Sunday, April 29, 2012

Black and White 21st Keepsake Card

As promised, am back with a card to share and its one I haven't done in ages - black and white photo one for a guy - i love printing on this textured card stock and playing around with effects on the photo (I am no pro by any means with editing software but I like the way this works)

I used the new candy which is just perfect for mens cards and added a bit of silver to make everything a bit glitzy in a masculine kinda way..

and a closeup of the cogs embossing folder from Darice and the punched corners..

Friday, April 27, 2012

Nitwit image Christening card

Just popping in quickly this evening to say hello and share a card and news of a fab sale over at Nitwit collections. The image comes from the Warm Fuzzies collection of papers and images and I printed the bear out three times and then decoupaged and layered it, adding some DF satin ribbon.

Here you can see the layers a bit more..

...and the outside of the box decorated to match the Martha Stewart punch by using the lacey oval nestabilities

pop over to Nitwits for the sale on tomorrow!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bearly Mine Designs new release and other exciting news

Hi everyone, hope your paddles and canoes are working well - yes its been a bit wet but the garden is looking healthier for it and hoping the sun shows his face soon  - this weekend preferably!

Have some exciting news to share - there is a new release due out tomorrow from Bearly Mine designs called Patchwork Party and its full of gorgeous textures and shades - here's a little preview to whet your appetites:

Some of you may have noticed that I love using Donna's papers on my cards and I was thrilled to be picked for Donna's Design team, so cant wait to see more new releases coming up more reason to use these papers.

You can purchase digi paper sets here, enter challenges on the Bearly Mine Challenge blog, and view the Bearly Mine gallery here. For past cards made with Donna's papers click this link.

Links to the other DT members and the above will remain in my side bar for easy access in future.

Thanks Donna for inviting me and am going to enjoy the challenges and new releases!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Di's Digi DT Challenge Blog - Animal Friends

Am pleased to say there is a new challenge over at DI's Digi Downloads Challenge Blog and the theme for the next two weeks is Animal Friends, and here is my card:

 and some closeup photos as the one above isn't the best one I must admit LOL!

Entering this card into the following challenges:
Craft Garden - pastel colours
Bearly Mine - Embossing
Sweet n Sassy - Sketch Challenge I used SSS48 sketch

So make sure you hop over to Di's Digi blog and take part in the challenge! - there is a great prize from Joanna Sheen on offer and the challenge is open for two weeks

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Painting with Watercolour, mica based pigments like Cosmic Shimmers & Twinkling H2O's

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I am currently fitting in some small colouring classes for those of you who have begun to paint with a brush and water based paints and like the technique and want to develop your watercolouring skills!

These classes are based in a great venue in Craanford, near Gorey, Co Wexford - in the Cottage Crafts shop.

If you would like to attend, please leave me a comment with your phone number (comments are not published as they need blog owner approval and wont be published) and will not be visible to anyone else.

Here are some examples of coloured projects with Twinkling H2O and cosmic shimmer paints:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April cards

Hello bloggers, have a few cards to share today from a crop - thanks to everyone who came along and for a fantastic day!
Here are some cards, and they all follow a feminine theme for different ages.

Please note that digi images and papers should not be shared without permission from the digi site / artist, and I have permission from Donna from Bearly Mine and Tracey from Fred She Said to use their wonderful work for these cards.

the first is a baby girl card coloured with polychromos pencils and embellished with punched flowers, die cut shapes and leaves and using a Stamp by Elizabeth Bell from Belles and Whistles

used a mixture of card candy and pearls on this one for the flowers so they are nice and fresh and dainty / girly!
This next card has one of the precious hAnglra and StAnglar stamps I own (they are like gold dust!) and is made with cheery papers from Bearly Mine called Spring Blossoms which you can find here.
the sentiment is computer generated and I used the Tim Holtz weathered clock sizzix die for the background with matching strips of embossed card using Country Companions and cuttlebug folders.

the border is punched with a Martha Stewart border punch

and some card candy and EK success daisies to finish - also coloured with polychromos pencils

I love blue and white cards and this is another of those in a side stepper shape made with a Whiff of Joy /  Elizabeth Bell stamp and the sentiment is just perfect for this.

embellished with Martha Stewart punched butterflies and EK retro flower punch outs, card candy and pearls

a closeup of the sentiment and flowers

and the tag pulls out for a little message

the next card is a 'bookmark on a card' but it isn't obvious when you first look at it - I like ideas like this and they make perfect cards / gifts in one!
Tina Wenke creates the most adorable images and hedgehogs are one of my favourite things so I couldn't wait to use this and teamed it with a quote I like being that I love buying books as well...

those punched daisies disguise punch outs on the card blank itself and are adhered to the punch outs which hold the book mark in place, and you can see how it detaches below:

the next card is a decoupage one in a favourite green and lilac colour scheme using digi images from Fred She Said which you can find here.

the inside is decorated to match the outside and the card is embossed with a border embossing folder and I used the same butterfly punch as I did on the blue card but instead of cutting on white and inking like the last one I cut out of lilac card and added gems to this one

the last in this post is a shaped easel card using Go Kreate dies, and with stamped and distressed papers  to create a vintage feel.
Again the image is coloured with polychromos pencils

bright cerise ribbon and stencilling inside the dies..

and the die shapes used to hold open the easel again

that's all for today - if you pop by don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Di's Digi Downloads Easter Challenge

Hi fellow bloggers - sending everyone wishes for a very Happy Easter. Just wanted to share an Easter card for two little girls, made with one of Di's Digi Downloads and Nitwits Eggstra Collection and Eggstra special Too.

If you have an easter project to share, please hop over to Di's Digi Challenge blog and check out the challenge.. there are some fab spring images on Di's Digi image blog too, so expect some more from me in the next few weeks!

the image is coloured with twinkling H2O's and simple layering and border cutting with scallop scissors. Added some flowersoft to the bunny tails for texture.