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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Breaking news...............Dong! Dong! Dong!

Just found out that Scrapbook Stamp Society are having a Buy one get one free event now until feb 3rd, hurry over to Here and grab some goodies, as they have some stunning images to work with, xx

Where the Unicorns Roam

Here's another Jem's Designs, this ones from the New CD Where the Unicorns Roam.
This was really hard to photograph, and looks better in real life, as I have used an acetate overlay, and looks a bit wishy washy no matter what I do !
This is The Keeper.
A beautiful Unicorn standing in a pool of water, with a waterfall behind.
I took this into MCS to play with it a bit more, and decoupaged the Unicorn standing in the pool, and added some glitter. next i mounted the base image onto some mirri, and added so Platinum Mica as a paint, over the waterfall, and splashed in the pool. I used a versa mark pen on the moon, and embossed it with clear powder a couple of times, then liberally sprinkled Mica onto the moon, and heated it to make it sink into the embossing. This has given it a Crater look to the surface of the moon, and I am very pleased with how it turned out. Don't forget I am still working with the supersmooth, and laser printer, not photographic, so I can be a bit more adventurous than I would be with a high Gloss Photo card/paper.
The image I had cut for decoupage was still on my work area in MCS and I stretched it sideways to allow for the wrap, on acetate, but I did Import one of the Wordart Pictures from the CD into MCS, and applied it over the top of the Unicorn. And printed it out on Heat proof acetate in the laser printer, its actually meant for foiling with, but hey ho!
Next I needed a paper for the base, and decided to use a paper from an MCS Platinum Club download, sorry its not available unless you are a member of the Platinum Club, not the ordinary MCS Club. But the colour wasn't quite right, so I adjusted the Mermaid paper colour until I was Happy that it was a good match, and added Text in Olde English Script Font, but changed the colours to Grey and light Grey for contrast, Oh and I embossed them in MCS, which is why they are so distinctively different, the 2 colours.
I created a pop up easel, and I want to work on a variation of that today, so that it pulls from the front instead of the back, and assembled the card.
I do like this one as well, and guess that for what I did to it, Photo card wouldn't have been suitable.

Enjoy your craftiness guys, xx

Hugs,

Lou

Jem's Designs, 1

Right just recently, I have obtained quite a few Jem's Designs Cd's, and this is one of the Oldies I got from Jems designs.
This one's from the Elegant Beauties CD. Now I have run out of A4 Gloss card, so am having to resort to using supersmooth at the moment, the reason I say this is that the designs look outstanding on gloss card, and I really need to pop to Costco one day and pick up a new box. But beggars cant be choosers, and I wanted to play, and am lucky enough to have a colour Laser printer, which creates a nice but more muted sheen on supersmooth paper.
I printed off some of the sheets from the Elegant Beauties 8 folder, and decoupaged the woman.
I wanted a shaped card for this, so dug out my Happy Cut, and Go Kreate XXL Fancy Frames die, and some dark red card stock, and cut a shaped A5 Card base, then folded half of the front back on itself. I used some red Mirri on the inside of the card, and matted the Backing paper onto it.
The front panel, is from the gatefold Sheet, and as I had already decoupaged it all I had to do was add some glitter on the swirls, and matt it onto the card.
I used a ribbon and some tags from the finishing sheet to finish the inside of the card, and I really like it.

Hugs

Lou

My First ATC!

Okay, I didn't really get ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), bit like me not "getting" Blogger, and in all honesty I still don't get them, but I thought I'd give it a go, when it was one of the Ditzycraftymess daily Challenges on FB.
So here's my entry....
Firstly the challenge rules were, stamp a Floral image, cut it out and make it into a card, I am desperately trying to remember, as I did this just before my back went,AGAIN, and I had a couple of days not crafting. But I think that was the gist of it!
So I looked for a floral stamp in my stash, and found a tiny bunch of flowers, it was one of my "Bargain Buys" a set of 50 wood mounted stamps in a wooden box, that I got from Aston Trading on Amazon, but I have no idea who they were by as it didnt say.
So a black Ink it up stamp pad, and stamped onto some Clarity Card. Then I wanted some sort of background, so out came a tiny musical score stamp, by Kanban, and I stamped with Versamark after masking the design off. So far so Good. Out came the Brayer with the Big and Juicy Spice pad.
Next up was colouring the stamp in, I used Aqua Markers, and a water brush, okay remember the challenge........"stamp a Floral image, cut it out and make it into a card." Well I hadn't cut it out had I? DOH!
so out came the craft knife, some incredibly careful cutting later I was able to remove the image, phew!
I was now left with a lovely background, a white circle, gaping hole and a tiny bunch of flowers! What on earth was I supposed to do with that little lot? Inspiration struck, and I rummaged for some bronze Mirri board, and a bronze colour mica powder. So mount the background to the mirri using some foam pads, use a versa mark pen on the white area's of the centre of the Stamped circle and apply Mica powder, then carefully apply some DST to the back of the bunch of flowers and drop it through the hole in the card.
Ha!!! I did catch the mica slightly with a finger nail, and it transferred to the background, so I had to use a bow in bronze ribbon to cover it up, but all in all I was quite pleased with it.
Okay I am pleased with it, but I still don't get ATC's I'm afraid! Apart from the fact that they are tiny, and hard work, that's about it........I didn't get what I wanted from doing one, as I wanted to know what all this fuss about ATC's was, and it has passed me by, as I still haven't "got" it even though I did one! Sorry, for you that love them, I just don't "get" them!

