Tuesday 21 February 2017

Red Hot at Club KennyK

Club KennyK have kicked off their brand new challenges over on Facebook and it's my week to post some DT inspiration. 
Our challenges are now monthly and always ANYTHING GOES, so please come on over and join in the fun.  When you enter you will also be eligible to claim the challenge freebie, which this month is 'Scarlett West'. (You will find a TBT post of mine using this image in the group).

The Design Team are given a theme each month just for your inspiration and as February gives us Valentine's Day, we are going with 'Red Hot'.
I have used one of the newest images 'State of Undress' to make a little peek-a-boo style card. 
Products I have used to create my card:
  • Papermania cardstock, eyelet and button
  • Doilies and flowers from Michaels
  • Ribbon from my stash
  • Stickles in Christmas Red and Platinum
  • Sizzix 'Love Set #3' dies
  • ProMarkers - Cinnamon, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Moss, Pear, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Warm Grey 1&2, Black and Cool Grey 5
  • Sakura Gelly Roll, white

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. World Wide Open Design Team - #19 AG
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #52 AG
  3. Passion for ProMarkers - #383 Something New (new stash - doilies)
  4. Sweet Stampers - #4 Add a Sentiment
  5. The Crafty Addicts - #4 AG twist/Add a Sentiment
  6. TTCRD - w/c Feb 21 AG
  7. A Perfect Time To Craft - #2 AG
  8. Allsorts - #403 AG
  9. Classic Design Team - #11 AG
  10. Crafty Creations - #335 AG
  11. Crafty Gals Corner - #110 Favourite Things (ProMarkers, Flowers, Buttons)
  12. Creative Fingers - #125 AG
  13. Cute Card Thursday - #465 No Patterned Paper
  14. Get Creative - #55 Red & One Other Colour
  15. Glitter 'n' Sparkle - #227 Ribbon or Lace
  16. If You Give a Crafter a Cookie - #62

Friday 17 February 2017

'Gentle As Breeze' Twisted Easel

I have been trying to make as many DT cards as possible for somebody this year, but sometimes a challenge comes along that I can't resist and I make something for nobody in particular! (Or maybe I decide to just keep it for myself...bahaha)

Kit & Clowder have a group colouring challenge on Facebook at the moment using an image from Ching-Chou Kuik called 'Gentle As Breeze'. The theme is 'Your Favourite Colours', so I have used purple for the clothing. 
CCK's own group also have a challenge with the theme of 'Sing Me A Love Song', so I have combined the two. 
My inspiration song is 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri. The girl in the image looks a little sad and longing to me and reminds me of Bella Swan when Edward leaves her; all the months of waiting (sorry, if you're not a Twilight fan this will mean nothing to you!).  This song isn't from that scene as that song wasn't really a love song. 'A Thousand Years' is actually played in the end credits of 'Breaking Dawn' and the music video features scenes from the wedding. I have added a few lyrics on my card.

I've used techniques from Kit & Clowder's monthly classes and Elements of Nature class to draw and colour my background (the 'glow' I created myself though). If you haven't checked them out yet, please do.  The group is amazingly supportive and Alyce, the teacher, gives wonderful personal feedback.  

Products I have used to make my card:

  • Papermania cardstock
  • Metal embellishment, beads and flowers from my stash
  • Vintage lace from Etsy
  • Embossalicious embossing folder
  • Twine from Michaels
  • Sakura White Gelly Roll
  • ProMarkers - Walnut, Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Caramel, Blush, Black, Cool Grey 1&2, Pine, Forest, Moss, Powder Blue, Arctic Blue, Sky Blue, Aegean, French Navy, Indigo, Burnt Sienna, Tan, Dusky Pink, Satin, Cinnamon, Sandstone, Aubergine, Plum, Purple, Amethyst, Lilac, Cocoa, Pastel Pink, Cardinal, Lipstick, Gold, Antique Pink, Sunkissed Pink & Warm Grey 2

It's not so easy to read, but the lyrics on my card are:
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me, 
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Kit & Clowder FB Group - CCK Colouring Challenge
  2. CCK FB Group - Sing Me A Love Song
  3. Incy Wincy Designs - Love
  4. Inspiration Destination - #122 AG
  5. Open-Minded Crafting Fun - #14 Flowering in February
  6. Sparkles Monthly - #89 Love
  7. Sweet Stampers - #4 Add A Sentiment
  8. The Crafty Addicts - #4 AG twist/Add a Sentiment
  9. TTCRD - W/C 14th February AG
  10. World Wide Open Design Team - #19 AG
  11. Cute Card Thursday - #465 No Patterned Paper
  12. Crafty Cardmakers - #182 Add Some Texture
  13. Crafty Creations - #335 AG
  14. Crafty Gals Corner - #110 Use Your Favourite Things (Promarkers, lace, flowers)
  15. Creative Fingers - #125 AG
  16. Ching-Chou Kuik - Love Is All Around
  17. Classic Design Team Open - #11 AG
  18. Come and Get It - Love Is In The Air

Friday 10 February 2017

Pretty As A Flower

I will start off this post with my blonde moment: 
I fairly recently started using Canson Illustration card for my markers, as the regular card I was using was feathering. Unfortunately it is 250g and my printer doesn't like it.  So a very clever lady called Lucy recommended I tape a piece of paper to the end to trick the printer.  It actually works and I've been using the method since. (Another unfortunate thing about this card is that it's 9"x12" so I have to cut off half an inch before it will fit in my printer).
I was rushing a bit in my printing as it was bedtime for the kiddies and I put the card in the wrong way up.  Normally not a problem as my printer doesn't like thick card.... apart from right at that moment when it decided to work!  So a couple of images printed across the tape. Typical.  
I'm not one to waste though and the two images were flowers so I knew I could just use them cropped. 

