I really really tried to match the orange and blue to the designer paper and I thought I had it, but as you can see I'm still off there!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I really really tried to match the orange and blue to the designer paper and I thought I had it, but as you can see I'm still off there!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A new challenge blog for us Magnolia addicts, Just Magnolia--Happy Week Two! Their theme this week is a colour challenge, so no sketch to follow. Yes!!! as I've been meaning to do another buckle card. I first saw this card at Claudia's blog and love the style because it's different. If you wish to create one, you can go to her blog Pretty Pressings and she's posted the instructions and measurements to make your own card. Just type in "buckle card" in her 'search' box. I've made some alterations for my card however.
I love this combination of of pink and green. I started thinking of soft pink and pastel green, but found this Basic Grey paper instead with a brighter pink and sort of a lime green colours. (Although you can't really tell from the pictures. How come the cards in my pictures never look exactly like they do in real life? Agghh!! Must be my camera...or the lighting...or most likely it's just me!!! LOL)
I'm using this Heart Jumper Tilda. It was the very very first Tilda that I ever coloured. I was making a Valentine card and it was the only stamp I had with a heart in it at the time. It's still one of my favorites. Anyway, here's the pink and green card.
There's a strip of paper that fits into a slot like a belt, thus the name "buckle card"--I thought that was a very appropriate name.
Have a very nice day!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Here's the next card to be added to my black and white plus ...collection.
I wanted to use green this time to add to black and white and I chose this shade of green to match the green on the Basic Grey designer paper that I wanted to use. However when the ink dries, it wasn't the same! Agghhh!!! Oh well, close enough--limited markers, no exact match.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This week's theme at the Magnolia Down Under Challenge is: Cupcake. Since this isn't a colour challenge, I can do another card for my Black & White Plus ... Collection. (And you thought I had finished with it. Sorry, but no, and I also have a few more colours I want to try out later, so bear with me please ladies.)
It was probably obvious that eventually I would choose orange as the additional color--black and orange go together, them being Halloween colours. (Is Halloween celebrated down under? Pumpkins, jack o' lanterns, ghosts and goblins, Ichabod Crane and all that stuff. Or is it strictly a North American thing?) I didn't have to improvise on this one as I do have a Tilda-holding-a-cupcake/muffin stamp--an obvious choice to me. Here's the card and I think I'll call it Carrot Cupcake card, or should that be Carrot Cake Cupcake card? LOL
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
3 weeks into April and I finally, finally have a card done for Diana’s April sketch challenge at Magnolia-licious. Better late than never!
Here's Diana's sketch.
I’m using the Whirling Flower Tilda image here. It’s not a new Magnolia stamp, but it’s a new acquisition for me. Boy, I hesitated when I first saw the image stamped on paper. I said: whoa…wait a minute! hee hee. That one HUGE area of Tilda’s dress is a bit daunting to colour—easier for me to colour several small areas, one at a time. But I went ahead anyway--just another challenge, right?
I also wanted to try something new here for me in colouring. I was trying to imagine the light source coming from the east (or the right side) instead of the usual frontal exposure.
And the inside of the card looks like this:
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I had actually started this card a couple of days ago, but too many other things were occupying my time that I have just manage to finish it. Too late to enter the card to the challenge blog that it was originally meant for, so found another one that will meet the theme. So this is for Cute Card Thursday, for their Challenge 56, their theme: "Floral Fantasy. Use any type of flower on your cards this week, how easy is that?"
This is actually a 2nd Tilda that I'm using for this card. The 1st one that I coloured was all in brown and pink (hee hee--that was the theme for the other challenge), but there were just too... too much of those 2 colours that I felt buried in them. So I changed Tilda's blouse and the flowers to white.
Friday, April 17, 2009
First thing though, *Blog Candy Alert*
Kellie's got her own blogsite and she's celebrating her 15000 hits. Wow!Click here to go to her blog. Better hurry though, it's closing real soon. Check it out!
The theme for this challenge is from Debbie, and it's: Sepia.
This card certainly turned out quite different from what I saw in my head. I didn't mean to make Tilda stand out so much. I wanted to make the Tilda image blend into the background, like in an old photograph. But I simply don't have the right-colour markers--nothing to match the colours from the designer papers. This was the closest shade of brown I could find.
So this will have to do, hee hee.
I have the least number of brown-tone markers in my collection. Must buy more!!!
Almost the weekend. Yippee!! Won't have much time for cards though. Annual Sun Run. Volunteering with my sister. It's raining now--hope the sun will come out for those runners. Have a wonderful weekend!
Stamp: Magnolia #236 Farmer Tilda
DP: Magenta Daisies, Hot Off the Press Mixing Masculine papers
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
A wonderful sketch provided by Jacqueline this week at the Friday Sketchers Challenge blog. (I hope her computer is up and running again.)
I saw handbag in a store window. It was purple with black trim—looks quite fetching I thought. So I’ve chosen purple to add to the black and white for the next card for my B&W+…collection.
