Saturday, 13 September 2014

I see the moon (just)

The challenge at AAA Cards is to include the moon.
Here is a one layer card using a stamp from Penny Black called 'Before the snow'.
I masked off an area of the card with Post it notes and cut a circle for the moon. It's kinda subtle!
I stamped a few trees with Versamark and then gently applied pastels to the ink. The sky was done without any ink, but merely rubbed with a little colour. I then removed the moon mask and stamped some more trees with Versamark adding a slightly darker shade. After stamping off the edges  of the panel with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, I then removed all the masks and stamped one tree in the foreground, adding the sentiment from Memory Box.
Look what the postman brought today!
My first long suffering Cuttlebug has cracked in several vital places, it almost exploded at one time and the handle keeps coming off , so before it gave up the ghost completely I treated myself to another. I couldn't bear the thought of being without one even though I have an EBosser.(It doesn't go backwards like the new versions do apparently). I need that feature to be able to adapt dies to different lengths. So here's my new baby.
I got 15% off from Hobbycraft by joining their craft club or something like that!
Happy Days!

Oriental

Addicted to CAS has the theme Oriental this week. It's not a genre that I tend to favour but I thought I might have a few bits and bobs which would do.
Here is a Spellbinders die frame over a Cuttlebug flourish, both cut from gold mirri card with the panda, which is a letter from a Panda font. I don't know which letter it is I just pressed a whole bunch of letters and removed the ones I didn't want.
I used the frame die as a template to cut out the picture. I decided against colouring the image as the black and white seems quite striking.
My back still isn't too good, I shall be off for an appointment with an osteopath on Monday!

Beverages

It's time for another one layer challenge at Less is More and the theme this week is 
Beverages.
I have made a few cards this week and here they are.
I saw these sentiments attached to this Art Impression image online somewhere and they really amused me. I also love these girls, they really look as though they know how to party!
Whilst I was waiting for this stamp to arrive, I wondered if I had any other image which would work in the same way and I came up with this one.
I stamped the image onto a piece of copy paper, then using Microsoft Word set to 105% which makes the screen size match with an actual A4 sheet, I drew the callouts and added the sentiments.
To get the position of them lining up with the image, I held the paper over the screen and moved the direction and orientation of the callouts appropriately. I printed the card and then stamped the image using a stamp positioner to get it placed accurately.
When the AI Girlfriends stamp arrived I realised that the same arrangement of sentiments worked for this one too!
I love chickens!
Bugaboo and a computer generated sentiment.
This is another Art Impression stamp that I've had for some time, I love the sketchy nature of it. I don't remember the make of the sentiment.

This one has an old Stampin' Up image, heat embossed in silver. It says CLINK at the top. I thought that the snowy embossing folder from Sheena Douglass was rather redolent of champagne bubbles.
I feel as though there should be some cups of coffee to balance out all the hooch, but I've been struggling with a bad back this week and the thought of  a little of the glass that cheers seemed more appealing!

I'm sorry the pictures are dreadful, but I've tried a different arrangement in my craft room and haven't found the right spot for photos yet!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Always too late!

I always intend to get cards posted in time for various challenges, but it seems I have failed yet again.
Here is a card made from the sketch from the last challenge at CAS(e) this Sketch
 
Sadly it's too late for that challenge but it is hopefully in time for a couple of others!
Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)
The indomitable Darnell, has the second of her challenges to use some schtuff which has been bought but not christened ie never used  before.
For my card I have a couple a new things. The Sheena Douglass embossing folder of a snowy effect was purchased recently when I bombed up to see my friend Anne in Berkshire. A trip to the craft shop couldn't be avoided and I kinda came out with a couple of things.
The snowflake die from Simon Says Stamp is on its first outing too. I have used the 'joy' before but not many times. So I'm adhering to the Christmassy bit of Darnell's challenge.
CAS.ology has a challenge to use three things and I have three die-cuts on my card so this is for that too!