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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Paper Crafting Journey DT card

Well its that time of the week! Another challenge from Paper Crafting Journey! And the Sponsor this week, Is.........
Elizabeth Bell . Elizabeth is an Internationally recognized Illustrator, specializing in Children's images , and did I pick a wonderful image to play with this week.
Okay just lately it has been a bit hard, especially as my hard drive crashed with all my artwork on it, so getting things done was a nightmare, I'm still not up to sped, but, I am getting there! S L O W L Y !
As soon as I saw this little chap I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and for me this is a proper amalgamation of traditional and contemporary card making, so lets see if you can guess exactly what happened:

Come on! List what I used!


















Figured it out yet?

Stamps, Crafters Companions Adorable winter Range, the Tree from Waiting, the Bannister from Sharing, Bell Horses Lil Cowboy, were the stamps, an amalgamation of rubber and digital stamps! I knew it was going to work the second I saw the image!
so Inks, Ink it up Kelly Green, and Dovecrafts Cocoa Brown, with clear embossing powder.
Promarkers for Lil Cowboy
Aqua markers and Whispers pens for the Stairs and tree.
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink for the distressing, der!
a piece of First Edition Papers, Festive Treats.
Some Navy organza Ribbon, the bow was crinkled using a heat gun.
Oh and a Gold star gem for the top of the tree!
Actually it does look miles different in real life, I think all the goings on have confused the camera a little, as the Lil Cowboy is much more prominent than this photo suggests!
Hope you like it, I do as for me that's what this crafting business is about, bringing everything together, and working with it all, not just splitting it into sections, and not allowing them to mix.
Now pop over to the Challenge Site see what my Teamies have been up to, there's some yummy stuff going on, and have a go yourself. The theme this fortnight is Vintage...............

enjoy,

Lou
xxx

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Scrapbook Stamp Society Candy Entry

Well over at Addicted to Stamps The Mahoosive Blog Candy is nearly up, so as there's only a few entries, hehehe, I thought I'd have a go! I haven't got a Texture Boutique :(.....Yet, lol.
So My Card first, the important bit, then the rules, okay?



I bought this image from the Scrapbook Stamp Society, and she has sat on my desktop, quietly waiting until the kerfuffle with the PC died down to a dull roar, and she could make herself heard.
Well today it quietened down a bit, well okay today I have had enough of messing with the PC if truth be told, and some me time was in order!
So Digi by Nina Bolen, Water Fairy On Moon.
Promarkers, Pine, Forest Green, Lime Green, March Hare, Red, Ruby, Ginger, Pale Blue.
Gold and Red Imagination Sparkle Medium.
Pearlescent Navy Card stock.
Acetate.
Clear Gems.
Crafts Concepts Funky Poinsettia embossing folder.
I coloured the digi first, and used a second copy as a stencil for the Imagination Sparkle Medium to do the moon.
I used some acetate and traced the wings with a black Promarker, as it is Alcohol based, it wont rub off Acetate when its dry.
then turned it over and coated the back with the red Sparkle medium, and set it aside to dry for a bit.
In the meantime, I cut two 5 1/2" circles in Pearlescent Navy card stock, and embossed one piece with the Funky Poinsettia folder on my Happy Cut. I scored 1.5cms in from one edge of the other circle, to create a score and stick line so the card blank, was ready to go. But I did trim the lower edge, otherwise it would have been a rolling card, and a very dizzy Fairy!
Then I simply removed her arm, from the background and slipped the wings in behind, over her real ones, fixing them in place with some Silicon Glue.
Then as its a pearlescent card, I used more silicon to mount her and the tiny dragon to the front of the Card. Next up was the finishing touch of adding tiny gems for stars, in the centre of each Poinsettia.

Now to the rules:


*Win a Brand New Sizzix Texture Boutique!* 
Only 2 Rules
1. Follow our Blog (make sure that you do, we check) Addicted to Stamps
2. Use any of our digis or clear stamps found at www.scrapbookstampsociety.com to make a card or project and post it to your blog linking back up to ours.
 For extra chances to win
3. Post our Blinkie on your blog, leave a comment that tells us that you did. 


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4. Make more cards. For every card or project you make with a differentScrapbook Stamp Society...Digi or Rubber stamp, you have an extra chance to win.
5. Have your friends come follow our blog and let us know who sent them in a comment. 