I wanted to do a Tilda with black hair. I’ve chosen a Tilda image with straight hair, as I thought this would be the easiest to do. As you can see, it’s not quite there yet. I have to use darker greys next time I think. It’s hard to judge—the colour lightens up when the ink from the markers dries.
Have a wonderful day!
PS. 2 postings today. If you’re reading this one first, keep scrolling down for the how-to on the flowers (but only if you’re interested).
Stamps: Magnolia #278 Ice/Ballet Princess from the Pink Collection, Inkadinkado clear stamp set 97634 Dot Flourishes, MSE My Sentiments Exactly M101 thinking of you
DP's: DCWV Blk & Wht splats, Mustard Moon (grey plaid)
This is just a short posting on a couple of do-it-yourself flowers that I've used on my cards--or rather, just as short as I can make it. I've had a couple of request to show how I make my flowers.
I was making these flowers for the card that I'll be posting next and I've taken pictures as I go along. (I decided on a separate posting for the card or else just the one posting will be way, way, way too long.)
You need 3 different sizes of daisy punches.
Make 3 punched daisies of each size.
Shade each petal--the tip and a bit to the sides. Because of the smallness of the petals, I use an eye-makeup applicator.
For each of the sizes, arrange the 3 daisies one on top of another, a dab of glue in between, to make a multi-layered flower. Pierce a whole in the middle with a piercing tool--this is optional, but it will make it easier later on. Curl the edges of the flower. You can use the piercing tool for this also.
You now have 3 flowers. Put a dab of glue on the larger two. Stack the flowers together (large, medium, small in that order). Use the piercing tool to centre the flowers. This is where it makes it easier to do that.
Choose your flower centre: a brad, a half-pearl, a rhinestone, a button or whatever pleases you.
I chose the half-pearl.
You need 3 different sizes of daisy punches. Make 2 punched daisies of each size. The petals of these ones are wider than the ones for flower #1.
Shade the edges of each petals, again the tips and a bit to the sides.
With a small scissor, make slashes in each petal.
Yes, every single petal. Sorry, this is the most time-consuming part.
For each size, glue one flower on top of the other. Just a small dab of glue now!
Curl the edges. I use the piercing tool to do this. Also pierce a hole in the centre of each flower--optional, for centering purposes, unless you're planning to use a brad for a flower centre, then it's mandatory.
Glue the 3 flowers together--largest at the bottom, smallest on top (not that you can't figure that out for yourself, hee hee).
Choose a flower centre.
And again, voila! Cool, huh?
Hope this helps and inspire you to be creative.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
As you can see I've used the Tilda-with-sunflower image. Yes, there is a sunflower hiding under that daisy-like flower that Tilda is holding, but I can't have a pink sunflower now, can I? Or maybe I can, artistic licence and all that, hee hee. Nuh, I think this looks better.
I made a flower that's just big enough to cover the sunflower and attached that to the sunflower with the brad that I use as a flower centre. The card has a more 3-D look now.
And this is what the inside of the card looks like.
Stamps: Magnolia #284 Tilda With Sunflower, Hot Off the Press acrylic stamps Botanicals, Inkadinkado Clear Stamps 97623 Garden Delight, Imaginisce Twitterpated Collection Blossom DP: Colorbok 55057 Paper Pack
I thought I would just do a quick card for Cute Card Thursday challenge, but it took longer than I thought it would. Their Challenge 55 is a colour challenge, to use Pink and Brown!
I was trying to keep this simple and neat. And I wanted to use up some DP's left over from making previous cards. Don't you have too many of these, just little bits of paper? What to do with them!!!
Another butterfly card--I love butterflies.
Friday, April 10, 2009
This card is for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge, their #6 challenge is set by Kristy's theme: A Baby is Born. Boy, this one was a real challenge to do. I had a mental block there for a while. That's why I'm so late with this entry. I think I now have a brain sprain--LOL. I have no baby Alvin or Tingla in my stamp collection, so no obvious Magnolia stamp to use here. I decided to use Tilda Standing with Hair Bow for no particular reason except that I haven't use this before, so might as well be now. To make this card a baby card, I had to use other stamps that have a baby theme to them--don't have too many of them either.
Re colour, this was going to be the 2nd card for my B&W plus... colletion, so I had one colour to choose. Instead of the obvious pink for a girl or blue for a boy, I went with yellow for either or. Hope you like this card.
I have this punch for a baby suit (don't know what you call it). Bought it a long time ago at a clearance sale and at the time I had no idea of when I was going to have a use for it. Isn't it just the cutest thing?
Have a Happy Easter everyone and a wonderful weekend too!
Stamps: Magnolia #209 Tilda Standing with Hair Bow, Autumn Leaves AL3180 Block Stamps 1, Studio G clear stamps
DP: Chatterbox Eclectique Sunny
Punches: Martha Stewart border punches, EK Success (baby clothes)
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
This was made with the Friday Sketchers challenge blog in mind.
