30 March 2011

Dragon Slayer

I finally bit the bullet and had a stab at merging digital stamps and this is the result:

What do you think?

Images: Dustin Pike
Colouring: Copics

(Many thanks to Crafty Cardmakers for their wonderful tutorial that enabled me to finally do this)
click HERE if you want to give it a try too!!

29 March 2011

Easter themed non-card - eek!

Oh boy, I came over all of a panic with this one - on Dustin Pikes blog, this weeks Pikes Playground challenge is "anything but a card with an Easter theme".  What on earth could a card maker like me come up with then I thought..........

OK, I am the mother of a 15 year old & on occasion I do find it hard to decipher the grunts, groans and scowls - don't get me wrong I also get hugs, smiles & speech!!  But I do wonder sometimes if we speak the same language so I've created a little "Translator" to assist in the comprehension of the strange species known as "Teenager"

Here it is:

I've made a jazzy notice board using "Gripping Stuff" a double sided sticky felt that grips to a wall or cupboard (without damaging it) and enables you to press-on and peel-off piccies over and over again.  I've not really made it such an odd shape, but I had to bunch the images up a tad to fit them all on the scanner - its actually 12" x 10" so I've plenty of room to add more.

Of course this means I'll be able to update it with additional seasonal characters (keep them coming Dustin) throughout the year!!

Now when communication seems too much of an effort my darling son can move the arrow!!!  I suspect it will be pointing to "hungry" most of the time as the kid has hollow legs and is always raiding the cupboard!!!!

Here are close ups of the individual images:

Images: Dustin Pike
Paper: Gripping Stuff Memo Board
Colouring: Copics
Additional: Quickutz arrow, Nestabilities & a brad

Good luck to everyone entering

24 March 2011

Spring has sprung

OK, I admit it, I goofed!!!!!  I had originally planned to enter this card in to multiple competitions, a first for yours truly - have been a "one at a time" girl up til now!  But, yep you've guessed it - this multi-tasking Mum missed the deadlines so I'm down to 3!

Here is my entry for:
Magnolia Stamp Lovers: Die cuts
Magnolia-licious Highlites: Full size Magnolia Spring themed card
Just Magnolia - Favorite Color combo

Image: Magnolia - Circus Tilda, Magnolia - Spring Fence
Paper: BasicGrey - Eskimo Kisses, V&A Hanovarian Linen
Colouring: Copics, Chalk ink, Prismacolor
Additional: Martha Stewart Punch, Fiskars Hand punches, Cottage Cutz Daffodils, Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Ribbon from stash

Do I confess to the fact this is was the second image?  Oh, what the heck, yep, "Calamity Jane" struck again - I carefully made my mask of Tilda and it wasn't until I'd placed the Fence stamp down on the card that I realised I hadn't adhered the mask over the top of my Tilda image!  Note to oneself to pay more attention. 

What do you think to the daffodils? It's been an age since I got my fingers inky colouring die cuts & I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of making them look 3D.  

Copics list - after all the mishaps I did manage to remember to take a piccy!!!

Well, the deadline for one of the competitions is looming as I type, so if I don't want to miss out on yet another one I'd better cut this short & get posting!  Good luck to everyone entering.

Happy Crafting

21 March 2011

Gnomeo, Gnomeo where for art thou Gnomeo?

Anyone seen Gnomeo & Juliette?? My DH took me to see it - it was a real hoot!  So for my husband's recent 40th Birthday I couldn't resist sending him this!!!

The main image is by Dustin Pike, but I've teamed it up with a couple of Magnolia stamps & a digi tag.  I've mounted it on foam pads to give it depth.

Raffia & twine help finish off the front which has as usual been coloured with Copics (sorry no colour list this time)

The inside view of the card was incorporates yet another DP image......

..................and here is a side view which sort of shows the dimension I attempted to achieve.

Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of the Birthday Cake I also made for the occasion.

I don't know where last week went - I hardly did any crafting - oh well, lets hope I get to wield the Copics & create over the next few days!!!!

As always, Happy Crafting

10 March 2011

Think green

Oh I was a happy bunny this morning when I saw the new competition on Mo's Digital Challenge blog - of late it's been really frustrating as I just haven't had images that fitted the competition criteria.  I made this card a few weeks ago & just haven't got around to posting it on the blog (fortuitous eh!)

