Wednesday 30 September 2009

September Swap - Song Titles

Well, this month's swap has been very interesting. I am surprised that nobody has chosen the same song as anyone else. The ATCs have been very varied.........and, of course, brilliant as usual.

Tuesday 22 September 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge

Well, I didn't win my first challenge. Never mind, there is always the next one.

Challenge Number 4 is 3D Elements, and as most of my cards have 3D elements on them, I should be able to manage this one.

Here is my first card, which I will admit to having prepared earlier (in true Blue Peter fashion!). It is one I submitted to Creative Cardmaking magazine back in May, but unfortunately they did not receive my cards. So, I may as well put the picture to good use!!

The picture is one that I took when the Tall Ships were leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2008. Brilliant day! My naval roots were stirring that day watching all those beautiful ships.

I created the pyramage using Photoshop, and the background paper using Paint Shop Pro (haven't figured out how to do that yet on Photoshop).

Well, that's it for now, but you never know, there may well be more! Having said that, the two I did for the last challenge also qualify for this one, as they both have 3D elements on.

The 3D elements on this one are the flowers.

On this one the main image is a 3D element, and so are the snowflake buttons.

Saturday 19 September 2009

A Challenge - in more ways than one!

I have decided to go in for a blog challenge! This is something I have never done before, so haven't really got a clue what I am doing (so what's new LOL).

The challenge I have chosen to cut my teeth on is a Sketch Challenge, which you can find here. Now, not only have I never done a challenge before, I have also never worked with a sketch before. Talk about jumping in at the deep end!

I have done two cards, can't decide which is best. The first one is quite cute, and the other one is a Christmas card.

Here is the "cute" card. I have used one of the "Miss Anya" stamps from The Greetings Farm, and I have coloured it using ProMarkers (something else I am just getting used to!). The piece of backing card was put through a Cuttlebug folder to emboss it.

The Christmas card has proved to be a bit of a problem. I finished it yesterday, and tried scanning it, but, because it is dimensional, it didn't scan very well. Never mind, I thought, I will take a picture of it. Now, the camera I am used to, I have loaned to my daughter. The camera I am using in it's place was at home, and I was here in the shop. So, I got out the little camera that we use to take pictures of the "show and tell" in class each Monday. Brilliant camera, took an excellent photograph, only to find that I couldn't get it into the computer because it had a different fitting to the lead I had.

So, the plan is, I will take the memory card home tonight and put it into my laptop.

So......................................... watch this space for the next picture!

And here it is, via my husband's laptop, into mine by e-mail. What a journey!!

The main "image" on this card was from a tunnel sheet bought from CraftsUprint, which I made up in my class last Monday. I decided it might make a good card following the sketch. I have mounted the lot onto some white embossed gloss card, which says Merry Christmas, then the background piece is a pattern I created myself from a picture of a poinsettia. The image is mounted onto gold mirri card. The embellishments are snowflake buttons.

Tuesday 8 September 2009

August swaps - Summertime

Well, what a great and varied lot of ATCs we got this month....................what do you think?

Friday 4 September 2009

Bank Holiday Monday in York

We decided that we would go on a coach trip to York last Monday. We went once before (not on a coach trip - on a train) 28 years ago. It was not the greatest day out in the world, everything seemed to go wrong, and we always said we would go back and see it properly. Well, on Monday we finally did!
This time everything went right and we had a brilliant day. York is a beautiful, and very old, city, although it is not the cheapest place in the country by a long way!
I took about 150 pictures, some I have deleted, I am left with about 130. Here are a few of them.
For more pictures (quite a lot more), follow this link -

Creative Cardmaking Magazine

I have been neglecting this blog for a while, as I have been a bit "bogged down" with a cardmaking project.

I was asked to submit 3 cards for Issue 9 of the Creative Cardmaking Magazine. This is the issue that will come out in November or December (not sure which), and the theme is Christmas Thank You cards.

I have really been struggling with this one, as I find it extremely difficult to think Christmas before the middle of December, let alone to think of cards to be sent AFTER Christmas! The deadline for them receiving the cards is Monday 7th September, so I have been working against the clock.

However, I did manage (just, yesterday afternoon) to come up with 3 cards, one of which will be chosen to go in the magazine. The scans do not do them justice, but here they are. Hope you like them!

This one is made using the Pyramage sheet "Letters to Santa" by Hunkydory Crafts.

On this one I used unmounted stamp sheet "Holly", although I used the poinsettia. I coloured them in using Letraset ProMarkers (love them!), and I edged the teardrop with metallic gold ink.

Last, but not least, this one uses a Pyramide sheet from Le Suh. The background paper used in this one and the teardrop card is one I made myself from a poinsettia picture.