Monday, 10 February 2014

First Challenge Entry 2014 - DCM Colour Challenge.

Hello and Welcome to my cardmaking blog.

Trying to stay true to my promise to get more crafting done this year, I decide to start back at the beginning and get back into some of my favourite challenges.

I have also been trying my hand at designing my own blog background using photoshopped-images from photos take in the summer.  It is a work in progress as I keep learning new stuff and changing my mind. So please  bear with me until I get the hang of this new skill and finally decide what I am going to do with the background.

So back to the cardmaking.
My first entry for 2014 is the  Daring Card Makers  colour challenge which started last Friday 7th Feb. Great colour combo and I like the fresh cool blues mixing with the ward orange and yellow.

I opted for the orange and yellow colour scheme with  a blue/gray striped washi-tape strip to tie in with the photo. Courtsesy of a great tutorial from Jennifer McGuire   I made the 'chevrons' from patterned paper from my stash and finished the card with a chevrons style orange ribbon and an orange button threaded with a deep blue organza ribbon.

The sentiments are from the Stamps of Life.

I have been sticking to digital scrapbooking for the last year or so simply because all my kit was in storage and then it took a while to get my craft space sorted. But things are looking up and I am finding homes for all my stuff and looking forward to getting my mojo back. Need to sort out my lighting and make a new light-box for photos, but I'm getting there.

Hope you enjoyed your visit and don't forget to leave me a comment.  Your time and comments are always appreciated.

Angela x

Friday, 1 November 2013

New House, New Location, New Start.....

..... New Crafty Inspiration.

Hello all and welcome (back) to my crafty blog.

It has been three months to the day since I last posted on my blog and a busy three months it has been.  Long story short, everything took longer than planned to arrange. From removal, to phones and internet access, to finding my craft kit amongst all the boxes we shipped, everything just took longer than anticipated.

But we find ourselves in the wonderful county of Longford in the Irish midlands, a short stroll from Lough Ree and it's beautiful surroundings.  A lovely spot, peaceful and quiet.
I must say we have been met with great friendliness and warmt and the welcome has been fantastic. In the short space of time since we moved in, I've found a new crafty friend, Marie, whose a dab hand with upcycling furniture and my new neighbour Anne, who is a keen photographer. I am sure we are going to get on fabulously!

Here are a few photos taken of the lake at various times in the day and you can see just how beautiful it is here. The lake has it's mooods and at times it's own climate, but it is always stunning. We are entertained by the local wild life including some birdlife specific to this lake and the evening sky is a wonder. With hardly any light pollution, the night sky is just amazing! Lots of stars and satelites and the occasional shooting stars.
We share a hedge with a herd of well behaved cows , but Finn, our dog, remains on alert just in case they rush the fence and try to make use of the grass we have yet to cut! Lots of trees and a large garden that will keep us busy for some time to come. But it is so worth it.

 Evening Lough Ree

 Sunset  Lough Ree

Autumn Sky lough Ree

It has been a bit of hard work to get in and get settled but it has been worth it. It is all sorted now ( she types while knocking wood) ,all that is left is to find the final resting places for the furniture and unpack the last of the craft kit.  As you can see from the photos, there is some  great inspiration just in the surroundings and I am looking forward to using these inspirational views in future projects.

So sorry I've been away for so long, but I've got a great excuse. Just look at those photos! I am SO looking forward to getting back into crafting and getting to know my craft kit all over again. It'll be like an early Christmas :-)

Thank you for visiting today to read my blog. As always, your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x

Thursday, 1 August 2013

New Challenge - Crafts Galore - Bingo!

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog

My post today is my DT project for the new challenge starting today over at the Cards Galore blog  and the new theme is BINGO!!!

Our sponsors for this project are

 Scrapper's Delight

The prize is $10 voucher to spend in the Scrapper's Delight Store

The usual rules apply, select a row , vertically, horizontally or diagonally to get your combination of elements and make your project incorporating all these elements.

For my project I have chosen to use 'Embossing or Masks - Inks or Dyes - Ribbon' and the image I am using is the Woodland Elf from Scrapper's Delight.

I started by using Photoshop to digitally colour the Elf image, the intention was to use my new Silhouette Cameo to cut it out. My learning curve is a bit steep so I opted to print the image and then cut by hand.
I wanted to created a woodland background to make the elf image pop and I chose a muted green backing paper and inked the edges with  Ranger Vintage Photo ink to age and distress the paper a bit. I then used a Memory Box die to cut the tree shape and used the negative image as a mask to ink in some branch shapes with the same ink.  I spritzed the front of the panel with Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold to bring out a sheen which sadly you can't see from this photo. Looks fab though.

Another Memory Box die was used to create the 'Heart Canopy' which was inked with Versacolor red ink and I added some bling with random green gems. The tree was finished with a die-cut of the trunk inked with Vintage Photo ink and adhered to the panel. Some contrasting blue organza ribbon was looped around the lower part of the card, tied in a bow and the Elf then secured with some sticky fixers. This was mounted to the front of an A5 card front with the card edges inked in Peeled Paint from Ranger. I finished the card with a little 'Make a Wish' sentiment made to look like a sign in the woodland :-)

I enjoyed this exercise and getting inky is always fun. I hope you take some time to visit the blog at Cards Galore and take a few mins to check out the DT projects made to help and inspire you with your entries. Don't forget to link your entries back to the blog and remember to leave us your comments.  Good Luck and I am looking forward to seeing how you combine your chosen BINGO elements in your entry.

Thanks for stopping by.

Angela x

Monday, 22 July 2013

Hello Crafters and  welcome to my crafty blog.

My post today is my DT project for the 'On the Beach' challenge  which started on the 19th July over at the Stamping with the Dragon  challenge blog.
For this DT card I am using on of the digital stamps from Stamping Dragon Designs - Beach Scene.

