Sunday, 31 July 2011

Let's go manly for a change!

It's Sunday, and that of course means that it's time for a new challenge at Corrosive. This is your last week to enter to be in with a chance of winning some digis from Tiddly Inks or Whimsie Doodles and a chance to be our Guest Designer for September!
I've used an image and sentiment from Tiddly Inks and papers from Crafty Chaos Designs.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch #112
Crafty Hos - anything goes (last challenge for this blog, so my creation seems very fitting)
Take A Word - sepia
Creative Stamp Friends - monochrome
Simon Says Stamp and Show - anything goes
Your Next Stamp - 3 embellishments (frame, ricrac and book plate), 2 patterned papers, 1 image
Ruby's Rainbow - vintage
Crafts 4 Eternity - anything but a card
Alphabet Challenge - M is for Metal
Secret Crafter - monochrome

Friday, 29 July 2011

I love hats!

I really do love hats, possibly because I'm permanently having a bad hair day, so I had to giggle when I saw this wonderful sentiment from Tiddly Inks. I've paired it with one of the new images from the Victorian Steampunk range, also at Tiddly Inks, and used papers from a new set called Flash of Inspiration which will be in the Crafty Chaos Designs shop sometime tomorrow.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Mojo Monday - sketch 201
Tiddly Inks Tuesday - use a tag or ticket
Cupcake Craft Challenges - shabby sparkle
365 Cards - at least three background layers
Sparkles Forum Challenges - elegance and lace
Crafty Sentiments - polka dots
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - get your bling on
Sweet Stampin' - fashion
Make It Colourful - colour your embellishments. I had to recolour virtually all of the embellishments in this piece. The bead chain across the top was originally chrome, the bow on the tag was bright pink and the lace at the bottom was grey.
Sugar Creek Hollow - tags
Alphabet Challenge Blog - M is for Metal

Thursday, 28 July 2011

What's your favourite colour?

Over at StampInsanity this week, we want you to create something with your favouite colour. Easy peasy, right? And because Mr Linky disappeared last week, Beth has offered everyone who left their project url in the comments a free digi! Hop on over to the blog to pick your favourite and email Beth with your choice. And then get creating with your favourite colour to enter in this week's challenge as well :D Now I had a very hard time choosing between purple and teal for my favourite colour, but in the end I went for purple, what do you think?

I used Pierrette from the Les Cocquettes collection and a sentiment from the Sweet Henry set, both available at theStampInsanity Store, and the papers are from the Bittersweet set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Papertake Weekly - sketch
One Stitch At A Time - pearls and swirls
Sparkles Forum Challenges - elegant lace
Creative Stamp Friends - monochrome
Top Tip Tuesday - make it girly
Clear It Out Tuesday - anything goes, and my "old" stash is this stamp which I've had since last year and yet I've never coloured it before. Shame on me!
Totally Stampalicious - anything goes
Little Darlings Challenge - girly
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - no markers. Obviously most of this image is paper-pieced but the bits that aren't were coloured on a graphics program.
Sweet Stampin' Challenges - fashion
Emerald Fairies - nice and girly
Digis with Attitude! - anything goes
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - patterned paper
Pixie Dust Studio - your favourite colour
Meljen's Designs - frame it
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Site temporarily down

I've just been notified that the webhost data centre I use for the Crafty Chaos Designs website is having problems and my site is down. It should all be resolved and back up and running within a couple of hours, sorry for any inconvenience :)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Romance and bloodstains :P

This week's Macabre Monday challenge at the Haunted Design House blog is "Out, out damn spot!" and we want to see something that has drips or drops, splashes or splatters. Now it doesn't have to be blood, but hey, who can resist the red stuff? I made an ATC for this one, using a paper from the Jezebel's Remains set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Very Sketchy At Smeared & Smudged - July card sketch
Scrappekammeret - just one patterned paper
Sentimental Sundays - focus on the sentiment
Tuesday Throwdown - something metallic
Forever Night Mini Dark Art Mondays - skulltastic
Speedy the Cat's Friends' Challenge - 3 hearts
Make it Colourful - colour your own embellishments. I this piece I recoloured the gem hearts which were originally clear. Now since I work digitally, there is an automatic "Change Colour" button, but it works best on solid flat areas of colour and is a bit too "blocky" when used on something that has numerous spots of light and dark. I've found the best way to recolour embellishments is to open up the Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation parameters and play with the numbers until you're happy with the result. I tend to work on Hue first, then Saturation, then Brightness and Contrast and then usually back to Hue and/or Saturation again for a few final changes.
Crafty Catz - no blue or pink
Fashionista Friday at If The Shoe Fits - ruby
Oh The Horror! - strips of paper and/or pumpkins
The Play Date Cafe - black and white with just a splash of one colour of your choice
Simon Says Stamp and Show - anything goes

Sunday, 24 July 2011

All about the kids!

