Thursday, 26 August 2010

I Managed a Wedding Card!

Hello peoples! Richard and I are going to a wedding party tomorrow evening - I think this will be the second time since Andrew was born that we are spending a night at home without our children (Andrew's 9!) Can you tell how boring I am LOL???

Anyway, I really struggled with an idea for a wedding card - I've finally come up with something that is fairly decent, but the photo is not showing it off to its best at all (for some reason everything looks skew wiff - its not that bad IRL!!)

The image is a Precious Moments Colouring Page - I've coloured with Promarkers, and added some sparkle with stickles and glitter gel pens. I cut the heart shape out free hand and embossed it in the cuttlebug. The sentiment was produced on the computer and diecut. The flowers look much more gorgeous IRL - they have long stamen with pearls on them - they were from my local craft shop. The papers are digis, one from Summer Driggs Beautimous and the other from Crafters Companion Cute Companions CD. The photo doesn't show but the base card and some of the layers are silver card. And then I've added some lush ribbon, a heart charm and adhesive pearls.

Edited to add - the cuttlebug embossing folder I used for the heart is called Kimmy Luvs

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - the sketch - I hope mine counts as I've added some extras and changed the shape of one of the layers
Lexi's Creations - Emboss It
Bee Crafty - Ribbons and Bows

Well, I just need to make the box for the card now, then try to grab an early night!

Hope to see you again soon.

Love, Andrea xx

Monday, 23 August 2010

And This is the Card ...

... that I made to match the gift set I posted on my blog yesterday - please take a peek at the post below.

I followed the sketch on Creative Inspirations but, heck, I missed the challenge (oopsie!).

The image is from Sugar Nellie - Dress Up Maggie - coloured with Promarkers and pearlescent paints. The papers are all from a set called Beautimous by Summer Driggs. I sprayed them with Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle Silver, so they are glittery - but the photo doesn't show it. The silver mat is nice and shiny and was embossed using a Cuttlebug folder.

Because of the sparkle and shine (it is there honestly!), I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Sir Stampalot August Challenge - Bring on the Bling
Wild Orchid Challenge - Make It Sparkle

I'm racking my brains, and the internet, at the moment trying to find a nice image to use to make a wedding card - I'm really struggling to come up with a good idea - the wedding's on Friday! Where's Mr Mojo when you really need him LOL?

If I manage to make anything decent, I'll show it later in the week.

Love, Andrea xx

Sunday, 22 August 2010

I Made a Gift!

Hello and Happy Sunday - hope you are having a good weekend!

Guess where my daughter is at the moment? - yep, at another birthday party. So, as well as a card, I have made a gift set - a photo hanger and matching door hanger.

This is the front side of the door hanger - I have followed the sketch on The Pixie Cottage, with the added option of Anything But a Card.

The hanger is similar to the one I made Eleri a few weeks ago - made out of a page from a Papermania chipboard album. The papers are a digi download called Beautimous from Summer Driggs - I sprayed them with Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle Silver, partly to make them glitter a bit and partly to protect the digital papers. The image is a stamp from Sugar Nellie - Dress Up Maggie - which I coloured with Promarkers and pearlescent paints. The letters have been glittered with glitter glue.

This is the second side of the door hanger:

Same papers, glittered up again. This image is one I recently won in a challenge from Di's Digi Downloads - Maisy Hugging Teddy - isn't she sweet? I've coloured her again with Promarkers and pearlescent paints.

And this is the photo hanger I made to match. The background is made with paper weaving.

I'm also entering this gift set in the following challenges:

Simon Says Challenge - Make a Gift
Wild Orchid Challenge - One for the Girls
Creative Card Crew - Sparkle and Shine

That's it for now - I'll be posting the card I made to go with this gift set soon. Until then, thanks for looking.

Love, Andrea xx

Saturday, 14 August 2010

CES Challenge

Just popping on to let you know that Crafty Emma's new challenge blog is up and running CES Challenge Blog. The first challenge will start on 28th August and, if you pop across to the blog now, you can enter in the candy which is now running. Wish me luck, cos I really want those Aquamarkers LOL!!!!

I'm trying to get my mojo going at the moment as I have cards and presents to make for next weekend - need to get a move on but just can't get going!

Love, Andrea xx

Monday, 9 August 2010

Bedroom Door Hanger

Hello and Happy Monday everyone - I hope you have a fabulous week!

I have spotted a fabulous competition on the Polka Doodles blog to win some of the new Aquamarkers - all you have to do is colour something and then enter your project. Now, I'm not very impressed with my colouring, whatever medium I use, but I would dearly love to own some of the Aquamarkers, so I thought "If you don't enter you definitely won't win!", so darn it, I'm entering the door hanger I have just finished making for my daughter. And, here's the front which has the coloured image on it:

I have used the wonderful girl image from Bugaboo Stamps again - as soon as I saw the image, I wanted to use it to make a door hanger for Eleri, because the image looks just like her when she has her hair in bunches like that! I coloured her with Promarkers and, as I said, I'm not very happy with my colouring. I've tried to give her the same hair colour as Eleri, but I'm especially not happy with the way I colour hair - I've seen so many good tutorials on colouring, but mine just never works like those!

