So with this blueprint in mind, I made my card.

I ignored the Orange immediately, it is not an easy colour to work with, as some of you may soon find out!

The Rose was made first, and I tinted the edges with Faber-Castell 'Orange glaze'  PITT pen.
My intention at this point, was that this was my total  contribution to the Orange.

A little burlap and brown ribbon on my soft wistful image and I was finished, or so I thought.........
....But as you can observe I added the Monarch, as soon as it sat up there the card just sang; not literally, my cards do not suddenly burst into song!
I was forced into adding extra Orange, because the card did not have good composition or form otherwise...... simple really. 

Once more I would love you to pay a visit Here to our diverse and talented Dt's at OCC, and see how they have interpreted the photo.

Next week it is MY turn to be Hostess, no prizes for guessing what the genre will be!!!!!
Have a great week 

May 12, 2012

Mama bird a-nesting

Hello my Friends,

I cannot remember the last time I followed a sketch, but what I do remember is that when I started blogging I entered all the Sketch Challenges.... I don't think I was successful in any of them, mainly because I did not always conform to the requirements, typical me always had to change something.
In fact I would make the excuse that we 'Artists' had a certain amount of Artistic licence, and that it should not be restricted.....
Now how hubris and egotistical does that sound! 
All I can say in my defence is that I was a neophyte.
Well  'Our Creative Corner Challenge' this week is......

Yes you've guessed it..... 'A Sketch.'
Create a Card/Project using the sketch above.
 Meritorious Meihsia Liu ( Simply Paper Crafts)  is our hostess this week.

So I'm thinking hell sorry I mean heck seeing as I am now a Dt I had better do this right, otherwise I am going to get a tongue -lashing for not complying to the Challenge requirements.
So here is my card followed to the letter, I even remembered to add the Bow!

 I first made a scalloped oval out of painted card stock then used my white pen around the edge, the top layer is SB 'Floral Ovals' and frayed burlap has been applied to this edge.  

 Glossy Accents applied to the sentiment.

You can just pick up the gold metallic paint  in this photo.
The little bird has been cut from the Pp and Glossy Accents applied, the branch and leaf has also been cut out and placed on top with distressed embossing powder, to add some texture, along with the fuzzy looking yarn for the nest, I placed a white pearl inside to resemble an egg!

To complete the card, a Pink lace trim was adhered, oh nearly forgot there is zig zag stitching on the first layer.

Would you like to see some more interpretations of this sketch, I am sure you would, then just pop over to the Blog here
and your wish will be fulfilled.

Have a most enjoyable weekend.

May 5, 2012

Colour Inspiration for you.

Hello All,

Time again for another 'Our Creative Corner Challenge'
 Anne Marie Hile: has set a  Colour Inspiration - Yellow, Kraft and White.

My card is Kraft,  the Pp is Kaisercraft, it is double-sided with the houses on one side and the Yellow/White  flower on the other.
I distressed  all the edges then inked in frayed burlap.
I fussy cut the buildings and popped them up on to Kwik Mesh, which has been sprayed with yellow liquid dye ink over a mask of squares.
My scalloped border is from 'stampin' up.

I have balanced it out with a SB scalloped circle x2, 
the cute stamped little 'Happy Birthday' 
is Inkadinkado. 
Wow that rhymes!

 I scored both sides of the card.

Close-up for you.

I ruched the ribbon, and dyed the  seam binding, and the wooden button has some twine threaded to connect with the bow  that is placed underneath the sentiment.

And I finished off the inside with matching Pp.

Please join us this week at OCC,  further inspiration can be found here by my other talented teamies.

I apologise for my lack of fervour within this post, on Thursday I lost my neighbour and best friend, her death was sudden even though she had been suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis for a number of years. 
She was the most generous and benevolent person, and I know this sounds cliché but she never complained, and there was always a smile when you walked through her door.

So 'Farewell my dear friend' I will  miss you dreadfully.