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Saturday 24 November 2012

Mermaid Ocean

Here is another wonderful digi image from Jem's Designs that I was given to work with. Her name is Mermaid Ocean. I love mermaids and was keen to play with this one. I hope you think I've done her justice.

I first inked the edges of an 8"x8" card blank with a blend of Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks. I had the perfect backing papers for this image, they are both from the Enchanted Dreams CD by Joanna Sheen. I matted them both onto gold mirri card.

I coloured Mermaid Ocean with Promarkers and inked the edges with the same blend of Distress Inks before mounting her on foam pads. The small gold die-cut on her shell headdress is a piece of waste from a Spellbinder die that I thought looked like a crown.

The die -cuts are Marianne shells, starfish and misletoe leaves, but I think they look like seaweed. There is also a small Spellbinders die-cut from a leaf set. I printed an oyster shell with a pearl a few times and decoupaged the image.

I finished by coiling some lengths of wired ribbon and fixed them behind the shells to look like seaweed.
There are more mermaids and other beautiful digi images available on the Jem's Designs website, please pay a visit and see for yourself.

Thursday 15 November 2012

PapercraftJunkies #4

Today is the launch of a new challenge at PapercraftJunkies and it’s my turn to host this fortnightly challenge.  Thank you to everyone who took part in the last challenge, the winners will be announced in a few days.
We have a fantastic theme this time, it’s “White on White”. Your image can have some colour but we’d like to see everything else in white. You can enter any kind of craft project, providing it follows the theme. There are quite a few prizes on offer for different categories, so check out the sidebar on the challenge blog for the details and the rules.  You have until 10am on the 1st December to enter, so to give you some inspiration here is my DT card.

I covered the front of an 8"x 8" card blank with white Centura Pearl to which I'd attached a length of wired white patterned ribbon. I then embossed a piece of white card with a snowflake folder that came free with a magazine. I edged the panel with a silver Promarker.

I used the Christmas Snow People image and coloured the black and white version with Pastel Blue, Pale Pink and Ice Grey 1 Promarkers. I used a silver Promarker around the edges for definition. I think the image is so cute with the little birds in the center. The sentiment is a silver peel-off.

For my embellishments I used a Marianne poinsettia die and snowflake dies and a Cheery Lynn small leaf flourish die. They were all cut from plain white card and spot glittered. To finish with I tied a bow with the white wired ribbon.

Don't forget to visit the PapercraftJunkies Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous cards from the other Design Team members to give you some more inspiration. Everyone has, of course, used images from the lovely Tracey and they can all be found in the PapercraftJunkies Shop. There are some wonderful freebies up for grabs too, so make sure you pop by to have a good look.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Steampunk Daniella

I'd like to introduce Steampunk Daniella. She is one of the beautiful new digis available from Jem's Designs. As a member of the Digis by Jem's DT I was offered Daniella to work with and I was thrilled, I just love her hair. Although her title is "Steampunk Daniella" I decided to give her a garden to play in.

I inked the edges of an 8"x8" card blank with Distress Ink Bundled Sage and then layered a paper from MCS Quintessential Country Garden. I wrapped a green wired ribbon around the bottom section before placing on the card base. I used a Spellbinder die to cut a border and used DI Spun Sugar and Festive Berries to colour it before layering it over the ribbon. I created another paper whilst in MCS by layering a music sheet from  FREE ViNTaGE DiGiTal STaMPS  over a brown backing paper. I also printed off a few roses several times to decoupage.

I used an X-Cut die to cut out Daniella and the music paper and coloured Daniella with Promarkers. I inked the edge of her frame with DI Spun Sugar and used DI Bundled Sage over the music die-cut. I fixed the music sheet flat and set Daniella on foam pads.

I used dies from Marianne and Cheery Lynn to create the flowers and leaves. They were coloured with Distress Inks and arranged either side of Daniella with the decoupaged roses.

I used a Joy Crafts die to cut two butterflies and mounted one on the other for dimension. They were coloured with Distess inks too. For the finishing touch I added three pink heart shaped buttons with coiled green thread.
Don't forget to visit the Jems website to browse the digis, there are new ones being added all the time. 
I'd like to enter this card in the challenge at That Craft Place, it's one of my favourite themes: Tic, Tac, Toe. I went down the right hand side with Dies, Border and Buttons.