Have fun, xx and don't forget the candy on the home page, loads more is in the box, and I'm not saying any more.....

Lou

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Flowersoft Boy

Here's my second post for the day, another Flowersoft Image.....
You know what I completely forgot to say that I Flowersofted them didnt I?, well I did , if you look closely you can see it!
So I sat and coloured him in with my Promarkers.


This one is another reminder of those innocent days of childhood, I wasnt a fisher personally, never had the patience, but it's something that just screams "Yesterday" to me. 
So boy fishing..........okay a fish backing paper from my huge pad of K&Co papers, but it needed a little bit more, so I misted it with a blue mica spray, and dried it with my heat gun, impatient I know, but hey if Sheena can do it so can I!! But I also had to use my Ribbon Iron (Okay they're Hair Straighteners, you caught me!) to Flatten the paper again.
Then I mounted it onto some pearlescent white card, and drew an edge around the main image with a Cobalt Blue promarker after I had chomped the corners off.
Mounted the image onto the backing paper, so next up was a sentiment. Into MCS, got a colour folder, and stretched it to cover half a piece of 4x6" photo card, then chose the John Handy font for the greeting. I didnt want it to be black, so another added feature of the MCS program is the ability to change lettering to what ever you want, so I thought Grey, to match the water and the ribbon I wanted to use. In MCS you get an outline on the text and an inside, so you can have contrasting colours for added Umpf, but I chose the same shade for both, and it worked out really nicely.
So I used the Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Die with my Happy Cut, and then arranged the ribbon on the card, and added the sentiment. The finishing touch were the gems, 3 small in the gap at the top of the crossed ribbons, and 3 large ones at the bottom.
Now the more observant of you may have noticed that my watermark has changed. And is now diagonally across the image. There is a reason for this, and I will say right here that it hasnt happened to me yet, to my knowledge, but there is/are some unscrupulous people out there, who are taking images from Blog pages, and presenting them as their own work in Challenges, which is a shame. I feel very sorry for the person/people doing this, as they obviously are not very confident in their own abilities. So I have taken steps, to protect my work by moving my watermark, across the image so that it cant be cropped out. This site is also Copyrighted, and is there for inspiration, not duplication. If you use one of my adaptions, then please let me know, so I can pop over and have a look, I am not saying dont use it, but I dont want a company taking credit for something I have done!


Anyway, enough ranting!


Hope you like it, have fun, xxx


Lou

Flowersoft card

Well, afternoon, I have been away for a few days with a bad Burr, which sends pain up the back, and crafting is a no no at that point, but yesterday I knew I was getting over it, as I made one and a half cards, yippee!
Here's the one that I finished yesterday..........




When I went to the NEC last year, I picked up a goodie bag from the Flowersoft stand, and inside there was a selection of Printed images, ready for colouring.
Although it has taken me a while to get round to doing something with them, I sat down at the craft desk, and found myself colouring in yesterday. 
This is such a cute little image, though I must admit, I dont remember doing this myself, well not in the garden at least.
So out came the promarkers, and colouring occupied me for a while, but once I have done an image I dont really like to leave it sitting around for a while, so it had to be made into a card, before it vanished into my scraps tub, to be forgotten about, until I found it again.
So what to do with it now...........?
I was thinking about the predicted colours for this coming year, one of which is orange, of all things,  and as I had unwittingly coloured the rug in orange, I matted onto some orange card, then went hunting for a green background paper. I didnt want a dark green, as I wanted to contrast the greens, and actually found this in a collection of Christmas Papers from Dovecraft, Pepper and Friends.


So card base.............?
I am trying to use up products from a particular company, so I can get rid of them, their products maybe very good, but I dont like their ethics, and had some shaped card bases in my stash, so I routed one out.
I wanted some ribbon to add that little touch, and had some yellow and green Polka dot Organza in my stash, I must admit, that I thought I would never use it, with the combination of colours, but I think it suits this card.
So I carefully trimmed the paper to the shape of the card, removing the little slivers in each corner. then very carefully as its quite fiddly, fixed the ribbon in place, and then the paper to the card base. Next step was to slide the card under the ribbon and fix in place. For a sentiment I was struggling! Where to put it, as its quite a large image, and there isnt that much room on the card not being used. So unusual for me I just stamped direct to the corner of the Main image in orange, and I think it works.
Last but not least was to add the gems top and bottom. They were yellow gems, but I just coloured them with my Promarkers, to make them orange.