I love the detail Mo puts into her images and I always have such fun shading the faces to give them depth and character. 

Image: Mo Manning - Bella carrying the cake
Paper: Papermania - Rose Garden
Colouring: Copics, Distress ink, Prismacolor pencils blended with Zest-it.
Additional: Ribbon from stash, Cuttlebug die, Nestabilities

I've mounted the main image with foam pads and eagle eyed bloggylanders may have spotted that I've used a punched out piece from the Cuttlebug corner die to decorate the top corners (waste not want not)

Here's the Copics piccy with the colours used:

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with for this challenge - good luck to you all.

9 March 2011

Mothers Day

Finally I've managed to fit in another Karen's Doodles Challenge - this time it's a colour themed challenge - GREEN!

Now some of you eagle eyed bloggers will spot that this isn't totally green - I just had to add a pinch of lavender and pink.

Image: Karen's Doodles
Paper: Pampered Pets
Colouring: Copics, Chalk ink
Additional: Sewing Machine, ribbon, Nestabilities, QK corner die, adhesive pearls

I couldn't resist splurging on some new background papers recently & the Pampered Pets by Docrafts called to me - pinks & minty greens ~ purrfect!!!

As always good luck to everyone entering the challenge - I love to see how others interpret the challenges & its great that I've got a recipient lined up already (Mother's Day next month)

...............and for those of you who are curious as to the colours used, here is my little pink box with the Copic Sketch.

Happy Crafting

8 March 2011

Calamity Jane strikes again!

I am so mad with myself - not only did I manage to get distress ink on the dragon grrrrr, but I then dripped Coke on the card beside his head.  I've managed to remove the Coke stain, but it's scuffed up the card & the inky line on Dudley's body - let's face it, nothings going to budge that!!!

But I was so pleased with the image before disaster hit that I've decided to post it anyway.

At least posting it on the blog means the time spent colouring this adorable Dustin Pike digi wasn't completely wasted. 

Happy Crafting

6 March 2011

Hop to it !!!

Woo Hoo, Dustin Pike has a new challenge - "Spring themed"!!

Isn't he adorable!  As you can see this is not my usual "less is more" style - and I had a blast doing it.  My only concern now is that I got a little carried away with the 3D aspect of it so it won't fit in an envelope.  Oh well, I'll just have to learn how to make a box .......

Image: Dustin Pike
Paper: Country Companions - For someone special
Colouring: Copics, Chalk & Distress inks
Additional: Doo Hickey Border, Nestability, QK die, sewing machine, Raffia, MS Punch, flowers & beads from stash

As you can see I didn't just decorate the front this time - this is the first time I've really done this and I suspect it won't be the last.  But I deliberately made it plainer than the front - it should compliment not compete.

Here's a side view - apologies for the photography - not my forte (still learning) - but hopefully you can just about see that the main bunny is mounted on sticky pads.  I've then printed & coloured a second pot/paws & stuck that over the first image with more sticky pads.  I also layered strips of raffia under the pot to simulate a wooden bench, colouring it with copics & prismacolor to indicate light & shade.

And last but by no means least I did remember to take a picture of the Copics used - and yet again for such a small image its amazing how many there are!!!!

Good luck to everyone who is entering Dustin's Challenge - Love the new look of his blog don't you & I can't wait to see what images he has in store for us over the coming months............

Happy Crafting

4 March 2011

Tally ho!

My Mum celebrated her ?? birthday this week & here's the card I made for the occasion....

The old girl hasn't quite progressed to this mode of transport yet & was adament she didn't remotely resemble the image!!!!!

It was done "tongue in cheek" as Mum and Dad will be looking after Roo, our Westie when we go on holiday in the summer & I'm sure our pooch would have a blast if "walkies" meant a trip in Nana's scooter!!!!

Image: Justinklined - Renie & Scrappy
Paper: Fizzy Moon - Celebrations
Colouring: Copics, Prismacolor, Chalk ink
Additional: Stickles glue, star punches, Fizzy Moon ribbon, sewing machine, caption from Word Art World

Sorry, there's no Copics list for this.

Happy Crafting