Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Funky Fairy's Challenge 30

There is a sketch to follow this week over at the Funky Fairy challenge blog, and this is my interpretation.
The backing papers are from the Purples set in the FF Swirls papers, and the image is from Pollycraft. I swapped the ribbon and the gems because, lol, I mis-cut at the beginning and ended up with a thin strip of blankety-blank down the edge of the card. But, lol, it was the same width as the thin piece of ribbon that I wanted to use, so it all worked out :P

Monday, 24 August 2009

Pollycraft Challenge 22, My Favourite Things

The challenge theme over at the Pollycraft challenge blog is "My Favourite Things" and since I'm currently completely enthralled by digital downloads, it seemed a natural choice.
I'm just not very good at rubber stamping, and so digital images are perfect for me. I can re-size them to suit either cards or ATCs, so no need to have seperate images for the two. And, since I can print off several copies of an image, I can decoupage most things. And, possibly best of all, I can bring up the image on my screen and make backing paper, or matting layers, or sentiments, or embellishments to match perfectly. Wooooohoooooooo for digital downloads, I love 'em! :D
This card uses the Phoebe and Maude set from Pollycraft, both the image and the backing paper are from there, and the text and matting layers were done in Paintshop. I decoupaged the image and then added seed beads to the top layer of the flower centre. You can click on the image to see it full-size. Hope you like it :)

Friday, 21 August 2009

Vince's monsters, KT's challenge

I made this yesterday, but have been unable to take a picture until now because I had to re-charge the camera batteries.
KT has put up a challenge on her Mum's blog, here. She's provided us with a lovely sketch and the challenge to make a card for her parents' wedding anniversary. I do hope lots of you will have a go and encourage this up-and-coming young crafter :)
I've been wanting to use this image since I got it a few days ago, and it was such fun to work with. You can find this one, called Fairly Fairy, along with other great images, on Vince's blog, Crafty Moments. Thanks so much for the downloads :)
I used the pre-coloured image, since I'm still very much learning about colouring things digitally, and I love the shaded background but can't do it myself yet :P Then, I picked out about four of the colours in the image, and made some backing paper and matting layers and the sentiment in those colours. The gems, butterfly, ribbon and flowers all came from my stash.
Also, I've taken about 20 pictures so far, but it keeps coming out looking darker than it really is.
And yay, I finally worked out how to make the images here link to the full-size image, so if you click on the pic, the text will stop looking so fuzzy ;)

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Three Challenges in one :)

This is the first time I've used one creation to enter multiple challenges, so I do hope that's ok. I have checked on each challenge blog and I can't find anything that says I shouldn't do it, but I'll apologise in advance if I shouldn't have. :)

The challenge this week at Dare You to Digi Stamp is to use the colours blue, green and white/cream. And of course a digital image, this one is from Dezinaworld.

It's the letter U this week over at the Alphabet Challenge blog, so I think Underwater fits.

And it's the 100th challenge this week over at Papertake Weekly, which means you have a choice of ANY of the 99 previous challenges. I've gone for Delightful Downloads, which was first posted on 23rd June this year and can be seen here.

And, lol, finally on to the ATC. The background is from Pocketful of Posies by DCWV. The mermaid is a digital stamp from Dezinaworld, run by the lovely June. I coloured her digitally, printed her twice, then covered her tail with hologaphic silver paper, (which is showing reddish tones in the picture, but actually look turquoise in real life) and decoupaged her with foam pads. The seaweed fronds are a piece of furry wire that I received from the lovely Liz last year, and the silver paper and the lace sentiment also came from her. Thanks Liz! :)
Then I also drew on her hair and fin with a green glitter pen and stuck some gems on the corner. Phew, I think this might be my longest post ever!

Monday, 17 August 2009

Lotstodo Challenge, free theme :)

The challenge over on the LotsToDo blog is a free theme this week, so I'd like to enter this ATC that I made yesterday.
The fairy image is from the lovely June's Art Freebies blog. I sepia-fied her in Paintshop, cut her out twice, folded her wings and decoupaged her. Then I copied a poem I found on the Net, pasted it twice onto an old paper style background and also put some blossoms from Stone Accent Studios across the top. I stuck some pale creamy gold satin ribbon around the edges, put brads in the corners and added some gold heart peel offs. Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, 11 August 2009



Dezinaworld challenge

The lovely June has put up a challenge on her Dezinaworld blog, which is here. The challenge is on the sidebar, plus this lovely free baby image. I sepia-fied the image in Paintshop, and then printed out papers and alphas from Raspberry Road Designs, which I found from a link on Lyn's blog, so thanks very much Lyn :)

Friday, 7 August 2009

Dare you to digi stamp, Challenge 18, distressing

I'd like to enter my card into this challenge at Dare You to Digi Stamp, but, lol, I'm a little nervous that I get everything right.
The image came from Sketching Stamper Digi Stamps and I printed it out three times, coloured it in with Whispers brushmarkers and then decoupaged it and stuck a gem on the front. The distressing was done on the cream squares on the background. Again, I printed it, so I gave it some texture in Paintshop, and then swiped some Pritt Stick across the front and rubbed it off again with my fingers to give a slightly aged smudged look.

Lyn's Blog Candy!

Lyn is giving away goodie bags of stash to random followers, you can see her lovely blog here with details of the candy, pictures of her beautiful craft work and funny posts about her life :)

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Testing lace

Again, anyone who comes here really doesn't need to read this, it's just going to be me testing out different lacy stitch patterns.

Waffle brioche
Row 1 K1 *yo S1 K2TB* K1
Row 2 K3 *S1, k2 (all slipped stitches are yo's of the previous row) * S1 K1
Row 3 K1 *K2TB YO S1* K1
Row 4 K2 *S1, k2 (all slipped stitches are yo's of the previous row) * S1 K1

Lacy Honeycomb
Disliked this one, ended up quite thick (3D) and not lacy enough, and a pain to memorise the pattern
Cast on a multiple of 6sts + 4

Rows 1, 3, 5 - S1, *S2, K1, YO, K2T, K1* to last 3 sts, Sl 2, K1

Rows 2, 4 - S1 purlways, S2 purlways, *P1, YO, P2T, P1, S2 purlways* P1

Rows 6 7 8 - KPK

Rows 9, 11, 13 - S1, *, YO, K2T, K1, S2, K1 * to last 3sts, YO, K2tog, K1

Rows 10, 12 - S1 purlways, YO, P2T, *P1, S2 purlways, P1, YO, P2T* P1

14, 15, 16 - KPK