I’ve been toying with the idea of a black-and-white-card collection. A card using just those 2 colours—do they really call them colours or something else?--can actually look quite striking. But what I was thinking was restricting myself to using black and white (and shades of gray) and one other colour. This is unless a challenge asks for specific colours. I’ll label this my 'Black and white plus... collection'. I'm planning to do several cards--I'll probably be sick of B&W by then--LOL.
This one is going to be the first one using the colour of what else....red.
Monday, April 06, 2009
A new challenge blog just launched Monday, Stamping with fun. They have a wonderful price of Magnolia stamps. I'm just starting out, so I can use more stamps (who can't? LOL). However, they’ll be choosing a winner on Tuesday. So, for a chance to win, you have to submit your entry by then. I'm posting this just after midnight, Tuesday morning. (Am I crazy or what--but really once you get started you don't want to stop until you're finished.). I couldn’t wait to rush home from work yesterday and start working on a card. I didn’t have much time. My mind was distracted all day whilte at work. Not concentrating at all on work, but was thinking of what stamps to use, what dp’s do I have, what embellishments to put on…etc.
So here's the end result:
This marvelous sketch provided for their first challenge.
I worked on the inside of the card too.
Stamps: Magnolia #244 Flower Jeans Sitting Tilda, Hot Off the Press acrylic stamps Botanicals, Inkadinkado 98173 It's a Beautiful Day, the tiny butterfly hovering over the flowers from Inkadinkado clear stamp set 98771 Butterflies & Birds, the 2 butterflies in circles from Inkadinkado 6335 Butterflies, Hero Arts F1843 Time to Enjoy
DP's: Chatterbox Rosey Flowering Vine, White Poppies and Loft Bias Plaid
PS. Made top 3 of Kellie's Magnolia Down Under last week's challenge. Yipee! Must contact Kellie. Hmm...not sure what a blinkie is.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
This week's challenge at Cute Card Thursday is Citrus Colours!--"We want to see your fabulous bright creations this week using the colours hot pink, lime, lemon and orange! (You are allowed to use some or all of the colours!)"
Hmm...not sure about the hot pink, but I can work with the other 3 colours I thought. And yipee...I got to use a new Tilda stamp--not new to Magnolia, but new to me. She is so adorable!!
I went searching through my stash of dp's and found a paper with stripes of lime and orange on it. Couldn't find one that has the shade of yellow I wanted, so I made my own. I used a flower stamp and Adirondack acrylic paint dabber (colour sunshine yellow) and randomly stamp images on white stock paper.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
For this card, I've stepped away from my Magnolia stamps and any colouring with markers. Strictly doing stamping, embossing and using my punches (like what I was doing before falling into what I call my Tilda addiction--LOL). I have to make use of my other stamps!!!
This weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly Challenge is a recipe challenge!To be included on your card are:
1 - circle
2 - ribbons
3 - stamps/images
Here's the card I created
As you can see the theme of my card is butterfly. The designer paper I used is double-sided and has butterflies on the other side.
I've turned over the top left corner of the paper to show the butterfly pattern. Hope you can see that. I used copper embossing powder for the stamped image at the corner.
The butterfly in the circle is embossed in white embossing powder. On a separate card stock, I made a 2nd similar butterfly and cut it out. I placed the 2nd butterfly over the 1st with foam tape to give it a 3-dimensional look. The scalloped edge of the circle was outlined with a glue stick pen and then dipped in micro glitter.
I took a picture of the inside of my card this time.
Stamps: Basic Grey bitsy stamp set butterfly, MSE My Sentiments Exactly M101 thinking of you
DP: KI Memories Bloom Dandelions
Friday, April 03, 2009
I am one lucky girl. I got an e-mail from Bec at Bizzy Becs. My name was one of two that she drew for her Male Card Challenge. Woohoo! So she is sending me a prize pack. Thanks very much, Bec. I'm feeling a bit guilty that she has to send it half-way around the world (not by much though). Wouldn't it be great if she can just say "beam it up, Scotty!" LOL.
This next card is for Magnolia Down Under Challenge #5. This week's theme is Easter. This one was a challenge as I don't have a Tilda stamp from the Magnolia's Easter collection. Had to improvise. Decided to use the giggling Tilda that I used the last time (to match the grin on my face--hee, hee). I have a pageful of giggling Tilda images now--LOL. I have been trying to arrange my postings so you don't see the same image twice in a row. Only have a limited number of Magnolia stamps. (I have ordered more, including some from the new Butterfly Collection. Ooooh, they are so cute, I can't wait!)
I have no egg-shape template, so had to draw and cut out the Easter egg by hand. Hmmm...the egg looks a bit pointy at the top, but honest, that's the shape of the egg I actually got out of the fridge to draw from--LOL. I already made an Easter card with a Tilda sitting on an egg. This time I have Tilda sitting at a hole in the egg, like in a Faberge egg.