Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Girl with a rose...

Thanks to Sally with her Scallywags blog for introducing me to Birdie Brown digital stamps - I headed straight over to Birdie's Etsy shop and bought 2 images, but I had such a tough time deciding that I know I'll be back for more!

This is my first card using 'Girl with a rose' - how cute is this little sweetie?

The image is coloured with Flexmarkers & Promarkers, and I've added some faux stitching around the edge. One day I'll try real stitching on my cards - it would be quicker than the fake stuff!

The background papers are both from digikits from Sweet Shoppe Designs - the blue is from 'Blooming' by Jady Day Studio, and the green is from 'Her Name is Lola' by Libby Pritchett.

I've added some buttons that I found lurking forgotten in a drawer, from the My Minds Eye 'Bloom & Grow'  collection. I coloured the green button with a Promarker as the original green was too pale.

I'm entering this in the Cutie Pie challenge - real or faux stitching
One Stitch at a Time - stitch it
and By the Cute and Girly - use buttons

Thanks for looking!

Lesley x

Monday, 18 June 2012

Flying High...

I promised you a challenge card, and here it is...

Inspired by the challenge over at the Jellypark Challenge blog which is to use kites etc. This is definitely a card that's evolved from the initial concept!

The Forever Friends bear is from a decoupage pack I've had for a very long time - I'm getting quite good at using some of my older stash...

He's meant to be holding a balloon, but I'm not really keen on the balloon, so cut my own kite shape from a scrap of paper left over from some other cards. The string is bakers twine, stuck on with photoglue, and I've drawn the little tails directly onto the backing paper (a digital paper from the freebie Blooming kit by Jady Day Studio at Sweet Shoppe Designs). I've added a bit of doodling around the edge of the card.

The sun and clouds are from this digikit and were perfect for what I wanted. The sentiment is computer-generated.

I'm entering this in the following challenges

Jellypark Challenges - Lets go fly a kite
Forever Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps - photo inspiration  - I've used the yellow from the sunflower, and the hot-air balloon has inspired the kite
Charisma Cardz - male cards
Ready Teddy Go - One for the boys

Thanks for looking!
Lesley x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Fizzy Moon Birthday...

This is the card I made for one of my sisters for her birthday earlier this month - I don't think I need to tell you her name, lol! The alphabet stickers came from the Lucy Cromwell 'Ultimate' Decoupage set, I've added some doodling to make them stand out. 

The image is from a Fizzy Moon 12x12 paper stack which I've had for at least a year, maybe 2. I was put off using these images because they're in a scallop frame shape and I don't have the patience to cut round all those scallops - that's why God invented the cuttlebug and nesties! And since I had the aforementioned nesties out for something else, I measured them up and found I could cut out the image without losing any of it.

I've restored some 'scallopness' by matting with a lacy nestie shape. I've used the smaller shape from the same set to mat the sentiment which is one of a set of stamps from Wild Rose Studio and the backing paper is from one of my treasured Tilda pads - I don't use those for just anyone!

Thanks for looking, I might have another challenge card to post soon!

Lesley x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

So much crafting, so little time...

Apologies once again for the distinct lack of blog posts over the last few months. It's certainly not because I haven't been crafting, more like I'm so busy with the making and doing that I never seem to get time to tell you about it!

But after getting some bargain digistamps over at Jellypark earlier in the week I felt I should at least join in the Jellypark Friday Challenge. The theme this week is 'Boy Crazy', which I'm quite pleased about since the only finished card I've produced with a Jellypark image is this one

I have to apologise for the poor photo, but I haven't been home in daylight all week so I had to take this one with flash.

I've kept the card very simple, with the image coloured using Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The cardboard box is paper-pieced using the horrid Papermania Kraft cards I bought ages ago, with shading added with Flexmarkers. The sentiment is computer-generated and I've pricked and drawn faux-stitching around the image and the sentiment. It doesn't show very well in the photo, but the background of the image has been coloured in the same way as the sentiment.

Daft as it sounds, I don't actually know any little boys about to turn 4...but the space between the box and the sword-arm seemed to be the perfect shape for a big number 4 so that's what swung it. It'll keep in my 'to sell' box...

Thanks for looking!

Lesley x