Wednesday 1 June 2011

I love Poppies!!

I just love poppies, so when I saw the challenge over on the Stampalot blog, I couldn't resist! The challenge is to use the picture of a poppy field for inspiration.
I was lucky enough to have been in the right place at the right time to take this photo of a beautiful Poppy, and just had to use it. It was taken at Chester Zoo. My family laugh at me because, while everyone else is looking at the animals, I am usually looking the opposite way at the flowers. I think it must be a throw-back to my childhood, because when we went to the Zoo my Dad only ever looked at the flowers, and my grandmother never went there without a pair of scissors in her bag for cuttings!
The background paper I used is from Joanna Sheen's Jane Netley Mayhew 2, and was just perfect. I used my beloved Nesties for the layers, and added a red silk flower. I had a bit of a problem as to the centre of the poppy, but then hit on the idea to use black stick-on gems!
Trouble is, I love this card so much I don't want to part with it! Maybe I could send it to myself in November for my birthday!!

Wednesday 26 January 2011

A Winter's Tale

I came across a challenge over on Sir Stampalot, which, surprisingly, I am still just in time to do! It is called "A Winter's Tale", and inspiration is to be taken from either Queen's 1995 song, or Shakespear.
Now, I am a big Queen fan, and thought I knew most of their songs, but this one had escaped me. I Googled it (where would we be without Google?), and loved it. To me it cried out to be used with this image from Joanna Sheen's Enchanted Dreams. Everything seemed to fit!
I used the background that went with the image, and which just happened to have swans on it. I Googled (again) the lyrics for the song and used the first verse. Then I layered the image onto silver holographic card. Trouble is I love this so much that I can't bear to send it to anyone, so I will just have to keep it!

Saturday 8 January 2011

Another I actually getting my act together?

Over at Anyone for Anya, the challenge this week is to make a calendar page for February. This caught my imagination, even though I hadn't done a page for January.
I love the poem "January brings the snow....etc.", so had to use it. I found the rainy background and the mountain scene on the internet (how can we live without Google?), and I stamped and scanned my Anya so I could use it like a digi stamp. Of course she was coloured with my beloved ProMarkers, can't function without them!

Monday 3 January 2011

Here's to 2011 and getting my mojo back!!

For pretty much all of 2010 I seem to have been completely without my "mojo" as far as blog challenges are concerned, so my resolution this year is to get said "mojo" back and get into challenges again!
So, for my first entry for this year I have decided to have a go at the Passion for ProMarkers Mega Challenge, after all I won it last year, so you never know..................
I am also entering it into the I Love ProMarkers challenge for this week.
The theme for both of these challenges is "Anything Goes", and I am afraid that when I hear those words I always think of the song "In olden days a glimpse of stocking..........etc.), so I just had to do an Art Deco-ish lady. I am a bit limited in "stash" here at home, most of my good stuff being in the shop. I close between Christmas and New Year, so can only play with what I have here. For that reason I made up my image in Photoshop, then coloured my lady in with ProMarkers. I think she is gorgeous. I have the stamp in the shop, but, because I don't have stamping stuff here, I usually stamp my stamps, then scan them so I have digital images to play with at home.
Well, enough of the waffle, I had better get this posted, then go join my husband who is patiently waiting for me to watch a film with him! Can't seem to convince him that crafting should take precedence!! Still, back to normal tomorrow, back to work and normality!!