One of the images is Conie Fong's 'Flowers In A Vase'. This is a freebie image over on her Facebook group right now to celebrate the one year anniversary of her Etsy shop. I've put it behind a frame I made with gold card and two dies and mounted it to a flower-shaped card as I think this works really well. 

Products used to create my card:
  • HunkyDory flower card blank
  • Designer Papers & tag 'English Tea Party' (magazine freebie)
  • DoCrafts ribbon & eyelet
  • X-Cut nesting dies, circle and scalloped circle
  • Gold cardstock
  • ProMarkers - Olive, Moss, Pear, Pine, Forest, Apple, Raw Sienna, Gold, Mustard, Burnt Orange, Peach, Soft Peach, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink, Sunkissed Pink, Khaki, Canary, Lemon, Soft Lime, French Navy, Cobalt, Powder Blue, Purple, Amethyst, Orchid, Lilac, Lavender, Fuchsia, Pink Carnation & Blossom

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. Conie Fong Art & Design (FB) - February Freebie
  2. Though The Craft Room Door - W/C Feb 7th AG
  3. Inspiration Destination - #121 AG
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #51 AG
  5. Open-Minded Crafting Fun - #14 Flowering In February
  6. Crafty Creations - #334 AG
  7. Creative Fingers - #124 AG
  8. Brown Sugar - #237 Rhinestones and/or Ribbon
  9. Crafting When We Can - #137 Flowers

Sunday 5 February 2017

February Challenge at Crafting With An Attitude

This month at Crafting With An Attitude we have the wonderful Moonflower Digistamps sponsoring. I haven't used any of these images before so it was great to get one to play with.
I chose Minako the Oriental Maiden as I really love this style and the cherry blossoms are one of my favorite flowers. It's been a while since I made a stepper card and as I have a pack of HunkyDory ones I decided to use one of the awesome kits I have too, as the embellishments and designs are so perfect for this image. 
Products I have used for this card:
  • HunkDory Stepper card blank, 'Eastern Promise' card and embellishments
  • Pearls from my stash
  • ProMarkers - Apricot, Saffron, Blush, Satin, Black, Warm Grey 1, 2 4, & 5, Cool Grey 1, 4 & 5, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink, Soft Lime, Cocoa, Pine, Forest, Amethyst, Orchid, Blossom, French Navy, Aegean, Sky Blue & Cardinal

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. World Wide Open Design Team - #18 AG
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - W/C 31st Jan AG
  3. The Crafty Addicts - #33 AG twist/ Add a Sentiment
  4. Crafting When We Can - #137 Flowers
  5. Crafty Creations - #334 AG
  6. Creative Fingers - #124 AG
  7. Inspiration Destination - #121 AG
  8. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #51 AG
  9. A Perfect Time To Craft Open - #2 AG
  10. Brown Sugar - #236 Pink & Pearls

Wednesday 1 February 2017

February Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

Loads of lovely entries for our January Challenge at Crafts Galore Encore. Thank you to all who entered. I'm back today with some inspiration for our February challenge.
This month we are sponsored by the awesome KennyK Stamps.  I am very lucky to now also be on their design team.
As February is the month of love, I decided to use 'Lil Angel & Devil' and make a Valentine's card.  It's been a while since I made a long card, but this image suits that size perfectly. 
Products I have used to make my card:

  • Card blank, black card, lace & flowers from my stash
  • Sizzix 'Love Set #3' dies
  • Papermania 'Red Hot' Capsule Collection papers
  • 3D foam pads
  • ProMarkers - Warm Grey 1-3, Apricot, Saffron, Blush, Satin, Burgundy, Cardinal, Ruby, Black, Cool Grey 5, Raw Sienna, Mustard, Tulip, Antique Pink, Pastel Pink, Cobalt, Sky Blue & Arctic Blue

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
  1. World Wide Open Design Team - #18 AG
  2. CCC Digi Creations - #66 Add A Heart
  3. Classic Design Team Open - #11 AG
  4. Crafty Awesomeness - February AG
  5. Crafty Cardmakers - #181 Love, Love, Love
  6. Crafty Creations - #334 AG
  7. House of Cards - Love/Colours
  8. I ♥ ProMarkers - #327 AG
  9. Inspiration Destination - #121 AG
  10. Pearly Sparkles - #13 Love Is All Around
  11. Simon Wednesday - The Color of Love
  12. A Perfect Time To Craft Open - #2 AG

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