 Wish You Were Here

I printed the digital stamp onto good quality paper as I wanted to use my Copics to do some of the colouring and some papers are just not up to it.  I then used my Reeves soft pastels to add the sky and the sand  and blended colours to create a soft almost faded look. I then mounted the image onto a  pale blue polka dot backing paper and then onto a light brown piece of card. I looped a piece of orange RickRack ribbon along the bottom and added a luggage tag and a ticket element with the sentiment 'Wish you Were Here'. The ticket and luggage tag com from a 6x6 paper pack from Papermania 'All Aboard'.

Stamping with the Dragon are also our sponsors and the winner chosen from the entries that comply with the challenge will receive a voucher to spend here

Now its your turn. Time to get crafting, and once your projects are ready, dont forget to come back and link up to our challenge.
Thank you again for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate your time and your comments.
Angela x

Monday, 1 July 2013

New Crafts Galore Challenge for July - 'Copy That'

Hello and welcome to my crafty blogg.

my post today is for the new challenge starting over at  Crafts Galore and the theme is 'Copy This'. each DT member  has to create project for the entrants to copy for the challenge. And we've got some great inspiration here.

Our sponsor for this challenge is  Stamping Dragon and the lucky winner of the challenge will receive a voucher to spend in the SDD on-line store.

This months challenge will be sponsored by the fabulous
Stamping Dragon Design -
Prize: £5 voucher to the store.

From the great selection of digital stamps at Stamping Dragon,  I chose Jiggy the little dragon with a slice of lucious cake. I had in mind to use a backing paper I'd bought from Printable Heaven where the word 'chocolate' was the main theme.

I am in the middle of relocating and my crafting stash is in storage, so I have been resisting the need to go out and buy new stuff until I am finally installed in my new craft space.  The 'New Home' thingy has gone on too long and I have had no choice but to go craft stuff shopping.  First thing I bought was some new Copics ( how can I resist) and some paper that is Copics friendly and some new cardstock.

The digital image was printed directly onto the special paper and I used a selection of Copics to colour the dragon and cake. I'll add the list of markers at the bottem of the post.

I found the quote on Pinterest and I thought is suited my card idea very well. The speech bubble was created in Photoshop and resized to fit the front of a standard A5 card. The 'chocolate' backing paper was cut to fit the card front just leaving a small border and the coloured image was mounted onto the card with dimensional tape with a few strand of dark brown fibers to create some texture. I made a backing for the speech bubble from some dark brown card to help pop it out from the background.  To complete the card, this was also adhered to the card front using dinensional tape. And there you have it.

I seem to be back in the card making business regardless of my lack of supplies :-) But it did feel good to be able to complete the card using  with resources I have.

The challenge runs until the end of July and you can check out the other DT projects for inspiration over at the  Crafts Galore Challenge Blog.   Looking forward to seeing your entries.

Thanks for stopping by to visit and read my blog. Your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x

Copices Colours Used
Cake  -Y11, E09, E29, E35, E43
Jiggy -  YG03, G14, G17, G28
Plate -  Boo, B14

Sunday, 30 June 2013

June ATC Swap Set - Time

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

It's a bit of a dull start to the day, but I am cheering myself up with my new set of Artist's Trading Cards made for a swap group I belong to.  The theme for this swap is 'Time'.


 I used an embossing folder to create the 'stamped' clock image by inking the inside of the folder with Ranger Vintage Photo distress ink and pressing the card onto the ink. I was quite impressed with the result and the stamping was reasonably crisp and clear.
Depending on which side of the embossing folder you ink you will get a possitive or negative image. I also used some chronology type stamps I got free with a magazine to emphasise the time theme.

 I added more colour to the ATCs with  Ranger Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass and Memento Dandelion inks and some spritzes of water. This helped created a nice faded watercolour look. A few hints of watery red added a splash of interest.
 I then set about the distressing to try to create a worn enamel effect. I use a spray enamel from a home decor range which works okay on paper but can leave only a gloss effect with no real impact or texture.
 Crackle Accents also from Ranger is much better. I used it sparingly on the ATCs , picking areas I wanted to pop out from the background and the crackle finish is a real treat.

 I was so happy with this batch of ATCs I want to try this process again but on a larger scale, maybe a canvas. These ATCs were fun to create and experiment with. 

So that's my lot for today.

I hope you are having a great day with fair weather wherever you are.

Thanks for stopping by to read and comment on my blog. Your time and comments are always appreciated.


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Cards Galore Sketch Challenge - June 1st

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today my post is my DT card project for the new challenge starting today 1st June over at the Cards Galore Challenge Blog .

The challenge is based on the sketch below and two fabulous stamps from our sponsor  BYRYN will be the prize for the lucky winner!

I have chosen to make my project a christmas card. I know it's a bit early, but I wanted to try something different and as I only start making christmas cards in December,  this IS different for me LOL.

The base is a 5'' x 5'' tent fold card in red with a cream coloured square popped up on some sticky fixers.

I added the backing paper in a complimentary red and red holly motif paper with a striped ribbon and a felt embossed heart. My 'circle' turned into a 'Frilly Square' die cut using the Go Kreate 'frilly square #1' die in two sizes and distressed the edges with some Whispers Archival Ink in Grass Green. The Sentiment was also stamped using the green ink and comes from the Papermania docrafts clear stamp set 'Sleigh'

The card, paper, ribbon and heart came from my stash

Take a peek at the other DTs take on the card sketch and see what thye've produced. So now it is over to you to get your crafty thinking caps on and get working on your entry.We are looking forward to seeing your projects at  Cards Galore Challenge Blog

Thanks for stoping by to visit and read my blog. Your time and comment are appreciated.

Angela x