Sep 29, 2012

A Country/Western card

Hello Everyone.

Our Creative Corner Challenge this week is to create a card/project with a Country/Western look, plus some plaid/gingham, such as in a ribbon or designer paper.
Our lovely Hostess is Liliana Inguanti.

Use the picture to inspire you.

There is not one stamp on this creation.
I found the Hat and Boots on the web, and I coloured them up in copics.

Made my own grass and plaid paper.
Die-cut the fence and embossed a bg.
I could not think of any other way to portray a Country and Western theme!

My fellow teamies at Our Creative Corner have come up trumps though, I will encourage you to hop along and have a gander. HERE

I am at this moment on my way to San-Francisco, so I will catch up with you all in three weeks time.  I do have some posts scheduled for OCC so you will still be able to see some creations. 

And a reminder... that our winners from Our Creative Corner from now on, will be presented to you in a new format as our 'Top Talent Thursday' . 
Check out our first Top Talent on 18th October   ... remember the date! 
 If you would like to be one of out Top Talents then all you have to do is participate in our Challenges, be a winner and you will be that special person.


Sep 26, 2012

Flag #2

Hello Everyone.
Continuing the....
Funkie Junkie Style 12 Tags of Christmas Challenge. 
I have to be honest and say I was not over excited about Linda's inspirational Tag#2, as it felt too grungy for me.
But as Linda says, ' this challenge is all about having fun and exploring new art'.
I did have fun!


My word are thickers, which have been inked with distress stains.

 I have followed through with a similar colour palette as Flag#1.
Also dry embossed the bg in circles, that look similar to gears. 
I must say I am pleased with the result.  

Sep 24, 2012

The first inspirational Tag

Hello Everyone.
Last year I had the wonderful experience of participating in The Funkie Junkie 12 Tags of Christmas.
I was so pleased when Linda decided to do it again this year; the title is a bit of a misnomer, as you do not have to make a Tag, you just have to be inspired by one thing on her sample, so this is Linda's Tag that she made.
I love this palette; it has Pink undertones, so I focused in on this plus the heart and flourish, it is hard just to be inspired by one thing!
I am going to make a Christmas banner and each flag will be inspired by each of Lindas Tags as she progresses through the weeks.
The prize is $50 grand prize gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. 
There will be runner up GC too.
I am a bit late completing this one, as she has already posted up Tag #2!!!

                     This is what I created.

 My angel image is from Astrid freebies,  I dry embossed with a flourish embossing folder, and gently used my finger with some ink, rubbing over the raised areas. I cut a heart on the cricut and used distress stains for colour, then applied glossy accents over the top.

My Bg is a mix of gesso distress stains and embossing.
My words were cut on the Cricut also using the same technique as the heart shape frame.
Lace trim finishes it off.
I would encourage you to join in this Challenge as it is a little different and it does allow you to put a bit of yourself into the creations.

Hope you all have a great week.

Sep 22, 2012

A card with a bit of everything!

Hello Everyone.
Today the sun is shining in Auckland and we are thankful, why? 
Because we have not seen too much of it this year and we are already into Spring!
The sun is also shining on 'Our Creative Corner' Challenge this week and why? 
Because  once again we have a brilliant theme set by my fellow Dt Chris Barnes.

I will tease you with my first image, as I love my ink stained flowers that connect with the cup-cakes, along with the teeny weeny buttons.
I chose not to add turquoise, though I was tempted, I noticed the wall in the Bg and picked up on this for my card and one of the layers, which as you can see I dry embossed.

On close up  you will observe additional stamping and some bling, not too sparkly though.

And now for the texture, I did it all; distressing, paint, embossing, crimping, lace, burlap and if I had any more room I would have kept going... Ha.

Now some added information for you, we at OCC are changing the format for our Guest Designers, and from October we will be having a 'Top Talent Thursday'  where the winner of our Challenges will be centre stage and where she/he will present some work and answer a  few questions. 
Now how would you like to be part of this? 

We have a huge following so if you want your name and Blog up in lights on 'Our Creative Corner' all you have to do is participate in our Challenges and you never know we may pick YOU!!!!

So hop along to the Blog HERE and browse through the Dt's  samples and be inspired, sit at your desk and create a
'Wow' for us.


Sep 18, 2012

Spring Daffodil.

Hello Everyone

 I am once again trying my luck by entering into the Allsorts Challenge this week.

It is Tracy's first week as the hostess and she has set the theme "PURPLE PASSION" great theme Tracy.
I am quite partial to Purple probably because it is a mix of passionate Red and cool dependable Blue.
It lies between Magenta and Violet on the colour wheel if you are interested, and I love the colour Violet because it is softer and restful.  
When teamed with yellow; it’s complementary colour it creates a very forceful statement.

So I thought the perfect element to add to my Bg was the very cheerful, trumpet shaped, Yellow Daffodil with its blade shaped leaves.

I have to thank my dear bloggy friend Greta-(GG creations)  for this image, she kindly sent me a bunch of them last year when I was bemoaning the fact that I had no Daffodil stamps in my collection, and me being of Welsh extraction one would understand that this would not do.
I have since purchased a few Stamps, so all is well.
As you can see I stamped a mix of images on White card-stock to create an interest, used my White gel sakura pen for Faux  stitching. and fussy-cut the Daffodil after colouring with copics.

Hope you like the effect as much as I do.

Sep 15, 2012

Sketch Challenge.

