Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Starting the new year with Simply Create Too Challenge #123

Challenge #123 for Simply Create Too has the theme of "New Beginnings". I made a card for my step-daughter's wedding, coming up in February. (I hope she doesn't see this before then).

This card was made using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Majestic Elements - Majestic Labels 25; as well as Elizabeth Craft Designs Curvy Leaves and Memory Box Small Marianna Vine Outline cutting dies. I used some Arctic White and Purple Crystal Perle cardstock, some silver glitter cardstock and white vellum. The flowers were Kaisercraft Coconut paper blooms. In the background you can see some Swiss Dot embossed white vellum; while inside the frame I cut out an oval of the vellum and stamped in purple ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder..

This card is such a departure from what I've been doing lately, but I was inspired by a card by Olga Direktorenko.(click on the link to see the card). I CASEd her card also for a 90th birthday card for one of my mum's friends.

It's hard to photograph white cards. Any suggestions, anyone?

This post is sooo late. I've been frantically trying to get the house back into order after getting the inside repainted at the end of last year, but because I'm reorganising, adding new household fixtures, cleaning and culling all at the same time, it's taking forever. Our garage is out of action with all of the household goods in it, which is sooo bad as we'
re having heat waves in Queensland at the moment and getting into a hot car is not my idea of a happy situation.

Hope you're all keeping well and having a crafting good time.

Bye for now.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2nd Challenge for the Year

My second challenge for the year is for Get Creative Challenges. Challenge #54 has the theme of "Anything Goes" and is being sponsored by Ike's Art, OddBall Art and Shadow Clocksy. Winners will be awarded digistamps of their choice from the sponsors. (See Angie's blog for more details.)

For my card I chose "Ellis the Chibi" digistamp by Shadow Clocksy and decided to create a New Year's card. After colouring the image with Copic markers and fussy cutting it, I attached it, using fun foam, onto a sheet of silver holographic reactive foiled cardstock (left over from Christmas cards), crisscrossed with pale blue lace (also a Christmas scrap). To simulate fireworks I stuck heaps of blue, silver and gold sequins onto the card. (That took me AGES!!!) What do you think? Was it worth it?

I don't know, there's something funny going on with her right eye.  😕

Anyway, get on over to Get Creative Challenges and GET CREATIVE!!! Have fun and join in the action.

Bye for now.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

Here I am back again and looking forward to a brand-new year (almost!). (If I can get my house back into order ASAP, I'll be sweet!)

The painting was finished Christmas Eve, so effectively there's only been a few days we've been able to work on unpacking and shifting furniture and stuff. I swear, repainting, recarpeting and shifting back is worse than moving in because when you move, everything that belongs together is packed together; whereas, what we did (even though I tried to avoid it) was just plonk everything in the garage where it would fit (apart from the books and glasses etc that were packed in groups).  My biggest problem has been fitting my clothes and books back where they belong. (I think they've had offspring over the holidays as I'm sure there's more now than before. yuk yuk yuk!) BUT once it is finished, it's going to be so nice and clean and neat. Already the new colours have lifted my mood! BIG SMILE!
Anyway, to business. As it's the start of the new year, all of my design teams are recommencing. First off the mark is Angie's Digital Stamps with Challenge #5.
I chose the Box of Crayons digistamp from Angie's Digital Designs shop on Etsy and made a "Back to School" card. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, we have only 20 days before our kids go back for the start of the 2017 school year. Unbelievably my son, Alex, will be starting Year 9 this year. OMG!

I wanted to make my card a little grungy like a child had helped with it, which is why I tore the edges of the sentiment and messily sponged over some Fossilized Amber ink and used the great font called "Bombing". I also added the background that was created by sponging Festive Berries ink over the "Countdown" Tim Holtz stencil onto some glossy cardstock. I finished off with some multicoloured enamel dots.

I'd love to wish all of my followers a very Happy New Year and I hope that you all have a fantastically crafty time over the next 363 days.

Bye for now.