And that was it a complete card finished, when I havent crafted for about 4 days. Got a couple more to post, which I am just finishing, so will pop back later, and post some more,


Hugs to all, and thanks for stopping by, xx


Entered into the following Challenge:
Desmet Designs Colour Challenge Orange and green.




Lou

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Craft Studio TV Cards and a generous Lady..

Well the 6pm show has been and gone, and now I can show the cards I created for the show with the Help of Middlest who is a 19yr old Game-keeping student, and I didnt take any pics of Youngests cards, NOOOOooooo!
For those of you who saw the show, his was the Angel Word Book!
So here's the photos.........
 Simply Silhouettes CD, with White Holographic card as the base, and areas cut away to reveal the colour changing card beneath.
Apologies for the blurriness, I dont know quite whats happened here, but this was for the Klever Konstructions Framed Flowers 2  CD. Printed on Photo paper, and decoupaged, with some Klever Konsturction Flowers on it, and an Acetate window.
The insert printed onto the card. 
Simply Silhouettes again, This time on Holographic Card, with the butterflies cut away to reveal the holograph under neath. 
Garden of Romance Card, again printed out on Photo paper, and some matting and Layering using a reduced size replica, with added hearts, all done in MCS.
Mens NSR CD Sample.  Middlest coloured the image as he was bored, I cut it out, and mounted it onto some of the CD's backing paper which I had colour changed form Brown, and swirled in MCS.
Some seam Binding, and another swirled background for the sentiment..........bet this rings a few bells with us older ladies!!
 Again Middlests colouring from the Mens NSR cd. a backing paper, from which I removed the central cross in the flags, matted onto some red Holographic card, and a papermania Portabello Rd stamp, with the year 2012, and Happy Birthday. Oh and some ribbons.
 These last 2 are from the Secret Hideayaws 2 CD set, In the Garden, and its a Floating Decoupage backed onto white Holographic Board.






















and last but not least, the generosity of Crafters always leaves me with a warm Fuzzy Glow!


A lady I have never met, who is a friend of one of the Ladies at one of my Parish Churches, yes we have 2 churches in our parish,  has given me a box full of STUFF! I have never met this lady, but she also makes cards, and when she heard that Ladies at church were collecting their Christmas cards for me to recycle, she donated a box of STUFF to go along with it!!
Everything you can see, apart from my Heat gun, is what she sent, and YES it is a clear table underneath!!
THANK YOU MYSTERY LADY  XXXX
Hugs to all, and thats all I am doing , as the Burr is playing up and going up my back instead of down my leg which I can cope with, typical,!!


xxx


Lou

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My first post as Tutorial Design Team Member Stamp n Doodle

Afternoon guys, well my first post as a Tutorial Design Team Member has now gone live on Stamp n Doodles website..........Here
And I do hope you'll pop along and have a butchers at it for me, and let me know what you think?


This is what I did.......


Using the Digi-Stamp "The Kiss" which is 25% off in the Shop as the Stamp of the Month. I love the expression on her face its a real   "Oh dear do I really have to do this? This is Yucky!" look, it's wonderful, 


Hugs, 


xx




Lou

WOYWW

so Its Wednesday, and time for me to be a Craft voyeur! Oh doesn't that sound naughty! But there's probably about 200 of us that turn into Voyeurs every Wednesday on a regular basis, gaining inspiration, and writing "Need" lists, and if you fancy being a Voyeur then you need to Pop over to the hostess with the Mostest, Miss Julia's and get your self on the list!
So you will have come here from Miss Julia's, so lets get down to the dirty bit!.................




I know, I Know, its a Mess!! In my defence, I have been a little bit busy, which is why I didnt join in on the WOYWW last week, when it was nice and tidy.
I got invited to be on 4 Design Teams in a matter of days, Stamp n Doodle's Tutorial Team, Black Pumkins Messy Studio, Scrapbook Stamp Society, and Paper Crafting Journey and have been getting to grips with various projects, and ideas, everything is done, for now, apart from one which goes live today, and you might catch a sneaky peek if you can sort through the mess on my desk!!
So What can we see?
My Labeller,  my tub of feathers (That got a battering the other day!), A magnetic sheet I found when I was sorting through stuff for my Blog Candy, heat gun, glue gun, glitter tub, empty tub of Pringles, still waiting to be decorated, its been there since Boxing day (Ooops!), my New ATG (What a good deal I got on that as well, and I wouldnt have known about it if I hadnt WOYWW'd!), and bits that now need sorting back into thier respective tubs, boxes and jars, (I guess I'm having a tidying up day today!), and the detritus from various DT and sample projects from the last week or so. Do watch C&C at 6pm tomorrow Night as some of my samples should be on the 6pm show.........