Please forgive me for using the MME papers again LOL (but they just seem to be working for so many of my projects at the moment!) I've used them to cover the base of the hanger, which is actually a page from a Papermania Chipboard album. Eleri painted the outside/edge of the chipboard, and helped to cover it. She also helped with the sticking of the image and flowers, the punching of the small flowers and the glittering of the letters. The large flower is cut using a Papermania template. The heart is a die I found in a craft sale - I think it's X-cut.

And now for the other side:

For some reason, Eleri wanted a dog on the back. I found this cute image on SJ's Little Musings - his name's Nippy. I'm not going to pretend I coloured him at all - I didn't - the digi already had the shading - and I think these dogs are gorgeous when they're white, so I didn't need to add any colour at all. Just cut him out with my Nellie's Multi Frames die. Then added some doodling around the edge of the image. I only had a small length of the ribbon, so only added it to one side of the image, with a heart buckle. Added the same flowers and gems as on the front, ribbon for the hanger, to which I added a couple of beads (these started off clear, but I coloured them with permanent markers). And that's about it!

I am sooooooooo pleased with the way this turned out, and Eleri loves it too! And it has pride of place on her bedroom door.

I'm going to enter it in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Whateva!
Creative Card Crew - Cute and Girlie (because my daughter's cute and girlie!)
By The Cute and Girly - Animal Antics (the dog on the back of the hanger)
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes

Well, that's it from me - sorry this has been a long one! I need a cup of tea after all that LOL! Hope to see you again soon.

Love, Andrea xx

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday and Crafty Cardmakers

Hello folks - hope you are having a good weekend! Back to work for me on Monday :( so will have to catch up with the housework tomorrow (cos I haven't done much housework this week - had family time instead!)

My card today is the card I made for Eleri to give to her friend at her party on Thursday.

The image is from Bugaboo Stamps (just noticed that there is a 50% off everything sale til Aug 10th), and I have coloured her with Promarkers and Copic Spicas. The papers are the freebie pad from the Cardmaking and Papercrafts magazine (again - sorry!). I have followed this week's sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday - I loved using this one. I have used three punched flowers so am also entering the Crafty Cardmakers challenge. Then there is just some added ribbon, papermania gem flowers and some extra gems. The sentiment is a digi from Pollycrafts - I changed the shape from oval to circle in my graphics package and then coloured it with Promarkers and Copic Spicas again to match the image.

Eleri and I have been working on a door hanger for her bedroom, and we are really pleased with it so I hope to show that to you soon.

Thanks for looking - and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Love, Andrea xx

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Another Boy's Card

Hello - Happy Thursday everyone, hope you are having a good week! I'm on leave from work this week, but have had a sore throat since last Friday - typical! My husband is on leave as well, so we are having a family week - not doing much around the house, just essential housework like cooking, washing up, etc. We managed a fab day out at RAF Cosford Air Museum on Tuesday, nephew's birthday party yesterday, Eleri's just got back from another birthday party (!) (with her face painted with a beach scene!), and hopefully we're off to the cinema and for a pizza tomorrow!

So the card I'm showing today is what I made for my nephew - Jake was 6 yesterday.

The image was a freebie digi from Whiff of Joy, called Spider Henry - I've attempted to colour him with promarkers! I would love to own some of the new Aquamarkers - think maybe I'd get better colouring technique with them! The netty stuff you can see on the side is from a tub of nectarines - was supposed to represent a web but it didn't really work - should have coloured it black or grey perhaps! I made the ticket sentiment on the computer - but notice the blob? - Eleri was helping me finish the card yesterday and must have spat(! - sorry!) a bit as she spoke, and it took the colour off the sentiment (aaaaagghhhhh! - not enough time to put it right!) - I tried to correct it by colouring over the white spot with the promarkers but it wasn't really the right colour (oh well! - Andrew said "Jake'll only be interested in the present anyway" - not sure if that made us feel better or not! LOL) That's what worries me about using digi papers for projects to be honest - what if little accidents like that spoil the finished item? Anyway, I don't think anyone else noticed when Jake opened his card.

The challenges I'm entering this card for are:
Totally Papercrafts - Going to the Movies - Spiderman of course!
Creative Craft - Animal Antics
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - You're Out of This World - something you wouldn't see IRL

I do have another card to show you - the one I made for Eleri's friend whose party was today - probably post that tomorrow. I'd love it if you could pop back to look-see.

Love, Andrea xx