Now I'm off to post my card, and I hope some of you will have a go.................erm no actually I dont 'coz the less of you who enter the better my chances are!!!

Have fun, and do give it a go, there's some YUMMY stamps in the shop,

xxx

Lou
I am entering this in the Following Challenges:
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.co.uk/  Use some Sparkle
http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.co.uk/ Starts with a  B, Blue and Bling!! Challenge 49
http://scrap-creations1.blogspot.co.uk/ It's a Girl Thing
http://digitaltuesdaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ Winter Blues, Blue base card. Oh and wings behind the glittered acetate!

La Fee Verte by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff

Another Scrapbook Stamp Society DT card from me, as I have loads in the pipeline so to speak, lol. This one's a beautiful Image by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff La Fee Verte, though I have no idea what that exactly means in french, verte is definitely green, Fee I suppose is a Fairy, but I'm not sure lol, but anyway, it is a stunner, and a lovely complex design, that you can loose yourself in for quite some time.
Which is exactly what I did! This card has been in the making for about 2 weeks, not because it was hard to do, but I did take my time over it as there were things I wanted to try, and then of course I lost my hard drive, so now I have a crate of disks sitting here waiting to be loaded onto a new hard drive, I lost 850GB in the crash, so its going to be a long time getting everything back on!!
But back to the card.
Base card I made 8x8" in Centura pearl.
Butterflies were cut on the Happy Cut, using the Butterfly die that came with the machine, from a mega pack of 12x12" papers by K&Co,
Base paper is a design by William Morris, Rabbit something. I cant tell you which one  it is as the name is on the back of the paper, lol.
Base Matt is a Cloud design by Kanban.
Dark green paper as a top Matt.
Digi Stamp by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff.








I duplicated the fairy figure in My Craft Studio, as I knew exactly what I was intending to do with it.
But this design was a bit of a step into unknown territory for me..........my thinking: Butterflies have brown or black bodies.........so the body for the wings ..........lets try a darker skin tone than I am used to........
I dont know if I got the skin tone right, I think I have. But I'm not definite, as its the first time, I have tried it.
The main base image and the duplicated fairy were all coloured with the same promarkers...
Pine, Forest Green, Lime green, Fresh Meadow, Indgio Blue, Sky Blue, Cobalt Blue, Arctic Blue, Amythyst, Orchid, Fuchia Pink, Dusky Rose, Rose Pink, Antique Pink, Ruby, Sunkissed Pink, Pale Pink, Sandstone, Cocoa, Cinamon, Chestnut.
Then I used a silver Sakura Pen for the decoration on the dress, and used versamark and clear embossing powder to glaze the fairy. I fixed her on top of the original with some clear glue. I deliberately left some of the edge of her dress trailing outside the main Image, to draw the veiwer in.
I hope you like it, xxx

Lou

I am entering this in the following Challenges:
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/ Wings and things
http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ AnYthing Goes
http://stamptacularsundaychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ 3 Layers or More
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ Anything Goes
http://www.vostamps.blogspot.co.uk/ Anything Goes
http://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/week-146-theme.html Cut it out week 146

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Beautiful Sister crad

Oh wow!! I LOVE how this one turned out!! Its another Morgan Fitzsimons digi stamp, Rowan, which you can get from the Scrapbook Stamp Society Shop. Do read to the bottom, as there is a scrummy give-away running.......................

I Loved doing this one, and its just one of those cards that just slipped together, with little thinking time. You know its one of those "sweet spot" moments that footballers talk about, the perfect goal, and you knew it was going to hit the back of the net the second your boot touched it type of thing. This just flowed together!
Promarkers as always and I must admit, that I didn't use the conventional skin tone colours, I used the March Hare Limited Edition, Spring Set, which I think makes for a better skin tone for the paler skins.
I wanted Rowan to be more of the pale and interesting, with dark hair and a pale complexion, and the colours were chosen to highlight the main Image of Rowan.
Glitter, Glaze and Gold Sakura pens finished the main design, and I used the Crop-a-dile for the corners. I used the Brilliance Lightning Black ink to roughly edge the picture, but didn't emboss it, merely heated the pigment ink til it bubbled, so its a very distressed gold colour.
I then layered it onto some gold Matt Mirri, and then onto some Black card stock. As it would have looked wrong trying to squeeze it onto the front of an A5 card, and it would have been lost on an A4 card, I created a 7 1/2x 8 1/4 card, by using 2 sheets of Black card, glued at the side, and scored. I punched a couple of holes to thread some purple ribbon through, and added some purple gems. and for me its a stunner!
Hope you like it to?
But in the meantime, don't forget that I mentioned a give-away.......................