Hello Everyone.
Look at this sketch, do you like it? Yes, okay then make it up and enter 'Our Creative Corner' Challenge this week, and be in to win a chance to be spotlighted as our Top Talent; there are changes in the wind, we are in the process of finalising the format to best present our winner and make it more special. 
So stay tuned and participate and you could be our next special person.
Our Hostess this week is Chris-( Dot Dot Stamping Designs).
There are just two criteria for our challenge:
1.  Make a card for a male (it can be a male of any age....)
2.  Use the sketch below.
3. (Optional) If you wish to, you can also add an extra challenge, which is to use a Monochromatic colour scheme.

 I have two pet hates in card-making, one as you all know is CAS and I am not going to burden you with my thoughts again on this genre and the other is Masculine cards.
It is a privilege for me to be part of the team on OCC  so when I am given a task then one must perform, so perform I did.....whether you are inspired remains to be seen!

I called on TH.... I, the very person who expounded not so long ago that I am not one of his greatest fans! 
Well I called upon him Big Time, and so I have to recant and allow myself to admit that I am a little bitty fan now.
 I used the light bulbs and time pieces to symbolise how my 'dearest one' lights up my life! I gave it to him for his Birthday a few weeks ago, but I think the symbolism was lost on him, or he did not like it because his response was simply:"Oh, you made me a card!"  I beamed "Yes, do you like it?" "Mmmm it's different." So I thought, yeah me....different; what a flaky term, he could have used the word unique, then I would have felt unparalleled, individualistic and oddly enough happier.                                
Now I am asking myself where is the symbolism; is it the light bulb or is it in my individualism! 
The French Lattice is a 'Cheery Lynn' die cut, and it is coloured with Alcohol Inks on Glossy  card stock.  
Now all I have to say is, if you want to see more, pop over to OCC and light up our lives, check up on our Guest Designer this week; Sandra and of course the Teamies.
Have a great weekend.

Sep 8, 2012

Kissing Technique

Hello Everyone.

Is this not a great title? 
I am not going to explain to you how to plant a 'wet one' as my fellow teamie Lisa would say, no it is far more challenging; it is the technique of using two  different stamps, inking them up in two different colours or just inking the patterned stamp and pressing them together, as in a KiSS and then stamping your image onto your card.
Our lovely Lisa (You Made me Ink)  is our hostess, again this week and today it is her Birthday, so a very 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY'  my friend, I hope you have a great day, with lots of pressies of the creative kind; if that is your wish.

The Challenge: to see stamp to stamp (kissing) technique used somewhere on your card or project.  Please give company credit to the stamps you've used. 
The twist is that there needs to be letters X and O somewhere on your project. 

Allsorts has a Challenge going on this week as well which I would like to participate:
Layers, and I do have a few going on in this card.

 I had a plethora of images on my desk kissing one another and nothing was working..... I soon realised that one of the stamps needs to be a solid  image and the other a pattern.. yeah yeah ...                                    

Although I have seen this technique on many cards I had never tried it, so a first for me.
I had a few failures, it is not easy as it sounds, you have to chose the right stamps; one solid and one pattern, once you have that sussed it is a breeze.

My Stamps were:
 HA-Envelope Pattern.
The stamps of life 'Owls 2love'

As you can see the Owl has been kissed by the envelope!
I gave him a Hat and sat him on a textured Branch.

The rest of the card is easy to work out without me having to explain.


My teamies as per usual have created more inspiring work for you so once again I will encourage you to pop over to OCC and have a peek.
Our Creative Corner
And I hope you will join us for this weeks Challenge.


Sep 1, 2012

Resist with a Twist.

Hello Everyone.
Another Saturday has come around, and once again it is time for 'Our Creative Corner' Challenge.
This week we have the very humorous, very unique and incomparable Lisa (You Made me Ink) as our hostess, and her Challenge will be a popular one; 'Resisting with a Twist'

Here are the FOUR requirements...
1.) Resist Stamping (examples: Versamark, Embossing powder, gel, crayon)
2.)  Describe the technique you used somewhere on your post.
3.) Also, include Wings (Anything with wings or wings by themselves)
4.) This can be a card OR a project (all are welcome!)

Initially I thought butterflies... as most would, but as luck would have it my precious grand- daughter came to visit, and she was dressed as Tinker-belle!
 And an idea was formed; inspiration is everywhere you just have to open your eyes.
It is as different from my canvas (previous post); as chalk is from cheese, but what can I say.... multifaceted is a word that comes to mind.. Mmmm... yes well.....


Wax-Paper Technique as a resist.

I used the ordinary super-market waxed paper.

Tear off a piece larger than your card, and squish it up in a ball, to make creases in the wax, the more you squish the smaller your pattern, then gently smooth it out, do not remove all the creases.
Now sandwich this wax paper between two pieces of card stock making sure your waxed side is facing towards your chosen piece for the Bg; I have used Rangers speciality paper.

Next step use your iron on a medium setting and press down onto the paper, hold for a short time, continue in this vein until you have released the wax onto the paper. 
Check that it is working by lifting the paper and you should see a pattern developing.

Then you can colour on top with your inks, and as I have said in my last post.... Magic happens! 
Your face automatically breaks into a smile, as each time you do this technique the result is always different.

Now you have a Bg to do with as you please.

Tinker-Belle was coloured in Copics, then I fussy cut her out and mounted her on my Bg.
The wings were White embossed on Acetate, I cut them out too and attached them at the base.

I added flower soft to her skirt for texture, and pearls for a necklace.
And she looks beautiful and Scarlett will love her.

We would love you to join us in this Challenge, we may not have prizes to seduce you with, but what we do have is inspiration and tutorials, and who knows you could be Lisa's choice as Top Talent and be our Guest Designer for one week, now how does that sound?... not enough, well what if I include a visit to your blog, tempted, then wait there's more.... we will leave some love too. xooxx
Now you can't pass this up!!!!

Join us then at OCC and make sure you check up on my teamies.
Have a happy and creative weekend.