Friday, 25 November 2011

Winter wonderland

The response to the Texture challenge over at Cardmadfairy has been fantastic and I have visited some amazingly talented card makers and seen such a wide variety of ideas. It really is staggering how many people enjoy crafting and are who are also willing to share their work through tutorials. I spend far too much of my time in blogland but I find it so inspiring. It was also my turn to pick the winner and top three.
Anyhoo the new challenge, baring in mind Christmas is nearly upon us is to create a WINTER WONDERLAND let's see all your cold, wintry and snowy projects this time, the team have been busy making some fabulous cards using a mixture of Cardmadfairy images alongside some gorgeous new images provided by this week's sponsor Meljens who this week have a very generous 50% off their normal prices - so be sure to go and check out their store! 
My card has been made with one of their images which I really enjoyed playing with.
Also entering the following: Christmas card & snowflake
/ Christmas Christmas Sparkle + red, green, gold Christmas add texture snowflakes winter holiday sentiments unusual Christmas (image) snowflakes animals

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Something new

I just wanted to share something new that I have never tried before. My lovely talented big sister Jenni recently started making She Art canvases and enjoys it so much and has made such beautiful pictures that I decided I wanted a piece of the action. I had a look at some tutorials on YouTube and decided to combine a few different styles to make something of my own.
I have made it for my daughter Rachael for Christmas so I hope she likes it. The papers are from an old book about Edinburgh which is where she dreams of living once she leaves Uni in Winchester and the hair style is how she usually wears her hair. I used lots of different stamps round the edges and the butterfly is from a beautiful paper napkin.
I really had a fabulous messy time making it so will definitely be having another go soon. Unfortunately I have to do a different type of painting (decorating) first! Make a gift/Anything but a card (hope a canvas counts) Always anything goes Anything but a card (hope a canvas counts) Open

Friday, 11 November 2011

Textured Teddy

Well here we are nearly in the middle of November and it is still warm enough in the south of England to not need the heating on. I'm not sure what happened to the threats of snow by the start of the month but I'm definitely not complaining. Lets hope we can get all the way to January without it!
The challenge for the next two weeks is - Texture:  it can be embossing, fabric, embellishments or anything that adds some extra texture to your creation.
Once again the winner of this challenge will receive their choice of 5Cardmadfairy digis and, as a bonus, anyone who enters using one of our own designs will be entered into a draw to win another 5!
We are also saying goodbye to one of out lovely DT members and will be looking for someone new to join so if you would like the chance please just add DT to your name when you enter.

Right now on to my card!

I chose the image called Teddy Love this time which you can find here with all of Jenni's lovely images. I coloured it with Promarkers and tried to make the teddy look fluffy. I used a mask to then stamp behind the image instead of having the usual white background. I embossed the gold paper with an embossing plate but I'm afraid I wasn't able to take a good enough picture, you can just about see it at the top of the image. To get some texture into the flowers I took apart some old plastic daisies I have had for donkeys years and added the centres to some new flowers from Wild Orchid and I punched out a felt flower to go behind. It has a few crystals in the centre but again my picture could be a lot better!
The challenges I would like to enter are:
craftyourpassionchallenges  Anything goes & brown   Anything goes with a Digi Up-cycle/re-cycle ( flower centres)