April Blog Challenge Starts April 1st ~ April 30



*Win a Brand New Sizzix Texture Boutique!* 
Only 2 Rules
1. Follow our Blog (make sure that you do, we check)
2. Use any of our digis or clear stamps found atwww.scrapbookstampsociety.com to make a card or project and post it to your blog linking back up to ours.
 For extra chances to win
3. Post our Blinkie on your blog, leave a comment that tells us that you did. 
4. Make more cards. For every card or project you make with a differentScrapbook Stamp Society...Digi or Rubber stamp, you have an extra chance to win.
5. Have your friends come follow our blog and let us know who sent them in a comment. 
Addicted to Stamps is the Challenge Blog for Scrapbook Stamp Society Shop, do pop by and say I sent you wont you, xxxx


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wonderful email....

Well I got home yesterday, after a stressful day of driving up and down the M62 all day, and bringing darling pregnant daughter, and grandson home for a few days of "Mums cooking", to a wonderful email from a fellow crafter.............
Lindsay asked me to join the design team on her new Website and Challenge blog!! Woohoo!!
http://lejdesignschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/



Well come on !! Honestly, did you expect me to refuse? Of course I didn't, and there's some mahoosive candy on offer as well to get things started.............
2 parts to this, one winner will get the physical goodies you can see here, and the second winner will get 5 of the brand new digi's of their choice, so come on!1 What are you waiting for? You need to go Here and follow the instructions, come on guys and girls, lets get Lindsay's challenge blog up and running!!



Monday, April 16, 2012

Morgans Elf Flowers

Okay I posted this yesterday I think, might have been the day before, but lets do it properly shall we?
I am on the international Team for Scrapbook Stamp Society, and was given this digi to use during April, and in fairness, I had used and created a card, but the hdd went and caused all sorts of problems, all my passwords were stored in here, I was attempting to use sons Laptop to get things to people, but it wouldn't let me post photo's, you know when one thing goes wrong, everything does!!!
Safe to say that as this is the second post from me in an hour, I have my pc and settings back, just not the 1TB hdd which went, though I am running recovery software on it as we speak................
So Back to Morgans Beautiful Elf Flowers Digi...............
Okay for those that like the design, if you are from outside the UK, its unlikely you will have seen this style before. This is a Kanban Inspired Shelf Stepper card, I did use one before on my Blog hop Shades of Green card, but it probably slipped by you.
This one is supersized, using a sheet of A3 Pearlescent cardstock, in cream, at 300gsm.
The digi stamp, you can find at the Scrapbook Stamp Society shop Here, and its titled Elf Flowers By Morgan Fitzsimons, a very talented artist indeed.
so I had a base design idea in mind, as the image really needs to draw you in, so I thought for a bit, before deciding how to go with it. Promarkers, Mica, Ribbon, glaze, Glitter and stick on Butterflies, oh and some pink wheat I had saved from my anniversary Bouquet of flowers, and if you recall my hubby's atrocious memory, yes the ones that turned up 5 days early and he expected praise for remembering..............Those ones!!!
So promarkers to the fore, and a-colouring I went!! Then when I had done it all deliberately leaving the butterfly in the top right bare, I attacked it with the Tim Holtz Glossy Accents, Eyes, lips, and roses in her hair, and added a touch of glitter to the stamens on the flowers.
then walk away Lou and leave it no more fiddling til its dry!!
Next day.........out came the craft knife! Carefully and using a brand new blade, I released the butterfly wings from the picture, and removed the top right corner of the whatever plant it is, Buddlea? possibly? then I slid some paper under the wing edges, and out came the Micas............careful, not too wet a brush or you just end up with a soggy mess!! Then leave it to dry.........okay easy part done.................
Now to mount it, decisions, decisions! Green card or yellow card, or red card, green red yellow, wed wollie  wewwo lolly..........okay orange then green!!
Now for the card base...........A3 sheet of card, scored in at 1 1/2" at the front  and sides, then cut and fold the scorelines, first before marking the half fold lines. Then I tipped it on its side, and mounted the image in the recessed step. I used some pink velvet ribbon and went round the frame, and added some stick on butterflies with acetate wings for more dimension, and to tie the inside and outside of the card together. I used my hot glue gun to fix the wheat to the front, and added my last remaining strip of velvet of ribbon over the front of the wheat,
well that took some explaining didnt it?
okay off now as fingers hurting from typing, and processor not too happy with doing added tasks as well as trying to recover drive, oops!!

