Saturday, 30 March 2013

Bubbly Birthday

This card is one I made for yet another March birthday, a real CAS one.  It features the Wicked Good image that was the freebie on the Simply Betty Fan Page when the number of fans recently reached 500.
The sentiment is part of the set; I just skewed it to fit into the bubble shape.  I didn’t have any bubble patterned paper so I made my own for the inside.
I’m entering this into the Lady Anne’s Challenges Anything Goes Challenge #8 – use a sentiment.

Skin E000, E00, E02, E11, E13 (cheeks E93) / YG00, YG03, YG06
Eyes B00, B02, B05 / E04, E08
Lips R20, R24, R46 / G00, G03, G05
Hair Y13, Y15, Y17 / C-3, C-5, C7, 100
Hat C-1, C-3, C-5, C7, 100, G03, G05, G07
Crown RV000, RV02, C-1, C-3, Colourless Blender, Spica Silver, Spica Clear
Dress RV000, RV02, Colourless Blender
Bubble BG10, BG70, Colourless Blender
Echo Park Summer Days stack
Close to My Heart Art Philosophy
Stampin’ Up Outline Occasions
Spellbinder’s Circles

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Friday, 29 March 2013

Bad Hair Day

This month’s challenge over at the Simply Betty Fan Page is to use this awesome image, Medusa, and the colour combination of black, cream and one other colour of your choice.  I decided to go with turquoise for my colour choice.
Don’t ask me why I thought cutting that Grecian pattern by hand twice was going to be a good idea!  I do like how it turned out but no way was I going to repeat all that cutting for the inside so I stuck with my embossed border instead.  I think they both work to give the feel of a Grecian vase, which was what I was aiming for.
I don’t know what I’ll use this card for, I thought maybe I could put “Having a bad hair day?” on the front but not sure what I’d add on the inside for a matching sentiment.  At any rate, I love this image, I used another from this line in an earlier card, Cassiopeia.  There’s a third, Athena, and more will be released later this year, can’t wait to see them all.

Skin E000, E00, E02, E11 (cheeks E93)
Eyes E23, E27
Lips R46, R59
Hair B11, B23, B34, B49, Spica Clear
Dress E50, E51, E53, C-1, C3, C-5, C-7, 100
Jewellery Y28, Colourless Blender, Spica Gold and Turquoise
Simply Betty Stamps Medusa
7gypies Camden stack
Creative Memories Happy Holiday cardstock sampler
Embossing folder
Cuttlebug Bandana border

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The A, B, C and G of Steampunk Design

They’ve put out a DT call over at the Simply Steampunk Challenges’ site and I promised myself that if I could make a project in time I would try out.  I figured if I could make a project using at least the required four images this month, given all the birthday cards and other things I’ve had to do, then I could commit to doing so each month so I could try out.  Steampunks represent a real challenge for me, something out of my comfort zone so I really wanted to try as a way of expanding my crafting skills.

Well I did it!

Deciding on my project was easy, when I saw the latest release from Simply Betty Stamps, the Steampunk Classic Collection 6, and the range of “The Letter …” images I immediately thought of flash cards but not like the cute ones they use to teach kids to read their letters but grown up ones, a bit like Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.  I know Betty has a real Edgar Allan Poe thing happening so I checked these out and found some similar references and then I asked and she confirmed these images were Poe inspired so I had my theme.  So for my Simply Steampunk Challenges’ DT call project, I present my Poe Cards.

The first image I used was the Wood Witch on the box lid.
For my flash cards I selected a colour and a theme that started with the letter featured in the image.   For each card I did a front and a back, the front has the image coloured and the back features just the letter.

So for the first one, The Letter A, the colour is aubergine (OK, so work with me here, I did the best match given my limited Copic collection) and attire, inspired by the Steampunk attire of the woman in the image.  There was no text in the banners on the image I received so I added some based on what I saw in the image, somewhat different to that on the image sample in store.

On to The Letter B, a brown book was the obvious choice given the bookshelf featured in the image.  Again the text had dropped off my image so I made up my own, this time nothing like that on the sample.

The Letter C is getting a bit macabre and far from my usual style, it is all in crimson (the darkest shade is Crimson in the Copic range but yes, I know, the rest is rather pink!) and features a cage made to look like it has been covered in blood over time from the witch’s sacrifices.

Finally we have The Letter G, which had to be green given the image but is shaped like a flower because grass would have been rather boring!  It did ruin the matching of colours and themes to the letters but at least “f” is only one along from “g” in the alphabet.
And, yes, if you think the images look a bit stretched, they are.  Had to elongate them to fit the size of the box and, therefore, cards I made.

Copics used
BV00, BV02, BV08, BV17, BV29
C-100, colourless blender
E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
G000, G00, G02, G05, G07, G28
RV21, RV23, RV29

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

A Very Important Date

You guessed it another birthday card, have been colouring and carding up a storm lately!  This one features Alice Time for Tea from Tiddly Inks.
 They’ve got a challenge over at the Tiddly Inks blog, a clean and simple challenge so I thought I’d give that a go.  How do you think I went?  Going to enter this in the challenge and see how I go.  The picture isn’t very good, usually I scan my cards but the embossing didn’t show when I did that so this pic is from my phone, the background is actually white not pink!

I don’t know the recipient’s actual birthday, just that it’s in March or I’d have gone with the “I’m late, I’m late” quote, so kinda fudged with it a bit.  The quote from the movie not the book that is.

No bling or fuss on the inside either although I wish my stamping technique was better!  
Skin E000, E00, E02, E11, E13 (cheeks E95)
Eyes and teapot B00, B02, B05
Hair Y00, Y02, Y04, Y06, Y08
Dress B00, B02, B05
Clock C-1, C-3, Colourless Blender, Y28, Spica Gold and Clear
Alice Time for Tea from Tiddly Inks
Spellbinder’s Labels Eleven
Cricut carts
Disney Classics
Embossing folder
Papermania Chronology Clocks

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