So thats my mess! in all honesty it looks worse than it actually is, lol, and it will be done and dusted straight after the school run this morning, so I can get on with other projects and hopefully join in with the Challenge at Ditzycraftymess today, so i had better get a move on, 


Will pop over and see everyone later, have fun guys, and if you have no Idea, then pop over Miss Julia's, add you name to the list and be prepared to do a world tour of everyone's desks.


Happy WOYWW every one,
xx


Lou

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wedding Card DT project

Well its getting to the time of year when those who are lucky enough to have romance in their lives (No Darling, playing Heavy Metal music to me doesn't really make the grade!), are starting to think about Flowers, Choccies, and all the nice things.


So the Challenge for this month over at Scrapbook Stamp Society is "Hearts and Flowers."  I found this wonderful Digi-stamp by Morgan Fitzsimons. A really Beautiful digi, of a Human and an Elf, being romantic.


 A friend of mine said to me the other day, that if she ever got married, she wouldn't want a picture of some other married couple, who looks nothing like her, on a card, which is what sent me down this track for this image, instead of the usual Valentine's card.


This isnt a complicated card, as its just a case of layering up, much easier when you have a large A4 Die-cutting machine, mines a Happy Cut, and some fabulous Spellbinders dies and embossing sheets.




I used some Water Colour paper, through my printer, to print the digi out, and then went at it with some Whispers pens, Mica Inks, and a Water Brush. I didnt want too many colours, as I wanted this quite serene, and calm, so left the clothing as the white paper, and just added touches of colour to the clothes, which makes the couple stand out from the background, instead of being lost in a riot of colour.
Yellow Roses instead of Red went round the heart wreath design, and lots of shades of green for the leaves. so done and dusted. 
Next I cut it out, then traced round the back of it onto a piece of Centura Pearl card, and cut the aperture. The remaining card, I ran through the Happy Cut using the Spellbinders Parisian Accents die. Then I took the main piece and ran it through on top of the Fancy Flourish Grand Impressibilities die. I then layered the main sheet onto another sheet of Centura Pearl, using Foam Tape, and dropped the Water Coloured card through the aperture, so it was central. I threaded a yellow ribbon through the Accent die cuts, and placed one on either side of the card with some Pinflair Glue Gel.
Then to emphasize the Heart aperture I added some Cosmic Shimmer Gold Pearlised PVA in drops, and used the Happy Cut, and Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One die on some handmade papers, to create the yellow roses. I added a few green leaves, and some wired beads to the flower arrangement for a bit of pizzazz, as I didn't want to glitter any of it, due to the Mica, in the water colouring, and the Pearlescent sheen of the Centura Cardstock.
I added a pair of rings, from a Stamp, and embossed them, and mounted them on the front of the card, as a sentiment, so now we have a Wedding Card.
The inside is a sheet of Centura pearl insert paper, I imported the digi stamp into My Craft Studio, my graphics program of choice, and faded the digi into the background, then added a verse from, Free Verses 4 Cards here,


So there's my Wedding card, and DT entry for this month at Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog, do pop over and have a look at all the fabulous stamps they have and enter your self, as there are 5 prizes on offer, xxx


Have fun, 


This is entered in the Following Challenges:
Love is in the air at Simply Create Too
Love and Romance Paper Creations Ink
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges anything goes
Desmet Designs, love (no red or pink)

Totally Paper Crafts Flower Challenge



Lou

Monday, January 23, 2012

1st Post for BPMS Design Team

Well as you may be aware I went applying for design Teams a few weeks ago, and this is my first post for Black Pumpkin's Messy Studio.


I was given a choice of images, and I chose this one to make my first card with.
 It took a while to do, as I loved the Zentangle on it, and decided to blow it up in My Craft Studio to A4 size, print it out and then colour it.
When printing off a digi image there's 2 ways to get the ink to cure off, that I am aware of: Walk away and leave it, (Not generally an option for me as I am an Impatient crafter!), or dry it with a heat gun (Generally what I do!).
This time though I did leave it overnight, as I knew once I started I wouldnt be able to stop, and it was gone 10pm!! 
So the next day I started colouring in.............did lunch, coloured in..........., did dinner, coloured in............, think you get the idea!!
Eventually I had finished, so now the next question was what to do with it? This happens to me a lot, as I dont tend to go at a project with a plan in mind, but just go with the flow, and adapt on the way! So I had a large coloured flower on a sheet of A4.........do I colour a background , do I create a background, do I cut it out, do I alter it? All these things went through my mind, and ideas came and went.
So I cut it out, as I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it.....