xxx


Okay time to Blog

Right I have had technological nightmares, hence the very short post when I managed to get things together enough to put my pc back inside the case!!
I am in the process of recovering my hard drive, so Loads of stuff is missing, and there's 3 cards that NEEEEEEEED to be blogged, and cards I finished whilst I was tearing my hair out with frustration.
This first post is about the Paper Crafting Journey card, that I was supposed to blog, late last Wednesday night, just as my hdd failed....you can guess I was pretty upset about it all, but luckily I managed to post the picture to PCJ before the whole thing went feet in the air, kicking up the daisies.
This was using a digi from Robyn's Fetish and you can find the stamp I used, Here, as I chose the fruity Strawberry digi for this card. In addition, we were also asked to use 3 different papers for this challenge, and as luck would have it I knew I had received a pack of 6x6" Raspberry road designs, papers, entitled Summer goodness, free with one of my craft magazines.

So 3 papers, a digi stamp, some promarkers, and some Spellbinders.........
Hmmn...............some red card, some DST, and some glitter....................okay!
The card was scored and folded to create a short front and large back, as the idea needed a lot of room, and  support. I used the Spellbinders Edgeabilities edge doily die to scallop the leading edge of the card, and then printed of the digi stamp in reduced repeating pattern and trimmed it using the same die.
I used promarkers to colour the digi and backing paper, but only did the backing paper in a rough style, not being too careful with the colouring.
I then cut the digi image using the Labels 23 die, and then distressed the edges of the stamp, and backing paper with Antique Linen, to remove the whiteness of the page. And layered them onto the front of the card.
Then I turned my attention to the inside of the card.............This was reasonably, easy as I already had the idea in my head.................The papers were needed and also a template from My Craft Studio Advanced Encyclopedia volume 4............Strawberries!!
I placed one sheet of the Raspberry Road papers inside the main Panel, folded another to form a Napkin, and then used the template for the small strawberries twice to create them. Used DST and a quickie glue pen to apply yellow glitter, then quickly printed a sentiment onto a very faded background of real strawberries, and hey presto card done, and I Love it!!!
 I used the digi twice in different forms, and 3 papers, and I think this is such a bright light happy card, problem is I am not one for repeating designs, so whoever gets this will be a very lucky person, hold on what am I saying? Strike that!! I aint giving it to NO-ONE!!!

xxx







Saturday, April 14, 2012

oh dear what a night mare!!!!

Oh well I am fingers crossed NEVER going through that again!!!
one pics from me for now, as I have just managed to get my pc up and running, I have had a craft drive failure.............so I plugged the craft drive into the mother board, and it has been going for 72 hrs........I have unplugged the drive, and I am about to format a new one, then see wether I can recover the old drives contents, before I start the labourious process of re-loading all the artwork back on,

here she is a SCRAPBOOK STAMP SOCIETY Morgan Fitzsimons creatrion, I'll blog her properly later.........




Dont forget the give away over at SSS, a sizzix texture boutique, to one lucky commenter...........

Monday, April 09, 2012

Oh Pashe It!!!!!!

Oh dear, serves me right for not doing them before,
I have HAD to use some of my La Pashe sheets, which is why I have been a bit quiet for the past few days!!! Scroll to the bottom for the reasons why, very big OOOOOooooopppppps!


























What I have left to do not Including Christmas ones, or what I have given away!!!

The Christmas ones I have got left to do, after giving loads away, but these can wait for quite a while yet, phew!!
Think I had better get a move on, serves me right for Keeping them to stroke!! Thank Heavens I have the Cd's lol.

