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Wednesday 22 August 2012

Acetate Dome

This is a card I've made for a challenge at Merly Impressions, the theme is "Acetate" and there's a fabulous prize of some Kaisercraft goodies. It's time to dig out all the pretty acetate you've been buying and not using. Or, like me, keep that safe and print your own. You have until the 4th of September to enter.

I started by creating a backing card, and an acetate overlay of flying birds, in MCS from the Quintessential Country Garden CD.  I stamped the birdbath stamp from Kaisercraft in Memento London Fog and coloured it with Promarkers. I inked the background with Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks. The rose paper is from Wild Rose Studio, which I layered onto card I'd edged with a Pastel Green Promarker.

I coloured a piece of  Guipure lace and wrapped it around the rose paper before fixing it to the backing card. I then attached the birdbath panel, raising it slightly down the center with foam pads. I cut out a few extra acetate birds I'd printed and stuck them down with Pinflair glue and added some flowers  in the corner.

Once everything was dry I attached the acetate to the backing card giving it a dome that stands about 2cm proud, then I mounted it all onto an 8"x8" card blank. Photographing acetate is a bit of a nightmare and it's a shame the effect doesn't show too well, but I'm pleased with the effect of the birds flying past without them obscuring the beautiful stamp.

Friday 17 August 2012

Things With Wings

I've made this card for the challenge at That Craft Place, the theme is "Things With Wings". My second favourite creature with wings is the Unipeg, which is a cross between Pegasus and a unicorn. This beautiful image is from Where the Unicorns Roam CD by Jem's Designs.

I covered an 8"x8" card blank with purple card and matted a layer of silver mirri. I digitally added a blue square to the center of the matching backing paper and layered it onto the card. I matted a  strip of backing paper onto silver mirri and mounted that across the card.

Using white card, I cut out the frame with an X-Cut die and coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Ink, then matted the Unipeg image with foam pads. I cut a border with an X-Cut punch and attached it behind the sentiment with foam pads.

The flowers were made with a Crealies die and coloured with Promarkers, then spritzed and scrunched. A Cheery Lynn leaf flourish and some silver Candi were the finishing touches.

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Fairies, Mystic and Magic Challenge

This is my DT card for the second challenge at DCC & Friends. The theme is "Fairies, Mystic and Magic" and you have have until September 14th to enter your lovely creations. We had a fantastic response to our first challenge and the winners of Challenge #1 will be announced next Wednesday 22nd August. Thank you to everyone who took part.
For challenge #2 we have two sponsors, how apt, so there will be two winners and a top three. Firstly we are proud to be sponsored by Sharon Duncan Crafts who have kindly donated a Home Tweet Home CD ROM for one lucky winner.

I'm delighted to say that our second sponsor for this challenge  is  PaperCraft Junkies,  who are generously donating 6 digi images for another winner to choose from thier website.

So, on to my inspiration for you.....

I started with an 8"x8" card blank and inked the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink before layering on silver mirri. I then used a blend of Distress Inks;  Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Milled Lavender to create the backing card.

The beautiful images are from the Spellbound Fairies CD by Jem's Designs. The main image has been matted onto a frame made with an X-Cut die. The thinner image has been flipped in MCS and digitally matted onto matching backing paper.

I used Promarker Blue Pearl to colour the lace before pleating and fixing it behind the "Magical" sentiment. The flowers were cut from a Crealies die and coloured with aforementioned inks, then layered up, spritzed and scrunched. The finishing touches are a Cheery Lynn leaf flourish die and some silver Candi for the flower centers.
Don't forget to visit the DCC & Friends Challenge blog for more inspiration from the fabulous Design Team and we look forward to seeing your crafty creations.

Monday 6 August 2012

Exciting News

I have some exciting news to announce: I am now a DT member at Emma's Crafty Challenge! If you like challenges, this is the place to go. We have regular challenges with interesting themes and great sponsors. There is also a Facebook group, for those of you that don't have blogs, where you can upload your entries.
This month we are onto Challenge #7. Come and have a look at the fabulous DT makes for inspiration and to upload your entries. The theme is "Silhouette" and is sponsored by Crafty Individuals, who are giving away a fabulous crafty stash. Your entry doesn't have to be a card, it can be a scrapbook page or a 3D project.
Now onto my DT card. All the artwork I've used for this is from the MCS Simply Silhouette CD.

The dancing couple and the hearts have been printed onto acetate which I cut wider than the card to give a bowed front. I used a sheet of A4 hammered card to create the base card. I added the sentiment before printing the background with the chandelier and bird cage straight onto the card and scoring.

I wrapped a white ribbon around the side of the acetate and tied it in a bow. I then tied on some lace and thin black ribbon to hang on the side as I didn't want to attach anything to the acetate front.
Don't forget to check out the challenge for yourselves, we'd love to see your entries.

Thursday 2 August 2012

Steampunk Corset

14/08/12  Yay! This card won the challenge! I'm so pleased and would like to say a big Thank You to those who chose my card.

This is a card I made for a challenge at That Craft Place. The theme is Steampunk, as chosen by Dawn Heald, and the prize is sponsored by Indigo Blu.

I started by inking the edges of an 8"x8" card blank with Distress Ink Antique Linen. I adjusted the colour of a paper from MCS Quintessential Country Garden and stamped some cogs from a Kanban set over it in Memento Rich Cocoa. I wrapped a ribbon round it and attached it to the card.

I got the corset and boots from The Graphics Fairy website. I lightened the colours from black to brown in MCS and added a bit of colour to the corset with pink Polychromos. I inked the edge of the corset and mounted onto card edged with a Shale Promarker. I decoupaged the boots for depth.

The cogs have been die-cut with a Donna Salazar die. The flowers were die-cut, with a Crealies die, from a paper I'd created in MCS. I mounted them up and inked the edges. I finished off with Cosmic Shimmer pearls.