A friend of mine from a forum, has been very Poorly, and only managed to get in touch with us old worry warts, via an email to the Studio at C&C and Martyn Parker. As soon as us old worry warts heard the news we were all over the forum, trying to find out what had gone on, and beat the poor lady to the posts. She has been very ill, but thankfully is now recovering from some very major surgery, and the look on this flowers face just makes me think of how she must be feeling at the present moment, so it had to be a get well card!


I popped into my craft studio for some backgrounds, and the ever versatile and popular A very Important Date (Set around Alice in Wonderland), was my first choice. I chose one of the backing papers, with a quote from Lewis Carol "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense."


It matched the colours I had chosen for the flower, and the wording was apt, so I stuck it to some heavy weight card stock, A3 size, then stuck the flower to the front, and cut it out, creating a shaped card.
I added the Caterpillar and Mad Hatter Characters, and went hunting for verses to cheer her up. I found a couple of suitable ones on Verses 4 cards, and printed one off as an insert, about the joys of..............okay okay, yes it was Chocolate!
And another about cards making you feel better.
Then a few drops, well okay a lot of drops of Anita's 3D glaze, and let it dry, while I used my edgebilities Bracket die, to cut the front greeting, and rolled the edges over with a toothpick, to create a scroll effect, then placed it on the hands of the caterpillar and the Mad Hatter.


Hopefully this will bring a smile to her face, and we all wish her a speedy recovery, and quick return to crafting


xx


Lou

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crafting for pure pleasure!!!

Well, I have had a hectic couple of weeks!! It has been all go here, and there's lots of stuff I would normally have done that I havent done if you get my meaning.
First off I have now come down off the ceiling, I was overwhelmed by the response to my first ever application session to be on various design Teams. Some of the applications are due to run until the middle of February, so I dont expect to hear from anyone for a while, and in all honesty, am unsure wether I can commit to any more, 4 is more than enough!! I sent in 12 applications, missed on one, got accepted on 3 and was approached personally for another, the other 8 are still running, oops!!
So I had to miss out on WOYWW this week, due to the only thing I could have shown was a large cloth covering my Workdesk, as it was all DT work.
I have been very busy with the various projects I need to complete, and refine, so pure pleasure crafting has been missed, not that I am complaining, not in the least, as I have loved every minute of it, but it is different doing things someone else wants you to do, and something you decide to do for yourself.
I still have some work outstanding but I did take some me time in bits and bats, and did stuff for me, which I finally managed to finish today. And here it is..............


This is a wonderful Digi Stamp, by the very Talented Heather Valentin, Which I received as a gift from scrapbook stamp society . This is a line drawing  of an original work of Art by Heather Valentin, which I coloured with my promarkers, and added Crystal Glaze to the eyes.














I added some clear gems to the edge of the wings, and the bottom lid of the eyes, and used Cosmic Shimmer Mica inks on the lashes, black of the wings, and eyebrows.


All that remained for me to do was to trim around the wings, and Hair line, add some feathers to match the colours I had chosen to match the colours I had used and I had a mask.








Next the trick was deciding how to use/display it, which sent me hunting through all my CD's for inspiration. Inspiration hit, now did I have the CD or was it one I had decided not to buy? After a long search...........it was one I had decided not to buy!! Oh NO!!!!


Okay, then re-think.......okay center stepper card, so I took a piece of Black 300gsm card, and scored the centre stepper, at 5, and 16cms, then created a layer from some Bronze mirri board from my stash, as gold or silver would have been a bit too stark. Next I needed another layer..........a few weeks ago I popped over to Debees Cd's Challenge blog, and downloaded some free papers to create a card with, see the debbees free download page for details,and realised that the colours matched exactly. But I didnt particularly like the spots, and I wanted a combination of the 2 colours, so I dragged it into My Craft Studio, and swirled it!! Perfect!
So I layered that on, then it needed a bit more.............just a bit, not too much, but enough. So rummaging around.....ended up in the Peel off boxes. I know some people dont like peel offs, but I do think it depends entirely on how you use them. These are a flat Faux gem peel off, in a bronzy gold, with blacky browny centre's, I think they must have been one I got from the Glitter Girls, and they just finished the card, well apart from the big gaping hole on the bottom right that is!!
I have used some Papermania Portabello Rd stamps just lately, for other projects still under wraps, and one of them is an elongated Postage stamp, with Happy Birthday on it. Ideal for where it was going to go, as rectangular matched the style of the card best, and the sentiment needed an edge so that it didnt fade into the background.
So I stamped it with some Violet Pigment ink, and quickly covered it with some Purple embossing powder, and one day I WILL remember to dust it with anti-static before I Ink it!!!
Embossed, I cut it out, up to the edge of the stamp perforation, and it just needed something to take the while edge off, so I used a lime green gel pen to fill in the little holes around the edge, a perfect colour match, and the finishing touch.