This week at Corrosive Challenges blog we're challenging you to make a project that's "all about the kids" We're still sponsored by Tiddly Inks and Whimsie Doodles, so play along for your chance to win some fab digis and to be our Guest Designer in September. :D
I made a very girly Thank You card using a digi by Crafty Sentiments and some papers I created specifically for this card.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:

Create 4 Fun - sketch
2 Sisters Challenges - anything goes
Emerald Fairies - nice and girly
Amber's Crafts & Stuff - circles and swirls
Sisterhood of Crafters - give thanks
Papertake Weekly - getting cute
Everybody Art - dots
CR84FN Colors - yellow, pink and bright pink, using the palette to the right

Saturday, 23 July 2011

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Here's what I did with the Narnia films in mind. The gorgeous girl image is by Tiddly Inks, and the lion sketch is a free image by Rurouna, which she very kindly allows people to download and colour themselves. You can get it HERE or HERE. The quote is by Aslan / C.S. Lewis and I wanted to keep the look of the whole thing quite clean, so no patterned papers and only one embellishment.
here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
365 Cards - Day 144 Card for no particular reason
Sketchy Colors - sketch + blue beige and brown
Tiddly Inks Challenge - be inspired by a nature film. Thanks VERY much to Christie and the team for being relaxed with your definition of a nature film :P
Sparkles Forum Challenges - elegant lace
Stampin' For The Weekend - paws for thought
Crafting For All Seasons - animal friends
Paper Minutes - blue brown beige
Fab n Funky - animal magic
Fresh Brewed Designs - get wild (use animals or animal prints)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Hagrid in Batman Returns :P

Look what I did! See that sexy Catwoman up there? She started life as the equally sexy Lady Raven by Kenny K and I'm really quite chuffed with her transformation :D I LOVED Mrs Weyremaster's card doing the same thing HERE and decided to try my hand at doing the same thing with one of the KK images I already had. The Hagrid-esque image is by Bugaboo Stamps, and it's called The Gentle One.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Mojo Monday - sketch 200
The Burtonesque Dolls - put a Harry Potter character in a Tim Burton film
Clear It Out Tuesdays - anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - embossing (on the word Catwoman)
Penny's Challenge - alter it (I'm counting my stamp as being altered, since she looks so different from the original)
Paper Pretties - embossing (on the word Catwoman)
Kenny K Krafty Girlz - anything goes
ABC Challenge - Y is for Yesterday. The past challenges I've used are: T is for Two or More Images, May 2011, E is for Embossing, Sept 2009, Z is for Zero Embellishments, Aug 2009, I is for Indigo Blue, Nov 2009, O is for Oval, Oct 2008, M is for Male, Oct 2008,

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Creative Card Crew are back!

There have been a few changes recently and we took some time off to sort everything out, but now we're back up and raring to go. Our challenge for you this week is Animal Antics, please go to the Creative Card Crew blog to see the other DT work and enter your own piece. One of the changes we've made is that the challenge will now run fortnightly, giving you two weeks to create your masterpiece. This week we're sponsored by Wags n Whiskers, and I've used their image "Chillin' Out" to make a fun postcard.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Deconstructing Jen - sketch
I Did It Creations - animals
Stamptacular Sunday - animal antics
KB Cute Monday - use a digi
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - use a digi stamp
Die Cut Dreams - animal antics
Creative Stamp Friends - Summer
Paper Playtime - Summer
Cupcake Craft Challenges - stars
Polly craft Challenges - Summer fun
Sunday Postcards - Summer
The Playdate Cafe - Eggplant Fuschia Orangesicle
Do It With Digis - spots and/or stripes
Charisma Cardz - stars
Dare To Be Sassy Thursdays - fancy edges
Fairy Fun Fridays - what are you doing or where are you going for your summer holidays?
My Sheri Crafts - pets
Alphabet Challenge - K is for Kitty cats

How fabulous?