Monday 5 November 2012

DCC and Friends Midway Inspiration

There is still time to enter the current challenge  at DCC & Friends as it runs until November 20th. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs. We have two sponsors this time, so, two overall winners. Firstly we are sponsored by Creative Expressions, the fabulous Sue Wilson has donated two A5 stamp sets. Visit her blog at PartiCraft and secondly PaperCraftJunkies, Where Tracey is offering 4 of her digis of the winner's choice. There will also be a "Top Three" who will be awarded badges. So, plenty of opportunities to win. 
Visit the blog to see more inspiration from the team and check out the showcased entry.
The theme is "Autumn to You" and I've made another card to give you some midway inspiration.

I started by cutting an 8"x8" card blank into a circle and inking the edges with Distress Ink Tea Dye.
I then used a Spellbinders scalloped circle die to cut the backing paper.  Both the leaf backing paper and the circular topper are from a Hunkydory kit from last year. I punched two holes in the leaf paper and threaded organza ribbon through before attaching to the base card.

I die cut a mat from some russet coloured card for the adorable little hedgehog topper and the Hunkydory sentiment from the same kit. I just love this image of the hedgehog, he looks so comfy and cute tucked up in a bed of leaves.

I fixed the sentiment to the bottom right of the card to enable it to stand and added a small piece of die cut waste and a pearl. The finishing touch is some Candi round the scallops.
These chilly nights are just perfect for staying in and crafting, the perfect opportunity to make something for the challenge.
Remember that your entry can be any crafty make as long as it follows the Autumn theme and be sure to collect your Treasure Hunt letter for an added chance to win a crafty prize. 

Thursday 1 November 2012

PapercraftJunkies Challenge #3

Welcome to a new challenge at PapercraftJunkies, which runs until 14th November. The winners of the previous one will be announced in a few days. Thank you to everyone who took part and we hope you will join in with challenge #3.
There will be two winners for this challenge, one for using a PCJ digi and one for using any other image, there will also be a badge for three runners-up to put on their blogs. The prizes will be a digi of the winners' choice. Don't forget that it doesn't have to be a card you enter, it can be any crafty make as long as it follows the theme.
The theme this time is "Something with Wings" and here is my DT card to give you inspiration.

I started by covering an A5 card blank with a paper I printed from MCS Quintessential Country Garden CD. I printed a second paper and cut it in an oval using an X-Cut die and inked around the edge with Memento Rich Cocoa. The gate is from the MCS Quintessential Country Garden paper pack, which I coloured with Distress Ink Antique Linen.

The butterflies were created using digis from the  PapercraftJunkies shop. I made the larger butterfly with the Butterfly Wing set and added a hand drawn body.  The digis come in a black and white version and also a coloured example. I wanted to choose my colours to match the papers I'd selected so I coloured the wings using Promarkers.

I used the Fairy Wing set to create  the smaller butterfly. I coloured this one with Polychromos. Again, I hand drew the body, coloured it black and then added black Cosmic Shimmer PVA. Both butterflies have been mounted on the card with foam pads to give them dimension.
I finished off with some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and some organza ribbon from my stash. Then I dotted Cosmic Shimmer liquid pearls around part of the oval and as butterfly trails.
Dont forget to visit the PapercraftJunkies shop to check out all the fabulous digis Tracey has designed, you will even find some fantastic freebies. Check out the other DT cards on the challenge blog, and make sure you enter the challenge, we look forward to seeing your creations.

Emma Cards Challenge #10

Welcome to Challenge #10 at Emma's Cards and a big thank you to all those who took part in the previous challenge. The entries were fabulous and the winners will be announced shortly.
This challenge runs until 30th November and the theme is "Brown and Blue". Our fantastic sponsor this month is Kanban's brand new retail outfit "Crafted by You" and there will be a Kanban goody bag full of crafty loveliness for the lucky winner.
Here is my DT card to give you a touch of inspiration:

I inked the edges of an 8"x8" scalloped card with  Memento Rich Cocoa and layered with a textured blue Papermania card which I'd stamped with seagulls. The side panel of sailing boats is from the Forever Friends "The Good Life" paper pack from  Docrafts.

The lighthouse scene is from Kanban and I stamped it using Rich Cocoa and coloured it with Polychromos using just shades of brown and blue. I die-cut it out and inked the edges with Distress Ink Antique Linen.

The shells, anchor and seaweed (actually mistletoe twigs)  are all Marianne dies. I coloured them all with a mix of Antique Linen and Rich Cocoa. The seagull is from the Kanban lighthouse stamp set which I cut out and the sentiment is a gold peel-off on a couple of punched circles. I finished off with some dots of Cosmic Shimmer liquid pearls.

Why don't you pop over to the Emma's Cards challenge blog where you will find the other DT cards and the list of rules. Then you'll be all set to make your entry and be in with a chance of winning a Kanban crafty goody bag.