I do hope you like it, and hope you will pop by the Scrapbook Stamp Society, and grab her for your self, 




Entered in the following Challenges:


Flutterby Wednesdays #186
catch the bug
Use 2 of something. Panpastel challenge




Lou,


xx

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Paper Crafting Journey Challenge

Well, my first designs for Paper Crafting Journey, as a member of their Design Team!
Firstly it was a shock to be invited to join the Team, and started the Leanne Chivers Happy Dance 24 hr marathon! So a Big HELLO to everyone popping over to have a look at me for the first time!


So what have I got for you to look at?
The First Challenge is to create a Floral Card, and I was offered some digital stamp images from Nicecrane Designs to work with, the problem for me was choosing a design to use!


Hmmn.......what to do, what to do? Okay I wanted something a bit different, as a starter. So heres my first image..........
Spring is sort of here, or it may vanish again, so I wanted something Fresh, to start with. I have some Wild Primroses in my garden, the Yellow version is the natural colour of the Primrose, but if it has been cultivated, then the colour of the Flower tends to change. Its also among the first plants to Flower in my Garden, so for me, it represents the beginning of spring, ideal as my starting point.......
I printed the image out, and coloured it in, (sitting in the Car dealership, while they repaired my electric windows AT 8.30 ON A SATURDAY MORNING!!! Don't they realise that Saturday is my only lie-in day of the week?) using Promarkers. I used Lemon and Primrose for the Flowers, Forest Green for the leaves, and Lime Green for the dress. Flesh tones were created using Almond, and Sun-kissed Pink, and her hair was coloured using Henna.
Then I sat down, and with a knife, carefully released her from her plain white background. So what to do with her next?
I have a large Collection of digital images for crafting with, and one of the many is My Craft Studio Floriography CDs, So I chose an Acetate wrap design from CD 2 and a patterned background, to match the colours I had chosen. The acetate Wrap prints out in Black only, and if you dont leave it to dry, then you can sprinkle Embossing powders over the print just as you would an ordinary stamped image, so I quickly dumped some Melt Dust (as it only takes a bit of heat for it to turn) Pearl Green over the back, tapped it off and embossed it, being careful not to stay in one place too long, as printable Acetate is not heat resistant, but if your careful, you can emboss it (Much easier with some thing like Melt Dust). I turned to my Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Inks, and used Sunrise Yellow and Lime Burst to colour the leaves and Flowers, on the printed side, and the embossed lines hold the ink in place while it dries.
Then it was a simple matter to score the acetate with a very fine embossing tool, and fold and stick it around the backing paper, and mount it onto some light green card stock, then onto a slightly darker shade of green base card.
That done all it required was for me to stick some DST on the Back of my Primrose Child, and add her to the front, so she can dance through the Flowers.


Apparently, this next image is wearing an Orchid, says Middlest (Horticulture/Game keeping student) and Hubby, I wouldn't know personally as I have never seen an Orchid, and am not likely to either, as Hubby doesn't buy me Flowers, he plays me Rock Music, thinking he's being Romantic..............hmmn, don't think so dear!!


So if the colour is wrong dont blame me!!
I printed this one out at nearly A5 size, and coloured her with promarkers: Forest Green, Cerise, Amethyst, Henna, Primrose, Lime Green, Almond, and Sun-kissed Pink.
As she was so large the Challenge then became how to get her onto something I could show you!
So out came the Spellbinders Edgebilities Classic Scallop Dies, and it took some time and a bit of Planning to get everything Lined up!! Next I used some Cerise organza/satin Ribbon and wound it though the holes, so it curled around creating a totally different look, to just threading it through, and created a Large multiple Bow for the Bottom Corner.
But it was still lacking.....I found some Glitter card, in a deep pink, and used the Spellbinders again to create a couple of corners using Parisian Accents, and started hunting for Flowers, and Floral Background papers in my Stash, a good way to use stash up, (which is one of my goals for this year, another one is to stop buying stash, but I don't think that's likely to happen do you?) and found some unknown paper to back her onto, I got it as a job lot of sheets and have no idea who its by! Then I rooted out my Paper Flower Die Cut sheets from My Craft Studio, and spent hours, fiddling with the Fuchsias, and creating roses (well not really as they are simple to do!).
Ok so that bit was done, Now I had to make her into an Easel card, so I used a bit that I had cut form the backing paper, added 2 strips of the Fuchsia Ribbon, and mounted it on some Hunky Dory Pearl Foiled pink floral card.
I added a stopper of the same card across the top of the paper. Next it was a simple matter to mount the Roses and Leaves, normally I would glitter, but I think she is busy enough, with the Pearl Foil, Ribbon, Glittered corners, and flowers, so I have stopped there. This will be suitable as a birthday or Mothers day card, and I haven't decided which yet, so as is my practice, I will leave it in my Stash until such time as its needed by some one with an occasion in mind.