This piece uses an image from Simply Betty Stamps, a sentiment from Graphicat Designs and papers from Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Make It Colourful - non-standard hair colours. I know this isn't up to the standards of some people's hair colouring, and I still can't get the "shine" effect but I'm really quite pleased with Betty's hair in this one. I think it may be the first time I've felt happy with using horizontal lines of colour on hair.
Graphicat Sketches - followed the July sketch
Simply Betty Challenges - use any sketch
Creative Inspiration - no flowers allowed
Sir Stampalot - anything goes

Monday, 18 July 2011

Happy birthday Lynx!

We interrupt the previously scheduled challenge to bring you Lynx's Haunted Birthday Bash!!
Actually, her birthday was yesterday, but we wanted to surprise her with a HDH birthday celebration for Macabre Monday.

Lynx (aka "Black Dragon") is a true inspiration to me. EVERYTHING she makes is stunning and she manages to fit it all in around a very busy family schedule with no tantrums or drama queen moments.
Lynx, you rock!
You can see her amazing art creations HERE and her wonderful jewellery and trinkets HERE.

She's a big fan of Mr Poe, so I thought I'd use his manically cheerful face to wish her a happy birthday - doesn't he just scream "fun and games"? No? Well, I'm sure he's giddy with excitement on the inside :P The corners are a digi from Smeared Ink, coloured gold and bevelled (think of it like heat embossing, it just gives a slight 3D aspect)
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter with this piece:
Birthday Sundaes - anything goes birthday
My Time to Craft - birds
Crazy Amigos - flying things
Ruby's Rainbow - happy birthday
Stampavie and More - birthday
Penny's Challenges - happy birthday
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Paperplay - things with wings
Papercutz Challenge - the sky's the limit
Southern Girls - birthdays
Sugar Creek Hollow - winged things
Stampin' For The Weekend - wings and things

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Let the music play!

We have a fun challenge for you over at the Corrosive blog this week; Let the music play! We want to see your music-themed creations. Enter for your chance to win prizes from Tiddly Inks and Whimsie Doodles!
I've gone for a vintage theme this week, and used a quote by George Eliot as my focal point.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Mojo Monday - sketch 199
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - lace
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Aud sentiments - at least two words
Fresh Brewed Designs - 3 of something (flowers on my card)
Frosted Designs - quote
Allsorts - free and easy
Crafts 4 Eternity - 321 (3 flowers, 2 circles, 1 piece of lace)
One Stitch At A Time - flowers

Friday, 15 July 2011

It's a film, any guesses?

I made a 4x4 today to represent a particular film. I hope it's pretty obvious which film, as all my original ideas for a film to represent would have ended up being unrecognisable to anyone but me :P
I used several images by Tiddly Inks (typewriter, door, ink splat background and spider web)

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Tiddly Inks - reel me in (summer or scary movie)
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - stitching
Rainbow Lady - stitching
Do You Stack Up - stitching
Simon Says Stamp & Show - stitching
Crafts 4 Eternity - 321 (I've used 3 images (typewriter, door and spiderweb) 2 fonts (one on the typewriter paper and one for the word "murder" and 1 paper (the ink splat background, coloured red by me)
Frosted Designs - quote
4x4 Friday - doorway or portal

And below is a re-edited trailer for the fim which I absolutely LOVE, done to make it look like a heartwarming family film, if you haven't seen it before you should really watch it (you need the sound on)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Nearly out of time!

Here's an ATC I created today. The image is Sugarplum Fairy by The Octopode Factory, and everything else was created by me in PSP.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge - time. I'm afraid my mojo just refused to play with the theme this week, and I had to fool it by working on something that isn't overtly time-related and then sticking the word on right at the end. Hope it still counts!
Make It Colourful - pleats and folds (in the curtains, not the main image)
Ooh La La Creations - tags
Allsorts - free and easy
Digis with Attitude! - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

Summer colours!

We have another fun challenge for you at StampInsanity this week; we'd like you to use summer colours in your creation. And because we had so many fabulous entries last week, Beth has decided to give away FIVE prizes! Don't forget to check back and see if you're one of the lucky ones! My piece uses Joszette from the Les Coquettes collection at StampInsanity, and the sentiment is from the Birthday Basics collection at Crafty Chaos Designs.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Incy Wincy Designs - sketch
Cupcake Craft Challenges - use a past Cupcake challenge. I've used #33 - pink turquoise yellow
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Dream Valley Creations - Summer
KB Cute Monday - something cute
Creative Stamp Friends - Summer
Crazy Challenges - Summertime
Do It With Digis - spots and/or stripes
Tuesday Throwdown - fun in the sun
Stampavie and More - birthdays
Crafts and Me - summertime
Penny's Challenges - happy birthday
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow - happy birthday
Card Makin' Mamas - Summertime
Wags n Whiskers - birthday
2 Sisters Challenge - summertime fun

Monday, 11 July 2011

Loathsome (or maybe luscious) Lotharios!

