Thursday, 28 February 2013

First birthday for Twins

My friend's grandchildren turn one today.... so she asked me to make a card for their birthday.  I love Mo Manning baby images so decided to go with two matching images... one boy and one girl holding their teddies.

Happy 1st Birthday

I flipped one image so they were facing each other and computer generated the sentiment using Ryan .  I coloured with Copics and then die cut them with Resplendent Rectangles from Spellbinders.   My friend was pleased with the cards.

Got a busy few days coming up...I'm taking part in Red Carpet Studio's Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop over the weekend... and it's my turn to host the Die Cut Diva's challenge for March and I'm going to spend the day on Saturday stamping with friends... our first gathering for the year at Helen's place.

Hope you will be having a fun filled weekend too

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Shabby Chic Butterfly

The current challenge over at A Blog Named Hero is all about Shabby Chic or Vintage style cards.  I like this genre but an not always as successful at it as I'd like.  I find the layering of many layers difficult to do.  But a challenge is a good thing....

Shabby Chic

I have a My Mind's Eye PP pad called "Follow Your Heart" and the papers are just perfect for this genre. I used this one as my base for the card. I cut a doily die from Die-Namics from cream card and stamped Hero Arts Starburst in Antique Linen distress ink. I punched a second piece of the PP and laid it across my card with some ribbon. The two butterflies from a HA stamp/die set stamped and cut from some more of the PP. I edged with Worn Lipstick ink and layered the two together with some gems ( saw Betty do the other day.) Stamped the sentiment and added the silver bling flourish.

The ABNH have been giving some great inspiration and instructions on how to make shabby chic/vintage cards.  Well worth having a look at their blog.

Not sure what is going on with blogger.... last night I had major issues with it... so if you didn't get to see my post about Paula's scramble, feel free to pop over here.

And did you see my little sneak peek about over at Die Cut Diva's blog... I'm hosting March's challenge and we've managed to secure a sponsor....  can you guess who?     Hop over to the blog on Friday to see what the challenge theme is and who our sponsor is....

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Paula's Scramble.

I was really pleased to see my friend Paula was hosting the weekend's Scramble over at the Hero Arts Flickr group... and she made it so it was 8.00am Sunday at my house... how convenient was that!!!!  Thank you Paula.

So instead of my normal Sunday morning sleep in, I was up and ready to scramble at 8.00am and what a great challenge Paula provided us with... Celebration/Congratulations.   And as usual, you needed to have a Hero Arts stamp or digi on your card.

I decided to use this time to enter Greta's challenge.  Greta is celebrating her first year of blogging and has challenged us to CASE a card of her's from the past year.   I had chosen a few of my favourite cards and finally chose this one.

And here is my take on this card.

Paula's Scramble

I started by white embossing the poppy stamp onto white card.  I added some white crayon to the poppies and then using Chipped Sapphire and Festive Berries distress ink I distressed the background.    Matted it onto a  red card.   Embossed the card base with a Cuttlebug folder.  I cut up my sentiment stamp so I could stamp it on the bottom corner.  Added some ribbon before popping my panel.

And believe it or not, after stopping for a cup of Peppermint tea, I even managed a second card.  This one was inspired by a card I saw in a magazine.  It used dies and I decided to use a silhouette stamp.

Paula's Scrable #2

I used some PP for my background.   I die cut my card with the Spellbinders die and sponged the inside with Antique Linen ink.  I then masked off the edges and stamped the Silhouette Grass stamp in Versafine ink.   I used the same technique to stamp the sentiment onto a oval die cut.  I added the black ribbon and added the pop of yellow with the rose.   Got lots of favourites over on my Flickr photostream which was nice to see.  I was really pleased how it turned out.

I had a 30 minute chat with my daughter tonight while I was doing my exercycling.... Managed to chat without too much huffing and puffing but still got sweaty... good to catch up with her and still get my exercise done. 

Thanks for visiting today... Hope the week goes well for you.