Please stop by the PaperCrafting Journey blog, and check out the other designs by the Team, and entrants for the Floral Challenge, there are 2 prizes on offer one by Sketching Stamper  of 4 Stamp Sheets and one by Nicecrane Designs of a $15 store credit.
If you dont normally have a go, take a chance, and dip you toes in the Challenge world, you never know, you might like it!
http://nicecranedesigns.com/ 



http://sketchingstamper.blogspot.com/




Thanks for popping by, xx




I have entered the following Challenges with these cards:


Polly Craft Monday Challenge: Bingo


Party Time Tuesday  PTT#51-Birthday Cards: Here


Crazy Challenges Tic Tac Toe:  Here




Lou

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Template/Design given to Jem's Designs

Ok I think everyone has by now heard of Hunky Dorys Theft of My Quad Twisted Easel Design, which I posted Yesterday.
My whole Issue with this was the fact that I had gone to Hunky Dory with the Original design, so that if they liked the idea, they could take it and run with it, for no charge, instead of which It was looked at as if it was total Trash, and then replicated WRONGLY as their own tutorial! No credit for the original design was given not even a "wow, thats Great".
So I am giving notice that I am GIVING my Circular Quad Twisted Easel Design to Jem's Designs, and as such I pass my Intellectual Rights to this design to: 
Susan M Andrews  
Lucerne high lane
Sloothby
nr alford  
Lincolnshire
LN13 9NR
With Effect Immediately.

For those of you who have already tried practicing the design, from the tutorial on my Blog, apologies, but can you please wait until Jem's Designs has released it. 
I am now removing the post.
I have no issue with bloggers using my designs, but when a company takes that design, does it wrongly, and tries to pass it off as something they thought up with out my permission or explicit consent, then I get upset, that is why I have given the design to Jem's designs. 
Again If you use my designs then could you please link back to me in your posts, and let me know so I can pop along and see it through some one else's eyes, 

Thanks guys, 

xx

Lou

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hunky Dory.............NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last year I went to Inspirations, Hunky Dorys shop, in Preston for one of their open days, a few Blog Buddie's were there, so they can verify what I say, but I took along my Quad Twisted Easel, to see what they thought of the idea.
Any way one demonstrator loved the idea, which was nice, but Anne Marie Maguire, totally dismissed the idea, not a word, or even a closer look at it. So I was quite upset, as you can imagine.
I posted a photo of it to a private forum on the 1st of September, and there it sat until I had started my Blog, and once I had got used to the idea of Blogging, and as a result of queries on how to do it, I posted a tutorial. Fair comment its out there, people can see it. The whole Idea is for people to use it.
I sent in an assembled a Quad Twisted easel card, and also a sample to be done on air, for My Craft Studio, as few weeks ago, on Create and Craft , the first one seen as Lottie decided to shorten it to Tweasel, Fine I sent it in. My descision.
Yesterday Anne Marie Maguire, was promoting their new Compendium magazine, and lo and behold, she has a tutorial on how to do it, but its incomplete, she has missed the little secret to the Quad Twisted Easel!
I was quite upset about this, first she dismisses it entirely, then she gets it wrong!
I have contacted Hunky Dory directly, to be told "Anne Marie comes up with the ideas".........."I think she got it from a magazine"......................"What's the secret?"


Strange isnt it, I show it to her, then 3 months later, after dismissing it, she writes a tutorial on how to make it, but cant get it right!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Witching Hour version 2

Witching Hour version 2 by Heather Valentin, over at Scrapbook Stamp Society has taken a full day to do!
Its not that its overly complicated, just that here's a lot of colouring in to be done!!
Here it is:




No.....the picture is perfect you're not seeing things, and you dont need an eye test!! Its a double Gate-fold card!
Okay so you still dont believe me?






























Here......... this make you happy?
Nasty Witch.....................................
































Nice Witch...........................




















Human Witch........................




















Get it now?


I printed her off 3 times, slightly smaller than A5, onto some Centura Pearl Paper, as it tends to bleach the printed ink a bit, and to do what I wanted to do, I didn't want the lines too bold.
So now to colour, I started by colouring the first face half nice, half nasty, trying to blend the 2 sets of colouring together, a little bit tricky, but possible as I kept nasty Witch's face and skin mainly white, I was quite surprised that the Pearlescent sheen shows through the Promarker ink as well as it does. Splitting the face in half is easy as Heather has given clues as to where the change occurs, and you just need to keep your eye on the line under the nose, and the Peak of her hairline, doing the hands was trickier!
If I listed all the Promarkers I used we could be here for a week!!, So I am not going to, I leave it up to your imagination, as I have now given you 3 images of Witching Hour for inspiration.