We have a fun new Macabre Monday challenge for you over at the Haunted Design House blog this week; Loathsome Lotharios! We want to see all your bad boy creations featuring men who serially seduce women.
My first piece uses Tommy Leen from Kenny K, papers by Crafty Chaos Designs and a huge gold medallion saying "Bad boys do it good".

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Fussy & Fancy - sketch
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Creative Belli - make your own embellishments. I made the medallion necklace thingie myself and my neglected stash is the stamp which I've had for quite a long time but I've only used once. Shame on me!
Digital Tuesday - bling it up
Pink Gem Challenge - let's hear it for the boys
Paper Crafting Journey - males
Do It With Digis - spots or stripes or both
Cupcake Craft Challenges - your favourite past Cupcake challenge. I've used #80 One for the boys, #106 let's go digi, #113 boys ad their toys and #128 seeing red.

My second piece in the post was actually my first creation for this challenge, but then I decided that it wasn't macabre enough for a Macabre Monday challenge, so I changed it slightly. And then I realised that the changes made it unsafe for public viewing, so if you like wincing with your legs crossed, you can see my alterations HERE. I wouldn't recommend it for the faint of heart though :P The wonderful image is by DezinaWorld, try not to drool too much on your keyboards, ladies :P

These are the challenges I had in mind for this one:
Deconstructing Jen - sketch
One Stitch At A Time - anything goes
Pile It On - your favourite technique (mine is digital creations)
Crafty Catz - vintage look
Inspire Me Fridays - linky party
Aud Sentiments - at least two words
Craft Us Crazy - distressed vintage
ABC Challenge - Y is for Yesterday (I went for a general vintage look, used an older image and these past challenges: N is for Neutrals from Feb 2011, U is for Unused Stash May 2010 I've had that ripped cardboard alpha since last year but never used it, V is for Vintage, also from May 2010, Y is for You and Me from July 2010, D is for Distressing from Sept 2010, Z is for Zero Embellishments from Aug 2009 and finally M is for Metallic from May 2009 (I matal-ised the word "handcuffs" )
Bows n Berries - kraft

Sunday, 10 July 2011

The very best kind of friend!

I have a few things to tell you about today, so please don't skip straight to the card. Firstly, we have a fun sketch challenge for you at Corrosive Challenges today, so hop on over to the blog to see the DT samples and join in. And secondly, one of our sponsors this month is Tiddly Inks, and they have an exciting new release coming later this week which I'm looking forward to very much. Tiddly Inks and Make It Crafty have teamed up to bring us a Victorian Steampunk release, and you can read all about it HERE.

My card uses two Tiddly Inks images, Whatever! and Lilli Lolita, and the skull papers and sentiment are from Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Tiddly Inks Tuesday - Bad to the bone (skulls and attitude)
Everybody Art - use shapes (I have square, rectangle, circle, oval, diamond and crosses
Stamps R Us - there was a little girl
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - use at least three items froom the list. I've used - bling, ribbon, digi images, and homemade embellishments (I made the metal and gem skull in front of the ribbon)
Allsorts - free and easy
Aud Sentiments - at least two words
Bling It On - anything goes

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Season's greetings

It's been a while since I made a single card to fit into a lot of challenges so today I decided to make a Christmas card to fit several current challenges. The image is by Tickled Pink Stamps, Lil Birthday Kellita.
These are the challenges I made it for:
Cards and More - sketch
Tickled Pink Challenge - use a doily
Tickled Pink Christmas Challenge - anything goes Christmas
Pollycraft - celebration
Stamptacular Sunday - use two of the same thing (same tree for me)
Stampavie and More - at least three layers
Designer's Choice Challenge - Christmas in July
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July
Tuesday Throwdown - Christmas in July
Digital Tuesday - bling it up (I used 28 separate gems to decorate the trees)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Anything Goes - use something beginning with the latter D (doily)
Deep Ocean Challenges - cards
Our Creative Corner - Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland Christmas Challenge - Christmas Buffet (I used snowflakes, gemstones and brads)
Stamp Something - use a digi
Totally Papercrafts - Bingo (I used brads, lace and gems)
Creative Friday - Christmas in July
Craft Us Crazy - Christmas in July
Moving Along with the Times - Christmas in July
Cute Card Thursday - lace
Aud Sentiments - at least two words
One Stitch At A Time - use a digi
Quirky Crafts - no designer papers
Sentimental Sundays - anything goes
Getting Crafty with Ann - something new (I got the image just a few days ago)
KB Cute Monday - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
There She Goes Challenges - glitter glitz bling (gems on trees)

