Thursday, 19 July 2018

Key of Love at Ching-Chou Kuik

It's the last week of inspiration projects for July at the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge Blog, but you still have plenty of time to enter the challenge. 
Don't forget the theme is Thankyou or Sympathy and you can enter your creations here

This week Lozzy challenged the team to use embossing on our projects, so I used a couple of different folders for extra texture.   I have used the image 'Key of Love'.

Products used:
  • Card blank
  • Cardstock
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Square gems
  • Petal Lu flowers
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Script dies 
  • Embossalicious and Crafts Too embossing folders

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. TTCRD - 17-24 July AG
  2. The Crafter's Cafe - #200 Lots of Layers
  3. Let's Craft & Create - #139 AG/Red, White & Blue
  4. Crafty Creations - #370 AG
  5. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #1828 AG

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Merry Berries

I don't usually make Christmas cards until November but then I'm in a crazy rush, so this year I'm trying to get at least a few made early. 
I couldn't resist having a little play for Power Poppy's latest challenge and I have taken inspiration from Julie Koerber's Word Play post. I'm so used to just printing off images that I don't think about playing around with them too much.
I have taken two images 'Merriest Berries' and 'Candy Cane' and merged them behind the word Merry.  It took a little fiddling around to get them looking how I wanted and it took referring back to the full images to work out what was what when colouring!

Products used:
  • Kraft card blank
  • Black cardstock
  • My Mind's Eye 'Sleigh Bells Ring' designer paper
  • Recollections ribbon
  • ProMarkers - Berry, Red, Lipstick, Crimson, Ruby, Cool Grey 1 & 2, Holly, Lush Green, Forest Green, Cardinal, Olive, Moss, Pear Green, Aegean, Sky Blue & Black
  • White Sakura Gelly Roll

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Power Poppy - Go Ahead.... Inspire Me!
  2. Crafts Galore Encore - July AG
  3. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - July AG
  4. Colour Crazy - WK28 AG
  5. I♥Promarkers - #363 AG/Christmas in July

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Hello Steampunk Friend at Ching-Chou Kuik

I'm back again with some more inspiration for the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge Blog.  Have you joined in with our Thank You/Sympathy challenge yet?  If not, you can enter here.

This week the team were challenged to use some flowers. I always use paper or die-cut flowers, so this time I wanted to be different and use metal flowers... and with metal comes a Steampunk theme! 
I have used 'Steampunk Dragonfly' for a square layered card.  I don't like a lot of froufrou or excessive embellishments on a card, but using the layering method you can add a lot of elements without going over the top!

Products used:
  • Papermania card
  • Papermania 'Chronology' papers
  • Gear dies
  • Hill & cloud dies
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Friend Script word dies
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foliage
  • Cosmic Shimmer extra thick embossing crystals
  • Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Stormy Sky & Forest Moss
  • ProMarkers - Burnt Sienna, Caramel, Dusky Pink, Satin, Henna, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Walnut, Tan, Raw Sienna, Gold, Sunflower, Umber & Powder Blue

I used the extra thick embossing crystals to give these gears a plastic shine

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Card Mania - #106 AG
  2. Classic Design Team - #27 AG
  3. Crafting With An Attitude - #41 AG
  4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - July AG
  5. Passion For ProMarkers - WK452 Hip To Be Square
  6. Allsorts - WK475 In My Garden

Friday, 6 July 2018

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo

There's an Aurora Wings image I've had for a while but kept putting off colouring; 'Dragon Lore' has such a lot of details, it's quite daunting to look at!!
However, I really love dragons and with the latest challenge being Once Upon A Time I had to go for it.   
I haven't based this one on any particular fairytale, rather the many Chinese tales based around dragons.  Although, I do love 'The Dragon & The Phoenix'.  I had a Chinese-themed wedding and this was the name I chose for my top table because of the symbolism - "Dragon is "yang" while Phoenix is "yin", and they complement each other in creating yin-yang balance to harvest successful matrimonial bliss. This celestial couple is the symbol of everlasting love and they being together is the ultimate symbol of marital happiness".  

I coloured the image with ProMarkers - Tan, Dusky Pink, Putty, Almond, Black, Cool Grey 5, Cardinal, Berry, Red, Lipstick, Shale, Holly, Pine, Forest, Apple, Pumpkin, Amber, Sunflower, Tulip, Warm Grey 1-3, Blue Pearl & Powder Blue.
Some added details with white Sakura Gelly Roll.  
Background using Distress Ink 'Stormy Sky' & Distress Oxide 'Worn Lipstick', with chunky gold embossing powder sprinkled over.
I framed the image and added a couple of 3D dragon stickers that I've had forever and can't remember where I bought them!!

I had to take the photo on an angle so to avoid reflections!

I am entering my picture into the following challenges:
  1. Aurora Wings - #68 Once Upon A Time
  2. Crafts Galore Encore - July Anything Goes
  3. TTCRD - WK 3 July Anything Goes
  4. Classic Design Team - #27 Anything Goes
  5. Crafting By Designs - July Anything Goes

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Thank You or Sympathy at Ching-Chou Kuik

Wow, halfway through the year, kids have finished school and things are hotting up! 
At the Ching-Chou Kuik Challenge Blog we have a brand new challenge with the theme THANK YOU OR SYMPATHY and you can enter here.  

I have chosen sympathy as it's not a subject I often create for.  I wanted to do something a little different image-wise so chose 'Two Ladybugs' from the set 'Butterfly & Ladybug'.  I have kept my card very CAS with just a little colour and an embossed background. 

Products used:

  • White card blank
  • Daisy Chain embossing folder
  • X-Cut Oval nesting die
  • Little Darlings rubber sentiment stamp
  • Memento Dew Drop in Tuxedo Black
  • ProMarkers - Black, Cool Grey 1-5, Walnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Canary, Lemon & Soft Lime

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