What I am going to do, is to explain how I did the double Gate-fold, which was very tricky!! Laying aside the Human Witch picture for a bit, we need to cut the Nasty and Nice Witches up! I said Put Human Witch to one side for a  minute, Do Not cut it!!
Firstly, the main image is easy to cut, just line up on the Peak of the hair, and the line under the nose with a ruler. You have your cutting line.........but before you proceed consider how people are going to open the card? I used the cloak clasp at her neck, and on one version I cut round it to the left, and on the other I cut round it to the right, as they are cut in different directions, it makes it easier to lift the flaps without taking the middle version with the top one when you open it! But you could use the Vial stopper, or a fingernail.
Next mount them on some card, I used a silver Mirri embossed card, but dont cut out the hollow where the stopper is missing, as you need that to form the lip the stopper top will fall on. BUT do cut round the Stopper on the other half!!
The I matted them onto some more card, you really want it to be strong, as its going to be pulled alot on. So that done, I needed to start building the card itsef!!
For the outside I used a Dark Grey pearlescent card, and placed the larger of the sides right up against the edge of the card-stock, trying to be reasonably even with the top and bottom Borders. Next came Nice witch, and again using the larger of the pieces lined it up with the edge of the image, now take the Nice Witch and leave a margin to the side, not too big, but big enough to give some sense of placement, and score or mark it. And then Fold it, and burnish it, remember its got an outer Jacket to go on so the creases need to be strong!, Now place some DST on the back of Human Witch, and just lift the corner tapes, so that you are able to move the image without it sticking, and can press it into place when your happy with it, and slide it under the Nice Witch, lining up the facial features. You don't want it to be out of line as the image is supposed to flow from one part to the next. When your happy that its exactly right, then press down, and remove the rest of the backing of the DST by pulling on the exposed edges,
 here just in case I have you all confused....


Okay? All as clear as mud, then I shall proceed........


So now we need to concentrate on applying the second half of the image, so make sure that you have the same amount of Margin on the other side of Human witch, and score (it doesn't matter if the card is too big, we can trim it), and fold, now we need the edge of the card to meet EXACTLY the cut edge of Nice witch, If it doesn't, (and mine didn't!!) then cut a piece from another sheet of the same card stock, and extend it until it does. If you need to trim, then fold it onto Human witch, and then fold the image of Nice Witch over on top of it, and mark it with a knife.
See easy! hehehe I'm a masochist I know!! Trim, and add the slimmer of the two sides, trying to get the middle to meet and line up as close as you can.
Okay, so that's number one done, just one more to do..... and just do exactly the same as before , If your card stock was too short before, it's likely that it will be again, so this time, as you will be able to see it more, extend along the back of the card. Leave a bit of a margin to the next card layer, so that it will close properly, too close and it wont shut!!!
So tutorial over, back to the description.................


I needed images for the inside of the card flaps, and they had to be of a matching theme, so back to Jem's Designs, for images from the Spell Bound Cd, I found three that were suitable, one an insert, one a book mark, and one a plain topper, I resized them in My Craft Studio, and added sentiments............." A spell for thee on thy Birthday" and "Knowledge".  Then as I was struggling for a Nice witch images, having already used the Bookmark, and insert from the same design, I ended up looking at Debbie More's CD, Medieval Magic, where I used the Autumnal witch, holding the Moon.
These images were stuck to the inside of the cards, matching, good with good, and nasty with nasty. Then as I needed some thing to make sure that it all seemed to flow together I used a Roll of Silver textured leaf peel off, I would tell you who it was by at this point but RIO has eaten the packaging...............Rrrrrrio!!!, no he's hiding!! (For those of you who are not in the know, so to speak, Rio/Tank is our 10 mth old Rottwieller pup, soon to be deceased!! Only Kidding, but the sooner Hubby builds my gate for me the happier I'll be!!!). As it was a roll, there is no join going from one page to the other, and makes it flow better, ties it all together nicely, even across the Plain Back of the card, where I will put a square of Card so it can be written on.
Right this has taken for ever to write, well okay, I did have to cook Dinner, and eat it, so it just seems like it has been forever, and now to post it, as I know Heather Valentin is desperate to see it properly, Heather hun, next time, can you do it a bit more central, pretty please? xxx


Hopefully, you like her and like what I have done with her, and you will pop to the Scrapbook Stamp Society, and get her from Here and have a go your self, I do have ideas about trying it on acetate, and all sorts, but I'm not going to do that to Witching Hour, I will wait for Heather to come out with a new one so I can Play some more!
Love it, hate it, let me know what you think!


Lou




This is entered in the Anything Goes Challenge, #58 Here
xx