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A little bit Alice

Here's a fun little card I did this morning, using an Octopode Factory image.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sweet Sunday Sketches - sketch 124
The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge - Alice in Wonderland (I don't have any of your wonderful Alice images, so I hope using the Sugraplum is ok)
Stamp Something - use a digi
Staamps R Us - there was a little girl
KB Cute Monday Challenge - anything goes
Happileigh Scrappin' Challenge - frame it
Sentimental Sunday - anything goes

Monday, 4 July 2011

It's all about length, baby!

It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Macabre Monday challenge over at the Haunted Design House, and this week we want to see your creations that use something long. Ribbon, string, guts and sinew, your call, just make or use something loooooong. I used a long card (3x6 inches), a long piece of ribbon and a long piece of chain chopped into lots of quite short pieces of chain :P The image is by Simply Betty Stamps, and the papers and sentiment are by Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Deconstructing Jen - sketch (well I sort of followed it :P)
Dream Valley Creations - ribbon
Sentimental Sunday - anything goes
One Stitch At A Time - use a digi
Anything Goes - the letter D (drips (on the paper and sideways border punch), dangles (chain), die cut (mat shapes), diamond glaze (on the circle in front of the ribbon bow), and a Darling Diva sentiment,
Riley & Co - dies or punches
My Mum's Craft Shop - something old (chains) and something new (image and sentiment)
Divas by Design - die cuts and punches
Creative Sketches - anything goes
Just For Fun - anything goes
Do It With Digis - monochromatic
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - anything goes
Stamp Something - use a digi
Digis With Attitude! - anything goes
Allsorts Challenges - free and easy
Desert Island Crafters - Betty's Itinerary. I've used 1 - SBS image, 3 - nesting dies, 5 - ribbon, 8 - Halloween border punch (sort of, I actually created a drippy templet to look like the MS punch and used that on my cardstock), 9 - Diamond Glaze (again, it's a "sort of", I created a glossy transparent slightly 3D covering for the circle on top of my bow)

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Red white and birthdays

The challenge this week over at Corrosive Challenges is to make something red and white. We have another two wonderful sponsors for you this month; Whimsie Doodles and Tiddly Inks, and today I've used an image and sentiment from Whimsie Doodles.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter: (Please note, some of them have flower themes this week. I know this card doesn't use as many flowers as some, but, for me, this is a LOT. I struggle with adding flowers for some reason. So, as well as the large embellishment, I've given the image a little white flower brooch, and emboosed the red paper with daisies. And obviously the dress and hat in the image both have flowers.)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch
Digital Tuesday - flower power
Deep Ocean Challenges - flowers
Totally Stampalicious - red and white
Craft Your Passion - seeing red
Ooh La La Creations - summer flowers
Crafts and Me - birthdays
Ruby's Rainbow - flowers
2 Sisters Challenge - birthday
Stamp Something - use a digi
Totally Papercrafts - Bingo (I went for a diagonal with punches or die cuts (scallop mat), flowers, gems (added to the centre of the big flower)
Digis with Attitude! - anything goes
Clearly Inspired - Punches, Die Cuts, Cut Outs
Birthday Sundaes - anything goes birthdays
Scrappy Fox - red

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Sweet Maddie birthday card

We're a little late this week, but the current challenge at StampInsanity is Anything Goes! I've used one of the freebie StampInsanity images and a sentiment is from the Birthday Maddie set, also available at StampInsanity. The papers are from the Time For Tea set at Crafty Chaos Designs.
Here are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sketchy Colors - sketch
Crafts and Me - birthdays
The Crafty Purple Frog - pearls and swirls
Just For Fun - anything goes
Bling It On - anything goes
Prairie Fairy Fridays - pearls and swirls
Stamp Something - use a digi
2 Sisters Challenge - birthdays
Allsorts - anything goes