Right better get a move on...........or they'll still be here this time next year!!!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Anything but Square Water-filled Bubble Card!! Blog Hop



Welcome to the Scrapbook Stamp Society "Anything But a Square blog hop"  First we have a fun announcement.
***Special Giveaway Announcement!***  
April is an exciting month here at Scrapbook Stamp Society.  We have a fun giveaway.  Would you like to win a Sizzix Texture Boutique?  
http://addicted-to-stamps.blogspot.com/2012/03/april-blog-candy.html#comment-form ♥ Scrapbook Stamp Society: APRIL Blog Candy Photobucket addicted-to-stamps.blogspot.com


Throughout the month of April enter our Special challenge using Any stamp from Scrapbook Stamp Society purchased that month and be elligible to win.  Enter up to 1 card or project per image.  The more times you enter, the better your chances of winning. 
The Dream team went outside of the box and created cards and projects not in the shape of a square..

Hop along with us and be sure to see all the beautiful creations. Leave comments on each blog as well as this main one and become a follower on this blog.
Blog Candy-  3 digis of your choice from www.scrapbookstampsociety.com  Want to win an extra one?  Go to the store and pick your favorite one and let us know what it is in the comments below.

March 30th- Anything But a Square- Jamie Coordinator


You Should have reached me via Lia, if you and you're just browsing, why not start at the beginning? Its only a short hop, the type I like best lol, so pop to Addicted to Stamps page, and start from there.
This was actually quite hard to do, and I used the demonstrations by Noreen at Flowersoft, and her design team to finally get this card to work without leaking everywhere!!
Boy was that a task and a half, but now I think I have it licked, and will add a very important tip at the end of this post!

The image itself is by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen, and you can find it here. Its of 2 Mermaids, playing in the Waves, and was exactly the theme I wanted to work with for my Water experiment.!
This was really Hard to photograph, and I apologise, but the acetate dome, reflects the light, and the water, has mica Powder added to it, so it can be hard to see through it , so scroll through the photos until you can see all the details!!
 Recipe, as people have started to call this.....
One acetate dome,
a sheet of clear acetate,
Promarkers,
Mica Powders by A touch of Mica
Zyron Design Runner, Holiday font cartridge,
Cheery Lynn Mega doily Circle die,
Cordinations card stock,
Lilac Card Stock,
White Card stock,
Wavy Scissors,
2 Large Brads,
Touch of Mica mask, Squares,
Clear Glitter,
Gold Sakura Gel Pen
First I coloured the image with my Promarkers, then went over the image background with a Purple Mica powder mixed with water.
When that was dry I added the Gold pen to the anchor, and some clear glitter to the wave tops, just doesnt show up on these photos!!

Next I used a small amount of Blue Mica powder in some water to put in the acetate dome, and glued the clear acetate over the back with some Silicon glue. You need to use silicon Glue as it is waterproof!!! Then leave it to dry!! For as long as possible!!!
I took a 6x6" piece of Purple Coredinations paper, and embossed it with the Mica mask, then sanded it back lightly to expose the core colour. I used a circle cutter to make an aperture in the paper, and cut it to size, and then used the Cheery Lynne die on the lilac Card stock. I cut a circle, using the bottom of a bowl, and made a card base to which I stuck the lilac card, then the focal image, then the coredinations paper, over the acetate to fix it in place.
For the base I used another sheet of lilac card stock, and trimmed it with the wavy scissors, then used the design runner to create a running border, Sailing, around the edge. A piece of white card had a sentiment, from the Holidays font disk, printed on it, then I mounted it onto a small rectangle of Lilac card stock. 
I used the Amethyst promarker to edge the card and sentiment, to provide some emphasis, and then mounted the sentiment using foam tape.
Top Tip: if you want to do this, cut the sheet of acetate to size before fixing it to the dome!!! As soon as you start to trim, you may find that it starts to leak as you are disturbing the silicon!!!


Right your next stop is Tori, dont forget to follow SSS, and leave comments, and who knows a Sizzix texture boutique could be heading your way..................


hugs, and I'll be back later with another couple of digis from SSS


Have fun, xxx

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Candy re-draw

Well girls, its a shame that the original winner hasn't contacted me, and this is going to seem like extreme co-incidence, however.........
I did a re-draw, asking youngest to choose a random number, between 0 and 72................ He chose 45. Comment 45 is...............
And the winner is, and its truly co-incidence, as My eyes popped out of my head when I saw who it was, and this little lady has just had some goodies off me, for being follower 100......................

Makka, step forward and take a bow please hun, even if you dont see this, I am pretty sure Mummy will lol, and Makka, this is YOURS not Mummies!! Hear me Kenzie?